WEEK IN REVIEW

September 30th, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

This week we see a nice sale for the Golden Age 1st appearance of Deadshot, we track ever-increasing sales for Ms. Marvel (as her Disney+ show approaches), and call out a fun sale for the iconic Superman vs Muhammad Ali cover. 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: AVENGERS #62 | MARVEL | 1969

While this first appearance of M’Baku had a slight uptick with the first BLACK PANTHER film, it fell in price right after the film was released. However, in this current market, collectors are recognizing how important some of these ancillary characters are to the MCU. In fact, characters like Nebula are seeing their highest spikes in price yet. With his character rumored to play a prominent role in BLACK PANTHER 2, M’Baku’s first is also seeing the same recent surge in market attention. For example, this week a CGC 9.0 sold for a new high of $625. The last sold 9.0 went for a mere $126 back in 2019. Week’s before the first film’s release, a 9.0 sold for $67. Raws are also WAY up, with a recent $400 raw price for an NM copy. It’s great to see these characters catch a second wind (and a much bigger one at that) in the aftermarket.

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SHAKER: BATMAN #59 | DC | 1950

If you’re not familiar with this golden age Batman comic, this incredible space-themed, sunburst cover contains the first appearance of one of Batman’s long-standing villains, Deadshot. While Will Smith may have been one of the bright spots in the first Suicide Squad movie with his depiction of Deadshot, he did not make a re-appearance in the second film. Though he likely would have been killed off in some comical fashion to give the new movie a clean start. Regardless, this week we saw a new record in grade for a CGC 2.5 that sold for $990, beating out the prior record of $930 from February of last year. This may not sound like much of a jump, but it’s a significant increase from more recent sales of $746 and $686 from September and October of 2020 respectively. If you like this cover, we recommend checking out the Catwoman cover of Batman #62 as well because it has the reverse sunburst color scheme and they look incredible together.

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SHAKER: BLOODSTONE #1 | MARVEL | 2001

There’s been absolutely no new news of Elsa Bloodstone appearing in the MCU for quite a while now. However, that sure hasn’t stopped this book from hitting new heights like this week’s new top sale of $750 for a CGC 9.8. This is a significant boost from the $350 9.8 value one year ago.

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SHAKER: DOCTOR STRANGE #3 | MARVEL | 1974

Two graded 9.8s of Doctor Strange #3 sold this week for $550 and $599.95. This is not a frequently traded book at this grade and only 18 9.8s are recorded on the CGC Census. The larger of these sales tops the previous high sale for $580 from April of this year. In the story, Doctor Strange battles and manages to repel Dormammu, and the book features an awesome Dormammu/Strange battle cover by Frank Brunner. But it’s the letters to the editor that might just take the starring appearance in this comic. The letter attributed to “Rev David Billingsley” printed just above the Marvel Value Stamp was actually written by Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner who sneakily sent it to Marvel in order to advocate for their previous comic from the perspective of a minister. Marvel Premiere #14 included a portrayal of “God” in a manner the senior editorial staff were concerned would be too controversial. Englehart and Brunner’s grandiose fake letter convinced the editors to leave that story alone. Like many such letters printed within the pages of the comics, the letter offers over-the-top effusive praise, but this one goes further than most claiming: “It is magazines such as yours that really perform the Lord’s work and open new eyes to His majesty.” Come on guys, it’s a comic book! This is a fascinating collectible, offering a peek into the dynamics and personalities at work for Marvel in the 1970s.

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SHAKER: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #25 – SKOTTIE YOUNG – IRON MAN BY DESIGN (1:15) | MARVEL | 2010

Last week we highlighted a pricey Moon Knight Skottie Young Baby cover. However, before he was doing Baby covers, he was producing amazing variant covers like this Iron Man By Design theme month. Many of the top Marvel titles featured an alternate version of Iron Man set in another point in time. This steampunk version has surged to the forefront of those various covers. In fact, this week this 1:15 variant sold for a new high of $349.99 for a CGC 9.8 (raw copies have been trending around an FMV of $90).

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SHAKER:MARVEL #1 | MARVEL |  2014

We’re getting pretty darn close to seeing Kamala Khan in live-action on Disney+. It’s rumored that Ms. Marvel will be released in Feb. 2022. If that’s true, we’re just a few months away. Her key books, like this first series #1, just hit a big new high sale of $960 after a 34 bid auction. This is way up from the $300 9.8 price tag one year ago. These new future pillars of the MCU are definitely books to invest in.

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SHAKER: PRIMER #5 | COMICO | 1983

Primer has been in recent comic conversations with Grendel’s first appearance in issue #2, While that book is currently in the limelight, we might as well cover the other pricey book in the series with issue #5. This book features the first published work of Sam Keith (interiors). However, it also features the first appearance of “Max the Hare”, which was a prototype for the popular Image launch title THE MAXX by Sam Keith. There is a lot of debate amongst collectors whether this is the first MAXX or not. The characters do share many similarities, but also many differences. In the MAX THE HARE story in this issue, he is literally a giant rabbit, but with the same hunched-like hulk stature with the pointed fists. However, in THE MAXX series, he’s a homeless man that merges with Julie’s rabbit spirit animal, though hidden with a mask which he never removes. The similarities and differences are there to support both arguments. Either way, this first just hit an all-new high sale of $1,530 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: THE PUNISHER #1 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1986

In this market where the first solo series is trending, why shouldn’t The Punisher be included? While this late 80’s series was ignored for decades, this nostalgic book is finally getting its due. A 9.8 copy of this newsstand edition sold for a new high sale of $1,100.

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SHAKER: SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 – CONVENTION VARIANT | DC | 2016

When DC released this unconventional new take on Scooby-Doo, the comic market didn’t know what to do with it. However, when Fred dies in issue #25, the book gained new market interest with that particular issue selling like hotcakes online. That sent collectors trying to track down this first issue and its variants. This partial sketch convention exclusive by Jim Lee has really become quite difficult to find in the past 5 years. This week a raw sale sold for a new high of $200. It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for.

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SHAKER: SHOCKING MYSTERY CASES #50 | STAR PUBLICATIONS | 1952

It’s fitting as we get close to October and the horror imagery that comes with Halloween where we see a new record sale for this Frankenstein cover from one of the premier Golden Age artists, L.B. Cole. This week we saw a CGC 7.0 sell for a new overall record of $3,840, beating out the prior record of $1,680 set just last year for a CGC 6.5. This is a difficult book to find graded with only 24 copies on the CGC census and it’s even harder to find in high grade. The highest graded copy is only a half grade up with a single CGC 7.5. That 7.5 sold all the way back in 2012 for a mere $321, but we wonder what it would go for today with the increased demand for Pre-Code Horror and the fact that it was once part of Ghost Rider’s collection. That’s right, the CGC 7.5 is notated on the label as being from the Nicolas Cage collection, and that provenance has got to be worth something.

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SHAKER: SILK #1 JEEHYUNG LEE 1:100 | MARVEL | 2021

The third Silk series from 2021 started off with the introduction of a new antiheroine, Saya Ishii, a character who continued to play a major role across the five-issue Silk run. A tech genius, fashion influencer, and CEO of tech company Fujinet, Saya Ishii also has legacy ties with organized crime as the daughter of Silvermane. She is a strong addition to the Silk rogues gallery. JeeHyung Lee created two sets of variant covers for this issue, a Marvel trade dress variant and this matching 1:100 retail incentive virgin, and a store exclusive trade/virgin set. Both are gorgeous and both virgin covers have done well on the aftermarket. A 9.8 graded copy of this 1:100 sold for $395.42 this week, which is high among recent sales but down from the all-time high sale of $712.50 recorded in July.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN (VOL. 2) #0 – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2016

This hard to find 2nd print has been trending for a while now. This reprint of EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 is considered one of the hardest reprints to find. As copies disappear, the market value increases… like with this week’s new high sale of $699 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1992

With 2099 playing a prominent role in SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2, his first full appearance is still jumping up in price. This newsstand edition can be tough to find, especially in high grade… hence this week’s new high sale of $711 for a CGC 9.8 tells us that this book still has room to grow. Especially since the film doesn’t release until late 2022.

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SHAKER: SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI – WHITMAN VARIANT (1978) | DC | 1978

This iconic book is one of DC’s best-selling comics. It features Muhammad Ali, one of the most iconic and inspirational figures of the 20th century, fighting one of the most iconic and inspirational superheroes of all time. Muhammad Ali was immensely proud of the book, and it was said that he frequently showed it off to guests at his house. Writer and artist, Neal Adams (co-written with Denny O’Neill) has also claimed that this book and its cover is one of the product moments of his career. Simply, this was one of those books that was WAY ahead of its time and ranks as one of the most important books in comic history. While this week’s raw sale of $562 marks a new high, it’s still undervalued compared to all the various hot books that have surpassed it in price. It’s unknown if this Whitman variant was bagged as its large treasury size was considered an odd size even then. However, Whitman books were mostly sold at convenience and toy stores, which is where these most likely came from.

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SHAKER: TEEN-AGE DIARY SECRETS #6 | ST. JOHN | 1949

We’ve all seen them – romance comics all in a pile at the flea market. They’ve been sitting there for years because most of us comic book geeks gloss over them for lack of superheroes and villains. But “thar be gold in them thar hills!” If you aren’t hip to the 1940s and ’50s movie scene you’d likely be at a loss as to why a raw 2.0-range copy of Teen-Age Diary Secrets #6 just sold at auction on eBay for $1,424. The cover isn’t racy, it’s not by a famous comic artist (in fact, it’s a photo cover) and frankly, it’s not particularly striking. It does, however, feature a then 23-year-old actress named Norma Jeane Mortenson. It would be another 7 years before she’d change her name to the iconic Marilyn Monroe! On top of that, the book contains some interior art by legendary good girl artist Matt Baker. This book does not come up for sale often and we at CovrPrice have only recorded 4 total sales. There are a mere 11 universal copies on the CGC census, the highest grade being 8.0. It should be noted, Superior Comics – a Canadian publisher that often reprinted American comics – reprinted this book, including the cover in a series by the same name but it is issue #5. There are no recorded sales of this reprint and there is only one copy on the CGC census (a 7.5). You can tell the difference between the two because the original has “ANC” in the upper left corner while the reprint has “SDD”. While there are a lot of romance comics that aren’t worth anywhere near this gem, it’s worth educating yourself on some of the bigger ones as you never know when you might stumble across a gold mine!

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SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA AND THE SCARLET LEGION #1 – CAMPBELL INCENTIVE | DYNAMITE | 2011

Dynamite is known to produce some of the rarest incentives in the industry. Despite low orders, they tend to continue printing these low printed incentives. Back in 2011, comics across the board had low print runs. Even for Marvel, this timeframe produced some of the rarest incentives ever for the publisher. So, a small publisher like Dynamite had a hard incentive for stores to meet. To get one variant, they had to order 25 copies of the standard cover. Add in the fact that this is a J. Scott Campbell cover, then this becomes one hard-to-find book that Campbell collectors simply can’t find. One buyer snatched up a raw copy this week for a massive $400.

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SHAKER: VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #1 – ERROR – BLACK COVER  | MARVEL | 1993

We LOVE error books. They’re oddities, fun accidents, that can often be considered one-of-a-kind (dependent on the flaws). This particular “oops” happened when the red foil ran out at the end of production, creating just this black overlay (you can see the red from the original standard cover underneath). Like a few books we discussed above, this isn’t the highest sale ever (a rare 9.8 sold in 2018 for $9,600)… but it is a big new high sale for a 9.4 which sold for $6,250. This beats the last high sale of $4,500 back in 2020 and the old-timey price of $1,500 that this sold for in 2019. Those are some impressive gains.

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SHAKER: YOUNG ALLIES #6 – ART ADAMS (1:15) | MARVEL | 2010

We’re big Arthur Adams fans. He has a style that’s really unique and recognizable. He has several valuable variants, but in 2010/2011 he did 3 female Marvel profile variants that have been rising in value for years. Those books are NEW MUTANTS #25 1:25, which sold for a new high of $389 for a CGC 9.6 this week. AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #3 1:15 SCARLET WITCH VARIANT, which sold for a new high of $250 for a 9.8. And lastly, YOUNG ALLIES #6 FIRESTAR 1:15 which has gone crazy price-wise… with a new all-time high sale this week of $999 for a CGC 9.6. These sisters definitely seem to be climbing in price together.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: BABYLON 5

Deadline is reporting that “Babylon 5’ Series Reboot From J. Michael Straczynski In Works At the CW”. While this property didn’t have its origins in comics, this current market definitely seeks out the first comic iteration. The first issue from 1994 does seem to be trending a bit.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: DEPT. H

Deadline is also reporting that “Alice Waddington To Direct Adaptation Of Dark Horse Entertainment’s Graphic Novel ‘Dept. H’ For Netflix”. The first issue of this series is already selling for $25 raw.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SUPER MARIO BROS.

It was recently reported by Variety (and everyone else in the world) that the long-in-development “Super Mario Bros. Movie Lands All-Star Voice Cast: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen”. While there’s plenty of debate out there about Christ Pratt as Mario, the rest seem to be on point. This news lit a fire under early Mario books, like BLIP #1 and this issue, which had a massive sale of $1,695 for a CGC 9.8.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: TEKWORLD

CBR.COM is reporting that William Shatner’s TekWar is getting an Adult Animated Series. “Developed by Pure Imagination Studios, TekWar is based on Shatner’s series of bestselling sci-if detective novels (ghost-written by Ron Goulart). The project is being spearheaded by Matt Michnovetz and will utilize mixed reality to allow viewers to participate with the show via mobile devices, tablets, etc.” While this property’s origins lie in novels, the first comic series was TEKWORLD. There is little to no market movement right now.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: SECRET INVASION #1 – STEVE MCNIVEN (1:25)| MARVEL | 2008

We know there’s a SECRET INVASION film coming to the MCU. While this big event book had a big print run, this first issue still produced some great variants. Take the 1:25 incentive which recently had a new high sale of $232.50 for a CGC 9.8. Raw prices are also reaching $75. However, now’s the time to buy into these covers as the MCU builds towards this storyline. (Granted, like Civil War, it will simply be inspired by). We like the Dynamic Forces cover the best. But for now, we’re watching to see how these do.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST #1 | ST JOHN | 1949

As October begins, that means Halloween, ghosts, goblins, and other scary things. But does it all have to be scary? That was the concept behind the late 1930’s creation – Casper the Friendly Ghost. The story of Casper originated in a 1939 children’s storybook – the rights to which Paramount Pictures’ Famous Studios purchased for a mere $175. Casper next appeared in 1945 in “The Friendly Ghost” – an animated cartoon. It wasn’t until about 10 years after Casper’s creation that he appeared in comic book format – published by St. John as Casper the Friendly Ghost #1. This rare first appearance has only 47 total universal copies on the CGC census so even lower grade copies will scare your wallet. A CGC 3.0 copy just this week sold for $1,375. The highest grade copy on the census is 8.5 and the last recorded sale was back in 2008 for $7,170. It’s pretty safe to say that the next time a CGC 8.5 copy hits the market it will command quite a bit more. Happy Haunting!!!

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