WEEK IN REVIEW

March 18th, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Market Report!

Friday is upon us once again. And what better way to wind down the week with some of the biggest SHAKERS of the week. For those Bob’s Big Boy fans out there, well this is the market report for you! We also jump around from Batman to Tosin, to Fugitoid, and then to Nintendo. We cover Judge Dredd, Lady Deadpool, Miles, and a 5-figure sale of Sandman #9, the first appearance of Death. We also feature the first comic work of both Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Miller. It was an interesting mix this week and was a lot of fun to write. There will be something on this list that you didn’t know before… and now you will. We hope you have fun reading it. 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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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: THE ADVENTURES OF BIG BOY #1 [WEST] | MARVEL | 1956

By Matt DeVoe

Founded by Bob Wian in Southern California in 1936, Bob’s Big Boy grew into an American staple across the country. Its hamburger Icon, Big Boy, proudly stood in front of each restaurant in all his fiberglass glory, enticing the public to choose the restaurant for their meal. However, Big Boy wasn’t always the mascot. It wasn’t until a WB animator named Ben Washam sat down for a meal and sketched a caricature of a young boy named Richard Woodruff who worked at the first burger stand, Bob’s Pantry. Seeing the sketch, Wian instantly made it his mascot and also renamed future restaurants as Bob’s Big Boy. Twenty years after his creation, Big Boy was turned into a comic book under Marvel’s predecessor, Timely Comics. This first issue, featuring the first comic appearance of Big Boy, was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Bill Everett, with Stan writing the series until 1961. This first issue was initially commissioned to give kids something to entertain themselves and gave the comics out for free. It was so successful that it quickly became ongoing and turned into one of the longest-running comic book series of all time, with over 500 issues and a print-run height of 1.25 million in 1980. This was a decade before any Marvel superheroes or Image comic could even fathom such a high number. Amid the horror and war-based books at the time, this was a breath of fresh air for parents wanting to provide their children with fun and wholesome stories. This “west” version of The Adventures of Big Boy #1 is very tough to find; hence it’s high raw sale this week of $572. And yes, there is an “east” variant that features a blond version of Big Boy, which is even tougher to find. Bob Wian’s first franchisee, Dave Frisch, took the Big Boy design and made him slimmer with blonde/reddish hair. Until the late ’60s, this was the version that all East Coast Bob’s Big Boys guests would see. Flash forward to 2022, now just called “big boy’, there are still 69 locations across the country that delivers that fun nostalgia feel. With all this said, when out there hunting, don’t overlook these early Big Boy comics. They definitely have aftermarket demand.

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SHAKER: BLACK PANTHER #3 – TAURIN CLARKE (1:25) | MARVEL | 2022

By Matt DeVoe

When Bleeding Cool mentioned that internal Marvel conversations called Tosin Oduye the “next Miles Morales,” it sent his first appearance into the stratosphere. The first 9.8 of this 1:25 variant by Taurin Clarke hit eBay this week and sold for a massive $1,400. While it took ten years for Miles to become a $1K book in a 9.8, it took Tosin a mere two months. And this is with just ONE appearance so far. We have yet to get his second appearance, though we’re all eagerly awaiting Black Panther #5 on April ​​13th to see if he can live up to this initial height.

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SHAKER: DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH #7 – ROB LIEFELD – 3RD PRINT | MARVEL | 2010

By Matt DeVoe

We covered this rare 3rd print in October 2021 when a CGC 9.8 sold for $750. This 3rd printing of the first appearance of LADY DEADPOOL sold for a new raw height of $300 this week. It also features the first appearance of The Deadpool Kid and Major Deadpool. With Deadpool finally happening in the MCU (it recently found its director is Shawn Levy, who Ryan Reynolds has worked with on FREE GUY and ADAM PROJECT), there’s a possibility of Deadpool’s self-based team the Deadpool Corps, appearing in the future. This would include Lady Deadpool, aka Wanda Wilson. She’s an interesting character who’s an alternate version of Wade in another universe. So, she doesn’t seem to be just a tongue-in-cheek version of Deadpool. Keep an eye out for the other team members, Headpool (who first appearance in MARVEL ZOMBIES #3.. though many feel his true first is also Merc With a Mouth #7), Dogpool (who first appeared in DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL #1), and Kidpool (who first appeared in PRELUDE TO DEADPOOL CORPS #1).

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SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #33 | DC | 1939

By Ryan Forster

It’s not very often that we get to report on sales of Batman comics from 1939, but they usually set new records when they pop up. Detective Comics #33 is the 4th cover appearance for Batman as he only appeared on every other cover at this point in the run, and it wasn’t until issue #35 that the continuous Batman covers began. In addition to the great action cover, this issue features the origin of Batman, including the often-repeated story of when his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne, were murdered. This week we saw a lowly CGC 0.5 copy come up for sale with the wrong back cover, but it had a Bruce Wayne price, setting a new record in grade of $10,800. This is the first time this grade passed five figures as it beat out the prior record in grade of $9,125 by $1,675.

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SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #3 | MARVEL | 1961

By DiodeLad

Fantastic Four #1 may have already gone to the moon, but collectors are zooming in on the next best keys for Marvel’s first family. In issues 1 and 2, the team wore suburban late 1950’s-style clothing, but in this issue, Sue Storm makes them their blue costumes, which they wear into battle with Miracle Man (much to the displeasure of the Thing who rips his off). The iconic “4” logo is also introduced in this issue. Further, we get a detailed cross-section of the FF’s headquarters in the Baxter Building and learn about several Fantastic vehicles. A graded 5.5 sold for $3240 this week, which seems like a pretty good deal given that a 6.0 sold for $6500 in January and a 5.0 sold for $3840 last year. And why not? After all, it says right on the cover that this is the “Greatest Comic Magazine of all Time!!”.

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SHAKER: FUGITOID #1 | MIRAGE | 1985

By DiodeLad

Fugitoid had a huge sale this week of $1100 for a graded 9.8. That’s more than twice what it has been selling for over the last couple of years, and it’s 29% above our previously recorded high sale set in 2019. This one-shot Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creation features a surprise appearance by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who teleport right into the chase scene at the end of the story. The wraparound cover was the first color cover for Mirage, and the story continued in #5, which also featured a wraparound color cover. TNMT #5 picked up right where Fugitoid left off as the teleported Turtles, unaware of what is going on with Fugitoid, encounter the soldiers … (dot dot dot) mayhem ensues, and the rest is history. Man, those early Turtles books are a lot of fun!

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SHAKER: IRREDEEMABLE #1 – BARRY KITSON – ATOMIC COMICS (LIMITED 1000) | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2009

By Matt DeVoe

It was leaked last week, but finally confirmed this week by Deadline: “Netflix Sets Feature Take Of ‘Irredeemable’ & ‘Incorruptible’ Graphic Novel Series With Jeymes Samuel Directing, Kemp Powers Writing, Jay-Z & James Lassiter Producing.” The rarer variants for this issue, like this Atomic Comics variant (limited to 1000 copies) are on fire. This particular cover hit a high of $276 raw, with a VF copy selling for $91. These covers are fantastic books to hunt for, and they’re definitely out there in back issues.

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SHAKER: JUDGE DREDD #1 | EAGLE COMICS | 1983

By Matt DeVoe

While Judge Dredd first appeared in 2000 A.D. #2, this specific first issue is the book collector’s most associated Dredd with. Its classic orange cover is a fantastic wall book and has been getting harder and harder to find with each passing year. It’s also getting out of reach price-wise, with two new high sales of $625 & $635 for a CGC 9.8. This squashes the last sale of $399 for a 9.8 back in February. And this all without any content in the near future. Now’s the time if you’ve been looking for a copy for our favorite law enforcer.

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SHAKER: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #18 | MARVEL | 1969

By The Professor

Marvel Super-Heroes #18 is the first appearance of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Often referred to as the “Classic” GOTG line-up, these original members were Vance Astro, Martinex T’Naga, Captain Charlie-27, and Yondu Udonta (all depicted on the cover of this issue), with Stakar Ogord joining the team later. Interestingly, the GOTG started as an idea by Marvel writer Roy Thomas who thought to create a team of super-guerrillas fighting against Russian and Communist Chinese who had taken over and divided the USA. Then editor-in-chief, Stan Lee, decided to change it to an interplanetary situation and storyline. Various members of the original line-up appear in the second GOTG movie with actors Michal Rooker as Yondu Udonta, Sylvester Stallone as Stakar Ogord, Michael Rosenbaum as Martinex T’Naga, and Ving Rhames as Charlie-27. They are now an interstellar group of thieves, smugglers, and pirates known as the “Ravagers.” The modern version of the GOTG characters (the same line-up from the movies) made their comic book debut in Annihilation: Conquest #6 (2008). Regarding MSH #18, this past week, we saw a record CGC 9.4 sale of $3600, with a 9.0 recently peaking at $1400 and a 5.5 reaching $310. We also saw a higher grade raw copy hit $415. With the success of the first two movies, it is easy to assume the third installment will be very well received. As we get closer to its release, it is likely to see a spike in the price and sales of these two key GOTG issues!

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 – FIONA STAPLES (1:50) | MARVEL | 2014

In July 2020, we were shocked when copies for this variant hit over $1K, then $2Kin 2021. And now, again, with this week’s new all-time high sale of $3,550 for a 9.8. Miles Mania is still VERY present. It doesn’t hurt that the recent Jayden Smith rumors (see below) are driving prices up even higher.

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SHAKER: NINTENDO COMICS SYSTEM SNEAK PREVIEW | ACCLAIM / VALIANT | 1990

By Matt DeVoe

Wow, is this book climbing! Hitting a new raw height of $880 this week, this sneak preview of Valiant’s upcoming Nintendo Comics and first appearance of Link from Legend of Zelda is an aftermarket force right now. It’s crazy to think that back in 2020, you could find copies for $50.

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SHAKER: PLANET OF THE APES #1 | MARVEL | 1974

By Yves Navant

This week the first Marvel Comics adventure of these damn, dirty apes sold for $1,320 in a CGC 9.8. Previous comic adaptations were published starting in 1968 (in Japan), but this was the property’s first foray under Marvel’s magazine masthead. The first issue of Marvel’s Planet of the Apes was part of their bi-monthly magazine line and, like the forthcoming Star Wars comic series, tells stories set before, after, or between the films they were adapting. Marvel’s magazine format featured loads of extras in every issue; this one includes the first part of the official comic adaptation of the 1968 film, an interview with Rod Sterling, writer, and host of the Twilight Zone, and an additional feature called How To Make a Man-Ape. Planet of the Apes, or La Planète des Singes, was a 1963 novel by French author Pierre Boulle. It’s been adapted for multiple film franchises, beginning in 1968; some, including director Franklin J. Schaffner’s, attained cult classic status. Other adaptations, like Tim Burton’s, have not. Launching a total of 9 movies and comic adaptations from Gold Key, Marvel, Darkhorse, and others have kept the franchise in the minds and hearts of fans. The enduring franchise and the fact that this issue is part of Marvel’s sometimes forgotten oversize magazine line make the issue desirable and substantiate its new record-high sale price.

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SHAKER: QUIVERS #1 | CALIBER PRESS | 1991

By Matt DeVoe

It’s not said enough on how important Brian Michael Bendis was for not just Marvel, but for his heavy role in the formation of the MCU. In the early 2000s, Marvel was still digging itself out of bankruptcy. Their cinematic rights were scattered amongst all the studios, and books sales were WAY down. Then along with Mark Millar, along comes Brian Michael Bendis at the request of Joe Quesada to form the initial issues of the Ultimate Universe. It was a considerable hail mary for the publisher, and it worked. The Ultimate universe thrived and brought new and long-term fans back into comics. Bendis focused on a more fun Marvel universe, resetting Peter Parker back as a kid. At the same time, Millar created a grittier world, where the Avengers & X-Men cursed and killed. This world inspired Kevin Feige to develop the MCU as we know it today, with Bendis even sitting on the initial committee that designed the initial MCU films. It was even his idea for Marvel to add a post-credit scene in Iron Man that introduced Nick Fury and the first mention of the Avengers. And most importantly, Bendis delivered on one of the most popular modern characters, Miles Morales, who hasn’t even seen the ceiling of his stardom. So, if you love the MCU and Marvel comics, you can thank Bendis for playing a significant role in where they are today. So when you look at this issue of Quivers, his first written work and artwork in comics, then you know it’s an important one. Hence this week’s new raw high of $200, way up from the $40 it was selling for in 2021.

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SHAKER: RANGERS COMICS #26 | FICTION HOUSE | 1945

By Ryan Forster

We’ve mentioned the Promise Collection CGC pedigree in prior Shakers lists, and it just had another big week, this time for the Rangers Comics title. This title is popular for its use of World War 2 themes combined with Good Girl Art on its covers, and this week we saw multiple books from this run ranging from 9.0 to 9.8 hit massive new records. The biggest sale came from a CGC 9.6 of Rangers Comics #26, a classic Joe Doolin cover featuring a beautiful woman on a collision course with a plane propeller. This is the single highest graded copy on the census, with three sitting right below it at 9.4, and it sold for an impressive $16,800. The next highest sale on record was an 8.0 that sold for $3,120 in January of this year, so the bar has been set very high for this book moving forward. In addition to issue #26, a CGC 9.4 of issue #24 sold for $8,400, a CGC 9.0 of issue #25 sold for $5,760, a CGC 9.8 of issue #29 sold for $15,000 and a CGC 9.0 of issue #31 sold for $3,120. It was an impressive week for this title, with some breathtaking high-grade copies going up for sale.

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SHAKER: SANDMAN #8 – BERGER EDITORIAL | DC | 1989

By Matt DeVoe

In one of our September 2019 market reports, we had this first appearance of Death on our list as a book to hunt for. Back then, it hit a new raw high of $1,577.77. But this week’s absolutely massive sale of $10,200 for a 9.8 puts this book in a whole new ballpark! As we noted back then, Karen Berger was a comic book editor for DC comics and played a significant role in creating DC’s Vertigo line. DC planned to include a letter from her on the inside front cover. Instead, they changed their minds and used a forward from Jenette Kahn, DC’s ​​editor-in-chief. When they did this, they forgot to include the copyright info. They then went BACK to the printer to print just a few copies to include the copyright (for legal reasons) and sent the version with the original Berger intro. It’s reported that around 500 to 600 copies were printed. These specific copies were then sent to multiple Neil Gaiman signings and therefore disappeared into collections, many unknowing of what they have in their collections. Why we love books like this (and why you should too) is that they’re tremendously fun books to treasure hunt. Raw copies of the standard cover generally sell for $90 and are prevalent at comic shops and conventions. ALWAYS ask to look inside to check that inside cover for Karen Berger’s name. As much as we talk about it here, these books almost always continue to fly under the radar. There are enough copies out there in the wild that your chances of coming across one are higher than most recall/error books. Happy hunting!

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: HALCYON LEGACY #1 – PRESS PREVIEW EDITION | MARVEL | 2022

By Matt DeVoe

It’s no secret that Star Wars books are hot. For those non-avid Star Wars readers, the first appearances of D3-09, Riyola Keevan, and Shorr Komrrin may not mean much. And right now, that’s true. But these Star Wars books are sneaky and find their way into Disney+ content. But most importantly, it promotes Disney’s new Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser luxury hotel and ties it to canon storylines through this comic series. To promote the series, Marvel invited several press members to stay at the hotel and provide them with a special preview edition copy of this issue (with a few extra cards about the hotel). The first copy to hit eBay and sold for $610 raw. This WILL go up. Keep in mind that it costs two people $5K for two nights to stay at this hotel. So, the fact that the press got to stay for free AND received a rare exclusive comic makes us super jealous!

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SHAKER: SUPER FRIENDS #7 | DC | 1977

By Matt DeVoe

With the Wonder Twins film announced for HBO, their first appearance moved up in value. However, one thing was missing, 9.8 sales. With only 14 on the CGC census, the last time we saw a copy come up for sale was in 2017 at $540. This week another 9.8 finally hit the market and sold for a whopping $1,500. That’s how you time the market.

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SHAKER: SUPERMAN / BATMAN ANNUAL #4 – ARTGERM – 2ND PRINT | DC | 2010

By Matt DeVoe

Batman Beyond’s first in-continuity appearance is… complicated. There’s plenty of debate over his first appearance in the DCU. First off, we have ONE MILLION 80 PAGE GIANT in 1999, where we briefly see Terry/Batman Beyond speaking on one panel. Then a few years ago, many were calling out BATMAN/ SUPERMAN #22 & #23 in 2005 as his true first appearances… despite being called “Tim” by Batman within the story instead of “Terry.” This was reported to be an error by Jeph Loeb, who intended it to be Terry (despite an action figure ALSO calling him Tim). Next up, we have BATMAN #700, which he briefly appears on one page. And then, a month later, with this SUPERMAN/BATMAN Annual… which is actually only a DC Beyond story and doesn’t feature any crossover with DC continuity. It’s all headache-inducing. Regardless, the market just set its opinion on this book with an unbelievable $3,074.81 for a CGC 9.8. And yes, the sale went through and was paid for (we checked). However, we say unbelievable due to this incredibly high new value. For example, the last 9.8 sold in July 2021 for $405. Questioning the sale makes sense. Though some reasons for selling over $3K are: (1) its dark red cover shows all flaws and makes it difficult to find in high-grade, (2) This 2nd print is quite rare and has only 14 9.8’s on the census (compared to 123 first print 9.8 universals) and (3) There are no other 9.8’s on eBay right now. Did someone overpay for this copy? Maybe? We’ll have to see when the next 9.8 sale hits and if this was just a fluke. However, keep an eye on this book.

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SHAKER: THE TWILIGHT ZONE #84 | WESTERN | 1978

By Matt DeVoe

This issue of Twilight Zone features the first written and illustrated work in comics by Frank Miller. It’s not super well-known, despite Miller’s legendary stamp on comics. For years, cheap copies would sell for close to nothing, thanks to unaware sellers. It would often sell for $5 and then $100 the next. Collectors are starting to wake up to this book’s importance, seen by this week’s new high sale of $260 for a 7.5 raw copy. It’s a great book to look for in the wild, as your local comic shops will most likely overlook it.

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SHAKER: WOW COMICS #38 | FAWCETT | 1945

By Yves Navant

Comics from the Golden Age sell well; this issue starring Mary Marvel of the Marvel Family just sold very well in a CGC 9.4 for $14,400. Published near the close of World War 2, when American production was slowly getting back to some semblance of normal before Supergirl or Batgirl existed, and almost 20 years before the Marvel Age Of Comics (The Stan Lee/Jack Kirby one), Captain Marvel and his Marvel Family were the most popular characters in comics. Captain Marvel was created in 1939 by artist C.C Beck and writer Bill Parker for Fawcett Comics; he was the first example of a kid, a classic underdog, being able to access a heroic, super-powered adult body by saying a long-forgotten magic word. Captain Marvel outsold every other superhero title, even Superman, to DC’s dismay, at the peak of his popularity. I believe… okay, I don’t believe, I know that Captain Marvel (the Shazam one) was the first-ever comic hero to be featured in live-action adaptations in 1941. Mary Marvel, the star of this issue and its spectacular cover by Otto Binder (co-creator of Mary along with Marc Swayze), was introduced in 1942, predating her aforementioned later heroic peers Batgirl and Supergirl. She was among the first of her kind and also wildly popular! Why is a character this significant currently relegated to second-string status at DC? The Marvel Family became so popular that DC took legal action against Fawcett Comics, which helped lead to Captain Marvel’s adventures ceasing for years. Then Marvel Comics (the Stan Lee one) introduced their own Captain Marvel in 1967, completely unrelated to Fawcett’s character. DC took no action as they had sued over the character’s similarities to Superman, not the name. By the time DC purchased the Fawcett characters outright in the 1970s, they could no longer use the character’s name without risking conflict with Marvel, so he became known most often as Shazam. There’s our crash course in Marvel Family history. From 1939 to 1953, the Marvel Family were the stars of the comic book world, and Mary was its beloved heroine. Did I mention Otto Binder also created Supergirl a decade later? Hm. From a time when comics were not seen as an investment but merely cheap, disposable entertainment, issues from this era are wildly sought after due to their rarity. If they were not irreparably damaged or discarded, they are somebody’s holy grail. This and the historical relevance of Shazam’s Marvel Family and their rocky, litigious road to the 21st Century explain why this comic just sold for $14,400.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: DEADPOOL

Deadline recently reported that “‘Deadpool 3’: Shawn Levy Tapped To Direct Sequel Reuniting With His ‘Adam Project’ Star Ryan Reynolds.” This is great news for Deadpool fans who have been wondering when the Merc with a Mouth would finally be folded into the MCU. While we all struggle to see how the MCU deals with a fourth-wall-breaking foul-mouthed character like Wade Wilson, it’ll at least be very entertaining to witness.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: KITE MAN

Per SYFY.com, “‘HARLEY QUINN’ SPINOFF ABOUT KITE MAN BUYING A BAR FOR GOTHAM SUPER-VILLAINS IN THE WORKS AT HBO MAX.” So, clearly, DC is going a little wacky with their DCU, which seems like an overcorrection from Synder’s Justice League. However, it seems to be working for them right now. Kite Man’s first appearance is a little challenging as he first appeared in the 1960s Batman #133 issue, which is pricey simply due to its age (and being the first Bat-Mite in the Batman comic).

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME #50 | MARVEL | 1993

By Topher S

Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #50 is a book I gave a nice eye roll to when I saw the recent sales data. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t exactly setting Ebay on fire. But it’s trending upwards every day, with a 9.8 recently hitting double its previous sale at a high of $100. That’s impressive for a comic with a large print run languished in back-issue bins for ages. Sadly this comic falls into that category reserved for all the gimmicks that nearly destroyed comics. Whether it’s a polybag, needless foil, or questionable holograms… we SHOULD hate this book. Listen, if Web of Spider-Man #90 can make you money, then anything can. And maybe, just maybe, that means that even the worst age in comics is having a moment. With all the price increases for other MCU comics connected to Doctor Strange 2, this is one that really should be doing even better, thanks to it being the first appearance of The Secret Defenders. Are we going to get a Secret Defenders movie? Who knows? These days we can never say no. For all I know, Defenders of Dynatron City is just around the corner, so stashing this first appearance at a low buy-in might be worth it. (Honestly, when I spent 5 minutes just staring at this cover, I kind of like it. But, I would focus on looking for the newsstand.)

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: AVENGERS #4 | MARVEL | 1964

By The Professor

Captain America has a long and rich history in comic books, starting with numerous appearances in the 1940s-era Timely Comics and Atlas Comics. Those books are coveted by collectors and are extremely expensive and rare. In the silver age, Avengers #4 marks Captain America’s first appearance and first official Marvel Comics cover appearance. He also joins the Avengers team in this issue, making it a desirable Captain America-related comic book. Always a somewhat affordable issue (relatively speaking), Avengers #4 has seen some recent baller sales that are reaching Golden-age appearance values. This past week a CGC 9.4 sold for a whopping $29K – doubling the previous high sale of this grade! At lower grades, some seem to be keeping up with the upward trend with a 4.0 grade reaching $2500, while other grades seem to be still selling for well under FMV. A low-grade raw reader copy recently sold for $900, while a CGC 3.5 sold for only a few hundred dollars more. It might be a great time to pick up some lower-graded copies of this big key Avengers/Captain America comic book!

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