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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: ACTION COMICS #43 | DC | 1941
By Ryan Forster
This was a big week for Superman sales, especially World War 2-themed covers. There aren’t many Superman covers (in the Action Comics or Superman titles) that specifically feature German soldiers. Because of that rarity, they command a significant premium when they come up for sale. This week we had a record sale in grade of $1,680 for a CGC 4.5 copy of Action Comics #43 featuring Superman going after a German paratrooper. This beat out the prior high in the CovrPrice records of $568 from 2013 by $1,112 or an increase of 196%. Superman may not be as popular as his golden age rival Batman. However, there is still a strong demand for his early appearances, especially with the recent world record sale of $5.3 million for a CGC 8.0 copy of Superman #1.
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 GABRIELE DELL’OTTO – VIRGIN (1:200) | MARVEL | 2018
By Nick Richardson
The Amazing Spider-Man #800 marked an end of a great run from Dan Slott, going out with the “Go Down Swinging” arc. A bit small, but packed with so much symbiote and goblin goodness. With the introduction of Red Goblin in issue #798, the first appearance of Goblin Childe debuting in this issue (with a Queen Goblin not far down the road), Marvel has definitely emphasized the goblin/symbiote tribe. Also, being a send-off book, Marvel went all out with over 60 variants for this issue. Many of which feature incredible art. Of those, Gabrielle Dell’Otto had three variants of his own, displaying his “amazing” version of the wall-crawler with narrowed eyes and an aura of webs. This 1:200 virgin cover, which recently sold for $553 in a CGC 9.8, certainly benefits from its added scarcity, but that’s not the only determining factor considering the 1:500 Alex Ross variant sells for a fifth of the price. Collectors have decided it’s worth the market price, just because it’s THAT good. While it’s the same cover as the 1:25, it benefits from the lack of clutter on the cover, letting Dell’Otto’s work shine.
SHAKER: ASTONISHING X-MEN ISSUE #1 – MARK BROOKS COMIC SKETCH ART VIRGIN EXCLUSIVE | MARVEL | 2017
By Matthew Glover
This issue re-launched Astonishing X-men, featuring a new team of Psylocke, Old Man Logan, Bishop, Archangel, Fantomex, Rogue, and Gambit. Written by Charles Soule, with art by Jim Cheung, the re-launched #1 included over 25 covers. However, the best variants can rise to the top of the pile. Mark Brook’s Psylocke cover is one of those covers. This variant came in a trade dressing and a virgin cover, sold directly by Mark Brooks at SDCC 2017. Both of which have been recently selling very well in the aftermarket. This week, this virgin cover hit a new high of $425 for a graded 9.8. A raw copy of this comic sells for around $125.00. The trade dressing variant in a raw copy sells for an FMV of $115, with 9.8’s selling for $250. Mark Brooks is one of the industry’s best and has seen many of his variants increase over the past two years. Check out his work. You’ll be hooked!
SHAKER: BATMAN #49 | DC | 1948
By Prof. X
Comic collecting is full of first appearances, variants, and spec buys. Some say to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter. BATMAN #49 is the debut of Jervis Tetch, the infamous Batman villain known as The Mad Hatter. While The Mad Hatter made his first appearance in the golden age of comics, it would be a decade before seeing a version of this character again, in DETECTIVE COMICS #230. However, DETECTIVE COMICS #230 is actually an imposter Mad Hatter, and that fact isn’t revealed until DETECTIVE COMICS #510. Since the debut of Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN, there has been a spike in sold Batman books, particularly villain 1st appearances. The Mad Hatter is not a bad bet to speculate on for a possible appearance in this new gritty and grounded Batman universe. At least that is what some fans think! A 6.5 graded copy of this book recently set a new all-time high of $4560, nearly $1000 above its last sale price of $3600.
SHAKER: HULK #162 | MARVEL | 1973
By Keith Shimabukuro
The Wendigo is most famous for being the villain on the cover of the first cameo and first full appearance of Wolverine, but maybe these key books are coming into their own after the massive sale of a 9.8 of $6K on 5/15/22. The monster, created by Steve Englehart and Herb Trimpe, is not one person but a curse that can strike a person who commits cannibalism and is based on a legend of the Algonquian peoples of Northern Canada. Seeing him fight the Hulk and/or Wolverine on the big screen would be a treat, especially since we know it’s only a matter of time until the X-Men make their MCU debut.
SHAKER: THE INCREDIBLE HULK VOL.1 #4 | MARVEL | 1962
By Nick Richardson
Due to its premature cancellation, the initial six issues of The Incredible Hulk issues are truly starting to get their due, with the community continuously paying a premium to obtain them. With epic art from Jack Kirby and two classic stories from Stan Lee, the first appearance of Mongu saw a high sale in a CGC 4.0 for $1,200, a 17% increase from earlier this year. Stan the Man broke some ground on the stories featured. One story left Hulk with the intelligence of Bruce Banner and needing Gamma Rays to transform in “The Monster and the Machine.” Another featured the evil Mongu in “The Gladiator from Outer Space.” And then, one story focused on an evil scientist, “Boris Monguski,” wearing an alien battle suit who dared to challenge the world’s strongest fighters under the threat of invasion. The Hulk, of course, mops the floor with Mongu and his forces. Fun, right? That’s the thing about early Hulk, It’s entertaining, bombastic, and laid the groundwork for one of Marvel’s most beloved characters. While Mongu, in this form, doesn’t appear again until Fear #14 as an actual alien gladiator, this early key still demands a high price. With a 9.8 selling in 2020 for over $22,000, these lower-grade books might be a worthy purchase for collectors who are aiming to complete the initial “run” of the Incredible Hulk without taking out a loan.
SHAKER: LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #1 – NATALI SANDERS | BIG DOG INK | 2012
By Matt DeVoe
We’ve featured rare Jeff Dekal early covers and early Natalia Sanders covers in past articles. Both are artists whose early work is surging in aftermarket value. Natali, specifically, has several valuable and sought-after Ursa Minor covers. However, here’s another super pricey Sanders cover for you super-fans out there. This issue of LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST reportedly features a cover that Natali created by using herself as the model. This week’s new high sale of $700 for a CGC 9.8 is one of only TWO sales we’ve ever seen in the past four years. Keep an eye out in the wild for this. It’s out there… somewhere.
SHAKER: MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL #1 1:25 TARR VARIANT | MARVEL | 2019
By Mr. Long/Short
Reviews of the trailer for Ms. Marvel’s Disney+ show have been decidedly mixed. That said, Kamala Khan books continue to sell well. A raw copy of Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 1:25 recently sold for $134, which is the second-highest raw sale (there was a $170 raw sale in July 2021). This book has a lot going for it. It’s easily one of Ms. Marvel’s coolest covers. When this book came out, it was not heavily ordered according to data provided by Comichron. Initial orders were around 28,000 copies meaning that most comic shops were not ordering 25 copies of this book. There are only 40 total copies currently graded on the CGC census. Low expectations for the Ms. Marvel Disney+ show may bode well for the price of her books in the future. If the show surprises fans and collectors, her rare and sought-after issues may see a jump in price. We will have to wait and see!
SHAKER: MARVEL TALES #1 | MARVEL | 1964
By Anthony Sopczak
Are you a die-hard Marvel comics fan? Do you want some of the holiest of Marvel grails but don’t have $42,000 to buy them at a .05 grade at today’s fair market values? Well, step right up, and let me introduce you to Marvel’s 1964 extravaganza known as Marvel Tales #1. Within the hallowed pages of this aggregated annual, you will find the remarkable reprints of the first appearances of many of Marvel’s most magnificent members, including The Amazing Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Sgt Fury, and his Howling Commandos, Ant-Man and more! This issue has cover art by Steve Ditko (Spider-Man) and Jack Kirby (everything else), but that’s not all. You also get two pages of photos from Marvel’s staff at the time, including Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Chic Stone, Don Heck, and Vince Colletta. Don’t tell Spidey fanatics, though, because a photo of Steve Ditko from the lineup is conspicuously missing, who left Marvel’s bullpen just two years later. There are less than 400 graded copies on the CGC census, and given the contents of this comic, they are often so well-read that higher grade copies above 6.5 are relatively scarce. As many of you know, when first appearance prices get out of reach for the masses, they move to the second appearance or other major storyline keys. However, another option, especially for the Silver Age of comics, is these characters’ first reprints. And that appears to be what one lucky soul did when they purchased a raw copy this week for $450, the second-highest raw sale recorded by Covrprice since at least 2017.
SHAKER: PLANET COMICS VOL. 1 #13 | FICTION HOUSE | 1941
By Nick Richardson
Some Golden Age, sleeveless, ray gun-wielding, damsel-saving science fiction certainly never hurt anyone, except maybe their wallets. The most recent sale of this book may have some fans feeling like they’re seeing Science Fiction play out, but nay, it’s real life! Heritage recently went through an all-time high sale, topping out at $4,320 for a CGC 5.5, blowing its previous all-time high in the same grade of $3,480 back in February into outer space. Did we mention that the last high sale of $3,107 was for a 7.0 in 2016?! Fans and collectors alike are digging the Golden Age of comics as of late, and this issue is no different, slowly raising the floor price for said books as more and more copies leave the market and remain firmly in personal collections. For many, Planet Comics represents a piece of history, being the first series dedicated entirely to science fiction. Covers such as this and the stories within really drive that home. With UFOs being a hot topic of commentary amongst the public as of late, it’s no wonder sales of books such as this featuring the Brute of Mars and the first appearance of Reef Ryan, a space soldier, discovering a feudal alien society 10 miles below the surface of Neptune are front and center.
By Yves Navant
Featuring a Plastic Man story written and drawn by the legendary Jack Cole, one lucky buyer just stretched their bank account to pay $3,299 for this issue in a CGC graded 9.0. Jack Cole created Plastic Man, the first rubbery comic hero, in 1941. That’s right, there would be no Mr. Fantastic, Elongated Man, or Mom from The Incredibles without Eel O’Brian- a gangster turned hero who received his powers during a botched chemical factory robbery! Thank goodness OSHA doesn’t exist in comics; we’d have so few heroes and villains. Plas’ adventures appeared in this anthology title, Police Comics, featuring later members of the Freedom Fighters and All-Star Squadron: The Human Bomb and Firebrand (after DC Comics bought the publisher’s entire stable of Intellectual Properties). As we’ve said ad nauseum, finding intact comics from the Golden Age is a collector’s dream! Featuring the inimitable work of Mr. Cole on a story called The Return of Madam Brawn, this comic’s naughty mystique is elevated by a scintillating scene in which Plastic Man is forced to smoke marijuana, an extremely scandalous vice in the 1940s. This taboo pre-Comics Code scene makes this book well worth the new high sale price.
SHAKER: PREDATOR #1 – CHRIS WARNER – SPECIAL EDITION (LIMITED TO 1000) | DARK HORSE | 2009
By Jeremy Imlach
What makes this issue a “Special Edition” is Chris Warner’s reimagining of his original cover art while paying homage to the first Predator comic series, Predator: Concrete Jungle. Limited to only 1000 copies, it’s no wonder that there have only been so few recorded sales. It’s also why a 9.8 sale of $500 marked the first sale of that grade at an all-time new high. To further explain this issue’s rarity, there are only five other recorded sales: Three 9.4’s, for either $175 or $200, and two raw sales, for $79.99 and $128.50. So, hopefully, that helps give a sense of how often this book pops up for sale.
SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2019
By Jeremy Imlach
BOOM! Studios’ shook’ the market altogether with this series, making Erika Slaughter a comic book household name. Her first appearance in issue #1 has been trending for a while now. While there are plenty of variants that we could dive into, we’ll focus on this standard cover’s recent 9.8 sale of $1,199.99. Granted, this isn’t the highest sale price, but it’s considerably higher than the recent trend we’ve seen in 2022. While there have been a few sales over $1,000 in 2022, most of the high sales were recorded between May and August of 2021. This book has stood strong through the market over the past year, proving Erika’s popularity as well as the series. This is something to keep an eye on. A sale this high hadn’t shown up since August of last year. Could this be a trend towards a higher FMV or just an excited buyer? Either way, it certainly SHAKES the market!
SHAKER: STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – AFTERMATH #1 – GEORGE CALTSOUDAS (1:25) | IDW | 2019
By Matt DeVoe
With the poorly received INHUMANS series, Anson Mount had a rough 2017. However, with high fanfare around “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds”, and his fresh new appearance as Black Bolt in DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, Anson’s having a great 2022. This renewed fanfare around the actor brought some attention to his first comic appearance as Captain Christopher Pike on this very rare and hard-to-find 1:25 for STAR TREK DISCOVERY: AFTERMATH. Seriously, try to find this. This week’s new high sale of $425 for a CGC 9.6 makes this a book to seek out. In fact, all the variants for this series feature an Anson variant. However, this is the only non-photo cover, and photo variants tend to be less desirable (with plenty of exceptions). Happy hunting!
SHAKER: STREET FIGHTER VS. DARKSTALKERS #1 – ARTGERM (1:20) | UDON COMICS | 2017
By Matt DeVoe
There’s a Street Fighter Swimsuit issue, a new Darkstalkers #1, and a Darkstalkers: Morrigan series releasing in the next couple of months. These two beloved franchises are immensely nostalgic for any ’90s gamer or fan of the past (and highly missed) Marvel vs. Capcom games. It’s no wonder that all the variants out there for these franchises are seeing price bumps across the board. Many are VERY tough to find, and we’ll feature them as they pop up. However, you have a winner when you combine the two franchises and give the first issue an Artgerm incentive variant. This should have been a no-brainer for collectors in 2017. This week, a raw hit a new high sale of $400, which creeps close to the all-time high sale of $500 for a 9.8. If you’ve had your eye on any Udon Street Fighter or Darkstalker variant, now’s the time to grab them.
By Yves Navant
A raw copy of this issue just sold for an all-new high raw sale of $235 for a 7.5 condition copy. Why is that, you ask? Aren’t there cooler or more relevant issues of Namor? Not if you love Stingray, the aquatic Avenger! First appearing in his civilian identity in Tales to Astonish #95, here Walter Newell is contracted to capture Namor, who has lost his ability to fly and breathe underwater! Developing a suit based on a manta ray, Newell traps Namor but is convinced by the Sub-Mariner that he is not the threat the government believes. This issue also features an appearance in comic form of the Marvel Bullpen- the real-life, round-the-clock staff of Marvel Comics! They appear as beachgoers who surround the avenging son of Atlantis. Stingray later becomes an associate member of the Avengers after their mansion is overthrown and destroyed by the Masters of Evil; Stingray leases part of Hydrobase, his research facility, to the team in their hour of need. People love Avengers. All this for $235?!? Not bad.
SHAKER: SUPERMAN #189 | DC COMICS | 1966
By Yves Navant
This Silver Age CGC 9.8 thrill ride just sold for $1,020. It doesn’t feature a splashy first appearance or a pivotal event that DC will only redact when it restarts their universe again (seriously, please stop doing that). Featuring a cover illustrated by luminary Curt Swan and a story by Otto Binder and Wayne Boring that is purely and simply wonderful fun! An example of what Silver Age comics were at their wildest and most charming, “Krypton Lives Again” depicts Superman flying into space to investigate a planet on a collision course with Earth. Supes discovers that the planet is followed by a red sun, robbing him of his powers (no x-ray vision). While investigating his shockingly intact home world, Superman is plagued by accidents that take the lives of any seeming survivor, including his presumed-dead father! It turns out (spoiler alert!) the planet is a duplicate created as a decoy by Jor-El, populated by robots to confuse Krypton’s alien invaders. Jor-El was a good dad. This issue is testimony that comics can have esteemed value just for being good comics. Sometimes a well-written and drawn adventure can lead to high sale prices, and that’s pretty cool.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 (3RD PRINT) | MIRAGE | 1985
By Keith Shimabukuro
I remember when reprints were disregarded as unworthy, and people would only want the first print, but those days are long gone. The first print of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 has gone stratospheric over the last few years, with 9.8s reaching almost a quarter million in 2021. Second prints haven’t increased as dramatically as we’ve only recorded one sale of a 9.8 in 2019 for $7,500, making these scarce in the market. With a print run of around 35K, third prints are more accessible, while 9.8s are still hard to attain with the weird size and all-black cover. Two sales this month completely obliterated the previous 9.8 records with a sale of $7,700 on 5/7/22, followed by another record sale of $8,400 on 5/16/22, beating the previous high sale by more than $2K just last year. Cowabunga!
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100 – PEACH MOMOKO – ULTIMATE COMICS | IDW | 2019
By Prof. X
One of Peach Momoko’s breakout books recently set a new all-time high. A graded 9.8 of Momoko’s Ultimate Comics store exclusive, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100, sold for $1,495 on 5/17/22. This was nearly a $500 jump from its last sale in 2021, when it sold for $1000. Over a dozen variants were released for this issue, and this is one of the harder-to-get variants. There are currently 110 9.8s on the CGC census, 42 of which are signature series. Whether it is the exclusivity of this variant or the sought-after artist, this book has definitely made its mark on the TMNT legacy. In fact, with this last sale, this book has officially become one of the most valuable TMNT books of all time! COWABUNGA!
SHAKER: WOLVERINE #13 | EDITORIAL NOVARO | 2015
By Josh Allen
This week we have a fun sale to talk about. The Wolverine #1 J Scott Campbell La Mole exclusive CGC 9.8 sold for an impressive $600. I’ve watched this book trend in the $140-$160 raw range for the past two months. Seeing this sale really hit home for the foreign market. It’s a tough book with its all-black cover and being sold in Mexico. Personally, I have a lot of faith in the foreign market for books like this. With the US edition commanding such a premium you can grab this book at a fraction of the price. A rising tide raises all ships and combined with the La Mole’s scarcity I see a bright future ahead.
SHAKER: X-MEN ISSUE #500 – MICHAEL TURNER SKETCH VARIANT COVER | MARVEL | 2008
By Matthew Glover
Pencil work makes all the difference. This rare Michael Turner sketch variant recently sold for $450.00 on May 14, 2022. This new high value was for a raw copy. The last graded book was a 9.8, sold for $482.86 in July 2021. The average sale price for this book in a 9.8 is around $600.00, with the last recorded raw sale at $400 back in June of 2019. Love it or hate it, many companies use the pencils from other covers as variants instead of commissioning new art. This issue came out in 2008 during the Manifest Destiny era of X-men comics and was written by Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker. However, it’s Michael Turner’s legacy that’s driving up some of his scarcer covers. This issue had ten different covers, but the sketch variant is by far the most difficult to find.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
One of our favorite books (and least favorite comic-book film) is getting a second chance! Deadline reports”‘The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ Set For Reboot From 20th Century Studios & Hulu.” This is excellent news, and we’re excited to see how this progresses. Now, time to find the recalled version of issue #4!
The She-Hulk trailer is finally out! It looks fun, but it featured some questionable (hopefully temporary) CGI. However, the series does open the doors for Marvel’s whackier side to shine through.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: WONDER TWINS
Deadline recently reported a few weeks ago that” ‘The Wonder Twins’ HBO Max Movie Powers Activate With KJ Apa & Isabel May.” Cut to this week where the project has been canceled. This is the dangerous world of comic-based content.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #118 | MARVEL | 1994
By Matt DeVoe
The comic aftermarket is currently focused on the various alternate Spider-Men & Spider-Women, with many collectors buying into all the different Spider personas. As we head into INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2, which is further out than we would like, it’s time to pick some central characters up now. Aside from Miles, 2099 is the clear alternate Spidey focus for the SPIDER-VERSE. While there are no rumors of the Scarlet Spider having a central role, the likelihood of him having more than five seconds (like the Spiders in Spider-Verse #6) is very high. Though its current raw FMV of $75 and current 9.8s in auction heading well over $500 may be closing the window of being able to buy this first appearance at a reasonable amount. For now, we’re watching!
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6 | MARVEL | 1968
By The Professor
Requiring Element X to save Invisible Girl’s baby, the three other Fantastic Four members travel to the negative zone to try and secure some from the Cosmic Control Rod. Unfortunately, this rod is wielded by Annihilus (the inter-dimensional insectoid/tyrant). Stealing the rod, Annihilus gives chase forcing Mr. Fantastic to give up the rod – but not before he manages to secure some Element X! Racing back to earth, they are able to save Susan Richard’s baby. This issue has so much going for it – the first appearances of Annihilus and Franklin Richards, the introduction of the Cosmic Control Rod, and amazing Kirby cover art. With the double spec of Annihilus possibly attached to Nova, Franklin Richards, and the MCU, this issue is one of the more important Fantastic Four Annuals (this and Annual #2 – Origin Dr. Doom). We saw a CGC 9.6 shatter the previous record this week, selling for a massive $17K! A graded CGC 7.0 also hit the $1000 mark. Raw copies also saw a spike in value, with a mid-grade copy selling for over $450, with average prices in the $300-400 mark for lower-mid-grade copies.
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