WEEK IN REVIEW

September 16th, 2021

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This week we see the effect that Robert Downey Jr. has on Iron Man covers, we see how the HBO Green Lantern series is helping move 1st appearances, and we show some love to Lone Wolf and Cub. Let’s do this!

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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 FANTASY #15 | MARVEL | JAN 1, 2006

Amadeus Cho goes by many names, MASTERMIND EXCELLO… BRAWN… TOTALLY AWESOME HULK… etc. Regardless of those various identities, MCU speculators are still holding out for SOME version of him in the MCU. This started and has been supported with his mother Helen Cho’s appearance in AGE OF ULTRON. However, despite absolutely no MCU confirmation or news, his first appearance hit a new high this week at $2,272 for a CGC 9.8. It’s unknown when we’ll see Amadeus or in what form, but for now… collectors are investing.

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SHAKER: AMAZING HEROES #97 | FANTAGRAPHICS | 1981

This Amazing Heroes issue is often hailed as the first appearance of Alan Moore’s iconic series. If you look for this book, most listings will say “first Watchmen”. However, The Watchmen first appeared in DC SPOTLIGHT #1 (1985) via a one-page preview (along with BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS), With that said, this Amazing Heroes issue (which was released 3 months before Watchmen #1) does get the honor of the first cover appearance of The Watchmen… which is still collectible in its own right. However, this isn’t widely known… so the market tends to go by the listings. This helped this reached a new high sale of $450 for a CGC 9.8. It’s worth noting that DC SPOTLIGHT #1 also had a high sale this week of $200 raw for NM copy… though the highest price belongs to a NM+ copy that sold for $375 raw back in Nov. 2020.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 | MARVEL | 1964

One of the hottest comic books related to the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home” movie is Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. This comic features all our favorite Spidey villains together for the first time in one comic book. Known as the “Sinister Six,” many of the iconic villains pictured in the movie trailer (or heavily hinted to be making an appearance) include Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Electro, The Lizard, and Sandman. These iconic characters together on the silver screen have been 55+ years in the making and comic fans have been feverishly picking up copies of this book ever since the trailer dropped. We’ve seen some impressive sales including a high-grade raw copy sell for a whopping $2,800, a CGC 1.5 hit $1,350, a CGC 4.0 sold for $2,675, and a recent CGC 8.5 hit a dizzying sale price of $13K! Be on the lookout for the ultra-rare “Canadian” variant that has no ads on the inside front cover, or inside/outside back cover.

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SHAKER: COBRA KAI: THE KARATE KID SAGA CONTINUES #1 (1:25) | IDW | 2019

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a sale for this book pop up. The once SUPER hot (and expensive) NYCC exclusives had their market values obliterated when IDW released hundreds of copies on their site for $10 each. However, this 1:25 still remains difficult to find. With Season 4 of Cobra Kai announced a few weeks ago, renewed interest in this comic series helped push this variant to $350 raw.

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SHAKER: DARKHAWK #1 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1991

Prior to 2020, if you would have made the prediction that Darkhawk #1 would be a $1K book in a 9.8, you would have been laughed out of your comic store and probably given a nickname like “that crazy Darkhawk guy.” But that dude has been redeemed with last week’s new high sale for a newsstand copy (or a direct edition as well) at $1,100. While Darkhawk is a longshot for an MCU film appearance… a Disney+ appearance is not impossible (though still has a way to go).

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SHAKER: DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1 – JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (1:25) | MARVEL | 2016

Just updating our previous July 2021 note on this specific variant when a raw copy went for $399.99. Newsflash – it’s still hot but … however, since that big sale, raws have settled down to the $200-275 range. Though, the graded value just got higher with an all time high CGC 9.8 copy hitting $610. This surpasses the previous high hit by a CBCS 9.8 copy back on July 22. So, folks are still interested in that first appearance of Kushala – the Demon Rider and Nina the Conjuror in spite of the lack of any substantive news. If $600 is too rich for your blood but you like the spec, head on over to CovrPrice to see the other less expensive yet related variants.

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SHAKER: FAR SECTOR #1 – JAMAL CAMPBELL – 2ND PRINT | DC | 2019

Back when the GREEN LANTERN HBO series was announced, it was revealed that the series would “revolve around multiple Lantern wielders across multiple timelines, including a new Black female character who is half-human and half-alien” (per Comicbook.com). Though, it’s not expected that this character will specifically be SOJOURNER ‘JO’ MULLEIN (who first appeared in this issue). That hasn’t stopped fans from pushing her to appear in the series. Since then, her first appearance has been slowly climbing in price. However, this 2nd print is one to watch as it easily outpaces the other covers in price. Raws average around $62 FMV and a 9.8 sold this week for a new high of $281.

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SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #87 | MARVEL |1971

While we’re on Green Lantern, speculation across all GL characters possibly appearing in the HBO Green Lantern series has been driving up first appearance prices. This issue is no different with the first appearance of John Stewart, as well as the second appearance of Guy Gardener. With the Guardians of the Universe appearing and stating that an alternate Green Lantern must be selected, they choose John Stewart. John learns the oath, accepts the ring, and jokes he needs to be called the “Black Lantern.” This week we saw a record raw sale of this comic hit $1,050, with two record CGC 7.5 sales. The first sold for just about $900, while just a few days later, one sold for $940. Interestingly, a CGC 7.0 sold for $990 as well (also a record sale for that grade). We have also seen numerous CGC 8.5 sales of late hit the $1,100 mark.

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SHAKER: IRONHEART #1 STEPHANIE HANS 1:50 | MARVEL |2018

News from Marvel last December of a Riri Williams Ironheart series starring Dominique Thorne has blown up key issue sales for this next-gen fan-favorite character in 2021. As details of the film deal continue to emerge, we’ve seen major increases of all the key issues over the last few weeks, and collectors are searching nooks and crannies for interesting covers featuring Riri. Ironheart, the first solo-titled series, is a great place to look, and this week we saw several big sales in the series. For example, this… captivating Stephanie Hans 1:50 retail incentive cover sold for a record $525 in a graded 9.8, well above our recorded previous high of $375.

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SHAKER: JUNGLE ACTION #6 | MARVEL | 1973

The slow build hype machine for the second Black Panther movie, “Wakanda Forever,” is making an impact on sales in the Jungle Action comic series. Jungle Action #6 features the first appearance of Killmonger and with the passing of Chadwick Boseman, there has been much speculation surrounding Michael B. Jordan reprising his role as Killmonger for this next movie. This particular issue has always been popular within the Jungle Action series, but lately, we have seen some impressive sales including a CGC 8.0 hit $650, and a very recent CGC 9.6 sell for a record-breaking $2,600. There have also been steady raw sales in the $200 range.

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SHAKER: JURASSIC PARK #2 – NEWSSTAND | TOPPS | 1993

Here’s one just to highlight. This first Jurassic Park series is really seeing some light traction. However, like most modern series, a newsstand copy (in this case, with a totally different cover) can command top dollar… like this book’s new high sale of $329.99 for a CGC 9.8. For those of you that picked this one up, “Clever Girl.”

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SHAKER: HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL PREVIEW | MARVEL | JAN 1, 2006

Now, here’s a book to start paying attention to. This week, a CGC 9.8 copy sold for $600. However, this entry is an odd one as it’s the one sale we didn’t include in our price guide. Why, well, when we double-checked the sale we noticed that CGC mislabelled this slabbed copy. It’s notated with the title as “HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL PREVIEW”, however that edition has that written in distinct black text on the cover, where the standard (less expensive) copy (which is in this slab) is notated in white text as “HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL”. Now, this price would have been on point for this preview book, which did have a sale of $600 for a 9.8 back in June. However, this is a perfect example to pay close attention to what you’re buying! 

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SHAKER: LICENSABLE BEAR #4 | ABOUT COMICS |  2007

Whether you’re political or not… or a fan of President Barack Obama… this is still a book you should keep an eye out for. It features the first appearance of Obama in comics. Per the Licensable Bear website, “The issue hit stores on July 17th, 2007, more than a year before the Obama appearance in Savage Dragon, IDW’s Presidential Material biography, or any of the ensuing appearances.” Then-senator Obama appears on two pages in this b&w final issue while on the campaign trail. It’s noted that there are only 1,050 copies of this first printing. This week, a rare copy sold for a new high of $170. As noted on the Licensable Bear site, “There was a special second printing done as a fundraiser for The Hero Initiative, which was only 60 copies (50 signed-and-numbered copies, plus 10 Artist Proof copies) and has a different cover.

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SHAKER: MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 | MARVEL | 2005

If you watched last week’s Zombie-filled WHAT IF? episode on Disney+, then you’re probably like us and itching for MORE! This episode really struck a chord and truly needs a follow-up episode. Regardless, the fanfare around it helped push this first issue of the ongoing series to a new big sales of $100 raw. 

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SHAKER: PLASM #0 | DEFIANT | 1993

After Jim Shooter departed from Valiant, he created a new comic company called DEFIANT in 1993. The flagship title for the new company began with PLASM #0, which has several unique methods of distribution. Most of the print run was included as an inset in the Previews catalog, others were standard copies passed out by Shooter (which is where high-grade copies sprung from) and another via a premier edition that was a series of trading cards that once fully collected, you would place them in an album and read the full comic book. Whatever way you do find this book, it’s quite difficult to find due to Marvel suing Shooter over the use of the character that Marvel UK used called PLASMER. Defiant lost and changed the title from PLASM to WARRIORS OF PLASM, where Marvel continued their legal pursuit. Defiant eventually won the rights to use their character but was essentially forced to shutter the company in 1995 after legal fees financially wiped them out. This book also only has one staple, which creates a scarcity in high-graded copies. Case in point, this week’s CGC 9.6 hit a new high sale of $699. It’s worth noting that standard copies sell for around $75, so keep an eye out there for this one.

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SHAKER: ROBERT DOWNY JR. COVERS 

It was recently announced that CGC is hosting a signing event with Robert Downey Jr. The event costs $750 per signature or $1,160 if you want him to write “Iron Man” or “Tony Stark”. Those looking to submit a book for signature must have their books into CGC by December 3rd. With that news, Robert Downy Jr. Iron Man covers went NUTS: 

Keep in mind that these prices will go down as we get closer to December. This increase in price and sales are simply buyers looking for high-grade copies to get it signed, giving a significant premium to raw copies over graded copies. The Invincible Iron Man #25 cover is clearly the most valuable as it features him in costume and his face visible, hence the super high prices for those right now. This is the one book where the timing to sell is now.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #151 – PHILIP TAN – WRAPAROUND | IMAGE | 1992

When Spawn passed issue #100, the print run started shrinking quickly. By issue 151, after a short surge in sales for #150, the print run was SUPER low (until issue #260). It’s unknown what the run was, but these issues are some of the most sought-after issues for Spawn completists. Then, when you add in a variant, it gets exceptionally challenging. This wraparound “B” variant by Philip Tan is a perfect example of what this low print run can do. This week a 9.8 sold for a new high of $800 for a 9.8. If you come across Spawn issues from 151 to 260, grab them!

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SHAKER: SILVER SURFER #14 | MARVEL | 1970

Due to their thick spines, everyone loves the original 1960’s/70’s Silver Surfer run of comics. The big keys in that run have continued to go up in value, but we are now starting to see real movement on the “lesser loved” comics from that series. Case in point, Silver Surfer #14. Awesome Spidey and Silver Surfer cover art by Romita and Buscema, tells the story of mistaken intentions as Spidey originally considers Silver Surfer a hostile enemy, only to see him sacrifice himself to save a boy. Realizing Silver Surfer is one of the good guys, the army calls off the attack and all is well again in New York City. Surprised we haven’t seen bigger sales of this book considering it includes two of the most iconic Marvel characters. That might be changing as we saw a raw copy hit a record $218, with record sales in some lower grades including a CGC 5.0 which sold for $152, a CGC 7.0 which sold for $250, and a CGC 8.5 which sold for $372. It’s always a good idea to pick up issues from this relatively short 18 issue silver-age series!

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1981

If you grew up in the 80’s you probably sat down on Saturday morning and watched a bunch of cartoons including the absolute gem: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. It was an animated series starring Spider-Man, Firestar, and Iceman – battling the forces of evil. The show only had 24 episodes spanning 3 seasons from September 1981 to November 1983. Marvel also put out a one-shot comic book under the same name a couple of months after the show premiered. While not in the Marvel continuity, this one-shot contains the 1st comic appearance of Firestar. The book was relatively cheap until it started picking up steam around June 2020 and it’s now around $25-75 raw depending on grade. At the high-grade end, however, we just hit an all-time high for a CGC 9.8 of $873, up from the low $800’s last month. That is, however, up over $300 from earlier this year so that’s some solid movement in spite of there being no notable news related to Firestar or the Amazing Friends franchise. Must be the irresistible mix of nostalgia, Marvel, and high-grade keys that keep these books popping. See ya around, webheads!

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: LEGACY #1 – WONDERCON ANAHEIM VARIANT | DARK HORSE | 2013

We highlighted this book back in March 2020 when it was hitting $100 raw. Well, this week a raw copy sold for a big $400 raw, which supports the even bigger raw copy sold in July 2021 for $510. We weren’t sure if that was a fluke, which is why this week’s $400 price seems significant. This particular STAR WARS LEGACY issue features the first appearance of Ania Solo, a distant descendant of Han and Leia. We’re not sure WHERE this falls in all the various STAR WARS Disney content, but we do know that this  2013 Wondercon variant (limited to 1,000 copies), with Ania on the cover, is one to keep an eye on.

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 SARA PICHELLI 1:15 | MARVEL | 2011

A raw copy of this Sara Pichelli “unmasked” 1:15 incentive ratio sold for $650 raw this week, making it the highest price yet for an ungraded copy (the highest grade copy sold for $2,632.99 in May 2021). Released in October of 2011, this was just the 2nd appearance of Miles Morales, following Ultimate Fallout 4 and its 2nd print variants showing him unmasked on the cover. It’s a pretty special early Miles cover, featuring the stunning coloring work of the late Justin Ponsor which was so critical to the successful character design. Just compare this cover side by side to the super rare Marvel Retailer Resource Center sketch variant of the same issue to see how Ponsor’s colors bring Pichelli’s drawing to life. Prices of Miles Morales key issues peaked in spring of 2021 and have come down since then, but with the announcement of Sony Playstation’s Spider-Man 2 game (bringing in Venom too!) and a bunch of other scuttlebutt around when Miles Morales will next appear in the movies, we might be seeing signs of another Miles surge.

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SHAKER: VAULT OF HORROR #30 | EC | 1953

We love PCH books, so when we saw this classic Johnny Craig “hanging hand” cover hit a new high sale of $2K for a CGC 8.5 we had to include it on this list. You absolutely never see covers like this anymore, even with the absence of the comics code. We simply never went back to what EC was doing in the late ’40s and ’50s.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: TWISTED METAL

Deadline recently announced that “Anthony Mackie To Star As John Doe In Live-Action ‘Twisted Metal’ Series From Sony TV And PlayStation Productions.” While that’s awesome, that’s not great news for those looking for Twisted Metal comics. The only comic is this issue, which is known as the RAREST video game-based comic of all video game comics. To obtain a copy, you had to complete a series of highly tough challenges for TWISTED METAL 2 which were laid out by Sony’s TIPS AND TRICKS magazine. 100 copies of this comic were printed, yet due to high difficulty, only an estimated 50 players won a copy. The remnants were rumored to be given to fans or “destroyed”. To add to its rarity, it also depicts one of the New York Trade Towers falling 5 years before 9/11. There are only four copies on the CGC census, with two 9.6’s as the highest graded. The last copy that came to market sold a CGC 9.0 for a whopping $2,429.99!

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: GRENDEL

Per Deadline, “Netflix Orders ‘Grendel’ Series Based On Dark Horse Comic With Abubakr Ali To Star, 8 More Cast”. This has set a fire under all Grendel key books, especially his first appearance in PRIMER #2 COMICO 1982.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: PENGUIN

Another Deadline report: “‘The Batman’ Spinoff Series Centered On The Penguin In The Works At HBO Max”. This should give a nice boost to the already expensive first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS #58.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SHE-RA

Variety is reporting that a new “She-Ra Live-Action Series in Early Development at Amazon”. Her first true comic book appearance is in the adaptation HE-MAN AND SHE-RA “THE SECRET OF THE SWORD from 1985. However, her in-canon first comic appearance (as She-Ra) is in HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #18 from DC in 2014. Those should both see renewed bumps in price.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: LONE WOLF AND CUB #1 | FIRST | 1987

Back in 1970, writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima created this epic Manga that would inspire countless future writers and creators in many industries, from Frank Miller in comics to Quentin Tarantino in film and especially Star Wars The Mandalorian (and way too many others to name). This series, featuring an epic tale of Father and Son engaging in an epic journey of revenge, is easily one of the most modern influential pieces of art and story. So, when this series was translated for an English-speaking audience by First Comics in 1987 with covers done by some of the hottest artists of all time (Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, Matt Wagner), you would have thought it would have been a big success. However, despite having decent initial sales, they quickly dropped. Sales were so slow that First Comics ended up shutting down in 1991 without completing the series. Dark Horse stepped in and finished the series, but released them only in TPB form. So, why the ramble… this week, a CGC 9.8 sold for our all-time high of $200. When you look at everything moving these days, it shows us that this immensely important comic is incredibly undervalued. It’s one we’re watching closely.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: HAWKMAN #4 | DC | 1964

Sigh … still no new info regarding a Zatanna on-screen appearance – but that doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to sales of super high-grade copies of her 1st appearance in Hawkman #4. There just aren’t a lot of super high-grade copies out there with just 12 in CGC 9.6 condition and a meager 3 in CGC 9.8 condition. Hardcore Zatanna fans watch closely for these near-perfect copies to hit the market as it’s a rare occurrence. We’ve never seen a CGC 9.8 copy go up for sale and the last time we saw a CGC 9.6 copy sell was at the end of 2019! That is, until this week! A CGC 9.6 copy with Off White to White pages just sold on eBay as a fixed price sale for an all-time high of $20,000. That’s DOUBLE the last sale in 2019 when a copy went for $10K. With Marvel and independents dominating the after-market, it’s nice to see a sweet DC comic get some love. We’ll stay on the lookout for important Zatanna-related news. As Zatanna might say: “yatS denut!”

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