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For this week’s Comic Report, we focus on Battle Chasers’ Red Monika, feature the super hot Daily Bugle Newspaper promotion, showcase a rare Hellboy variant, follow the hot trend around the first appearance of Miles Morales’ classic black & red costume. We also give some love to George Perez’s classic “The New Teen Titans #1” from 1980, bring up the first appearance of The Protectors, and offer up some massive new high sales for “Bone #1” and “Action Comics #1″… and plenty more. We welcome Yves Navant & Topher S to the Market Report, lending their deep knowledge of comics to CovrPrice. Lot’s to cover, so let’s jump into it.
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COMIC BOOK SHAKERS
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SHAKER: BATTLE CHASERS #1 – ANOTHER UNIVERSE – GOLD LOGO | IMAGE | 1998
By Matt DeVoe
Behold, the late 90’s. Back then, it was a different time when sex sold comic books on a blatant and regular basis. This was abundant across most publishers. With that aside, at this point in 1998, Joe Madureira had just come off of an immensely successful X-Men run (with a somewhat similar yet more restricted Rogue cover). When you think of modern X-Men, Jim Lee and Joe Mad are two pivotal creators to the modern X-Franchise’s success. Cut to 1998 when Joe, J. Scott Campbell, and Humberto Ramos founded a new imprint called CLIFFHANGER under Jim Lee’s WILDSTORM (which was eventually sold to DC). When Joe’s fully-owned new series, Battle Chasers, hit the stands as a Cliffhanger flagship title, it was a massive hit. While Red Monika wasn’t the central draw to the series, she wasn’t included without a purpose. It’s also important to remember that this wasn’t a cover that sat on shelves, beckoning young men to purchase. No, this was a rare retailer variant from Another Universe.com. Back then, only a few sites regularly produced exclusive covers (Dynamic Forces and Graham Cracker Comics were a few of the other big names). You had to search for variants like this on those specific sites during e-commerce’s infancy. It wasn’t easy. It’s unknown how much this cost back then (the standard cover cost $4 per the Wayback machine, so this was most likely similar to the Gold Foil Prelude issue, which was around $14-$20) or how many there were, “butt” this was a cover that has always sold well. Even in the decades-long limbo years where fans patiently waited for issue #10, it always sold. Jump to 2021 with the recent content news, and this rare Gold Logo version (stamped on top of her derriere) has taken the lead as “the book to have” for Battle Chasers. This past week it’s sold for as high as $250 raw and $500 in a CGC 9.8. Whether it’s sex, rarity, or ’90s nostalgia driving today’s current sales, prices do seem to be increasing.
SHAKER: BONE #1 | CARTOON BOOKS | 1991
By Ryan Forster
The first appearance of Bone is back on our shakers list this week with TWO massive new records. The first, a 9.2, beat out the same record in grade the last time it appeared on our list just six months ago in June. With that June sale, a CGC 9.2 went for a record $3,840, and it is now up 62% with a sale of $5,640! The second, a 9.6, smashed the former high of $2,500 back in September 2020 with this week’s new high of $7,500! What a week for Bone! The first print of Bone #1 is scarce to come across, especially for a relatively modern book. The print run was only 2,000, and there are just 321 universal copies graded on the CGC census. It’s tough to say where the top is for this book, but clearly, it’s still trending up as demand exceeds the very limited supply.
SHAKER: CAPTAIN BRITAIN #1 | MARVEL UK | 1985
By Matt DeVoe
It’s unknown if Captain Britain is coming to the MCU anytime soon. However, with his name dropped in AVENGERS: ENDGAME, he does seem to exist. The market has already begun moving on his key first UK and US appearances. Naturally, in today’s market, those priced out move right on to the next affordable key. In this case, this is the first issue for his second ongoing series, which hit a new high this week of $310 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: THE DAILY BUGLE: SPECIAL EDITION NEWSPAPER (LTD. 3000) | SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT | 2021
By Topher S
The new Spider-Man movie: No Way Home hit theaters this week, and Marvel/Sony isn’t lacking in the creativity department, releasing a limited edition Daily Bugle newspaper to coincide with the film’s release. This ingenious bit of marketing is pretty cool, considering all the information directly tied to the film. There’s one small (spoilery) detail that will easily be overlooked but could have major ramifications for the MCU down the road. Distributed through a popup newsstand, some NYC residents got quite a treat! Those who were lucky enough to scoop one up might be surprised to know that it’s a huge hit on the secondary market. Prices for this rarity continue to rise and show no signs of slowing down, with bidding frenzies pushing it to a high of $200. It’s a promotional publication (distributed by Sony Pictures Marketing with Liberty Mutual insurance) that appeals to a wide range of fans not limited to comic collectors making it a unique Spidey collectible that cannot be overlooked.
SHAKER: EERIE #12 | AVON SERIES | 1953
By The Professor
Eerie #12 is the first comic book adaptation of Bram Stoker’s horror novel, Dracula. Released in 1953 (pre-comic book authority) by Avon Series, this issue is also the first full-length story found in Eerie comics. Instead of several short stories, Eerie #12 is a full-length issue. It follows the tale of Count Dracula, who buys a house in England with the help of real estate agent Jonathan Harker (who has no idea he is a vampire living off the blood of unsuspecting victims). This comic rarely comes up for sale, so it was a surprise when a CGC 5.5 hit the market last week and fetched a tidy sum of $840. Gauging FMV is next to impossible as the previous documented sale at a graded 5.5 was from 2013 ($120). A raw VG- sold six months ago for $265, and a low-grade raw recently sold for $300. Across the board, pre-code horror books have seen a nice resurgence of interest, so likely prices will continue to trend upwards if more hit the market.
SHAKER: FORGOTTEN REALMS: HOMELAND #1 | DDP | 2005
By Mr. Day
Any Dungeons & Dragons fans out there? How about the Forgotten Realms? If you’ve played any D&D, read any D&D-themed books (or read our July 29th Weekly Comic Report), you’ve likely at least heard of Drizzt Do’Urden – legendary Drow elf who cast off the evil ways of the Underdark to become a hero of the North. Drizzt first appeared in R.A. Salvatore’s 1988 novel ‘The Crystal Shard’ and has since appeared in over 30 additional novels. However, his first comic appearance was 17 years later in Forgotten Realms: Homeland #1. The Tim Seeley-drawn Drizzt features prominently on the regular cover, which is likely why, despite there being two variant covers, this regular edition is most frequently sold. Good luck finding a copy in the wild as there are only 11 total on the CGC census and sellers posting copies to eBay know they have a gem. The book has only risen in value since we last covered it as we saw a new all-time high sale for a CGC 9.8 hit $850 in November. We also saw a CGC 9.4 copy hit $225 around the same time, and a raw 9.0 copy reached $175 this week! While D&D owner Wizards of the Coast’s May 2021 announcement of a Drizzt-centered tv-series likely caused the initial price spike for this book, we’ve seen no updates on the show. Regardless, stay on the lookout for cheap copies as interest may wane as time passes without more show announcements. Drizzt is still a central D&D character with a considerable following, so his first comic appearance is worth keeping on your radar.
SHAKER: HELLBOY: THE FURY #3  – MIKE MIGNOLA – VIRGIN | DARK HORSE | 2011
By Matt DeVoe
For those of you who aren’t die-hard Hellboy fans, this was a HUGE deal for the character back in 2011. This specific issue was the culmination of 18 years of Hellboy stories, concluding with this issue’s brutal (physical and emotional) battle between Hellboy and the dragon Nimue, where Hellboy’s heart is ripped from his chest and his time on Earth ends. This was a shock to fans, and the issue immediately sold out everywhere. Collectors had difficulty finding this regular issue, let alone this actual ghost of a variant. The scarcity surrounding this was explicitly due to Dark Horse’s strict criteria to qualify for a copy. To receive one of these virgin covers, retailers needed to match or exceed their order for HELLBOY THE FURY #1, with a minimum of 20 copies! So those who only ordered 19 copies of that first issue… sorry, nope. They didn’t get one. Keep in mind that very few knew that Hellboy was getting killed off in this issue, and, in 2011, retailers were having a hard enough time moving big books like Amazing Spider-Man (which had its lowest print runs during this year). With that said, VERY few stores were committing to more than a few copies of Hellboy, let alone 20+. This is why Hellboy: The Fury #3 virgin variant is one of the rarest and most expensive modern-day variants, as seen by this week’s new all-time high sale of $1,225 (raw). Hellboy stories continued with him in Hell, which led to more great storylines (like vanquishing Satan and taking over Hell completely). However, this “death” stuck for quite a while as he didn’t return to the living until 2018’s BPRD: The Devil You Know #6. While this very abbreviated rundown doesn’t do this fantastic FURY story proper justice, it’s one of the best Hellboy stories and is worth reading.
SHAKER: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #177 | MARVEL | 1974
By Yves Navant
This book is currently a stealth bomber of back issues, with a raw copy selling at a conservative high of $75.75. A slow burn can be a satisfying thing, like sitting beside a campfire and watching embers explode. Collectors and investors will be watching the first appearances and deaths of the MCU’s new stars. Adam Warlock, Marvel’s gilded space Jesus, will be appearing in James Gunn’s forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 3, portrayed by Will Poulter. Warlock’s initial appearances in Fantastic Four and Mighty Thor are cool, but the character truly became Marvel’s doomed messiah in later appearances, with his very Christlike death occurring in the 70’s era Incredible Hulk. The story is wild fun, illustrated by Herb Trimpe, and these issues will heat up as Guardians 3 and Warlock’s on-screen debut come closer to their premiere.
SHAKER: THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED #14 | FAWCETT | 1953
By Ryan Forster
Skull covers are always in demand when it comes to pre-code horror comics, and this book has that covered. This week we had a flaming hot sale for a CGC 6.0 copy of this book with a new overall record of $3,360. This beats out the prior record of $716 for a 3.5 from April of this year and dwarfs the sale for the highest graded publicly sold copy from our records. This was for a CGC 7.5, the second-highest copy on the census behind a single 8.0, that went for a mere $425 in 2013. The market for pre-code horror books has changed a lot since then, but this was still an incredible sale that will likely have more collectors searching out this often overlooked run of books.
SHAKER: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #28 – 30 CENT | MARVEL | 1971
By Mr. Day
At this point, we all know Moon Knight is hot. He will be starring in a six episode mini-series set to release in 2022 on Disney+. Moon Knight’s 1st appearance in Werewolf by Night #32 hit an all-time high for a CGC 9.8 back in 2020 at $31.2K and a CGC 9.6 copy more recently sold for $25.2K. With these high-end sales helping to bring up the prices of lower-grade copies, WWBN #32 is out of reach for most collectors. Collectors commonly flock to the next best thing: the 2nd appearance or the 1st solo story when this happens. Unfortunately for those still seeking Moon Knight keys, his 2nd appearance in WWBN #33 is already pricey, with a CGC 9.8 copy selling for $13.2K back in September. So how about that 1st solo story found in Marvel Spotlight #28? Well, that’s better. A CGC 9.8 sold earlier this year for a mere $3.5K! You can find a nice mid-grade raw copy for under $200. However, for those more discerning collectors, you might want to get your hands on a Marvel Spotlight #28 30 cent regional price edition. In 1976-1977, Marvel created 30 cent cover price editions to send to various test cities instead of the standard 25 cent versions. While these regional price variants were long under the radar, their relative scarcity has led them to be some of the most highly sought-after books from the Bronze Age. While there are almost 2,000 universal copies of MS #28 on the CGC census, there are only about 100 of the 30 cent price editions on the census. This disparity played out in a recent eBay sale where buyer and seller agreed to an astronomical $11K sale for a CGC 9.8 – more than three times the price of a regular cover in the same grade. This eclipsed the previous all-time high set back in August at just shy of $10K. It’s getting tougher out there for Moon Knight fans to find his key books without having to pay a price premium, so we wish you the best of luck in your hunt!
SHAKER: MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #1 | MARVEL | 2018
The current Miles Morales title, his fourth ongoing series written by Saladin Ahmed, has brought us characters such as Starling and Billie Morales, along with a whole host of villains such as Quantum, the Assessor, and a mess of Miles Clones. This has been a very strong run with several issues that have been on a steady rise in price due to key appearances and striking covers. Cover A of #1 sells for approximately $200 in a 9.8. This week, a raw copy sold for a new high of $85, topping a sale from October of $75 and another from May of $80. We’ve seen many Spider-Verse characters popping lately, such as Spider-Gwen, India Spider, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Punk, Spiderman Noir, etc. As they rise, they all point to Miles, so key Miles books tend to grow along with the Spider-Verse. Remember the Miles Morales frenzy of late 2020? We may be headed there again in 2022 as we get closer to an Across the Spider-Verse movie.
SHAKER: THE NEW TEEN TITANS #1 | DC | 1980
By Yves Navant
This book introduced the Teen Titans that everyone lovingly recognizes and was DC Comics’ most (and only) successful comic during the height of its popularity. A CGC graded copy in 9.6 recently sold for $310 and a new high sale of all time of $520 for a CGC 9.8. George Perez, legendary comic artist, co-creator of the New Teen Titans, and literally the nicest guy in the industry, has announced that he is battling terminal cancer. His contributions to the comic world will experience a much-deserved increase in attention. Mr. Perez came to DC from Marvel, and together with former Marvel writer/editor Marv Wolfman, relaunched the Teen Titans, taking the characters from disregarded sidekicks to young heroes facing villains, teenage runaways, religious cults, drugs, and betrayal from within. New Teen Titans introduced Raven, Cyborg, Deathstroke, gave the Doom Patrol new life, and transitioned Dick Grayson from Robin to Nightwing during its run. From a collector and fan perspective, one cannot say enough about this book, and it all began here, in New Teen Titans #1. Perez’s resume is rife with notable work, including the post-Crisis Wonder Woman and the legendary Marvel/DC crossover JLA/Avengers.
SHAKER: SHONEN JUMP #1 – SEALED W/ CARD | VIZ MEDIA | 2003
By Matt DeVoe
While not a typical comic, this magazine is filled with popular Manga storylines. SHONEN JUMP was the primary source of material translated from Japan to the US. While it’s digital-only these days, this series had an extensive and popular print run. If you’ve ever dug for comics are stores that resell second-hand collectibles, then you’ve most likely have come across these and probably left them. At the very least, look for this first issue. This week, a sealed copy sold for $450, which isn’t even the highest sale. That goes to a $600 sale back in September 2021. This first issue (which is two-sided like all Shonen Jumps) typically sells loose for as high as $100. Though My Comic Shop frequently throws them up for $4, of which sells immediately. So, why the premium for a sealed copy? Well, those include a rare “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” Yu-Gi-Oh (JMP-001) trading card, which can sell for as high as $900 in a PSA 10. There are multiple versions of this card, several included in foreign versions of this magazine. It’s time to pay closer attention to that stack of Shonen Jumps. As noted, this is a flip cover. Make sure to also look out for the main cover, as seen below:
SHAKER: SPAWN #231 – TODD MCFARLANE – B&W (1:25) | IMAGE | 2013
By Matt DeVoe
Todd McFarlane’s 1990 Spider-Man #1 cover is one of the most homaged modern covers. However, when Todd homages himself, it makes the cover a little more special than the rest. Pair that with an incredibly tough low-print Spawn issue, and then you have a variant that will continue to increase over time. This week, a CGC 9.8 hit a new all-time high sale of $810.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 | MIRAGE | 1984
By Matt DeVoe
Our favorite heroes in a half-shell had a massive sale of a CGC 9.8 $230,555 for their first appearance in this issue. This Comic Link sale was only beaten by a $245,000 sale back in September 2021. These are incredible numbers when you look at 9.8 sales back in 2019 of $52K to $60K. That’s one heck of an increase for a property whose content has been on life-support. This brand continues to prove itself as an evergreen brand that survives all content.
SHAKER: TERRORS OF THE JUNGLE #17 | STAR PUBLICATIONS | 1952
By The Professor
What do you get when you mix a rare comic book, a first issue title, a famed cover artist, controversial cover art and story plot, plus a book referenced in The Seduction of the Innocent? You get a perfect storm scenario resulting in a big baller sale! The comic in question is Terrors of the Jungle #17 (the first title issue formerly known as Jungle Thrills). The cover art by legendary golden-age artist, L.B. Cole, features many things that ruffled puritan feathers, including implied violence, shrunken heads, skulls, a witch doctor, and of course, bondage! Further, one of the short stories in this issue indicated the US was testing biological weapons on African natives. Earlier this week, a very rare CGC 5.5 sold for $1,140 (more than doubling its previous high sale of $660 from three years ago). Two years ago, a low-grade raw copy sold for $275, and a CGC 6.0 sold for $1,200, so price/grade seems to be trending upwards. Keep an eye out for these types of rare comics!
SHAKER: TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #15 – SINGH (1:25) | MARVEL | 2017
By Matt DeVoe
On our WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES from 3/30/31, this rare variant hit a high sale of $405 for a CGC 9.8. Well, that seems like a deal next to this week’s new all-time high sale of $995. As a recap, with Marvel’s focus on Asian-based superheroes, most collectors rush to buy WAR OF THE REALMS: THE AGENTS OF ATLAS, which feature several new first appearances. However, most of this team first formed in this TOTALLY AWESOME HULK issue. Agent Jake Oh, Jimmy Woo, Ms. Marvel, Shang-Chi, and Silk meet up during a charity event to raise awareness for Asian-American bone marrow donation and end up hanging out and, of course, fight some bad guys. After working together, they formed a new team called THE PROTECTORS. Jimmy Woo eventually enlists them to join The Agents of Atlas. Randall Park’s portrayal of Jimmy Woo is already a fan-favorite character that we want to see more of. So, the question is, what do we see first? Will we see THE PROTECTORS or AGENTS OF ATLAS? We’re still leaning towards THE PROTECTORS.
SHAKER: TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE #1 – OTFCC UNICRON (LIMITED 100) | 2003
By Matt DeVoe
This rare variant typically only shows up every few years. Yet, in the past month, we’ve seen two copies. The last sale was a mislabeled listing that helped a raw copy fly under the radar at a low price of $565. This week, a CGC 9.4 sold for $1,245, almost matching the all-time high of $1,259.56 for a CGC 9.6.
SHAKER: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #5 | MARVEL | 2011
By Matt DeVoe
This was an interesting trend to see over the past seven days. This issue features the origin of Miles Morales’ classic black & red costume. It also introduces Miles and Nick Fury for the first time. In this story, Miles ends up helping Fury defeat Electro and eventually sends him this iconic costume at the end of the issue, where we see him suited up for the first time. It’s interesting as this issue marks the first time when Miles truly became his own unique version of Spider-Man. It even ends with the line, “you’re officially Spider-Man.” Raw copies hit as high as $182.50 raw for an NM+ copy. The current FMV is $136. While this seems out of the blue, it makes sense and could have some significant increases.
SHAKER: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #100 | MARVEL | 1993
Tis the season for red and green foil! Books like Spider-Man 2099 #1 (1992) in red foil and Web of Spider-Man #100 (1993) in green foil are flying off the shelves and hitting new highs. It’s almost 2022, but in some ways, it feels like the early ’90s all over with foil covers all the rage and Spider-Man gearing up in new armor to battle a fleet of villains. This comic features the first appearance of Spider-Man’s Spider-Armor (the first of many to come). Sales of this book have been gradually creeping up, especially through 2021, and some might be surprised to learn that a graded 9.8 sold this week for $140, following other high sales of $160 in November and $130 in October. It’s the holidays, after all, and what’s not to love about red and green foil? Unless you are Ebenezer Scrooge, and in that case, you might seek out the scarce white-background error print that was manufactured without the green foil altogether. Just for Scrooge, there is one copy of that listed on eBay for $20k.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: GOD COUNTRY
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Netflix Teams With Legendary, ‘Sweet Tooth’ Showrunner for Fantasy Movie ‘God Country.'” Sales are moving briskly with raw prices already at $100.
Variety is reporting that a “‘Zorro’ Series Starring Wilmer Valderrama in the Works at Disney Branded Television.” While Zorro related series like DJANGO/ ZORRO (Dynamite) is seeing a slight uptick in sales, the original first appearance of Zorro in comics is in the severely undervalued Four Color #228.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: MARVEL BOY #1 – J.G. JONES – DYNAMIC FORCES (LIMITED 4000) | MARVEL | 2000
By Matt DeVoe
There are numerous conversations around various Mar-Vell-type characters appearing in the MCU. Many wonder if we’ll ever see Mar-Vell, the original Captain Marvel. His cloned daughter, Phyla-Vell, is also trending in a big way due to rumors of her appearing in the next GUARDIANS film. However, with Marvel’s tendency to weave together origins and characters, there’s growing speculation that we may first see Marvel Boy, aka Noh-Varr. Noh-Varr is a Kree warrior from an alternate universe, enhanced with cockroach DNA and nanobiology. He’s been weaved through the comic versions of Secret Invasion, Young Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy. With Marvel moving to a younger cast, the likelihood of seeing Noh-Varr first is relatively high. The market seems interested in the character and has already been driving up prices of this first full appearance. This Dynamic Forces variant is hitting big numbers like this week’s new high of $336.18 raw (a UK sale), with an all-time high sale of $725 for a CGC 9.8. However, the standard edition is still moderately priced with an FMV of $35. This book seems to be climbing with or without MCU confirmation (similar to trends with Elsa Bloodstone and Adam the Blue Marvel). It’s definitely a book we’re watching.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: ACTION COMICS #1 | DC | 1938
By Matt DeVoe
How good of an investment is the first appearance of Superman? Pretty darn spectacular. Case in point, the highest sale for this book goes back to April of this year for a CGC 8.5 at $3.25M. Amazing, right? But cut to this week when a CGC 3.0 sells for $1,638,759.20 via an auction. The last 3.0 sold in 2010 for $300K. If you scale that sale up, it potentially makes that 8.5 worth millions more in less than a year. This is all a nice reminder to us that it takes money to make money.
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