WEEK IN REVIEW

June 17th, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

This week we explore some high-selling Dr. Seuss homage covers, rank order the richest characters in comic-dom, and show some love for a super rare Sailor Moon SDCC cover. Jump on in!

Also, don’t forget you can always swing by CovrPrice to check out our Movers and Shakers lists for a sneak peek at our newsletter picks! 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: AMERICA #1 MARVEL | MAR 1, 2017

A pre-covid rule for collecting was to primarily focus on a first appearance and then a hard-to-find ratio cover. However, so much has changed. The new rule is to focus on the first appearance, the 2nd appearance, the first solo issues, hard to find 2nd prints, 3rd prints, and pretty much every ratio and convention cover. Well, that’s at least what’s happening for America Chavez (and so many other MCU-related characters). This first issue, while nowhere close to a first, has been climbing lately. It’s currently at a raw CovrPrice FMV of $54 with a new high sale of $295 for a CGC 9.8. And this book is just getting started.

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SHAKER: BLAZING COMBAT #1 WARREN | 1965

If you’re not investing in Frazetta covers, then you’re missing out on a rapidly increasing market. Sure, content-related books are hard to ignore and they’re some of the best books to hunt. However, don’t miss out on Frank Frazetta, who is easily one of the most celebrated comic artists of all time… and a fantastic investment. This cover may not be one of his most recognizable covers, but collectors are putting big cash down on higher grades of his work. For example, this cover of Blazing Combat #1 had a new high sale of $1,299 for a CGC 8.0. If that’s a little out of your price range, then turn your attention to his covers for issues #2 and #3, which are far more affordable (a CGC 7.0 for issue #2 is $90) and still awesome.

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SHAKER: BONE #1 CARTOON BOOKS | 1991

Bone, the popular creation from Jeff Smith, has been surging in value since Netflix acquired the rights and has been rumored to be creating an animated series. You’ve probably seen one of the many prints of issue number 1, all of which use different colors for the title text. The first print, which is by far the most desirable, has “Bone” in red and this week saw a record sale for a CGC 9.2 of $3,480. This beats out the prior high in this grade by over 50% with that sale of $2,125 occurring in just January of this year. The first print of this book is extremely rare, with an estimated print run of approximately 2,000 copies and only 308 universal graded copies on the CGC census. So collectors and speculators jumped at the chance to grab this book and pushed it to new heights.

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 – 2ND PRINT MARVEL | 2018

If you’ve paid attention to our last 3 years of newsletters, then you know how strongly we believe in Spider-Man-related investments. Spidey books remain one of the safest and consistent market performers of all superhero-related books. Sure, with Edge of Spider-Verse, Edge of Spider-Geddon, Vault of Spiders, etc. there’s been a massive surge of alternate Spider-verse characters. While some are downright silly like Spider-Ma’am (who still has a fan base) and Spider-Cop (who is so ridiculous that we LOVE him), there’s a lot of fantastic spider characters in these various spider-verse series that stand on their own as completely original versions of the spider totem. One of our personal favorites has always been Peni Parker and SP//DR. Her creator, Gerard Way, provided a perfect example of this creative alternate version of Spider- “Man” in Edge of Spider-Verse #5. After seeing a spike in her values after SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, we finally got a little more Peni & Sp//dr story in this Edge of Spider-Geddon issue, which also introduced us to Addy Brock (a classmate of Peni) and her mech Venom suit. Seriously, pick this issue up. It’s a great read. Collector’s realizing this have sought out this hard to find 2nd print and have brought raw copies up to a current FMV of $33. However, it’s this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $600 that really made us pay attention. While you’re looking for EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON, look for issue #1 2nd print, which jumps more into Spider-Punk’s anarchic world and also features the first appearance of PUNK HULK.

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SHAKER: ICE CREAM MAN #20, DR. SEUSS HOMAGE VARIANT IMAGE | 2020

It’s been a dark time in the news for Dr. Seuss’s books, both in and out of comics, much of it because society is struggling with a renewed interest in nostalgic Americana balanced with the critical needs of racial inclusivity and equity in the 21st century. For example, you might recall how the Die!Namite Dr. Seuss homage covers got caught up in controversy when two Seuss homage variants for #2 and #4 of that series were recalled and destroyed by Dynamite due to criticism of insensitive racial portrayals on the covers. Collectors love recalls because they tend to make books scarce, which resulted in those covers spiking on the aftermarket. They still sell strong now, including the virgin 1:20 variants of both. Also, remember the Ice Cream Man #20 homage covers that kept coming back in subsequent printings last summer? The cover itself — by Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran — was uncontroversial but it was paired with probably the creepiest solicit ever, a rewriting of “One Fish, Two Fish” explicitly labeled “For Kids”… but the sort of thing no parent would ever want their child to read. The first print sold for a record high this week of $40 for a raw copy. Scout’s all-ages Scoot imprint is releasing “Claire and the Dragons” with a Dr. Seuss homage variant by Nathan Johnson this week, so this will be another one for Seuss collectors to grab. It also appears to be a fun and straightforward children’s comic so perhaps we will see a turn back to the positive here for Dr. Seuss.

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SHAKER: MOON KNIGHT #1 – ALEX MALEEV – 2ND PRINT MARVEL | 2011

Tapping into what we said in our blurb for AMERICA above, there’s no limit to what (or how many books) can spike in value. Cool/hard-to-find covers simply need that slight nudge by any mention on youtube/site and then it’s suddenly incredibly hot. Until last year, this awesome 2nd print cover by Alex Maleev could have been had for $30 or less raw. This week’s raw sale of $275 and a CGC 9.8 for $661 puts this book in a whole new class. We should note that there’s an AMAZING Italian foil version of this cover too (we like shiny things).

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SHAKER: RICK AND MORTY #1 – BLANK CONVENTION VARIANT ONI PRESS | 2015

There are a BUNCH of blank variants out there that are actually worth significant values. This is one of them. These were for sale during Oni’s 2015 various convention appearances. With the heat and high value of this issue, this blank variant also spiked in price. It’s been pricey for a while, but this week’s raw sale of $250 reminds how bad some collectors want it. While many want it to get sketched… there are plenty of collector’s slabbing these AS IS… blank.  In fact, a blank CGC 9.8 holds the highest value of $350. 

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SHAKER: MORTAL KOMBAT #1 MIDWAY GAMES | 1992

It’s unknown if the recent MORTAL KOMBAT film did well enough to spawn more… but it sure did give a massive lift to MK books. This first appearance of Mortal Kombat hit a huge new high this week of $1,500 for a CGC 9.6. 

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SHAKER: RICHIE RICH #1 (HARVEY, 1960)

Americans are fascinated with billionaires, and in this time of extreme income inequality, we can’t seem to get enough news about the insanely rich. According to Forbes, Richie $ Rich is the 2nd wealthiest fictional character, behind Santa Claus of course who has infinite wealth but beating out Scrooge McDuck, Willie Wonka, Bruce Wayne, Montgomery Burns, and Cruella De Vil. The character was created by Alfred Harvey and Warren Kremer in 1953 and first appeared in Little Dot #1, distributed by Harvey Comics. This first issue from the first solo-titled series sold for $3,150 for a graded 5.5 copy this week, and $1,159 for a 3.0. Multiple books from this run hit our Daily Shakers list including #2 which sold for $1,160, and #8 which sold for $250, all we imagine to be filed away in a solid gold, diamond-encrusted short box.

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SHAKER: SAILOR MOON #1 – SDCC 1998 – PINK FOIL TOKYOPOP | OCT 1, 1998

We covered this book back in our 9/11/20 Newsletter. That was back when we were surprised by a raw sale of $153. To recap, the standard first print (first Sailor Moon U.S. comic appearance) has been recently selling for $50 raw/$250 in a 9.8. However, it’s this SDCC Pink Foil variant that continues to surprise us. This (hard to not notice/super pink) variant was only available at San Diego Comic-Con 1998. To add to that, it was available ONLY to Club Tokyopop members. It’s not widely known how many copies there are out there, but very few get listed. Well, this variant has been on a climb with a $350 raw sale in 10/20 and then a CGC 9.4 sale of $450 in 5/21… bringing us to this week’s all-new high sale of $599 raw. Granted, it’s for an NM copy… which is exceptionally tough to find… but still, wow. There IS a rumor of possible content brewing. However, this franchise is doing just fine without new content. It has a massive fanbase both domestically and internationally. In fact, at your next convention, count how many Sailor Moon cosplayers you see (hint: there’s a ton). Note: This variant also has a sister with issue #11’s inverted version of this cover from SDCC 1999 (silver foil cover with a pink moon). 

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SHAKER: SHOCK SUSPENSTORIES #7 EC | 1953

In PCH, there are sub-category collectors who focus on the specific subject matter, like decapitation, bondage, etc. This cover is for those “electrocution” collectors. While niche, it’s a thing. PCH books are full of these collector niches… which are mainly to help curb spending. Pre-code horror books are in high demand and have increased in price and popularity… like everything else lately. This specific book hit a new high this week of $2,997 for a CGC 9.4. 

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SHAKER: SPAWN #233 – SKETCH VARIANT IMAGE | 2013

There’s every other hot book and then there’s Spawn. Random variants like this that see crazy surges. In Feb. 2021, a 9.8 sold for $465. This was crushed by this week’s new high of $899.99 for a 9.8. This is somewhat supported by a raw high sale of $260 back in May. High-grade Spawn variants are excellent market performers. There are so many other examples of this, like Spawn #145, which also sold a 9.8 this week for $889.99.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: THRAWN #1 – FRANCESCO MATTINA (1:50) MARVEL | 2018

No new/recent news and this Mattina 1:50 still hit a huge new high sale of $3K for a 9.8 this week. We haven’t even seen Thrawn yet nor heard any official casting. Imagine what happens to this book when we do. We used to be able to count on two hands the modern variants that were over $1K… now we need like 10 hands (or CovrPrice’s Collection Management System.. wink wink)… maybe even more.

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SHAKER: STRAY DOGS #1 – SEVEN HOMAGE IMAGE | 2021

We’ve had STRAY DOGS on our WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING section and recently highlighted Hive’s Blair Witch cover. This series is picking up steam with a growing fanbase. Well, add this Seven Homage to the list of valuable covers for this series. It had a big sale of $125 raw this week. We’re looking forward to issue #3’s MIDSOMER homage for its 3rd print. 

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SHAKER: TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44 NEWSSTAND (DC 1984)

You gotta admit, the cover of this book is not Perez’s best work – but hey it’s still a very solid DC key with the 1st appearance of Dick Grayson as Nightwing and a Deathstroke origin story. In spite of its key status, you can still get CGC 9.8 copies of the Direct Edition for under $400. For an important DC character heading a pretty popular live show in its 3rd season, that’s pretty good. Some people, however, seem to be taking notice as the book has been periodically spiking into the $600 range and we just hit an all-time high for the Newsstand edition at $746.99 – around $100 more than the previous high. So it’s probably worth looking out for nice raw copies that might press/grade up to that coveted 9.8 level. Also, there’s a $.95 Canadian Price edition that also fetches a premium. With the 3rd season of Titans allegedly coming out later this year, it might not be a bad idea to stock up on Tales of the Teen Titans #44.

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 – LA MOLE CON – FOIL MARVEL | 2011

We’ll keep this brief… this foil sold a raw for $426 and a 9.8 this week for $1,500. Geez.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #1 – C2E2 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER MARVEL | 2020

Wolverine has never looked so pretty. This JTC cover was so good that it inspired collectors to dig into all his previous negative covers, pushing almost all of them to new heights. However, this yellow cover is simply amazing. This book’s print run and its specific number is printed directly onto the book as “x out of 3000”. While most 9.8’s sell for around $400, the highly coveted #1 of 3000 sold this week for a massive $1,500 for a CGC 9.8. Collectors often seek out specific numbers, but the general rule is that the first (#1) and last number (#3000) hold the most value. Then other popular “lucky” numbers: #7, #13, #21 tend to also hold significant value. For this book, 180, 181, and 1974 are also highly sought after (due to their direct tie to Wolverine’s first appearances). So, if you’re ever able to pick your number, look for key numbers like this and ones significant to the character/book.

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SHAKER: X-FORCE #11 – NEWSSTAND MARVEL | 1992

Comic appearances sure can get complicated. One of the hardest ones to debate is Domino’s first. One glance at New Mutants #98, she’s right there on the cover as well as internally. However, from that issue to issue #11, it was revealed that this Domino was actually the mutant COPYCAT the whole time. In issue #11 we discover that the real Domino was kidnapped and replaced by Copycat, which gives this issue her first official appearance as “the real” Domino. Then you throw in a flashback sequence in issue #8 that many point to as also being “the real” Domino. Regardless, it’s all headache-inducing. The market has agreed to move forward with this “first” and sold a CGC 9.8 copy for $496, just $4 under the all-time high of $500 from this past April.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: SAM AND TWITCH

Deadline recently announced that “Wiip Partners With Todd McFarlane To Develop ‘Sam And Twitch’ Series Based On ‘Spawn’ Comic Book Characters”. This news helped their first appearance in Spawn #1 spike as well as their first solo series.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: TITANIA

It was recently announced that actress Jameela Jamil was cast on SHE-HULK to play the villain, Titania. Her first appearance in this issue had a high sale of $555 for a CGC 9.8.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SKARR: SONY OF THE HULK

Multiple sites shared SUPER unconfirmed rumors that Skaar, son of The Hulk (and Caiera from Planet Hulk/ Sakaar) could be appearing in the upcoming Disney+ SHE-HULK series. While Skaar’s first appearance is in this What If one-shot, this is reported to be an alternate version of the Skaar that first emerged at the end of WORLD WAR HULK #5 and then into his own series, SKAAR: SON OF THE HULK #1. Still, this one-shot What If went nuts with raw books selling for a high of $250 and an all-time high sale of $600 for a CGC 9.8.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: MARVEL #16 MARVEL | 2015

Over the past few months, this key book has been slowly increasing in value. Recent sales have been around $20, with a high of $35 (back in May). This is a great book to pick-up now before THE MARVELS. Why is this key? Well, it features the first meeting of Kamala Khan and Carol Danvers (on the last page). As you know by now, Kamala is a huge Captain Marvel fan and modeled her costume and name in homage of Carol Danvers. This “fangirl” moment will more then likely be replicated in Marvel’s upcoming THE MARVELS film.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #84 MARVEL | 1962

Marvel has taken several of the previous “damsels in distress” female roles and brought them front and center as Marvel’s greatest heroes (For example, Gwen Stacey). While always a key book, Jane Foster’s first appearance was strictly reserved for hardcore Thor collectors. However, her run as THOR and upcoming appearance as THOR in LOVE AND THUNDER has now turned her first into a key Marvel book for all collectors. A CGC 7.0 sold this week for a massive $7,211. This shattered this grade’s last high of $1,650 back in April 2019. In fact, this was a price that we would have once seen for a 9.0. We can’t wait to see how higher grades will do when they come to market closer to its release date.

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