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This week we see a big nostalgic sale for armored Spider-Man, we track another huge sale for Kamala Khan’s 1st (cover only) appearance, and check-in on a fun sale for steampunk Wonder Woman. 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 #20 – UNIQLO – JASON POLAN | MARVEL | 2019
Jason Polan is considered one of New York’s quirkiest and most prolific artists. The quick-drawing artist’s goal was to draw every person in New York. While ambitious, he drew hundreds of New Yorkers every day. His work was featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times and multiple art galleries. Uniqlo, a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer located in major cities across the U.S. formed a unique partnership with Polan and Marvel. Polan created original Marvel art featuring the Marvel logo and his version of Spider-Man swinging through New York. On the Uniqlo site, with the purchase of 2 Marvel/Jason Polan graphic T-shirts, you could also order one of these exclusive comics. This was Polan’s only comic work as he passed away from cancer less than a year later. In many ways, this comic is a work of art on its own… and a true unique collectible. It’s unknown how many of these there are or where these copies ended up, but they are exceptionally rare. This week, the only copy we’ve ever seen came up for sale was a raw copy that sold for a massive $1,136.
SHAKER: BLACK PANTHER #50 | MARVEL | 2002
This book has been heating up for a while, hitting as high as $69 raw back in April this year. This was specifically due to Geekosity’s Mikey Sutton mentioning in Nov. 2020 that Black Panther 2’s villain was going to be The White Tiger. However, the version that Marvel was looking to use was the Kevin “Kasper” Cole version, who first appeared in this issue under the moniker of Black Panther. He becomes the White Tiger on the last page of issue #62, with a full appearance in THE CREW #2. Even though this news is still unconfirmed, high sales have continued for this book with a high sale this week of $400 for a CGC 9.8 (though the highest was $800 back in April).
SHAKER: CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2013
This full appearance of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel (cover only, predates All-New Marvel Now! Point One) and 2nd cameo appearance (last page) is a HUGE book. This week it hit an all-new high sale of $6,500 for a CGC 9.8! How high can this book go?
SHAKER: FEAR #20 | MARVEL | 1974
Morbius news seems to be leaking little by little as we wait for the Sony Pictures solo film. As his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #101 hits all new highs, key issue like FEAR #20 is going along for the ride. This issue marks Mobius’ first solo issue since his first appearance. As we’ve seen with many of the MCU characters (like Moon Knight), collectors had quickly snatched up the “next” big book for these characters. For example, Fear #20 had a new high sale of $1,599.20 this week for a CGC 9.8. So, this is a nice reminder that if a key first is out of your price range, then the 1st solo issue/series is a great alternative.
SHAKER: HAWKMAN #4 | DC | 1964
There’s a lot of DC fans who wish DC would get its act together from a big and small screen standpoint. There are so many cool characters to explore but DC has (arguably) been mired in mediocre/bad on-screen efforts, or they’ve canceled shows that seemed compelling (i.e. Constantine & Swamp Thing). As Marvel dives headlong into the mystical side of their universe, there’s hope this will lead the way for DC and their stable of magical characters … characters like Zatanna. While we have no significant Zatanna-related news, her first appearance in Hawkman #4 continues to rise. We just had a near all-time high in grade sale for a CGC 7.5, the highest-graded sale since an 8.5 sold for $3,090 back in May. That CGC 7.5 went for $1,825, just shy of THE highest sale ($1,855) this grade hit back in April. There’s a good amount of price support at this $1,500-1,800 level for this grade and you’ll likely have to pay around $800 more just for another half grade point bump. As of March, all we know is there’s a Warner Bros. show in development, so just imagine what could happen to the value of Zatanna’s first appearance if we get casting info or better yet see a trailer!
SHAKER: MARVEL PREVIEWS #95 | MARVEL | 2011
Miles Morales continues to be a super hot property. Ultimate Fallout #4 is still going for a pretty penny and all are eagerly awaiting the second installment of Into the Spider-Verse (expected October 2022 release). Perhaps one of the biggest examples of the Miles Morales hotness is that the Marvel Previews book bearing his (costumed) picture on the cover is going for insane amounts. Generally, the comic community shies away from Previews because they are merely advertisements, solicitations for upcoming comics. They don’t have the common story elements and character building that the community attributes to cameos and first appearances. There are myriad previews with the first images of characters in them that are essentially worthless. Who knows if there are just some diehard fans out there who will pay anything for this initial look at Miles Morales in costume or if there is some other form of hype driving it to new highs, but whatever it is there’s a lot of money going towards the effort. A CGC 9.8 copy of Marvel Previews #95 just sold for an all-time high of $11.6K after a 49 bid auction by 21 distinct eBay accounts! The interesting thing about it is the eBay auction was designated private so you can’t even see the partially obfuscated bidder ID’s. So here’s your coffee talk topic, don’t get verklempt – Is Marvel Previews legit or a wholly pumped up property? Discuss.
SHAKER: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #28 – 30 CENT | MARVEL | 1971
As noted, the first solo issue for key MCU characters are now big books on their own after collectors are quickly out-priced for a first appearance. However, make one of those books a high grade rare 30 cent edition and you get a massive new high sale like this week’s sale that’s $1.22 short of $10K for a 9.8. This is quite the job from the last 9.8 sale for this variant back in May 2020 when a copy sold for $3,500.
SHAKER: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #6 – HE-MAN.ORG LIMITED 500 | MVCREATIONS | 2004
Whether you loved or hated Kevin Smith’s MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS, it still didn’t stop MOTU fans from paying top dollar for hard-to-find variants like this. He-Man.Org is a site dedicated to hard-core MOTU fans who have been ALL-IN on the brand since the ’80s. So when the site created their own limited edition variants, then you knew these were going straight into the hands of fans who had no intention of selling their copy. This week two copies made their way to eBay, selling a CGC 9.6 for $500 and high grade raw (NM/NM+) besting that and selling for $1K this week.
SHAKER: MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 – FIONA STAPLES (1:50) | MARVEL | 2014
In July 2020, we were shocked when copies hit over $1K. Then this time last year… we were shocked when it hit over $2K. And now, again when it hit over $3K with this week’s new all-time high sale of $3,500 for a 9.8. Miles Mania is still VERY present.
SHAKER: MOON KNIGHT #188 – DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (1:25) | MARVEL | 2017
THE SUN KING, whose first appearance is in this issue, is rumored to be a villain (possibly the main villain) in Disney+’s MOON KNIGHT series. With rumors come “hot” new prices, which this variant definitely had with a new high sale of $699 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: MARVEL #1 – SARA PICHELLI (1:25) | MARVEL | 2015
You’ll notice that this newsletter is a tad Kamala-heavy. Well, her books are on fire right now as we get closer and closer to her Disney+ series… and most likely a trailer sometime soon. This Pichelli 1:25 sat at a low $20/$25 price for years… until recently when raw prices jumped to their current FMV of $82. However, the highlight for this book this week was its new high sale of $500 for a 9.8. This shoves the last 9.8 high sale in June 2021 of $160 well out of the way.
SHAKER: NINTENDO COMICS SYSTEM SNEAK PREVIEW | VALIANT | 1990
We’ve mentioned this book multiple times previously. However, it continues to garner a lot of attention when copies come up for sale. With only 34 universal copies on the CGC census and a mere 4 copies in 9.8 conditions, those sales are few and far between. Well, we have a new all-time high sale as this week. Some devoted Nintendo fan grabbed MyComicShop’s CGC 9.8 copy listed on eBay for $8,000 – more than double the previous high for this book set back in April. Moreover, we also had a raw 7.0 range copy go for just under $540! If the general scarcity wasn’t enough, that solid yellow background will show every bend, fingerprint, and smudge – SO it’s tough to find high-grade copies. If you’re looking for ANY copy of this book that helped usher in the short-lived era of Valiant Nintendo comics, you’d better Power Up and open that wallet wide! (insert Nintendo coin sound effect)
SHAKER: RESIDENT EVIL #1 | MARVEL | 1996
As we just noted with the NINTENDO PREVIEW book, video game books are here in a VERY big way. These sales aren’t even driven by content… but by sheer Nostalgia. While Resident Evil has plenty of content surrounding the franchise, gamer fans recognize how hard it is to find this first issue of RESIDENT EVIL. Its highest sale of all time goes back to Oct. 2020 with a 9.8 sale of $600. However, this week’s NM raw sale of $400 is now an all-time raw high and will set a new bar for future graded sales.
SHAKER: SAILOR MOON #11 – SILVER FOIL VARIANT | TOKYOPOP | 1999
We’ve covered the rare SAILOR MOON #1 SDCC “Pink” Variant before, featuring the first appearance of Sailor Moon in a U.S. comic. However, this rare reverse variant of that issue (pink star on silver) is very similar to that first issue and was only available as SDCC to Club Tokyopop members. It’s even harder to come by than the first issue, as copies very rarely surface. However, one copy came to market last week and sold for a big raw price of $500.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 – NYCC / “WHITE” LAIRD ERROR VARIANT | MIRAGE | 1985
As we frequently note, we love errors… and this is one of the earliest ones. The short version is, Eastman & Laird wanted to bring 500 copies of this third issue with them to NYCC 1985 and rushed those copies through in order to get them in time. Due to this rush, Eastman and Laird grabbed the 500 copies they needed but decided that the blue ink looked too splotchy and should be corrected for the rest of the run (50K total). One of the key determining factors in spotting this error is in the LAIRD sign above the VW bus. If it has white lettering vs. blue (though many of these errors also had a darker blue) then it’s the error print. The standard/ reprinted cover has a light blue tint to the sign. This week, this book hit a big new high sale of $4,300 for a CGC 9.6.
SHAKER: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #100 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | MAY 1, 1993
Okay, so this isn’t a huge book. It’s a book that you’ve seen a million times! And if you are old enough to remember reading this when it came out, then you probably shared our disappointment when the “sweet” new Spidey-Armor was destroyed by the end of the issue. Still, this is one of those books that’s incredibly nostalgic. And with today’s love affair for newsstand copies, you get a notable sale like this week’s $300 for a 9.8. The direct edition is not too shabby at $115. However, that $300 sale is a pretty decent price for a book that most sellers AND buyers wouldn’t look twice at. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Nostalgia sells and an armored Spider-Man is just badass!
SHAKER: WHAT IF? #1 | MARVEL | 1976
Disney+’s new WHAT IF? series is already being met with huge fanfare. Despite the show not pulling exactly from this original series, collectors decided this week to drop some big coin on this first issue, like the new all-time high sale of $1,200 for a 9.8. It’s already clear that, as fans of the show, we’re going to need WAY more episodes.
SHAKER: WONDER WOMAN #28 – STEAMPUNK VARIANT BY J.G. JONES | DC | 2014
Feb. 2014’s 1:25 STEAMPUNK theme month was pretty popular right away. If you recall, the Harley and Batgirl covers were the main draw that month. However, this Wonder Woman slowly rolled past them and now remains as the most valuable cover out of the series of variants. It’s now pretty difficult to find as copies have dried up. In fact, it’s so dry out there that this week a 9.2 set a new all-time high record of $699 (not $800 as eBay shows). Wonder Woman variants tend to retain their value, so this should be a solid seller for a while.
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As mentioned by the Hollywood Reporter, “Idris Elba Joins ‘Sonic 2’ as Knuckles. The actor will voice the fan-favorite video game character in the sequel.” Sonic fans have long-awaited to see Knuckles on-screen and now will finally get to. His first comic appearance is in SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #13. Now… I guess we have to ask when we’ll see Tails.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 | MARVEL | JUL 31, 2013
Captain Marvel #14 is one of the most debated modern first appearances in comics. The cameo image of Kamala in this issue looks VERY little like the Kamala we know today. It’s a quick “woman in the crowd” panel that would have been dismissed if Kelly Sue DeConnick hadn’t confirmed that it WAS her. That brief cameo made that issue an instant collectible and now sells for very high prices, with raws at $300+ and 9.8’s ranging from $700 to $1K. Flash forward to Captain Marvel #17 where Kamala makes her 2nd cameo (faceless) appearance in 4 panels. As noted above, the 2nd print with her full costumed appearance is a powerhouse book hitting a new high of $6,500 for a 9.8 last week. However, when you look at all of these prices… then look at the standard issue of Captain Marvel #17… there’s a huge price disconnect. Raw FMV is around $45 and 9.8’s are at $200. In our opinion, there will be an eventual price correction. With all the scorching prices around Kamala key books (All-New Marvel Now! Point One & Ms. Marvel #1), this is shockingly affordable.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: ALL SELECT COMICS #8 | MARVEL/TIMELY | 1945
What else can you ask for? Saving the damsel in distress, Captain America punching bad guys, the Human Torch and Toro melting through walls, and Bucky hitting a hooded figure in the face with a flail. This incredible cover from Alex Schomburg has got it all and this week it also saw a record sale. A CGC 6.5 copy of this book sold for $3,360, beating out the prior high in this grade of $2,500 from August of last year. There has been a significant increase in demand recently for these World War 2 era Schomburg covers and with the very limited supply of these scarce books, the prices have been trending higher. If you’re in the market for one of these classics, be sure to keep your eyes open for when they pop up. They are in high demand and golden age collectors are snapping them up quickly.
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