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This week we cover the hottest sales of the week, featuring a bunch of variants with all-time high sales. We mix in some incredibly tough books to find with a splattering of some of our other favorite shakers of the week. You’re missing out if you’re not checking out the SHAKERS list every day. 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: AIR FIGHTERS VOL. 2 #2 | HILLMAN | 1943
By Yves Navant
A CGC graded 5.0 copy of this issue sold on May 8th for $3,120. This issue serves as the first appearance of Valkyrie, not the Marvel one, the female Nazi aviator. As you can see from the cover, the Teutonic femme-fatale did indeed bring us the latest war thrills. Air Fighters Comics was an anthology published by Hillman Periodicals (best known for true confession and true crime magazines) featuring several aviation adventurers, Airboy primary among them. Airboy was a World War 2 era hero that used a prototype sentient aircraft and French uniform he inherited from its inventor, a dead Christian monk friend, to fight the Axis Powers. Our homegirl Valkyrie who debuts this issue? She defects to the Allies (cause who wants to be a Nazi). Airboy was revived by the oft-forgotten but pretty pivotal Eclipse Comics in the late 1980s and then enjoyed another revival in 2014, this time written by James Robinson and Image Comics. This Golden Age issue, featuring war propaganda, the first appearance of a villainous German soon-to-be-heroine, and a beloved character, is enjoying a new high sale price.
SHAKER: ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #1 – TRADD MOORE (1:50) | MARVEL | 2014
By Matthew Glover
The Ghost Rider rides again! This premier issue of the All-New Ghost Rider sold for a hot $2,224.00 this past week. The 1:50 ratio variant features art from Tradd Moore, who you might recognize his work from 2019’s Silver Surfer: Black. This issue features the first appearance of the All-New Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes. Unlike past Ghost Riders, this spirit of vengeance drives the Hell-Charger. A raw copy of this comic is selling for an average of $536.00. This character has already appeared on the hit TV series Agents of Shield, played by actor Gabriel Luna. Many folks are asking if this version of Ghost Rider returns to the MCU in some future project?
SHAKER: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 | NEWTON COMICS | 1974
By Josh Alen
This Australian Newton Amazing Spider-Man #5 came in strong this week! A mid-grade copy (complete with its poster) sold for a record price of $408 raw! Newtons have been a tear for the past year and show no signs of slowing down. Sourcing these books is quite the quest & they don’t always survive in the shipping process. I think being written in English is helping these native Australian books out immensely on the secondary foreign market. Check out our coverage on Newton Comics back in December 2021 when an INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 sold for a new high.
SHAKER: AVENGERS #62 | MARVEL | 1969
By Anthony Sopczak
I don’t usually put too much weight on one-off sales that are significantly higher or lower than previous sales, but you notice when you have clear progressive lines of ascension over a couple of years. On May 7th, a 9.4 graded copy of Avengers 62 sold for $1900, and a 9.2 graded copy for $1200. Previous sales for graded 9.4s were $900 this past November and $300 two years ago, in conjunction with 9.2 graded copies’ prior max of $425 back in December 2020. You can easily see the tide rising on these high-grade copies. Avengers 62 is significant for having the first appearance of M’Baku, aka Man-Ape, which Winston Duke perfectly portrayed in the 2018 Black Panther film. There is quite a bit of conjecture in the comic book world about how Marvel will replace Chadwick Boseman after his untimely passing. At the top of many lists is M’Baku as the next MCU Black Panther. In comics, M’Baku is often a villain of Black Panther. An outlawed Wakandan who forms a cult that worships the Gorilla god Ghekre and seeks to overthrow T’Challa’s reign. His goal is to return Wakanda to a more primitive society. The character is also usually, and unfortunately, drawn as a black man in a white ape outfit. Many in the community have shown disapproval and disappointment in Marvel’s lack of awareness of the historically racist imagery still shown in modern comics. Luckily his design in the MCU is much improved in that regard. Overall, he is a fan favorite and my favorite character from the film, outside T’Challa himself, of course. Whether he becomes the next Black Panther or not, he is poised to have a larger role in the series moving forward.
SHAKER: BLACK CAT ISSUE #1 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL – COVER D – LE CHAT NOIR | MARVEL | 2019
By Jeremy Imlach
Le Chat Noir was an entertainment establishment, deemed “the first modern cabaret,” located in Paris in the 1880s and ’90s. Campbell’s cover pays homage to the famous 1896 poster, created by artist Théophile Steinlen, advertising the troupe’s tour and replacing the black cat in the original poster with Marvel’s Black Cat. It was released as an SDCC exclusive in 2019, limited to 1,500 copies. Last week a 9.8 sold for a new high of $2,500. Previously, two 9.8 copies sold for $1,500 and $1,250 in November 2021. With only one sale at a significantly higher price, it’s hard to say if this book is ‘trending.’, but this sale certainly shakes the market! It’s also worth noting that there were three raw sales in November 2021 – one for $1,000 and two for $500. This, paired with the last two sales of $750 in December 2021 and $900 in February 2022, has brought the FMV to around $835.
By Yves Navant
Daredevil Comics #17 just sold for a new high-sale of $4,320 in a CGC graded 7.0. No, no. Not Matt Murdock, our blind attorney with a penchant for the wrong love interests. This was the first Daredevil, a guy named Bart Hill (or Bill Hart, depending on who you ask) who was stricken mute as a child after witnessing his father’s murder and then, shortly after, branded with a hot iron. The Golden Age was rough on kids, wasn’t it? Bill/Bart becomes a vigilante, as traumatized children often do, using a boomerang to fight crime because his burn scar was in the shape of a boomerang. Daredevil’s series ran until issue #70 when The Little Wise Guys (a… kid gang busy hanging a soldier on the cover) took over the book as superheroes fell out of fashion. Where were child protective services in the 1940s? This iteration of Daredevil was brought back by Image Comics after becoming public domain. It appeared sporadically until 2008, when Dynamite Entertainment, Jim Krueger, and Alex Ross reintroduced him in Project Superpowers as The Death-Defying Devil. Sarcasm aside, any surviving comic from the Golden Age is a remarkable artifact and is likely highly sought after, regardless of title and brand.
SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #566 | DC | 1986
By Keith Shimabukuro
This iconic cover of Batman’s Rogue Gallery was created by Dick Giordano and almost has a Neal Adams feel to it. Although Giordano started as an artist, he became better known as an inker for none other than Neal Adams on titles such as Batman and Green Lantern. He finally left DC comics after not being able to find consistent artwork and formed Continuity Associates with Adams in 1971. This book has always seemed undervalued, with raw books going for around $30 and 9.8s going for $100-200, but a huge sale of a 9.8 for $518.88 may have changed all that. Maybe Giordano is finally getting his due.
SHAKER: DOCTOR STRANGE #169 | MARVEL | 1968
By Yves Navant
This book is actually Doctor Strange #1, and a raw copy just sold for $239.99. Previously titled Strange Tales (the series where Doctor Strange first appeared that he shared with the Human Torch for a minute, and later and longer shared with Nick Fury), the book was renamed for one of its stars (Doctor Strange), with this issue becoming Stephen’s first eponymous solo series. The new title kept the book’s legacy numbering, starting Stephen’s solo adventures at #169. The issue features a retelling of Stephen’s origin, as previously told in Strange Tales #115, with a stellar cover illustrated by Dan Adkins. Shockingly, and for the first and only time, Stephen Strange is shown smoking a cigarette twice in this issue, once while explaining his origin and again in flashback. Gross. Some doctor. Long a fringe character with several failed series, operating in the shadows of the Marvel Universe, Doctor Strange became a household name thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch and the MCU. Stephen’s latest film, In the Multiverse of Madness, has helped the good Doctor teleport to new levels of success. By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, there are some great Strange comics out there, and this is one of them.
SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #55 | MARVEL | 1966
By Nick Richardson
Jack Kirby knew how to put together an amazing cover! Ben Grimm thought ole’ Chrome Dome was making a move on a friend of his, and the Thing wasn’t having it. Leading to an epic battle between the two, the cover of this book captures some of the wonders of the early days of the Silver Surfer, not to mention his sweet new threads (previously depicted with no briefs). With a recent raw sale of $305 and a CGC 7.0 for $384, this classic book still hasn’t returned to its all-time highs, but it’s well on its way in that direction. With Kevin Feige confirming the First Family, aka the Fantastic Four, are coming to the MCU, fans naturally think of a galactic level threat to replace Thanos. While that may not come to pass, collectors are still hopeful the Herald of Galactus will appear in the near future (along with the big man himself).
SHAKER: FORGIVE ME FATHER #1 – DEKAL VARIANT | CREATURE ENTERTAINMENT | 2016
By Mr. long/Short
While Forgive me Father #2 may be the holy grail of Jeff Dekal comics, collectors are waking up to some of his other work for indie publisher Creature Entertainment. There have been a few recent sales of Forgive me Father #1 in the $100 range (this book has several covers, including a fantastic red 1:5 ratio by Patrick Reilly). These sales are noteworthy because this book could have been found for $10 or less just a few months ago. Dekal’s cover for Forgive me Father #1 is far more common than issue number #2 or The Gun #2. That said, the overall print run is tiny in the grand scheme of things. Dekal has several other books from Creature Entertainment that are nearly impossible to find. We eagerly await a sale of TS 101, his first official work.
SHAKER: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #118 | MARVEL | 1965
By Ryan Forster
Remember that giant metal being that Thor fought at the end of his first appearance in the MCU? If you weren’t aware, that mindless suit of armor is known as The Destroyer, and while it was created as a tool to be used by the likes of Odin, it often seems to cause more trouble than good. The Destroyer makes its first appearance in Journey Into Mystery #118 on a great Jack Kirby battle cover and “destroyed” the prior overall record sale this week with a CGC 9.4 copy hitting $7,200. The previous record was $6,100 for the single highest graded CGC 9.8 copy in 2017. This was a significant sale considering it is two grades lower and sold for $1,100 more. Collectors have largely overlooked these Thor issues. Still, these rare high-grade copies are definitely starting to get more attention.
SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #2 – TAKEDA VARIANT | MARVEL , 2019
By Matt DeVoe
After the passing of Stan Lee in 2018, Marvel gave several of their books a Stan Lee memorial banner featuring his name and the years 1922-2018. These books also featured an all-black back cover, opting out of displaying any ads. There’s a significant collector base of these tribute covers. Most of which were featured on just the standard covers of select Marvel titles. However, a few 1:25 ratio variants featured the tribute. This variant, by Monstress artist Sana Takeda, is one of these and is considered to be the hardest to find. With this title, it has greatly escalated in price over the past three months to its current new high of $200 raw! While this is a challenging book to find, this is an excellent treasure-hunt book to find at your LCS. These are out there. Also, keep in mind that while folks call this “the rarest,” it’s not. A few more obscure variants exist, like INFINITY WARS: FALLEN GUARDIAN #1 – JEFF DEKAL (1:25) (2018). Shops were far less likely to order 25 copies of this variant over Miles Morales, who had a big following (even in 2018/2019).
SHAKER: SIEGE #3 DEADPOOL VARIANT | MARVEL | 2010
By Nick Richardson
At this point, Deadpool might as well forget the bling and wear this book around his neck! Hitting a new all-time high of $4,550 for a CGC 9.8, this retailer variant cover by the great J. Scott Campbell is soaring in price. It was only available to retailers who sent 50 copies of DC’s Blackest Night #1 to Marvel. Due to this rigid (and pricey) requirement, it clearly wasn’t a widespread book. Marvel aimed to turn unsold books into cash for comic shops, which quickly fell away after trying again six months later with Wolverine #1. The commotion it caused within the community wasn’t worth the headache. Still, it did bring a highly desired variant to market for collectors to pine over, albeit one that has gone up roughly $1,500 in the past year! Not only does this book have a fantastic cover, but it also has an excellent storyline to boot, featuring the likes of Balder the Brave and Dr. Doom, two characters with appearance potential for the wider MCU.
SHAKER: SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE #1 – “@ THE OFFICE” EMPLOYEE VARIANT | IMAGE | 2016
By Nick Richardson
Folks sure do love their Spawn books, and often the rarer, the better. With a plethora of rarer books in the run due to low printings, epic covers, and first appearances, what you have is no shortage of in-demand, scarce Spawn books. This book, however, may just be the unicorn of the bunch. With a reported 50 produced and personalized to individual employees for Christmas, although the exact count is unknown, this book was only available to those who worked for McFarlane. They rarely come to the market, as a personalized book certainly fills a particular niche. But when it does, it comes swinging. With a recent sale of a CGC 9.8 for $1,999, personalized to a lucky “Andy,” it’s up $500 from its previous sale in June of 2020 and continues to rise with market demand.
SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN #1 ADAM HUGHES (1:100) | MARVEL | 2015
By Nick Richardson
Spider-Gwen is one of those characters that wasn’t taken seriously upon her release. Almost a gimmick, some saw, until that facade faded away to reveal what she truly was; a character with some staying power. Spider-Gwen continues to dominate as one of the most sought-after modern characters, along with the likes of Miles Morales in the comic zeitgeist. With 29 variants of this book upon release, one of which being the 1:100 Adam Hughes variant, collectors had their pick to choose from. With beautiful work done by Hughes, fans have continued picking this hard-to-find book up when they can. Luckily, it has remained relatively steady, selling recently for $750 in a CGC 9.8, much like it did in March of last year. With Across the Spider-Verse releasing next year, we are curious to see if that trend continues.
SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN: GWENVERSE #1 (COMICSPRO) | MARVEL | 2022
By Keith Shimabukuro
The ComicsPro conference was held online this year at the end of February. Over 300 retailers and 41 publishers participated in the event (https://www.facebook.com/comicspro) to discuss the current issues in the comic book industry. One key perk to attending the conference are the exclusive books given away by the publishers. There is no way to determine these books’ print runs, but they are scarce, and some get hot quickly. The first recorded sale of the Spider-Gwen: Gwenverse #1 was on 4/19/22 for $99. Two weeks later, the prices were hitting nearly $500, culminating in a sale of $1,025 on 5/5/22! Talk about escalating quickly as this book is on fire.
SHAKER: STAR WARS GALAXY’S EDGE #4 [1:25] | MARVEL | 2019
By Prof. X
Stacey Lee has had several iconic ratio covers. From SILK #1 [1:25] to SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1 [1:25], this book is another to add to the list. Doctor Aphra has been a longtime speculated character, and this cover can be hard to find. While not a key, this storyline beautifully illustrates why Doctor Aphra is loved by many. Her temple trekking and trap-avoiding skills are showcased as she hunts for the Sword of Khashyun. It’s a thrilling adventure, very reminiscent of a space version of Indiana Jones. However, the most compelling aspect of this ratio variant is the newest all-time high sale of $1200 for a 9.8! There are only a handful of recorded 9.8 sales, and there’s a reason. According to the CGC census, there are only 15 copies of this 9.8 graded book. Given the 1.5-year gap between the last sale and this one (5/06), it may be a thrilling hunt of its own to find another 9.8 up for sale!
SHAKER: SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS #5 | MARVEL | 1973
By Keith Shimabukuro
Marvel supernatural properties, fueled by the filming of the Werewolf by Night Halloween Special and speculation of a supernatural team movie based around the midnight sons, have been on a tear. Werewolf by Night, Elsa Bloodstone, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, and Blade have all consistently made the Daily Shakers list. It has bled over to the Tomb of Dracula. Now, the Living Mummy has also managed to break into this trend with an amazing record-breaking sale of a 9.8 for $3,850, up almost $2K from the last sale on 6/01/21. Marvel horror sounds like a spooky proposition.
SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA STRIKES #1 – MICHAEL TURNER – VIRGIN (1:35) | DYNAMITE | 2013
By Matt DeVoe
This may be one of Micheal Turner’s rarest variants (arguably one of his best!). As noted, most stores don’t heavily order Dynamite titles. For this reason, their higher ratio variants tend to be some of the rarest in the industry. This virgin 1:35 is nondifferent as it VERY rarely comes up for sale. Typically, it’s one sale per year. This week, a rare copy sold for a new high of $599 raw. This outsold the only 9.8 sale we’ve seen at $500 in May 2018. Keep in mind that there is a 2022 reprint for the new VAMPIRELLA STRIKES series that looks IDENTICAL to this 2013 version. The original is noticeably darker, though this can only be distinguished when looking at them side by side. Always ask the seller to see a picture of the indicia to confirm the printing date or back cover. The original features an ad for Garh Ennis’ RED TEAM series, while the 2022 version features a social media ad for Dynamite.
SHAKER: WEIRD SCIENCE #16 | EC | NOV 10, 1952
By Jeremy Imlach
Published by EC Comics, Wally Wood’s cover art was so influential that it went on to inspire the artwork for the classic Topps trading card series Mars Attacks. You’d think this would be a popular cover, but EC’s science fiction series didn’t sell well, which contributed to its scarcity. The series only lasted 22 issues, and in 1954 EC combined the series Weird Science and Weird Fantasy into Weird Science-Fantasy. A high-grade sale finally popped up last week, and an 8.5 sold for $4,320. The only other graded sales were a 4.5 in December 2021 for $360 and a 6.0 in June 2019 for $415. There have also only been three recorded raw sales, ranging from $75 – $216, depending on condition. What’s remarkable about this most recent sale is the high grade of a 8.5 for a book that is just under 70 years old and rarely shows up. Keep an eye out for this one, but be wary of the RCP (Russ Cochran Publisher) reprints!
RUMORED/OPTIONED: PROJECT NEMESIS
Deadline recently reported that “‘Project Nemesis’: Chad Stahelski To Direct Series Adaptation Of Jeremy Robinson Novel In Works At Sony TV.” While this is picking up the book rights, it was adapted into comic book form, which can be rather challenging to find. Apparently, the publisher didn’t promote the comics, and sales were considerably low.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: AVENGERS #85 | MARVEL | 1971
By Prof. X
Golden Archer, American Eagle, Lady Lark, Tom Thumb, Nighthawk, and Hyperion; these are superhero names that are rarely heard of in Marvel lore. However, the debut of the multiverse in the MCU has rippled out interest in various multiversal teams. The Squadron Supreme debuted in this book as a team of superheroes from a parallel dimension to Earth-616. The first meeting with the Squadron Supreme descends into combat in true Avengers fashion. After some reconciliation, it plunges into battle once more before the two teams reach peace and work towards the greater good. While there are faint whispers of the Squadron Supreme possibly debuting in the MCU, there have been no concrete rumors or leaks. Nevertheless, this Roy Thomas/John Buscema gem has no problem selling. With an FMV of $119, this book reached a new high on 5/10, with a raw sale of $200.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: FEAR #10 | MARVEL | 1972
By Ryan Forster
Insert Giant-Size Man-Thing joke here. The first appearance of Man-Thing in Savage Tales #1 has been making significant leaps in price over the last year, with a 9.8 hitting a mind-bending price of $37,200 in November. With that first appearance reaching new highs regularly, Man-Thing fans are searching for other options to get their hands on, and his first solo story in Fear #10 is a great alternative. This week we had a new record sale for this book with a CGC 9.8 selling for $3,120, beating the prior record in grade of $525 from 2015 by $2,595 or almost 500%. That’s not a bad return over a seven-year span. Man-Thing’s appearance in this title culminates with issue #19, the first appearance of the cult favorite Howard the Duck. He got promoted to his first self-titled issue, Man-Thing #1, in 1974. Will Marvel eventually introduce this character to the MCU and create an endless stream of memes and childish jokes? Only time will tell.
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