WEEK IN REVIEW

March 11th, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Market Report!

Friday!!! Happy pre-weekend. This week we focus primarily on new high sales through multiple publishers and all eras. And there are some HUGE sales on this list. Whatever you collect, there’s probably something here for you. There are also several great books to add to your mental list when digging in the wild. You never know when you might come across some of these. As always, these are pulled directly from our daily SHAKERS list. If you’re not checking out the shakers list every day, then you’re missing out. Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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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: ARCHIE’S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA #320 | ARCHIE | 1982

By Matt DeVoe

Over the past few years, it is not just Marvel seeing significant boosts in sales. Archie books across the board have surged in value. Like this one for Cheryl Blossom, those issues with key appearances are shooting up in value. This key issue had a big sale this week of $2,340 for a CGC 9.8, up from the last high of $1,700 back in 2018.

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SHAKER: THE BIRTH OF THE DEFIANT UNIVERSE #1 | DEFIANT | 1993

By Matt DeVoe

Creator/Publisher Jim Shooter should be a household name for those who’ve been in the comic game for a while. Starting in comics at the age of 14, he’s been the Editor in Chief for Marvel, Valiant, and has been heavily involved with Dark Horse. However, he founded two other short-lived companies, Broadway Comics, and Defiant Comics. Defiant was appropriately named after being ousted from Valiant in 1992. To announce the formation of Defiant Comics, Shooter produced this BIRTH OF THE DEFIANT UNIVERSE, a free comic limited to 1,000 copies given out to members at the 1993 Capital City Sales Conference. Shooter himself signed almost all copies. The back of the comic even reads, “Defiant: The Gloves are off!” This was pretty much directed at Valiant. This comic included previews of The Good Guys, War Dancer, Charlemagne, Dark Dominion, and Prudence & Caution. Most importantly, it also featured Plasm, which we’ve highlighted in our 9/16/21 market report for its high market value. It was also the title that caused the publisher to fold after a lawsuit over the character by Marvel. This is a very easy book to pass up. Defiant isn’t a well-known name for most comic fans, even seasoned collectors. However, hopefully, you do now after seeing this week’s new high sale of $350 for a raw copy. 

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SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #73 | DC | 1943

By Ryan Forster

With everything Batman being hot over the last week, it’s no surprise we saw some big sales from the Caped Crusader. One of his more recognizable Golden Age covers is Detective Comics #73, the first and only Golden Age cover appearance of the Scarecrow, and it had a huge sale for an incomplete raw copy. This copy had the cover and 4 of the interior wraps, meaning it only had 20 of the 68 total pages that make up the book. But despite this, it still sold for $2,040. Considering a CGC 3.5 sold for $5,040 in January of this year, this was a significant sale for a book that would grade a 0.5. While the Scarecrow has his first appearance in the unassuming book World’s Finest #3, this is by far the more popular book because of the cover, and collectors are clearly willing to pay up for that iconic depiction of the well-known Batman villain.

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SHAKER: FOUR COLOR #178 | DELL | 1947

By Matt DeVoe

For fans of Ducktales, this is a book for you as it features the first appearance of Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks. A CGC 7.5 sold for a new high in grade of $3,324.05, with a previous high sold a couple of months ago for $2,640. These Disney books are fantastic investments.

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SHAKER: IDENTITY CRISIS #4 | DC | 2004

By Matt DeVoe

Now, here’s a very affordable shaker that costs an average FMV raw price of $5. So, why is this here? If you’re like us, you love Michael Turner. His art defined the late ’90s and 2000’s. Not only was he a fantastic person & creator, but we all also have a deep level of nostalgia for a time when he was everywhere. His gorgeous cover for Identity Crisis #4, featuring Wonder Woman, is not even rare. There are 194 graded copies with nighty-nine 9.8’s. This series was a huge deal and had an equally large print run. Though, this still hit a new high sale of $225 for a CGC 9.8 this week. That’s an excellent gap book. Typically, a low raw value book would barely crack $50, let alone $200. While this all-black cover probably plays a factor with its high-grade rarity, this thick glossy book wasn’t typically prone to color break creases. This is simply a cover collectors want and proves that a fantastic cover by a beloved artist can do very well in high-grade.

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SHAKER: IT RHYMES WITH LUST | ST. JOHN | 1950

By Matt DeVoe

This digest-sized publication, drawn by the amazing Matt Baker, is considered the very first graphic novel. Those two factors are enough to draw out its highest sale of $2,160 for a CGC 5.0, and it’s scarce and rarely comes up for sale. When writers Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller (under the pseudonym “Drake Waller”) were attending college, they came up with a concept to create a more developed comic book that felt more like a novel, which led to this industry milestone.

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SHAKER: LOVERS #67 | ATLAS | 1955

By DiodeLad

It’s the beginning of spring, love is in the air, and collectors of Golden Age romance comics have been on a post-Valentines Day shopping spree. Several Lovers comics hit our Shakers list this week. This series began as All Select Comics in 1943 at Timely Comics, then was retitled Blonde Phantom Comics from issues #12 to 22. Then when Timely became Atlas, it was retitled again in 1949 to Lovers from issues #23 to 86 between 1949 and 1957. Vince Colletta covers are scorching, with Lovers #67 selling for $1,200 in a CGC 7.5, #57 in a CGC 8.0 selling for $840, and #72 in a CGC 8.0 selling for $384. Colletta was a renowned romance cover artist, regularly working on Atlas series such as Love Romances, My Own Romance, Stories of Romance, and the Lovers title. Later, at Marvel, he applied his delicate and detailed inking style to super-hero comics, notably inking the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm in Fantastic Four Annual #3 and the early Daredevil comics. His work was controversial in the super-hero genre because it departed from the heavy inking style used to denote power in favor of a more delicate, light, and detailed approach.

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SHAKER: MARVEL PREVIEW #2 | MARVEL | 1975

By Ryan Forster

The Punisher made his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #129, but it wasn’t until about one year later that we got his origin story in Marvel Preview #2. This week we had a record of $5,640 for a CGC 9.8, punishing the prior high of $4,080 from December of last year by $1,560. Until February of 2021, this book had a peak price of just $1,000 for a 9.8, meaning it has jumped by over 400% in just a single year. So make sure you don’t overlook these key magazine-sized issues since this run also features the first appearances of MCU fan-favorite characters Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon in Marvel Preview #4 and #7, respectively.

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SHAKER: MARVEL PREVIEW #4 | MARVEL | 1976

By Matt DeVoe

Starlord has been a part of the MCU since 2014, yet his first appearance just hit a new high this week at $2,880 for a CGC 9.8. This is a similar trend for multiple key MCU characters, like Gamora and Nebula. Granted, 9.8’s aren’t typical for this issue, which could be why high-grade copies are now selling for a premium.

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES 1: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN 1 | MARVEL | 2014

By DiodeLad

This was the second ongoing series featuring Miles Morales, but it’s the first ongoing series bearing his name. Cover A hit a new high of $300 for a CGC 9.8 this week, surpassing last month’s high of $280. The 1:25 Brandon Peterson has also been on fire lately, selling for $500 in a slabbed 9.8. And of course, the Fiona Staples 1:50 is one of the most valuable Miles Morales keys on the market.

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SHAKER: NEW AVENGERS #7 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 2005

By Matt DeVoe

This is the first appearance of Marvel’s Illuminati. However, you know this, and you know why this is trending. BUT, did you see the massive sale this newsstand had this week? A GCC 9.8 copy sold for $1,800. Granted, it’s the ONLY 9.8 on the CGC census, and Heck, it’s the ONLY book on the CGC census. If you’re holding a $2.99 newsie, get it graded ASAP!

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SHAKER: PRIMER #2 | COMICO | 1982

By Matt DeVoe

In September 2021, it was announced that Netflix was developing a Grendel series. Typically, Netflix makes their announcements and gets right to work, and we typically don’t see anything else until a trailer is suddenly released or it’s about to come out. The lack of news is expected. At least, this is thinking of why Grendel’s first appearance sold for a new high of $6,600 for a 9.8, destroying the last sale of $2,500 in June 2020.

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SHAKER: SUB-MARINER #32 | MARVEL | 1970

By Matt DeVoe

Namor is one of the longest-running MCU spec characters. Many hope to see the character’s appearance in DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Of course, this wishful thinking extends to MANY other Marvel characters as well. With that said, we know he’s coming at some point. While there’s no confirmation of any other characters, there’s still growing speculation. One bit of spec is Llyra, a Namor villain who’s the combination of Mystique and Aquaman. She can change her appearance, has a telepathic connection to sea creatures, and is incredibly strong. However, due to switching into so many different personas, she has schizophrenia. The MCU loves relatable villains, and she’s a perfect candidate for Namor if a solo film is in his future. While this is a long way away from being possible, it didn’t stop her first appearance from selling a rare 9.8 copy at a new high sale of $2,640.

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SHAKER: SUPERMAN #18 | DC | 1942

By Matt DeVoe

Whether it’s the current events, the high 9.2 grade, or the fact that this book features an ad for Wonder Woman #1, this issue of Superman #18 new all-time high hit this week at a staggering $15,000.

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SHAKER: SUPERGIRL AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #23 – ADAM HUGHES (1:10) | DC | 2006

By Matt DeVoe

There was a time when this Supergirl variant by Adam Hughes was one of the Queens of modern-day variants. However, with so many hot books hitting huge numbers, this book dropped in value to a low of $810. However, she’s on her way back up with two big 9.8 sales this week, $1,358.60 & $1,440.

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SHAKER: TEEN TITANS #75 – ADAM HUGHES (1:25) | DC | 2009

By Matt DeVoe

Speaking of Hughes, in 2014, collectors were actively trying to track down this very hard to find 1:25 variant by Adam Hughes. It is easily the most expensive modern Teen Titan book and is a grail for collectors of the young super team. It doesn’t hurt that Starfire is front and center in her typical scantly clad costume, for which DC changed in 2015 during New 52 into something a little less revealing. This shift specifically happened after Starfire’s over-sexualized appearance on the cover and in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #32 (2014) by Scott Lobdell. The issue was met with much backlash. Regardless, this Hughes cover is still highly sought after, as seen by this week’s new market height at $1,051 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2 NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

We’re due for a THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER trailer any week now. Fans are itching to see Christian Bales’ performance as Gorr, the God Butcher. A lego set recently leaked, showing Gorr’s appearance, and even included the All-Black/ Necrosword. For Gorr’s first appearance, prices have been pretty steady, around $500 for a 9.8. However, this week, a Newsstand edition was sold via auction at $736 RAW. And it wasn’t even advertised as a newsstand.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #310 – STEPHEN PLATT SKETCH VARIANT | MARVEL | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

Stephen Platt is mainly known for his iconic Moon Knight run. However, he also produced several variants for Marvel, which are incredibly tough to find. This variant is a perfect example. If you recall, 2012 was a low print year, and there were not enough stores ordering 200 copies of Wolverine #310 to qualify for this sketch variant. It’s so rare that most modern collectors aren’t aware that it’s in the modern variant elite as one of the most expensive modern comics. This week’s sale of $2,232.58 for a CGC 9.8 cements this book’s position.

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SHAKER: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #198 | DC | 1970

By Yves Navant

Somebody just paid $8,100 to learn who’s the fastest man alive in a CGC graded 9.8. This issue features the third race between Superman and the Flash, the Barry Allen one. I’m a Wally West man myself, but Barry was pretty cool. This aforementioned third race was billed as “The Race That Must Have A Winner!” Gasp. This is not a frivolous race between Metropolis’ Speeding Bullet and Central City’s Scarlet Speedster; there is, in fact, a time warp threatening all of creation! The Guardians of the Universe enlist Barry and Clark to run in the opposite direction of the warp to avert destruction. Of course, it’s science. The fellas make it a healthy competition, saving one another from perils along the way. These issues are perpetually sought after because these stories are so damn fun! Like the regular Justice League/Justice Society team-ups, Supes and the Flash would race regularly, usually with harrowing ramifications, with each respective hero’s fans cheering for them to finally be revealed as the king of speed! The previous two races (circa 1967) occurred in Superman and Flash’s respective books, and each ended in a tie. This one, however, had a clear winner! The Flash wins the race, and then Superman peels off to destroy the machine, causing the warp. These races remain a recurring theme in DC Comics, but these early adventures are beloved examples of silver and bronze age storytelling that always generate massive collector interest.

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SHAKER: X-MEN #96 | MARVEL | 1975

By Yves Navant

This week, Dr. Moira MacTaggert’s first appearance here in the X-Men sold for $2,520 in CGC graded 9.8. This was before Moira was a mutant herself, capable of perpetual resurrection. And before, she was the mother of the reality-warping, insane but rightly so cause he was raised in a containment cell without any affection or personal contact, Mutant X (Proteus to you brand new kids). And also before she fell in love with the X-Men’s Banshee. And also before she adopted and raised Wolfsbane from the New Mutants as her own daughter. Additionally, this was before Moira died of the Legacy Virus, which in retrospect makes much more sense since she was a secret, closet mutant all along. Moira was introduced here as Professor Charles Xavier’s housekeeper. But wait! There’s more! This is also the first and only appearance of the X-Men’s armory, from whence Moira acquires a submachine gun during a moment of extreme duress. Moira seems adept at using an automatic weapon, so perhaps she’s more than she seems? Yeah. We all know she totally was. One of Chris Claremont’s quintessentially badass women, Moira is a brilliant geneticist, silent partner, and former youthful love of Xavier’s, with whom he might have had a child! Turns out he didn’t. Probably not. Moira’s son Proteus is a mutant whose power causes his own body to deteriorate, thusly igniting her passion for the science of human mutation. She runs the Muir Isle research facility, which becomes a key location for the X-Men throughout the ’70s, 80’s, and 90’s. First appearances in comics always increase demand for the issue in which they occur, and in this case, Moira is a character that became a massive figure in X-Men history. Our pal Jonathan Hickman reintroduced her to a tremendous fan response in his recent X-tenure. This book will continue to see ascendant values as it is also the first appearance of the X-Men’s armory, remember? Guns. Super-powered mutants also need guns. We mustn’t forget.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: KRAVEN

Deadline is reporting that “Catch-22 star Christopher Abbott is set to join Sony Pictures’ Marvel movie Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the title role. While unconfirmed, sources say Abbott would play the film’s main villain, The Foreigner — one of Spider-Man’s bigger adversaries in the comics.” The Foreigner’s first full appearance is in THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #116 and lightly trending as all the cheap copies disappear. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: KENOBI – GRAND INQUISITOR

If you saw the Disney+ KENOBI trailer, then you saw clear shots of the Inquisitors and the Grand Inquisitor, whose first appearance in STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #6 was already on fire before the trailer, thanks to speculation and rumors. Raw copies are trending at $150, with 9.8’s at $550 and above. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: GOD OF WAR

In October 2020, We Got This Covered noted a GOD OF WAR TV show in the works. While they stated it would most likely be Netflix who would obtain the property, we received confirmation by Deadline that “PlayStation’s flagship action-adventure franchise God of War is heading to television. Prime Video is in negotiations for a live-action TV series based on the hugely popular ancient mythology-themed game, sources said.” This book has always been hard to find and, therefore, pricey. However, prices have surged upwards and will continue to do so. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: GOTHAM NIGHTS

It was recently reported that CW’s GOTHAM NIGHTS added Duela Dent, Robin (Carrie Kelley), Bluebird, and Cullen Row. It’s quite a line-up that caused all their first appearances to spike. 

Harper Row (aka Bluebird) (per Deadline): “Smythe plays Harper Row. Described as streetwise, acerbic, and often underestimated, the blue-haired bisexual is a gifted engineer who can fix anything. But what Harper wants most of all is to repair the broken lives of her and her brother, Cullen, the only person she trusts.”

First Harper Row: Batman #7 New 52 (2012), First Harper Row as Bluebird: Batman #28 New 52 (2014)

Cullen Row (per Deadline): “DiChiara portrays Cullen Row. After years of hiding his true self from an abusive parent, the transgender teen is tired of being polite and agreeable. Clever and adept at reading human nature, Cullen is ready to fight his own battles.”

First Cullen Row: Batman #12 New 52 (2012)

Duela Dent & Carrie Kelley (per Comicbook.com): “On Wednesday, it was announced (via Variety) that Olivia Rose Keegan (High School Musical: The Musical, The Series, Days of Our Lives), Navia Robinson (Raven’s Home, Being Mary Jane), and Oscar Morgan (Master of the Air, The Miniaturist) have joined the project, which is expected to begin production next month. Keegan will play the antiheroic Duela Dent, who is known in the comics as The Joker’s Daughter, Robinson will play fan-favorite Robin Carrie Kelley, and Morgan will play an originally-created character named Turner Hayes. They join previously-announced cast members Fallon Smythe as Harper Row and Tyler DiChiara as Cullen Row.”

First Duela Dent: Batman Family #6 (1976)

First Carrie Kelley: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 (1986)

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #3 | MARVEL | 2011

By Matt DeVoe

Right now, this precursor issue to the first appearance of Miles Morales is trending at $50 raw and $220 in a 9.8. The Djurdjevic (1:25) connecting variant (connects to Ultimate Fallout #4) is a $300+ raw and $750 in a 9.8. Until January 2022, copies on the standard cover were selling for $10 on average. We’re surprised it took this long for this issue to take off with all the heat around Miles. While Miles is nowhere in this book, there is a close-up preview of Miles’s chest on the last page. We don’t think this is a whim. It’s simply a new marker for a book that has proximity to one of the biggest modern books of all time. It’s one to watch.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: FANTASTIC FOUR #50 | MARVEL | 1966

By Matt DeVoe

While this isn’t the first appearance of The Silver Surfer, it is the exact moment he became a hero and captured the attention of 1966’s comic book fans. In this issue, The Surfer recognizes the weight of Galactus feeding on a populated planet. After a failed appeal to his Master, Galactus, The Silver Surfer is forced to join the Fantastic Four in battling the world-eating giant. The true hero is The Watcher, who breaks his oath never to get involved by leading Reed Richards into using the Ultimate Nullifier against Galactus, forcing him to retreat. Regardless, this is one of the most critical issues for our favorite Sentinel of the Spaceways. This week, a rare CGC 9.2 sold for a massive $11,400 on Heritage. For comparison, the last 9.2 sold in May 2020 for $3,866. That’s one excellent investment. It’s also a reminder that Surfer’s key issues are rapidly increasing. If you’re waiting to pick one up, the time is now to do so.

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