WEEK IN REVIEW

August 19th, 2021

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This week a super rare sale of Peanuts #1 hit the market, we see growing interest in Scott Snyder’s Nocterra #1, and call out a growing interest for high-grade Silver Age comics. 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 #365 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1992

This first appearance of Spider-Man 2099 (via preview of Spider-Man 2099 #1) hit a crazy new high sale of $1,652 for a CGC 9.8 after 37 bids. High-grade raws average for around $50, making this one HUGE gap book (cheap raws that sell for a MUCH larger price in 9.8). As 2099 becomes more relevant, the question is being asked as to what book is truly seen as a first appearance, this preview or Spider-Man 2099 #1. For now, the market has chosen this.

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SHAKER: DEADPOOL #1 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1993

While we’re on newsstands, Deadpool’s first solo issue and mini-series also hit a new high sale last week with a CGC 9.8 selling for $670. The direct edition’s highest sale is $247 for a 9.8, which showcases a significant premium for a newsstand edition. With Deadpool books on the rise, the direct edition is a great book to pick up in high grade.

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SHAKER: DEFENDERS #1 – PEACH MOMOKO – SILVER SURFER BLACK (1:50) | MARVEL | 2021

Several Defenders #1 books landed on our TOP 10 – RUNNER UP list. However, this 1:50 has WELL surpassed those with its current raw price tag of $275. So, why the spike? A few things: this new series features a new Defenders team, consisting of Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, Red Harpy, the Masked Raider, and Cloud. However, it also features the first cameo appearance of Omnimax and the first appearance of Taaia, the mother of Galactus. Taaia’s’ appearance appears to be the key driver of recent sales, It’ll be interesting to see where this book goes.

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SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #26 | DC | 1939

We may not all be able to find the $1,125,000 in our couch cushions necessary to buy the CGC 5.0 of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27 that sold this June, but what if you could get the first time he’s mentioned in text for 200 times less? Sounds like a deal, right? That’s exactly what happened this week with a CGC 4.0 copy of Detective Comics #26, where a banner in the comic advertises the coming of “The Batman” in the next issue. This issue sold for $5,760, and while not a record for the grade, which was set all the way back in 2012 with a $5,975 sale, it was a recent high, with the last 4.0 selling for $4,544 in August of 2018. Most of us would love to have that Tec #27 in our collection, but this is a pretty great consolation prize for any Batman collector out there that doesn’t have that Bruce Wayne money burning a hole in their bat-suit.

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SHAKER: EXCALIBUR #18 – RUSSELL DAUTERMAN (1:25) |MARVEL | 2021

In 2013-2017, books tended to sell JUST because they had a great cover. Due to the flurry of store incentives with SO many amazing covers, it’s hard for incentive variants to find market traction. However, like other books on this list, many do rise to the top. This 1:25 Russell Dauterman variant, covering all the various incarnations of Rogue, has spiked in the aftermarket with raw copies selling for $180. This is the 2nd cover in Dauterman’s ongoing X-Men Costume Covers, of which he’s done a similar variant for Jean Grey in X-men #1 (1:50) (2019), Storm in S.W.O.R.D. #8 (out in Sep.), Psylocke in Hellions #13 (non-ratio), and Emma Frost in Inferno #3 (out in Nov.), This Rogue cover is the clear market winner.

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SHAKER: I DREAM OF JEANNIE #1 | DELL | APR 1, 1966

While big content and nostalgia-driven books are seeing big spikes… even older properties are seeing significant price bumps in this new market. Take this first issue of I DREAM OF JEANNIE from Dell Comics, this week it had a new high sale of $900 for a CGC 7.0.

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SHAKER: PEANUTS #1 | UNITED FEATURES | 1954

While the Peanuts characters first appeared in a tie between Tip Top Comics #173 & United Comics #21, their first solo issue is a highly sought-after collectible for Peanuts fans. This book VERY rarely comes up for sale. However, one copy did this week and sold for $1,752 for a 3.0 raw copy, more than doubling the last raw sale of $832 in July. 

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SHAKER: POWER PACK #1 NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1984

No news is … good news? There really haven’t been any substantive rumors about a Power Pack movie or tv show for a couple of years now, yet Power Pack #1 (featuring the 1st comic appearance of Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie (the Power Pack team)) is still hanging in there. In fact, the harder-to-find-in-high-grade newsstand edition hit some all-time highs this year including a sale this week of $875 for a CGC 9.8. That’s only $24 less than the all-time high a similar newsstand copy hit back in May 2021. This newsstand premium is more than double the going rate for a CGC 9.8 direct edition so be on the lookout for super nice raw newsstand copies. The franchise seems like it would fit well on Saturday morning cartoons or in some other animated format, but we’ll have to wait and see what, if anything, Feige has in store for the property.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #230 | IMAGE | 2013

Even without content news (like Spawn had recently regarding a new writer and McFarlane directing), Spawn books are crazy hot market sellers. Its variants and various covers have been spiking for years… and this one is no different. This STANDARD cover’s twin brother Batman #423 has also been hitting crazy high prices lately. Those sales apparently gave this “McFarlane after McFarlane” cover a big boost from an FMV of $730 to its new high sale of $1,250! 

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SHAKER: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: TANGLE & WHISPER #0 – SPENCERS | IDW | 2019

Like many comic books based on video games, Sonic has many pricey books in his substantial number of comics. However, this particular cover was a surprise to us. When the retailer variant is for a store like Spencers… it can be VERY hard to find a copy. Copies tend to end up in the hands of non-comic fans or thrown away by the stores due to low sales. Regardless, this homage cover to Sega’s first Sonic the Hedgehog game box cover has been selling for BIG money. A raw copy sold for $800 (with 3 bids) after another copy sold a few weeks ago for a huge $1,050 raw (with 44 bids). These have all been sold by the same seller, who has another copy listed currently. The big question is IF these sales are flukes. It’ll be interesting to see if that copy sells and if this book can retain its value, especially by another seller down the line.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KANAN #6 | MARVEL | SEP 23, 2015

It’s been a while since we’ve heard any new news regarding Sabine Wren. Her highly debated first appearance (#1 vs #6) kept both issues neck in neck… until this one took off by leaps and bounds past issue #1. This week, a 9.8 sold for $850… which is close to its all-time high sale of $900 back in May,

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SHAKER: TALES TO ASTONISH #92 | MARVEL | 1967

As they say, never assume! Tales to Astonish #92 finds the Sub-Mariner thinking he is being attacked by the surface world, while men in a submarine think they are being attacked by the Sub-Mariner. The truth is, they are both being attacked by a creature named “It” that was woken from a centuries-old slumber after Namor threw a barrel of radioactive waste into the Cavern of Darkness. Yikes! This sleeper silver-age book also woke with a vengeance seeing a record $120 raw sale this week (high grade, 9.2). Average previous sales were hovering around the $20 mark for months. Collectors really seem to love high-grade raw copies of minor silver-age keys.

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SHAKER: TALES TO ASTONISH #96 | MARVEL | 1967

And a 1-2 TALES TO ASTONISH punch. In this issue, Namor finds himself going head to head with the Plunderer in Antarctica where he faces a giant vibration cannon which, unbeknownst to him, injures his beloved Dorma who followed him to lend a helping hand in battle. Uninjured himself, he faces down the Plunderer who informs him of Dorma’s injury. After making sure she is ok, he returns to fight but this time is taken captive with the Plunderer scheming for world domination. Although a more minor silver-age key, we are (again) seeing a trend in the comic community of collectors wanting to obtain high-grade copies of these sorts of issues. Mid-grade raw copies can be picked up for under $20, but very high grades are hard to come by as proven by a recent $134 sale. Just a blip? Maybe. But we might just see this same trend follow suit with other issues in the Tales to Astonish series (or other series). With very few high-grade copies available of these sorts of comics, prices tend to spike when they hit the market.

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SHAKER: TRANSFORMERS / GHOSTBUSTERS #1 – CRAIN VIRGIN VARIANT | IDW | 2019

Hasbro had a brilliant idea and placed dormant Transformers in some of the 80’s biggest franchises. For example, Ghostbusters had Ectotron, the name of the dormant Ecto Transformer. This collaboration was a fun read and also produced this AMAZING cover by Scorpion comics, which was limited to 300 copies. It hit a new high sale this week of $500 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA #1 | WARREN | 1969

Always a highly sought-after comic magazine, Vampirella #1 has everything going for it – iconic cover art by Frank Frazetta, a beautiful and beloved horror-comic hostess (who will become a horror-drama leading character by issue #9), and a series of horror-genre short stories. Creator Forrest J. Ackerman, along with publisher James Warren assembled some of the greatest comic writers and illustrators including Neal Adams, Reed Crandall, Mike Royer, and other greats like Ernie Colon, Tom Sutton, and Tony Tallarico for this premiere issue. Little did they realize the lasting effects this character would have on the comic book industry. This issue has consistently risen in value over the past few years, so it should come as no surprise that we have seen numerous raw sales hitting the $1,200 mark, with a very recent CGC 9.2 shattering the previous high of $3,000, selling for a whopping $5300! Give it up for our all-time favorite blood-sucking vixen!

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SHAKER: VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1 – ROYAL BLUE FOIL EDITION | HARRIS COMICS | 1994

Speaking of Vampirella, she has a TON of amazing covers… all done by the industry’s leading artists. For some reason, artists are “drawn” to sketching their own version of this sensual horror character. This cover for the 1994 relaunch of Harris Comics’ relaunch of Vampirella was done by Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti. There was a RED (1st print), TEAL (2nd Print), and GOLD (limited to 500) foil for this cover. However, it was this cover that was commissioned by Comic Cavalcade. It’s said that due to unavailable ink that Cavalcade intended to use, they had to make the quick decision to pivot to a “royal blue” color for these 100 copies. With only 100 copies, these are super hard to find. This is a perfect example of what time does for a SUPER low print book. When one comes to market, it now sells for crazy high numbers… like this week’s rare sale of $3,250 for an even rarer CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #88 – DELUXE EDITION | MARVEL | 1994

This first meeting of Wolverine and Deadpool has been increasing in price for about a year now. We first mentioned this book a year ago when 9.8’s were hitting $500. However, flash forward one year later… this book sold a 9.8 for $999.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #1 J. SCOTT CAMPBELL | MARVEL | 2010

As one of the most valuable modern variants, this Campbell Deadpool cover for Wolverine #1 is always on top of the COVRPRICE rare variant list. If you recall, Marvel had big hoops for retailers to jump through to even obtain a copy of this variant. First, you had to be a registered Diamond dealer. Second, you had to mail into Marvel (directly) 50 covers from a specific list provided by Marvel. This was highly controversial, despite doing this again with DC books for the Campbell Deadpool Siege variant. This was one tough book to obtain (and a costly one for retailers). This book in a CGC 9.8 previously floated around the $3-4K range for years until it jumped to just shy of $10K back in April 2021. That was just one sale so it was unclear if that was a blip in value or the new norm. Well, we now have an additional data point confirming this may now be a $9K+ book. The same copy that sold back in January 2021 for $3,500 just went for an astounding $9.3K. That’s a nice return for just over 6 months. So if you need some cash, like selling comics at a profit, and own a copy of this relatively scarce variant (175 total on CGC census, 105 universal, 44 in CGC 9.8), there’s an opportunity to lock in your gains.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: NOCTERRA | IMAGE | 2021

Famed writer, Scott Snyder, has another hit on his hands with Nocterra! In it, we find the world plunged into everlasting darkness. All living organisms that were left unlit in the dark for more than 10 hours changed into what became known as “shades” – monstrous versions of what they used to be. Those that survive must stay close to artificial light, including our lead heroine, Valentina “Val” Riggs who transports goods and people across unlit roads in her illuminated eighteen-wheeler. Until this past week, the regular A cover was selling for cover price. Recently, Bleeding Cool hinted that “I would advise comic book speculators to get ahead of the game here”. This was enough for sales to spike and other sites to run with this rumor and cause the book to land on our TOP 10 this week. We now have seen many $15 sales with a CGC 9.8 selling for $75. There are a number of variant covers for this issue including the Tony Daniel “secret variant” which saw raw copies hit the $40 mark, and the rare Lacchei “metal” (limited to 100 copies) which recently sold for a record $190, while just a few days earlier a CGC 9.8 sold for only $150. Let’s see if the rumor turns true.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: WOOL FOR APPLE – CASTING 

Variety is reporting that “Tim Robbins Joins ‘Wool’ Series Adaptation at Apple”. This 2014 CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT title is currently selling for $35 raw. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: FALCON IN CAPTAIN AMERICA 4 

Variety also reported that “Anthony Mackie Set to Return for ‘Captain America 4’” This should help give a boost again to the Falcon taking on the Captain America Mantle in the 2014 CAPTAIN AMERICA #25.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SPAWN FILM NEWS 

Recently, it was announced by The Hollywood Reporter that “Brian Tucker, who penned the 2013 Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg crime thriller Broken City, has been hired to write the script for the feature (Spawn) project”. It was also noted that McFarlane will direct the film as well. Not that this book needed any more of a boost, but it did just that. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: MY HERO ACADEMIA OPTION

Once again, Variety reported that “Renowned Japanese filmmaker Shinsuke Sato (“I Am a Hero,” “Kingdom” and “Alice in Borderland”) has signed on to direct a live-action adaptation of “My Hero Academia” for Legendary Entertainment.” The first U.S. appearance of My Hero Academia is in the ONE-PUNCH MAN / MY HERO ACADEMIA FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (VIZ MEDIA | 2016), which has been hot for a while now since a ONE-PUNCH MAN film was announced to be in development at Sony Pictures. This has given this book a nice 1-2 “punch”. This recent news lit a BIG fire under listed copies, pushing the book to a new high sale of $380 for a CGC 9.8. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE #1 (2012) & SPIDER-MAN: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE ADAPTATION (2002)

We’re due to get a new SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME trailer any day now. The consensus is MONDAY during CinemaCon. Many sources have noted widespread rumors of both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield returning to the franchise in this film. In fact, every fan trailer for NO WAY HOME has featured the various 3 Spider-Men front and center. With such a prevailing rumor, we’re surprised that these two books remain very inexpensive. SPIDER-MAN: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE ADAPTATION (2002) features the first appearance of the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man/Peter Parker and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE #1 (2012) features the first appearance of the Andrew Garfield Spider-Man/ Peter Parker. It’s unknown (and probably unlikely) if these two additional Spider-Men will continue on to the MCU. However, their inclusion could set a VERY significant future for the Spider-Man franchise. It’s also unknown if these books will have ANY traction in the marketplace due to their non-canon appearances. Collectors seem to ignore adaptations. However, these are two books we’re watching closely. Especially on Monday.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 | MARVEL | 1963

Spider-Man truly is the king of comics when it comes to overall popularity and sales. Spidey proved that yet again this week with a massive $16,800 sale for a CGC 3.5 copy of issue #1. This may not be his first appearance, where a 3.0 of Amazing Fantasy #15 sold on August 9th for $31,200, but it’s the first issue of one of the most successful long-running titles of all time, and the first appearance of that Spider-Man hating favorite, J. Jonah Jameson. This sale beat the prior high in our records of $13,349 from July 20th of this year by $3,451 or 25%, an astounding jump in such a short period of time. Where Amazing Fantasy #15 goes, this book follows, and with the jumps in price his first appearance has seen over the last 6 months, it’s no surprise we’re seeing similar moves in this key Spider-Man issue.

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