WEEK IN REVIEW

April 1st, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Market Report!

While we’re busy away at Wondercon, we couldn’t leave you without some of the biggest SHAKERS of the week. We cover Dave Stevens, a SOTI title, JLA/Avengers, a bunch of key Marvel books and variants, Adam Hughes, and Vampirella. Several of the bigs on this list are having their best week ever!  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 and have a happy weekend!


 

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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: THE 3-D ZONE #16 – DAVE STEVENS | 3-D ZONE | 1989

By Matt DeVoe

The late artist Dave Stevens is mainly known for his creation, The Rocketeer. However, his additional comic book work is just as excellent and has been slowly building in value as fans discover his various covers. Dave was specifically talented at creating modern-day “good-girl” covers. His pin-up art style has been highly sought after lately and has been immensely undervalued for decades. This 3-D ZONE cover pairs well with his PLANET COMICS #1 cover. Though, high-grade copies of this 3-D cover will cost some decent coin, with a high sale this week of $900 for a CGC 9.8. However, the highest sale goes to an October 2021 sale of $1,020 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 | MARVEL | 1964

By The Professor

As with most major Spider-Man comic books, villain first appearances are really what drives the market. Widely considered one of Spider-Man’s greatest foes in the comic books, Norman Osborne’s Green Goblin also appeared in six Spider-Man-related cinematic features, including the first one (Spider-Man – 2002) and the last one (Spider-Man: No Way Home – 2021). Although in the movies he flies around on his “Goblin Glider,” we first see him on the cover of ASM #14 on his flying mechanical broomstick. It seems Ditko felt Green Goblin straddling a broomstick did not afford him a very intimidating look, so he redesigned his flying craft to that of one he could stand on, thus appearing more menacing. Further, his original comic book character was somewhat whimsical in both his wardrobe (curly-toed boots, long stocking cap) and comportment. The plot for this issue surrounds convincing Spidey to agree to appear in a Hollywood film, only to be attacked on set in the desert. Regardless of these early shortcomings, the Green Goblin became one of the most notorious Spider-Man villains. With that, his first appearance in comics has always been considered an important issue within the Spider-Man comic book universe. This past week we saw a CGC 8.5 hit $9550, a CGC 7.5 top $7200, and CGC 4.5 reach $3275. A low-grade raw copy also sold for $1950, with a slightly better-conditioned one selling for $2400.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS: BLACK CAT #1 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (1:50) | MARVEL | 2010

By Matt DeVoe

J. Scott Campbell has covered many various Spider-Man covers over the years. His name is almost synonymous with BLACK CAT, who’s been the central figure to MANY of his covers. It’s practically impossible to remember a time when he didn’t draw Black Cat. However, his relationship with Felicia started with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #606 & #607, each selling raw for over $100 lately. While these issues pre-date this SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS: BLACK CAT #1 (1:50) by a year, this variant truly put J. Scott Campbell on the map for collectors. It made him one of Marvel’s most popular cover artists, churning out some of the most desired variants amongst all comics. Finding this book is getting more challenging by the year. Hence its ever-escalating market value as seen by this week’s all-time new high of $1,701 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: BATMAN #40 | DC | 1947

By Ryan Forster

The demand for Golden Age Batman comics, especially those featuring the “Clown Prince of Crime,” has surged over the last few years. There’s no question that he is the most popular member of Batman’s substantial rogue’s gallery, which is impressive considering he made his first appearance back in Batman #1. He also made more cover appearances in the golden age than any other Batman villain by far, and one of those cover appearances just set a huge new record. A CGC 7.0 copy of Batman #40 just sold this week for $2,880, a jump of $1,130 or 65% from just October of last year. If you’re looking to get into Golden Age Joker comics, there are quite a few options available at various prices, but be ready for bidding wars because there is no shortage of collectors looking for them when they come up for sale.

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SHAKER: CARNAGE U.S.A. #1 – CLAYTON CRAIN – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

Clayton Crain’s CARNAGE U.S.A. is pretty valuable across all covers. There’s a reason this series is so sought after. This series had the Avengers and Spider-Man tracking Carnage and his incredibly violent murder spree across the United States. Previous depictions of Carnage show PG violence, with most happening off-panel. This series did not. Clayton Crain’s style simply feels more chaotic in its energy, which enhances the overall tone of the series. This is very similar to what he created with Chris Yost’s 2008 X-Force series. Almost all issues of this series sell for a premium. However, it’s this 2nd print that seems to be leading the pack with this week’s 9.8 sale of $650. Granted, the Humberto Ramos 1:50 has a raw sale of $450 from June 2021. A 9.8 of that cover would quickly overtake this.

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SHAKER: DEADPOOL #2 – MIKE HAWTHORNE – HIP-HOP (1:100) | MARVEL | 2015

By Matt DeVoe

With all the various Hip Hop covers, this was one of the few to wield any incentive ratios, let alone a 1:100. At the time, it seemed silly and gimmicky. However, time has proved it to be a very pricey variant, as seen by this week’s big sale of $600 for a CGC 9.4. This price is pretty impressive when the all-time highest sale is $1K for a 9.8 (Jan. 2021). The black cover does no favors for finding high-grade copies, which is probably why buyers settle for an NM- grade. This variant is a must, whether you’re a Deadpool fan or a Vanilla Ice “To the Extreme” album fan (and obviously, the two go hand in hand).

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SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #46 | MARVEL | 1966

By DiodeLad

Noise artists love Black Bolt. This is a dude whose sonic utterances wreak massive destruction. Blackagar Boltagon’s brain speech center can create a unique particle that interacts with electrons he harnesses through a tuning fork-like antenna on his forehead. He can manipulate the energy of these electrons using his vocalizations or by projecting the particles out through his arms and hands even without speaking. The power grants him incredible force that he can direct in many ways, such as using it to fly at supersonic speeds, telepathic communication, and even manipulating molecules to create objects out of thin air. And if that weren’t badass enough, he’s also King of the Inhumans, wears a killer all-black costume, and is married to Medussa! He first appears in Fantastic Four #45 in cameo along with the other Inhumans but then is fully integrated into the story and on the cover of this issue. A 7.0 sold for $1099.98 this week, and an 8.0 also sold for $1200. These grades are stepping up following a massive sale of an 8.5 in January for $1800 and a 9.2 in February for $3720.

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SHAKER: GHOST SPIDER #1 JEE HYUNG LEE 1:100 | MARVEL | 2018

By DiodeLad

When the first 9.8 graded copies of this high ratio incentive came to the aftermarket in 2018, they were already selling for $1000. And for the last four years, this variant has remained consistently strong. Now raw copies sell for about $800, and a graded 9.8 slab hit $2025 this week. When Gwen Stacy, the Spider-Woman from Earth-65, encounters Spider-Woman Jessica Drew in Earth 616 and learns of her own Earth 616 counterpart’s death, she decides to become a “living ghost” and changes her name to Ghost Spider because, as she says, “death loves Gwen Stacy.” This is her first solo series as Ghost-Spider, even though it was preceded by two Spider-Gwen solo series. If you happen to own this comic, it would look great displayed alongside the Jee Hyung Lee Gwen Stacy #1 1:200 variant. There are also German and Mexican versions of this variant that sell for less.

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SHAKER: HAUNT OF FEAR #19 | EC | 1953

By Matt DeVoe

This book saw a raw sale hit a new high of $1009. While this cover features an “almost decapitation” cover, it’s the inside of this book that features a horrifying baseball game played with dismembered body parts spread across the infield. While that’s enough of a draw for pre-code collectors, this violent book was directly referenced in SOTI as one of the key books corrupting the minds of youths in the ’50s. SOTI is an acronym for “Seduction of the Innocent,” a 1950 book written by Fredric Wertham. Fredric led the charge against comic books and believed that particular comic books led teens to become juvenile delinquents. This book directly resulted in the creation of the comics code in 1954. Today, collectors now use SOTI as a shopping list of what books to buy.

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SHAKER: IRON MAN #118 | MARVEL | 1979

By Matt DeVoe

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again, this market is weird. Traditional collecting trends are being broken constantly these days. For example, this issue features the first appearance of James “Rhodey” Rhodes. This character was there at the formation of the MCU in 2008’s Iron Man 1. However, 14 years later, his first appearance is hitting new highs like this week’s $775 CGC 9.8 sale. His prominent role in the upcoming Disney+ series, ARMOR WARS, is likely the key driver for this uptick.

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SHAKER: JLA / AVENGERS #4 | DC | 2004

By Topher S

Kurt Busiek and Goerge Perez’s JLA/Avengers crossover issue 4 is having a moment. Individual issues and sales of the series as a set are substantial. Issue 4 stands out above the rest, though, and for a good reason. Routinely selling NM copies for $40 to $60, I can only imagine what a newsstand would go for. This book is seeing interest thanks to the JLA/Avengers Hero Initiative variant and possibly due to Mr. Perez’s recent health issues. In my opinion, issue #4 of this DC/Marvel event has one of the best covers ever printed, and we only expect it to continue to climb.

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SHAKER: NEW AVENGERS #40 – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2008

By Yves Navant

The heat on this book is increasing, with a 2nd printing selling this week for $197.69. A raw second printing! This book is a revelatory issue in the Secret Invasion arc. It’s the first full appearance of Veranke (as herself), the Skrull queen. The shapeshifting Skrulls are one of Marvel’s most prominent alien races going back to 1962’s Fantastic Four #2. Our regal girl, Queen Veranke, is revealed here as the engineer behind a plot to replace key Earth superheroes with members of her own race in a bid to overthrow the planet and seek revenge for past defeats. Secret Invasion spins out of the Avengers: Illuminati mini-series, where we see a ruling council of Marvel’s most powerful men acting as a shadow society, secretly influencing their world. The Illuminati itself is getting tremendous attention; fans of the MCU are speculating about the team’s appearance in Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness. However, New Avengers #40, a massive part of the Secret Invasion arc, is an emergent star in the MCU due to an eponymous show coming to Disney+. This issue is where the story begins to make sense; we realize the depth, the grandeur, and the grave threat of the Skrull Invasion. Veranke had previously appeared while masquerading as Spider-Woman, who she’d replaced to infiltrate the Avengers. This was the first time we saw her in her true form and the first time we saw the startling kind-of-science, kind-of-occult-ceremony Skrulls used to replace our favorite heroes so perfectly. Publishers issue second printings to meet the demand for books that prove to be much more popular than initially expected. They can be rare and highly sought after in their own right by completists or due to variant covers and their own lower print runs. This book is a perfect storm: an integral part of a huge story, a first appearance, an imminent Disney+ adaptation, and a second printing with a variant cover!

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SHAKER: NOVA #1 – ED MCGUINNESS – 2013 COMICSPRO – SKETCH | MARVEL | 2013

By Yves Navant

A raw copy of this issue just sold for $349.95. Variant covers can be pretty rad, and this is one of the rad ones! Featuring a black and white sketch version of the cover art by the stellar Ed McGuinness, this is Sam Alexander’s first solo series as Nova. This is also Sam’s first chronological appearance as Nova; the issue that explains how Sam became a member of the Nova Corps (the Nova?). The Nova Corps, as we all know, are an intergalactic police force. Think Marvel’s analog to DC’s Green Lanterns, but with cooler, pointier costumes and no weakness to yellow. Some fans consider DC to be the darker, grimmer publisher. Do they know about things that we don’t? Like yellow being the Achilles heel of DC’s space cops? Come on, now. Nova’s don’t have such an exploitable vulnerability. Sam Alexander’s Nova #1 guest stars Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and a whole bunch of aliens with pretty cool names. Last week we learned that Kevin Feige, everyone’s favorite President of Marvel Studios, will be producing a live-action Nova project by Moon Knight writer Sabir Pirzada. We don’t yet know if this will be a feature film or an episodic show on Disney+, but we know this will bring attention to all things Nova! So, take everything that makes this issue cool: showcase Sam Alexander, who could be one of the MCU’s next big stars, wrap it in a slick variant cover by a beloved artist, and you’ve got an explanation for this week’s new high sale.

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SHAKER: OVER THE GARDEN WALL #1 | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2016

By Matt DeVoe

This popular Cartoon Network series is a beloved fan-favorite show that went on to win an Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Animated Program. While the comic series first started with a one-shot and then a 4-issue mini-series, it found its stride with a successful comic run of 20 issues that began with this first issue. Fans must be feeling nostalgic over the series as this first issue has slowly been climbing in value, leading to a new high sale of $99 raw this week. Those early issues are also rising in value, but this high sale for the ongoing series is a flare to get out there and pick up those initial books before they get even higher. There are deals out there, especially at your local comic shops. 

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SHAKER: SCANDALS #1 | THORBY ENTERPRISES, INC. | 1999

By Matt DeVoe

Artist Adam Hughes is a household name amongst comic collectors. Many collectors are trying to track down every cover he’s ever done. However, this is a massive challenge as he provided covers for some very low-printed series. This issue of SCANDALS from Thorby may be one of the rarest. If it’s not THE rarest, it’s in the top 5. It’s incredibly challenging to find. We’ve only seen two sales: one at $202.51 in June 2021 and this week’s massive raw sale of $610. While this is scarce, it’s out there… somewhere. This is a book to hunt for at convention dollar bins and local comic shops. It flies under the radar of most retailers and collectors. Tucking this away in your brain could make a fantastic stealth buy in the future.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MEN #1 – SARA PICHELLI (1:100) | MARVEL | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

Fans REALLY want to see Miles Morales in live-action. They also REALLY want to see him interact with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. This first introduction of Peter Parker to Miles Morales is very hot these days. This 1:100, which is exceptionally tough to find, is “climbing” in price as seen by this week’s new high sale of $510 raw.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS #70 NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1983

By Matt Day

With the success of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, bounty hunters are all the rage these days. There’s a rumor out there that 4-LOM could appear in the Kenobi show, so his 1st full (non-canon) appearance in Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire #3 is on the rise (see Marvel Super Special #16 and the better known Star Wars #42 for the 1st cameo appearance). There has also been increased interest in other bounty hunters such as the Trandoshan, Bossk. His first on-screen appearance was in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and just like Boba Fett & 4-LOM, his 1st cameo appearance was in Marvel Super Special #16, which was famously reprinted in Star Wars #42. Some enterprising collectors look past those already pricey keys for additional early bounty hunter appearances. Star Wars #71 contains Bossk’s 1st full appearance, but there’s actually a brief cameo in Star Wars #70 that has flown under the radar – until now. CGC 9.8’s have historically gone for under $200 and previously never surpassed $250, yet a recent Heritage auction saw a newsstand copy go for a whopping $960! While there are 146 universal grade copies on the CGC census, it is unclear how many are newsstands as the census does not break out that information. There are 61 CGC universal 9.8’s on the census, but it seems sellers have not caught wind of that big sale as there are no high-grade CGC copies available on eBay at the time this article was researched. So check those long boxes for your own copies of Star Wars #70 – especially the newsstands

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SHAKER: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN I#17 – J.G. JONES – SPIDER-MAN 2099 (1:50) | MARVEL | 2013

By Matt DeVoe

We’ve well covered that Spider-Man 2099 is hot hot hot, thanks to his upcoming appearance in Sony’s SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE. His key issues are on fire, and this enthusiasm is just now starting to spread to his variant covers. There aren’t THAT many variants for 2099, but one of the favorites amongst collectors has always been this J.G. Jones 1:50 variant for Superior Spider-Man #17. Superior Spider-Man was a very popular run, so this 1:50 isn’t impossible to find… but it sure isn’t easy. So many collectors want a copy that supply and demand are driving its value up, as seen by this week’s new high sale of $400 raw this week and $1k in a 9.8 a week ago.

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SHAKER: TALES TO ASTONISH #27 | MARVEL | 1961

By The Professor

Tales to Astonish #27 features the first appearance of Henry Pym (original Ant-Man) – an American entomologist, biochemist, roboticist, engineer, and physicist, and the discoverer of the Pym Particles! Ridiculed for his theories, Pym has now created a serum for changing the size of any object. Testing it on himself after successfully shrinking and enlarging a doll’s chair, he finds himself lost in an anthill. While some ants attack him, others help him recover his serum, enabling him to return to normal. He dumps it down the drain, fearing how dangerous this serum can be. As with all important first appearance issues, comic book fans always love to add them to their collections. Are the recent sales of Tales to Astonish #27 related to FOMO, or are collectors genuinely attracted to this particular Marvel Comics super-hero? We saw a big CGC 5.0 sale of $8250, followed quickly by several lower graded sales, including a CGC 4.0 for $4200, a CGC 2.5 for $3000, and a CGC 1.0 for $1500. A low-grade (Poor/Fair) raw copy also sold for just over $900. Whether it’s FOMO, or collectors trying to get ahead of the curve, we definitely saw movement this week for this essential Tales to Astonish issue!

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SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA #7 | WARREN | 1970

By Ryan Forster

Frank Frazetta’s original art is some of the most expensive in the comic world, but the comics and magazines featuring his work are often surprisingly affordable. One of the most costly and in-demand books featuring his cover art is Vampirella #1, but he was responsible for many covers in this run, many of which are much easier on the budget. For example, a CGC 9.2 of Vampirella #7, another issue from this run that features his incredible cover art, just sold for a new record of $480. Considering a 9.2 of Vampirella #1 last sold in August of 2021 for $5,280 and would likely sell for more if it came up again today, $480 for one of Frazetta’s striking covers from this run feels like a steal. It’s important to note that prices have been climbing for high-grade copies of the issues featuring his work, so it may be worth looking into them sooner rather than later if you’re interested in adding them to your collection.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: BLACK

Deadline recently reported, “‘The First Purge’ Helmer Gerard McMurray To Adapt ‘Black’ Comic Book For Warner Bros., Studio 8”. This news is making all covers of the first issue trend. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #18 | MARVEL | 1986

By DiodeLad

The Direct Edition of Web of Spider-Man #18 sold for $338 for a raw comic on an eBay auction of 18 bids from 12 bidders this week. We investigated the sale because previous raw sales for this book were in the $10-$20 range. Not only is this a high raw sale, but it’s also the highest sale of the Direct version on our site altogether, including CGC 9.8s! The book was listed as a raw 9.8, and this cover features a lot of black on the edges, which makes it extremely hard to grade at a 9.8, so the bidders must have had high confidence in the seller’s grading estimation. This comic is widely described as the “1st cameo of Eddie Brock”, but you have to squint hard to accept that because it’s just a hand and an arm with a pink long-sleeve sweater pushing Peter Parker onto the tracks in front of an oncoming train. As cameos go, this is probably one of the weakest. It required a retcon in 1994’s Amazing Spider-Man #388, in which Eddie Brock admits being the person who pushed Parker into the train that day. Really? A pink sweater, Eddie? Somehow that doesn’t seem like your style. Even if it’s an outlier sale, it has our attention and is one we’ll be watching.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32 | MARVEL | 1975

By The Professor

With the new Moon Night Marvel series dropping just a few days ago, Moon Knight’s first comic book appearance is hotter than it’s ever been! This big baller book finds Moon Knight (Marc Spector) battling Jack Russell (as Werewolf) after attacking his buddy, Buck Cowan. Werewolf by Night #32 has been one of the more desirable comic books to speculate on with the anticipation of the new six-part mini-series. Sales have been steady and steadily climbing, but recently, we have seen some amazing sales. A few days ago, a CGC 9.6 sold for a record 26.5K, only to see a CGC 9.8 sell for an incredible 65K! WOW! The early reviews have been very positive for this new series, which likely helped influence collectors’ willingness to pay serious money for this essential Bronze-Age comic book. We also saw a CGC 2.0 reach a record $1300, so lower grades are also starting to follow this upward trend. Raws copies sales are also turning some heads with a $3550 sale for an NM- copy and a $7100 sale for an NM/NM+ copy. Average lower/mid-grade copies are well over $1000.

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