WEEK IN REVIEW

December 23rd, 2021

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For this week’s Comic Report, we lead in Christmas with not even one Christmas-related book! Despite this week’s lack of Christmas spirit, we thank you all for taking the time out of your week to stop and read these words we’ve thrown together and uploaded to the inter-webs. This will be our last market report for 2021 as we’ll take a much-needed break next week to spend time with our families and friends. We appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for using CovrPrice and trusting us with your comic collections and valuations. We have BIG things planned for 2022, so buckle in. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Now, on to our favorite SHAKERS of the week!

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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: 2000 A.D. #2 | IPC | 1977

By Matt DeVoe

This British weekly anthology features the first appearance of Judge Dredd. Created by John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, the character was made famous by the Sylvester Stallone live-action 1992 film and Carl Urban in 2012. Dredd is an independent favorite with an increasing fan base despite no current content. With that said, his first appearance is highly undervalued, as seen by this week’s 8.5 raw sale of $850. Its all-time high is a high-grade raw sale of $1,200. It’s important to remember how challenging it is to find, especially here in the US. Also, due to its low paper quality, it’s even tougher to find in high grade. There are only seven copies on the CGC census, with the highest being a 9.0 and then drops significantly to a 7.5. With all that said, that 8.5 might have been a significant deal!

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SHAKER: AMAZING FANTASY #15 NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 2006

By Matt Day

No, not THAT Amazing Fantasy #15. We’re looking at the 2006 version we mentioned in our September 15 newsletter. You might recall, this is the 1st appearance of Amadeus Cho, who later goes by the Totally Awesome Hulk, Brawn, and other names. When we spoke last on this topic, we referenced a new all-time high CGC sale for the Direct Edition at $2,272. While this is no Spidey AF15 value, it’s pretty impressive for a product of the modern age with no current MCU/Disney+ ties (beyond his mom appearing in Avengers Age of Ultron). However, even more impressive, there’s an ultra-rare newsstand edition of this 2006 key. We rarely see them come up for sale. We’ve only recorded one graded copy sale, and that was a CGC 9.6 sale from over a year ago. However, one nice thing about CovrPrice is that we don’t just focus on the graded sales. We know the vast majority of your collections are raw books, so that’s why we spend so much time and effort cultivating raw sales data. Well, those efforts paid off as we spotted a notable raw newsstand sale just this past week. A mere VF- estimated copy sold for a huge $599.99. To give some perspective, a graded Direct Edition CGC 8.5 recently sold for only $181 – so there’s a HUGE premium for the newsstand version. If you have an AF15 sitting in a long box, it might be worth checking to see if it’s the newsstand edition. Those will be the ones that don’t have the little “Direct Edition” in white lettering in the black box at the top of the UPC section. Good luck!

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SHAKER: AMERICA #1 – CLIFF CHIANG (1:50) | MARVEL | 2017

By Matt DeVoe

America Chavez is having a fantastic week in the aftermarket. So many of her various covers are jumping in price. That includes this Cliff Chiang 1:50 for her first series, which had an all-time high raw sale of $250. The highest sale ever goes to a CGC 9.8 sale three weeks ago at $600. In the latest DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS trailer, at the 00:42 mark, you’ll see her star portal… and man, it looks incredible. America is going to be big.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #294 | MARVEL | 1987

By Yves Navant

This book features the death by suicide of Kraven the Hunter, the Spider-Man adversary with brave contempt for fashion. A CGC graded copy in 9.8 recently sold for $550, with a raw copy selling for an impressive $30. The book could be experiencing interest due to the recent casting of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (MCU’s Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver) in Sony’s proposed Kraven the Hunter film, or simply because it is damn good comic storytelling. This issue is the penultimate chapter of Fearful Symmetry/Kraven’s Last Hunt, in which we learn what happens to a villain when they win when they get exactly what they want. Writer JM DeMatteis originally envisioned the story for the Joker, who would go sane after finally murdering Batman, Instead took the concept to Marvel, revised the narrative to suit the Marvel Universe and Spidey, and a riveting, disturbing classic was born.  

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 – JOE QUINONES – VENOM (1:50) | MARVEL | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

When one sells, this sought-after and expensive Joe Quinones Venom variant is always a must-have in our weekly comic report. And one did. A CGC 9.8 copy sold this week for $6,799.99, one penny off from matching the all-time high sale set this past November at $6,800 (and yes, they were legit sales by separate sellers with different CGC barcodes)

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

By Matt DeVoe

White Fox seems to be one of those characters skyrocketing in popularity without any shred of content news. It’s always fascinating to see certain characters hit that right nerve with fans. Her first appearance in this issue and on this cover hit new highs this week with a high raw sale of $175 and massive CGC 9.8 sale of $850. It’s no wonder the first print is climbing so quickly.

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SHAKER: STRANGE #1 | MARVEL| 1974

By The Professor

As with all Marvel movie-related characters, things have been slowly heating up for Dr. Strange! This issue is the first of the second ongoing comic series from 1974 and features many familiar supporting characters like Wong, Clea, and Agamotto. First issues are always desirable, but ones tied to movies continually build momentum. This week we saw a CCG 9.8 sell for a whopping $3,400 – more than doubling the previous high sale in this grade. A CGC 9.2 sold for $450, and numerous raw copies have surpassed the $100 mark for weeks now.

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 – GREG LAND (1:25) | MARVEL | 2014

By Matt DeVoe

You’ve heard us say it before, Spider-Man-related books are some of the steadier investments you can make. As seen by SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, the Spider-world is only getting more robust in the MCU. The enthusiasm around the animated SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE is palpable. Spider-based books are on the rise, especially for new characters in the spotlight like India and 2099. However, characters from the first animated film are also moving. Peni Parker, aka SP//DR, created by Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, had an edgier comic aesthetic with the well-designed mech suit. With her suit damaged in the first film, there’s hope that she’ll return to the next with something that resembles what Way created. Regardless, there’s a growing fanbase around her comic version. Hence, last week’s all-new high sale of $700 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: ELEPHANTMEN #18 | IMAGE COMICS | 2009

By DiodeLad

This is Miki, a cab driver and “friend” of Hip Flask, the hybrid hippopotamus-man in Elephantmen by Richard Starkings and Marian Churchland. #18 is a flipbook, so both the front and back can be seen as the cover, which can be a little confusing if you encounter it in the wild or flipped around in a CGC case. This story develops Miki’s character as she struggles with her evolving feelings towards Hip Flask and the Elephantmen. But let’s be honest, the graded 9.8 sale of this issue for $415 this week was probably not because of the story. This issue stands out for the J. Scott Campbell bad girl cover, which features Miki posing the provocative and existential question to comic collectors: “But is it art?”

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SHAKER: HARLEY QUINN #11 – AMANDA CONNER VARIANT COVER | DC | 2014

By Matt DeVoe

While DC’s new 52 seemed like a fun experiment, it did produce some fantastic covers. While Marvel books seem to get the most attention, DC is gaining significant traction. This is especially the case for variants from the New 52. One of the highlights was this run, where Harley Quinn teamed up with Power Girl for multiple issues. Amanda Conner offered several tongue-in-cheek covers, which mocks Power Girl’s fuller physique. Last week, the variant jumped from $25 sales to $75, with a new high of $100 raw. This is a great one to hunt for out in the wild!

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SHAKER: MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #1 | MARVEL | 1992

By Yves Navant

This book was part of Marvel’s 1992 Midnight Sons launch, an interwoven stable of supernatural titles capitalizing on the success of Howard Mackie’s 1990 Ghost Rider relaunch. Midnight Sons number #1 issues were sold in quintessential 1990’s style, sealed in poly bags printed with Ghost Rider’s face. A recent CGC 9.8 copy sold for $220, with a raw copy selling for $29.99. Morbius began as a Spider-Man villain; a vampire derived from science due to the Comics Code censoring supernatural characters in the 1970s. The worst adversary Morbius has faced thus far has been the Covid-19 pandemic, which has delayed Sony’s Morbius film featuring Jared Leto multiple times. We expect higher quality Morbius issues to increase demand and value as the film nears release next month. This 1992 book is an excellent iteration of the character.

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SHAKER: OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE #1 | OVERSTREET | NOV 1, 1970

By Matt DeVoe

Before the age of the internet (and CovrPrice.com), OVERSTREET was the only way to get market values for years… until WIZARD magazine stepped in 1991 and dominated the price guide market. We exist today specifically due to the path they started. This first issue of the Overstreet guide has become a highly sought-after collectible and hit a new high sale of $2,000 for a mere CGC 5.0. How meta do you get when a price guide is trending on a price guide?

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SHAKER: POKEMON THE FIRST MOVIE: MEWTWO STRIKES BACK #4 | VIZ MEDIA | 1998

By Matt DeVoe

Pokemon is highly relevant these days. The brand has nostalgia mega-buyers like influencer Logan Paul, who dropped $3.5M last week on a first edition base set of Pokemon cards. It’s a brand where parents of first-run Pokemon collectors share this with their kids. Then you have the collector/investor side of it all. Of course, this trickles over to comics where these same fans are spending big money on key issues. For example, this particular issue, which features no notable key appearance, hit a high sale of $676.46 for a CGC 9.2. With only three copies on the census, maybe it’s time to grab one of the $4 copies that My Comic Shop offers up every month or so. It’s also time to pay attention to any high-grade Pokemon comic.

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SHAKER: SANDMAN #4 | DC | 1989

By DiodeLad

Sandman #4 features the first appearance of Lucifer Morningstar. This week, a 9.8 sold for $899, blasting away the previous high of $675 set in August of this year. A year ago, this was a $350 book, and the significant rise in the price of this comic came as the Fox TV show starring Tom Ellis was coming to an end. The Fox show was loosely based on Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer Morningstar. Still, the upcoming Sandman television series will reportedly feature a more faithful representation of the Gaiman character, played by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones).

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SHAKER: SPAWN #303 – SINGAPORE COMIC CON | IMAGE | 2019

By Matt DeVoe

Scott’s Collectibles produced this rare variant by artist Kael Ngu only for the 2019 Singapore Comic-Con. Limited to only 250 copies, few made it back to the US. This book’s rarity has turned it into one of the most expensive variants for Spawn, and that’s saying a lot. This week, a new all-time high sale was set by a CGC 9.8 selling for $2,500. As these dry up into collections, that price will increase.

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SHAKER: STATIC #45 | DC | 1997

By DiodeLad

Static #45, the final issue of the series featuring a cool cover by Moebius, sold a raw copy for $330 on December 16, tying with the previous high from November. The later issues of this series were quite low-ordered, with this issue and others amounting to under 5,000 copies printed. Meanwhile, Virgil Hawkins has become an important character, crossing over media such as cartoons, film, and video games. The Static Shock cartoon from the early 2000s dealt with complex social issues. This included racism, bullying, economic inequality, and gun violence while simultaneously positioning Static as a charismatic wit among the serious DC characters, such as Batman and Green Lantern (who make cameo appearances in the show). In August 2020, DC announced a Warner Brothers Static film developed and co-produced by Michael B. Jordan and Reginald Hudlin. Then in March of 2021, we learned that Randy McKinnon was writing the film. To quote the man himself: “The Name’s Static. I Put A Shock To Your System!”

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SHAKER: STARTLING TERROR TALES #11 | STAR PUBLICATIONS | 1952

By Matt DeVoe

We’ve covered the greatness of L.B. Cole many times. His stamp on both horror comics and comics, in general, is immeasurable. Yet, one of his most famous covers is this issue of STARTLING TERROR TALES. If you look up any “Top Pre-code Horror” list, this will always be on it. Due to this, it’s a book that increases across all conditions. This week, a low 1.8 CGC copy sold for a new high in grade of $1,500. This follows the book’s all-time high sale in November of $18,000 for a CGC 5.5.

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SHAKER: STRANGE TALES #169 | MARVEL| 1973

By The Professor

Speculation for the issues has not slowed down. Almost a year ago, it was reported that Marvel was looking to cast a supporting male character for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness of Caribbean descent (with Haiti mentioned explicitly). Brother Voodoo was not mentioned specifically, but it does match Marvel’s Haitian sorcerer. Since then, the book spiked hard and has subsequently seen a pretty decent climb in value. Case in point, a CGC 9.0 sold a few days ago for $2,040 (almost $500 more than the previous high in that grade). Interestingly, within about a week, a CGC 8.0 sold for $550, with a CGC 7.5 hitting $600, followed by a CGC 7.0 selling for $600. A graded 6.5 reached $435. Raw copies are also trending upwards, with mid-grade copies selling in the $200 range. It’s hard to tell where this is all going, but Brother Voodoo is an excellent character and a great book to have in your collection, regardless of any MCU speculation.

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SHAKER: SUPER-VILLAIN CLASSICS #1 | MARVEL | 1983

By The Professor

In case you have been living under a rock, Galactus IS coming! We have seen some pretty impressive high sales of Fantastic Four #48 (first appearance) over the past year. So much so that collectors, who may have missed out on that issue’s affordability, are now trying to get ahead of the curve by picking up other Galactus-based comics. Although there are many of them out there to choose from, this past week, a select few were popping! Who doesn’t love a good Super-Villain, especially when it is none other than Galactus himself? The cover is beautifully drawn with the bright Galactus purple offset by the black galaxy background. This issue reprints origin stories from previous comic books. Lately, we have seen a few CGC 9.8 copies sell in the $400 range, with a raw copy hitting $50. Graded 9.8 copies are now listed close to $1,000, so there is an excellent window of opportunity to snag high-grade raw copies for a lot less!

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SHAKER: TALES FROM THE CRYPT #46 | EC | 1955

By Yves Navant

EC Comics was pre-Comics Code brilliance; they pioneered evocative horror, suspense, and science fiction storytelling. This issue just sold for $1,625 raw, and I am confident the buyer is ecstatic. Finding copies of vintage EC Comics can be a full-time pursuit due to their age and the censorship furor created by William Wertham, a psychologist who blamed comic books for everything from juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol abuse, and alternative sexualities. EC Comics was at the forefront of this scrutiny that eventually led to congressional hearings and the mass destruction and burning of comic books. Every EC issue was an anthology concept filled with jaw-dropping stories and art. Tales From The Crypt #46 includes stories about the hunt for a werewolf’s alter ego, the vision-impaired victims of an abusive director seeking vengeance, and a prescient story about the lust for emerging gadgets and technology.

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SHAKER: THOR #168 | MARVEL| 1969

By The Professor

Let’s get back to Galactus! Although Mighty Thor #166 and #167 are part of the Galactus origin story, Mighty Thor #168 features an iconic Galactus cover by Jack Kirby and George Klein, making this issue more desirable amongst collectors. The comic itself finds Thor confronting Galactus in outer space, where he begins to learn our beloved villain’s origin story for himself. This is another Galactus issue that recently heated up. We saw a record CGC 9.2 sale for $925 (more than tripling its previous high), with a CGC 5.5 reaching $240 (eclipsing the current 6.0 high sale price by almost $100). With Galactus coming, it’s a great time to find the lesser-known/appreciated Galactus comics to add to your collections while the prices are still affordable.

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SHAKER: VENGEANCE #1 – MIKE DEODATO (1:15) | MARVEL | JUL 6, 2011

By Matt DeVoe

Circling back to America, this variant was barely given a 2nd glance back in 2011. With the character well-weaved into Marvel comics AND appearing in the MCU, it’s a different story today. Hot off the new DOCTOR STRANGE trailer, this variant hit a new all-time high sale of $5,800 for a CGC 9.8!!! This not only makes this one of the most valuable modern-day variants, but it also makes America Chavez one of the most valuable modern-day characters.

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SHAKER: THE WITCHER #1 | DARK HORSE | MAR 19, 2014

By Matt DeVoe

THE WITCHER season 2 was recently released on Netflix and met with great fanfare. In its second season, the market for content-based books used to be dead until series like THE BOYS changed that. The Witcher has also proved that a book doesn’t always have its height before content is first released, as this book hit a new all-time high last week of $389.94 for a CGC 9.8.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: BLUE-BEETLE

It was recently announced that the BLUE-BEETLE movie would pivot from releasing directly to HBO max and will instead be released directly into theaters.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: KICK-ASS

Per IGN, “Kick-Ass Is Getting a ‘F*cking Nuts’ Reboot, According To Matthew Vaughn.” While this is excellent news, the market has not yet moved on picking up the first issue. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #377 | MARVEL UK | 1981

By Topher S

Here’s a rare foreign comic that continues to do well every time it comes to auction. Recently, a VF sale over the century mark at $113 raw. I believe buyers are becoming more aware of this comic book’s importance. It may not be the first appearance of Captain Britain, but it may as well be. If there is ever a day when the MCU brings in Mr. Braddock, you can bet that he will be wearing this iconic suit or a version of it. Rarity and a dynamic redesign are recipes for true success when collecting comics. This one has both. It is tough to find in high NM thanks to the magazine size, cheap paper, and penchant for UK collectors to care very little about the condition. The origin of this suit goes back to a now forgotten, serialized comic starring both the Black Knight and Captain Britain from the 1979, UK series Hulk Comic. Largely consisting of reprinted Marvel Material, the writers decided to use the Black Knight who has been sent back in time to the 12th century. Captain Britain was inserted for a team up to save Camelot on Otherworld. It’s an important part of Captain Britain’s development as a  character, not to mention the Black Knight’s and it leads directly into MSH 377 where Merlyn changes his costume while restoring him to modern times. This is a book to buy now and hold if you can find one! Its one we’re watching.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 – GOLDEN RECORD REPRINT | MARVEL | 1966

By Matt Day

Now it’s time to talk about the granddaddies of the Marvel reprints – reprints with a sonorous twist – The Golden Record Reprints (aka GRR’s). The four GRR’s are probably not news to most collectors, as the following are some of Marvel’s grails. These four include Amazing Spider-Man #1 (2nd appearance of Spider-Man, 1st meeting of Spidey & the Fantastic Four), Avengers #4 (Captain America joins team, 1st Silver Age Captain America, 1st Captain America in a “Marvel” branded title), Fantastic Four #1 (1st appearances of Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman and the Thing, 1st team appearance) and Journey into Mystery #83 (1st Thor). These reprints were released between 1.5 and 4.5 years after the original comic release and came bundled with a record containing a word-by-word reading of the respective comic WITH sound effects! Don’t think you’re going to be able to spend facsimile edition money to get a copy – these things have some stand-alone value and are on the rise. For instance, an Amazing Spider-Man #1 GRR in universal CGC 9.6 just sold for an all-time high of $3,499.99. That is more than the highest 9.8 sale and previous all-time high record set back in 2020. While these GRR’s aren’t exactly rare (550+ universal copies on the CGC census), they aren’t something you come across all that often – especially not in high grade. These were read along with comics that are now over 55 years old! Can’t afford the original, these GRR’s are a great way to have that Silver Age comic smell in your collection but at a fraction of the original price.

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Lead Writer: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]

Comic Contributor: Mr. Day

Comic Contributor: DiodeLad

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