WEEK IN REVIEW

July 28th, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

This week we track a huge sale for the 1st Kamala Khan, we check in on what the upcoming Disney+ WHAT IF series is doing for Peggy Carter sales, and call out a fun sale of American Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein. Let’s do this!

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: ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1 – MCNIVEN (1:75) | MARVEL | 2014

Of all key Kamala Khan books, this is officially THE most valuable. This hard-to-find 1:75 variant features the first full appearance of Kamala Khan. While appearing on the cover of the standard cover, this book has taken the market lead due to its scarcity. In fact, this week’s new all-time-high sale of $3,106.56 for a RAW copy (from an 18 bid auction) is the first sale we’ve seen since March of 2021. The last 9.8 we’ve seen is back in September 2020, which sold for $2,600. We look forward to seeing the next one sold. There’s currently only one 9.8 listed… for the “low” price of $25K.

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SHAKER: DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS #2 – CHRIS BACHALO GWENPOOL VARIANT | MARVEL | 2015

There’s been a lot of chatter and fanfare around Gwenpool, who was created for this cover as a mockery of Spider-Gwen. That mockery was not only accepted by fans but celebrated… bringing Gwenpool into the Marvel comic universe via Howard the Duck #1 in Nov. 2015. She has continued on into her own series and featured on a variety of covers. Hardcore fans and collectors (like Mr. Longshort on Tales from Flipside) seek her hard-to-find issues, giving them a surge in demand and prices. However, this key cover appearance started it all and has been relatively inexpensive for years… until now. Raws have a CovrPrice FMV of $110 and a CGC 9.8 had its highest sale yet at $400 this week.

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SHAKER: DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 | MARVEL | 1978

Before Moon Girl there was Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur, who first appeared in this issue. This book can be SUPER cheap raw, roughly $14 in mid-grade condition. However, it just had its biggest sale yet this week at $550 for a CGC 9.8. While this is a far cry from the value Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #1 is hitting, it’s definitely on its way up as we get close to seeing Devil Dinosaur in action on the Disney Channel!

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SHAKER: DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1 – JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (1:25) | MARVEL | 2016

This issue features several first appearances; Nina the Conjuror, Mindful One and The Demon Rider (Kushala). However, the focus is all on Kushala, who was recently featured in MARVEL’S VOICES: INDIGENOUS VOICES #1. There are rumors that Kushala is the frontrunner to take over the role of Sorcerer Supreme upon Dr. Strange’s impending death. Taking place this September, his death was announced by Marvel back in June. This speculation has pushed this 1:25 variant to its new high sale of $400 raw.

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SHAKER: EXILES #3 – MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST (1:10) | MARVEL | 2018

It’s clear that Peggy Carter’s appearance in the upcoming Disney+ WHAT IF series is going to be fun to watch. Powered by the Super Soldier serum, her first appearance as Captain America is in this issue… with both an appearance on the standard cover and this 1:10 variant. Despite her title being Captain Britain in the show, collectors still see this as THE book to chase, pushing this variant to a new high sale of $909 for a CGC 9.8. There are rumors that her portrayal as Captain Britain will continue in some form in the future.

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SHAKER: FORGOTTEN REALMS: HOMELAND #1 | DEVIL’S DUE PUBLISHING | 2005

Fantasy writer, R.A. Salvatore is known for writing the very popular FORGOTTEN REALMS campaign for Dungeons & Dragons. His most notable creation was the character Drizzt Do’Urden. Drizzt is a Dark Elf and central character in “The Realms”. As noted in the book’s solicitation, this book adapts “the first chapter of R.A. Salvatore’s hugely popular “Dark Elf Trilogy,” this is the holy grail of fantasy comic book fans!” Drizzt’s origins were highlighted during the Black Lives Matter protests last year. Fans pointed out the racist tropes that were reinforced and continued on from the early days of Dungeons & Dragons storylines (specifically that dark-skinned characters were evil). With that said, D&D owner WIZARDS OF THE COAST are making major changes to correct this overall narrative moving forward. Regardless, this brought even more stature to Drizzt, whose first comic appearance is in this issue (also written by R.A. Salvatore). It hit a high sale of $800 this week for a CGC 9.8 with a raw FMV of $182. There’s also an impossible to find 2005 convention variant for this, which has only had one $250 one sale for a 3 issue lot.

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SHAKER: THE MIGHTY THOR #337 (CANADIAN PRICE VARIANT) | MARVEL | 1983

Rumors have been swirling for years on whether we’ll ever see Beta Ray Bill make an appearance in the MCU. When Thor picked up Stormbreaker, the weapon originally created for Beta Ray Bill, in Avengers: Infinity War, it made it seem all the more likely. His first appearance in Thor #337 has increased in price significantly since those rumors first started, but this week we saw an incredible new high of $3,480 for a CGC 9.8. This wasn’t just any copy though, this was the Canadian Price Variant. Why does the Canadian variant cost so much more? It comes down to rarity, and with only 366 universal copies of this variant on the CGC census (61 in 9.8) vs 5,782 of the standard version (1,128 in 9.8) you can see how truly uncommon this book is, especially in high grade. The price for this book has escalated quickly recently with it selling for just $1,800 on June 13th, but there have now been multiple $3,000+ sales in the last month, showing that this is more than a fluke high sale, but that there is real demand for this character and this rare variant.

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SHAKER: RAGMAN #1 | DC | 1976

Recently, in Teen Titans Academy #1, a character called SITCH was introduced to readers who closely resembles DC’s Ragman. While there’s no clear connection other than that, the character’s growing popularity (who breaks the 4th wall and speaks directly to the reader) keeps coming up a debates over this close resemblance. This light connection helped drive Ragman’s first appearance to a new high sale of $650 for a CGC 9.8, topping the last high sale of $285 back in December 2020.

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SHAKER: SECRET HEARTS #83 | DC | 1962

Now, if you’re looking for books to invest in… then this is one to pay attention to. American Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein helped put comics (literally) on a pedestal. He showcased comic art with his signature style and turned it into works that are now worth millions. This was a fun book to see last week as it contains the art Roy referenced on the first internal page for one of his most popular works “The Drowning Girl”. The piece is currently owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. We’ll continue to highlight future Roy Lichtenstein books. However, now’s a great time to jump into books that have such immense cultural importance. This book’s new high sale of $800 for a CGC 5.0 may one day seem like a deal.

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SHAKER: THE SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #0 – DAN JURGENS – RED WEBBING WRAPAROUND (LIMITED 3000) | MARVEL | 1996

It’s books like this that remind us how scarce print runs can be. Today, a 3K print run for a variant is exceptionally high. However, in 25 years, 3,000 copies have practically disappeared. This variant is simple. The standard edition has blue(ish) webbing and this one has red webbing. COVRPRICE has only tracked 3 copies of this cover, and TWO of them were this week with new high sales of $918 and $1K for a CGC 9.8. There is only 1 copy currently listed on eBay. So, where did 3,000 copies go?

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SHAKER: SHOWCASE #74 | DC | 1968

This issue features the first appearance of ANTHRO, DC’s “first boy”, a Cro-Magnon born to Neanderthal parents. While there are no plans to see this character any time soon in comics or content, his first appearance hit a huge new high this week of $1,500 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: SILK #1 – STACEY LEE (1:25) | MARVEL | 2015

It’s been well confirmed that Sony is actively developing a SILK series for Amazon. As development progresses, key Silk covers are hitting new highs. This gorgeous Stacey Lee variant from Silk’s first solo series has fluctuated in price for a few years now. However, this week it jumped to a huge $275 raw price… which passed the last CGC 9.8 sale of $245 back in June.

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SHAKER: SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM #10 | ACCLAIM / VALIANT | 1992

Valiant fans are some of the most dedicated comic fans out there. Over the past several decades, collectors have consistently sought out specific key titles… often paying top dollar for them. While the publisher has waned in demand, key books like this are still hitting new highs. This is especially the case for high-grade copies, which is VERY difficult when you have an all-black cover like this. This week, a CGC 9.8 hit a new high at $880 and should be a book to keep on your radar as you pass through Valiant books.

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SHAKER: SUPER FRIENDS #1 | DC | 1976

Nostalgia is at play here. The main first appearance in this issue is… Wonder Dog. However, this is simply a visual representation of a show that kids in the late ’70s loved. This week, it hit a new high sale of $475 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #7 – EMMA RIOS (1:20) | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2020

Amongst all the scorching hot SIKTC books is this 1:20 variant by Emma Rios. It hit a new high sale this week of $967.53

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SHAKER: SPONGEBOB COMICS #1 | UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES, INC. | 2011

Kids who first grew up with Spongebob are now in their late teens. While they’re most likely not spending money on his first comic series, other collectors sure are. Spongebob was a cultural phenomenon, watched by fans of all ages. So, on the heels of SO many animated shows turned into comics, this book is on its way up in price as seen by this week’s sale of $425 for a CGC 9.8. The all-time high was $475 a few weeks ago.

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #21 – GREG LAND – VARIANT EDITION | MARVEL | SEP 1, 2005

This week’s sale of $1,250 for a CGC 9.8 seems like an outlier, though we have no reason to believe it’s not legit. With Marvel Zombies coming to Disney+’s WHAT IF series, their first cameo appearance in this issue is seeing high demand. This variant technically features the alternate Reed Richards who is revealed to be a Zombie in issue #22. We’re closely watching this book to see what future sales will do.

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SHAKER: WONDER COMICS #15 | PINES | 1947

Alex Schomburg created many classic airbrush covers in the 1940s, and Wonder Comics has a great run of them from Issue #13 through Issue #20. In addition to this issue sporting his pseudonym “Xela” on the cover, it also has just about everything you’re looking for in a pre-code sci-fi cover. This week we saw a CGC 6.0 sell for a record in this grade of $2,160, beating the prior high of $1,350 from December of 2018 by 60%. However, even though this was a new record in grade, the buyer looks like they got a great deal since a 4.0 sold for the same price just three weeks ago on July 5th.

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SHAKER: X-MEN #120 | Marvel | 1979

While we’re lacking concrete evidence that Alpha Flight (the Avengers of the North) will join the MCU, let alone anytime in the near future, that hasn’t stopped fans and speculators from snapping up Alpha Flight-related keys. Leading the charge is X-Men #120, which contains the first cameo appearance of the Alpha Flight team as well as the first individual appearances of Northstar, Shaman, Snowbird, Sasquatch, and Aurora. About a month ago we saw a mind-blowing CGC 9.8 sale on ComicConnect at $10.6K – more than double the previous all-time high set back in February. This success has trickled down to the 9.4 grade level as we just hit an all-time high in grade at $900. Those prices are getting pretty steep so if you want a cheaper piece of the Alpha Flight first appearance pie, you can still grab a great book like Alpha Flight #1 which contains Alpha Flight first appearances such as Puck and Marrina, Beta Flight first appearances such as Box and Flashback, and Gamma Flight first appearances such as Diamond Lil, Madison Jeffries, Mart Alec, and Wild Child. Think of Beta Flight and Gamma Flight as the junior varsity teams to Alpha Flight’s varsity squad. Is all this Alpha Flight talk premature? Perhaps. It’s all speculation at this point, so don’t dive in too deep unless you’re getting some amazing prices. Where were prices on raw copies of X-Men #120 and Alpha Flight #1 before things started blowing up over 4 months ago? Head over to CovrPrice to check out years worth of graded and raw sales data!

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SHAKER: YOUNG AVENGERS #1 – WIZARD WORLD 2005 – SKETCH – WIZARD FIRST CGC 9.5 | MARVEL | 2005

This rare WIZARD FIRST 9.5, a short-term partnership Wizard had with CGC to change the grading scale for high-grade copies, had two big sales this week at $3,226.99 and 3,500. These are both new all-time highs. In comparison, the same book in a standard 9.8 sells for $760 to $1k. So, this is one serious premium for what is essentially a limited edition CGC label.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN

As reported by CBR.com. “During a digital panel for [email protected] 2021 International, Kirkman briefly touched on the topic of Gary Hampton, also known as Wolf-Man, one of the most popular and iconic characters from the Invincible comic book universe. When a fan asked Kirkman if the superhero lycanthrope had a chance of making an appearance in the Invincible animated series, Kirkman simply said, “There’s a chance. I’ll leave it at that.” With this, fans quickly snatched up copies of his first appearance in the Astounding Wolf-Man Free Comic Book Day edition from 2007.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: THE KAIJU SCORE

Deadline recently announced that “Brian and Mark Gunn are set to adapt the screenplay for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists’ The Kaiju Score based on the AfterShock Comics’ series by James Patrick and artist Rem Broo.”  This news lit a fire under the first issue and its variant, landing on both our TOP 10 and Runner Up list this week,

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: VAL-ZOD

It was recently announced that Michael B. Jordan and his production company, Outlier Society, are developing an HBO Max Black Superman project (separate from the one JJ Abrams is doing). This version will focus on the Val-Zod Superman, whose first cover appearance is this issue. Many details are unknown… like, if it’s a film or TV series… and whether the actor will play the central role. However, for now, Val-Zod key books, EARTH 2 #19 & EARTH 2 #25 are super hot and dominated our TOP 10 this week.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: SAGA #1| IMAGE | 2012

Recently, in solicitation for his SAGA TPB box collection, BKV mentioned “Hey, retailer friends! BRIAN K. VAUGHAN here, interrupting your regularly scheduled solicitation to say THANK YOU for your undying patience while FIONA STAPLES and I have been hard at work on the second half of Hazel’s epic journey. We promise that exciting news is coming, and we wanted to offer your customers a cool new way to catch up on our Eisner Award-winning series”. This led to a slew of “Saga is coming back!” type posts across the internet and Youtube channels. A raw copy even hit a high sale of $379.99 upon this news, with 9.8’s well over $700. We’re closely watching this book and for that “exciting news” to hit. In this new market, how high can this fan-favorite series reach?

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: FANTASTIC FOUR #33 | MARVEL | 1964

With the recent rumors that Namor, the Sub-Mariner, will make an appearance in the upcoming Black Panther movie, anything and everything related to him has been going up in price. One of the characters being heavily speculated on is Attuma, one of the regular foes of Namor. As a result, the prices of his first appearance in Fantastic Four #33 have been skyrocketing, and this week was no exception, where we saw a CGC 9.0 sell for a record $2,280. The prior high was $780 from March 8th of this year, an incredible $1,500, or almost 200% increase in only 4 months. We don’t know if Attuma is coming for sure or not, but there are definitely a lot of people out there that seem to think the rumors have some truth to them and are picking up this early Fantastic Four key issue.

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