WEEK IN REVIEW

June 10th, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Comic Report!

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

 

SHAKER: ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #2 – FELIPE SMITH (1:50) | MARVEL | 2014

By Matt DeVoe

While many collectors have been busy picking up the first appearance of Robbie Reyes in issue #1 of this series, many overlooked the scarcity of his second appearance in this second issue. Over the past two years, this 1:50 has been quietly increasing from its $20 starting point in 2020 to this week’s all-new high of $600 raw! Typically, orders for the second issue drop significantly, and many stores wouldn’t have ordered fifty copies of this issue to qualify for the variant. Additionally, the awesome Pop Mahn 1:25 variant for this issue also saw significant sales, with a new high of $125 raw this week. Congrats to those smart enough to pick them up when they were a mere $20. 

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE #1 | MARVEL | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

Once upon a time, fans despised Sony’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN films with Andrew Garfield. The films were widely panned and significantly dismissed, along with anything related to it, such as this comic book movie adaptation. However, that all changed after Tom Holland’s Spider-Man teamed up with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s alternate Peter Parker/Spider-Men in SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME. NO WAY HOME fixed many of Amazing Spider-Man’s issues. It closed several important character arcs for Garfield’s Spider-Man, including saving Mary Jane by the lessons he learned after failing to save his universe’s, Gwen Stacy. Andrew’s version was instantly redeemed and, in turn, beloved. His AMAZING SPIDER-MAN films surged in views on Disney+. He became so popular that fans began demanding Sony to create an Andrew Garfield AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 film. While this was happening, this comic adaptation was quietly building up in market value, culminating in this week’s massive sale of $800 for a CGC 9.8. This webbed up the previous 9.8 sale of $150 just last week. Is this a fluke or a new trend? We’ll have to see. Either way, this is how the wind blows when it comes to comic collecting and overall fandom. It’s genuinely fascinating to see.

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SHAKER: ARCHER & ARMSTRONG FOREVER #1 – BURNT WOOD – CVR D (1:250) | VALIANT | 2022

By Matt DeVoe

Valiant is well known for paving the way for creating unique variants for collectors. We recently covered a few of Valiant’s early metal variants, the first ones of their kind that are now a popular trend. Jump to this past May 2022, and they’ve once again blazed (literally) a new variant of wood with the exclusive cover burnt into it. Like many of Valiant’s rarer covers, this was a 1:250 incentive and is incredibly tough to find. Valiant fans are all over it, pushing prices to their current price tag of $400 raw. It’s unknown whether CGC or CBCS can grade these yet, but we expect these to disappear into collections quickly.

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SHAKER: BATMAN #427 (NEWSSTAND) | DC COMICS | 1988

By Yves Navant

A rare newsstand edition of this key chapter in one of Batman’s most infamous storylines sold this week for $599 in a CGC graded 9.8! This is the story arc in which the then-current Robin, Jason Todd, is killed by the Joker. Jason’s death has been adapted in the live-action HBO Max show Titans and the animated film Under the Red Hood. DC Comics, reacting to fans’ dislike over Jason Todd’s characterization, set up two 1-900 phone hotlines that, for the price of $1 a call, gave callers the chance to vote for or against Jason’s death at the story’s climax! The end of this particular issue included a full-page ad with both phone numbers, with the following issue revealing the results. In the end, a slim majority (only 72 votes) of fans voted to kill Jason. The publicity stunt led to massive media attention for DC, Batman, and the story, with many fans unaware that this was not the original, beloved Robin, Dick Grayson, being killed. Jason has since returned to life in 2003’s Batman Annual #25, but he remained a casualty of disgruntled fans and a wild publicity stunt for 25 years.

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SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #59 | DC | 1968

By Keith Shimabukuro

Is no news good news for the Green Lantern series? The project seems to be quite the undertaking for Warner Bros as there is currently no production start date. Guy Gardener and Alan Scott have been the only two casting announcements, which has helped keep this issue afloat. Raw books have been slowly establishing new highs in March and April at $400, and $500, respectively, but a sale of an 8.5 of $1595 on 6/3/22 just eclipsed all graded sales besides a lone 9.8 sale way back in 2019. Only time will tell what happens to this property, but Green Lantern is a way better idea than Wonder Twins.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE #50 – DAVID WILLIAMS – CONNECTING | IMAGE | 2008

By Matt DeVoe

By 2008, with the exception of Larry’s version of issue #1 (which featured the same cover with the words “LARRY’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COMICS LIMITED EDITION”), Invincible was a rare variant free series. Seriously, try to find any modern series that lasted 49 issues without a variant cover. We have to go all the way to issue #50 to get our first variant, featuring Invincible #50’s David Williams connecting variant whose connected brethren are Brit #7 (David Williams) and Astounding Wolf-Man #7 (David Williams). This week a copy of this cover sold for a massive new high sale of $600 raw, obliterating the last raw sale of $240 in January this year. Keep in mind, despite twelve 9.8 copies on the CGC census, we’ve never seen a copy come to market. Invincible fans tend to hold on to their books, hence the incredibly high prices for issue #1. We’re eager to see one, though! For now, we’ll remain shocked by that new high sale this week.

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SHAKER: THE LAST OF US: AMERICAN DREAMS #1 | DARK HORSE | 2013

By Matt DeVoe

Set to release in 2023, we recently received our first teaser image of HBO’s adaptation of the popular Naughty Dog video game. While it’s not much to go on, production officially wraps today. That means we’ll be seeing plenty more of this anticipated show in the next couple of months. This week’s new all-time high sale of $1,149.69 for a CGC 9.8 is a flare for significant market movement for the franchise’s first comic book appearance. The last 9.8 we tracked was in 2020 for $215. This series is not easy to find. If you’ve seen a copy sitting at your LCS, now might be the time to pick it up. 

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SHAKER: MARVEL TEAM-UP #14 | MARVEL | 2006

By Topher S

One thing I love when looking at the current market is to follow books that saw huge price increases and see where they are now. Most of us do this, and the trend is often not good. Books tend to lose value pretty rapidly after the speculative hype has dissipated. And while this may be true for a large percentage of books, some defy the odds. This Robert Kirkman penned issues of Marvel Team-up is one of those books. Even though the Invincible cartoon debuted some time ago, high-grade copies of this book continue to do well. Sales range from 30-60 raw, depending on condition, with a recent sale of 70. The lesson here is not to underestimate a dynamic cover featuring two beloved characters. It doesn’t hurt that Mr. Walking Dead himself wrote it. The story is also quite important, making this one to hold.

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 – STAPLES (1:50) | MARVEL | 2014

By Keith Shimabukuro

We have written about this fantastic variant in the past. Just two months ago, we wondered if the delay of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse until June 2023 would affect the price of Miles Morales’s books. Apparently, this book went unscathed, as a 9.8 went for a multiverse shattering $6,600 on 6/06/22, nearly doubling the last sale of $3,550 for a 9.8 on 3/16/22 as well as the $4,867.28 for a 9.6 on 4/16/22. This book has now surpassed the all-time high of the first appearance of Miles in Ultimate Fallout #4 by $2,600!

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SHAKER: NOT BRAND ECHH #1 | MARVEL | 1967

By Prof. X

NOT BRAND ECHH is a satirical comic book published to parody superheroes like Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and other Marvel properties. The series ran from 1967-69, publishing 13 issues. The first issue published was the first cover appearance of Forbush Man, an employee of the parodied “Marble” comics. The comics debuted satirical versions of our favorite heroes, such as The Thung, Weed Wichards, Human Scorch, Inevitable Girl, Silver Burper, and the Inedible Bulk. Several Marvel legends contributed to this publication, like Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, Roy Thomas, and Stan Lee. This 1967 gem recently sold for a new all-time high of $2040 for a 9.8 graded copy, and there are currently only 16 graded 9.8 copies on the CGC census. A sale of this caliber is fairly rare, as the last time this book had a 9.8 sale was back in 2016.

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SHAKER: REFORM SCHOOL GIRL! #1 | AVON |1951

By Yves Navant

This pre-Comics Code classic just sold for $3,840. Not bad for a book with a .10¢ cover price. Speaking of, this book used a salacious photo cover to entice readers into the pages of a pretty typical-for-the-time crime anthology, but with stories starring young females. Faith is denied parole and escapes prison to return to a life of crime! Adele (no, not the singer, but I wish) joins a teenage street gang and becomes a car thief! Bea is a pawn in a scheme to blackmail a millionaire! Beverly’s past comes back to haunt her and her new husband! An exhilarating comic from the exploitation era, this book was singled out by Fredric Wertham in the oft-discussed Seduction of the Innocent. He didn’t want us to have any fun …or access to lurid stories about bad girls. Pfft. Wertham. This comic is unrelated to the 1957 and 1986 films of the same name, but all three prove that a good title is timeless.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #283 – EXPO COLOR VARIANT | IMAGE | 2018

By Matt DeVoe

Last week, we were going to cover the B&W EXPO variant of this book when it sold for a massive $1,500 in a 9.8. However, we cut it due to the already numerous Spawn books on our list. Flash forward to this week, when the color version ALSO sells for $1,025 raw! For comparison, the last raw sale for this book sold for $400. Granted, it has sold for as high as $885 raw, but still! The B&W’s last 9.8 sale was for $330 in 2020. Estimated at a limited set of 400 copies, these Szymon Kudranski exclusives were available at Fan Expo 2018 in Oregon. Available for a mere $10 each, the premium on these unsigned sales is due to McFarlane signing most copies while attending the event. There’s no notable key information within the pages, so their rarity is the key driver of its market value. Finding non-signed copies can also be tough for those looking to grade their copies or for collectors who don’t prefer signatures on their books. Regardless, these sales were considerable price jumps, adding them to the growing list of Spawn books worth over $1K.

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SHAKER: STRANGE TALES #138 | MARVEL | 1965

By Prof. X

The THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER trailer has sent the speculator market wild. However, many eagle-eyed speculators are basing their investments on one specific scene of the trailer. When Jane Foster holds Mjolnir to the sky, lightning illuminates a room. This room has several statues as tributes to other gods in the MCU. These gods are considered Lady Death, Eon, Uatu, The Living Tribunal, and Eternity. It is important to note that some of these busts are very hard to see in the split-second scene. Nevertheless, speculators are following their instinct and taking the first appearance of Eternity to new highs. A graded 9.4 recently sold for a new all-time high of $1200. It will be interesting to see how high this book could go when (or if) Eternity is confirmed to exist in the MCU.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS #13 | DARK HORSE | 1999

By Nick Richardson

Oh, Yaddle, the fans hardly know ye. But, that appears to be changing if news from Lucasfilm is to be believed. Lucasfilm confirmed that Jedi Master Yaddle will appear in the upcoming animated series, Tales of the Jedi, and fans have been eager to pick up raw and graded copies of this scarce book. Yaddle, a female of the same species as Yoda, has flown under the radar since her inception, but not due to a lack of fan interest. Appearing briefly in The Phantom Menace on the Jedi council, as well as snippets sprinkled throughout other Star Wars media, fans have been thirsty for more information about her story, her species, and her Force powers that, in some regards, rival Yoda’s. The drive to learn more about this mythical species and their Force connection has driven collectors to the aftermarket to secure a copy of their own, with a recent sale of a CGC 9.8 topping out at $325. While not the all-time high sale, which occurred in April of 2021, it’s returning to that level. With raw copies sitting at a $15 FMV, but only 70 on the CGC census, 28 of which are 9.8, a run on high-quality books in the lead-up to release could squeeze the market significantly as anticipation for more Yaddle grows.

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SHAKER: SUPERNATURALS #1 – GREG CAPULLO – CREEP-O-RAMA | MARVEL | 1998

By Matt DeVoe

Before there were the Dark Avengers, there were the Supernaturals. This Marvel series featured Ghost Rider, Satana, Werewolf (Jack Russell), Brother Voodoo, Black Cat, and Gargoyle. However, these weren’t your usual iterations of the characters. These versions were from Earth-98091, a Halloween-centric world where this group of heroes were the last of the metahumans. The series was dark and significantly departed from the lighter Marvel comics in the ’90s. Lasting only four issues, the series never found enough fan interest to continue. However, with conversations around the Dark Avengers, Thunderbolts, and Spirits of Vengeance, Marvel fans are discovering this forgotten series and loving it. While the standard issues still sell relatively cheap, this tough-to-find Greg Capullo “creep-o-rama” variant sold for a hefty $172 raw this week. It’s the only copy sold we’ve ever seen. So, if you’re out there hunting, take a mental snapshot of this cover and keep an eagle eye out for it when digging.

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SHAKER: TAILS OF THE PET AVENGERS #1 – DEADPOOL VARIANT | MARVEL | 2010

By Matt DeVoe

Before hints of Throg appearing in the MCU, anything related to the character (let alone any animal-centric Marvel book) was widely ignored and dismissed. And when you take an underordered series like THE PET AVENGERS and give it a spin-off title called TAILS OF THE PET AVENGERS, you can see why this series had a small print run of (roughly) 8,200 copies. Then apply a 1:15 incentive ratio, and you can see how rare this variant is. It’s the only Throg as Deadpool cover you’ll find (if you’re a fan of that specific niche collecting). However, based on this week’s new all-time high sale of $150 raw, it will not be cheap.

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SHAKER: THE TICK  #1 | NEW ENGLAND COMICS | JUN 1, 1988

By Mr. Long/Short

Most comic book collectors who were in the hobby in the 1990s will have fond memories of The Tick. Except for TMNT, The Tick is arguably one of the most successful independent comic properties of all time. The character enjoyed several action figure lines, a forgettable video game, an iconic animated series, and two enjoyable live-action series. This 9.8 sale of $1,500 for The Tick #1 is the highest price we’ve ever seen this book sell for. In all fairness, this book rarely sells in 9.8 as only eight copies are on the CGC census. This book is tough to get in high grade due to its oversized all-black cover printed on cheap paper. It is worth pointing out, that this is not the Tick’s first appearance, which happened in a one-page story in The New England Comics Newsletter #14 in 1986. The character made additional appearances in issues #15 and #16 of the NEC Newsletter. The Tick’s first comic book appearance was in the Tick Special Edition #1, printed with serial numbers of 5,000. The Special Edition was released in March 1988, while issue #1 was released in June 1988. The Special Edition looks like issue #1 but has a white cover. The interior of the books is identical except for the letters page and some advertisements. SPOON!

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SHAKER: X-MEN #50 | MARVEL | 1968

By Nick Richardson

Jim Steranko has a talent for fantastic covers, including this one that features Polaris, the daughter of Magneto. First appearing as Lorna Dane in X-MEN #49, her latent magnetic mutant abilities are unleashed thanks to the villain Mesmero. This spawned decades of involvement in many X-teams and villainous ones, up to and including today. Marvel did something that felt ripped from the past as they took a poll amongst fans regarding who should join the new iteration of the X-Men. Among a multitude of others, Polaris was picked, and the writers have delivered despite fan speculation. Collectors have begun revisiting her second appearance, which luckily hasn’t made it out of reach for most in a raw grade. It’s still attainable with a recent sale of $255 for a raw copy and an FMV of $235. While CGC 9.8’s have reached $5,200, the floor is quickly rising as progressively lower grade raw copies routinely fetch higher prices. After an initial bump when Polaris appeared in the live-action show The Gifted, this book calmed down, but the recent take on this underrated character has sent that trend back upward.

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SHAKER: X-MEN #25 B&W VARIANT | MARVEL | 1993

By Nick Richardson

This book will forever be known for the bone-chilling or bone-ripping madness of the Master of Magnetism, separating our dear Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton from his body. The main cover of this book, and its variants, are readily available for the modern collector, part of the Fatal Attractions run that screamed 90’s with wraparound covers and holographic character depictions. This variant, however, is in a league of its own. Its black and white background makes Magneto brutally stand out, along with having him in the holographic portion formerly occupied by Gambit. Recently selling for $916 in a CGC 9.8, it blows the other variants, which usually see varying FMV from $4 to $88, out of the water. It was a limited retailer incentive exclusive and, at the time of release, often had a premium price associated with it when available at local LCSs. Most collectors chose to grab multiple copies of cover A instead, but those who held on to their copy are reaping the rewards.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: GHOSTBUSTERS – ANIMATED SERIES

Per Variety, “‘Ghostbusters’ Animated Series in the Works at Netflix, Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan to Produce.” While the last film, GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE, failed to move Ghostbusters-related comics in the aftermarket, this news has seemed to give the first appearance of The Ghostbusters in comics (THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS ISSUE #1, Now Comics, 1988) some significant market traction. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: THUNDERBOLTS

Deadline announced that “Marvel’s ‘Thunderbolts’ Movie Taps Jake Schreier As Director.” This immediately captured fans’ attention since, until now, a Thunderbolts hasn’t been officially announced. Sure, it’s been evident for years now that a super team of villains and anti-heroes was being pulled together (specifically by La Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus). However, a team name was never mentioned, leading to plenty of online debate over whether this team would form as the Dark Avengers or Thunderbolts. Keep in mind that William Dafoe’s Norman Osborn was introduced in SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME, so Dark Avengers wasn’t off the table (while still the least likely of the two). Regardless, a spike in sales for the Thunderbolts’ first appearance in INCREDIBLE HULK #449 and Dark Avengers #1 skyrocketed and has never stopped. This officially confirms the team debate and will immediately turn HULK #449 into one of the comic pillars of Marvel phase 4. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #3 | MARVEL | 2015

By Matt DeVoe

Disney+’s Star Wars series have found significant critical and fan success. Obi-Wan proved they could take the highly criticized prequels and make them both relevant and seen through a new lens. The Mandalorian set Star Wars on a path of great content that has all Star Wars fans returning to the franchise with giddy excitement. With various books spiking in sales from easter eggs and mentions in Obi-Wan, we’ve noticed a significant dip in value for Doctor Aphra’s first appearance. The anticipation for her first content appearance was palpable after season one of the Mandolorian. Rumors and whispers of her coming jumped when Black Krrsantan appeared on Boba Fett. We all know she’s coming at some point, but we don’t know when. What we do know is that prices for her first appearance are as low as they’re going to get. 9.8s are selling for $350 to $400, way down from the height of $663. Raws are selling from $48 to $120, down from highs of $260. If you’ve wanted a copy, now’s the time. Meanwhile, it’s a book we’re closely watching.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: FOUR COLOR #228 | DELL | 1949

By Keith Shimabukuro

We reported in December 2021 that Wilmer Valderrama (of That 70’s Show fame) was set to star as Zorro in a new TV series for Disney. At the time, we stated that the first appearance of Zorro was severely undervalued at an FMV of $40 for a raw. Well, that all changed with a monster sale of a 9.2 for $5,040 on 6/5/22. This book is extremely tough to find, especially in high grade, with only two 9.2s on the CGC census, so it will be interesting to see if the TV series can spark an interest in lower grade raw copies. But for now, en garde!

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