WEEK IN REVIEW

February 25th, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Market Report!

Hey, it’s Friday! Phew. To take you into the weekend, let’s catch up on the Court of Owls, Vampirella, Uncharted, America Chavez, Elfquest, Peach Momoko, Miles Morales, Young Avengers, and a whole bunch of other fun stuff. These were our favorite books that landed on our SHAKERS list throughout the week. If you’re not checking out the shakers list every day, then you’re missing out. With that said, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get into it.

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: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #96 | MARVEL | 1971

By Ryan Forster

Some books are in high demand for their covers, others because of a character that makes a first appearance on its pages, but some are sought after for more unique polarizing cultural issues. This week we had a massive sale for one of those books with a CGC 9.6 of Amazing Spider-Man #96 selling for $1,680. This beat out our prior recorded CovrPrice price of $1,050 from January 2020 by $630 or 60%, with most sales over the last ten years ranging from $500 to $900. If you look closely at the cover of this book, you’ll notice it’s missing the Comics Code Authority stamp of approval. This was due to the story mentioning drugs, and while it was an anti-drug story, it was still deemed unacceptable based on the criteria of the Comics Code Authority. Despite this, Stan Lee published the three-part story without their seal of approval, which ultimately led to revisions to the Comics Code Authority and an expansion to what was “allowed” to be published in comics again.

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SHAKER: AMERICA #2 – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL |  2017

By Matt DeVoe

Typically, subsequent printings tend to shoot up in value for only the first or key issues. However, this 2nd print for the 2nd issue of America Chavez’s first ongoing series is really taking off. The only difference between this and the first print is a gold title. However, the price increase is due to its gorgeous cover by the awesome Joe Quinones, low-print subsequent printing, and homage to Beyonce’s “Foundation” video (see image below). This week, a graded copy hit a high of $350 for a CGC 9.8. Also notable is that the Art Adams variant also hit that same amount, but raw. This entire run of America should see some nice jumps in price in the near future.

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SHAKER: AVENGERS ARENA #1 – MIKE PERKINS (1:50) | MARVEL | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

Else Bloodstone is SO hot in the aftermarket right now that her siblings are going along for the ride. This issue features the first appearance of her brother, Cullen, and it also features the first appearance of a villain named Death Locket (featured on the cover of this variant). While the future of Cullen is unknown, the market seems to be investing in him regardless, with this 1:50 hitting a new high of $190 raw.

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SHAKER: BATMAN #6 – GREG CAPULLO – SKETCH (1:200) | DC | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

While DC’s NEW 52 was primarily underwhelming, the highlight of the relaunch was Snyder and Capullo’s Batman run. Not only is this run celebrated, but it also delivered THE COURT OF OWLS, unarguably one of the best new additions to Batman’s rogue gallery. However, the first appearance of the COURT OF OWLS is rather complicated. It’s even more complex than your typical first cameo vs. first full appearance debate. Issue #2 of this run features the first mention of the Court of Owls and the first appearance of Talon, their assassin. Then, in issue #3, you see a photo of a few of the members wearing their owl masks and then a painting featuring a different group near the end of the issue. In issue #4, we get a cameo appearance of new members via a monitor on the last page. Finally, in issue #6, we see the current Court of Owls physically for the first time with their current masked members. Not only are there these key appearances for the Court, but Synder and Capullo dropped plenty of hints of the Court throughout all issues. There’s plenty of room to debate. However, market-wise, issue #6 outsells them all, making it the defacto winner. This is compounded by this 1:200 Capullo sketch variant hitting a massive new all-time high of $800 for a CGC 9.8. In comparison, the 1:200 sketch cover for issue #2 sold for a new high of $290 for a 9.8 this past December. That’s an overwhelming difference. What do you feel is the first proper appearance?

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SHAKER: CAT-MAN COMICS #20 | CONTINENTAL | 1943

By Ryan Forster

Not to be confused with the DC Batman villain, Cat-Man had a short but very in-demand run of comics in the 1940s. He often appeared with his side-kick Kitten and produced many iconic covers featuring World War 2 themes and some classics from L.B. Cole, such as Cat-Man Comics #28. This week we had multiple lion-sized sales for World War 2 themed issues from this run. The most notable was issue #20, with a sale of $9,000 for a CGC 2.5. With only 22 universal graded copies on the CGC census, this book only comes up for sale once or twice a year at most. With no graded copies changing hands publicly since 2019, it was no surprise that we saw a bidding war break out for this classic cover of Cat-Man choking out Hitler. This was not the only Cat-Man Comics issue breaking records this week, and we had multiple significant sales for this relatively obscure character for such a rare run. There were two other big sales this week for Cat-man with a CGC 5.5 of issue #26, a Japanese WW2 cover, that sold for $3,720 as well as a CGC 5.5 of issue #19, a cover featuring Hitler, Mussolini, and Tojo getting knocked out, sell for $6,500. These were all significant sales for these books, setting major marks in their respective grades.

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SHAKER: ELFQUEST #1 – $1.00 FIRST PRINTING | WARP GRAPHICS | 1978

By Matt DeVoe

We’ve previously noted the increasing market value for ELFQUEST’s first appearance in the 1978 FANTASY QUARTERLY #1, with a high of $1,100 for a 9.8 back in October 2022. Like most books trending these days, the first ongoing series tends to follow suit and a big boost in value for the first issue. That’s exactly what’s happening with this first issue of Elfquest proper, with a new high of $733.70 for a CGC 9.6. A 9.8 could even surpass the first appearance simply due to this stunning cover.  

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SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #67 | MARVEL | 1967

By DiodeLad

A “high grade” raw copy estimated in the listing as an 8.5 sold for $675 this week. This sale was just a little below our CovrPrice raw high of $695 set in December. By comparison, a CGC 8.5 sold for a CovrPrice high of $1,500 in January, and another copy sold for $1,150 this month. This Stan Lee/Jack Kirby story unfolds as a kind of mystery in which Alicia Masters is lost in the Citadel of Science in search of Him. While the Fantastic Four try to rescue her, Alicia finds the sentient Cocoon containing “Him.” She reveals the compassionate and gentle side of humanity to an alien who doesn’t understand men’s violent ways (much as she does in the Silver Surfer story). The mystery resolves with the first appearance of Adam Warlock as Him when he emerges from the Cocoon and departs from Earth in an energy explosion.

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SHAKER: GHOST-SPIDER #2 – PEACH MOMOKO (1:25) | MARVEL | 2019

By Matt DeVoe

Peach Momoko’s overall heat may have settled, but her core covers are still on the rise. This specific cover was the one to stir up the initial enthusiasm around her rapid-rising star. This week’s all-time high sale of $1,250 for a CGC 9.8 shows that while the dust settles around an artist, the big books tend to hold their ground.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE #135 – APRIL FOOL’S VARIANT | IMAGE | 2017

By Matt DeVoe

As noted many times in our past market reports, Spider-Gwen was initially created as a throw-away one-shot character. As we know today, her relevancy went another way with her now as a top-tier character. However, making Gwen, a Spider-Woman inspired a cover onslaught of other Gwen mash-up, like the popular Gwenpool. This trend was so popular that Marvel has a GWEN-VERSE series releasing in March. Noticing this trend, Image jumped into the fray with this April Fool’s Gwinvincible, obviously mashing a Gwen Stacy-ish character with Invincible. This was popular from the start but tapered off pretty quickly to $3. For the past several months, this book has been climbing in price from $10 to $20 and finally to $50 this week. It’s an interesting trend to keep an eye on.

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SHAKER: LONGSHOT #1 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1985

By Matt DeVoe

X-Men-based books are the move. With solid expectations that Charles Xavier will enter the MCU via DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE, this has boosted X-Books across the board. While we’re a ways away from seeing Longshot, his first appearance and first solo series hit a new all-time high sale of $736 for a Newsstand CGC 9.8. This even surpassed the direct edition high of $695 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: NIOBE: SHE IS LIFE #1 – ASHLEY WOODS – HOKNES COMICS – VIRGIN (LIMITED 100) | STRANGER COMICS | 2015

By Matt DeVoe

This ultra-rare and gorgeous Niobe cover was fun to see this week, with a raw sale of $692. Though this is half the value, it hit when Asunda, the world of Niobe, was optioned by HBO back in 2019. It’s been three years since we’ve had any update. However, COVID did derail many content plans, with this project as a possible victim. The Asunda world is also quite large, so the financial and development commitment could also be a prominent factor in its delay. For all we know, the deal could have lapsed by now, or it could still be forging ahead. Regardless, this $692 price tag this week is still worth noting and a reminder to always wait to buy that book you’ve always wanted. Making a film or TV takes time, leaving plenty of room for market dips.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 – MICHAEL CHO (1:20) | MARVEL | 2016

By Matt DeVoe

It is well-known that Miles covers are still hot across all Marvel titles. After his Ultimate Spider-Man: Miles Morales series, this 2016 series tried to present Miles just as “Spider-Man” with new numbering only to eventually slide into the original legacy numbering started by McFarlane’s 1990 series. All of Miles’s #1 issues are hot, and this is the fan-favorite cover that is frequently used by Marvel when marketing or promoting Miles. It’s also the image that CGC uses for their Miles custom logo. This extra visibility makes it a sought-after issue, helping it hit a new raw high of $177 this week, creeping close to the last 9.8 sale of $297.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS ANNUAL #4 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER | MARVEL | 2018

By Matt DeVoe

This John Tyler Christopher Negative Darth Vader is one of JTC’s most challenging to find negative covers and has recently increased in value. Due to its scarcity, a CGC 9.4 hit a huge $700 this week. JTC’s negative variants are still very collected, with new fans discovering these gorgeous covers every month, pushing them to seek out his past covers like this. Like J. Scott Campbell, Skottie Young, etc. having a specific recognizable style can last for years, if not decades. So, these negative covers aren’t going away anytime soon (which is a good thing).

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SHAKER: SUB-MARINER #1 | MARVEL | 1968

By Yves Navant

This week, Namor’s first solo number 1 sold for $800 in a respectable VF, ungraded condition. $800 for a book far from mint is nothing to scoff at. A slabbed 9.8 sold for $9,000 nearly a month ago; this is a book to keep an eye on. This series, running from 1968 to 1974, was Namor’s first solo title. Namor was introduced during comics’ Golden Age, then revived by Marvel for the Fantastic Four. Our conflicted Atlantean Prince proved so popular that he ascended from FF guest star to his own feature in Tales to Astonish, which he shared with the Incredible Hulk. For 31 issues, from #70-101, each issue of Tales to Astonish was split in half, with Namor and Hulk appearing in their own solo stories until both graduated to their self-titled books. Namor’s first solo series, which begins here, ran for 72 issues. Persistent rumors regarding Tenoch Huerta portraying Namor in Marvel studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will shine more light on this book and increase demand.

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SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA #7 – WARREN LOUW – VIRGIN (LIMITED TO 500) | DYNAMITE | 2020

By Matt DeVoe

We’ve covered the fantastic art of Warren Louw recently, specifically around his gorgeous WONDER WOMAN: BLACK & GOLD KRS exclusives. We’re huge fans, and it appears that the market is as well. Case in point, his own online store exclusive offered this exclusive Vampirella cover for $25. Two years later, it hit a new high of $311 raw. Vamp has no shortage of excellent covers, but this is one gorgeous cover.

(BTW, check out the COMIC BOOK WOMEN who covered Vampirella on their show this week)

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SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA #19 | WARREN | 1972

By Yves Navant

This seemingly unassuming issue of our favorite space vampiress’ Warren Comics title just sold for a bloody staggering $1,140 in a CGC graded 9.8. Vampirella is, of course, a cult favorite, and I don’t just mean all of those west coast vampire death cults; she’s a late-mid-20th Century pop culture icon. This issue is effectively a year in review, including a 1972 yearbook of Vampirella’s adventures. A written feature detailing Vampirella’s creation, a story appearance by Dracula, a photo spread featuring classic Hollywood’s Raquel Welch, interior art by Neal Adams, Reed Crandall, Jerry Grandenetti, and Ernie Colon, and a painted cover by Jose Gonzalez, where he’s showing off his amazing mastery of figure work, are included in this single issue. Think of it as an early 1970s analog to the jumping-on-point for new readers. This book’s desirability is evident, and this week’s record high sales price reminds us that Vampi’s fans are still bloodthirsty.

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SHAKER: VENOM #3 3RD PRINT | MARVEL | 2018

By DiodeLad

After a crash of Knull speculation following his ignoble end in the King in Black event, Knull keys seem to be recovering in 2022. The current Venom series by Ram V. and Bryan Hitch is expanding the King in Black mythology with Meridius and other characters, and excitement is building about the forthcoming MCU appearance of Gorr the God Butcher and his All Black Necrosword (Knull’s weapon). To our knowledge, there isn’t any concrete evidence behind rumors that Knull will appear someday in the MCU, so the recent increases in price may be driven more by the character’s importance in the Symbiote mythology. Both Venom #3 cover A and the rare 3rd Print variant featuring Knull on the cover appeared on our Daily Shakers sales this week, recovering much of the ground they had lost since King in Black ended. The current Venom series is expanding the symbiote mythos, and Knull — as the creator of the Symbiotes — will remain a key character. This variant offers collectors a low print 1st appearance featuring a resplendent full image of Knull on the cover by interior artist Ryan Stegman. The print run for this variant was around 9,000, and the all-black cover and poor paper quality make this variant particularly desirable in a 9.8 grade. One sold for $497 last week, still far off from the $900 high sale we saw in August of 2020! Collectors might also keep on the lookout for the San Diego Comic-Con Preview variant that came out before the first print release. That cover is a black and white sketch variant like the 4th printing, but it has a blue “PX Preview Exclusive” logo in the upper left corner of the front cover.

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SHAKER: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #90 – GOLD HOLOGRAM 2ND EDITION | MARVEL | 1992

By Topher S

The newsstand version of Web of Spider-Man #90 Gold 2nd print was a monster this week with a new all-time high-sale of $520 for a CBCS 9.8. Not only was this a new high for this newsstand, but it was a new high across all covers. However, there’s a lesson to be learned here. When a book is rare and demand is generated based on an error in information, you get sales like this. This 2nd print features a direct and newsstand edition with a GOLD hologram. There are newsstands with a silver hologram, which are worth considerably less. So why are people dropping good coin for this book? Besides the rarity, some have claimed that it is the first appearance of Spider-Man 2099. Web of Spider-Man #90 first print does predate ASM #365 (and even the other “first” in Marvel Age #114). However, this 2nd print came out in September 1992, well after these other comics. I would be cautious paying high prices for this Gold 2nd print unless your motivation is simply owning rare books.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: CHAMELEON

Deadline is reporting that “‘Kraven The Hunter’: ‘White Lotus’ Breakout Fred Hechinger To Play Chameleon In Sony’s Marvel Pic.” Unfortunately, his first appearance is in the very pricey AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1. Amazing Spider-Man #307 may be the book to get as it features his origin, a shift in his power levels, and a full solo cover by Todd McFarlane. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: HERE | PENGUIN | 2014

Per Comicbook.com, “Forrest Gump’s Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis Reunite for Comic Adaptation Here.” Since this is a graphic novel, it’s only seen a slight bump in sales. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: XERO

Per Deadline, “Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s G-Unit Developing Live-Action Film Based On (Xero) Comics By Christopher Priest.” This news lit a massive fire under this long-forgotten comic, pulled from the depths of back-issue bins to 46 copies tracked with a 7-day trend of 728%, and a high sale of $180 for an NM raw copy!! The raw FMV has since settled to $90. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: UNCHARTED #1 – ADAM HUGHES | DC | 2011

By Matt DeVoe

This INCREDIBLY TOUGH to find Adam Hughes variant has been pricey for years and rarely pops up for sale. When they do, they tend to sell quickly. One seller held on to his copy, to smartly time it with the February 18th release of Sony’s UNCHARTED film, hitting a big sale of $1,875 for a CGC 9.8. However, what’s most notable about this sale is how it’s half the price of the all-time high 9.8 sale of $3,995.00 in June 2021, months before the first trailer hit in October 2021. So, what happened here? Well, while COVID slowed opening box office sales, it still did very well in theaters. But it was also slammed by critics and had some initial bad word of mouth by folks who didn’t see the movie. This dropped confidence in the game franchise transitioning to a film franchise. The seller may have felt this lack of enthusiasm and settled for what they could. As noted, it’s also a scarce book, which requires finding the right buyer willing to shell out top dollar for it. With all that said, this is an excellent lesson of when the right time is to capture market height. Waiting for a project’s release has not been kind to books like this, The Eternals and even Deadpool. The good news is this film has a 90% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and did very well in box office results. This does lend support for a future sequel. So, that $1,875 may have been a great buy.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: YOUNG AVENGERS #1 – WIZARD WORLD 2005 – SKETCH – REPRINT – WIZARD FIRST CGC 9.5 | MARVEL | 2005

By Matt DeVoe

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Wizard First 9.5 sale of Young Avengers, yet one finally sold this week at one cent below the all-time high of $3,500. This was a short-lived program where Wizard partnered with CGC to grade on the .5 scale and get rid of 9.2 to 10.0 grades. Theoretically, with that in mind, this 9.5 grade is a book that would most likely fall under a typical 9.4 to 9.8. For comparison, a standard 9.8 of this variant sells for $950. So, that’s a $2,500 price boost just for the exclusive label. However, this rarity also happened to feature some of the hottest first appearances in comics.

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