WEEK IN REVIEW

May 19th, 2021

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This week we see a giant sale for Albedo #2, we track Invincible covers as they continue to soar, and call out some from upcoming content news. Jump on in!

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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: ALBEDO #2 THOUGHTS & IMAGES | 1983

Wow, this first appearance of USAGI YOJIMBO is just a market rocket right now. This week, we saw a new high NM+ raw sale of $12,900! This was sold via a 47 bid auction on eBay. This destroys the last high raw sale of $7,565 back in October 2020.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 (MARVEL, 1964)

Among Spider-Man’s rogues’ gallery, the Green Goblin arguably stands above all others. His iconic first appearance riding a vacuum cleaner in Amazing Spider-Man #14 saw two incredible sales this week. The first was a record $3,600 sale of a CGC 4.5 copy, beating out the prior record of $2,650 from March 19th by almost $1,000. The second was a raw copy that sold for $6,100, so someone definitely liked what they saw with that book. The key issues of Amazing Spider-Man have been going up in price along with the rest of the comic market and with a movie coming out later this year that’s rumored to bring with it numerous characters from across the Spider-Man universe, there’s no telling what these books will do in the coming months.

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SHAKER: BATMAN #428 – NEWSSTAND DC | 1988

What happens when a direct edition of a popular 1980’s Batman comic in CGC 9.8 condition sells repeatedly for around $5-600 and a same-grade newsstand copy finally hits an auction on eBay? Hysteria! A newsstand copy in CGC 9.8 condition just sold for an all-time high of $1,030 after a 34 bid auction, besting the previous newsstand high of $460 back in 2020 and the book’s overall all-time high of $600 from April 2021. That’s quite a premium for a newsstand, especially considering CGC 9.6 newsstand copies sold just last month for under $200 – a 5x 9.6 to 9.8 difference. As of right now, raw newsstand and direct edition copies are going for around the same price, so will this new top-end newsstand sale lead to a price disparity? We’ll be watching.

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SHAKER: DARKHAWK #50 MARVEL | 1995

Long before newsstands and preview issues were hot, the last issues of low print series have always seen significant heat. Last issues like G.I. Joe #155, Static #45, Power Girl #27, Silver Surfer #146, Ghost Rider Vol. 2 #93, etc. all have significant value and are all seeing steady market increases. These are typically series that saw very low print runs by the end of their series (which is why they were canceled). Finding these can be tough, but are also some of our favorites to look for in the wild. With all that said, in this elevated market, Darkhawk’s end-of-series issues (#49 & #50) are scorching hot right now. Darkhawk has been gaining fan momentum, based both on nostalgia for the character and sheer wishful thinking to see him appear in the MCU during Phase 4. While there’s still no news, issue #49 is selling for $60 raw and issue #50 at a fair market value (FMV) of $53, with a new high sale of $239 for a CGC 9.8. Pay attention to the last issues of other low print series with fan-favorite characters (see WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES). 

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SHAKER: DOOM #1 GT INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE | 1996

As we noted previously, we love video game comics. Nostalgia and rarity are the core drivers for this niche comic group. However, this is a niche that is rapidly expanding, with a supply that can’t match demand. This is all driven by nostalgia for the video game systems we grew up with (whether it’s the NES, N64, Sega Genesis, etc.). This boom in “gaming collecting” is definitely bleeding into the comics world as hard to find first appearances are seeing significant sales lately. Take this issue of DOOM #1 (KNEE DEEP IN THE DEAD), which sold today raw for a new overall high of $700!! And this was for the standard cover. If you can recall, this was a poorly received and ignored comic back in 1996 that slowly gained popularity in the DOOM fan community. The even rarer Giveaway/Convention version is practically impossible to find and had a rare sale back in January 2021 at $450.00 for a CGC 5.5. To distinguish the two, the most noticeable difference is the issue number. The giveaway version has a slanted italic number, while the standard version is normal. 

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SHAKER: GHOSTBUSTERS: LEGION #1 – LOGO COVER 88MPH STUDIOS | 2004

GHOSTBUSTERS has one of the biggest fan bases in Entertainment (aside from Disney-related franchises) and has one of the most recognizable logos in the world. With the new AFTERLIFE film releasing this fall, there’s hope that it will reinvigorate the franchise. With that said, Ghostbusters comics have seen several iterations over the past 37 years before landing on a steady home at IDW. Despite all the fanfare around the property, the comics have always had incredibly low print runs. Various covers/variants are INCREDIBLY tough to find (like try finding the 1:10 RI variant for 2010’s GHOSTBUSTERS: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE from IDW… we’ve never seen one sold… ever). In 2004, 88MPH took the Ghostbusters Franchise and took a more serious (non-canon) approach with the comics, where they took the characters from the original film and placed them in the modern-day (2004). The series only lasted 4 issues. However, it produced some truly rare covers… including this rare retailer incentive, which is the ONLY comic cover to feature JUST the GB logo on its own. It sold a CGC 9.8 this week for a huge $800, busting the last high sale of $211 in Feb. 2020. There are only 16 copies on the CGC census, with 6 of them as 9.8s (thanks to the tough all-black cover). The other hardcover to find for this series is the white “Ghost Trap” convention variant. It hasn’t sold for too much in the past ($44), but it’s quite scarce. 

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SHAKER: HIT-MONKEY #1 – 2ND PRINT MARVEL | 2010

Last week, COMICBOOK.COM reported that “MODOK Writer Jordan Blum Says Marvel’s Hit-Monkey Looks Amazing”. This is the first bit of Hit Monkey news in quite a while, which helped spike sales for this 1st appearance of Hit Monkey, helping this 2nd print sketch to hit a new high sale of $269.99. It’s worth noting that there is a bit of a debate about Hit Monkey’s 1st appearance. Apparently, Deadpool #19 (2008) was supposed to be his first appearance, but the book’s release was delayed until 2/17/2010. This allowed Hit-Monkey #1 One-Shot, released on 2/10/2010, to be the first released appearance of the character. Either way, both books are heating up and can be tough to find.

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SHAKER: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #345 – MARVEL |1988

Well, in addition to Newsstands, previews, video game-based, key issues, content-driven, and store variants… you can now add classic covers to this list. Name any classic cover and you’ll have a hard time finding one that hasn’t seen big spikes in price. This Todd McFarlane cover is one of them. You could have purchased a 9.8 of this classic cover for $275 in 2020, or $500 earlier this year… however, its sale this week of $1,275 via a 28-big auction was simply staggering and shows just how unpredictable this market is right now. 

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE #51 – 2ND PRINT – HOMAGE IMAGE | 2003

Man, the Amazon show gave a huge lift to key issues in this series. Pre-Covid, content-based books rapidly decreased in market value as soon as it was released. However, those days seem to be done… as this book just seems to keep going. This hard-to-find 2nd print for issue #51 is considered one of the rarest issues. This week, a new high sale of $750 for a 9.8 supports that. 

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SHAKER: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA #1 ACCLAIM / VALIANT | 1991

This first issue of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA features the first appearance of Zelda and the first comic book appearance of Link. Link first appeared in NINTENDO POWER #5 (MARCH/APRIL 1989) via a “Howard & Nester” ongoing comic strip that ran through multiple issues through issue #48. Despite high collectibility for Nintendo Power, collectors like to focus on this first comic appearance. And, like everything else, has seen a surge in price lately. This issue has 3 covers, the standard $1.50 issue (barcode on the left side), a $1.95 newsstand (barcode on the right side), and a hard-to-find “No Price” issue (barcode on the right side). Don’t worry, all seem to be pretty close in price (however the “no price” is hands down the hardest to find). The direct edition had a new high sale of $518 for a CGC 9.8. The $1.95 newsstand also had a big sale of $517 for a 9.6. However, these don’t even come close to the huge 9.8 sale this newsstand had in April for $1,675.

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SHAKER: MANHUNT #6 MAGAZINE ENTERPRISES | 1948

Things may not be looking very good for the woman on the cover, but the seller of this book had a great day because this CGC 7.5 bondage cover from 1948 by Ogden Whitney (with L.B. Cole interior art) sold for a record price of $3,120. This sale easily beat out the prior record for a 7.5 of $320 from 2012 and also crushed the overall record for this book, which was $1,298 for a CGC 7.0 on February 25th. There are only 13 universal graded copies of this comic on the CGC census, so it’s a rare book we don’t see come up for sale very often and someone decided this was their chance to stab…we mean grab a copy.

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SHAKER: MARVEL COLLECTIBLE CLASSICS: SPIDER-MAN #2 MARVEL | 1998

We’ve talked about this before… but this Chromium Classic hit a new high with a rare CGC 9.9 sale of $2,247. Actually, that seems like a deal when you look at how everything else is moving. 

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SHAKER: MARVEL TEAM-UP #14 MARVEL | 2006

Well, we didn’t intend for this week’s newsletter to be so Invincible heavy, but here we are. The Invincible storm even reached this rare Marvel crossover in Marvel Team-Up #14, where Invincible and Spider-Man…. errr… well… team up. This hit a new raw high this week of $147 and a new all-time high of $621 for a 9.8. Wow. 

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SHAKER: MENACE #9 ATLAS | 1954

This book doesn’t show up often and has seen reasonable sales in the past. With one of the earliest mentions of the phrase “The Walking Dead” on the cover, this has become a sought out book among both PCH and Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” collectors. This week had its highest sale on our site at $2,147 for a CGC 7.0.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #2 – SCHMALKE VARIANT BOOM! | 2019

A CovrPrice subscriber submitted this store exclusive cover for entry into our database and we are glad he did! This beautiful Joseph Schmalke Black Cape Comics cover for Something is Killing the Children #2, limited to a print-run of 500, sold for a record high this week of $450 for a graded 9.8. Schmalke has produced a few sought-after Something is Killing the Children exclusive covers, including another extremely limited Black Cape exclusive for the first issue. Schmalke is also the creator of titles such as The Electric Black (with Rich Woodall) and Phantom Starkiller (with Peter Goral) (and man we LOVE Phantom Starkiller… which, btw, all the COUNT DRACO KNUCKLEDUSTER variants are releasing this week). Check out more of his work over at Scout Comics on the Black Caravan imprint!

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SHAKER: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #25 – GRAY & GRAHAM (1:25) IDW |  2020

Okay, we didn’t intend for the newsletter to be so Invincible AND video game heavy… but this is the stuff we get excited to see. A 1:25 incentive for Sonic is automatically a tough book to find. Stores barely ordered this series. And if they did, they’re only ordering a few. This is always a perfect recipe for creating rare variants. With no rhyme or reason to it, this is selling for $200 raw. 

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SHAKER: STRANGER’S TALE #3 STRANGER’S TALE #3 | 1997

There are several comic books out there that many question if they even exist. This is one of those. For years, it was thought that this 3 issue series was canceled at issue #2, with the last issue never released. However, scarce copies had appeared and sold for CRAZY high numbers. This is easily considered the rarest Adam Hughes comic out there as we’ve only seen one sale in 4 years… and that one sale was this week when a buyer snatched a raw copy up for $1,499.99. This is a book that most of us would easily pass over in $1 bins and back issues… which means many retailers would as well. These are out there! Happy hunting!!

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SHAKER: THANOS #13 (MARVEL, 2017)

Cosmic Ghost Rider makes his first appearance in this comic. A former Herald of Galactus who wields the power cosmic and is bonded with the Spirit of Vengeance, Cosmic Ghost Rider is also armed with a piece of the Time Infinity Stone. He first appears in a rain of blood, sent through time by a future “King Thanos” who also makes his first appearance in this issue. A 9.8 sold for $500 this week, a sale which ties for the highest on record with one from September 2020.

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SHAKER: THOR #1 – ESAD RIBIC (1:50) MARVEL | 2014

We’ve seen leaked set photos of a super buff Natalie Portman. However, when we see her as THOR: LOVE & THUNDER, this first issue is going to go nuts. In the meantime, it’s already doing quite well. This 1:50 variant had a new high sale this week of $469.95 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: VENOM #2 – INCENTIVE TRADD MOORE VARIANT MARVEL | 2016

Tradd Moore has a very distinct style that really allowed his version of ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #1 1:50 TRADD MOORE VARIANT (Marvel, 2014) to stand out. His 1:25 variant for this VENOM variant is no different. And as you all know, having a Venom cover stand out in the massive sea of Venom covers is pretty notable. It has this aesthetic to it that both feel familiar to Venom’s 90’s style and also has an animated feel to it. It almost feels like a homage to VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #2 (see photo above)… or even a continuation of the original. And even though it’s only a 1:25, it’s SUPER hard to find. So much so that a raw copy sold for $250 this week. And now we want it. 

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SHAKER: VENOM VS. CARNAGE #1 MARVEL | 2004

This first issue from the four-issue limited series run from 2004 has been all the buzz with the new movie trailer for “Venom: Let There be Carnage” dropping last week (the movie is slated for release on September 24th, 2021). Carnage is considered the “offspring” of Venom with part of the Venom symbiote shedding and bonding to legitimately insane serial killer, Cleatus Kassidy (played by famed actor Woody Harrelson in the new movie), thus creating the supervillain, Carnage! – a far more powerful, violent, and deadly symbiote than Venom himself. In issue #1, we are on the cusp of Carnage having an “offspring,” and with confirmation from film director Andy Serkis that actor Stephen Graham is indeed playing police detective Patrick Mulligan (future symbiote, Toxin), there is an excellent chance we may see Toxin (the “grandson” of Venom if symbiotes abided by human genealogy) appear in this new movie – or at least a nice set up for a future MCU appearance! Interestingly, Spider-Man appears in this comic series as well. Is it possible we may see our favorite webslinger in the movie? Doubtful, but with all this spec, Issue #1 has seen some recent high sales including a record $100 raw sale, and numerous $500 CGC 9.8 sales. This one seems to be going up in value, with room for growth throughout the summer. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: BATGIRL

Per The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Filmmakers to Direct ‘Batgirl’ Movie for Warner Bros…. centering on Barbra Gordon” Her first appearance is, obviously, already pricey. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: DIABLO

THAT HASHTAG SHOW is reporting that Blizzard’s DIABLO is in development for a film. This initial news is clearing cheap copies online. However, while everyone rushed to the 2011 DC Series, it’s real first appearance in comics was actually a decade earlier in the Dark Horse 64 page one-shot, DIABLO: TALES OF SANCTUARY. To boot, there’s a VERY difficult to find variant for this as well.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US

As reported by COMICBOOK.COM “DC Announces Injustice Animated Movie”. This fan favorite series has a huge fanbase. In fact, the cut scenes from the fighting game were spliced together to make a film (in it’s own rights) on YouTube and has been watched 5.7M times. It’s awesome. Prices have not moved much… yet. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: NEMESIS

Also reported by COMICBOOK.COM, “Mark Millar was doing an interview with Forbidden Planet’s new online TV show, when he said the following about Emerald Fennell’s script for Nemesis: “Emerald Fennell, who just won an Oscar for best screenplay for Promising Young Woman, has just delivered the latest draft of the Nemesis screenplay, which is extremely cool, especially after the initial development of the movie by the late Tony Scott, who established some amazing visual ideas for the movie!”” This book, like many Mark Millar books, have a hard time catching market heat. However, we’re fans of this book and hope it does!

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: INVINCIBLE #144 – CORY WALKER VARIANT | IMAGE | 2018

Speaking of end-of-series issues, this is one issue we’re watching. While Cover A is a solid seller right now (at $70 raw), we want to focus on Cover B of this last issue of Invincible which is selling for $35 to $50 raw. This cover/issue features the first appearance of Terra Grayson as Invincible… taking on the mantle of her father (Terra first appeared in issue #113 as a baby). This cover also pays tribute to the first issue’s cover, giving this series a proper bookend. The print run was relatively close to the first issue as well. Per Comichron, #1 had a roughly estimated print run of 10,751 and #144 was estimated around 16,818 between the two covers. The prices for this issue have been slowly climbing due to the heat of the Amazon series and its additional 2 season confirmations. It’s unknown if we’ll ever see Terra in action as Invincible… but it’s one heck of a tease.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194 (MARVEL, 1979)

Amazing Spider-Man came out swinging this week with records in multiple books. This one may have been the biggest shocker though with a CGC 9.8 of the first appearance of Black Cat selling for $5,760. This shattered the prior record of $3,600 from just April 4th by $2,160 or 60%. Black Cat has been a fan favorite for quite some time now and this black cover is difficult to get in a 9.8. So even though there are 385 9.8s of this book on the CGC census, when they come up for sale, the demand for them never seems to be in short supply. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with these books if Black Cat ever makes her big screen debut in the MCU.

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