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Between multiple screenings of DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS this weekend, take a break and read through some of the other comic books that SHAKED up some new high sales. This week, we cover the first black superhero, a pricey Jeff Dekal variant, the first comic work of Steve Ditko, multiple Bat-books, multiple Deadpools, Bone, Smurfs, The Simpsons, etc. Whew! There’s so much in this one. Check it out!
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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: BATMAN #136 | DC | 1960
By Anthony Sopczak
This week I want to highlight Batman 136 from 1960, featuring one of Sheldon Moldoff’s iconic campy comic covers. A graded 9.2 copy sold on the first of the month for $1560. That is almost $200 more than a 9.4 sold for last year and an increase of $180 from the previous graded 9.2 sales this past October. You can quickly identify a Sheldon Moldoff Batman cover by how unrealistic, over-the-top, and fun the art looks. Still, it wasn’t always easy to figure out who the comic creators were when these issues came out due to the common tactic of many upper-echelon artists and writers hiring “Ghosts” in the Golden and Silver ages of the comic industry. A ghost artist or ghostwriter is someone who didn’t receive any credit for the work they did on comics. Bob Kane hired Sheldon Moldoff to create whimsical covers and interiors; then, he would infamously turn in that work with his name attached to the job without mentioning Sheldon. Bob Kane used this same technique with Bill Finger, the writer of Batman 136, when they came up with the concept and art of Batman himself for Detective Comics 27. DC has only recently, as of 2015, credited Bill Finger and Bob Kane as co-creators of Batman. As far as I can tell, this practice of utilizing ghostwriters wasn’t considered wrong or morally ambiguous in those times; however, times have changed, and we now have the opportunity to honor all the creators that filled so many imaginations.
SHAKER: BONE #1 | CARTOON BOOKS | 1991
By Nick Richardson
The dominoes continue to fall after the streaming giant Netflix revealed some less than stellar news to their investors. For the first time in a decade, it lost subscribers, to the tune of 200,000, and as a result, canceled numerous shows within several divisions of the company. One of which was Bone, based on the 91′ comic series and led by its creator, Jeff Smith. Optioned back in 2019, this series was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, that led to Jeff Smith acquiring the exact team he wanted to work on the show, leading to periodic updates that encouraged fans and collectors alike. The first appearance of Bone, although already pricey, enjoyed strong sales and incredible growth as the show grew closer to its scheduled year of release. For a CGC 6.0, it tripled from a high sale (and only) in May ’22 of $500 before jumping to an all-time high of $1,526 on April 27th, six days after it was reported Netflix would be dropping the series in a cost-cutting measure. The fallout burned Jeff Smith, letting the community feel his disappointment after releasing a tweet claiming ‘Never Again,’ without further specifying what it regarded. While fans fear he may be done attempting to adapt his beloved comic, that hasn’t scared off collectors from shelling out big time to secure a copy. It’s hard to say whether that trend will continue and how the potential of this book will be affected over the long term, but it appears fans of the award-winning series are willing to remain optimistic.
SHAKER: DEADPOOL #1 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER | MARVEL | 2019
By Jeremy Imlach
If you’re a collector who enjoys feeling nostalgic, you’ll love this. As one of the most iconic and recognizable advertisements of all time, we’re all familiar with the image of the baby and dog on the sunscreen bottle. This fun parody drums up those feelings of nostalgia by featuring Jeff the Land Shark and Bloodstone doing their best Coppertone baby impersonation. Nostalgia always seems to play a role in the collectibles marketplace. This past week showcased that. A CGC 9.8 sold for $385, beating the previous high sale from September of last year for $202.49. There have also been a few raw sales, the most recent going for $80. This sale is under the previous high of $99.99 from a week prior. Granted, the issue is the first in a new Deadpool series, but it’s worth noting that the other variants are not selling for these prices.
SHAKER: DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #300 – GAME VARIANT | MARVEL | 2018
By Matt DeVoe
We’ve covered video game covers before, and we’ve also covered Deadpool-specific video game covers. Well, here’s another one! This Super Mario NES homage was once very affordable, trending at an FMV of $25 raw and $130 in a 9.8. However, we a growing collector niche of video game homage covers; this is a no-brainer. This week, it increased to a new high of $300 in a 9.8, with raws trending at $35.
SHAKER: DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 | MARVEL | 1978
By Jeremy Imlach
The first appearance of Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy is making its way back into the spotlight! The last news we received about the upcoming Disney Channel series was an exclusive teaser trailer released this past February. Interestingly, the recent $455 sale of a 9.8 from this past week marked the highest sale grade since January. Simultaneously, raw sales hit a high of $81.28 and $77 in February and again for $70 in April. Since then, prices have settled to around $23. It seems that after the teaser trailer dropped, so did the demand for graded copies of this book. It’s also worth noting that while the teaser trailer was only about 20 seconds long, it did not feature Moon Boy. However, it did showcase Devil Dinosaur and Moon Girl.
SHAKER: EARTHWORM JIM #1 | MARVEL | 1995
By Nick Richardson
Earthworm Jim was an absolute gem of the ’90s. A shredded, space suit-clad worm with some outstanding humor began as a video game and TV show before being adapted into comic form. Some early work of Dan Slott embodies the spirit of Earthworm Jim just like the games did. While his popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years, his revitalization is reportedly on the horizon, and the community is pleased. Per Variety, as of November 2021, there is a new 3D animated show in the works, not to mention a trailer. Reports of a new video game were released around the same time, prompting fans to pick up this book while they could. The market for this hard-to-find book has tightened, leading to an all-time high sale of $1,140 in a CGC 9.8, up nearly $400 from its previous high in January. While there also have been multiple sales of around $310 for a CBCS 9.8, all by the same seller, they still need to be confirmed. The disparity between the two is quite dramatic, making us wonder what drove this price action, whether it was a poorly timed auction, an overvalue of a brand name, or a combination of multiple factors.
SHAKER: EBON #1 | SAN FRANCISCO COMIC BOOK COMPANY | 1970
By Matt DeVoe
As one of the only two Black men in the small press industry in 1970, creator Larry Fuller’s self-published book EBON features the first comic book with a black superhero in the lead role. While Black Panther was introduced in 1966’s Fantastic Four #52, his solo series didn’t release until 1977. Ebon was a Superman-type character that received his powers from an alien heart transplant. In this issue, he’s also given the tagline “the world’s boldest Black man.” However, due to this low representation of black creators and characters in the industry (and a predominantly white comic-buying audience), only 100 estimated copies were printed with no second issue. This week’s big raw sale of $1,675 feels undervalued with such a low print run. While this is a VERY tough book to find, Fuller and Ebon were highly influential trailblazers for the comic book market. And he didn’t just stop there! As a supporter of LGBTQ rights (which was very rare in the 70s), Fuller also went on to create the first LGBTQ comic, titled Gay Heartthrobs. Help share Fuller’s story and give him the exposure he greatly deserves!
SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2014
By Matthew Glover
“Okay, let’s do this one more time.” This second printing of the Edge of Spider-Verse #2 in 9.8 sold this week for a cool $900.00. The last time this issue in a 9.8 sold was for $685.00 back in January of this year. This issue is the first appearance of Gwen Stacy as Spider-Gwen, aka Ghost-Spider, aka Spider-Woman. The original cover had a red bar with the issue number and creative team, while this second print is in blue. While this 2nd print is not as sought after as the first print, it is steadily increasing in value. This issue went on to have five reprints. Unsurprisingly, this character has become a fan favorite and appeared in Sony’s Into The Spider-Verse movie in 2018. The fair market value for an ungraded issue is about $145.00. As the release of the Spider-Verse sequel approaches, expect to see this comic rise in value.
By Yves Navant
This book just sold for $1,525 in a CGC graded 4.5. The issue is not only a scintillating example of Pre-Comics Code horror, but it also (and most notably) features the first comic book work by enigmatic artist Steve Ditko! Farrell Publications was one of the few comic publishers known for capitalizing on horror books. Like a lot of 1950’s horror comics, Fantastic Fears is an anthology featuring several spine-tingling tales. Here, Ditko gets his start in sequential art on a script called “Stretching Things” by Bruce Hamilton. Ditko illustrates the story of a fella who suffers from brittle bone syndrome and is given a miracle cure that also makes his body pliable like rubber. The man murders his physician savior in order to keep his new rubbery secret. Ditko pioneered work for Marvel Comics, creating Doctor Strange and helping to establish Spider-Man (listen, it’s a long story). Ditko also co-created Captain Atom for Charlton and did brilliant work on the Question before creating the Creeper, Hawk & Dove, and Shade the Changing Man for DC. Anyone who loves comics knows Ditko is a mysterious legend. His work here is well worth the new high sale.
SHAKER: FORGIVE ME FATHER #2 – JEFF DEKAL | CREATURE ENTERTAINMENT | 2016
By Mr. Long/Short
This is the holy grail for the growing ranks of Jeff Dekal collectors. As his star rises, this is the number one book his fans are looking for. Forgive Me Father #2 cover C is extremely difficult to find, with copies rarely appearing online. This sale at $250 appears to be an excellent deal as a CGC 9.8 sold for the same price ($250) in March 2021. A raw copy also sold at the end of 2021 on Whatnot for an unreported $365. We spoke with Jeff Dekal about this book a few weeks ago, and he mentioned that Creature Entertainment told him that only around 200 copies were made. Considering the scarcity and that this is easily one of Dekal’s best works, the price of this book may continue to break records in the future. Sales of The Gun #2 1:10 have fallen from their highs of over $1000 but continue to sell well above where this sold. Currently, Something is Killing the Children #8 1:25 is currently Dekal’s most expensive book. CGC reports 111 copies on the census compared to just nine copies of Forgive me Father #2. There is a Forgive Me Father trade paperback with this cover as well. With only around 50 copies ever produced, it is even harder to find than this issue #2.
SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #87 | DC | 1971
By Nick Richardson
Neal Adams, an absolute titan of the comic industry, unfortunately, passed away on April 28th. Fans across the spectrum paid tribute to his life, reminiscing on his past work while digging through their collections. One of his most beloved co-creations was John Stewart, Green Lantern, his first appearance coming in this book. The ball was rolling heavily toward bringing this character to the big and small screen, driving up the price of this book after almost appearing in Zach Snyder’s Justice League before the part was cut. A Green Lantern show for HBO Max is currently stuck in limbo, with little information mentioning John Stewart, leading to a slight cool down. It recently sold in a CGC 8.5 for $1,200, on the uptrend again after holding steady. With the passing of Neal Adams and the DCEU ready to take the next step, fans are hopeful that John Stewart will redeem Green Lantern the way he was meant to be, in live-action, sans CGI costume.
SHAKER: HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 | DC | 1971
By Prof. X
Swamp Thing is one of DC’s characters born out of the horror genre. Bernie Wrightson and Len Wein brought Swamp Thing (Alex Olsen) to life in 1971. Only one year later, Swamp Thing (Alec Holland) was brought into the mainstream DC universe in SWAMP THING #1. Since that time, Swamp Thing has become a part of the Justice League Dark team, starred in two TV series, and even teamed up with Mystery Inc. in SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #40! What takes this book to another level is the astoundingly minuscule amount of copies graded at a 9.2. Out of 2919 graded copies of this book, only 71 are graded at a 9.2 (less than 3%). This could be one of the reasons that this book has been increasing in price. The last sale was nearly two years ago, at $8000. On May 1st, the new all-time high for a 9.2 copy reached $8400. This book has rarely had a downward trend, and it looks like the Avatar of the Green continues his steady ascent.
SHAKER: JUSTICE LEAGUE ADVENTURES #1 | DC | 2001
By Matt DeVoe
DC’s animated series JUSTICE LEAGUE This may not be the biggest shaker on the list, but it’s definitely going up! If you haven’t watched this 2001 series and its follow-up series, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, then you’re missing out. Timed with the animated series, this comic book adaptation of the show was mostly ignored. However, this is a must-have with Bruce Timm’s HIGHLY sought-after comic book covers. There’s also significant nostalgia around the TV show that extends to this issue, hence this week’s new high sales of $30 raw and $175 in a 9.8.
SHAKER: SHOWCASE #79 | DC | 1968
By Keith Shimabukuro
The trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp has created shockwaves throughout Hollywood as it plays out in everyone’s living room. The op-ed that she wrote essentially canceled Depp’s career, and now the tide may be turning on Heard. Unconfirmed rumors are flying that she only appears in 10 minutes of Aquaman 2, which is slated to drop in March of 2023 and has already completed filming. Could Dolphin make an appearance in the movie and maybe steal the spotlight? A raw book sold for a record $275 on 4/26/22, while an 8.0 sold for $569.89 on 4/28/22, which was almost as much as the last 9.0 sale on 2021. Mera’s boat could be sinking faster than the Titanic.
SHAKER: SMURFS #1 (NEWSSTAND) | MARVEL | 1982
By Keith Shimabukuro
I still remember the days when cartoons dominated Saturday mornings. Most of the popular ones revolved around selling you the toys (G.I. Joe, Transformers, and He-Man come to mind), but the Smurfs was the rare show that wasn’t a 30-minute commercial. We previously covered the first appearance of the Smurfs in Spirou #1071, which last sold as a raw book for $178.50 on 4/22/22. A newsstand version of Smurfs #1 graded in 9.8 sold for a record $343.88 on 4/26/22. It might be easier to spot a Smurf in real life than find an NM newsstand copy of this book!
SHAKER: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #6 – JEN BARTEL (1:25) | MARVEL | 2020
By Matt DeVoe
Jen Bartel is hands down one of our favorite artists. You know an artist is unique when you can immediately tell who the artist is with one glance at the cover. Jen is one of those. In 2020, Doctor Aphra was just gaining momentum amongst Star Wars fans, though she wasn’t quite the draw she is today. Heck, Star Wars (overall) wasn’t a big comic draw until the Mandalorian came around. Today, Star Wars fans are itching to see Aphra hit some form of Star Wars content. As we wait for her official on-screen appearance, her key issues and hard-to-find covers are constantly hitting new aftermarket highs. For example, Bartel’s gorgeous 1:25 for this issue hit a new high this week of $420 raw, which is $150 below the all-time high for a 9.8 sale in August 2021.
SHAKER: SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #70 | DC | 1966
By Ryan Forster
Most of us will never have a chance to hold, let alone own, the first appearance of Catwoman in Batman #1, but that’s where the first appearance in the Silver Age comes in. First Silver Age appearances are always a little strange since sometimes the gap between appearances is on the order of months, and in other cases, it can be over a decade since they last graced the pages of a comic book. In Catwoman’s case, her last Golden Age appearance was in 1954’s Detective Comics #211. Then the Comics Code Authority came along, and she was put on the back burner for 12 years. It wasn’t until 1966 when she returned in the relatively obscure title Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane. This book has been commanding some serious numbers over the last year, and this week we had a CGC 8.5 sell for a record in-grade of $1,140, beating out the prior record of $1,075 from April of 2021. This may not be a huge jump in price, but it shows that these values are holding steady after the big jumps in value last year, and some grades continue to trend positively.
SHAKER: TALES OF SUSPENSE #77 | Marvel | 1976
By The Professor
There is a lot of speculation regarding Peggy Carter (as Captain America) teased to appear in the new Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness movie (an alternate universe where she takes the serum instead of Steve Rogers). We briefly see her version of the shield and jetpack in the trailer, which is enough for most to believe she will appear in the movie. With all movie spec related to comic books, we have seen a nice spike in sales for Tales of Suspense #77 (Peggy Carter’s first appearance). A CGC 9.2 recently reached a whopping $1900, with a CGC 7.0 hitting $750. A graded 5.5 also sold for $385. Raw copies have surpassed $150, with one selling for $215. Based on what this book is currently listed for online, it may be hard to find reasonably priced copies. FR copies are now listed at over $70, with some raw copies at over $600! Check your LCBSs, as the FOMO may not have caught up there just yet.
By Yves Navant
$202.50 just bought some lucky creep a raw copy of this book. Following the relaxing of censorship standards that forbade supernatural characters, Marvel Comics burst out of the crypt with Tomb of Dracula. Tomb presented Dracula as an antihero, often saving the world for selfish reasons while evading vampire hunters and the loved ones of vengeful victims. Same Vlad, same. Who hasn’t been there? Of note, this issue was written by Gardner Fox, the creator of Flash, Hawkman, and the Justice Society of America. Fox also lead the reintroduction of DC’s silver age heroes. Remarkably, he was writing a horror book for 1970s Marvel. The story is an Edgar Allen Poe-esque romp in which Dracula travels through time via magic mirrors with a short-lived associate named Lenore, all while being hounded by his descendant Frank Drake, Taj, and Rachel Van Helsing (who ends up super tight with the X-Men. Briefly.). These Marvel horror titles are enjoying a bit of collector attention; thus, this issue’s new hot sale price.
By Yves Navant
A raw copy of this issue sold this week for $305. Part of Marvel’s 1970’s horror resurgence, including Werewolf by Night, Ghost Rider, and Son of Satan, Tomb of Dracula was a long-running (70 issues) classic that introduced the monster-hunting Nightstalkers and their star member, Blade! Blade was the first modern Marvel Comics film. The current and future cinematic success of the MCU can be attributed to Blade’s 1998 success. Blade is set to receive his own forthcoming MCU reboot as portrayed by Mahershala Ali. Our favorite day-walking, half-vampire, vampire hunter makes his second comic book appearance here in Tomb #12 before going onto an illustrious career in comics and film, including joining the Avengers. In this issue, he is one of a cadre of vampire hunters trying to corner Dracula in a haunted mansion called Whispering Hell. That’s just excellent writing, ladies and gentlemen. We can thank Blade for Raimi’s Spider-Man and all that came after. He was the first Marvel star to stake claim to contemporary movie audiences. Get it? Stake claim? Scrutiny of Blade’s comic appearances will continue as his live-action MCU debut approaches.
SHAKER: UNCANNY X-FORCE #5 (MANARA VARIANT) | MARVEL | 2013
By Keith Shimabukuro
We’ve discussed the Spider-Woman #1 variant by Milo Manara previously. The backlash it caused frustrated Manara so much that he quit drawing comic book covers for a few years. He’s done some work for Image and a DC cover recently but has not worked for Marvel since. These comics become scarcer, and the prices go up as the years go on. This Psylocke variant doesn’t come to market very often, but a 9.6 sold for $499.95 on 3/24/22, followed by a massive CGC 9.8 sale of $880 on 4/27/22. Even though he may have soured on comics, collectors haven’t soured on his art.
SHAKER: WEIRD TALES OF THE FUTURE #1 | STANLEY MORSE | 1952
By Ryan Forster
If you’re looking for an obscure pre-code horror and sci-fi title, we’ve got you covered with this one. Weird Tales of the Future only had a run of eight issues, but there are some huge bangers in there, with hardly any of them ever selling for under $1,000. It all started with this classic Basil Wolverton cover featuring that ever-present Golden Age trope of “the woman in the red dress” getting herself into serious trouble. This week we had a CGC 7.0 sell for a record $4,320, beating out the prior record in grade of $896 from 7 years ago in 2015. Since then, pre-Code Horror has seen some huge jumps in demand and price, and it shows with this massive sale. This title has multiple incredible covers, with some of our favorites being issues #3, #5, and #8. If you want to check these out for yourself, you can find them on the CovrPrice website and see what all the hype is about.
SHAKER: X-MEN #102 | Marvel | 1976
By The Professor
Round one goes to Juggernaut! X-Men #102 finds Cain Marko (Juggernaut) in battle with Storm and Colossus, defeating both and holding them hostage in hopes of luring Charles Xavier into a trap! Starting in 1975, Chris Claremont began writing the X-Men comic stories and is widely credited with turning this series into one of Marvel’s most popular. Claremont approached his duties as a writer through the lens of method acting – developing the characters by examining their desires, motives, and individual personalities. Issues #94 – #109 are considered some of the most important in the entire run because of Claremont’s involvement. This past week we saw a record high-grade raw sale of issue #102 sell for $595 (9.8). Graded 9.6 copies have recently sold for an average of $425. There are still deals to be had out there with this important X-Men comic book!
RUMORED/OPTIONED: ASSASSIN AND SON | SCOUT
Deadline is reporting that “‘Assassin & Son’: State Street Pictures Developing Film Based On Comic Book By Shad Gaspard, Marc Copani.” The best trending copy is the Tribute virgin variant for Shad Gaspard, who lost his life in 2020 after sacrificing his life for his son. That cover is trending at $75, but is still available for $20 @ Scout’s webstore. Those sales also go directly to Gaspard’s family, so that’s a great way to grab a copy for cheap if you’re looking for one.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: SIMPSONS COMICS AND STORIES #1 | WELSH PUBLISHING GROUP | 1993
By Matt DeVoe
First, you have to understand how prevalent the Simpsons were in 1993. Their pop-culture influence was immense throughout the ’90s. Due to this, the Simpsons appeared in plenty of magazines, and due to their icon status, they also were featured in some form of cameo or reference in comics like WHAT THE ?! #10 (first came of Bart Simpson) and NEW WARRIORS #27 (where The Simpsons appeared as normal humans/not animated). However, their first full official appearance is in this comic book, featuring a fantastic Bartman cover. Many instantly think of SIMPSONS #1 as the first, which keeps unknowing sellers consistently listing/selling this book for super cheap. Granted, conditions and prices wildly fluctuate. However, this week, an NM raw copy hit an all-new high sale of $172. The all-time high sales go to three 9.8 sales in 2022, two Heritage sales of $720 (2/14/22), $780 (3/7/22), and one eBay sale of $799 (4/11/22). So, this book is rapidly increasing in high grade, which will only bring up the lower grades with it. One to watch!
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: BATMAN #232 | DC | 1971
By Prof. X
Last week, the comic book community lost another legend, Neal Adams. From the creation of the iconic John Stewart to his influential role in revitalizing Batman’s darker tone, Neal Adams still found the time to champion the rights of freelancing comic book creators. Most significantly, Adams fought for the recognition of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster as the creators of Superman. If that wasn’t enough, Adams, in partnership with writer Dennis O’Neil, created one of the most notable antagonists in the dark knight’s mythos, Ra’s al Ghul. A 9.8 copy of this book had not sold since March of last year, when it sold for $8,000. There are less than 70 copies of a 9.8 on the CGC census, so this book rarely comes up for sale. However, its most recent sale of a 9.8 has made a tremendous reemergence, setting a new all-time high of $22,000!
RIP Neal Adams! You will be missed!!
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