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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 FANTASY #15 MARVEL | 2006
This first appearance of Amadeus Cho (aka Mastermind Excello aka Totally Awesome Hulk aka Brawn) hit a new high this week for $1,676 for a CGC 9.8. Currently, as Brawn, there’s a persistent rumor (from no hard source) that we COULD see Amadeus in the MCU… at some point. This vague rumor floats around almost every fan-favorite Marvel character. However, despite no real source… these unconfirmed rumors still continue to elevate Cho’s first appearance’s market prices.
SHAKER: BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE SPECIAL #1 DC | 1992
With Bane’s daughter VENGEANCE now front and center in THE JOKER series, her appearance has stirred up interest in her father’s first appearance. In fact, this undervalued key appearance is finally getting the attention it deserves. Floating around $200 to $250 for years, its recent new high sale of $715 for a CGC 9.8 shows that, while unpredictable, the market is still investing in smart first appearances like this.
SHAKER: DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #14 MARVEL | 1975
We’re less than 3 months from the Shang Chi movie release. In that time we’ve seen a solid trailer and witnessed Special Marvel Edition #15’s market value spike. It’s clear that Kung Fu genre fans are looking for cool books to snag. Combine this pro-Kung Fu mindset with a cool Neal Adams Bruce Lee cover, 1 CGC 9.8 copy on the census, and no recorded CGC 9.8 sales and you get a huge 49 bid eBay battle resulting in a $2,850 sale – the biggest sale of a book from this series we’ve ever recorded. The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu series is in magazine format so it’s often left behind by traditional comic collectors but don’t sleep on these books. There are some solid 1st appearances like 1st Steel Serpent, 1st Daughters of the Dragon, 1st Hector Ayala (White Tiger), and some amazing artwork and storytelling. These magazines commonly took a beating so finding high-grade copies are super tough, but you might get lucky because the series is under the radar. Keep your eyes peeled for books in this 33 issue, mid-1970’s series.
SHAKER: ETERNALS #13 35-CENT PRICE VARIANT MARVEL | 1977
Between June and October of 1977, Marvel test-marketed 35-cent price variants of popular titles, an increase over the standard 30-cent price of a comic in 1977. Exceedingly rarer than the standard cover and coveted by collectors, these inflated price variants were only distributed at a few sites in the US. The locations (as noted in our ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VARIANTS article) were estimated to only test in 6 markets (though strong arguments have supported that it may have been as low as 4. While it’s not clear which markets, it’s also been noted that the test markets may have just been Memphis, TN, Toledo, OH, Tuscaloosa, AL, and Wilmington, NC. Star Wars #1, Iron Fist #14, and Captain America #212 are some of the most sought-after of these, selling for up to ten times the main cover in the same grade. And now, with the Eternals movie looming on the horizon, it seems the 35-cent price variants for the Eternals #12 through #16 are on the rise. This week a graded 4.5 Eternals #12, the 1st appearance of the Uni-mind, sold for $300. There are only 19 of these in the CGC census. A graded 6.0 of Eternals #13, the first appearance of Gilgamesh, sold for $350. Only 18 of these appear in the CGC census.
SHAKER: HARLEY QUINN #1 – ADAM HUGHES VARIANT DC | 2013
Adam Hughes is widely considered as one of the most coveted variant/cover artists for fans, collectors, and publishers. This 1:25 variant for the NEW 52 launch was an instant hit for Hughes and was one of the most in-demand variants for the entire New 52 run. While it dipped in the past several years, it’s recently been escalating back up in price as seen with this week’s new high sale of $900 for a CGC 9.8.
Issues one through nine of the 2008 Hulk run were distributed with a cover price of $2.99, but these comics were also distributed in a super rare $3.99 Newsstand Price variant that is indistinguishable from the main cover except for the price printed in the UPC barcode box. Starting in 2009 with issue #10, Marvel raised the Direct price to $3.99, erasing the distinction. CGC marks the Newsstands of those first nine issues as “$3.99 Newsstand Edition” and so we have incredibly rare variants of both the first cover appearance of the Red Hulk in #1 and the first full appearance in #2 (along with the first appearance of A-Bomb in this issue). A CGC 9.6 copy of this variant of #2 sold for $350 this week. For comparison, a CGC 9.6 of the regular cover also sold for $81. Both sales actually seem low for this comic which is not well understood by the community, especially given the developing (possible) MCU appearances of General Thunderbolt Ross as RED HULK.
SHAKER: MARVEL TEAM-UP #141 MARVEL | 1984
In 1984, there was a WHOLE lot of market confusion around Spidey’s new “black suit”. Back in 1984, there wasn’t an internet to look this stuff up. Heck, for a long time, even we (as children, we’re super smart now) thought that MARVEL SUPER-HEROES SECRET WARS #8 was the first appearance… despite its release almost a year after this issue. However, we now know that Amazing Spider-Man #252 gets the honor of the first black suit. Then, it’s a tie between MARVEL TEAM-UP #141 and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #9. Still (with the exception of Secret Wars), it was pretty darn close… and seeing this week’s new high sale of $1,300 for a 9.8 for Marvel Team-Up #141… maybe the rule of Pokemon (“gotta catch them all”) applies.
SHAKER: MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE: PHOTO ADAPTATION MARVEL | 1995
Power Ranger heat is really picking up. Granted, the BOOM series really brought hardcore fans back to fold, the recent nostalgia craze has really lifted key POWER RANGERS books. This hard-to-find MOVIE ADAPTATION is a perfect example. This week, it had an all-new high sale of $599 for a 9.8. As the franchise moves into new content, books like this should continue to rise.
SHAKER: MOON KNIGHT #8 MARVEL | 1980
Bill Sienkiewicz and Moon Knight go hand in hand. Not only did Bill create some amazing covers, but he used A LOT of black ink… making high-grade copies a rarity across most of his covers. This dynamic cover is no different. This CGC 9.8 is one of only 13 on the CGC census and it sold for a hefty $1,350 this week. That low amount of 9.8 copies give this $15 raw book a nice 9.8 premium.
SHAKER: NEW MUTANTS #98 MARVEL | 1991
Deadpool books are on the move. However Marvel weaves in the Merc with a Mouth, the MCU will never be the same. This newsstand could be purchased for as low as $575 for a CGC 9.8 in May 2020. A little over a year later, this newsstand hit a new high of $5,200 for a 9.8. Obviously, collectors are recognizing the fact that Deadpool’s potential impact on the MCU as a whole.
SHAKER: NYX #3 MARVEL | 2004
Like Deadpool, X-23 was another character that spiked well over $1K with the release of LOGAN and then fell sharply with a 9.8 hitting as low as $672 in April 2019. However, with a new influx of collectors (with money to burn) into the hobby, these buyers are buying into key/fan-favorite characters like Deadpool, X-23, etc. This is exactly why this hit an all-time high of $2,068 for a 9.8.
SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #6 – JENNY FRISON – COLOR SPLASH – 1:25 BOOM! STUDIOS | 2020
Now, if you think that $2K+ is WAY too high for X-23… then compare that to this week’s all-new high sale for the rarest SIKTC variant at $2,749.99 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: SLEEPWALKER #1 – NEWSSTAND MARVEL | 1991
Behold, the book that somehow manages to creep into high market sales every few years. This first appearance of Sleepwalker may be one to file under newsstand fever with a CGC 9.8 copy selling for $400 this week.
SHAKER: STARTLING COMICS #50 PINES | 1948
Alex Schomburg is famous for many of the covers he drew in the golden age, including the beautiful airbrush science fiction and good girl work he did in the Startling Comics run. This week we saw a record high sale of $1,140 for a CGC 7.5 copy of issue #50, beating out the prior record of $960 from September of 2019. For a high-grade Alex Schomburg airbrush cover from 1948, this still feels like a steal of a price. Especially when you consider that issue #49 of this same run, the famous “Bender” cover, had a sale of $13,700 for a CGC 7.0 in April of this year. So if you’re looking for some incredible covers from this golden age artist at a reasonable price, consider looking into this run.
SHAKER: SUPER MARIO BROS. SPECIAL EDITION #1 VALIANT | 1990
Regular readers know we’ve been reporting on record-setting prices for the early 90’s Valiant/Nintendo comics for a while now. Some of the biggest ones include The Legend of Zelda #1, Nintendo Comics System Sneak Peak Preview, and Super Mario Bros. #1. Many of us grew up on the Super Mario franchise – the 1st iteration of the Super Mario Bros. game came in our 1980’s NES bundle! Well, this April 1990 Special Edition one-shot features comic form content from Super Mario Bros. #3 – the title that really took the franchise to the next level with the Tanooki Suit, Hammer Suit, Frog Suit, Super Leaf, and the P-Wing. We got to choose our own paths and head back to levels we wanted to play again. It was awesome! Well, the nostalgia is strong with this one as we just had an all-time high sale for a CGC 9.8 copy of $921. There are only 35 universal copies on the CGC Census and 129 for all grades – so not a lot of supply from a graded book standpoint. While these books are tough to find in the wild, it might be worth checking around the video games at flea markets or other non-specialty comic stores. Happy hunting!
SHAKER: THE TICK SPECIAL EDITION #1 NEW ENGLAND COMICS | 1988
This 90’s favorite should be hurting in market value after two failed live-action TV shows. However, this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $1,900 is another clear reminder that nostalgia is a massive market drive as this sale marks a new high for this first appearance of THE TICK. This destroys the last 9.8 sale of $785 back in February 2020. Spoon!
SHAKER: ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #22 MARVEL | 2005
The ULTIMATE line was a massive success for quite some time. However, out of EVERYTHING that came from all those stories… the Marvel Zombies was one of our favorites. No one saw it coming… and it was SO good. Mark Millar took the Ultimate Fantastic Four in a whole new direction. Out of this sprung Kirkman’s MARVEL ZOMBIES line, which we also loved. However, it’s the inclusion of Marvel Zombies in one of the upcoming DISNEY+ WHAT IF? episode that’s really starting to move sales. It’s unknown if there’s any long-term potential outside that one episode… but this week’s sale of the first full appearance of Marvel Zombies (they had a cameo appearance on the last page in issue #21) hit a new high this week of $500 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 – CANADIAN PRICE MARVEL | 1985
This classic cover and first WEB OF SPIDER-MAN highlights the power of the Canadian price variant. A rare 9.8 copy sold for $1K this week, well over the last high $199 for a 9.8 back in November 2019.
SHAKER: WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #10 – QUESADA – THIRD CLAW VARIANT MARVEL | 2007
Back in FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, a marketing website for Madripoor had a small reference to Daken (whose first appearance is in this issue)… which was then quickly removed. It’s amazing how such a small reference like this can continue to move sales the way it does for this book. Case in point, this 3rd claw variant hit an all-new high sale of $1,700 for a CGC 9.8.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: GOD COUNTRY
Per the Hollywood Reporter, “‘Sweet Tooth’ Showrunner Jim Mickle to Direct Fantasy ‘God Country’ for Legendary”. Sales are just starting to move, starting with all the cheap copies first.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: LEGION OF SUPER PETS
This week THE ROCK shared a teaser of the LEGION OF SUPER PETS and also revealed the star-studded cast voicing the film: Dwayne Johnson as Krypto, Kevin Hart as Ace and will also include Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, and Keanu Reeves.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: THE MUNSTERS
Per Variety, “Rob Zombie Set to Direct ‘The Munsters’ Movie”. This is the first appearance of THE MUNSTERS in comic form and hit a new high of $400 for a CGC 5.5.
It’s rumored that actor Tenoch Huerta has been cast as Namor in BLACK PANTHER 2. While the rumors seem to be celebrated and noted across most comic sites, it is still unconfirmed as of now. There are multiple (and VERY expensive) key Namor books.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: RED THORN
This comic series is rumored to be in development for BBC Scotland by writer Emilia di Girolamo. This news seems VERY unconfirmed, yet it landed on this week’s TOP 10 at the #5 spot.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: SUPER CROOKS
With Netflix’s recent cancellation of JUPITER’S LEGACY, they’re jumping right into this other Mark Millar book. Variety is reporting “‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Netflix Series Releases Cast as Streamer Orders ‘Supercrooks’ Live-Action Show.”
RUMORED/OPTIONED: Y: THE LAST MAN
Y: THE LAST MAN is FINALLY coming. If you’ve paid attention to this book’s journey from page to screen… It’s had its share of battles. However, it was recently announced that it will premiere on Monday, September 13 (FX on Hulu). This news is already moving copies and had a new high sale of $1,395 for a CGC 9.8.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
SHAKER: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 DC | 1982
MOTU fans are a picky bunch (we know, as we’re one of them). It’s unknown how fans will take Kevin Smith’s version of Masters, but boy do we want to find out. If it’s okay, then it’ll be business as usual for all you fellow MOTU comic collectors (ie. hard-to-find issues sell for a premium but the rest sell for low prices). However… if it works… then watch out. Masters books could be in store for a huge boom. While this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $870 marks a new high for this issue, it still has room to grow… as SO many other MOTU books do. MV Creations, Matty Collector variants, DC variants, etc… consider them all books we’re watching.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: BATMAN #121 DC | 1959
It’s been over 6 months since Mr. Freeze made an appearance on our Shaker’s list and he’s back with some ice-cold vengeance on his prior high sales. This week we saw a CGC 3.5 of his first appearance (as Mr. Zero) hit a new record in the grade of $2,280, beating out the prior record of $2,040 from December of last year. With the relative rarity of this book for a major Silver Age first appearance (only 688 universal copies on the CGC census), the prices tend to fluctuate quite a bit whenever it comes up for sale. But with this being one of the few first appearances for a Batman villain in the Silver Age combined with a great cover and scarcity compared to other keys of the era, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing increased demand for this book in this current market.
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