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This week we see Honey Badger clawing at a new high sale, Black Adam emerging from the shadows (with a post from the Rock), and Preview Books capturing more and more interest. Enjoy!
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COMIC BOOK SHAKERS
Every day CovrPrice’s Daily Shaker List calls out comics with the highest sales value sold that day. Throughout the week we pull the more interesting ones and elaborate on them here. Check out our sweet Shaker List here.
SHAKER: ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #2 – DAVID LOPEZ (1:25) MARVEL | NOV 25, 2015
Since her debut appearance in this issue, Gabby/Honey Badger has become a fan-favorite character. As a clone of X-23… who’s a clone of Wolverine.. she really is her own distinct character while still retaining the things we love about Wolverine. This variant hit an all-new high with a CGC 9.8 sale of $900, which is more than double the last 9.8 sale of $476 in February. Even raws are pretty high, with a recent sale of $284.99. Honey Badger is following in X-23’s path and gaining popularity quickly. (To understand the true nature of the Honey Badger… click here)
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 MARVEL | MAY 1, 1988
This first full appearance of VENOM isn’t slowing down. This week’s new CGC 9.8 sale of $5,901.99 marks an all-new high for this book. It’s clear that Marvel continues to be deeply invested in Venom… hence these high prices. The long-term question is… can/will Marvel fold him into the MCU?
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #365 – NEWSSTAND MARVEL | AUG 1, 1992
We know 2099 is coming to INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE #2. And we know that collectors LOVE newsstands. However, this week’s all-new high sale of $1,034 for a 9.8 newsstand is a reminder that fans are investing in Spidey 2099. This isn’t even the highest sale, which belongs to a $1,225 9.8 sale back in September 2020.
SHAKER: AVENGERS: THE ENEMY WITHIN #1 – MILO MANARA VARIANT MARVEL | MAY 15, 2013
Milo Manara is an artist that you either love or hate. His over-sexualized and strange body contortions can either produce unique gorgeous pieces of art or awkward misses. And they all vary in the eye of the beholder. Take this 1:50, it’s a perfect example of this. Though, regardless of how you like it… it’s quite hard to find, making it a sought-after variant to Manara collectors. This week, a 9.8 hit an all-new high of $699.99. Most of his covers seem to increase over time, so keep a lookout for them. You know his covers the instant you see them.
SHAKER: BIKINI BATTLE 3-D 3-D ZONE | 1991
Robert Crumb’s importance to independent comics and the comic book industry overall is immeasurable. As a living legend, his prolific work criticized and satirized American culture. While not his most known work, he did do this very 90’s 3-D book, which can be very hard to find these days (especially in high grade). As Crumb collectors invest in his various works, this sold a CGC 9.4 instantly for $690. This specific book is the ONLY graded copy on the census. This is a reminder to keep an eye out for high-grade copies of work done by high esteemed creators like Crumb. It’s also another reminder to get them graded. There are collectors out there looking for these.
SHAKER: BLACK ADAM: ENDLESS WINTER SPECIAL #1 – BOSSLOGIC DC | DEC 23, 2020
Wow, what is going on with this book! This 4-month old B variant began spiking in value this week after a 61 bid auction ended at $821 for a CGC 9.8 copy. After that, raws were hitting $100 to $150! This spike came with The Rock’s Instagram post last week of “A disruptive and unstoppable global force of a message from the man in black himself. ‘Black Adam’ is coming July 29, 2022,” the caption on the Instagram post reads.” Granted this IS an awesome cover… and the timing is right… but still! This just reminds us how unpredictable this market can be right now. With that said, raw prices have settled a bit to $80.
SHAKER: CAPTAIN AMERICA #100 (MARVEL, 1961)
If you’d like to know what a unicorn sells for, you’ve got your answer. This week we saw an unbelievable sale of a CGC 9.9 copy of Captain America #100. Even more incredible is that there are two of these books in existence on the CGC census. This rare high-grade issue of Captain America’s return to his own solo title sold for $78,000. For comparison, a CGC 9.8 sold for $7,907 in December of last year, so about 10 times the price for that bump in grade of just 0.1. But we’ve got to say, it looks pretty sharp with the gold-colored 9.9 on that label.
SHAKER: CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 MARVEL | JUL 31, 2013
This has been one of the most argued first appearances of the decade. Appearing in one panel, due to her older appearance, fans quickly dismissed this as Kamala’s first cameo appearance. However, Kelly Sue DeConnick has gone on the record several times to confirm that this one quick panel was in fact Kamala. With that, the value of this book has risen alongside her other key issues. In fact, it hit an all-new high sale of $900 for a CGC 9.8 this week. The Amanda Conner (1:30) variant is considered one of today’s rarest and most expensive modern covers, with the highest sale ever going back to 2019 for a CGC 9.6 at $2,733. We think a 9.8 today could easily sell for $10K (of which there are only 13 copies on the CGC census).
SHAKER: CREATURES OF ID #1 (CALIBER PRESS, 1990)
Frank Einstein (aka Madman) first appeared in this Caliber Press comic from 1990. Created and owned by Mike Allred, he is kind of a super-enabled and clairvoyant Frankenstein’s monster (get it, “Frank-Einstein”) who was named after Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein by the mad scientist duo who stitched his corpse back together and reanimated him. Since this first appearance in Creatures of Id #1, Madman has enjoyed a varied publishing history across IDW, Oni, Dark Horse, Image, and others, battling aliens, dinosaurs, and robots as he searches for purpose in the universe. Currently, he has found yet another new life in the popular Image Comics title, Crossover by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw. In Crossover #5 which came out on NCBD this week, Madman wields a sentient sword called Valofax (from God Country) as his team journey to break into the city of Denver which has become a nexus for superheroes like himself incoming from different publishers. Only thirty-eight 9.8 graded copies of Creatures of Id #1 appear on the CGC Census. We saw one sale of a 9.8 graded copy in 2011, and then nothing for about a decade. Then in 2020 9.8 copies started popping up on auction, the first sold for an all-time high of $2,040 in June of 2020, but then sales gradually dropped off to about $500 for a 9.8 in March of 2021. But this week we saw the book get reanimated with a big 9.8 graded copy selling for $1,090, revealing there is still lots of interest in this fascinating character!
SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #880 DC | JUL 27, 2011
This JOCK cover is arguably one of the best modern Batman covers. Heck, it’s one of the best modern covers overall! Despite a drop in price over the last 2 years, this is still one of the best investment books as it’ll always be in demand and will always see small yet steady increases over time. After averaging around $500 for a 9.8, sales are moving back up with this week’s $700 9.8 sale. This is creeping back to highs it had in 2018 when a 9.8 sold for $805.
SHAKER: FOOM #10 MARVEL | JUN 1, 1975
GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 is on absolute fire right now (all new high two weeks ago of $67,900 for a CGC 9.8). With the promise of mutants inclusion in phase 4 of the MCU, X-books have NEVER been hotter. When you add in the fact that preview appearances are also hotter than ever, you get this issue of FOOM #10. This Marvel magazine featured a preview of the New X-Men Team, predating Giant-Size X-Men by a month. With the new team clearly on the cover, you can see why many are now giving their attention (and money) to this issue of FOOM #10. This week’s new high of $1,850 for a CGC 8.0 is just the beginning.
SHAKER: GARGOYLES #1 MARVEL | FEB 1, 1995
With high demand for a new animated series, awesome new figures from Neca, and a board game… Gargoyles is having a huge resurgence. And it deserves it. The show was fantastic and way ahead of its time. Seriously, watch it. It holds up really well. Nostalgia is really driving this series and collectors are driving up prices for this hard-to-find first comic series. This first issue hit a new raw high sale of $125. Even the Slave Labor series from 2006 saw a price bump to $50 for a raw copy. And all the various issues throughout both series are also worth significant $ on their own (especially the very hard-to-find last Marvel issue, #11). So, keep a keen eye out for these as retailers constantly overlook these.
SHAKER: ICE CREAM MAN #1 IMAGE | 2018
It was really interesting how little to no effect the death of Quibi had on this in-development comic. It never stopped holding its market value, which is now quite substantial. When Roku stepped in to take over their content development, fans didn’t even flinch. This week, a CGC 9.8 hit an all-new high of $600 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: MALIBU SUN #15 MALIBU | JUL 1, 1992
As we noted with FOOM, preview books are super hot. Last week we also covered the error edition of Spawn’s first cover appearance in Malibu Sun #13. Well, there’s another one to pull out of the back issue bins… Malibu Sun #15, which features a first appearance/ preview of Jim Lee’s WildC.A.T.S. We keep talking about Nostalgia, and these early Image books are ripe with it. Many of you reading this probably started your collections with an Image launch title. These early/first appearances are officially now a thing, as noted with this week’s new high sale of $750 for a CGC 9.8 copy of Malibu Sun #15.
SHAKER: MARVEL COLLECTIBLE CLASSICS: SPIDER-MAN #2 MARVEL | JAN 1, 1998
If you had to sum up comics in the ’90s with one word… it would be CHROMIUM. We liked our comics to be shiny back then and we seem to like our comics to be shiny today (with the popular metal trend). This reprint of Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man #1 is, as noted in the name, a true collectible today. It hit a new high of $1,349.95 for a CGC 9.8, which is almost double where it was this time last year.
SHAKER: MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 MARVEL | NOV 25, 2015
Normally we don’t like to call out the same book week after week, and just last week we wrote about two record sales of $405 and $425 for this comic, noting that it had doubled in price since this time last year. One week later, it doubled in price again! This week two 9.8 copies sold on auction for $800 and $810. Definitely seeing a trend here: in 2021, when they’re hot, they’re HOT!
SHAKER: PHANTOM STARKILLER #1 – METAL (LTD 100) SCOUT COMICS | OCT 21, 2020
As noted above, these metal covers seem to be increasing in popularity. Due to their production challenges, they tend to stay around a low print run. When done right (color is important), these metal covers look amazing. This metal version of Phantom Starkiller is no different. Limited to 100 copies, Scout sold these for $69.99 (limited to 2 per person). They sold out instantly. And now, a “raw” copy sold for $275 and $310.
SHAKER: POWER COMICS #3 (HOLYOKE, 1944)
Power Comics is a short run of only 4 books, but its covers are masterworks of L.B. Cole, one of the premiere comic artists of the golden age. These previously underappreciated books have received serious attention from collectors over the last 2 years with their prices skyrocketing. This week we saw a CGC 5.0 copy sell for a record $5,520. This is the only copy of this book graded at a 5.0 according to the CGC census, and the last two times it sold were in 2010 for $472, and 2004 for $603, so this wasn’t a hard record to set. There are only 32 total copies of this book on the CGC census, so collectors looking to complete the run of Power Comics are ready to bid whenever this book becomes available.
SHAKER: SILVER SURFER BLACK #2 – CAMUNCOLI VIRGIN SKETCH (MARVEL, 2019)
Among the lowest print runs of Marvel Comics’ official modern titles, the Giuseppe Camuncoli Virgin Sketch variant of Silver Surfer Black #2 must be one of the scarcest. Editor in Chief of Marvel, C. B. Cebulski gave these away at a Marvel panel to a few lucky attendees who distinguished themselves as “true believers”. Nicknamed the “True Believer” variant, a signed and numbered Marvel COA included with some of the copies reads: “This copy of Silver Surfer Black #2 is a rare comic book, limited to a print run of 25 copies. Marvel created this variant as a very exclusive memento and it is only being given to our most special fans. We hope you enjoy this comic book as a thank you for being part of the Marvel family.” Two of these ultra-rare variants sold on eBay this week – a graded 9.4 copy for $3,499 and a 9.8 for $4,995. A beautiful color virgin variant was also given away at the convention and it has been hitting records as well recently, selling for around $600-$800 for a graded 9.8 so far in 2021. As we’ve seen in many of the books that trend on our site, a print run of 500 can disappear in less than 10 years. A print run of 25 makes this a future book of legend.
SHAKER: STRANGE TALES #159 (MARVEL, 1967)
Following the destruction of Hydra Island, Fury goes to UNIT (Underground Network Intelligence Training academy) where recruits undergo training. The cover features fabulous Steranko art of a mock hard-hitting brawl between Fury and Captain America, meant to showcase fighting techniques for these newbies. Equally hard-hitting are the numerous raw sales we saw this week – one higher than the next. Uppercut high of $49, followed by a gut punch $50 sale, finishing with a left hook $62 blow all on the same day! TKO! Be sure to get this one in your PC or you’ll be counted out!
SHAKER: STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE #1 – NEWSSTAND DARK HORSE | OCT 1, 1995
Back in November 2020, this was ALL comic fans could talk about. This first appearance of Thrawn went nuclear, hitting crazy new highs. While we haven’t written about this in a while, it’s not only still selling well, but it’s hitting new highs like this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $5,000. Wow.
SHAKER: YOUNG AVENGERS #1 – WIZARD WORLD 2005 – SKETCH MARVEL | APR 1, 2005
Umm, yeah… so on the heels of a $1,995 sale on 3/30, this sketch variant hit $2,250 for a CGC 9.8 last week. This crushes the highs of $800 in February. This bump in price is all thanks to Eli Bradley’s brief appearance in FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER episode #2. While the focus was appropriately on his grandfather Isaiah, just knowing that he’s there is enough for fans to pick up investing in his first appearance in YOUNG AVENGERS #1.
SHAKER: YOUNG AVENGERS #6 MARVEL | SEP 1, 2005
Speaking of Young Avengers, issue #6 (first CASSIE LANG as STATURE) is really moving up there as well. Last week, a CGC 9.8 sold for $457.49.
SHAKER: X-MEN #100 (MARVEL, 1976)
It seems X-Men comics continue to be hot hot hot! Issue #100 features the classic battle between the original X-Men (Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, Beast, and Marvel Girl) and the new X-Men (Banshee, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus). Worried about hurting their friends, the new x-men team is pulling their punches, that is until Professor X stands up out of his wheelchair and knocks Wolverine down with a single blow. Sensing something is amiss, Wolverine slices and dices Marvel Girl revealing she, like the rest of the original X-Men, are actually sentinels (the X-Sentinels)! This action-packed issue, with an iconic cover, sold for an astounding $1,676 only a few weeks ago (an all-time high) only to have been shattered this week with a raw sale hitting $2,000. Interestingly, this sale was only $550 short of a CGC 9.8 copy that also sold this week.
While CW speculation is volatile at best, last week’s news that “The Flash Casts Jordan Fisher as Bart Allen in Season 7” helped kick-start sales of Bart Allen’s first appearance as IMPULSE in FLASH #92 (Bart had a shadowed cameo appearance in issue #91). This helped land this issue on our MOVERS list and saw a new high of $299.99 for a CGC 9.8.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 MARVEL | 2013
Following up on our entry of CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 above, as that book increases, pay close attention to her 2nd cameo appearance in this issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL #17. While the 2nd print for this book is one of her MOST expensive books, this standard cover is way undervalued. With a raw value of $45 and a CGC 9.8 value of $140, this is the perfect book to invest in if you’ve been late to her other more pricier books.
WATCHING: X-FORCE #116 MARVEL | MAY 1, 2001
Now, when it comes to the X-Men, there are A TON of books to look for. However, if you want the most bang for your buck, this issue of X-Force is a great one to look for. This issue features the first appearance and “death” of Zeitgeist, Sluk, Gin Genie, Battering Ram and Plazm and the first appearance of U-Go Girl, Anarchist & Doop. These are some of the weirdest and most interesting mutants in the Marvel universe. If you recall, Zeitgeist appeared as part of Deadpool’s short-lived team in DEADPOOL 2. When it comes to modern X-books with a ton of firsts… this is one that should be on your radar now. It’s currently selling for $40 raw and $120 in a 9.8.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (MARVEL, 1961)
Last week we had a gigantic Man-Thing, and this week we’ve got just a gigantic THING. The Thing’s first appearance, along with the rest of the Fantastic Four in issue #1, had a record-clobberin’ sale this week with a stunning CGC 9.0 selling for an all-time high of $264,000. This beats on the prior high sale in this grade of $165,000 in August of 2018 by almost $100,000. This also tops the all-time high sale of $203,150 that was realized for a CGC 9.2 all the way back in 2012. There are 7 other copies of this book on the CGC census that are graded higher, so this record will surely fall if any of those copies come up for sale, but for now, this is the new benchmark to beat for this iconic book.
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