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This week Riri Williams sales are flying high with Feige’s latest news, we call out sales jumps for a couple of Anime inspired comics, and give you a reason to dust off your old ’90s hologram covers. Let’s do it!
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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: ADAM: LEGEND OF THE BLUE MARVEL #1 | MARVEL | 2008
It’s been a while since we checked in on Blue Marvel… and man this book has not slowed down. The loose rumors of seeing him appear in Wandavision is well in the past, yet this is one character that collectors keep pouring money into. While this week’s high sale of $700 raw isn’t the all-time raw height, it is the highest it’s been since February. Blue Marvel’s future is unknown, but that’s not going to stop this book from selling and hitting big numbers.
Well, we FINALLY got the SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME trailer, and it was awesome sauce! Like always, these trailers often leave plenty of unanswered questions, leading fans to A LOT of speculation to fill in the blanks. The “make everyone forget” spell led many to the “ONE MORE DAY” and “ONE MOMENT IN TIME” storylines that circled around Peter Parker & Mary Jane making a deal with Mephisto to save Aunt May by sacrificing their Marriage and erasing decades of continuity. The connection being made here is that Mephisto, yes Mephisto… the one character that’s becoming a running speculation joke… is actually disguised as a “dark Stephen Strange” in NO WAY HOME. This has pushed issues like ASM #545 (where the deal with Mephisto was made) to new highs of $290 for a 9.8 and $345 for ASM #638 (where the terms of the deal were revealed). If you recall, speculation was WAY off after the FAR FROM HOME trailer where Hydro-Man, Sand Man, Molten Man’s, and even the Elementals first appearances were scorching hot due to the same guesswork. Of course, like that film, time will tell when we find out in just a few months when we get to see this highly anticipated film.
SHAKER: BLACK PANTHER #2 | MARVEL | 2005
New rumors have come out that Shurri will take the mantle of Black Panther in the now filming BLACK PANTHER 2. While this is unconfirmed, the rumor is running strong and has re-ignited her first appearance and pushed it to new heights like this week’s CGC 9.8 that sold for $1,100.
SHAKER: BLACK PANTHER #1 – KEN LASHLEY – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2009
While on Shuri, her first COVER appearance(s) on this issue is also trending again. However, a book that wasn’t moving before is this 2nd print cover by Ken Lashley. It also hit a new high of $405 for a 9.8… which is especially fantastic when you remember that a 9.8 sold back in 2019 for only $15. While all covers for the issue are on fire, the market is starting to eye issue #5 when she first appeared in costume on the last page.
SHAKER: COBRA #19 – COVER RI | IDW | 2012
In 2012, IDW released several “Rock Tour” Homage Variants. It’s in this set that you’ll find other hot market favorites, like the TMNT #18 Nirvana Nevermind homage and the SNAKE EYES AND STORM SHADOW #19 Purple Rain. However, this Jimmy Hendrix cover by Artist Antonio Fuso is truly a difficult book to find. This is simply a book that doesn’t show up often. A CGC 9.4 copy made a rare appearance and sold for $800, the only sale we’ve ever been able to track.
SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #55 | MARVEL | 1966
One-on-one battle covers just ROCK and Fantastic Four #55 fits the mold. This classic Jack Kirby/Joe Sinnott cover depicts the Silver Surfer blasting the Thing in the chest with a Power Cosmic empowered energy blast. While there are over 1,100 universal copies on the CGC census, less than 25% of those copies fall into the 9.0+ grade range. While we’ve seen some books cool off of late, Fantastic Four #55 is not slowing down as we just had an all-time high sales in the CGC 9.0 and 8.0 grade ranges – hitting $1,149 and $550 respectively. For some other great battle covers, check out Tales of Suspense #58, Silver Surfer #4, Captain America Annual #8, Batman #635, Detective Comics #475, and Green Lantern #59. What are some of your favorites?
SHAKER: GIANT COMICS EDITIONS #15 | ST. JOHN | 1950
Any chance that we can showcase a Matt Baker cover, we’re going to. The King of Romance covers, Baker dominated a rare trend that juxtaposed the pre-code horror books that came out next to these. The sugar sweet covers just made fantastic covers that have little modern-day competition. This is exactly why Baker books are climbing faster than ever. Take this book, which is widely considered one of the ten most valuable romance comics, which hit a new raw height of $2,282.87 for a gorgeous VG copy.
SHAKER: HAUNT #1 – TODD MCFARLANE – COLLECTORS EDITION GOLD FOIL (LIMITED 5000) | IMAGE | 2009
Last week in KING SPAWN #1, we saw the return of McFarlane and Kirkman’s HAUNT. For a character that most of us haven’t thought of for a while now, it’s awesome to see him return and possibly get a second chance. His first appearance (and various covers) is trending and hitting the highest prices this book has ever seen. This gold foil seemed to be trending the most, hitting $75 raw this week. It’s hard to say what McFarlane/Image plan to do with Haunt, but this book and all of its covers could be one to watch.
SHAKER: IRONHEART #1 – LUIANO VECCHIO – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2018
Recently, Kevin Feige noted that, “We’re shooting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, right now, and the character of Riri Williams, you will meet in Black Panther 2 first. She started shooting, I think, this week before her Ironheart series.” While we KNEW Riri was coming to her own series, played by actress Dominique Thorne, this surprise lit a huge fire under ALL key Riri issues and covers. One of those covers is this hard to find 2nd print cover featuring her new Ironheart Armor (though not her first appearance in the armor), which hit a big new high sale of $764 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 – CHRIS TURCOTTE – APOCALYPSE | MARVEL | 2016
However, when it comes to the MOST expensive Riri book, it’s this one. Despite the ongoing debate of Invincible Iron Man #7 vs. Invincible Iron Man #9 as the first appearance of Riri, the market has CLEARLY decided. This week, one collector helped push this one to a massive new height of a 9.8 selling for $3,795. The crazier part is that this still isn’t the height for this book.
SHAKER: JUNGLE COMICS #11 | FICTION HOUSE | 1940
This is not a book that sells often, but the sale this week for a CGC 4.5 made us sit up and take notice because it was as massive as the dinosaurs that grace its cover. Jungle comics was a very long-running series during the golden age and the early issues can be tough to come by. This issue from 1940 is classified as “rare” on the Gerber scarcity index and only has 18 copies graded on the CGC census. That rarity led to a new overall record for this book with the sale of a CGC 4.5 for $3,840, beating out the prior record for this book of $3,391 that was set in 2019 for a CGC 9.0! That’s right, a 4.5 just sold for more than a 9.0 sale from 2 years ago. At least two bidders must have seen something they liked in this issue because this was definitely an all-out bidding war.
SHAKER: SHONEN JUMP #0 | VIZ MEDIA | 2003
Viz Media pretty much owned the U.S. Anime market, translating the world’s hottest Anime into English. SHONEN JUMP was an immensely popular Japanese magazine that featured many comic stories of the most popular Anime franchises. The early issues for Shonen Jump, like this first issue at #0 are now collector items on their own. Featuring Drago Ballz, Naruto, One-Piece, and a preview of Yu-Gi-Oh, this #0 from 2003 was the first time the popular Japanese magazine was printed in English and helped ignite an Anime fever here in the States that has only increased since. This week, a CGC 9.8 sold for $499.95, a new high for this comic-filled magazine.
SHAKER: SAILOR MOON #1 | TOKYOPOP | OCT 1, 1998
Speaking of Anime, Sailor Moon’s first ongoing series has been featured on our list before via the pink SDCC variant for this issue. However, this standard cover is officially a powerhouse on its own with a new high sale of $1,495 for a CGC 9.8 this week. With the recent heat behind ONE-PUNCH MAN and MY HERO ACADEMIA, it’s pretty amazing to see these Anime properties joining the comic market craze.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 – MARK BROOKS – HOMAGE | MARVEL | 2017
When this homage of Uncanny X-men #245 first appeared in 2017, it was a clear winner and moved up in price quite quickly. Mark Brooks is easily one of the best working comic artists in the industry. His polished, highly detailed work is distinct and just plain gorgeous. Many of our favorite covers are Brooks covers, and this one is one of them. Last week, it hit a high sale of $676.66 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: THRAWN #4 – CASPAR WIJNGAARD (1:25) | MARVEL | 2018
While we’re on Star Wars, it’s hard to stay away from Thrawn. His 1:25 variant for issue #4 also hit a new high sale this week at $816.90 for a CGC 9.8. So, add this to your list of Thrawn variants to look for.
SHAKER: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #33 | MARVEL | 1975
Things are building for the 2022 Disney+ Moon Knight series and collectors and speculators alike are grabbing the coolest Moon Knight books they can find. I mean … sure … if you have $20-40K to drop on a super high-grade copy of WWBN #32, knock yourself out. If you don’t have that kind of money hanging around, how about the next best thing – Moon Knight’s 2nd appearance in WWBN #33. If you’re going to grab a copy or two, you might want to do it quickly because super high-grade copies are already on the rise. If you had the foresight, last year you could have grabbed a CGC 9.6 copy of Moon Knight’s 2nd appearance for $5-600. At that time you might have been thinking “that seems like a lot for just a 2nd appearance!” Well, right now you’re wishing you could get a beautiful copy for that price because we just saw an all-time high in the CGC 9.6 grade for almost $2.7K – around 5 times the low from last year and double the last high in grade set back in February 2021. WWBN #33 has yet to blow up on the CGC census. While there is a whopping 4000+ graded copies of WWBN #32, there are only 886 of WWBN #33 with a meager 40 universal CGC 9.6 copies and 9 CGC 9.8 copies! If this is where we are with a teaser trailer, just wait until we get a full trailer and a lot more hype for the Moon Knight MCU series.
SHAKER: X-MEN #25 – GOLD LOGO VARIANT | MARVEL | 1993
Back in 1993, this book was a BIG deal. First, nothing was bigger than Wolverine in the ’90s. Like seriously. So, when Wolvie went toe to toe with Magneto, the master of magnetism was able to strip the adamantium from his bones, pulling through his pores and leaving Logan for dead. It was brutal, shocking, and set the table for some pretty massive revelations (Wolvie’s claws were always there and were now bone) and also marked the exact moment of Onslaught’s birth after Professor X unleashed an equally brutal psychic attack on Magneto in retaliation. In terms of ’90s X-Men comics, this is a pretty important issue. This week’s new high sale of $560 for a CGC 9.8 of this Gold Logo version shows us that both nostalgia and key issue collectors are giving this a boost. Man, how we would love to see this scene play out one day in the MCU. This was a fun one to see this week.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: BLACK CANARY
As noted by the Hollywood Reporter, “Misha Green is reuniting with her Lovecraft Country collaborator Jurnee Smollett for a DC movie project featuring heroine Black Canary. The project, which is in early development at HBO Max, is a spinoff from Warner Bros.’s 2020 DC movie Birds of Prey”. If you recall, Misha’s Black Canary was a fun addition to BIRDS OF PREY but was unarguably WAY underutilized in that film. Here’s hoping that this film can showcase Black Canary better. Justice League of America #75 marks the first appearance and origin of Dinah Laurel Lance as the 2nd Black Canary, daughter of the first Black Canary Dinah Drake.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: RIRI WILLIAMS AKA IRONHEART
As we mentioned above, Kevin Feige noted that “We’re shooting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, right now, and the character of Riri Williams, you will meet in Black Panther 2 first. She started shooting, I think, this week before her Ironheart series.” EVERYTHING Riri is hot right now.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: OBLIVION SONG
Deadline is reporting that “Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star in Oblivion Song, a film based on the acclaimed series of graphic novels by Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici.” This first issue and its various variants are heating up rapidly. The Advance copy, the Silver Foil Variant (from the collector’s set), and the pink signature variant are all currently in a race to be “the” book to have. Though the standard cover is doing well and selling above $35.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: MARC SPECTOR: MOON KNIGHT #25 | MARVEL | 1991
This issue has a few things going for it. First, it features the first meeting of Moon Knight and Ghost Rider. In this current market, “first meeting” is officially “a thing” and a growing collector trend. While these types of “first meetings” rarely hold long-term potential, this issue also marks the first appearance of the Cult of Khonshu (though not named as such until issue #35), who will most likely play a heavy role in the Moon Knight show. Copies started trending this week, with a high raw sale of $75 which piqued our interest. It’s definitely one to watch.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: AVENGERS #1 | MARVEL | 1963
It may only be the first appearance of a team, but thanks to the MCU, with a team that has become as famous as the Avengers, it doesn’t matter. This week we saw another record sale for this book with a CGC 4.0 selling for $6,600, beating out the prior high of $6,300 from May 30th. This may not sound like a lot, but a year ago this week this book had a sale of $2,760, so it’s up almost 140% in that short period of time. The Avengers as we’ve grown to know them may no longer be together in the MCU, but it seems that their popularity is carrying on, perhaps with the hope that Marvel and Disney will re-invent them into something even greater.
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