WEEK IN REVIEW

October 14th, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

A-Team, Fraggle Rock, Elfquest, and Super Shamou(!?) all made it into this week’s comic report. Warlock’s recent MCU confirmation also helps a long undervalued key see a significant market bump. We also feature several awesome variants to pay attention to. Let’s get into 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: ANNIHILATION CONQUEST #6 | MARVEL | 2008

The recent news of actor Will Poulter confirmed to play Adam Warlock in “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3” has set the market on fire around Warlock’s key issues, and boy does he have a bunch of key books. Many of them have been hot for years now as rumors circulated. However, his appearance and role in the formation of the new Guardians of the Galaxy team (the modern team we know of in the MCU: Gamora, Rocket, Drax, Groot, Star-Lord) in this issue seems to be the most topical and story relevant key over Warlock’s complicated past. It’s also been way undervalued when you look at how influential and key this particular issue is to the MCU as a whole. Case in point, Groot sacrifices himself by wrapping himself around and thereby saving his friends in the battle with Ultron and is then replanted by Rocket at the end of this issue. Post Ultron battle, Quasar and Warlock also mention joining the unofficial team to hear out Star-Lord’s “big idea”. The story picks right up in Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (2008) where they’re officially given the Guardians name at the end of the issue. This week, a 9.8 for Annihilation Conquest #6 hit an all-new high sale of $500 thanks to this announcement.

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SHAKER: THE A-TEAM #1 – DIRECT EDITION | MARVEL |1984

’80s nostalgia has officially crept outside the realm of our animated favorites to live-action TV. The A-Team was massive in the ’80s and was a cultural icon. This week’s new high sale of $400 for a 9.8 tells you where this market is heading for ’80s content-related books. Back in January 2020, there was also a rumored new A-Team film in the works… which was put back on the shelf thanks to COVID. While 9.8’s may be tough to find, high-grade raws are relatively cheap at $15 for this book. We love it when a plan comes together!

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SHAKER: BATMAN #313 | DC | 1979

This first appearance of Timothy Fox (renamed Jace in today’s storylines), Lucious Fox’s son, just hit an all-new high sale of $1,999 for a CGC 9.8. As shown in DC’s Future State, he’s destined to take on the mantle of Batman. DC is laying the groundwork and showing readers the transition of these characters into their Future State roles. Seeing this significant role, collectors are investing in this first appearance.

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SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #94 | MARVEL COMICS | 1969

One of the breakout stars of the recent “WandaVision” Disney Plus series was Agatha Harkness as portrayed by actress Kathryn Hahn. Fans of the show were disappointed when lead actress, Elizabeth Olsen, was quoted back in June as saying she “would be shocked” if the show was renewed and that it was always meant to be a limited series. The good news is, a spin-off series focussing on the Harkness character was recently confirmed. Details for this new project are sparse outside of Hahn reprising her Harkness roll, and “WandaVision” head writer Jac Schaeffer serving as writer and executive producer. With the new series announcement (combined with the unlikelihood of a second “WandaVision” season), sales for Fantastic Four #94 (Agatha Harkness first appearance) have blown up. We saw record-high sales this past week in numerous CGC grades including a 9.0 hitting the $850 mark, a 7.5 for $375, a 6.5 reaching $300, a 5.5 at $191, and a 5.0 selling for $175. A high-grade raw copy (9.0) topped out at $495, with numerous other mid to higher grades selling for over $300. One of the more popular pick-ups this past week!

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SHAKER: FANTASY QUARTERLY FEATURING ELFQUEST #1 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS SYNDICATE | 1978

ELFQUEST, a 43-year-old popular cult series, was undervalued for decades. After creator couple Wendy and Richard Pini were inducted into the Eisner Comic Hall of Fame in 2019, this first appearance saw significant market movement, including this week’s new high sale of $1,100 for a CGC 9.8. This is a double jump from the last 9.8 high of $550 back in 2019. This property has had several attempts for content development but never materialized and is long overdue for a film or animated series.

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SHAKER: FLASH COMICS #92 | DC | 1948

This first cover appearance of Black Canary is a tough book to find, which is why this week’s sale of $1,850 for a CBCS 1.8 is notable. Copies rarely come to market. When they do, they tend to go quick.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE #1 – TYLER KIRKHAM – WHATNOT – GOLD FOIL REPRINT (LIMITED 150) | IMAGE | 2021

These Invincible WhatNot exclusives haven’t lost their luster. This hard-to-find gold foil variant hit a big new high this week of $1,200 for a CGC 9.2. It’ll be interesting to see what this does when a 9.8 shows up.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE #110 | IMAGE | 2014

This controversial issue has been trending up for months now. Due to the sensitive subject matter, those who want the whole story can see the breakdown here. As soon as Amazon’s INVINCIBLE Season One ended, speculation quickly started around when we would see Anissa, who first appeared in INVINCIBLE #44 (2007). That first appearance alone hit new highs this week of $75 raw and $275 for a CGC 9.8. However, many wonder if Anissa appears… will the series go as dark as the events in Invincible #110. Issue #110 hit a new high sale this week of $380 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: FRAGGLE ROCK #1 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1985

A full FRAGGLE ROCK series reboot was ordered by Apple TV in 2020 and is expected to premiere in 2022. To hold fans over, Apple recently surprised them with 3 new specials in honor of Jim Henson’s birthday. Due to both nostalgia and anticipation for a new Fraggle Rock series, their first comic appearance had a new high sale of $625 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: GHOSTLY WEIRD STORIES #123 | STAR PUBLICATIONS | 1954

This PCH book is a rare one/two PCH punch. Featuring a gorgeous & vibrant cover by legendary artist L.B. Cole, it’s also noted that the uncredited artist on the short story “JoJo” is famed Good Girl artist, Matt Baker (while the short was reprinted from Jo-Jo Comics #24). This is an under-the-radar PCH book that had its highest sale this week at $795 for a CGC 3.5.

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SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #85 | DC | 1971

Both Marvel and DC released some now-famous anti-drug stories in the early 70s. The funny thing is, the Comics Code Authority refused to approve the Marvel story in Amazing Spider-Man issues #96 through #99 because they mentioned drugs, but this issue of Green Lantern has Speedy taking drugs with a syringe on the cover and it’s got that big Comics Code Authority stamp of approval. Maybe someone was a big Green Lantern fan over at the CCA. Regardless, this week we saw a new record for Green Lantern #85, the first issue of the two-part drug story, with a sale of $2,160 for a CGC 9.8. This beat out the prior record of $1,976 from June of this year by 9% in just 4 months. The demand for high-grade Bronze Age comics continues to remain strong, and that proved true for this minor key as well, especially when you consider that a year ago this book was consistently selling for approximately $1,100 in a 9.8.

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SHAKER: GUN HONEY #1 – WARREN LOUW | TITAN | 2021

Warren Louw is one of our favorite modern artists. Louw’s recently showcased an amazing range in his art style with a more animated look to ultra-realistic. He has such deep attention to detail that his covers garner more of a study than a glance. While this cover has some… distractions… it’s no exception. While many have focused on Adam Hughes’s awesome cover for this issue, we feel that Louw’s cover is even better. The market feels the same as seen by this week’s new high sale of $270 raw.

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SHAKER: KILLMONGER #2 – JEFF DEKAL (1:25) | MARVEL | 2018

With Killmongers featured on multiple episodes of Disney+’s WHAT IF and rumors of his possible resurrection in BLACK PANTHER 2, he’s having a huge sure in market favor. Many of his variants, subsequent printing, and variants have seen recent spikes in price, like this awesome Dekal 1:25 variant with a high raw sale of $250.

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SHAKER: MEET THE NEW POST-GAZETTE SUNDAY FUNNIES | PITTSBURG POST | 1949

This 16-page comic giveaway from Commercial Comics accompanied a March 1949 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday newspaper as an insert. It was specifically designed to introduce readers to the Sunday Funnies that would debut in the paper the following Sunday. It featured well-known comics such as Superman, Dick Tracey, Brenda Starr, The Saint, among others – all in a single publication. This rare book has only 16 universal copies on the CGC census, the highest grade of which is CGC 9.0. A raw file copy estimated in VF+ condition from the then Commercial Comics President, Malcolm Ater, Sr., just sold at auction for $1,801, a price only eclipsed by a 2016 CGC 9.0 sale of $1,849. As part of a newspaper, many of these comics were likely burned, trashed, or otherwise destroyed – thus the rarity. Sounds like something you could, however, find at a flea market or antique shop. Good luck!

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SHAKER: MOON KNIGHT #3 – JEFFREY VEREGGE (1:25) | MARVEL | 2016

With Moon Knight cover fervor, this Veregge 1:25 had an uptick in interest a few months ago. Jeffrey Veregge is an award-winning Native American Artist and brings a very distinctive style to his work that boldly stands out on shelves. Collectors chasing this one, in particular, is going to have a tough time as it just hit a new high sale of $736 for a 9.8. Grab your Moon Knight books now, as these prices are likely to continue to go up for his various incentive covers.

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SHAKER: MONSTERS UNLEASHED #3 – FUTURE FIGHT | MARVEL | 2017

Elsa Bloodstone is one of those characters who’s been rumored to appear in the MCU for a while now. With no confirmations, her first appearance and key issues have been steadily increasing in value. For fans of the character, she doesn’t have a ton of incentive variants, making it easy for collectors to laser in on the harder-to-find ones. This 1:25 variant is one of those. Add in the fact that it’s a gorgeous cover by JeeYung Lee, then this week’s new high raw price of $180 raw.

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SHAKER: PLANET COMICS #11 | FICTION HOUSE | 1941

The Planet Comics run contains many classic covers that are primarily a combination of science fiction and good girl art. Occasionally a cover like issue #11 will have some horror elements as well, and this combination leads to significant demand from collectors. This week we saw a new record of $1,740 for a CGC 3.0 copy, beating out the prior record from 2019 by $1,020 or 140%. Planet Comics have been gaining significant popularity over the last few years, but they’re still a great option for anyone looking to get into collecting Golden Age books. The run lasted for 73 issues, so there are a lot of books to choose from, and depending on the grade, they can be quite affordable.

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SHAKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1| MARVEL | DEC 1, 1976

Back in the ’70s, this new Spider-Man title set the groundwork for MANY new Spidey titles to come in the ’80s. With no key first appearances, this bronze age #1 has been long overlooked… though, that seems to be changing with this week’s new high sale of $630 for a 9.8. This way up from the $244 9.8 price from last year.

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SHAKER: STRANGE TALES #179 | MARVEL COMICS | 1969

This issue features the first appearance of Pip the Troll. Pip was born into royalty, becoming a troll after drinking mutagenic ale provided to him by a group of Laxidazian trolls. After being exiled, he was captured and placed onto a ship where he met Adam Warlock. Both they and many others are captives of Autolycus of the Black Knights. Warlock defeats Autolycus and is joined by Pip in his escape. There has been much speculation regarding Pip the Troll appearing in the new Eternals movie, and with Pip being closely tied to Warlock, who knows where this might go with the recent Warlock MCU announcement. While only rumors persist regarding Pip, we have seen some nice sales of Strange Tales #179. A CGC 9.8 sold for $1,275, a 9.6 reached $1,000 for the first time, an 8.0 hit $250, and a 7.0 sold for $139. With raw copies still affordable, now is the time!

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SHAKER: SUPER SHAMOU #1 | INUIT BROADCASTING CORPORATION | 1987

Back in 2018, Marvel introduced their first Inuit superhero, Snowguard. However, before Snowguard there was SUPER SHAMOU, the first Inuit Superhero. This flipbook features eighteen pages in English, and the other side, retold in Inuktitut, the language of the Canadian Inuit. This is probably not a book on everyone’s radar, but maybe it should be with this week’s high raw sale of $450.

 

SHAKER: WATCHMEN #1 | DC | 1986

When you list the most influential comics of all time, this Alan Moore series is always on that list. Moore’s on-point social commentary is even more topical in today’s divided political line. With a successful feature film and  short-lived Emmy winning HBO series, the content story for Watchmen is most likely not over. Even if it is, it’s a book that every comic fan should have in their collection. However, while long-undervalued, 9.8’s are now going to cost you. A CGC 9.8 hit an all-time high sale of $1,300.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: METAL MEN

Per Screenrant, “Nine years after Barry Sonnenfeld signed on to direct The Metal Men, and he now says the movie is still in active development at Warner Bros.” Their first appearance in Showcase Comics #37 is on the rise with this news.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: MISFIT CITY

Deadline recently reported that “‘Misfit City’ Series Based On Graphic Novels In Works At HBO Max From Hannah Hafey, Kaitlin Smith & BOOM! Studios”. Prices are quickly increasing with a VERY low inventory.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: WARLOCK

As reported by… well… everyone… actor Will Poulter is confirmed to play Adam Warlock in “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3”. This set a massive fire under ALL key Warlock books (many of which will dominate next week’s Top 10).

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: BRIGHTEST DAY #4 IVAN REIS (1:25) VARIANT | DC | 2010

On this week’s Top 10, the standard issue of this book landed in the 9th position. Featuring the first appearance of Jackon Hyde, this is a variant to consider buying into. Jackson, aka Aqualad, is set to take the mantle of Aquaman in the recently released AQUAMAN: THE BECOMING series. Note that, while Jackson as Aqualad first appears on the cover of Brightest Day #10 (which reveals his initial partial origin… which is altered post Rebirth), he doesn’t become Aqualad until TEEN TITANS #10 (2016). Jackson is one of those characters that could be big soon.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: SAGA #1 – 1ST PRINTING | IMAGE | 2012

Saga is coming back, and we can’t wait! With this shared market enthusiasm, a 9.8 hit a new high sale of $818. If you’re priced out of the first print, then check out some of the cheaper subsequent printings (which are also increasing). Those undervalued 2nd and 3rd are also great pick-ups. For example, issue #2 sold a 9.8 last week for $76.

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