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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: ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 – PHIL JIMENEZ VARIANT | MARVEL | 2014
Loose content rumors, driven by pure speculation, of Angela joining the MCU via GUARDIANS VOL. 3 is giving various Angela variants nice price bumps. This hard-to-find 1:50 Phil Jimenez variant for her first solo Marvel series sells raw for $50 to $100. However, a 9.8 sale this week went for $350. We haven’t had any confirmation of her appearing. However, as the creation of comic legend Neil Gaiman, she does have a decent chance of showing up eventually.
SHAKER: AVENGERS #2 MARVEL | 1963
With the price of the first appearance of the Avengers (in Avengers #1) spiking out of reach for many collectors, it’s no surprise when they start to look for alternative books. In this case, the second appearance of the Avengers in issue #2 had a record sale of $2,160 for a CGC 7.5 this week. This beats out the prior high of $1,733 from April of this year by over $400, and more than doubles the $900 price this book was selling for throughout 2020. Second appearances have become hot again with the big price increases many key first appearances have been seeing. Don’t overlook these key “second appearances” for too long or they might just get out of reach as well.
SHAKER: BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1 | DC | 1955
Before the Brave and the Bold title began focusing on super-heroes with such iconic issues as #28 (the first appearance of the Justice League) and #54 (the first appearance of the Teen Titans), it was exclusively stories about medieval knights and Vikings. These first 24 issues are often overlooked but have recently been seeing some renewed interest in the form of big sales. This week we saw a CGC 5.0 sell for a new record in its grade of $1,050, beating out the prior high of $896 from February of 2018. So if you happen to come across some of these early issues from Brave and the Bold, they may be worth a second look. There appears to be some strong demand out there still driving up the prices when they come up for sale.
SHAKER: CONAN THE BARBARIAN #241 – DIRECT EDITION | MARVEL | 1991
Todd McFarlane, aka The Toddfather, is clearly a modern legend. Those early founders of Image became huge celebrities in the world of comics. Todd’s reach extended into legit celebrity outside of comics into toys and Hollywood content. Demand for his early work is a rapidly growing collector trend. This book is a perfect example. While not a last issue, it was definitely nearing the end with issue #275. Print runs were low and not many kept this book in high condition. This book now sells for $40 raw and had a new high sale this week of $399 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: COW PUNCHER #2 | AVON | 1947
Little fun fact, Cow Punchers were nicknames for Cowboys/Animal herders due to their tendency to literally punch cows to get them to move. While totally no longer applicable or widely used, the title is almost comical… which is pretty clear why this run of books from Avon is so popular. Issues 2-7 of this seven-issue run all center around good girl art covers, and issue 2 specifically was done by the very popular golden age artist, Jack Kamen. This week we saw a CGC 5.5 sell for $900, easily beating the prior high sale of $256.33 from all the way back in 2012. The books from this run are quite rare, with only 26 copies on the CGC census, so if you’re trying to complete this small run, keep your eyes open when they come up for sale, and make sure to watch out for replicas.
SHAKER: DOCTOR VOODOO: AVENGER OF THE SUPERNATURAL #1 – TAN (1:15) | MARVEL | 2009
STILL not officially confirmed for DOCTOR STRANGE 2, most fans and speculators are pretty confident that Brother Voodoo will appear in the 2nd film. When it comes to key books, collectors like to seek out the first and second appearances and then notable/hard-to-find modern variants. For Voodoo, this is pretty much it (pre-Strange Academy). That makes it nice and easy for collectors to seek. The problem is, it’s been on everyone’s radar for the past year (specifically back in March 2020 when it jumped from a $5 book to $50) and quickly dried up into collections. This is not an easy book to find, despite a relatively obtainable 1:15 ratio. Very few copies show up. Cut to this week where a raw copy sold for a hefty $200 raw. Expect this to go WAY up once he’s confirmed. It’s worth noting that the standard cover for this series is also a steady $20 book with a fantastic cover. While we’re on Doctor Voodoo, it’s worth noting DOCTOR VOODOO: THE ORIGIN OF JERICHO DRUMM, the 2009 special reprinting of his origins as Brother Voodoo in Strange Tales #169-170. It’s relatively tough to find online, hence its current CovrPrice FMV is $40 with asking prices well above that. It’s definitely worth looking for.
SHAKER: EARTHWORM JIM #1 | MARVEL | DEC 1, 1995
When we talk about nostalgia, Earthworm Jim easily falls into that category. Swinging into the SNES or SEGA GENESIS in 1994, this title stood out in terms of originality and amazing graphics. The character had several games across multiple platforms throughout the rest of the ’90s. He was everywhere at the time. In fact, it was awarded the BEST GENESIS GAME in 1994 by Electronic Gaming Monthly (which was a big deal back then). Nintendo Power was a little harder on it and ranked it 114th out of 200. Still, seeing how out of control graded sealed games sell for these days…this comic is the perfect nostalgia buy… as one seller did at $350 for a CGC 9.8, a new high sale for the issue. Based on how high video comics are getting (especially early ones), this will probably seem like a deal in the near future.
SHAKER: FLASH #197 | DC | APR 16, 2003
This is a pretty big key for modern Flash collectors as it features the origin and first appearance of Hunter Zolomon as Zoom (aka Reverse Flash). It’s actually a pretty great read too. Despite some okay appearances of the character in CW’s Flash, fans hope is to see the character appear in the DCU films. It’s unknown if he’ll be in FLASH, but sales have really been moving for this issue and hit a new high of $455 for a CGC 9.8 with a raw CovrPrice FMV at $62.
SHAKER: HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 | DC | 1971
SWAMP THING didn’t get a solid chance to prove itself on TV. Though there’s still hope for him to appear in JJ Abrams JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK on HBO. Regardless, this is one of those books that collectors LOVE. It’s easily one of the most iconic covers. This week a CGC 6.0 sold for $1,920, which beats the last high of $1,300 this past March. Mid-range copies are really proving to be quite significant investment books if you’re priced out of the higher grades.
SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7 – DAVID LOPEZ – WOMEN OF POWER | MARVEL | 2016
When Riri Williams first appeared in this issue (via cameo), it was THE book to get. In fact, subsequent printings celebrated this, like the 3rd print, stating “featuring the first appearance of Riri Williams”. Despite this, the market-determined that issue #9 was a more substantial FULL appearance of Riri. Over the past year, issue 9 has surged WELL past issue #7. Despite the market preference, this is still not an issue to ignore. In fact, this WOP (women of power) variant just had its biggest sale yet this week at $700 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: KILLMONGER #2 – DEKAL VARIANT | MARVEL | 2018
Speculation strongly feels that in light of Chadwick Bowman’s death, the most logical replacement is to bring back Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. Marvel hasn’t provided any details for BLACK PANTHER 2, though the collector market is eager to find out. In the meantime, the market is driving up sales for the various variants and subsequent printing for this Killmonger series. This 1:25 Jeff Dekal variant (shout out to Dekal fan/champion Mr. Longshort), is now a high-priced variant with this week’s NM raw sale of $180.
SHAKER: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #28 | MARVEL | 1971
Moon Knight mania is in full swing and buyers are chomping at the bit for high-grade Moon Knight keys. It’s been about a month since we saw a 9.4 or better of Werewolf by Night #32 sell (6/16 – 2 copies sold the same day for $12.4K and $19.5K) and the most recent higher grade sales were a couple of CGC 8.5’s that sold on the 4th of July ($4.2K and $4.6K). With prices like that, collectors and speculators alike often look to the next best thing – 2nd appearance – and after that the character’s first solo story. If you thought Werewolf by Night #33 (Moon Knight’s 2nd appearance) would be next in value you’d be wrong! Moon Knight’s first solo story found in Marvel Spotlight #28 has catapulted WWBN #33 with a recent CGC 9.4 sale of just under $1,500. For some context, that’s higher than a July 7th CGC 9.6 Marvel Spotlight #28 sale ($1,322) and the last CGC 9.4 WWBN #33 sale back on June 25th ($1,099). Interestingly, there are more than twice as many Marvel Spotlight #28’s as there are WWBN #33’s on the CGC census so it’s not a matter of supply. QUESTION: if you had $1,500 to spend on a single Moon Knight key, would you take the Marvel Spotlight #28 in CGC 9.4, the Werewolf by Night #33 in CGC 9.4, or a Werewolf by Night #32 (Moon Knight’s 1st appearance) in CGC 2.5?
SHAKER: MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 – FIONA STAPLES (1:50) | MARVEL | 2014
This Staples variant is easily one of the most in-demand Miles variants. This exact scene was quickly played out in SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. This week, it sold for $2,150 for a CGC 9.8. While not the highest, it’s only $100 from back in August 2020 when Miles Mania was at its height.
SHAKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 | MARVEL | 1968
Spider-Man comics pre-1970 are extremely tough to get in a high grade. Magazine-sized comics are even tougher. As any of you collectors know, Magazine sized books are a bit of a pain to have in your collection if you only have a few. We always tend to tuck them into the right or left side of a long box. However, this is not ideal and risks damage to its condition. So it’s highly impressive that someone was able to get a 9.8 for this early Spectacular Spider-Man issue. One of those lone 9.8 copies sold this week for $1,495.
SHAKER: TALES OF SUSPENSE #57 | MARVEL | 1964
This market is so interesting. Hawkeye has been around in the MCU for a decade now… yet it took a Disney+ show to help his first appearance surge forward. Which is exactly what this is doing. For example, this week a CGC 5.0 sold for $1,500, which is almost $500 more than it did in May 2021 ($1,036.77) and double that what it did in March 2021 ($760.99). This is the case for most mid-grade copies. A couple of weeks ago, a 7.0 sold for $3,499 which bested the last high a year before at $1K. That’s a significant jump. This was also seen with a June sale of $2,800 for a 6.5, which was only $680 back in November 2020. It’s truly a significant market shift that bucks every trend we’ve come to expect. This could also be a rush of collectors breaking into key issues like this at more obtainable grades and prices.
SHAKER: TEEN TITANS GO! #23 | DC | 2005
When was the last time we talked about RedX? It’s been a while. So much so that it bears asking, is he still relevant? Well, a VF+ copy sold for a new raw high of $400. There are cheaper copies… so, maybe just a fluke? However, it does still sell very well with other recent raw sales at $272 and $244.
SHAKER: SUPERMAN’S GIRLFRIEND LOIS LANE #70 | DC | 1966
While you get a lot of Marvel mega first appearances in the Silver (56-70 and Bronze Ages (70-84) respectively, many of the major DC first appearances happened in the Golden Age (38-55). That means the true first appearances of many DC characters are out of reach for most collectors. That’s why you’ll commonly see certain DC books advertised as the 1st Silver Age appearance of Penguin, Two-Face, etc. This issue, Lois Lane #70, fits this mold as it is the first Silver Age appearance of Catwoman. This 55-year-old DC key is really tough to find in high grade with the most recent high-grade sale taking place this past week: a CGC 9.0 copy that went for an all-time high of $1,600. This sale fits nicely between other high-grade but less recent sales: CGC 9.2 for $2,800 on 3/16/21 and a CGC 8.5 for $1,075 on 4/21/21 (also all-time highs in their respective grades). With only 780 Universal graded copies on the CGC census and 16, 32, and 46 copies at the 9.2, 9.0, and 8.5 levels respectively, there just aren’t many CGC-graded high-grade copies in circulation. That may be, in part, due to the fact that this book did not receive a lot of love until recently and solid copies may just be sitting in collectors’ long boxes (or in the super long CGC grading queue). Whether copies are sitting in your boxes or those of your LCS, it might be worth pulling them out, checking the condition, and considering grading or selling if you’re not particularly attached. A $1,000+ price tag is likely to be significantly more than you paid for that book a couple of years back.
SHAKER: TOMB OF DRACULA #50| MARVEL | 1976
In LOKI, it was briefly mentioned that Vampires DO exist in the MCU. This immediately peaked Dracula fans. So, why not rush out to buy high-grade copies of this issue featuring a Silver Surfer vs. Dracula cover!? Two eager buyers pulled the trigger on copies this week. One helped it reach a new high sale of $1,641.63 for a CGC 9.8 and another grabbed a 9.2 at $200.
SHAKER: WYTCHES #1 – NEW YORK COMIC CON | IMAGE | 2014
Scott Synder recently mentioned that this title was still moving along in the long-dormant development hell that it’s been in since it first came out. At the time, this NYCC exclusive was incredibly in high demand. Though, with the lack of news over the past 7 years, prices plummeted to $70 in a 9.8 and $10 raw. However, that quick mention gave hope to some collectors who quickly bought up any and all cheap copies. This week’s new high raw sale of $225 and June’s high 9.8 sale of $387 shows that this variant is turning around. The question is… will development continue?
SHAKER: ZAP COMIX #1 | APEX NOVELTIES | 1968
Robert Crumb is a comic legend. What he did for the independent comic is on par with what Jack Kirby did for superheroes. This specific comic, ZAP COMIX (Starring Mr. Natural), has been credited with being the model for underground comics. Crumb was a huge contributor to the counterculture movement of the 1960s and early 70s. Even as an indie, as this was, it still contributed to mainstream media with the “Keep on Truckin” catchphrase/art (featuring Mr. Natural) that Crumb popularized and debuted in this issue. Without Crumb, we wouldn’t have Ninja Turtles or The Tick. With all that said, this 1st print tends to sell for relatively low amounts (mostly around $20). Granted the paper quality for underground comics was terrible and high-grade copies for a 50-year-old book are tough to find. This week’s sale of a CGC 5.0 for $1,375 goes to show that there’s a growing market for these industry-important key books.
AWA (ARTISTS WRITERS & ARTISANS INC) announced via DEADLINE that “Warner Brothers won an auction for Chariot, a feature pitch package that has Top Gun: Maverick helmer Joseph Kosinski directing an adaptation of the graphic novel recently published by Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA).”
RUMORED/OPTIONED: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN
As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, “Trevor Macy and Mike Flanagan are co-writing a pilot adapting the Boom! Studios horror hit for Netflix.” This was quite possibly one of the worst kept secrets as it was strongly rumored back in February. However, this confirmation kicked up sales across the board for this already scorching hot series. With sales so high for the first print, variants and subsequent printings… buyers seem to be giving the biggest price boosts to various variants and subsequent printings.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: VOLTRON #1 | MODERN | 1985
This week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $515 is a reminder that this is a book we need to start paying close attention to. Voltron’s 80’s brothers (G.I. Joe, Transformers, Thundercats, MOTU) are all well over $1K in 9.8’s. A blend of various content and nostalgia has pushed those first comic appearances to crazy new heights. Yet, Voltron is significantly far behind. Granted, the Power Rangers definitely occupied any space that Voltron could have flourished in. However, in today’s market… there tends to be room for big brands from the ’80s. Still, just from a nostalgia standpoint, this won’t hold at $500 for a 9.8 for too long.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: AVENGERS #8 | MARVEL | 1964
With the Loki series in full swing and time travel on everyone’s minds, Kang continues to be a hot property. People are buying up everything from the first appearance of the Council of Kangs (Avengers #267), to Nathaniel Richards’ cameo and 1st appearance (Fantastic Four #272 and #273), to awesome Kang covers (Avengers #2), and of course Kang’s 1st appearance in Avengers #8. So it’s no surprise we just had a record high sale in grade at the CGC 6.0 level. One copy sold on 7/10 for $2.5K and another bested that on 7/12 at $2.7K. That is more than recent sales prices at the 6.5, 7.0, and 7.5 levels, and almost as much as the most recent 8.0 sale ($2,850). We also had a matching all-time high sale at the CGC 8.5 level on 7/12 for $4,000 – going for the same price as the last sale in grade back on 5/18. So dust off your best Kang books and either take those gains now or wait for something more concrete in hopes of even bigger profits. It’s a seller’s market out there.
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