WEEK IN REVIEW

May 3rd, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

This week we see a punishingly big sale for ASM #129, we call out a high sale for an Adam Hughes Kickstarter cover, and highlight a big sale for a rare Spawn variant. 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: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129 (MARVEL, 1974)

Amazing Spider-Man #129 just brought the pain to its prior record with a “Punishing” sale of $33,600 for a CGC 9.8 copy. This is over double the prior high sale for a CGC 9.8 of $16,730 back in 2018, and a jump of over 150% above a $12,999 sale in January of this year. The first appearance of the Punisher is one of the hallmark keys of the Bronze Age, so it’s not a surprise that it hit a new record in this raging market, especially with the record prices we’ve been seeing on a weekly basis in the lower grades. So keep your eyes on this one, we’ll see if Frank Castle has any more fireworks in store for us in the future.

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SHAKER: BATGIRL #12 DC | 2010

In 2013, it was this specific Artgerm cover that put him on the map. This was a dollar book that was shared through the former G+ comic community and collectors fell in love with it and a slew of Stanley Lau’s/Artgerms other various covers, including issues #9 to #14 for this Batgirl series featuring Stephanie Brown. Over the last few years, raw prices leveled out to $40 to $50 and 9.8’s around $200. Recently, a raw copy hit a high of $127.50 for a NM copy, which matched the price of a CGC 9.6 earlier in the week.

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SHAKER: CRITTERS #1 FANTAGRAPHICS | 1986

In the ’80s, CRITTERS was Fantagraphics’ flagship title, featuring multiple characters created/drawn by Usagi creator Stan Sakai. This series featured early Usagi storylines and is seeing significant bumps due to the upcoming “Samurai Rabbit” Netflix series. This week a CGC 9.8 sold for a new high sale of $572.

(NOTE: not be confused with these other awesome ’80s Critters)

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 – GREG LAND (1:25) MARVEL | 2014

Before SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Miles wasn’t the only one to get a boost in awareness and price. Peni Parker and SP//DR’s inclusion in the film turned this variant into a $100 raw variant and $400 in a 9.8. Despite this bump in price, Peni/SP//DR’s on-screen appearance was one of the few disappointments in this highly acclaimed film. Fans felt that the film version diverted away too much from the highly designed mech suit that writer (and My Chemical Romance lead singer) Gerard Way intended. With Gerard’s other creation’ (UMBRELLA ACADEMY) being a great success, fans are hoping that INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2 filmmakers will return to the suit we see on this cover. With SP//DR’s destruction in the first film, this could be likely. Apparently, collectors are sensing this as well. Over the past couple of years, raw prices fell to $75 and graded copies down to $150/$200. However, graded sales over the past several months have hit $400 and this week a NM+ raw sold for a massive $599.95. Now, we also thought this sale was incorrect, so we confirmed the sale with the seller… and it’s legit. Looking at the marketplace, copies have greatly dried up. The cheapest raw is at that same $599 price and 9.8’s are now asking for $2K. This is definitely a book to keep an eye on.

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SHAKER: MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #3 (Marvel, 1984)

From the same 12-issue series as the now-iconic issue #8 (Spider-man ’s symbiote costume cover appearance), issue #3 has seen amazing gains this week with the announcement of Mary MacPherran (AKA Titania) playing the role of the official Supervillainess in the upcoming She-Hulk Disney+ series. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #3 is her first official appearance and where Disney+ announcements go, comic speculation follows! And yikes, did buyers ever flock to this once-upon-a-time $10 comic. Sales hit the $50 mark at the end of April. But as April became May, we saw a $180 sale followed by a record $202 sale for raw copies. We also saw a CGC 9.8 sell for a record $385. Interestingly, all of these high sales were for the direct edition cover. The newsstand has a more limited print run so those might be the ones to try and snag for long-term investment. Currently, raw newsstands are roughly the same price (or cheaper in some cases) as direct editions but a CGC 9.8 newsstand is listed at $2,000 on eBay while the direct edition CGC 9.8 can be bought for $650. Looks like people have high hopes for the new She-Hulk show and why not? Disney/Marvel has a strong track record with all the streaming Marvel and Star Wars-based shows thus far. As an interesting bit of trivia, Mary MacPharren was a Marvel production assistant whom Jim Shooter asked if he could name a Marvel character after her. He said of Mary, “Wonderful, gentle, sweet Mary Mac was indeed a smidgen of the basis for Titania, who was a willowy young woman who became uber-robust and Hulk-level strong.” It’s not every day that you get your own comic book character!

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SHAKER: MYSTIC COMICS #5 (MARVEL/TIMELY, 1940)

War covers from the great Alex Schomburg are always in demand, and Mystic Comics #5 is no different. This week we saw a beautiful CGC 7.0 copy of this book sell for a record $5,760, and with no prior sales in our database in this grade, it was an easy record to set. Published all the way back in 1940, it’s also the first appearance of The Terror, and the origin of the Black Marvel, so this golden age key was in high demand when it came up for sale. There are only 26 universal copies on the census, but it usually sells a few times per year, so if you’re looking to add a copy to your collection, just keep your eyes open and it may soon be yours.

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SHAKER: THE NEW MUTANT #100 – NEWSSTAND MARVEL | 1991

While NEW MUTANTS #100 had a high print run (est. 300K), this issue was an important milestone for Marvel’s mutants. This issue was the last NEW MUTANTS issue and marks the first appearance of X-FORCE, a core title and team for X-Men collectors. Many collectors are grabbing the newsstand versions of once-passed over key issues like this, with one new high sale of $449 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: THE OMEGA MEN #3 DC | 1983

DC’s main man, LOBO had a new high sale for his first appearance this week at $469.99. It’ll most likely be a while before we ever see Lobo on screen (at least in a better way than what the CW delivered). However, this book is moving up regardless!

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SHAKER: PETER PANZERFAUST #1 IMAGE | 2012

The post-’90s speculation boom really started in 2012 and 2013. A book many early speculators will remember rushing out to buy was Peter Panzerfaust #1. In 2012, with hopes and rumors of content, this book was one of the hottest titles and easily sold for over $100 raw. After years of no news, collectors abandoned this spec and prices tanked to roughly $11 raw and $70 for a 9.8. However, recently…. sales are moving back up. We noticed this trend over the past 4 months when raw copies of this book were suddenly hitting $40, $50, and now this week with a raw sale for $72. There’s absolutely no news on this book, just (light) renewed interest in this image title. I guess this is a reminder to hold on to those dead specs.

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SHAKER: POINT ONE #1 – NICK BRADSHAW – B&W (1:100) MARVEL | 2011

Marvel recently released a teaser video featuring first looks at ETERNALS and several new MCU titles. Unfortunately, there were no clues leading to the Nova Corps (despite light speculation that they COULD appear in THE MARVELS). Despite no news, both the B&W 1:100 variant and the color variant of Sam Alexander’s first appearance saw significant increases. The 1:100 sold for an all-new high of $1,599 for a CGC 9.8. The color variants sold for a new high of $499.99 for a 9.8. Most of this is driven by the speculation/hope of one day seeing Sam Alexander and Kamala Khan (among others) on a Young Avengers or Champions team.

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SHAKER: POP KILL#4 – ADAM HUGHES [UNKNOWN US PUBLISHER] | 2021

POP KILL was a successful Kickstarter for this comic book series created by Jimmy Palmiotti, Dave Johnson, and Juan Santacruz. To obtain this Adam Hughes variant (which many call the “Jennifer Lawrence cover”), backers had to pledge at least $60. Among all the backers, only 263 qualified for a copy. Keep in mind, this isn’t the print run… but just note that it’s not very high at all. Kickstarters seem to be a win-win for both creators and fans. Lately, Kickstarter covers can often see significant boosts in value. The fact that this instantly became a hard-to-find (and well done) Hughes cover created instant demand, with sales immediately at $250. Raws sales now sell for $475 and a 9.8 just hit a new high at $1,062.79… and climbing as copies dry up.

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SHAKER: SECRET AVENGERS #19 – (1:50) MARVEL | 2011

Mr. Knight (an alter-ego of Marc Spector’s Moon Knight) is a fan-favorite version of the character and it looks like Marvel is bringing him back for an upcoming series. His first full appearance is the 2014 Moon Knight series, yet he shows up in his Mr. Knight costume in this issue of SECRET AVENGERS #19. A NM copy of this 1:50 NEW X-MEN #1 homage hit a raw high of $305, and then subsequently fell to $100. However, this is still a book to watch as it could see additional movement as Mr. Knight shows up and his appearance in this issue gains awareness.

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SHAKER: THE SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK #40 MARVEL | 1992

1990’s comics weren’t particularly PC. However, some covers pushed it a little too far, like this controversial cover where an off-page voice demands She-Hulk to jump rope naked to fill pages. However, collectors LOVE controversy and actively seek this cover out. It’s been climbing for a while now. However, this week’s raw sale of $175 and $499.99 for a CGC 9.8 are both new highs.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 (BOOM!, 2019)

When Something is Killing the Children came out in September of 2019, this main cover A by Werther Dell’Edera could be found on shelves at some local comic shops for weeks, and at CovrPrice we were logging sales between $5-$10 for raw copies. A CGC 9.8 even sold for $40 in January of 2020. It was a healthy first printing, about 33,000 according to Comichron, and it took a few issues for the reader buzz to catch on. Then oh boy did it catch on! Fast forward 20 months and seven reprintings later, and two 9.8 graded copies of this main cover broke $1,000 this week, one of them hitting an all-time high of $1,316 on May 1. It’s hard to overstate the explosive rise in popularity of this series, even prior to the unofficial rumors that it is currently in development for a show. For example, if last week’s 8th printing of issue #1 was 75,000 as estimated, this would be more copies than all the previous seven printings combined! We may soon see pre-orders for a new issue of this comic break a print run of 100,000, which would put Something is Killing the Children on par with the popularity of another of James Tynion’s series: Batman.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #8 – JEFF DEKAL (1:25) BOOM! STUDIOS | 2020

Back in our January 26th Newsletter, we highlighted this book as it was noted by BOOM as the 2nd rarest variant for the series. At the time, raw averaged at $178 and a CGC 9.8 averaged $440. Now, raws are hitting $1k and a CGC 9.8 just hit an all-new high of $1,747.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #189 – TODD MCFARLANE – B&W IMAGE | 2009

Like most books post-Covid, Spawn variants have been seeing increases across the board. This hard-to-find B&W variant is no exception. This week a CGC 9.8 hit a new high at $4,876.44 which crushes the last high of $3,100 in August 2020.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN NOIR #1 MARVEL | 2009

As noted above, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE gave significant price increases to all of the key alternate Spider characters. Spider-Man Noir was another. Like SP//DR, Noir hit huge sales upon the film’s release and then fell over the past years. However, since last year, prices for Noir’s first appearance in this issue have gone up again with raws at $165 and a CGC 9.8’s at $730, coming close to the highest sale of $780 in August 2020.  

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL – SON OF DATHOMIR #1 – WIZARD WORLD SKETCH VARIANT (LIMITED 500) DARK HORSE | 2014

This Wizard World sketch variant is super tough to find, hence its huge new sale at $999.99 for a CGC 9.8. While STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – DEFENDERS OF THE LOST TEMPLE now has the honor of featuring the first appearance of the DARKSABER, many still consider this title to be the first comic appearance (and LOST TEMPLE as a graphic novel). Either way, it’s a title that the market still seeks out.

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SHAKER: SUPER MARIO BROS. #1 ACCLAIM / VALIANT | 1990

We covered this book back in March but felt it was necessary to share this week’s big $900 sale for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: TEEN TITANS #23 DC | 1969

It’s hard for any book to get a 9.8, let alone one from 1969. This issue, featuring a Donna Troy/ Wonder Girl’s new costume, had a rare 9.8 copy come to market. It sold for $1,695. With only three 9.8’s on the census, it’ll be a while for the next copy to show up.

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SHAKER: WONDER WOMAN #38 – DAVID FINCH (1:100) DC | 2015

This collector favorite variant was immediately hot back in 2015. Finch’s 1:100 was expensive for quite a while. However, sales dipped the past couple of years, with 9.8’s at $450 and raws at $200+. However, despite raw prices still at $200+, a CGC 9.8 sold this week for $700, matching the previous high sale.

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SHAKER: X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS #1 – JOE QUESADA MARVEL | 2006

While Vulcan (Gabriel Summers) returned last year to the pages of X-Men, his first cameo appearance in this issue has recently seen new movement in price. Both this cover and the TREVOR HAIRSINE – 2ND PRINT had big sales this week. The Quesada variant sold for $125 for a CGC 9.0 from MyComicShop. It’s an interesting new movement and definitely worth watching.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED:   INVINCIBLE SEASON 2 & 3 GREENLIT

Per Variety, “Invincible’ Renewed for Seasons 2 and 3 at Amazon”. Get those later Invincible issues ready!

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:   GUY GARDNER CASTED

Deadline is reporting that “Finn Wittrock To Headline ‘Green Lantern’ HBO Max Series As Guy Gardner”. This instantly increased sales and prices on Guy’s first appearance in Green Lantern #59, landing in the #8 spot on our TOP 10 this week. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: STATIC SHOCK WRITER

A recent Collider interview with actor Michael B. Jordan where he mentioned in response to a STATIC SHOCK update that “Right now we have a writer, Randy McKinnon, who’s putting together take and a draft right now, really excited … I mean, again, as a kid growing up, watching Static Shock, it was something that inspired me.”

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: STRAY DOGS #1 IMAGE | 2021

This new series is quickly gaining popularity. Drawn in by the fun film homage covers, fans are enjoying the story and are giving the first issues price bumps. Keep an eye out for the first issue and the film homages. This is a series to watch.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: FANTASTIC FOUR #48 MARVEL | 1966

This sensational silver age comic is no stranger to the CovrPrice Shakers List and its sales continue to soar. This time mid and high-grade books are making cosmic leaps. Graded 4.5 copies hit three new records, surfing to a new high of $2,650. A graded 7.5 hurtled past the previous record by over $1,000, selling for $6,165. An 8.0 blasted past $10k for the first time, closing for $10,250. And not to be outdone, an 8.5 slab sold for a galactic $11,500 which was about $4,000 over its previous high. You see Uatu the Watcher’s reaction on this Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott cover? That’s the same expression we had over here at CovrPrice watching these sales come in!

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