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This week we talk about a super rare TokyoCon Spidey variant, Fin Fang Foom’s 1st appearance hits an all-time high sale, and we continue to see higher sales for fan-favorite NOTTINGHAM. 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: ALBEDO #3 | THOUGHTS & IMAGES | 1985
This 2nd appearance of USAGI YOJIMBO hit an all-time high this week of $1,699 for a CGC 9.8. Usagi books continue to move with anticipation of Netflix’s “Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles”.
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12 – SHOGO AOKI – TOKYOCON 2018 | MARVEL | 2018
Convention books outside the U.S. are almost always tough books to get access to here in the States. This TokyoCon 2018 exclusive is no different. This is the first variant by the popular Japanese artist, SHOGO AOKI. It’s unknown how many copies exist, but this week was the first copy we’ve ever seen… and it sold for a huge $725.43. This high price will help call more out.
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43 (MARVEL, 1966)
The first appearance of Mary Jane is very messy with her having multiple cameos before her first full appearance, which is then followed by her first cover appearance. Because of this, despite her importance in the Spider-Man universe, her key issues have never commanded as much value as other big characters that have more straightforward reveals. Despite this, her first full appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #43 had a record sale this week with a CGC 9.4 selling for $2,160. The prior record in this grade was $1,403 back in December of 2019, but sold for as little as $1,140 in May of last year. This is a big jump for this often overlooked book, and it’s about time the appearances for this key character started to get some respect. If you’re looking for her other key issues, they include the first time she is mentioned (but not seen) in Amazing Spider-Man #25, the first time you see her face in Amazing Spider-Man #42, and her first cover appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #59. Just to be safe, you better just get them all!
SHAKER: AVENGERS #267 (MARVEL, 1986)
With everything Kang, Kang, and more Kang these days in comics, it is no wonder Avengers #267 (featuring an awesome Kang cover by John Buscema) has hit the SHAKERS list. In it, we have the first appearance of the Council of Kangs. This council was led by Prime Kang who was tricked by Immortus into annihilating all divergent Kangs, thus solidifying Prime Kangs’s destiny in becoming Immortus in the future. In Avengers #267, our supervillain is on the verge of eliminating all the time divergent duplicates he created when jumping through time. Wanting to eliminate the last remaining one, he transports Hercules, Wasp, and the Black Knight to Limbo in hopes they will help destroy this last duplicate. Meanwhile, record high prices are being destroyed daily on this comic! We have seen over 40 raw copies sold on eBay this past week, with a record high of $200! Graded copies are also shattering records with a CGC 9.4 selling for $315 (previous high of $50), and a CGC 9.6 selling for $420 (last recorded sale was only $35 from 15 months ago). Excited to see what a graded 9.8 might hit!
SHAKER: BOOKS OF DOOM #1 (MARVEL 2005)
The Books of Doom is a 2005-2006 six-part mini-series covering Dr. Doom’s origin from his own perspective. The series is a solid read and is available in comic, TPB and HC formats. Some have been pushing the series as ultra rare but that’s not exactly true. Issue #1 sold around 35K copies and the other issues sold under 30K copies each. There are only 4 copies on the CGC census (three in 9.8 and one in 9.2), but that may be changing. Glossed over for years as dollar bin fodder there has been a recent surge in interest for issue #1 and to a lesser extent the other 5 issues in the series. A 23 bid auction ended July 18 for a raw copy of Books of Doom #1 at $123.07 and another raw auction – already with 11 bids and a price of $104.73 is set to end 7/24. Also, a CGC 9.8 copy sold for $225 on July 14. So it’s definitely time to check the longboxes at your LCS. Doom is generally heating up but there’s no clear indication yet exactly when we’ll see him in the MCU. With his ties to the mystic arts and the recent on-screen focus on magic, we at CovrPrice wouldn’t be surprised if we get some sort of pre-Fantastic Four show/movie Dr. Doom cameo, but that’s all wild speculation at this point.
SHAKER: CONAN: SERPENT WAR #1 – FINCH (1:100) | MARVEL | 2019
Moon Knight fans are snatching up MK’s bigger/hard to find variants. This is definitely one of them. Conan orders are typically low. A 1:100 for this issue is a VERY tough incentive requirement for stores to meet. Very few would have ordered 100 copies. Upon launch, that’s exactly what happened. VERY few copies hit the market, hitting the ground at $76 and rapidly jumping to $150, then $255 and reaching a high raw sale of $355 in Jan. 2020. This week, while it’s not the highest, a raw copy sold for $240. This is still super rare and is simply one of those books you should lock down now if you want a copy before more Moon Knight news hits.
SHAKER: DAREDEVIL #1 – ADAMS VARIANT | MARVEL | 2011
Back in 2014, any modern variant over $100 was notable. Today, there are WAY too many to count. Some of the most celebrated variants sprung from the super low print Marvel years of 2010-2012. If you recall, Marvel put out high ratio incentives (1:50, 1:75 and 1:100) at a time when stores were ordering numbers that didn’t even come close to those requirements… making for some ultra low printed exclusives. This Neal Adams 1:75 is almost never mentioned, despite it also being a representative of that time frame. When it comes to Daredevil, this may be one of the toughest variants to find for the Man without Fear… AND it’s done by comic legend Neal Adams. This week a raw sale went for $184.14, which is highest raw sale to date.
SHAKER: GHOSTBUSTERS #14 – RETAILER INCENTIVE | IDW | 2011
Speaking of rare books… when is a 1:10 ratio impossible to find? Answer: Early IDW books. Licensed comics are typically terrible market sellers. Even if they’re connected to massively popular franchises. If you’ve read any IDW Ghostbuster book, then you would know how deeply connected to the canon storyline it is. Writer Eric Burnham is well known as the biggest Ghostbuster expert on the planet… and it shows in his writing. Despite this, stores simply didn’t order enough copies to qualify even for a 1:10. And for those that did, copies quickly went into the hands of diehard GB fans. IDW has SO many impossible-to-find variants. This TAXI homage is one of those. It’s been allusive to online sales for years. We’ve only tracked 4 copies, and 3 of those were THIS week. One seller came to the market with several copies and sold them for $200, $270, and $325 raw. Wondering how many are on the CGC census? There’s one… and it’s a 9.2. There are SO many like this. With GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE finally coming out, it could give some lift to these hard-to-find variants.
SHAKER: GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #2 (MARVEL, 1974)
Just as time-lines went spinning out of control on the season finale of Loki (Disney+), we have seen a spinning off of Kang related comic book sales in the aftermath. Giant-Size Avengers #2 features a future version of Kang (now Rama-Tut), who, along with Swordsman and Hawkeye, travel back to Egypt to fight Kang and Macrobot versions of Thor, Iron Man, and Vision. The aftermath of the battle finds the Swordsman sacrificing himself to save the others, with Rama-Tut and Kang sent outside of time. With all of the recent Kang hype, we saw a record raw sale of $162.50 (previous high was $60). There are no recent recorded sales of graded books, but no doubt we will see some soon!
SHAKER: THE INFINITY WAR #1 (MARVEL, 1992)
A sudden burst of nostalgia seemed (in part) to cause the latest high sales of The Infinity War #1. This past week, we saw the Spider-Man Doppelgänger appear in the new comic book, “Extreme Carnage Scream #1” (Marvel Comics), prompting many to reminisce both the beloved 1990’s Spider-Man cartoon series where we last saw the Spidey Doppelgänger, and his first appearance (and all first appearance Marvel Doppelgängers) in The Infinity War #1 comic book. Of course, this issue also includes Kang the Conqueror – and that only helps in today’s market! We have seen numerous $20+ raw sales (with at least one $30 sale) in recent days, with numerous CGC 9.8 sales in the $120+ range.
SHAKER: MIGHTY AVENGERS #3 – SALVADOR LARROCA EMINEM VARIANT | MARVEL | 2013
It’s no secret that Eminem is a huge comic book fan. His XXL Eminem/Punisher Comic is a pricey book and is tough to find. Another not widely known variant is this variant for Mighty Avengers #3, featuring a homage to Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2” album cover. On the cover, Eminem is there hanging out with Iron Man… ever so casually. This week, this hard to find one per store exclusive hit a new high of $480 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER:MARVEL #12 – ALESSANDRO TAINI – RED WIDOW (1:25) | MARVEL | 2016
This book has a lot going for it. Not only is it a gorgeous Red Widow 1:25 cover by Alessandro Taini, but the inside features the first appearance of RED DAGGER, who will be in the MS. MARVEL Disney+ series, played by actor Aramis Knight. This variant has been climbing for a while now, but this week just hit a new high sale of $680 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: POWER GIRL #6 – GUILLEM MARCH (1:10) | DC | 2009
Power Girl variants by Guillem March were a highly sought after series of 1:10 covers (issues 4-6) back in 2013-2015. Like many books on this list, a 1:10 ratio was still pretty tough for shops to commit to back in 2009. These aren’t impossible to find, though they do sell for decent amounts. In fact, this variant hit a new high sale last week of $450 for a CBCS 9.8.
SHAKER: RADIOACTIVE MAN #1 | BONGO | 1993
Nostalgia is definitely at play here. If you grew up in the 90’s then you were most likely a Simpson’s fan. If you were a comic fan, then you understood Bart’s desire to own a RADIOACTIVE MAN #1 (which he did… for a short time). Bongo recognized the desire to recreate one for fans, making it an instant collectible. Though, it’s been pretty dirt cheap since it was released back in 1993. Raws typically have a CPFMV (aka: CovrPrice Fair Market Value) of $20, though high grade copies can reach $40. However, it was this week’s new high sale of $562 for CGC 9.8 that’s reminding us to pay close attention to significant cultural books like this. This was a big jump from June’s 9.8 sale at $200
SHAKER: COMIC SMORGASBORD #1 | CACOPHONY COMICS | 1994
This was a fun rare sale to see this week. This COMIC SMORGASBORD is an important book to Transformers fans as it’s the official program for the first ever BOTCON (Transformers Convention) in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1994. This book, created by David Kolodny-Nagy, featured a series of convention details, exclusives and an original story written/illustrated by Kolodny-Nagy. It’s very difficult to find. We’ve only seen two sales, one this week of $115 raw. BotCon eventually changed to OTFCC (The Official Transformers Collectors’ Convention), which then dissolved into HasCon, Hasbro’s convention in 2017. Pre-Covid, BotCon creator Karl Hartman, announced that a new BotCon 2021 was coming… then the world shut down and there’s been no new news since.
SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 – JENNY FRISON – DIAMOND RETAILER – NYCC 2019 | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2019
The recent content confirmation news definitely lit a fire under SIKTC sales. However, it’s hard to find variants like this NYCC exclusive that are seeing bigger increases. This week, this sold for a new high sale of $1,216.51.
SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #1 – JEE HYUNG LEE (1:100) | MARVEL | 2018
JEE HYUNG LEE is, arguably, one of comics BEST artists. There aren’t many covers that you find yourself staring at for more than a few seconds… but this is definitely one of them. The rain, lighting and colors in this book is simply perfect. If there’s any variant that deserves it’s high price tag, it’s this one. And boy does it have one, a CGC 9.8 hit a new high sale this week of a massive $2,300 in a CGC 9.8… making this the 2nd most valuable Spider-Gwen cover (after EOSV #2 Land 1:25).
SHAKER: STRANGE TALES #89 (MARVEL 1961)
By now we all know the upcoming Marvel film, Shang Chi and the Ten Rings, will pit father (Mandarin) vs son (Shang Chi). In the comics, Mandarin is closely linked to the shape shifting alien – Fin Fang Foom whose first appearance is in Strange Tales #89. This comic connection and the appearance of a dragon-form creature in the Shang Chi trailer led to a notable rise in value for the book. In June, however, Shang-Chi star, Simu Liu, confirmed Fin Fang Foom would not appear in the film. There were significant concerns that the character would not translate well to the modern day as it is commonly associated with negative Asian-related stereotypes. As such, the dragon creature will instead be the Great Protector and is expected to be notably different from Fin Fang Foom. In spite of the outright statement that Fin Fang Foom will NOT be in the film, Strange Tales #89 hit an all-time-high of $7,820 for a mere CGC 6.0 copy at the end of June. We just recently surpassed that high this week when a CGC 8.0 copy sold for $12K! So why are people paying record breaking prices for a character that seems to have no future in the MCU?
SHAKER: THE WALKING DEAD #100 – LUCIELLE RUBY FOIL VARIANT | IMAGE | 2012
This foil Lucille variant was easily one of the most valuable variants in 2013-2016. There were three versions of this cover, a non-foil, a signed non-foil (by Kirkman) and this foil version. The standard signed cover was an incentive sent to select retailers (with large orders for issue #100). The unsigned copy is also significantly rare where multiple copies escaped the wrath of Kirkman’s pen. However, the foil (limited to 250 copies) was the (some say the first) Skybound Black Friday exclusive sold directly via their website for a hefty price tag of $250. As noted, these variants flourished in the aftermarket… until the last few years where the market price plummeted. Hitting a high of $2,025 for a 9.8 in Jan. 2018… it fell as low as $550 for a 9.8 in 2020. The spike most likely came with fanfare for Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal of NEGAN on THE WALKING DEAD series… and then dropped after the market’s interest went elsewhere. However, WD has proved its staying power and Negan still lives! Hence, this book is now on the rise! This week, a raw copy sold for $600 and 9.8’s sell for $1,300.
SHAKER: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #118 | MARVEL | 1994
We keep saying it… BUY SPIDER-MAN BOOKS! Across the board, Spider-based books typically have steady increases and are ripe for future content. It’s clear that Spider-Man is stepping into Iron Man’s legacy in the MCU and will most likely play a heavier part in future storylines. While the likelihood of Scarlet Spider (whose first is here) showing up is exceptionally low, the animated feature is a totally different story. This currently sells for a CPFMV of $60 and had a new high sale of $500 for a CGC 9.8 this week.
SHAKER: WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #10 – QUESADA – THIRD CLAW | MARVEL | MAR 1, 2007
It’s amazing what bad spec can do. With a mere mention of a deleted easter egg from FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, Daken’s value skyrocketed… and has stayed there. This 1:100 variant for his first appearance just had its biggest sale ever at a huge $1,825 for a 9.8.
SHAKER: X-MEN #510 – CAMPBELL BLACK AND WHITE VARIANT | MARVEL | 2009
Here’s another variant hall of famer, Campbell’s partial sketch cover of X-Men #510 will always be in high demand. It’s rare to see a cover hit the market. So, we were excited to track this one. It sold for $2,150 for a CGC 9.0 this week. The kicker is, an 8.5 beat that out in January 2019 at $3,350.
SHAKER: ZATANNA #15 | DC | JUL 20, 2011
We highlighted Zatanna #16 a few weeks ago and the high sales that book was getting… well this TOUGH all-black cover by Adam Hughes joined the party with a new high sale of $700 for a 9.8.
Slow content news this week, but the one highlight was reported by Deadline, “‘Batgirl’: Leslie Grace Lands Role Of Barbara Gordon In New Warner Bros. & DC Film”. Her first appearance in Detective Comics #359 is picking up in sales and price. Of course, there are plenty of key Bartgirl issues and popular/in-demand covers. We’ll report those as they trend.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
It’s interesting to see what books the market favors organically. NOTTINGHAM by Mad Cave is definitely one of those. In the past several weeks, both issue #1 and #2 have been climbing quickly in price. Issue #1 and #2 and now both $80 raw books. Not sure where this is going, but variants haven’t caught up to reflect this boost… which will most likely change soon. This is definitely a series that we’re watching to see where it goes.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: ALL-WINNERS COMICS #7 | MARVEL/TIMELY | 1943
This week Heritage Auctions released a few more books from the Promise Collection Pedigree and their sales did not disappoint. This pedigree, known for its high grade golden age books and heart wrenching history, saw a CGC 5.5 of All Winners #7 sell for a massive $9,600. This wasn’t just a record in this grade, but an overall record for this book, beating out the prior high of $6,422 of a CGC 8.5 by over $3,000. This World War 2 Alex Schomburg cover featuring Captain America, Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch has many of the elements that are in demand for Golden Age collectors. Combine this with the premium currently being seen for this pedigree it was the perfect recipe for this new record.
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