WEEK IN REVIEW

February 11th, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Market Report!

Happy Friday CP fans! This week is a tad quick, focusing on familiar books hitting huge new high sales. However, like always, we like to sneak in some comic book history lessons here and there. We highlight TWO Spider-Man homage covers (one of which you may not have seen before). We also dig deep on the complicated history of Spawn’s “first” appearance.

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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: ALBEDO #2 | THOUGHTS & IMAGES | 1983

By Matt DeVoe

This bronze age key and first appearance of USAGI YOJIMBO show no signs of slowing down. It’s just one of those books that die-hard collectors need to have in their collection. This week, a CGC 6.5 sold for a massive $6,000, obliterating the last 6.5 sale of $750 back in 2017. Not only is this a new high in that grade, but this $6K hit higher than a 9.0, which last had a high of $5,500 in 2020! Usually, we’re impressed when graded copies outsell a grade above it, but outselling five grades above is quite remarkable!

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 (UK PRICE VARIANT) | MARVEL | 1963

By Ryan Forster

This week we saw quite a few high-grade silver age key comics sell that were United Kingdom (UK) price variants. If you’re not familiar with these books, they are also referred to as pence copies due to their easily recognizable UK pricing on the cover. In the case of Amazing Spider-Man #4, the first appearance of Sandman, it has a “9d” or 9 pence price instead of the 12 cent price you see with the US copy. Traditionally, pence copies have sold for less than their cent counterparts, but we’ve recently seen a shift in that trend. This week we had a solid showing for a CGC 7.5 pence copy, with a massive sale of $7,200. This wasn’t the overall record for a 7.5, that was set by a cents copy in May of 2021 with a sale of $8,367.54, crushing the last sale of $5,850 from December 1st by $1,350. This doesn’t mean that pence copies will now always command a premium over their cents counterparts, but it is perhaps a sign that they’re approaching parity.

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SHAKER: ASTONISHING TALES #1 | MARVEL | 1970

By The Professor

This superb double issue features a battle story between Ka-Zar and Kraven the Hunter and a story featuring Dr. Doom and his need to showcase his intellectual superiority. Surprisingly, this issue has always been a bit of a sleeper, considering it features two big-time villains with nothing but upside speculation! We already know a Kraven the Hunter film is in the works, and it is only a matter of time before we see Dr. Doom hit the big screen. Plus, both of these characters are featured on the split cover spread. This past week we saw a CGC 9.6 reach a record $835, with a raw issue hitting $90. As high as this is, it pales in comparison to a 9.8 sale a month ago for $4,800! That makes those 9.6 copies and raw prices a fantastic buy. Great time to pick yourself up a copy!

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SHAKER: BATMAN / SUPERMAN #8 – MICHAEL TURNER – SDCC 2017 – ASPEN – COVER C VIRGIN (LIMITED 1000) | DC | 2004

By Matt DeVoe

This cover features the internal art of SUPERMAN/ BATMAN #8, where the new Supergirl was first revealed (see below). It was also used for the highly coveted Batman/Superman #4 German Variant. If you’ve never read this run, Michael Turner’s art is just gorgeous and worth reading. Flash forward to SDCC 2017, where Aspen reprinted this issue, using this first intro image as a virgin cover. Since then, it’s been increasing in price, hitting a new high for a 9.8 this week at $500.

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SHAKER: CRITTER #2 – NYCC – SPIDER-MAN #1 HOMAGE (LIMITED TO 100) | BIG DOG INK | 2011

By Matt DeVoe

Founded in 2009, Big Dog Ink produced some notable and low print books. Many feature some of today’s hottest artists’ earliest works, like Natalie Sanders on Ursa Minor, Shannon Maer on Shahrazad & Ursa Minor, and some tough to find J. Scott Campbell covers. One of their flagship titles, Critter, featured a rare cover that was fun to see this week. While its sale of $260 for a 9.8 marks a new high for the title, it’s a pretty great deal. Due to its obscurity, it efficiently flies under the radar. But what many don’t realize is that it’s one of the rarest Spider-Man #1 homage covers out there. Limited to 100 copies, this 3-D homage by artist Rob Duenas was created for the 2011 NYCC. There’s a vast number of Spider-Man homage collectors out there who may not even know of this one’s existence. But they do now. With only four copies on the CGC census (2 of which at 9.8), this book’s all-new high sale of $260 was a great deal. Note that there is also a non-3-D cover limited to 250 copies (which is also hard to find).

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SHAKER: DEADPOOL #11 – HASTINGS EXCLUSIVE 8-BIT VARIANT – MATTHEW C. WAITE | MARVEL | 2013

By Matt DeVoe

For some reason, multiple copies of this Deadpool 8-Bit “Mario Brothers” Hastings variant were purchased this week. A raw copy hit a high of $150, with a 9.6 selling for an all-time high of $500. Though, it’s worth noting that another 9.6 sold a few days later for $225. Was this a deal, or did the $500 buyer jump in too fast? Regardless, almost all copies (but one high-priced Stan lee signed copy and a bulk sale) were purchased, leaving the market high and dry of copies. With such a boom in sales for video games and game-based comics, this has been heading upwards for a while. There are a bunch of these 8-bit covers out there. Deadpool has a “Taco Time” 8-bit variant for issue #27. Valiant did a bunch in 2013 across all their titles and then there’s the super rare and pricey Ducktales #1 Nintendo homage (which was the first to start the trend). However, nothing is more classic (or hotter) than Mario Bros when it comes down to it.

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SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #70 | DC | 1942

By Ryan Forster

World War 2 era Detective Comics are always tough to come by, especially in nice condition, and this week we saw a record sale in grade of $3,360 for a beautiful CGC 7.0 copy of Detective Comics #70. While there are no “key” aspects to this book, it sports an incredible underwater cover with Batman saving Robin from a horrible fate. This sale beat out the prior record of $2,550 from just November of last year. That’s a jump of 32% in only a few months, showing that the increase in demand for golden age books is not limited to keys and pre-code horror. Collectors recognize the rarity of many of these books and appear to be snatching them up whenever they come up for sale.

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SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #13 | MARVEL | 1963

By Yves Navant

Marvel Comics in the 1960s were braver than they are today. This book just sold for $7,999.99 in a CGC graded 8.5. This more than doubled the book’s previous high sale in an 8.5 from December 2019. Something that built the foundation of the Marvel Universe happened almost monthly throughout the first 100 issues of the Fantastic Four. This issue is the first appearance of the Watcher, who you’ll all recognize from Disney+’s What If… The Watcher is next seen coming to observe the destruction of Earth as Galactus approaches to devour us and the entire planet (Fantastic Four #48). Before we can get to the Watcher, though, we meet Red Ghost and his Super Apes. The Red Ghost was a Soviet scientist who trained three primates for space travel, intending to duplicate the disastrous mission that gave the Fantastic Four their powers under more controlled, safer conditions. The Red Ghost and his Apes’ space flight is successful; they acquire superpowers, and due to them being Soviets in 1963, they were the villain. So, absorb that. At the crescendo of the Cold War, two brilliantly creative Jewish guys (Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) were telling stories about a Russian beating American heroes at their own game, exhibiting better skill and technological prowess, till a previously unseen and immensely powerful alien (The Watcher) intervenes. Lee and Kirby showed us that Americans don’t always win and are not always the smartest or the best. But, they were still heroes. This was long before comics reached the lofty heights of The Watchmen or V For Vendetta. These Fantastic Four issues depicted serious real-world concepts, but they wrapped them up in superhero melodrama with intoxicating escapism. These issues were what made college kids begin to obsess over comics; they led to Marvel subtitling their books “Pop Art Productions.” Like the work of Andy Warhol and Lichtenstein, comics had become daringly topical pop art, and people bloody loved it. The Fantastic Four is when comics began to grow up. So, yeah. The Watcher first appears here, so does the Red Ghost and his very charming Super Apes; Mikhlo, Igor, and Peotor. Any issue from this era is more than worth a new record high sales price, and we’ll see more and more of that as Marvel and Disney’s Fantastic Four film approaches. This issue also happens to be super cool.

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SHAKER: MACROSS #1 | COMICO | 1984

By Matt DeVoe

This issue features the first appearance of Robotech in comics. If you recall, the film adaptation of the franchise has been in development at Sony Pictures for years. While we wait for word on the project moving into Production, this book’s market value continues to go up. This week’s $2,000 sale for a CGC 9.8 marks a new all-time high for the book. In comparison, CGC 9.6 copies have an FMV of $321. That tells us that 9.6 copies are VERY undervalued, as are raw copies. We would recommend focusing on those.

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 – GARBETT VARIANT (1:50) | MARVEL | 2018

By Matt DeVoe

This first issue of the current Miles Morales series has recently jumped in value, bringing all of the variants along with it. We’re huge fans of Lee Garbett, whose work on titles like SKYWARD is simply fantastic. This understated cover features Miles quietly swinging through New York but does a great job of capturing Miles’ energy. Miles fans must feel the same way, as one took it to a new high of $800 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: RAW #2 | RAW BOOKS | 1980

By Matt DeVoe

MAUS was recently in the press, thanks to its ban from the Tennesse school board. However, this attention lifted the first printing of Maus to all new highs, even landing on our TOP 10. With such a topical book, what better time to highlight its true first appearance, which began in this magazine. RAW, edited and published by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, was a more high-brow independent comic anthology that provided an alternative to underground comics from “weird” creators like Robert Crumb. This specific issue (#2) is most notable for containing the first chapter of the profound MAUS, written by Art Spiegelman. Spiegelman built the story around his own interviews with his father, where Spiegelman translated his father’s tale of survival and horror as a Polish Jew Holocaust Survivor into this critically acclaimed comic, later collected into a graphic novel. It was the first graphic novel ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. With such importance and reverence, RAW #2 may be one of the most important firsts to own. This week’s raw sale of $570 marks a new high for the issue and still seems undervalued.

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SHAKER: ROBOTECH THE NEW GENERATION #1 | COMICO | 1985

By The Professor

Scott Bernard and a fleet from Admiral Hunter’s Robotech Expeditionary Force return to Earth to find it devastated by Invid Regis. Coming under attack, he crash lands on Earth, where he runs into a helpful guide. Outfitted in cyclone Veritech armor, together they venture forth into the hostile landscape. Proving once again a high-grade slab of a readily available comic still commands top dollar, we had a big baller CGC 9.8 sale for $975 this past week. High-grade raw copies can be picked up for $10 (for now!).

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SHAKER: ROBOTECH II: THE SENTINELS BOOK II #13 | MALIBU | 1990

By Matt DeVoe

When you buy the first appearance of any hot character, all of a sudden, someone finds your favorite character with a preview image in another book. Once you chase that down, and even earlier appearance pops up, once again forcing the collector to chase that down as well. This is pretty common these days. It’s also one of the more contentious and debated issues amongst collectors. This was especially the case around Marvel Previews #95 and the debated “first” appearance of Miles Morales. Spawn is one of these characters where the “first appearance” debate was constantly challenged. First, it was MALIBU SUN #13 in May 1992 with a full cover, full back cover, and interior feature (it still holds the honor of first cover appearance), then it was RUST #1, beating it by one month in April 1992 with an internal Todd Mcfarlane Pin-Up of Spawn. Then some magazines & catalogs jumped into the foray, with even a little ashcan of SPAWN: THE CRUSADE fighting for the “true first” position (Spawn: The Crusade is VERY complicated with a January 1992 published date but wasn’t released until September 1992). Adding to the foray is this issue of ROBOTECH #13, which officially is tied with the obscure TORG #2 for the first published image of Spawn. Both comics, published in March 1992, included the Spawn advertisement (see below). This headache-inducing chase might be tough to follow, but it sure does bring out fans willing to spend their hard-earned cash on these books. This issue of Robotech sold for a new high sales of $400 for a CGC 9.4, just for that one Spawn preview. And it will most likely only increase with exposure like this. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS #55 – REIS GALACTIC ICON VARIANT | MARVEL | 2018

By Matt DeVoe

CAD BANE is hot right now (with some recent concerns over his long-term potential). The good and bad around Bane is his lack of key comics and covers. So, while it’s easy to track them all down, those few variants that grace his blue visage are super hot. For example, this Icon variant sold for a high of $160 raw this week. Though, prices have been settling a bit. Keep a close eye on this book. If it goes down enough, grab it.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: THRAWN #1 – FRANCESCO MATTINA (1:50) | MARVEL | 2018

By Matt DeVoe

With such high attention to Star Wars comics right now, fans don’t want to be caught surprised again by a popular character’s sudden live-action appearance. BOOK OF BOBA FETT proved that the Star Wars production crew is VERY good at keeping quiet, unlike Marvel’s tendency for leaks. While this does have the first appearance of Eli Vanto, the draw is this Mattina 1:50 variant for Thrawn’s first ongoing series. This cover is now a modern-day grail and is very tough to find; hence it’s new all-time high sale this week of $3,200 for a CGC 9.8!

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SHAKER: THOR #1 – ESAD RIBIC (1:50) | MARVEL | 2014

By Matt DeVoe

We’re getting close to a THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER trailer. As we’ve seen lately, today’s buying market is highly reactive to “seeing is believing,” with a character showing up in a trailer in all their glory. Jane Foster’s Thor is one of these upcoming characters that have been slowly building for years, while the collecting market only focuses on her key issues and some of the more low-hanging fruit. While many of the variant covers for her first series are very affordable, this variant sure jumped this week, with a $300 raw sale, which is quickly catching up to its all-time high of $511 for a 9.8 back in October 2021.

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 | MARVEL | 2011

By Matt DeVoe

Okay, we realize we JUST covered this last week. However, we couldn’t NOT report this crazy high $1,750 RAW sale that happened last week. RAW! This sealed copy ended at this new high raw price after a 61 bid auction. It’s hard to remember the days when people thought 9.8’s at $1K were only going to come down.

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SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA #1 – GOLD FOIL COMMEMORATIVE VARIANT (LIMITED TO 500 COPIES) | HARRIS COMICS | 2001

By Yves Navant

This commemorative book by Harris Comics from 2001 sold this week for $2,300. Raw. Who is Harris Comics, you ask? Well, let me tell you. Harris Publications (Comics) was the company that acquired the rights to Vampirella following the bankruptcy of Warren Publishing. Warren Publishing produced horror mags Creepy and Eerie, and in 1969, introduced Vampirella in her eponymous magazine. Vampirella was created by legendary Forrest J Ackerman (Famous Monsters of Filmland) and Trina Robbins with a classic cover painted by commensurately legendary Frank Frazetta. Vampirella was, of course, a space vampire from Drakulon, a planet where water was blood. Unfortunately, the planet was crippled by a drought that eliminated the world’s life-giving blood supply, and Vampirella came to Earth for her survival. And for blood. Pretty cool, huh? Initially starring as a horror host of anthology books (think Tales From the Crypt or Vault of Horror but with stories introduced by a space vampire who was… libidinous), Vampirella would star in one story herself, each issue. A cult favorite, the bad girl with a good, albeit black heart, experienced a turbulent publication history with various creators and publishers revising and reinterpreting Vampirella’s character. In 2001 Harris Comics released this issue, a gold foil commemorative edition of Vampi’s first appearance, with a shockingly limited print run of 500 copies. This was no mere reprint. This was the first time Vampirella’s introductory appearance was reproduced in its entirety, replicated to the exact specifications as the original, from the original film used to print the 1969 magazine. Each of the 500 copies included a certificate of authenticity. The aforementioned explains this book’s scarcity, desirability, and recent sale prices. And all this just because a girl needed a little blood and a little fun.

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SHAKER: WIZARD #1 – NEWSSTAND | WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT | 1991

By Matt DeVoe

We LOVED Wizard magazine and recognize the trail they blazed for even us to exist today. We grew up with this magazine. Between this and Nintendo Power, there was NOTHING we loved getting in the mail more. While Wizard no longer exists in print, nor do they track comics sales, this first issue has lived up to the cover’s promise of becoming a collector’s item. While the SDCC edition has a 9.8 FMV of $900, this rare newsstand edition shoved that price aside with a new high sale of $1,100 for a CGC 9.4. It wasn’t even widely known that this had a newsstand edition, but here it is… and it’s now no longer available for $40 like it was selling for in April 2021. This is one of those deep nostalgia books that will only go up. The standard cover is doing pretty impressive on its own as well, selling for a steady FMV of $120 raw.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: MADAME WEB

It was recently announced that Sony Pictures is moving forward with their Madame Web solo film, starring Dakota Johnson. There’s speculation that Madame Web will be the younger/Julia Carpenter version. However, upon the news, this first appearance of Madame Web spiked in sales significantly.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: BARBARELLA

Bleeding Cool reports that “Columbia Pictures Option Barbarella For New Movies.” While her first appearance was in the 1967 French comic book (of the same name) by creator Jean-Claude Forest. However, the first US ongoing comic book was the 2017 Dynamite series, with several great variants.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: SPAWN #8 NEWSSTAND | IMAGE | 1993

By Topher S

I think at this point, everyone should buy any and all Spawn newsstands when you see them in those back issue bins. Some are starting to sell for incredible sums. What has always fascinated me is how inexpensive the early ones are outside of issue 1. Thanks to healthy print runs, there are just more of these early newsstands out there. I have always felt that some could eventually garner greater demand, but I was not expecting issue #8 to be the book. With the first appearance of The Vindicator and a classic Todd homaging Todd cover (2nd Spider-Man #1 homage on the list!), it’s now pretty obvious why this newsstand is hot. Recent high-grade sales have hit $50, with 9.8’s hitting a high of $500.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #28 | MARVEL | 1976

By Matt DeVoe

While the hot flavors of the week are shiny and new, Moon Knight continues his quiet climb in market value. Case in point, this first solo issue hit a new all-time high of $3,750 this week. Keep in mind that this book in a 9.8 sold for $1700 just a few weeks ago, mid-January. To more than double in value in just a few weeks is pretty amazing.

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