WEEK IN REVIEW

July 1st, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

This week we see more Archie innuendos, a big sale for Futurama Comics #1, and outline all the Kate Bishop comics to keep an eye on as Hawkeye inches closer to its Disney+ debut. 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: ARCHIE #511 | ARCHIE | 2001

Archie comic covers are packed with unintentional/intentional sexual innuendos. There are so many that they feel almost intentional. Without being too graphic, these mature references are almost always called out in bold in the dialogue bubble, as seen on this cover. They have become quite popular over the last few years that are spiking in price along with EVERYTHING else. In this case, Archie #511 hit an all-new high sale of $1,500 for a CGC 9.8 this week.

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SHAKER: AVENGERS: SOLO #3 – BLACK WIDOW MOVIE VARIANT | MARVEL | 2011

As we finally get to see BLACK WIDOW! As a result, some of Scarlett’s key movie variants saw some traction this week. Even though this is only a 1:15 variant, titles like these in 2011 were barely ordered. So seeing one of these variants at your LCS was a rarity. Flash forward 10 years, Scarlett Johansson left a distinguishable mark on the MCU franchise. The lack of her presence will be missed. However, for the seller of this book, they at least have $720 from their sale of a CGC 9.8 to keep them happy.

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SHAKER: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 – SCHALL – ALA (LTD. 500) | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2019

As seen with SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN, BOOM is one of the few comic publishers to show their line of books at the American Library Association. In fact, they offered a limited run of 500 copies of this rare variant for the event. As noted before, this audience isn’t your typical comic book fan/collector… so these most likely ended up in a bag full of other giveaways (you can see the press announcement for it HERE). This rare cover is the first sale we’ve seen and it sold for a big $275 raw. It’s unknown how many titles they did a special ALA cover… but keep a lookout for them when their titles see heat. 

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SHAKER: DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH #7 | MARVEL | 2010

Granted, it’ll be quite a while before we see Deadpool… let alone another version of him. However, collectors are already investing in Lady Deadpool. In fact, her first appearance in this standard cover hit a new high sale of $585.99 for a CGC 9.8 this week. Both the 2nd and 3rd print are also pretty pricey books at over $100. The 3rd print hit a high sale of $750 back in February of this year. So, keep an eye out there for Lady Deadpool. For those saying Gwenpool should come first… know that Sony owns the rights to Gwen Stacy, which complicates things. So, for now, Lady Deadpool has a better long-term spec.

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SHAKER: DARK AVENGERS #1 | MARVEL | 2009

The recent Shang-Chi trailer and Abomination appearance taught us that we’re at a point where any character can suddenly show up in the MCU. This allows for a lot of speculation and can be hard to filter facts from guesswork. Dark Avengers falls in the grey area of speculation. You can see the possibilities of a Dark Avenger team forming… however there’s nothing close to any confirmations or strong rumors. Then there’s also Thunderbolts vs. Dark Avengers. Both are in a similar position of potential… but what should come first? Regardless of the answer, the Dark Avengers is busy hitting new heights with this week’s new high of $435 for a CGC 9.8 with all variants spiking as well.

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SHAKER: FLASHPOINT #1 | DC | MAY 11, 2011

There’s a lot unknown with the in-production FLASH film. However, strong rumors tell us that it will partially pull from this FLASHPOINT series. This seems pretty obvious with the inclusion of Michael Keaton’s Batman. That’s enough momentum for this first issue which sold for $429 for a CGC 9.8 this week.

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SHAKER: FUTURAMA COMICS #1 | BONGO | NOV 22, 2000

Nostalgia is in full effect with this first issue of Futurama. The series was fantastic and is fondly remembered as a Simpsons-esque series that found success and was a source of topical references… setting the table for today’s popular animated series like RICK & MORTY. This week, this book hit a new high sale of $460 for a 9.8. Which is up from the previous high of $350 this past January.

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SHAKER: HAWKEYE #9 – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2013

Marvel continues to slow roll its shows on Disney+. We’ve already had Wandavision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier and now Loki – all high production value, solid story projects. Though, with these stories and the upcoming Black Widow feature film, Marvel is transitioning to the future iterations of popular characters like Black Widow, Captain America, Falcon, and Hawkeye. We’re about at the halfway point of 2021 and fully expect the next Marvel show iteration – Hawkeye – to continue this trend of substantial performances by Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop and Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova. This has collectors and speculators clamoring to get ahead of that juicy Kate Bishop spec – but not all spec involves super key books. Hawkeye #9 from the Fraction run merely contains a beautiful rendition of the Kate Bishop character, and the 2nd print version in purple really pops! While it’s unclear how many copies exist of the 2nd print, it’s likely less than 3,300 (the lowest # of Diamond-reported copies sold for May 2013 – the month the 2nd print was released – was around 3,300 and Hawkeye #9 was not on the list – implying Diamond account holders ordered less than 3,300 – could be a lot less!). For the longest time, no one paid attention to the now coveted purple covers from this run, so it’s possible that a notable portion of the copies have been discarded or mishandled. Moreover, there are only 20 total 2nd print copies on the CGC Census with only 5 of those in 9.8 conditions. That combination of Kate Bishop spec, a hard-to-find book, and the upcoming Hawkeye Disney+ series led to an all-time high sale of $810 for a CGC 9.8. If a non-key/hard to find Kate Bishop cover can garner that type of interest, what about other non-key Kate/Clint/Pizza Dog covers such as: All-New Hawkeye #5 Ogaki – Manga ($40 raw), All-New Hawkeye #5 Noto, All-New Hawkeye #2 Noto, All-New Hawkeye #3 Wu (1:25), All-New Hawkeye #1 Murase and Hawkeye #13 Walsh (1:25)? Happy hunting!!

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SHAKER: KA-ZAR #1 | MARVEL | 1970

Whether it’s been later printings with unique cover art like in Captain Marvel #7 2nd Print or Golden Record Reprints like Amazing Spider-Man #1, reprints of key books are on the rise. As keys increase in price and move out of reach of us mere mortals, we look for the next best thing – a way to own a piece of history without having to take out a second mortgage. Even somewhat more obscure characters are not immune to this phenomenon. X-Men #10 – 1st appearance of Ka-Zar, his sabertooth tiger Zabu, and the Savage Land – has been climbing along with other X-Men keys. A CGC 9.0 copy will set you back over $2K (if you can find one). While that book is over 55 years old, Ka-Zar #1 includes a reprint of X-Men #10 and is over 50 years old. Not to mention there are only 128 copies on the CGC census with a mere 6 in CGC 9.8 condition. So when one of those scarce super high-grade CGC 9.8 copies hit the market one eager buyer snatched it up for a lofty $1,250 – absolutely obliterating the previous record of $340 set back in 2017. Keep in mind, while we had some Savage Land rumors circulating back in February, there’s been no actual news about Ka-Zar, Zabu, or the Savage Land. So be on the lookout for high-grade reprints of silver age keys like Marvel’s Greatest Comics #35 (Fantastic Four #48 reprint), Fantasy Masterpieces #1 (Silver Surfer #1 reprint), 3 (Silver Surfer #3 reprint), and 4 (Silver Surfer #4 reprint) and many more. These books were often discarded as faint shadows of the originals, but now collectors are starting to seek them out – especially in very high grades. Meanwhile, enjoy this throwback clip of Wolverine fighting Ka-Zar back in the X-Men Animated series.

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SHAKER: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #32 | MARVEL | 1977

While Jessica Drew has been rumored to be the subject of Sony’s solo Spider-Woman film, a few weeks ago it was confirmed that we will officially see her in SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2, voiced by actress Issa Rae. This news was enough to help push her first appearance in this issue to a new high sale of $6,500 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 – RAINBOW FLAG (1:100) | MARVEL | 2021

Such a simple, yet important variant that perfectly represents the symbol of pride month. While this issue was highly anticipated, 100 copies is a tough incentive to meet. These two factors generated a highly coveted and sought-after variant, driving up online sales to new heights like this week’s new high sale of $298.58 for a raw copy. This is one of those variants that will retain its value for a while.

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SHAKER: MARVEL #1 | MARVEL | 2014

Kamala’s first issue was a big deal when it came out. It was highly advertised and shops appropriately ordered copies to meet demand. However, if you recall, there was a big push back by many very vocal fans who felt that Marvel’s new crop of diverse characters was too forced. 7 years later, it’s clear that it was the best thing Marvel has done in the past 10+ years. Kamala has proven herself to not ONLY be a diverse character but a beloved key character who we can’t wait to see live on screen. This first issue to her first series is really picking steam and hit a new high sale of $225 raw and $695.84 in a 9.8. If you’ve been waiting to move on key Kamala covers, now’s the time to pick them up!

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SHAKER: SAGA #1 – FIONA STAPLES RRP VARIANT | IMAGE | APR 25, 2012

It’s hard to imagine a time when you count all the modern variants worth more than $1K on two hands. Today, that list is massive. Yet, this was one of the kings of those early high-value moderns. This DC Comics Retailer Roundtable Program (RRP) was known for producing and giving their participants some ultra-low print runs (around 400-500 copies)… focusing on some highly notable issues like Batman #608 and Saga #1. When we started these newsletters, we had mentioned that this was a book to pick up as it had significantly dropped to market lows of $1,700 for 9.8s. Well, we wish we listened to ourselves as this week marked a new high sale for this at $4,000 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON COMICS #2 | DARK HORSE | 1993

Okay, Hellboy fans… what camp are you… DIME PRESS #4, NEXT MEN #21, or this one SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON COMICS #2? Depending on the fan, all tend to have their preference. DIME PRESS has the first cover appearance of Hellboy (prototype), NEXT MEN #21 has the first appearance of Hellboy in a regularly published comic and first appearance in color. However, this SDCC COMICS #2 gets the official first full appearance title. With a 4 page black and white story, this limited to 1,500 copy book tends to take the title. And this week’s big sale of $795 for a CGC 9.8 tells us that Hellboy is climbing back up, despite his film days well behind him. Though, calling this a first will absolutely spur an easy debate at your LCS as DIME PRESS is incredibly tough to find and financially outweighs all the other books combined (high sale of $3K for a 9.6 in 2020).

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SHAKER: THE SAVAGE SHE-HULK #2 | MARVEL | 1980

Spec, spec, and more spec is what is driving the record prices of Savage She-Hulk #2! With Issue #1 skyrocketing in value, we have seen a significant bump in issue #2 of the same series. In issue #1, after Bruce Banner saves the life of his high-profile litigator cousin, Jennifer Walters, via a blood transfusion (causing her to now have the ability to become the She-Hulk), the table is set for this action-packed issue #2. In it, we find Jennifer busy confronting the criminal mastermind, Nick Trask (who tried to have her killed), trying to turn his own henchmen against him and use her newly minted savage powers to try and save her bestie, Jill Stevens (wrong place, wrong time). Comic collectors know that as the first issue heats up, the second issue in the same series tends to follow suit. We had a record raw sale of $30 last week, and a record CGC 9.8 sale for a whopping $400! Just three months ago, this same graded 9.8 was selling for half that price, with raw copies available for $5-10 all day long. With no official release date beyond “2022,” it is a great time to start getting your She-Hulk comic books in order!

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SHAKER: SILK #1 – DAVE JOHNSON – COMICSPRO | MARVEL | 2015

Well, at least we KNOW a Silk series is coming to Amazon. News on the series continues to progress. Even this past week it was announced that producer Tom Spezialy has inked an overall deal with Amazon Studios and has joined the Marvel Series ‘Silk’ As Showrunner. This progression continues to build confidence in buyers, hence pushing this ComicsPro variant to a new all-time high sale of $1,100 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #175 | IMAGE | 2008

This 2nd appearance of Gunslinger Spawn is keeping close pace with his first in Spawn #174 with this week’s high sale of $750 for a CGC 9.8 (#174 had a recent 9.8 sale of 1,050). Now, typically… 2nd appearance tend to significantly take a back seat to the more high-profile first appearance (Deadpool in X-Force #2, Spider-Gwen in Amazing Spider-Man #9, etc.). However, Spawn has his own set of rules that buck most trends.

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SHAKER: TOMB OF TERROR #15 | HARVEY | 1954

The Harvey pre-code horror books were killing it this week with massive sales. Tomb of Terror #15 had a face-melting high sale of $7,200 for a CGC 4.0, which absolutely crushed the prior high in this grade of $801 from May of 2017. That is an astounding increase of 800% in only 4 years. The huge demand for these pre-code horror books combined with their relative scarcity has continued to send their prices to new heights. Superheroes from the Golden Age may still be number 1 for collectors, but horror has been showing that it is no slouch, and when a cover has the right elements there’s no telling what price it might hit when it comes up for sale.

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SHAKER: UNCANNY X-MEN #20 – ADI GRANOV VARIANT MARVEL | 2014

This 1:50 Granov variant is incredibly tough to find. With Magik appearing in last year’s NEW MUTANTS, this variant received renewed attention. While it should have decreased in value, it’s clearly done the opposite as seen with this week’s new high sale of $710 for a CGC 9.8. Sometimes a pretty cover is all it needs to be.

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SHAKER: WHITE #1 | BLACK MASK STUDIOS | 2021

Black Mask returns to the market with this first issue sequel to 2016’s BLACK, which answered their question of “What if only Black people had superpowers?”. This first issue of WHITE is hitting some big aftermarket sales at $150 raw presales. However, some of this could be based on misinformation. Initially, this was intended to have a 2,500 print run. However, due to demand, BLACK MASK received over 40,000 orders, which has WELL sold out ahead of the 6/30 release date this past Wednesday. Still, the heat is definitely there.

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SHAKER: WITCHES TALES #25 | HARVEY | 1954

If you thought you had a headache, this guy has definitely got you beat. For a horror title, the Witches Tales run actually had quite a few issues, hitting 28 in total, and while many of those issues have some gruesome covers, this one is a head above the rest. This week a CGC 6.5 copy sold for a record $4,080, beating out the prior high of $3,800 from May of 2018 but a significant jump from the last sale of $3,120 in November. This issue, like many of the most popular pre-code horror covers, continues to show that the more grotesque the better, and collectors just seem to keep losing their heads over them.

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SHAKER: ZATANNA #16 | DC | 2011

Adam Hughes created some AMAZING covers for his run on Zatanna covers from issues 11, 13-16. They’re all fantastic and highly sought after (and all hard to get in a 9.8). This particular cover has bounded past the rest with this week’s new high sale of $812 for a CGC 9.8. These were once easy books to find in $1 and back issue bins. However, with a high sale like this and its $200 raw price tag… those days are apparently long gone.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: MADAME XANADU | DC | 1981

Variety recently announced that HBO and DC are slowly building towards their JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK series with last week’s announcement that DC Comics has a Madame Xanadu series in the works with Bad Robot. Her first appearance is in DOORWAY TO NIGHTMARE #1 (1977) and had a new high sale weeks before this news at $1,195 for a 9.8. That buyer won’t have to wait long to see a return on their investment.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: JUNGLE ACTION #8 | MARVEL | 1974

Jungle Action #8 is part 3 of “The Panther’s Rage” story arc and features the origin story of Black Panther and the first appearance of Malice – a former member of the Dora Milage (the “Adored Ones) whose life is saved by Killmonger. She subsequently aligns with him in his failed coup attempt. It also contains an illustration of a map of Wakanda. Interestingly, in the Black Panther movie, Nakia’s feelings for the Black Panther seemed reciprocated. Not so in the comic book, and it is this unrequited love story that leads Nakia to become embittered, teaming up with Killmonger under the new moniker, Malice. Comic collectors are specing on this potential plot twist for the next Black Panther movie, and with it, we have seen some nice gains in this comic book. Previous raw sales were all in the $15-$25 range until this past week when we saw a raw copy sell for an astonishing $150. We also had a CGC 9.6 sell for a record $475 (just a few days earlier, a 9.8 was sold for the same price), with a CGC 9.0 hitting a record $145.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: FANTASTIC FOUR #49 | MARVEL | 1966

It’s pretty safe to say that Fantastic Four #48 and 49 – the introduction of Galactus and Silver Surfer into the Marvel universe – are no longer under the radar. While historically very popular books, they have exploded in value over the last 2 years. We see a lot of them around, but there aren’t that many copies in high grade. FF #49 has only 1 CGC 9.8 on the census and only 101 in 9.0 – with the bulk of the graded copies found in the 3.0 to 8.0 range.  These lower census numbers for the high grades cause us to sit up and take notice when a copy comes up for sale – the latest CGC 9.0 sale for FF #49 did not disappoint. A CGC 9.0 copy with Cream to Off-White pages just sold through ComicLink for $9,426. That’s more than double the previous all-time high in grade and more than the last (and highest) CGC 9.4 sale back in December. So if you were expecting these Silver Surfer and Galactus keys to slow down anytime soon, you might want to think again.

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