WEEK IN REVIEW

July 8th, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

This week we see consistent value increases for Saga #1, we talk about the rarity of Sonic the Hedgehog variants, and walk through the convoluted 1st appearance of Valeria Richards in light of ongoing Fantastic Four speculation. 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 – GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (1:25) | MARVEL | 2014

The first appearance of Spider-Punk (Hobie Brown) is really starting to trend due to carried over heat from expectations of appearing in INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Speculation believes that we’ll see Punk in the 2nd film. While we still have a ways to go for any confirmation, this 1:25 variant hit an all-new high sale of $599 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: ALL-STAR COMICS #4 | DC | 1941

Everyone is familiar with the Justice League, but not everyone may be aware of their predecessors from the Golden Age, The Justice Society. The Justice Society featured many of our favorite characters from today, but also included iconic Golden Age characters such as Doctor Fate, Hourman, Starman, and The Spectre. Their first appearance was in All-Star Comics #3, but their first adventure as a team occurred in All-Star Comics #4. And this week, that book had a record sale of $5,520 for a CGC 7.0. This beats out the prior high of $2,280 from just November of last year by over 100%! We’re definitely starting to see a resurgence in popularity for a wide variety of golden-age books across a wide range of genres. So, if you aren’t familiar with them, now is the time to start educating yourself and looking for some of these rare gems.

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SHAKER: BLACK PANTHER #2 | MARVEL | 2005

It remains unclear as to how the MCU will move forward without Chadwick’s Black Panther. With that said, the market is very confident that Shuri will have a heavier role and most likely take on the mantle. This speculation allowed Shuri’s first appearance, after being present in the MCU for over 3 years now, to hit a new all-time high of $900 for a CGC 9.8!

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SHAKER: BLUE BOLT #114 | STAR PUBLICATIONS | 1952

It seems like we can barely go a week without talking about another record sale for an L.B. Cole pre-code horror book. This week it was for this classic underwater zombie cover from 1952. A rare high-grade CGC 7.0 sold for $6,000, and with no prior sales in this grade, it easily became the record. But considering a 7.5 sold for $4,400 in December of 2019 and a 6.0 sold for $2,600 in January of 2019, this is a big jump for this book. There are only 58 universal copies on the CGC census and only 15 graded higher, and with the recent popularity in pre-code horror, it’s not surprising a bidding war broke out. L.B. Cole created many covers over his career across a variety of genres, so if you’re looking to add some to your collection, there’s no shortage of variety out there.

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SHAKER: CHAMPIONS #1 – MIKE HAWTHORNE – DEADPOOL (1:1000) | MARVEL | 2016

1:1000 ratios were a thing Marvel heavily tried out from 2016 to 2018-ish. Granted, these ratios were damn near impossible to obtain. Only mega online stores carried these limited variants. However, due to their covers featuring mostly recycled interior art, they weren’t very popular. Most of these sell for WAY less than their ratio ($100 to $250). Though, there are some exceptions… especially for those issues that are original covers and are trending. This fits the bill perfectly. This Mike Hawthorne cover features Deadpool trying to be one of “the kids” and is seeing some market heat due to the overall trend of CHAMPIONS #1. This week, this book hit a new high of $1,169.99 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: DOOMWAR #5 | MARVEL | JUN 23, 2010

Our TOP 10 this week feature misguided speculation for 2016’s BLACK PANTHER #3

That issue features the first COVER appearance of THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS, which is the strike-force subgroup of the Dora Milaje. Many sellers were incorrectly calling this issue their first appearance, despite first appearing in this issue of DOOMWAR #5. Raw sales are hitting $60 raw this week.

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SHAKER: EIGHTBALL #11 | FANTAGRAPHICS | 1993

This indie book is the first appearance of GHOST WORLD (also a 2001 film). These are fun books to tuck away into your brain as you can often find them in the indie $1 bins. They typically sell for $20 raw. However, this week a CGC 9.8 sold for a new high of $999.99, surpassing the last high of $395 for a 9.6. Keep in mind, this is the ONLY 9.8 (unsigned, there’s one 9.8 SS) on the census.  It’s definitely worth grading these obscure minor-key indie books when they’re in a high grade. 

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SHAKER: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #20 | MARVEL | 1969

With so much speculation and trending books, it’s hard to keep up on all the various characters… many of whom you may have never heard of before the rumor actually circulated. A quick search online can often help… but it can also hurt. This book is trending due to it being the first appearance of Valeria. Now, Valeria Richards is trending due to other speculation centered around Nathanial Richards and general Fantastic Four speculation. Many feel that the kids, Valeria and Franklin, may not be too far behind in their MCU appearance. With that being said, a quick “first Valeria” on sites like eBay will lead you to this book. However, it’s not the same character. The first Valeria in this issue notes her as Victor’s first love and features a backstory of Victor Von Doom and their love for each other until he ditched her to seek/obtain more power, where he later laments this decision and has a “what if” moment until the villain Diablo finds her and holds her hostage… yadda yadda yadda. This caused one eager buyer to buy a CGC 7.5 for $950, well over the previous high of $359 in the same grade. Back in May, a CGC 8.0 went from $368 to $1,299. Keep in mind, it does still hold significant value due to its age, awesome cover, and a fun origin-ish story for Doom. High-grade copies DO sell for a premium. However, there’s nothing here to warrant a sudden surge in price… except for bad due diligence. Now, Valeria Richard’s first appearance is VERY complicated. Her first appearance as a teenager is in one panel of FANTASTIC FOUR #15 (1998) in an alternate future where Reed is dead and Sue is Married to Doom. That Valeria is then pulled into the normal timeline in issue #20 where she’s known as Valeria Von Doom aka MARVEL GIRL and then ceases to exist by issue #49, where she reverts into a baby in utero of Sue Richards (it’s very complicated). She is then seen as a baby in utero in the silent issue #50, until finally delivered in issue #54 by Victor Von Doom (again, complicated). It is here where he’s given the honor of naming her, of which he of course names her after his first love, Valeria. She’s then seen as a baby/toddler for the remainder of the series, until Mark Millar takes on the FF with issue #554 where she is aged up to a little girl, hitting her own stride in issue #579, which also features the first appearance of THE FUTURE FOUNDATION. Phew. It’s a lot. Probably a little more info than you needed….

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SHAKER: MARVEL TEAM-UP #14 | MARVEL |  2006

Big sale this week for Kirkman’s Spider-Man/ Invincible Team-Up, which hit an all-new high of $999.95 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: NINTENDO POWER #1 | NINTENDO | AUG 1, 1988

Obviously, this is not a comic book… but it’s definitely highly sought after by comic collectors. Nintendo Power #1 has been hitting big price jumps lately, as seen by this week’s big sale of $899.99 for a CGC 6.0! Granted, this was for the rarer “Free Sample” edition. The free sample edition was rumored to have a significantly lower print run than the Free Poster edition. The differences are: The Sample Edition is labeled as PREMIERE ISSUE 1988 on the cover and on the spine. In the star/bubble, it notes “FREE SAMPLE”. The Super Mario 2 sub-text also reads “18-Page Spectacular”. This edition was reportedly sent out to the Nintendo Fun Club Members. The “Free Poster” edition is labeled JULY/AUGUST 1988 on the cover and on the spine. The yellow star/bubble reads FREE POSTER. These were the copies you could pick up on newsstands or order by mail. The Super Mario 2 sub-text reads, “20-Page Spectacular.  Right now, collectors have not necessarily given a premium to one over the other. However, the standard “Free Poster” edition had a massive sale earlier in June at $2,500 for a CGC 8.5. So, collectors are grabbing any copy they can… and boy are prices increasing. If you can’t afford this, then grab the amazing RICK AND MORTY: POCKET LIKE YOU STOLE IT #1 HOMAGE.

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SHAKER: OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE #1 | OVERSTREET | NOV 1, 1970

Before there was… well, us… there was Overstreet. And how ironic is it for a price guide to gain significant value so much that it’s then placed on another price guide? It’s very meta. Granted, Wizard is seeing the same thing. However, this first printing of the very first Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide in 1970 is VERY collectible and extremely hard to find. This week, a CGC 7.0 sold for $1,535… which came close to our highest price of $1,675 for an 8.5 raw copy. Also, a fun note, the Overstreet Guide are the folks that developed and popularized the standardized grading system and guidelines that practically all collectors, grading companies, and sites like us use today. Though perhaps a bit convoluted, this system has allowed the comic community to have effective conversations around the grades of comics they love. 

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SHAKER: PHANTOM LADY #22 | FOX | 1949

Thanks to the recent Promise Collection pedigree sale that occurred on Heritage in June, there has been a significant amount of attention brought to the Phantom Lady run of good girl art books from the late 1940s. The covers from this run are credited to two of the juggernauts of the good girl art genre, Jack Kamen and Matt Baker. This Kamen cover saw a massive record this week with a CGC 6.5 selling for $5,760, beating out the prior high of $1,800 from June of 2018 by over 200%. All the books from this run are extremely in demand and very expensive, and this has been exacerbated by the recent $456,000 sale for a CGC 9.6 of issue #17. So if you’re looking to pick up one of these books, get ready to dig deep because they aren’t flying under the radar anymore.

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SHAKER: RED SONJA #2 – HUGHES RRP VARIANT | DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT | 2005

This Adam Huges cover is a VERY tough variant to find. As we noted last week, the Retailer Roundtable Program issued about 400-500 copies of specific variants and handed them out to insider participants. For literally years, not ONE copy ever came to market. It was so scarce that it was impossible to even find an image of it a few years ago. Maybe this is due to it also being a cover that Adam Hughes hates. Legend has it that Hughes created this as a quick fan commission. That fan shared it and Dynamite asked to use it as a variant. Hughes was later noted as being “upset” for its use, seeing that it wasn’t as polished as he would normally make his covers. In a way, that kinetic energy works for it. Regardless, this week, a rare CGC 9.8 came to market and sold for $899.99.

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SHAKER: SAGA #1 – 1ST PRINTING | IMAGE | MAR 14, 2012

While not the highest, this week’s sale of $700 (supported by numerous recent sales over $700) is proving that this fan-favorite series is climbing in price. This is simply a beloved series with NO content that has been fan-driven from the beginning. It might be time to start picking up the additional printings this issue had. They’ll most likely start increasing with it.

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SHAKER: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 30TH ANNIVERSARY #1 – TYSON HESSE VARIANT | IDW | 2021

Sonic is a VERY underordered series. Check with any of your LCS’s and ask how many they get and the number is most likely under 10… probably even under 5. So, when you have a typically accessible 1:25 for any other book, for Sonic #1 it’s damn near impossible. Hence the crazy high prices this variant is now getting, as seen by this week’s all-new high sale of $229.99 for a raw copy.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #230 | IMAGE | 2013

We’ve well covered the massive market heat that Todd McFarlane’s BATMAN #423. A lot of that heat comes from not only Todd’s enormous fanbase but also due to this cover being an early Spawn prototype. It only makes sense for Todd to homage himself, with his inspiration, on this variant. Its new high of $730 for a 9.8 is no surprise as Spawn books keep going up… and to us, this may be one of the “must-have” covers. The shocking part is that it took 230 copies to actually get this homage.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #12 – RICHARD ISANOVE (1:25) | MARVEL | 2017

The standard cover of this issue features the popular kiss between Miles and Gwen. However, this gorgeous cover (and impossible to get in a high-grade black cover) is a modern-day must-have. A CGC 9.6 hit a new high sale of $749 this week. However, it can’t compare to the all-time high sale of $2,300 for a rare 9.8 back in August 2020. There are only seventeen 9.8’s on the census, compared to forty-seven 9.6’s.

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SHAKER: STRAY DOGS #1 – STAN YAK – HIVE COMICS – BLAIR WITCH (LIMITED 500) IMAGE | 2021

Checking in on this high-demand variant, it sold for a huge $1,061.33 for a CGC 9.8. It’s not frequently talked about, but the series was picked up by Paramount back in September 2020 (as reported by The Hollywood Reporter: “Gary Dauberman, ‘Game Night’ Writer Team for ‘Stray Dogs’ Horror Adaptation”).

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SHAKER: TASKMASTER #3 – SHANE DAVIS (1:25) | MARVEL | 2021

Often, new variants hit the market hard, hitting high prices right out of the gate. Then, a few weeks or months later, it comes back down to ratio prices. Well… not this one. This Taskmaster 1:25 was immediately hot due to it containing the first appearance of Taegukgi (AND the first reference of the TIGER DIVISION, who had their first full appearance in BLACK CAT ANNUAL #1 last week). However, just on its own, it’s a fantastic cover. Regardless of how you look at it, it’s a great book to chase down if you can. Though this week’s new high raw price of $301 may have pushed this well out of collector’s wallets.

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SHAKER: THOR #617 – BRANDON PETERSON – TRON (1:15) | MARVEL | 2010

Kid Loki turned out to be legit speculation, which took this 1:15 Tron variant to all new heights this week at $585 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT #1 – DAVID FINCH – MRRC VIRGIN | MARVEL | 2009

The Marvel Retailer Resource Center (aka MMRC) is an online retailer resource launched in 2010 that provides first looks, early FOC information, and direct access to the Marvel sales team). They provided their participants with special incentive variants to sign up and use the system. It’s unknown how many were made, but it’s reportedly VERY low. It’s truly one of the rarest variants known and is quite elusive. There are currently only 7 copies on the CGC census, 4 are 9.8, 2 of which are signed. This book has been out for 10 years and only SEVEN copies have been graded. Moon Knight has a large fan base that has only escalated over the past two years. When one of these comes to market, it doesn’t last long. With that said, this week’s new high sale of $5K makes sense. This will surpass the last 9.8 copy sale in April 2018 for $2,100. This cover is tricky too. It uses the same David Finch cover art as the 1:20 retailer incentive. The only difference is the 1:20 variant has a trade dressing (Moon Knight title) at the bottom and the variant logo at the top right.  This MRRC variant has no trade dressing and the variant logo at the bottom left. Good luck hunting for this! Hopefully, someone owns this and didn’t realize it.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #28 – 2ND PRINT VARIANT | MARVEL | NOV 1, 2008

For years, this 2nd print was an easy $50 book for comic hunters who knew to look for it. The Wolverine Origins series is typically found at most shops, with issue #10 always pulled out. However, this 2nd print (reusing interior art) is frequently overlooked. It’s one to put on your radar as it sold a CGC 9.8 this week for 623.99.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: FAUST

Well here’s a content announcement that was a surprise this week. Deadline is reporting that “Sony Pictures Television has acquired Faust, the superhero horror comic book from writer David Quinn and artist Tim Vigil, to develop as an animated series.” If you’ve ever picked up a copy of this book… it’s VERY adult. So, it’ll be interesting to see how they progress with it.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: RENEE MONTOYA

It’s been reported that CW”s BATWOMAN has added Renee Montoya, whose first appearance is in this issue, Batman #475 (1992). CW spec tends to be a little iffy these days, but her first appearance has been moving sales this week.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: SPIDER-GEDDON #4 & #5

Okay, hear us out… this is a LONG-TERM watch. These issues are on here simply because WE love it. So, Spider-Geddon #4 features the first cameo appearance of SPIDER-COP, who is seen on a video monitor and named by the Playstation Spider-Man… who if you recall roleplayed IN the game as SPIDER-COP (verbally), watch all those clips here (which then ties directly into the image below). The character was officially introduced into SPIDER-GEDDON #4 due to the fanfare these dialogue clips garnered. (also, please note the Spider T. Rex… who some sources claim are Devil Dinosaur… while others claim it’s original to this book). He then has a 2nd cameo appearance in issue #5, where he appears in 3 non-speaking panels. He’s never had a full appearance. Now, the character is absolutely ridiculous… which just makes us love him more. Search for him online and you’ll find skin mods, cosplay, and some legit takes on the character (sans mustache and aviators). There IS a growing fanbase for him… with JUST this. By reading this, you’re pretty much brought up to speed on all available Spider-Cop appearances and content.  It’s worth noting that these issues are also SUPER cheap (as they should be), though the variants can be tough to find. We simply wish to see more of him and simply wanted to share that… as silly as it is. We all need a little more Spider-Cop in our lives.

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From Spider-Geddon #4

 

 

From Spider-Geddon #5

 

 

KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: TOMB OF DRACULA #10 | MARVEL | 1973

With the 1st appearance of Blade hitting a recent all-time high plus high sales in grades at 9.6, 9.4, and 9.0 ($28.8K, $13.8K, $5.8K, and $4.3K), it’s no surprise we just hit another high in CGC 8.5 condition at $3,900. This is all on the back of residual excitement over an upcoming Blade movie as there’s been no real news on this front in months. We last heard that Blade filming was being pushed back to mid-2022. There was also a quick vampire reference in a  Loki episode 4 (though not Blade specifically). We’d love to see Mahershala Ali’s Blade pop up in some cameo appearance in a Disney+ show or Disney movie, but if that’s in the works… it’s locked down tight. Regardless, Tomb of Dracula #10  continues to set new sales records so we’ll be watching it closely. Constant vigilance friends, as you can sometimes find a deal like one lucky Heritage auction buyer did when they snagged a CGC 9.0 copy for a mere $2,760 back on 6/21.

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