WEEK IN REVIEW

November 25th, 2021

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Newsletter!

As we all soak in all that Thanksgiving provides, we offer this report to read between servings of turkey and bathroom breaks. This week’s Comic Report features a slew of interesting books that might not be on your radar and a few that are going to be impossible to find. Take a quick read and make sure to come back on to COVRPRICE.com on Friday through Monday for some pretty fantastic giveaways (several of which we wanted to keep!). Have a great Turkey Day for those here in the states… and a great Thursday for those who aren’t!

Also, don’t forget you can always swing by CovrPrice to check out our Movers and Shakers lists for a sneak peek at our newsletter picks! 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: BATMAN #608 – BURBANK EDITION | DC | 2002

Jim Lee’s RRP variant for this issue is a modern-day grail for variant collectors. How about ANOTHER rare variant of Batman #608 to chase down? During the height of COVID, The City of Burbank installed a commissioned life-statue of Batman in the heart of downtown Burbank (where WB is located). Based on Jim Lee’s 2002 design, this statue stands tall as it guards a Yard House and AMC 16 Theatre. Aside from the fantastic tribute to our favorite Caped Crusader, the City of Burbank also produced a limited edition comic book of Jim Lee’s Batman #608, now called “The Burbank Edition.” To obtain one, you had to visit VISITBURBANK’s Instagram page, comment #BurbankBatman on their statue post, follow @visitburbank, and tag a friend. Five winners were selected at random and sent a copy. While this book is most likely not limited to just five copies, it’s probably very, VERY limited. Hence, this week’s first-ever sale at a pricey $1,700 raw. This is going to give the RRP some tough competition.

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SHAKER: BAY CITY JIVE #1 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL | DC | 2001

Tales from the Flipside and Mercenaut covered this “25%” variant on each of their YouTube shows (see tags). This variant was simply 25% (1 in 4) of the overall print run, estimated at 10K, as noted on Flipside. Even with a relatively modest print run, this J. Scott Campbell cover is incredibly tough to find. We’ve only tracked 10 copies since 2018. Back then, this went for $1. In March 2021, a copy sold for $16. With no copies since, after Flipside showcased it, it sold for $200 raw this week. It’s one to look out for! 

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SHAKER: BEST CELLARS #1 | OUT OF THE CELLAR | 1995

Before THE GOON #1 (Avatar Press,1999) first ongoing series, and his first appearance in Avatar Press’s DREAMWALKER #0 via a short story in the back (Note: this was only in the 1st print. Subsequent printing omit THE GOON short story) there was BEST CELLARS #1. In this issue, Goon creator Eric Powell had a story entitled Monster Boy, officially known as “The Goon Prototype,” which is a must-have for Goon collectors. This week, a 9.8 hit a new high on CP for $550. If you know how rare this book is, you’ll also see that this was a steal. 

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SHAKER: BLACK CAT #1 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL – COVER D – LE CHAT NOIR | MARVEL | 2019

We highlighted this book back in August 2021. To recap, J. Scott Campbell is a brand that produces many exclusive covers under Campbell’s online store. His fandom is vast and truly deserved. Campbell hit that collector nerve that resulted in a constant flow of sell-out after sell-out. Some of those variants find higher demand than others. For example, he produced 15 covers for this particular issue of BLACK CAT #1. However, this Le Chat Noir is one of those rare covers that raced WAY ahead of the pack. In August, a raw CovrPrice FMV was at $281, and a CGC 9.8 sold for a new high sale of $725. Flash forward to this week, where it sold for $1K raw and $1,500 in a 9.8. Meow indeed!

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SHAKER: BLADE RUNNER #1 | MARVEL | 1982

It seems comic fans are starting to gravitate towards movie adaptation comic books. We saw a record sale for Marvel Comics “Raiders of the Lost Ark #1,” and now we have a high sale for Blade Runner #1! This comic features a reprint of the first story from Marvel Comics Super Special #22. Considered a cinematic masterpiece, the original Blade Runner movie (1982) stars Harrison Ford (by then a well-established actor with roles in American Graffiti, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Apocalypse Now, and Raiders of the Lost Ark), and relative newcomer, Daryl Hannah. Marvel comics had already turned other movies into comic books in the Super Special series, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Empire Strikes Back, Xanadu, For Your Eyes Only, among a few others. We saw a record CGC 9.8 sale of Blade Runner #1 sell for $300, followed by a $330 sale this past week. CGC 9.6 grades have been selling for under $100, and high-grade raw copies can still be found for the $15-20 mark. It might be time to get your movie comics in order!

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SHAKER: CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #22 | EC | 1954

Even though Halloween is well behind us, those key pre-code horror covers are still bringing the heat. This famous Johnny Craig issue has made our list multiple times, but this is the first time for an ungraded copy. This week we saw a copy, estimated at a grade of 1.5, sell for $2,880. A price that might make your head fall off. For perspective, a CGC 2.5 sold on November 15th for $2,500, and a CGC 1.8 sold for $1,800 on September 20th. Well-known pre-code horror covers like this that helped define the comics code authority are continuing their march higher, and you could say that collectors seem to be losing their heads when bidding for these in-demand books.

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SHAKER: COWBOY BEBOP #1 | TOKYOPOP | 2002

COWBOY BEBOP has finally released on Netflix. Leading up to its release, this first US comic was reaching raw sales of $200. This week, a raw sale hit an all-new high of $350. There are very few copies listed, so this should continue to increase.

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SHAKER: FAST WILLIE JACKSON #7 | FITZGERALD PERIODICALS | 1976

Have you ever heard of Fast Willie Jackson? Neither had we until our CovrPrice high price algorithms brought Fast Willie Jackson #7 to the top of our list. Fast Will Jackson was a mid-1970’s teen comic book with similarities to the Archie brand of comics. Created by noted African American publisher Bertram A Fitzgerald (publisher of the Golden Legacy Series of Black History comic books) and artist Gus Lemoine, this 7 issue series was set in a more urban setting than Archie’s Riverdale suburban location. While it covered traditional teen topics like what you’d see in Archie comics, it also covered more complex topics such as police harassment, home burglaries, and refusal of service – the latter of which is prominent on this cover of the series’ final issue. The series lasted only 7 issues, and circulation rose for each issue, but it only broke even on the 7th issue – too late to continue publication. Books from this series are pretty hard to find (issue #7 has five total copies on the CGC census), so we sat up and took notice when the ONLY CGC 9.8 copy sold recently for an all-time high of $699.95. This type of book could be mistaken for a common Archie comic and, as such, may be out there hiding amongst the dreck. Its topical and historical importance to comics should only increase this market value. Get diggin’ in those long boxes! 

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SHAKER: HIT MONKEY #1 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2010

Hit Monkey has been on CovrPrice’s radar for a long time. With the recent release of the self-titled Hulu show, the market has renewed interest in the Hit Monkey One-Shot. As a refresher, this was supposed to be the 2nd appearance of Hit Monkey. Still, due to the delay in releasing Deadpool #19 (2008), the One-Shot hit store shelves first – making it the official 1st appearance of Hit Monkey. While Deadpool #19 has also seen a bit of increased heat, the market has spoken on the Hit Monkey One-Shot as the 1st appearance. Speaking of heat, the Hit Monkey One-Shot 2nd Print is on fire. After CGC 9.8 copies started the year as sub $200 books, we’ve recently had multiple sales above $600 and hit an all-time high of $749. The 1st and 2nd printings are relatively even on the CGC census, with 54 and 49 universal copies, respectively, but we’re just not seeing a lot of 1st prints sold – it’s been almost wholly 2nd prints. Also, a MAJOR word of caution. There is a 3 issue Hit Monkey mini-series, also released in 2010, albeit months after the One-Shot. People (including some other comic websites) are often confused between the two series and conflate the two. Don’t fall into this trap, or you’ll find yourself spending $600 on a CGC 9.8 copy of an otherwise sub $100 book (like this unlucky buyer).

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SHAKER: MARVEL PREVIEW #21 | MARVEL | 1980

While this isn’t the first Moon Knight solo issue, it is the first Bill Sienkiewicz art on Moon Knight. Bill was a significant creator on the Moon Knight series. His classic covers are highly sought after and are all hitting massive new highs. While raw copies have a FMV of $53, a CGC 9.8 hit a gigantic new high of $1,600. So, if you’re lucky enough to have a high grade, then get it graded! That’s one heck of a Gap book.

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #10 – ED MCGUINNESS (1:50) | MARVEL | 2019

While the first appearance of “Evil Miles Morales” first appeared in SPIDER-MAN II #1, it’s in this issue where he first appears as the villain ULTIMATUM. Many equate Ultimatum as Miles’ Green Goblin (who also appears in this issue, to drive that point home). While this villain/hero relationship builds, this first appearance variant had a sudden bump in price at $96 raw. The 1:25 Ramos variant, featuring Starling, also had a big sale at $75 raw. The standard is $17, and the 2nd print at $30. The book is trending upwards. Now’s the time to find it in the wild. 

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SHAKER: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK | 1981 | MARVEL

The “Raiders of the Lost Ark” movie — written by George Lucas, scripted by Philip Kaufman, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, with music by John Williams — came out in June 1981. This Marvel comic adaptation by John Buscema and Klaus Janson hit shelves in September of the same year, and a book adaptation came out in March. Both the book and the comic were based on the movie. Still, the book’s publication preceded the film making it the first media appearance of Indiana Jones, Belloq, Marion Ravenwood, and the other characters. ’80s nostalgia pushes some of these Marvel Movie Specials adaptations to record prices, so check your collections! A 9.8 of Raiders of the Lost Ark sold for $500 this week, and a raw copy sold for $15.82. A raw copy just sold for an all-time high of $25 in October. Those interested might also hunt the dollar bins for other 1980s classic Marvel Movie Specials such as Krull, Blade Runner, James Bond: For Your Eyes Only, Conan the Barbarian, Dragonslayer, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and others.

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SHAKER: URSA MINOR #3 – NATALI SANDERS – VIRGIN – TAKE ME HOME VARIANT | BIG DOG INK | 2012

Natali Sanders is a fantastic artist, focusing on a more photographic art style. It’s easy to spot a Sanders variant, as her style is very distinctive. With her rising star in the comic world, her early covers are now expensive collectibles. We covered this back on February 21st, 2021, back when a 9.8 sold for $1,100. However, this week a raw copy sold for a massive $800. That should help push that 9.8 value up for the next sale. (Thanks to Mr. Long/Short for bringing the sale to our attention!)

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #22 | MARVEL | 2005

Mark Millar and Greg Land’s Ultimate Fantastic Four from 2005 takes what might have been a corny idea of “Marvel Zombies” and turns it into a gripping, action-packed story. The writing and art are exciting, and the whole thing is brought to life by the incredible coloring work of the late Justin Ponsor. Based on the first Marvel Zombies appearance in this run (cameo in #21, full in #22), it’s no wonder the comic created a fan base and spawned recurring mini-series in the comics. From the glow of a zombified human torch to the Multiverse portal shining on the face of Sue Storm to the shadow work on Zombie Hulk and Magneto’s grand entrances, Ponsor’s coloring gives the comic a cinematographic quality. Speaking of cinema, news of Marvel Zombies Disney Plus “What If…?” spin-off has been driving sales of this book recently. This week a graded 9.8 hit $740, which is just $10 below our recorded high set in August 2021. The “What If… ?” Marvel Zombies episode was a highlight of the series, and we look forward to seeing what the animators have in store next!

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SHAKER: THE WEEKND PRESENTS STARBOY #1 – VARIANT | MARVEL | 2018

The Weeknd (whose real name is Abel Tesfaye) wrote this along with La Mar Taylor and Christos Gage. It was released in June 2018 to coincide with his song of the same name and turn the Starboy persona into a Marvel superhero. The comic was a success until Marvel and Tesfaye were hit with a lawsuit by Eymun Talasazan over claims he brought the idea to Marvel first. While that helped slow subsequent issues, the market still has an interest in the title. This variant, featuring a black background (instead of red), was released as a preview variant months before April 2018. This hard-to-find cover just hit a high of $365 for a CGC 9.8. While celebrity collab comics are easy to pass over, some can hit high market value.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: NOCTERRA

Back in late August/ early September, Scott Snyder commented on Twitter, “So huge news! Tony S. Daniel and I just finalized our ‘Nocterra’ TV deal! Couldn’t be happier with our partners and excited for what’s to come. The official announcement with all the details will follow in the coming weeks — thanks so much again.” This slowly started moving copies until other sources finally found it and shared it, pushing all the cheap(ish) copies off eBay and online sources. This week, that news was confirmed by Deadline that DMZ creator Roberto Patino “will write, exec produce and serve as showrunner on the project, which is in the early stages of development, with James Wan’s production company Atomic Monster.” It’s noted in the article that Patino just secured an overall production deal with Netflix, which is where this project will land at.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD 

Alex Child, co-writer of PROCTOR VALLEY ROAD (with Grant Morrison), was on record recently with SPEC TALES PODCAST that this project has been optioned. While this is still unconfirmed, copies are moving. Released back in April 2021, copies should still be easy to find at your LCS.
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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SABINE WREN

Deadline recently announced that “Natasha Liu Bordizzo (The Society) has been cast as a lead opposite Rosario Dawson in the Disney+ limited series Star Wars: Ahsoka.” While there’s plenty of debate of STAR WARS: KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN #1 vs. KANAN #6, both are selling very well. Kanan #6 is the front runner, though, with a current 9.8 CovrPrice FMV of $640.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: WHAT IF? MAGIK #1 | MARVEL | 2018

When it comes to Doctor Strange, the big question right now is who will take over the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme when he passes? There are plenty of theories and front runners out there. Screenrant directly noted back in September that “Marvel Confirms Magik As A New Sorcerer Supreme.” However, this was still a speculative article since it’s solely built around Magik referring to herself as the “Limbo Sorcerer Supreme” within The Death of Doctor Strange #1. Since this is NOT confirmed, characters like Doctor Voodoo, Wong, Sword Master, and Kushala (Marvel’s Demon Rider) are still possible contenders. All of the above characters have seen boosts in their first appearances, which will only be amplified when one receives the official title. Despite a new high sale this week of $250 for a 9.8, this WHAT IF? MAGIK WAS THE SORCERER SUPREME is still relatively cheap at $20 raw. Magik has had significant market interest over the last couple of years, even without being a contender for the title. If she ends up with the moniker, one of those books could go WAY up. For now, this is one we are watching. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: LOONEY TUNES AND MERRIE MELODIES COMICS #1 | DELL | 1941

I think Porky Pig was saying “That’s All Folks!” at the end of the bidding for this rare Golden Age book. This week we saw a CGC 5.5 sell for a massive record of $13,200, beating out the prior record in grade of $6,325, from back in 2006, by $6,875 or 108%. And if you’re thinking, well, that’s because it hasn’t sold in this grade for a long time, you’d be wrong, it had a more recent sale of $3,120 from 2019, so this is an even more impressive jump from the current prices. This is the first comic book appearance of cartoon staples like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd, so it’s no surprise that this book commands a significant amount of value. Still, we think even Elmer Fudd would be proud of that Wascally Wabbit for this substantial new record.

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