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This week we see renewed market interest in Black Widow’s sister, we track some HUGE sales from Heritage Auctions, and a ghost emerges… a sale for the Web of Spider #1 – California Adventures Cast Member 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 #10 | MARVEL | 2014
This issue features the first appearance of SPIDER-PUNK aka Hobie Brown (who we LOVE). If you recall, this first spiked back in 2018 when folks speculated that he would appear in the first animated SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. However, as we gear up for the second film, other apps/sites have started speculating on which alternate Spideys will appear, and Spider-Punk was suggested. Without any confirmation of any kind, this rose from a $150 9.8 to this week’s new high sale of $450! Raw copies are around $40 in NM. Again, this is pure speculation… but these days, that’s enough to move sales.
SHAKER: BATMAN #423 | DC | 1988
We’ve chatted about this book in the past. It’s easily one of Todd McFarlane’s best covers… and quite possibly one of the best modern covers for Batman. Collectors have been recognizing this lately and have been heavily investing in it. And wow, did this drive up the value. This week, a 9.8 hit an all-time high sale of $2,500!!! Keep in mind that this time last year, a 9.8 would have cost you $600.
SHAKER: BATMAN #608 – 2ND PRINT | DC | NOV 13, 2002
Speaking of Batman and important modern-day covers, look no further than Jim Lee’s classic covers for issue 608. COVER A is awesome in its own right, but this 2nd print is already considered an iconic Batman cover. Paired with Superman #204’s cover A, these connecting covers of Supes and Bats flexing at each other are absolutely amazing. However, this Batman #608 cover is WAY harder to find due to it being the 2nd print. Due to this scarcity, it sells for a significant premium, as seen in this week’s new all-time high sale of $600 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: THE BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE – PRESTIGE EDITION | DC | 1994
AND more Batman. Collectors have always seemed to favor the standard cover of the Batman/Harley MAD LOVE one-shot. However, the prestige edition and its two additional printings are all starting to do quite well in the aftermarket. A 9.8 of the first print Prestige edition sold for a high of $850 this week.
SHAKER: BLACK WIDOW #1 – J.G. JONES YELENA VARIANT | MARVEL | JUN 1, 1999
We’re finally starting to hear reviews on BLACK WIDOW and folks are raving about Florence Pugh’s portrayal of Yelena Belova… many stating that the moniker of BLACK WIDOW is in good hands. This high praise is giving collector’s that extra confidence it needed to start re-investing in her first full appearance in this issue (and cover). It had a new high sale of $700 for a CGC 9.8. If these reviews are accurate, then expect that price to jump significantly.
SHAKER: DESTROYER DUCK #1 | ECLIPSE | 1982
Sergio Aragonés is a comic book legend (and a hell of a nice guy). He has a huge fanbase and is practically the core DNA of MAD MAGAZINE. Throughout his award-winning career, one of his greatest characters was GROO THE WANDERER. Created as a satire of characters like CONAN, his work on this title brought him significant fanfare. In fact, in 1992 he was the first Mexican/American to ever win the Eisner Award for his work on the title. With all that said, many don’t realize that GROO’s first appearance is in this 1st issue of DESTROYER DUCK #1. At the end of the issue, they included an original story featuring 3 pages of this new character… with no other call to action. This is easily one of those books you can easily flip past. However, this week’s new high sale of $575 for a 9.8 and $50 raw price is a good reason to pick this up.
SHAKER: HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #18 | DC | 2014
The MOTU comic books have always been a bit of a mess. They have started/ended multiple different new comic series over the past 35+ years. This has led to multiple first appearances, but almost no official canon continuity. The upcoming MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS hopes to change that. However, this 2012 DC run was considered the closest thing we had in terms of canon storylines. So, when we look at a character like SHE-RA… she’s even a more complicated first appearance than the rest of the MOTU cast. Technically, her first comic appearance is in 1985’s comic adaptation of HE-MAN AND SHE-RA : THE SECRET OF THE SWORD. However, we’ll flash forward to this 2012 DC series, where Adora’s origin is re-written and appears throughout all issues. Notably, she also appears as She-Ra on several covers prior to this issue (like the awesome #1 Dodson Variant, #5 and #14). So, why is this issue important? Well, as a MOTU fan… you would have noticed that She-Ra was missing from ALL forms of content (animated series, comics, etc) for decades. Rumor has it that Mattel sold JUST the rights for She-Ra to Universal. While it’s unknown if they STILL own the rights, for one reason or another… she was included in this series and was considered her homecoming return to MOTU. It was a big deal. And it’s in this particular issue where she transforms from Adora into the Princess of Power for the first time in well over 30 years. And man, how awesome is THIS cover? Well, this book suddenly jumped from a $190 CGC 9.8 last July to a new high sale of $1,600!!!! Wow. (Note: we spared you from the complicated MINI-comic continuity where she also appears. You’re welcome.)
SHAKER: MIRACLEMAN #12 – ADAM HUGHES VARIANT MARVEL | 2014
Miracleman has been stuck in legal and creative limbo since his initial creation in 1954. It wasn’t until Alan Moore got his hands on the character in 1982 and created one of the darkest, most poignant comic books of all time. Despite the popularity and high interest in the character after Moore’s limited series, no one knew what to do with the character… until 2014 when Marvel revamped the character. While this new series was met with mixed reviews, it did produce this gorgeous cover of Miraclewoman by Adam Hughes. This cover was pretty hot when it first came out… however, over the years it fell out of collector’s minds. Though this week’s 9.8 sale of $350 shows that fans are still paying attention! There are rumors of a new Miracleman series… so, fingers crossed!
SHAKER: PHANTOM LADY #23 | FOX | 1949
Good Girl art and Matt Baker are enough of a reason to pick up this Golden Age classic cover. While his cover for #17 is the most famous (due to its inclusion in SOTI) this Matt Baker bondage cover is known to be tougher to find. This week a copy sold a CGC 3.0 for $6,523. It’s worth noting that Matt Baker was one of only a few African American artists during the 40’s and 50’s. It’s great to see collectors celebrate and collect this legendary artist.
SHAKER: STRAY DOGS #1 – EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW | IMAGE | FEB 24, 2021
With STRAY DOGS growing in popularity, this EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW edition popped up out of nowhere this week with ONE copy listed, where it promptly sold for $600 raw. Like you, we didn’t know this existed either until we saw this sale. And in the world of “firsts”, this counts.
SHAKER: THE TRANSFORMERS #1 | MARVEL | 1984
Just noting a new high CGC 9.8 of $3,025. Just for fun, this was only $750 in a 9.8 at last June 2020.
SHAKER: X-23 #1 – GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (1:25) | MARVEL | 2010
While $300 less than the all-time high in April 2021 ($2,605), this week’s sale of $2,325 for a 9.8 is just so amazing to see. This variant is a modern masterpiece. LOVE it.
TUMBLER: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 – SARA PICHELLI (1:30) | MARVEL | 2011
Now, here’s an interesting trend that we didn’t think we’d report… but some of Miles’ bigger variants (like this) have fallen in price recently. For example, this variant fell from a high sale of $3,100 for a 9.8 in May 2021 to this week’s $1,225.65. We’ve seen similar trends for ULTIMATE FALLOUT 4 BAGLEY 2ND PRINT, which fell from a high of $1,400 in a 9.8 back in March 2021 to the current $850. Also, the PICHELLI 2ND PRINT, which fell from a high of $900 in March 2021 to its current $550 in a 9.8. While this is not a doom & gloom report, ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 1st print and the La Mole variant are still on the rise! Just some of these outliers are settling back down. So, if you were looking for a copy, grab it now.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: BARRISS OFFEE RUMOR
Hey, it’s Star Wars stuff! It’s been a minute. However, new rumors have surfaced that Barriss Offee may appear in the ASHOKA TANO Disney+ series. Barriss first appeared in the Episode II Attack of the Clones 1 comic. In that issue, she appears in multiple panels but doesn’t speak. FCBD 2004 – STAR WARS: CLONE WARS ADVENTURES is considered her first full appearance. Hence it sold 28 copies, had a 7-day trend of 192% and had a high sale of $365 for a CGC 9.8. There was also a rumor of a possible THE INQUISITORS show in the works (first introduced in STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #6). However, that rumor has apparently already been squashed. Barriss seems to be the stronger speculation.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1 – TODD NAUCK – CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE – CAST VARIANT | MARVEL | 2021
Sometimes we watch a book to LITERALLY just watch it. We love rare and hard-to-find books… and this looks like it’ll be one of them. This exclusive was ONLY given to California Adventures Cast members, in celebration of the recent opening of AVENGERS CAMPUS. Each member was given a “top-secret” Avengers folder that included: A cast member publication (behind the scenes interviews with Imagineers), a commemorative Avengers Campus guide map, and an Avengers Campus sticker. Also, included was a note that they would be “distributing (separately) a specially designed (and enormously collectible) Spider-Man comic to all Cast Members”. And the FIRST one just hit the market. It’s currently moving slow, however, the market isn’t overly aware of it (well except for you readers now). This reminds us of the STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE #1 – VARIANT that was only given to the Imagineering team. That entered the market in November 2019 and sold for an obtainable price of $236. With only 4 copies sold (in total), the last sale in May 2020 sold for $1,750. Granted, there are WAY more cast members than there are Imagineers, so theoretically… this Spidey variant should be more obtainable. However, it’s hard to tell. Regardless… buckle in, this will be a fun one to watch.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: HERITAGE SALES – This past week Heritage had some HEAVY hitter sales. And wow… did they set some new records. There were a ton, but here are some of the highlights for us:
- DETECTIVE COMICS #27 | DC | 1939: 1st Appearance of Batman:
- $1,125,000.00 for a CGC 5.0
- DEECTIVE COMICS #38 DC | 1940: 1st Appearance of Robin, The Boy Wonder:
- $78,000 for a CGC 5.0
- FANTASTIC FOUR #48 MARVEL | 1966: 1st Appearance of The Silver Surfer and Galactus
- A NEW HIGH sale of $108,000 for a CGC 9.8
- GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 MARVEL | 1975: 1st Appearance of Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm and 1st X-Men Appearance of Wolverine.
- A NEW HIGH sale of $72,000 for a CGC 9.8
- MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #5 | MARVEL | 1972: 1st Appearance of Ghost-Rider (Johnny Blaze)
- A NEW HIGH sale of $264,000
- THE SILVER SURFER #4 MARVEL | 1969: 1st Battle and classic cover of Thor vs. The Silver Surfer
- A NEW HIGH sale of $90,000 for a CGC 9.8
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