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This week we welcome a few new writers to the team who have scoured CovrPrice.com to bring you the most interesting SHAKERS from the past week including some huge Golden Age sales, Dragon Ball Z, Spider-Verse, and so much more. As always, these are pulled directly from our daily SHAKERS list. If you’re not checking out the shakers list every day, you’re missing out. They’re there one day and refreshed the next. Enjoy!
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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: AGE OF X-MAN: APOCALYPSE AND THE X-TRACTS #1 – NAKAYAMA (1:50) | MARVEL | 2019
By Matt DeVoe
While this may appear to simply be a gorgeous high ratio variant from the fabulous David Nakayama (who’s also one heck of a nice guy), it also features the first appearance of the X-Tracts and the mutant Unveil (who’s featured on this cover). If you haven’t read this groovy comic, it’s set in an alternate future where X-Man, aka Nate Grey, has created a Utopia for Mutants, but it’s also a world that doesn’t know what love is. Enter En Sabah Nu and his mutant team of X-Tracts to challenge the word of Nate Grey and bring love back into the world. Unveil, who only exists in this alternate X-Men timeline, was the highlight of the series. She has a fantastic power set where, per Marvel Fandom: “She can release and transform into psychotropic mists, making her insubstantial while her substance can connect the minds and emotions of other people, unlock repressed memories, conceal the physical presence of people, and shield minds from detection or manipulation. She can also transport herself and others through long distances with her mists.” That’s a pretty powerful mutant power set and one that should fold into the 616 mutant-verse. However, speculation around her isn’t even the key driver of this week’s new high sale of $324 raw. This odd X-Series confused fans and underperformed upon release, making this 1:50 one difficult variant to find. The fact that it’s done by one of comic’s hottest artists AND has a cool first, well, that’s just gravy, baby.
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 – GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (1:25) | MARVEL | 2014
By Matt DeVoe
I know, we’ve chatted a lot about Spider-Punk lately. We just love the character and the building excitement around Hobie and his anarchic arachnid ways. While a CGC 9.8 sold for $750, which is $50 below the all-time high, it was all about the high raw sale this variant had at a hefty $415. That’s it. Just had to share.
SHAKER: BEST OF THE AMAZING HEROES SWIMSUIT SPECIAL #1 | FANTAGRAPHICS | 1993
By Matt DeVoe
Adam Hughes has drawn almost every relevant and significant female comic book character. However, one character that Adam Hughes hasn’t heavily drawn is She-Hulk. Fortunately, the one he did for the cover of AMAZING HEROES SWIMSUIT SPECIAL in 1993 is hands down his best covers of our favorite Jade Goddess. It’s also getting more challenging to find due to collectors’ growing awareness of this cover. This week it’s now getting pricey, as it hit an all-time new high of $130 raw. Keep a lookout in the wild for this. It’s out there!
SHAKER: BLONDE PHANTOM #12 | MARVEL | 1946
By The Professor
Blonde Phantom #12 is the first issue of the series (previously All Comics) and the second appearance of the Blonde Phantom (All Comics #11 being her first). The iconic cover to Blonde Phantom #12 (by Syd Shores) features the beautiful Louis Grant (AKA the Blonde Phantom), as well as a strangulation and bondage scene. We saw a CGC 4.5 sell this past week for a record $1,630. Raw copies sales are scarce as the majority of pre-code baller comic book sales tend to be graded. Another one (and series) to keep your eyes out for!
SHAKER: CRIME SUSPENSTORIES #20 | EC | 1953
By Nick Richardson
Johnny Craig was one of the kings of horror with his unique naturalistic style. He was on his A-game when bringing this cover from EC Comics to life in 1953, the year before the comic industry demographic had a significant shift. Pre Comic Code horror is making a gruesome comeback and has been on a tear during this unprecedented market as new collectors enter the genre-diverse space that is comics. We’ve covered this book rife with murder, mystery, and mayhem in the past, a perfect example and evidenced by the whopping recent sale of a CGC 9.6 at $31,000. People are willing to pay a premium for this classic book, filled with a multitude of stories that depict some of the darker tones of the day. Luckily, there is a wide range of tiers to jump in at for fans of the artist, stories, or genre. With raw sales ranging from $400 to $1,400 and CGC from $500 to the aforementioned $31,000, this book is available for the right price and collector. The scarcity of high-quality books due to numerous read-throughs, the passage of time, and year-over-year growth keep this book rising. But don’t give up hope when out at your local LCS. You may just spot it behind the counter or on the wall.
SHAKER: THE DEAD WHO WALK #0 | AVON | 1952
By The Professor
Pre-Code horror comics dominated the comic market in the 1950s, becoming more gruesome and violent until Congress forced the comic book industry to self-regulate in 1954 (creating the Comic Code Authority). The CCA ultimately forbade all the necessary ingredients of horror comics, which put these comic publishers out of business within a year. Further, many comics were destroyed by those protesting these types of books. As people become increasingly interested in these comics, and with more avenues available for buyers, we have seen a significant uptick in sales of all pre-code horror comics. Although, this past week, we saw an extremely rare sale of The Dead Who Walk #0. This comic is a “one-shot” featuring a “headlight” cover, along with zombies – two winning combinations when it comes to pre-code horror books! Featuring several short stories, including “The Dead Who Walk” and “Antagonists From the Grave,” the CGC 5.5 copy at auction last week sold for just over $1,200, surpassing the previous sale in the same grade of $990 from November 2020.
SHAKER: DEADWORLD #10 | CALIBER PRESS | 1988
By Matt DeVoe
We live in a world where the first preview image is not only relevant but, at times, considered the true first appearance. Before there was THE CROW #1, there was Caliber Presents #1 with an 8-page original story of The Crow. But before Caliber Presents #1, there was Deadworld #10, featuring the first image ever of James O’Barr’s THE CROW, teasing the character’s upcoming appearance. For decades, this issue has been highly undervalued. Even recently, as The Crow #1 escalated in value, this issue and its variant have remained obtainable at $50 to $100 raw and $600 for a 9.8. Today, raws are reaching $150, with a 9.8 hitting an all-time new high of $750 for the regular cover. The variant is pretty fantastic and is much harder to find.
SHAKER: DRAGON BALL Z #1 | VIZ MEDIA | 1999
By Nick Richardson
Dragon Ball Z is a lifelong passion for many fans and has spanned nearly every medium, including comics. Dominating the late 90s and early 2000s with its over-the-top action and loveable protagonists, this series from Akira Toriyama shaped the Americanized anime industry. With a new movie on the way focusing on characters who kamehameha’d their way into fans’ hearts in Dragon Ball Z and with series creator Toriyama returning to pen the script, fans are hopeful that the franchise will return to form after some less beloved outings. With the comic industry still recovering upon this book’s release in 99′ and a new iteration of the franchise at that, this book flew under the radar. Its style was out of the realm of what American readers expected, being produced like a traditional Japanese manga reading right to left, which confused readers at the time. For those hands it did reach, and being marketed mainly at older children, it was a must-read comic companion to a favorite show, leaving the current market devoid of a surplus of high-grade first print copies, both raw and graded. With the hype train rolling into the station once again, we saw a sale this week of a first print CGC 9.8 at an astounding $1,327.50. Buyers are paying a premium price for a premium grade, with a 9.6 fetching $390 and a recent raw graded sale of $70. With only 27 books on the CGC census, 8 of which are in 9.8, the price reflects the scarcity of this book.
SHAKER: DRAGON BALL SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW! / DRAGON BALL Z SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW! | VIZ MEDIA | 1998
By Nick Richardson
After Dragon Ball’s failed initial run in the United States in 1989, which launched concurrently with the highly undervalued first appearance of Dragon Ball in comics in Magazine #43 from Antarctic Press, the general public was graced with this duel preview almost ten years later. Aiming to capitalize on the incredible success of Dragon Ball Z, creator Akira Toriyama looked to familiarize American audiences with the story that took place following the protagonist, Goku, as a child. Tying these two stories together did just that, propelling Dragon Ball to new heights among American audiences and offering a more comedic version of the story that resonated with younger audiences. Aimed at children and meant to be read, passed around, and shared, this book in high grade is scarce-with only six on the CGC census and only TWO 9.8s. This book rarely comes up, much less in a 9.8, with two recent graded sales of a 6.5 for $175 and this week’s 9.8 for an incredible $2,550. With new information coming rapidly regarding the new Dragon Ball movie, fans have this storied franchise on the brain. However, this high price might steer collectors back to the much cheaper (if you can find it) first appearance of Dragon Ball in comics in the aforementioned Magazine #43. A shout out to Topher S. for finding this first US appearance!
SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #5 | Marvel Comics | 1962
By Yves Navant
Some lucky, privileged nerd just paid $28,800 for a CGC graded 6.0 copy of this book. The Fantastic Four heralded the dawn of the Marvel Age Of Comics and throughout their run on the series, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, author and illustrator respectively, introduced staggeringly imaginative concepts and characters that still thrive today. One of these concepts makes his first appearance here: Doctor Doom. My instinct is to be all pithy and sarcastic, but Doctor Doom is one of the most fascinating and formidable fictional characters ever conceived. Doom bursts out of the gate as the newly formed FF’s arch-nemesis, Reed Richards, recognizes Doom as his brilliant but arrogant college roommate. Doom holds Sue Storm (and the entire Baxter Building) hostage, then uses a time machine of his own design to trap Reed, Johnny, and Ben in the past! Also, Benjamin J. Grimm wears pirate drag. That’s not me being sardonic. Doom’s origin would be expanded upon in future stories; we’d learn he is an absolute master of science and technology and witchcraft. We’d also learn that Doom overtook his entire homeland to compensate for childhood trauma suffered as a member of a Romani tribe hounded by that country’s ethnocentric royalty, culminating in his father’s death. AND once a year, Doom uses sorcery to break into Hell in an attempt to free his mother’s spirit from Mephisto (and no, Mephisto is still not appearing in the MCU). Doctor Doom is just a very brilliant and very wrathful chap who loves and misses his mom. I told you. He’s one of the most fascinating and formidable fictional characters ever created. Not only is this issue the fifth ever appearance of the Fantastic Four and their world, a quintessential example of the synergistic brilliance of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, but it’s the first bloody appearance of Doctor Doom! Who (I believe) is Marvel’s premier villain. With the impending arrival of the Fantastic Four in an eponymous film for the MCU, Doom will not be far behind. Indeed, he may even beat the team to the screen. Interest in all things FF will only escalate, especially this book.
SHAKER: FAMOUS CRIMES #15 | FOX | JAN 1, 1950
by Jeremy Imlach
Originally only 10 cents, this Pre-Code book features four different crime-themed stories, the first line in the book being “What the…? C-cops!?”. Famous Crimes #15 had a recent sale of $1,320 for a graded 9.4 last week. This was both the highest sale to date and is also the highest grade on the CGC census. The next highest known graded sale was a 7.5 for $149 in February of this year. With only seven universal copies total on the census, this book does not move often. It’s impressive that multiple copies graded so well, but even more impressive that a copy survived 72 years in near-mint condition.
SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 | MARVEL | 2016
By Prof. Xavier
The MCU’s Infinity Saga is over. Beloved characters have moved out of the spotlight. These legends’ absences give way to a new generation of heroes. The fandom has already received glimpses of these new heroes; Yelena, Kate Bishop, and Ms. Marvel, set to debut on June 8. However, there’s been little news of Riri Williams’ Ironheart series. This changed last week when news broke that directors Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes were officially tapped for the series. This recent update likely reignited interest in the character and is the reason why the latest sale of her first appearance reached $299.99 for a raw copy. I can only imagine that as interest in Ironheart continues to grow, the value of this book will follow suit.
SHAKER: IRON FIST #14 – 35 CENT VARIANT | MARVEL | 1977
By Matt DeVoe
In 1976, Marvel nervously tested a price increase of 25 cents to 30 cents in six test markets. They distinguished this new price with different colors or shapes (a starburst was the most popular). Deemed a success, they decided to try it again in 1977 in another six markets (possibly only 4 or 5 for the 35 cents) with a price increase from 30 cents to 35 cents. This time the difference was quite subtle as they kept the same look and style of the 30-cent copies and simply replaced the price. While Marvel fully adopted the 35-cent price, these low-printed pricey variants are quite rare. They have generated some of the most valuable bronze age books like Star Wars #1 and this issue of Iron Fist #14, the first appearance of Sabertooth. This modern grail hit a high of $6,000 for a CGC 7.0. What’s notable about this sale is how it outsold all grades above it, except for a 9.4 from 2016, which still holds the all-time high record of $8,365. We would expect that to resell for closer to $25K today.
SHAKER: METAZOO #1 | METAZOO | 2021
By Matt DeVoe
We covered this book back in September 2021, when this book was selling for $400 raw. Limited to 1,000 copies, they quickly went straight into the hands of fans. Though copies have been trickling through for months now. Last week, 9.8 copies recently started rolling in, with two big sales of $1,300 and $1,500. Raw copies are now trending at $600! As we noted back in 2021, with the massive resurgence of Pokemon trading cards over the past several years, the original series 1 Pokemon cards are now extremely valuable. Today’s cards can command hefty market prices if you pull a rare holo-foil. With the success of Pokemon, can a new card series that feels like Pokemon come in and start their own collecting card game on Kickstarter. Yep, that’s precisely what MetaZoo did. Per the Kickstarter, “MetaZoo is a trading card game (TCG) about Cryptids with Bigfoot, Mothman, Slide-Rock Bolter, Indrid Cold, and the Flatwoods Monster!” It’s already catching on and is a massive success in its own right, with Topps picking up the rights and released their series on September 30th, 2021.
SHAKER: MORE FUN COMICS #73 | DC | 1941
By Yves Navant
$72,000 just bought a lucky Golden Age fan a CGC graded 2.0 copy of this book. A 2.0! That is not a book in great condition. Golden Age books rarely exist in any condition; this was before comics were collectible, an investment, or reigned over pop culture. They were primarily seen as juvenile entertainment, disposable, and printed on vulnerable newsprints. Luckily, some 1940’s stories or characters sparked a love within readers that compelled them to hold onto their collections. This issue was a pretty smart book to hold on to. Published in November of 1941, this issue introduces Aquaman and Green Arrow to the world! You all know these guys, except you don’t. These are the first versions of each hero; Aquaman- the son of a deep-sea explorer, raised in a lost sunken city and reaping that culture’s scientific benefits, and Green Arrow- still named Oliver Queen, but with brown hair and no origin. He’s driving a car called the Arrowplane and totally intentionally kills a guy. The 1940’s: putting the er… in America. These are indeed the first appearances of Aquaman and Green Arrow in any iteration. Here, we will tactfully overlook that Timely (Marvel) Comics’ Namor the Sub-Mariner predates Aquaman by over a year. Also, Namor’s origin more closely resembles the Aquaman we all know and love, right? Sigh. Sharing is caring, I suppose. More Fun #73 also features a story starring cover boy Dr. Fate, who is pretty awesome himself, as well as the Spectre and Johnny Quick (DC’s other Golden Age speeder)! Borrowed origins and Dr. Fate’s inferior half-helmet aside (I know, I know! The half helmet allows for more emotion to be drawn in Fate’s facial expression, but his original design is so striking!), this issue is still a landmark and a relic from the age of World War, rations, and disposable children’s comics. It’s a miracle a copy survived 81 years, and this week’s record high sale makes absolute sense.
SHAKER:MARVEL #1 ART ADAMS 1:50 VARIANT | MARVEL | 2014
We covered the Art Adams 1:100 Ms. Marvel #1 variant last month when a sale of that rare sketch variant broke $1200. This week we saw a whopping sale of $909 for a 9.8 of the matching 1:50 incentive full-color variant. To put this in perspective, the last 9.8 sale we recorded, back in August of 2021, went for $378. Kamala Khan’s keys continue to level up as we get psyched for her MCU debut!
SHAKER: NYX #3 | MARVEL | 2004
by Jeremy Imlach
Fun fact, Laura Kinney’s first media appearance was on season 3, episode 10 of the X:Men: Evolution animated series in 2003, and was voiced by Andrea Libman. However, the first appearance of X-23 in comics came to us in NYX #3, which explores her abilities but leaves out her entire origin story. The story of NYX is dark with mature themes, in which she works for a “businessman” named ‘Zebra Daddy.’ It’s the first time we are introduced to the character that will later become known as Laura Kinney in the comics, AKA Wolverine’s daughter. Well, she was actually cloned from Wolverine by the mutant geneticist Doctor Sarah Kinney… so she is more like an “adopted daughter.” However, we don’t learn that until her origin is later explained in her miniseries, X-23. There are also two other miniseries, X-23: Innocence Lost and X-23: Target X, that further explore her origin and answer the questions of what happened to her before the events of the NYX series. NYX Issue #3 saw a graded 9.8 sell for $2,040 this past week, which came close to the record $2,199.99 sale from January of this year.
SHAKER: PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #11 – TODD NAUCK CHAMPIONS VARIANT | MARVEL | 2016
By Matt DeVoe
Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat is a fun series filled with great covers (our favorites are Kevin Wada’s cover for issue #3 & Tedesco’s cover for issue #6). This humorous variant has always floated around $20 to $35 raw. However, over the past three months, it’s been climbing in price from $50 to last week’s new raw high of $90. This week, it hit another new all-time high with a CGC 9.8 copy sold for $350. These variants from low-printed series like Patsy Walker are quickly drying up! If you’ve had your eye on any other incentive variant from this series, now’s the time to grab it. Btw, this cover totally reminds us of Tom Raney’s Carnage #4 Meme Variant.
SHAKER: POPEYE #1 | DELL | 1948
This first solo-titled Popeye comic features the story “Were there ever any pirates around here?” in which Swee’Pea asks Popeye that question and then proceeds to dig a trench around the house to protect them when Popeye confirms. Swee’Pea might have been onto something because this comic hit “pirate booty” status this week after a raw copy sold for a record high of $1,000! Writer and artist Bud Sagendorf was the assistant to Popeye’s creator, E.C. Segar. He certainly believed the story was a treasure because he dedicated his life to creating and promoting the Popeye mythology in comics, toys, and games, from this issue in 1948 until he retired in 1986. Thanks mainly to Sagendorf, Popeye has persisted in the imagination of several generations.
SHAKER: SONS OF ANARCHY #25 – PHOTO COVER (1:50) | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2015
By Matt DeVoe
We often talk about rarity playing a significant factor in helping a variant disappear from online retailers. This is one of those. This series was directly connected to the successful TV series of the same name. The comic series was favorably reviewed, despite only being accessible to avid watchers of the TV series. It’s safe to say that most stores were not ordering 50 copies of issue #1, let alone issue #25. At this point, stores were most likely only ordering copies for pull customers. This, of course, creates a perfect recipe for one valuable variant down the road. This week, a rare copy of this photo cover came to market and sold for $214 raw, destroying the affordable $10 it last sold for in June 2021. Low print series are still doing this today. Find those niche comic series with large fan bases, seek out the high ratio variants… and then wait. However, books like this take incredible patience.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 – GAME EDITION EXCLUSIVE – TONY VARGAS | IDW | MAY 1, 2016
By Keith Shimabukuro
No one could have ever imagined the success IDW would find when it rebooted the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2011. Originally planned to be a 12-issue run, this iteration officially became the longest running turtles series when it surpassed issue 73 (and is currently on issue 127!). There were an astounding 15 covers when the first issue was released in August of 2011. The Game Edition was released in October 2016 as an exclusive to the TMNT: Shadows of the Past board game. The board game was initially funded through Kickstarter, with the lowest package starting at $90. There was also a package called The Works, which went for $150 and had an excellent pizza box cover. The only issue to come to market so far recently sold for $150, and It’s quite an amazing price considering the game itself can be bought for much less, either brand new or used. Also, there is a version labeled Limited Game Edition, which was only included in The Works edition of the game. There is no way to tell the print run on the Game Edition variant, but there are very few of the board games currently for sale. The key is to find one in mint condition.
SHAKER: VOODA #22 | FARRELL | 1955
By The Professor
Matt Baker continues to be one of the more sought-out pre and post-Comic Code Authority comic book artists. He is widely considered one of the most talented artists of his era, especially when it comes to “Good Girl” art. Last week we saw a sale of Voodoo Annual #1, which included interior pages by Baker. This week we have a really special sale of Vooda #22. The Vooda series starts at issue #20 (a continuation from Voodoo issues 1-19, Farrell 1952-1955) and lasted only three issues. The cover of this issue is attributed to Matt Baker, featuring the Jungle Princess herself (interior art also by Baker.) This week we saw a CGC 1.8 sell for $220. Although in a lower grade and technically from the post-comic code authority era, this last-in-the-series issue rarely comes up for sale. When you see any of the three issues from the Vooda series, be sure to grab them!
SHAKER: X-MEN #94 | MARVEL | 1975
By Yves Navant
This week a copy of this issue sold for $12,600 in a CGC graded 9.6. That’s practically a thousand dollars for each pivotal thing that occurs in this single issue. This was the first issue of X-Men in five years to consist of new material, having been relegated to a reprint title due to lackluster popularity until the new team arrived. Speaking of, this is the first appearance in their regular title of the “new” X-Men, the international team introduced in Giant-Size X-Men #1. This is the second appearance of Colossus, Nightcrawler, Thunderbird, and Storm, and the third appearance of Wolverine. Bub. Sunfire quits the new team cause he’s a jerk. Banshee stays cause he’s not. Chris Claremont, a beloved X-Men shepherd for the next 16 years, begins to take the reins of authorship from Len Wein. Dave Cockrum absolutely slays the pencils. Three of the original five X-Men (Angel, Iceman, and Marvel Girl) leave the team in this issue, five if you count Havok and Polaris. Beast appears after having recently joined the Avengers. Count Nefaria takes over the real-life NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense), and the X-Men are dispatched to combat him and his Ani-Men. This issue foreshadows the X-Men’s first immense tragedy, occurring in the next issue. Under the creative direction of Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and soon John Byrne, the X-Men became a profoundly popular narrative juggernaut, pioneering a grand soap opera-esque aesthetic and somehow making two-dimensional characters made of ink and newsprint seem so real. The X-Men’s ascension to comic book industry dominance began in Giant-Size X-Men #1 but truly took root here. This is the start of brave, new storytelling, and fans know it. All of the aforementioned help contextualize this week’s high sale of a legendary book.
TUMBLER: X-MEN #510 – CAMPBELL – PARTIAL SKETCH – CONVENTION | MARVEL | 2009
By Matt DeVoe
We absolutely love this book, which is why we were surprised to see a 9.8 sell this week for $8,600. Yeah, that’s still a fantastic price. However, it’s substantially lower than the all-time high in 2018 at $13K. So, why the dip? Recent German editions, featuring a trade dress and virgin, share this exact cover and have been hitting the aftermarket in steady waves, selling for $200+. While the original is still desired, this initial wave of more affordable and available versions devalue the original. However, no worries, as plenty of other highly valuable variants with foreign reprints have weathered the storm and continued their meteoric rise. But for now, this cover took a big hit price-wise.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST
Per E! News, “The friendliest of ghosts is coming to our small screens. On April 11, Peacock confirmed to E! News that it has a Casper the Friendly Ghost series in development—but it may not give us the warm, fuzzy feelings we’d expect from the lovable little ghost. The horror-adventure series will reimagine the origin of Casper in a coming-of-age story and explore what it means to be alive.” Casper’s original appearance in 1949’s CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST #1 is already one pricey book.
There’s new momentum for the Disney+ Ironheart series! As reported by Deadline, “Marvel’s Ironheart series continues to gain momentum as the studio has set Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes to direct for Disney+.Ironheart will star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, a genius inventor and creator of the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man. Deadline recently broke that Anthony Ramos also is joining the cast. Deadline also has learned that Ryan Coogler’s production company, Proximity, has come on as producers.” As seen in this week’s market report, this news is already starting to turn up the heat on Riri Williams various key issues.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: JACKSON HYDE
Last week it was announced by Variety that “HBO Max to Develop Aqualad Origin Story ‘You Brought Me the Ocean,’ Charlize Theron to Produce.” BRIGHTEST DAY #4 features the first appearance of Jackson Hyde. While Jackson first appears in this issue, he first appears as Aqualad on the cover of Brightest Day #10. He is not re-introduced until almost seven years later in TEEN TITANS #6 with altered powers, a complete redesign/younger appearance (to match the animated version), and a new origin. He doesn’t become Aqualad until TEEN TITANS #10 (2016). However, we tracked 34 copies sold of his first appearance, at a 7-day trend of 269% with a high sale of $40 for a raw copy.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 | MARVEL | 2014
By Matt DeVoe
We constantly come back to the Spider-verse and the well of characters that comes with it. Before SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Miles wasn’t the only one to get a boost in awareness and price. Peni Parker and SP//DR’s inclusion in the film turned this issue into a $30 raw variant and $200 in a 9.8. Despite this bump in price, Peni/SP//DR’s on-screen appearance was one of the few disappointments in this highly acclaimed film. Fans felt that the film version diverted away from the highly designed mech suit that writer (and My Chemical Romance lead singer) Gerard Way intended. Fans hope that INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2 filmmakers will return to the suit we see on this cover. With SP//DR’s destruction in the first film, this is highly likely. Last week a raw hit a high of $100 (though other sales came through at $35 a few days later), and this week a 9.8 hit an all-time high of $305.04. This is one of the best-designed alternate Spider characters, and we’re closely watching this book and hoping that Peni appears in this comic-accurate suit. Now’s the time to grab a copy, as cheap copies are still available.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 | MARVEL | 1940
By Matthew Glover
The first appearance of Captain America was recently sold through Heritage Auctions for over 3 million dollars. The near-mint copy of this comic sold for $3,120,000.00 on April 7th, 2022. This particular issue came from a well-known collection, commonly referred to as the San Francisco Pedigree Collection. The issue was graded at 9.4. This exact comic had sold for $915,000.00 in August of 2019. The value of this book almost tripled over three years, showing a $2,205,000.00 appreciation. This sale and the sales of several other key books through Heritage Auctions indicate the value of comics books on the secondary market has continued to increase. Many speculate this increase is fueled by the Covid-19 pandemic and the explosion of interest in collectibles. Another critical factor is the rise in prominence of the key characters featured in this issue. This pre-World War II book features the first appearance of Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, his trusty side-kick Bucky Barnes, and the dastardly Red Skull. With the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America has become a household name. This issue was written and drawn by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. This makes Captain America Comics #1 the fifth highest-selling comic book of all time. The current record was formerly held by Amazing Fantasy #15 from 1962, which is the first appearance of Spider-Man. However, that was bumped due to CGC’s recent announcement of an 8.0 private sale of $5.3 million for Superman #1. The third and fourth spots are held by Action Comics #1, the first superhero comic and the first appearance of Super-Man.
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