WEEK IN REVIEW

September 9th, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

This week we see high sales for Cosmic Carnage, another one of Robert Kirkman’s stories starting to heat up with Fire Power, and a big sale for…. a Google Chrome comic book?!  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 #431 | MARVEL | 1997

This Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Carnage crossover has been a collector favorite for years. It’s been one of those books that always sold for $30 raw. It was a known “digger” book as they could frequently be found in $1 and back issue bins. However, those days may be long gone and this week, it had its highest sale at $550 for a CGC 9.8 (high-grade raws can sell for over $100). This story starts in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #430 (which also sells very well) where the Carnage Symbiote flees Cletus and bonds to Norin Radd/Silver Surfer, becoming “Carnage Cosmic” (sellers call him Cosmic Carnage) and concludes in this issue with Carnage rebonding with Cletus. It’s a fun read where we see how truly twisted the Carnage symbiote is on his own and how he brings the worst out of his host.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546 – STEVE MCNIVEN – BOOK MARKET | MARVEL | 2008

In the SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME trailer, there was a “blink and you’ll miss it” shot of a delivery truck with F.E.A.S.T. on the side. This led many to the obvious conclusion that if F.E.A.S.T. exists in the MCU, then so does Martin Li aka Mr. Negative. While Mr. Negative had a cameo appearance in the 2007 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FCBD (SWING SHIFT) issue, his full appearance as both Martin Li and Mr. Negative is in this issue. More directly, it also features the first appearance of F.E.A.S.T. This helped move this issue, bringing out this rare book market variant which sold for a new high raw sale of $451. It’s unknown where these Book Market variants were sold, but many sources point to these being limited giveaways at the larger comic conventions.

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SHAKER: DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 | MARVEL | 1978

With the recent Marvel Comics announcement of a new Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series as part of their upcoming events through February 2022, we saw a nice bump in sales for Devil Dinosaur #1 (first appearance of Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy). This book has always been a fan favorite with the fantastic Jack Kirby cover, and the “feel good” story of a boy helping nurse a badly burned dinosaur back to health. This issue was regularly floating around the $20 – $40 mark for higher grade copies but this past week we saw an NM raw copy hit $179! CGC 9.8s have been selling regularly in the $500 range, but we might start to see a bump in those as we get more info on what Marvel has planned!

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SHAKER: FIRE POWER #1 – GOLD LOGO | IMAGE | 2020

With Robert Kirkman’s success on the Walking Dead, Invincible, and the recent development announcement of Oblivion Song, fans are now looking to his other titles. His series FIRE POWER is one of these getting a boost from all his content attention. In fact, this Gold Logo variant hit a new high this week of $350 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: WHITE FOX #1 – IN-HYUK LEE VIRGIN VARIANT | MARVEL | 2019

First appearing in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 (2015), the White Fox (Ami Han) is a mystical Korean shapeshifting nine-tailed fox and has gained popularity on recent Asian-based Marvel teams, like Agents of Atlas. Based on the recent sale of $650 for a CGC 9.8, she’s one of the more recent Marvel characters that is one to watch.

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SHAKER: GHOST RIDER #28 NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1992

The supernatural end of the MCU has been heating up with the recent release of the Shang-Chi movie and its foreshadowing of things to come in the 2022 Doctor Strange film – The Multiverse of Madness. We also have the Moon Knight series and Blade 4 on the horizon. With the obvious speculation around Moon Knight and Blade out of reach for most, many are clamoring for secondary spec that might play out in upcoming projects. This leads us to Ghost Rider #28 from 1992 – which contains a cameo appearance of The Nine, aka The Midnight Sons and Lilith – Queen of Evil (in a vision) among others. Not long ago, CGC 9.8 copies of this book (in both Direct and Newsstand editions) could be had for under $200 – but that’s no longer the case. Just this week Direct and Newsstand CGC 9.8 copies sold for all-time highs of $550 and $869 respectively. While the book has been on the rise since February, it was recently supercharged by a video game announcement for Midnight Suns – a Marvel tactical role-playing game where characters such as Magik, Ghost Rider, Blade, and Nico Minoru battle Lilith. Why Midnight S-U-N-S instead of the comic-based group name Midnight S-O-N-S? Well, it appears Marvel has finally realized and rectified the condescension involved in using “Sons” when the team is made up of male and female characters. Back to Ghost Rider #28 – so why this book? The first full team appearance isn’t until Ghost Rider #31 and this original team (Morbius, Louise Hastings, Victoria Montesi, Sam Buchanan, Blade, Franke Drake, Hannibal King, Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch), and Johnny Blaze) with its mixed cast of B down to D list characters will not likely appear in the game nor the MCU. It’s more likely we’ll see something like the team that debuted in Doctor Strange – Damnation #2 (Wong, Blade, Elsa Bloodstone, Iron Fist, Mr. Knight, Doctor Voodoo, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Scarlet Spider and Bats). But for now the hot Midnight Sons/Lilith-related book is Ghost Rider #28 – with a significant premium going to the Newsstand edition. The book used to be dollar bin fodder but it’s been heating up for a while so you might need a little magic of your own to find a copy on the cheap. Good luck!

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SHAKER: GOOGLE CHROME | GOOGLE | JAN 1, 2008

So, any comic book can be a collectible. Case in point, this Google Chrome comic was written by Scott McCloud to explain “the inner workings of their new open-source browser Google Chrome”. Per his site, the comics were “designed as a printed comic for journalists and bloggers”. He notes “I helped conduct interviews with about 20 engineers who worked on the project, then adapted what they said into comics form. Some paraphrasing, lots of condensation, and one or two late drop-ins, but basically it was a very organic adaptation and I had a lot of latitude.” Since this comic landed into the hands of non-comic collectors, this is significantly tough to find. This week a rare sale sold for $220 for a 9.8. The highest sale for this book was back in April 2020 for $400.

 

SHAKER: HARBINGER #1 – DMG CHINESE EDITION | VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT | 2012

Back in 2015, Valiant formed a partnership with the Chinese firm DMG Entertainment to license and develop their large library of titles (they eventually purchased Valiant in 2018). This led to Bloodshot and Harbinger landing at Sony Pictures. To celebrate the partnership, Valiant and DMG produced this issue (along with Bloodshot) in Mandarin to distribute to the Chinese press. They are exceptionally tough to find here in the states. With a recent surge in Valiant sales, this rare book hit a new high sale of $1,200 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR | MARVEL | 2015

Clearly related to the recent announcement of the upcoming Marvel series, we saw some serious sales for Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 including the regular A cover, and the second print variant. Devil Dinosaur, along with numerous cavemen known as Killer-Folk are teleported to modern times by an Omni-Wave Projector (the “Nightstone”). Devil Dinosaur now finds himself on a playground with the child-genius, Lunella. Both end up roaming the streets of New York City with Devil Dinosaur seeking to avenge the death of Moon-Boy at the hands of the now escaped Killer-Folk. The regular A cover saw a high sale of $262, almost doubling previous raw sale prices. Graded 9.8s are regularly now selling for $500 with many copies currently listed in the $700+ range. The second print also saw some high sales this week including a raw copy hitting $305 (the same book was $40 all day long a few months ago), and a CBCS graded 9.8 selling for $800. CGC 9.8s are now listed between $1,200-$2,000!

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SHAKER: OUT OF THIS WORLD #1 | MALIBU | 1989

Bruce Timm may be synonymous with Batman & Harley, however, this early Malibu title is simply one of those rare (and awesome) covers of his that collectors look for. This book tends to see high sales, like this week’s raw sale of $205 for a raw copy. These are definitely out there in back issues, so keep a lookout!

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SHAKER: SPAWN #1 – B&W | IMAGE | JAN 1, 1992

It’s not well-known, but this B&W variant was produced over 5 years after its release in 1992. It was actually a 1:50 incentive for Spawn #65. By 1997, Spawn wasn’t even close to the massive print run it had early on. This instantly made this 1:50 variant one tough book to find. This week it hit a new high raw sale of $950.

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SHAKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #98 | MARVEL | 1985

While issue #97 features the first appearance of Dr. Ohnn, employed scientist of Wilson Fisk to study and experiment on Cloak’s (of Cloak and Dagger) dimensional abilities. Later, in this next issue, we receive the first appearance of Dr, Ohnn as THE SPOT. It’s been previously leaked that THE SPOT will appear in the next INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE film. However, it’s unknown how large of a role he will play. He’s easily been one the most underused villains (mostly due to the campy nature he took on over the years). However, his portal ability could end up being a perfect fit in the film if the leak is accurate. Meanwhile, this first appearance had its biggest sale to date for a 9.8 at $500.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MEN #1 – SARA PICHELLI (1:100) | MARVEL | 2012

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME has some huge expectations and is already filled with SO many possible appearances. So, why not add another with Miles Morales. Despite no official news or substantial rumor, hopeful fans started picking up this first meeting between Peter Parker and Miles. All covers are hitting new highs, yet this 1:100 variant for $207 raw this week. Also, the rare Newsstand version (which shares the 2nd print cover) also had a big sale at $300. Luckily, with the film releasing in just a few months, we won’t have to wait too long to see if this rumor is true.

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: STORM DRAIN SAVERS | MIRAGE | 1990

CovrPrice highlighted this rare book back in August 2020 when it sold a CGC 9.6 copy for $330. However, this week… we saw TWO high new sales that obliterated that sale. Before free comic book day, free comics weren’t as common as they are today. Most free books ended up in the hands of kids who obviously didn’t think to save these for profit. This 4.5″ x 5.5″ mini-comic was produced by Mirage Studios and donated to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project for their “Earth Day” 1990 public outreach program on storm drains and water pollution. Originally printed in black and white and given away in only Los Angeles, there was also a 1991 color reprint which can be even harder to find. With all that said, this week’s new high sales of $600 raw and $2,299 for a CGC 9.6 shows just what a free comic book can do.

 

 

SHAKER: THOR #1 4TH PRINTING | MARVEL | 2014

A raw comic sale of $325 this week has drawn attention back to this super rare 4th printing of Jane Foster Thor’s first cover appearance. The highest recorded sale of this book came in January of 2021 when a graded 9.8 sold for $800. Another 9.8 sold for $500 in July, and this is the highest raw sale we’ve pulled into CovrPrice. This Russell Dauterman cover was released in four printings, each with diminishing print runs. The first print cover A is already a sought-after key, selling for $200-$500 in a 9.8. According to Chomicron, 150,862 of those were shipped to retailers. This was October of 2014 and it was the third most popular title that month, behind Death of Wolverine 4 (162,000) and Walking Dead 132 (326,000). The 2nd printing features blue accents and footer and the 3rd print is in green. The print run dropped off drastically with each successive printing and retailers only ordered 4,800 copies of the purple fourth print, making it the rarest of the covers featuring Dauterman’s Jane Foster. It’s important to remember that this book has key value because it is the first cover appearance of Jane Foster as Thor, though, some may question if a 4th printing that came out months later can be considered a first. Nevertheless, the c.1:30 scarcity factor is a major consideration with this cover compared to Cover A.

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SHAKER: VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #6 | MARVEL | 1993

Among the six issues in this series, #6 has not been considered a major key, but a CGC 9.8 sold for $400 this week, and this follows other recent sales of graded 9.8s for $340 in August, $465 in June, and $196 in April. The first issue of this series is Venom’s first solo title, and #4 and #5 feature the first appearances of Scream, Lasher, Agony, Riot, and Phage who are currently stirring up 2021’s Extreme Carnage event. Perhaps these shaker sales of #6 have to do with Venom: Let there be Carnage movie speculation that Spider-Man and Venom will team up as they did in the Maximum Carnage event in 1993, and as they do in this comic. But the movie creators have emphatically claimed that Spider-Man will not appear in the film. Also, this comic came out a month after Spectacular Spider-Man #201 which was part V of the Maximum Carnage event and featured a cover appearance of Spider-Man and Venom teamed up against Carnage so that book is a more likely “first team-up” key and a stronger spec for the Venom/Carnage movie. More likely is that collectors recognize that Lethal Protector #6 is the book in which Venom comes out as a hero, comparing themself with Spider-Man and saying “All innocents can consider themselves under our protection! And whoever would dare do them harm will answer to Venom!” In any case, we can add issue #6 to the list of books to watch from this series.

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SHAKER: WALT DISNEY THE BLACK HOLE #4 | WESTERN | 1980

This issue is one the most notable books of the infamous “Whitman pre-packs”.  In 1979, Mattel purchased Western comics, marking an end for Western’s long Gold Key publishing run. This merger essentially eliminated their newsstand program and focused specifically on these bagged comics. This created a whole mess of problems and market confusion as issues were severely delayed or even never released. Though, for this entry, they also produced some super low print runs. If you search for Whitmas pre-packs, this book is one of the key books mentioned in terms of being one of the rarest as this could only be found in a sealed 2 issue pack. Due to this scarcity, when a copy comes up for sale… it typically hits new highs, like this week’s big sale of $895 for a CGC 6.0.

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SHAKER: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1 NATIONAL DIAMOND SALES INSERT | MARVEL | 1972

Many collectors are familiar with the Mark Jewelers insert edition of various comics from the 1970s. These editions were sold near military bases in the US and abroad as they targeted Military personnel – prompting them to buy their loved ones jewelry while they were away.  What many don’t know is there was a predecessor to the Mark Jewelers insert – the National Diamond Sales (NDS) insert. From what we’ve been able to gather, NDS inserts were prevalent from around 1971 to 1973 and there were multiple versions of the inserts. These inserts covered items from stereo equipment to diamonds to lingerie. There are some notable books out there with NDS inserts such as: Iron Man #55, Marvel Spotlight #5, and Werewolf by Night #1. That brings us to a shaker for this week – but it’s a shaker with a caveat. Apparently, Werewolf by Night #1 with the NDS insert is so rare that there’s only been one copy publicly sold and CGC doesn’t even have it on its census. The book is a CGC 9.0 copy and it sold 3 times this year for increasing amounts – $425 in April, $500 in May, and most recently $875 this past week. So while this is an all-time high sale for the NDS insert version, a regular CGC 9.0 copy went for $899 in early August. We’ve seen Mark Jeweler insert versions of books go for substantially more than their non-insert brethren so you’d think that NDS insert versions would also command a notable premium. Well, this may just be a case of the seller wanting to take a solid profit over a relatively short amount of time. It appears they may have bought the book for $500 back in May and relisted it for double ($1,000) – taking a best offer at 12.5% off the listed price. Could they have gotten more if they listed it at a higher price and were willing to wait? Perhaps, but a few hundred bucks over a few months is a decent return. So this just goes to show, books don’t always sell at the potential maximum – sometimes sellers prefer a quick profit, and buyers can take advantage of that situation. The overall message here, however, is that you should get familiar with both National Diamond Sales insert and Mark Jewelers insert editions of 1970’s comics because they are relatively rare and can command a premium if you are willing to wait for the right buyer.

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SHAKER: WISHES & RAINBOWS #NN | FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF BOSTON | 1981

Like the TMNT: STORM DRAIN books, free comics books were rare. This promotional comic was published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. This was provided by the bank to school children as an economics teaching tool, focusing on broad concepts including scarcity, supply, demand and allocation. And it was all done through good old fashioned comic book story-telling (and a 6 page teacher’s guide). This week, a rare copy came to market and sold a CGC 9.8 for $2.5K! We can’t wait for it to be optioned one day (kidding).

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #145 – BILL SIENKIEWICZ – NABISCO MAIL-AWAY | MARVEL | 1999

A few weeks ago, we highlighted X-Men #25 (1993) when Wolverine was stripped of his Adamantium. Well, 6 years later, in this issue he finally gets it back. This issue also features two of some of the hardest to find Marvel comics in existence, the error “Bone” claw and this Bill Sienkiewicz variant. This specific cover was only available to those who spotted the promo and sent in bar codes from various Nabisco packages by a set deadline. This likely kept the circulation numbers WAY down. Due to this scarcity, prices seem to just keep going up for it like this week’s new high raw sale of $715.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: DEADBOY DETECTIVES

Sandman hasn’t even come out yet and it’s already announced that a ‘Dead Boy Detectives’ Series From Steve Yockey, Jeremy Carver, Greg Berlanti” is in development with HBO Max. This has given their first appearance in Sandman #25 a nice boost in sales and price. However, keep an eye out for the New 52 series as well, which features a Cliff Chang variant.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: MATRIX

Per Variety, “In advance of the launch of the first trailer for “The Matrix Resurrections” on Thursday, Warner Bros. has launched an innovative website featuring an interactive and widely divergent first look at the newest installment in the 22-year-old franchise. At WhatIsTheMatrix.com, users are greeted with the simple choice first presented in 1999’s “The Matrix”: Click on the blue pill, and stick to the reality you’ve known your whole life; click on the red pill, and signal that you’re ready to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.” This is briskly moving copies of the 1999 recalled Matrix Preview. Due to the comics being “too mature”,  Warner Brothers requested a recall, and pulped those copies once returned. However, many didn’t send them back and this is a fairly easy book to find. Until recently, copies could be had for under $10. However, with this recent news, copies are now hitting over $100.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 – GREG LAND (1:25) | MARVEL | 2014

This was an interesting sale to watch this week. This book, featuring the first appearance of Spider-Gwen and also a hard-to-find 1:25 variant, is unquestionably hot. The standard cover is selling for $1,400 in a 9.8 these days. However, somehow… this variant was listed and immediately sold for $750 for a CGC 9.8. The sale was confirmed and is not the Mexico edition. So, this was a big surprise this week and one of the few sales that all of us wish we saw first.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: Y: THE LAST MAN #1 | DC | 2002

This book has gone through an incredible journey in the past 20 years. It was hot immediately upon release in 2002 and then went on to have the worst case of content development hell. Y was one of those books that was a no-brainer content translation. Though, it just couldn’t find its way to a screen. It was crazy to FINALLY see a trailer and even be so close to actually seeing this show happen. And we’re pretty excited about it. The market is definitely starting to feel it as prices are really starting to pick up. A CGC 9.8 just hit a new high sale of $1,795. Can this book continue the trend of getting even hotter post-release?

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