WEEK IN REVIEW

November 11th, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

In this week’s Comic Report we’re taking a look at more modern comics, covering some of this week’s biggest variant sales, including: J. Scott Campbell’s Lizard Variant for ASM #688, a whole section devoted to Akira homage variants, Ghost Rider, Werewolf by Night, White Fox, Rose Besch’s Wonder Woman, Aero, Sailor Moon, Kamala Khan, The Punisher, Strange Academy, Sword Master and Pyslocke (yeah, it’s a little Marvel heavy)! We also highlight some comic history in Love and Rockets and call out super rare Transformers sale that was one heck of a deal! 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: AERO #1 1:50 JAY ANACLETO VARIANT | MARVEL | 2019

Hailing from Shanghai, China, Aero (Lei Ling) uses an air manipulation ability called Aerokinesis, and it’s no trivial power. She can create solid objects out of the air and maneuver them, including a remotely operable avatar of herself. She can also move solid objects by controlling the air around them, create compression detonations, read the emotions of people around her (through their subtle air disturbances), cancel sound waves, create beams like lasers of jet air, and of course fly! Aero first appeared in War of the Realms New Agents #1 in May of 2019 and had her solo series by July of 2019. With the Manga/Anime influenced stories and art by Greg Pak, Billy Tan, and Keng, Aero and the other members of the New Agents of Atlas have attracted new audiences to Marvel comics. This week we tracked this 1:50 variant of Aero #1 by Jay Anacleto when it hit an all-time high of $255 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: AKIRA HOMAGES

Homage covers are a massive trend right now. Even with the overabundance of retailer variants, homage covers tend to do the best in the aftermarket. Look at series like Stray Dogs, Department of Truth, Ice Cream Man, etc. These books are packed with great covers, yet the homage variants frequently jump up in price and popularity. Case in point, Akira homages are a growing trend. While there are even more than what’s listed below (like SEVEN SECRETS #1), these were the specific covers trending this week:

BITTER ROOT #1 – MCS EBAY VARIANT (LIMITED TO 500 COPIES) | IMAGE | 2018

Bitter Root has produced some hot movie-based homage covers throughout its run. However, this My Comic Shop/ eBay exclusive has turned into one of the hottest variants in the aftermarket. This week, this book sold two raw copies at $255 and $258, which is quickly catching up to its all-time high of $338 for a CGC 9.8. While 500 copies may not seem tiny, this number tends to be the perfect recipe for a hot variant. There are enough copies out there for fans to get a copy upon release. As it dries up into collections, it’s also large enough to still sprinkle steady copies into the aftermarket and thereby increasing the value.

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MFKZ #1 – ALAN QUAH – AKIRA HOMAGE (LTD. 500) | BEHEMOTH COMICS | 2021

MFKZ has flown under the radar for folks. However, this book has some pretty great variants (the Garbage Pail Kid one is fun), including this Akira homage… which is probably our favorite out of the bunch. Alan Quah is one of our favorite cover artists right now. With his rising star and seeing how hot the Bitter Root book has done, this is one homage that will also continue to increase. This week, it hit a new high raw sale of $66.60. Keep this one on your radar.

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STATIC: SEASON ONE #4 – NIKOLAS DRAPER-IVEY | DC | 2021

This STATIC cover is the most recent as it JUST came out. Pre-sales were super hot with copies selling for a high of $39. Upon release, it’s settled down to $15. While it lacks the scarcity of the other two books, this is one book to track down now and tuck away into your collection. This is one of those covers that will be an easy $50 to $100 book in 10 years.

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SHAKER: ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #1 – FELIPE SMITH (1:25) | MARVEL | 2014

It sounds likely that Ghost Rider will be included in the MCU at some point. The question is, what version and where? Could we eventually even see several at the same time? Either way, this issue’s first appearance of Robbie Reyes is picking back up. This 1:25 variant had an all-time high sale of $1,000 for a CGC 9.8. This is double the last 9.8 sale of $500 back in August 2020.  

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL – LIZARD (1:50) 

MARVEL | 2012

When J.Scott Campbell’s critics claim that he can only do the same female cover over and over, fans point to this cover to show how talented he is. Yes, Campbell has found that niche market that features primarily female characters. Yet, it’s clear that this consistency in his current art does REALLY well for him. Yet, you can see in this Lizard variant alone how he got to where he is today. This 1:50 variant came during a time when Marvel print runs were at an all-time low. This 1:50 was very tough to find and rarely comes up for sale. Though one did last week, selling a CGC 9.8 for a massive new high of $3,215.56. 

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SHAKER: CAPTAIN N: THE GAME MASTER #1 | ACCLAIM / VALIANT | 1990

We’ve highlighted this book before. However, this first comic appearance of key Nintendo characters like Samus Aran, Pit/Kid Icarus, Little Mac and Donkey Kong (just to name a few) just hit a new all-time high sale of $795 for a CGC 9.8. With so many key first appearances, this is a huge book for Nintendo fans that will continue to increase with the place of market prominence right now for video game-based books.

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SHAKER: CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 – LENIL YU (1:25) | MARVEL | 2015

Our favorite mystical Korean shapeshifting nine-tailed WHITE FOX is heating up in the aftermarket. If you recall, we highlighted this book in our WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES back in our November 19, 2020 newsletter, back when raws were selling for $40 and a 9.8 had sold for $290. Almost one year later, here we are again. However, raws are now hitting as high as $200, and a 9.8 just sold for a HUGE $800! Marvel seems to be developing her more as she appears in books like IRON FIST and DEATH OF DR. STRANGE. Note: She’s visible on two other covers of this book’s variants, most prominently on the RON LIM CONNECTING COVER. That book is more affordable at an FMV of $35 raw and would be a good book to jump into as the Yu 1:25 becomes more and more unaffordable. 

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

Robert Kirkman is one of comics’ biggest names that also has proven to lend itself to successful content. With the immense success of THE WALKING DEAD and INVINCIBLE, it’s no wonder that Kirkman has a dedicated team to develop his comics into future content. While FIREPOWER received market heat immediately upon release, it quickly cooled (price-wise). This GOLD logo variant was an easy $50 for the first few months until it settled around $20/$25. However, this week it had 3 big sales of $75, $99, and $100 raw. There’s significant movement around this series suddenly. It’s trends like this that make us wonder if someone knows something… or if the market is paying more attention to how good this book is.

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SHAKER: LOVE AND ROCKETS #1 | LOS BROS. HERNANDEZ | 1981

Self-Published in 1981, the Hernandez Brothers unknowingly made comic book history by blazing a trail for not just Latin creators but independent comics as a whole. They were way ahead of their time and featured mostly people of color, female and LGBTQ characters. Eventually moving over to Fantagraphics, “Love and Rockets” focused on a blend of short stories that were part telenovela, science-fiction, and superhero based. Depending on which brother had the writing duties for the series, it could be comedic one issue and serious the next. Creators like Crumb, Alan Moore, Matt Fraction, and Neil Gaiman have all been on record stating how influential they were on their work. This week’s new high raw sale of $750 is a steal for such a highly influential comic. It truly is a must-have for Comic Book history buffs.

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SHAKER: MARVEL TALES #116 | MARVEL | 1953

If you search for the “first appearance of Werewolf by Night” you’ll probably come across this one. Back when Marvel was Atlas comic, they produced this book with a story titled “Werewolf by Night”. Since it has no connection to the 1972 Jack Russel version of Werewolf by Night in Marvel Spotlight #2, this book is considered a prototype appearance for the shared title. With that said, this book is having a surge in sales with the recent content announcement for a Disney+ Halloween Special around the character. This week, a raw copy sold for $1,350 for a low-grade copy. The highest sale belongs to a 7.0 raw copy at $2,200 back in 2019.

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SHAKER: PSYLOCKE #1 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2009

The Psylocke 4-issue miniseries has always been popular with its great story and solid David Finch cover art. Issue 1 has already been a premium item with CGC 9.8 copies recently going for over $300. Lesser known is this very hard to find 2nd print with internal art used on the wraparound cover from Harvey Tolibao. With a meager 22 universal CGC 9.8 copies on the census out of a total of 44 graded universal copies, it’s about time this book took a big leap. High-grade raw copies consistently hit over $100 and a CGC 9.6 recently went for $340, however, we just now hit an all-time high of just shy of $900 for a CGC 9.8 copy. With a sale like that it’s going to be even harder to find a cheap copy. Good luck!

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SHAKER: THE PUNISHER #218 – CLAYTON CRAIN – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2017

There’s a prevailing rumor of THE PUNISHER being introduced into the in-development Disney+ series, ARMOR WARS. Specifically featuring Frank Castle piloting a version of the Iron Man suit. While this concept is hard to believe, it DID happen in comic books. It’s in the issue of the Punisher where the Punisher dons the War Machine armor for the first time via cover and cameo inside the issue. The rumor has pushed issues #218 and #219 (his first full appearance in the armor) to big prices. This hard to find 2nd print just sold for an all-time high sale of $600. While the concept is cool, this book is a big gamble.

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SHAKER: SAILOR MOON #1 1998 SDCC – PINK FOIL | TOKYOPOP | 1998

Sailor Moon got her start as a 1991 Japanese manga series and was later adapted for anime in 1992. The main character, Usagi Tsukino, and the franchise generally are hugely popular with the manga selling over 35 million copies. Sailor Moon first hit the United States back in August 1997 as a serial published in the hard-to-find MixxZine #1. It later shifted to a stand-alone comic series in 1998 under the Tokyopop brand. Despite all of its written form and on-screen success, the 1st US comic series has largely flown under the radar – until relatively recently. Issue #1 of the series has a regular cover and a scarce 1998 SDCC pink foil variant. The regular cover hit an all-time high back in August of $1495 for a CGC 9.8 after selling for at most about 1/3 of that price. When a CGC 9.8 variant copy went up for auction recently we at CovrPrice watched that sale closely. Despite it going for an all-time high of $1,060, it was surprising to see it go for less than the regular cover sale. It seems some savvy collector got a stellar deal as these books are pretty tough to find, especially in high grade with only 21 regular and 4 variant cover CGC 9.8 universal copies on the census (45 and 29 total universal copies on the census respectively). One note of caution – there is a reprint of Sailor Moon #1 that came out in 2000. While it has the same cover art as the original regular cover, it is distinguishable by the Chix Comix label in the upper left corner of the front cover and commonly came in a sealed 4 pack. While a cool collectible, the 2nd print does not command the price of the original.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #200 – MARC SILVESTRI | IMAGE | 2011

Spawn collectors sure love their Spawn books. Some of the harder-to-find issues just simply have the CRAZIEST sales that make us triple-check that they’re even legit. Yet here we have this Silvestri Variant for the milestone 200th issue, which sells for a raw FMV of $24, selling for a massive $1,650 in a 9.8 after a 71 big auction! And yes, the sale went through. This defies all logic, even for us. But there it is.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE #1 – IMAGINEERING | MARVEL | 2019

We’ve written about this book several times now, but that was back when we were covering raw, 9.6, and 9.4 copies. This VERY hard-to-find variant was only given out to the Imagineers who worked on the STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE land. Other Disney cast variants were a little more accessible as they were given to most cast members. However, the exclusivity and rarity of this variant have proven to be a modern grail for Star Wars fans. This week’s first (and only) 9.8 copy came to the aftermarket and sold for an incredible $4,100!

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SHAKER: STRANGE ACADEMY #1 – JEROME OPENA (1:50) | MARVEL | 2020

Strange Academy may have lost some of its online water cooler traction, but that sure hasn’t stopped its market values. This 1:50 just hit an all-new raw high-sale of $550. With 9.8’s at $1,400, these raw prices are finally catching up.

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SHAKER: TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE #1 – OTFCC UNICRON (LIMITED 100) | 3H ENTERPRISES | 2003

Behold, one of the rarest and most sought-after Transformers comics of all time. For the past 10 years, this Unicron variant was a true ghost… only popping up once every few years. When those copies hit the market, they all went for big money, usually WELL over $1K. However, one NM copy hit the market for the first time in two years and sold for… $565!?? So, how did such an in-demand rare book go for only half of its market value? Well, the reason lies in the listing header. Leaving out keywords like UNICRON and OTFCC (Official Transformers Collectors Convention) helped keep this hidden from any collector searching for this book or who had a notification on their saved searches. It was sold by a large volume magazine retailer who listed it as “Hasbro Transformers Universe Issue 1 Abduction 2003 Alternative Cover”. Of course, those lucky enough to stumble across the listing weren’t going to share it… helping it to stay well under market value and making it one fantastic stealth buy that will likely… transform… into a nice profit.

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SHAKER: VENOM #29 – CLAYTON CRAIN – IMMACULATE CHRISTMAS (LIMITED 1,000) | MARVEL | 2020

With so many retailer variants out there, it’s hard to keep up on all of them. Especially for a character like Venom who is easily one of the most “covered” characters of all. Though, who knew that when artist Clayton Crain offered up a Christmas version of his Venom #29 variants on his store (and with such a big print run) that it would have such a high raw sale like it did this week for $190. Holiday covers are a thing… so maybe that’s it. Though, this is a fantastic cover that is a must-have for Holiday comic collectors.

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SHAKER: WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #2 | MARVEL | 2019

War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #2 features the first appearance in the story of Sword Master after he appeared on the cover of #1 along with the other members of the team. It took a while before the buzz caught up to this issue, and 9.8 copies were still selling for $100 or under until February of this year. As rumors of a New Agents of Atlas MCU appearance began percolating, collectors started snapping up this book too and by March, 9.8 copies were hitting $150, then $200 in August, and this week we saw a new high sale of $259.95. Raw copies are also getting pricey with a current FMV of $50. Marvel has been quite favorable with Aero and Sword Master, giving each character their solo series and introducing them into the Future Fight video game, then bringing them into stories with established characters such as Iron Man and Shang Chi. Although they may be confusing to some long-time comic collectors, these characters offer Marvel an East meets West Manga/comic position that is tapping into new markets.

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SHAKER: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1 – MIKE PLOOG – HIDDEN GEM (1:100) | MARVEL | 2020

Original WEREWOLF BY NIGHT artist Mike Ploog is synonymous with a character like WEREWOLF BY NIGHT. So, with the recent heat around this book’s first appearance of Jake Gomez as the new Werewolf By Night, this throwback Hidden Gem 1:100 is even hotter with its new high sale of $700 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: WONDER WOMAN BLACK & GOLD #5 – ROSE BESCH (1:25) | DC | 2021

Rose Besch is one of 2021’s hot “new” artists (though she’s been around for a bit). Her growing fanbase is giving significant heat behind her recent variants, like this WONDER WOMAN BLACK & GOLD. Raw copies currently have an FMV of $183 and are easily outselling every other variant in this whole run (and there are some FANTASTIC covers in there).

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: MONSTER HIGH

According to Deadline, “‘Monster High’: Nickelodeon & Mattel Set Cast For Live-Action TV Movie, Begin Production”. While this has no origins in comic books, we’re in a market where the first comic appearance can (and will) set increased market heat. That first comic appearance goes to the 2017 MONSTER HIGH: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY by Titan comics.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: TORSO

On November 8th, Brian Michael Bendis tweeted “I am happy to report that Torso is currently in very very good hands in the adaptation department. Yes, 27 (!!) years of development Stay tuned! #jinxworld” While this hasn’t had much effect on sales yet, it’s worth noting that this book is very tough to find.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: RECOUNT #1 | SCOUT COMICS | NOV 18, 2020

There are rumblings of a pending content announcement. Market-wise, this is already one of Scout Comics’ most valuable series. It was first released right when similar events were playing out in real-world politics, which helped sell this book out early on. This standard cover is already selling for $30. It’s one to watch and see if your LCS has a copy.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 (SECOND PRINT) | MARVEL | 2013

Although this issue is the second cameo appearance of Kamala Khan (interior), this second print of Captain Marvel #17 (2013) is her first cover appearance. On it, we see her depicted with an elongated arm (an example of one of her polymorphic powers). She also has the ability of bioluminescence, morphogenetics, size alteration, accelerated healing powers, and appearance alteration. All of these powers were activated by a blast from a Terrigen Bomb. Interestingly, she does not appear in costume in this comic book. Instead, this comic incorporates various teaser elements including panels of Khan putting up a Captain Marvel poster on her bedroom wall beside a Pakistani flag, along with the first glimpse of her superpowers as her bicep grows and tears her shirt. As an aside, All-New Marvel Now! Point One #1 is considered the first full appearance of both Khan and her alter ego. With all things movie and show related, we always see prices escalate with known future Marvel commodities. We recently saw a massive spike for a CGC 9.8 of this second print issue #17. One month ago, this book sold for $5,750, but last week this same grade hit $7,700! That’s a 34% increase in one month. Raw sales figures are difficult to determine as the vast majority of sales are all graded examples. Look for all the key Kamala Khan books to likely start spiking, including this one!

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