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This week we cover the hottest sales of the week. 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: 2000 AD #2 | IPC | 1977
By Matt DeVoe
This British weekly anthology features the first appearance of Judge Dredd. Created by John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, the character was made famous by the Sylvester Stallone live-action 1992 film and Carl Urban in 2012. Despite no current content, Dredd is an independent favorite with an increasing fan base. With that said, his first appearance hit an all-time new high sale of $11,400 for a CGC 6.5. Its high price is directly connected to how challenging it is to find, especially in the US. Due to its low paper quality, it’s even tougher to find in high grade.
SHAKER: 5 CENT COMICS [ASHCAN] #1 | FAWCETT | 1940
By Matt DeVoe
This entry features another British comic hero who also once graced the pages of 2000 AD, DAN DARE. Created by illustrator Frank Hampson, many sources point to EAGLE #1 as Dan Dare’s first appearance. However, this eight-page black and white ashcan was printed ten years prior. This was only published for in-house use to secure the copyright, and it was never distributed to newsstands, and the “5 Cent” title was never used again. Last week, the highest-graded copy on the CGC census, a 9.6, sold for $13,200. With only three copies on the census, that may have been a steal.
SHAKER: CLERKS: THE COMIC BOOK #1 | ONI PRESS | 1998
By Matt DeVoe
In 1998, the independent film scene adored Kevin Smith and his irreverent low-budget comedy style. Smith’s dialogue celebrated nerd culture with candor and delivered some highly quotable dialogue. It ALL started with 1994’s CLERKS when Smith sold his comic book collection to fund the film. It kickstarted Smith’s career in a big way, generating legions of die-hard fans. Typically, content-connected comic books don’t do well. Yet, this small printed issue quickly sold out and was reprinted more than seven times with covers that all appear the same, with only the indicia noting the printing number. However, this first print was never worth more than its original cost. Cut to 2022, where the market value for this early Kevin Smith-written comic (this was his second after Oni Double Feature #1) began jumping to $15 and then $50 raw. 9.8’s used to sell for under $50 in 2019, yet in 2021 it jumped to $275, and now, to this week’s all-time high of $750!
SHAKER: DARKHAWK – ISSUE #50 |MARVEL | 1995
By Nick Richardson
Created by Tom DeFalco and Mike Manley, Darkhawk first appeared in Marvel comics in 1991 and had a steady ongoing series for 50 issues. Since his initial run ended, the character has made several appearances in different mini-series and events, including War of Kings and Secret Invasion. While there hasn’t been any confirmed news of an MCU appearance, his first appearance has been jumping in price. With high market attention around end-of-run issues, this big #50 final issue recently sold for an all-time high of $525 in a 9.8. Darkhawk seems like the type of zany, odd-ball character James Gunn would enjoy putting in an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie. His speculated inclusion in the MCU isn’t impossible. However, nostalgia around this ’90s favorite could be driving these current prices.
SHAKER: DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING #1 – PLATINUM EDITION | DC | 1993
By Matt DeVoe
Death, one of Sandman’s most popular characters, has crossed over into the main DC universe multiple times. Her increased interest has spiked due to the upcoming SANDMAN Netflix series. This series features Death’s first solo story, featuring a storyline where Death became mortal for a day. With more eyes on Sandman key issues, this hard-to-find retailer appreciation platinum edition is seeing new high prices, as seen by this week’s high of $500 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #31 | DC | 1939
By Nick Richardson
Holy smokes, this classic Batman tale, with an iconic Bob Kane cover, just sold for an incredible $93,000 in a graded 2.0! With Batman’s first appearance in DETECTIVE COMICS #27, fans still saw the character being fleshed out several issues later, with his origin story not coming until issue #33. While not as epic as Batman’s first appearance, this book features the first appearance of the Bat-Gyro, a precursor to the Batplane and the Batarang, two gadgets that have become synonymous with the caped crusader over time. With Matt Reeve’s take on Batman and his numerous gadgets, a new generation of fans and longtime community members are looking back to the classics to see where he garnered his inspiration. This particular sale might be inspirational for some who have held onto a copy of this Golden Age classic. With the last 2.0 graded sale in March of 2018 selling for a respectable $27,000, the most recent sale crushes it by $66,000! What an incredible jump for this Batman key, which gets further out of reach for the overwhelming majority as time passes. With only two at a 2.0 on the CGC census, it will be interesting to see how the future of this book plays out.
SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #40 | DC COMICS | 1940
By Yves Navant
This key Batman issue recently sold for $31,200 in a CGC graded 6.0. This phenomenal issue features the contested first cover appearance of Joker; there is debate whether this is Joker’s cover debut or if that occurs on Detective Comics #62, where Joker is more obviously depicted. Consensus oddly considers this issue to be Joker’s first cover appearance; odd because Joker doesn’t appear anywhere in the issue. The villain that is introduced here is Basil Karlo, the original Clayface! Decades before Matt Hagen appeared as Clayface 2- a sentient, shapeshifting pile of clay, Basil Karlo was introduced. Karlo, whose character was inspired by horror genre legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney. Chaney was a makeup pioneer known as the “Man of a Thousand Faces, after whom Clayface was most closely modeled. Karlo became a murderous actor who wore a grotesque mask of heavy theatrical makeup to murder actors on a horror film set in which Bruce Wayne’s love interest had been cast. In a plot point that could resonate today, Clayface is enraged that his classic film The Terror is being remade and murders the actors starring in the remake. With the introduction of a spectacularly classic villain and an infamously debated cover, this book is well-worth its recent sale price.
SHAKER: EXCITING COMICS #9 | PINES | 1941
By Matt DeVoe
Despite a few reboots from Dynamite comics, the Black Terror isn’t quite a household name among comic collectors. Though he should be, he was possibly one of the most popular comic book characters from the ’40s to the ’60s. He was one of Alan Moore’s personal favorites, reintroducing the character in his 2001 TOM STRONG series. Despite his lack of prominence these days, his first appearance in this issue is still highly sought after and quite valuable, as seen by this week’s substantial new high sale of $52,800 for a CGC 8.5.
SHAKER: FOUR COLOR #88 | DELL | 1945
By Nick Richardson
Another Promise Collection pedigree sold this week for just a “hare” more than the book mentioned in last week’s market report at $9,300! Bugs Bunny is an iconic and beloved character who has spanned generations. With the shift in the 40s to more of a talking, cute animal approach in comics instead of superheroes, it’s obvious why Bugs shot up in popularity. Fans couldn’t get enough, spawning TV shows, motion pictures, books, comics, and more. This issue is only the fourth appearance of Bugs Bunny in comics, and a lucky collector scored an amazing CGC 9.4 Promise Land Pedigree from Heritage Auction for $10,200! Quite a substantial sum for a book with minimal sales, the last (and only) graded sale being a CGC 8.5 for $336. Talk about a price jump! But, with only 16 copies on the CGC census ranging from 3.5-9.4, a collector paid up big time to get their hands on this early high-grade appearance of THE Bugs Bunny.
SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #13 – RAHZZAH 2020 | MARVEL | 2019
By Van Denby
Miles has been hot for years with consistent sales across various books. Yet, one thing he has not had is a solid cast of characters around him. These characters typically debut in the main character’s series and become long-term mainstays, grounding our favorite heroes and providing them with that consistent emotional foundation. Appearing in the middle of a big event book, like the Death of Ultimate Spider-Man in Ultimate Fallout, Miles never received that early foundation. This issue is the debut of his sister Billie, and she could definitely be that grounding character. This book has fluctuated over the last year, but this week saw a nice sale of an NM raw copy for $180. There are three covers to this issue and a 2nd print, and all command significant prices, but this cover by Rahzzah may be the winner of the bunch long term. While the new version of Billie is from a different future, her prospects of being important to Miles are reason enough to think this book will be a constant in sales and possible growth.
SHAKER: NIGHT NURSE – ISSUE #1 | MARVEL | 1972
By Matthew Glover
Hello Nurse! A 9.8 copy of Night Nurse sold last week for $33,600! From Stitches to Concussions, the Night Nurse will fix you up. This four-part mini-series was released in 1972 and featured the appearance of three female nurses, Linda Carter, Christine Palmer, and Georgia Jenkins. All four issues in this run are high-value books. Created by Stan Lee in 1961, Linda Carter first appeared as Student Nurse in Student Nurse #1, right around the time Fantastic Four #1 premiered. The MCU has not had a direct incarnation of Linda Carter as Night Nurse. Marvel, instead, substituted different aspects of her story for two other characters, Christine Palmer (played by actress Rachel McAdams), who has appeared in both the Dr. Strange films and Claire Temple (played by actress Rosario Dawson), who was a recurring character on the Marvel Netflix properties. The last time a 9.8 was sold was in 2016 for $7,700. That’s not a bad six-year return in value!
SHAKER: PHANTOM LADY #18 | FOX | 1948
By The Professor
Phantom Lady is another esteemed Golden-Age comic book series. The covers for the first six issues in this 11-issue run (starting at issue #13, ending at #23) are by famed artist Matt Baker and all feature our beloved heroine. Somewhat controversial for their time (“headlight” covers and all…), the Phantom Lady title became one of the era’s most successful comic book series. Matt Baker himself has seen a massive resurgence in popularity. He is considered to be the first African-American artist to find success in the comic book world, with his character “Voodah” from Crown Comics #3 being the first known black hero in American Comics. In an exciting bit of news, this week’s new release, Marvel Voices Pride #1 (2022), features a queer youth center in the Marvel Universe called “Matt Baker House,” situated in Queens, NY. The CGC 5.0 of issue #18 that recently sold for under $2300 surpassed the previous high sale by $300. All of the books from this series continue to see an uptick in value, with issue #17’s biggest rise over the years. That particular issue was singled out by the controversial psychiatrist Frederic Wertham, who claimed comics had ill effects on a child’s psychological development and used issue #17 as a primary sample. Ultimately, the Comics Code Authority was created in response to many of Wertham’s overarching concerns found in his book, “Seduction of the Innocent.”
SHAKER: POWER COMICS #1 | HOLYOKE PUBLICATIONS | 1944
By The Professor
Limited to a four-issue run, all the covers for this Golden-Age series were drawn by L.B. Cole. Comic books featuring Cole covers are widely collected and known for their bold colors. Cole referred to his covers as featuring “poster colors,” wherein he utilized primary colors over black or dark backgrounds. Later in life, Cole became the art director and editor at Dell Comics in the early 1960s and was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1999. The publisher, Holyoke Publishing, was an American magazine and comic book publisher based in Massachusetts and New York City. Two of its more popular titles were Blue Beetle and Cat-Man Comics. All of the covers for the rare Power Comics run are coveted amongst collectors. As such, we rarely see many of them come up for sale. This past week we saw a graded 5.0 sell for just under $1700. There are only three CGC 5.0 copies on the census, with only 32 copies total in all grades. This grade’s last sale was for under $1100 in February 2021.
SHAKER: PUNCH COMICS #12 | CHESLER / DYNAMIC | JAN 1, 1945
By Jeremy Imlach
Punch Comics is known to be within the top 10 scariest Pre-Code Horror (PCH) comics of all time. On top of that, this specific book has made numerous other “top” and “best” PCH lists, including being known as one of the top 5 most desired PCH books. This classic cover by Gus Ricca is truly one of the most expensive and challenging books to find. This past week a graded 2.0 copy sold for $23,400. The only other recorded graded sale was in March of this year when a 2.5 sold for $22,800. A few months later, a lower graded book (by 0.5) sold for $600 more. That’s crazy! It also has a Raw FMV of $9,300, according to Covrprice. However, there are only two raw sales recorded. Talk about scarcity! Can you believe the original cover price was $0.10? This book has literally increased 23,400,000% over 77 years. Now THAT is quite the investment and hold!
SHAKER: RED HOOD: THE LOST DAYS #1 (1:25) | DC | 2010
By Nick Richardson
This book routinely sells out quickly when it comes to market, and a speedy collector recently grabbed up a raw copy for $475, a high sale for this rare book. This storyline addressed big questions around Jason Todd’s return and how he returned from the grave to become the Red Hood? The first book in this limited series aimed to answer that after Talia Al Ghul awakens him through a Lazarus pit. It follows Todd’s quest to deal with his all-consuming rage for those who landed him in the grave, which this 1:25 Mattina variant perfectly depicted through the eyes of Red Hood on the cover. Although, when initially released, this book faded into the background as other titles grabbed fan’s attention. It has since garnered renewed interest ahead of the release of the Gotham Knights video game. Big-time Red Hood fans are still on the lookout for this visceral Mattina variant, but, as mentioned prior, they have to be quick!
SHAKER: STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS #1 LIMITED 1000 | DARK HORSE | 2008
By Keith Shimabukuro
The last time we talked about this book in March of 2021, there was no recent news on the Ahsoka Tano series, and a CGC 9.8 sold for $6,500. Since then, a trailer shown at the Star Wars Celebration in May revealed Ahsoka is teaming up with the Ghost Crew to find Ezra Bridger while also confirming the appearance of Sabine Wren. In the months since we discussed Ahsoka’s first appearance, 9.8s have flown past $10K and a recent raw sale on 6/16/22 went for a record $3,305. If you haven’t watched Star Wars Rebels, now’s a good time to catch up before Ahsoka premieres sometime in 2023.
SHAKER: SUPERMAN (BRADMAN COMMISSION) | DC| 1988
By Keith Shimabukuro
Imagine having your billionaire father commission a custom comic book with the likeness of you, your family, and friends created by the industry’s top creators for your Bar Mitzvah. It happened back in 1988 to Daniel Bradman, costing his father Godfrey a cool £10,000 (roughly $18K). Given out as a party favor, this short 8-page story was featured in the 2010 coffee table book “75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking.” It was noted that the print run was around 200 copies, making it one of the rarest Superman comics ever. Some copies were given away to DC employees, and it’s impossible to know who the other copies went to, but this comic book doesn’t come up for sale very often (we’ve only captured 11 graded and raw sales since 2017). A raw book finally came for sale for the first time in 2 years and sold for $3,000. Hopefully, some of the guests of that birthday party were smart enough to hold onto that generous birthday present.
SHAKER: SUPERMAN / BATMAN #4 – GERMAN TURNER VARIANT | DC | 2003
By Mr. Long/Short
Foreign comics are a rapidly growing niche in the hobby. Some of the most astute collectors in the space are @internationalcomics, @robscomix81, and @comicsarethenorm. If you want to learn more, make sure you are following them on Instagram. This German edition of Superman/Batman #4 by Michael Turner sold for $460. While this is lower than 2020’s raw sale of $750, this is still a challenging book to find as it was limited to just 499 copies (which are hand-numbered on the back). This issue reprints issues #7 and #8 of Batman/Superman with the cover art taken from the last page of issue #8. This book became so popular that Aspen created an exclusive virgin version of this cover for issue #8 in 2017, which was limited to 1000 copies. The growing trend of collectors seeking out rare works from top artists continues to push the price of books like this higher and higher.
By Yves Navant
This relic just sold for $2,258.99, raw. Who cares about a comic based on the exploits of a Western actor from the 1940s? Fans of this key will instantly recognize it as the introduction of the first Ghost Rider. Hold onto your hat’s cowpokes, this is going to be a wild ride. Originally starring in horror-themed Western stories, Rex Fury was Ghost Rider up until the institution of the Comics Code in 1954. Marvel Comics acquired the character’s trademark, introducing their version in 1967. Renamed Carter Slade, this was Marvel’s premiere Ghost Rider, starring in an eponymous series. Once the well-known supernatural biker Ghost Rider was introduced in 1972, Marvel changed this version’s name to Night Rider, soon realizing this was a term used to identify members of the Klu Klux Klan. In an effort to distance the character from the Klan, Marvel changed the character’s name a third time. Now known as Phantom Rider, the Western Ghost Rider joined Marvel’s Rangers and was featured in a controversial time travel story where he drugged and raped Hawkeye’s wife, Mockingbird. Mockingbird allowed Phantom Rider to fall to his Death in revenge, leading to her divorce from Hawkeye and her departure from the Avengers. Ghost Rider’s scandalous history began here, in Tim Holt #11!
SHAKER: WITCHBLADE #150 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL VARIANT | IMAGE | 1995
By Matt DeVoe
This hard-to-find J. Scott Campbell’s cover saw a huge all-time high sale this week of $940 for a CGC 9.8. J. Scott has a huge fanbase who are more than willing to dish out big money to get high-grade copies of his most hard-to-find covers. He did three Witchblade covers: #135, #150, and #151. The other two covers are also pricey but a little easier to find than this cover. Yet, they’re also drying up quickly. The last 9.8 for issue #150 sold in 2019 for a high of $500, proving that scarcity and a hot artist often translate to significant price jumps as time marches forward and these fade into collections.
SHAKER: X-MEN #2 | MARVEL | 1963
By Ryan Forster
Those second appearances never seem to get any respect, but when you’re talking about the 2nd appearance of the X-Men in a rare high grade, that’s still going to command some serious attention. This week we saw a CGC 9.0 copy of X-Men #2 sell for a huge record of $8,400, beating out its prior record of $5,277 by $3,123 or almost 60%. Now, this is no X-Men #1, which had a 9.0 copy sell last December for an astounding $185,000. Where the first appearances go, the second appearances soon follow. Keep in mind that if the first appearance of your favorite character seems out of reach, there’s always a more affordable option out there, and they tend to follow very similar tren
SHAKER: X-MEN #205 | MARVEL | 2008
By Jeremy Imlach
The first appearance of Hope Summers is on the move and shaking up the market! Did you know that she’s considered an Omega-level mutant? That’s right! Otherwise known as either the mutant messiah or the harbinger of death for humanity, her powers include manipulating and mimicking the powers of other mutants. Fun facts! Last week, a raw comic sold for $123.27, shattering any previous high raw sales. Currently, this book is on an upward trend of +19.07%, and there doesn’t seem to be any news or speculation that drove this sale price. It shows that almost any book can shoot up in value at any time! Keep in mind, though, that this brought the FMV up, so it will be interesting to see if sales continue to follow this trend or if it’s just an eager buyer shaking things up!
Deadline is reporting that “AWA Studios has tapped Elle Callahan to direct a feature film adaptation of the company’s original graphic fiction series Hotell. She will also co-adapt the script with Anthony Ruff. AWA Studios president Zach Studin is producing.” This has already created significant movement on the first issue.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: MIDNIGHT WESTERN THEATRE
Deadline also reports that “Scout Comics has partnered with Oren Segal’s Management Production Entertainment to develop Louis Southard’s comic book series, Midnight Western Theatre, for television—tapping Kevin Carroll to handle the adaptation.” Sales are moving around double cover price (ding!) right now.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES SECRET WARS #1 | MARVEL | 1984
By Prof. X
Secret Wars is a timeless story for most Marvel fans. It was a historic clash of titans while also giving fans their first cameo of The Beyonder. Additionally, it was one of Marvel Comics’ first significant crossover events. The series debuted characters like Titania and Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) and also told the origin of Spider-Man’s black symbiote suit. Many fans speculate that the next big MCU event will have to do with the Secret Wars. However, which Secret War book is likely to be the setting, MARVEL SUPER-HEROES SECRET WARS #1 or SECRET WARS #1? It is still quite too early to tell. Even the rumors for the new phase of Marvel have been kept under wraps. A few days ago, Kevin Fiege mentioned that in the “coming months,” fans will be clued in to the next MCU saga.” Will new information confirm or refute the Secret Wars fan theory? No one knows! What we do know is that this book is not seeing the same sales numbers as it did in 2021. For example, in May-June of 2021, a CGC 9.8 graded copy of this book sold for between $580-$754. In just one year, the same grade is currently selling for $450-$550. It is no secret that we have entered a buyer’s market. Collect away!
WATCHING: POINT ONE 1 | MARVEL | 2011
By Prof. X
There have been a plethora of Nova rumors since word got out about a potential production. The latest rumor states that the production is set to begin on a limited series instead of a movie. However, whether Nova hits the big or small screen is not the right question. The correct question is who will star in the production, Richard Rider or Sam Alexander? Perhaps the most persistent rumor was speculation that both Novas would appear, with Rider becoming a mentor to Alexander. These rumors were also supported by reported leaks about the series proposal, where Marvel supposedly wants a large-scale universal Nova (Rider) and a hero of the Earth Nova (Alexander). Nevertheless, time to move away from rumors and look at the concrete numbers. From Jan. – Apr., a 9.8 graded copy of this book sold for a steady $375-$400. There was a slight dip in May and an even larger dip in June. June has proven to be a challenging month for comic books, and this book was not immune to market trends. The last 9.8 copy sold for $251 earlier this week. If there was a time to make a speculative purchase on the first appearance of Sam Alexander, now is that time!
WATCHING: YOUNG AVENGERS #1 | MARVEL | 2005
By Prof. X
As the Infinity Saga of the MCU closed, many of the original Avengers have since retired, now live a happy life, or have passed on. As a result, there have been a large number of younger powered heroes that have emerged in the MCU. The debut of these new characters, such as Kate Bishop, Elijah Bradley, Kid Loki, America Chavez, and Wanda’s twin sons, has sparked speculative interest in this book earlier this year. In Jan., YOUNG AVENGERS #1 held an impressive raw copy FMV of $250-$350 and 9.8’s hitting a high of $1,595. Fast forward to the looming gas prices of today, this book has dropped to $150-$200 raw, with the latest sale going for $89.47 for a raw copy. 9.8’s took a massive hit to a low sale of $560 this week. While there is some debate about whether the MCU will debut the Young Avengers or The Champions, YOUNG AVENGERS #1 will likely remain the most valuable book. However, it is still worthwhile to keep an eye on CHAMPIONS #1, especially since their roster matches a greater number of newer characters we have seen debut in the MCU thus far. Regardless of which you decide to invest in, the two books are currently seeing a dip, with some books selling for half the value they sold for earlier this year!
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: ALL-STAR COMICS #8 | DC | 1941
By Keith Shimabukuro
As inflation runs wild and the economy and housing market start to slow down, there seems to be no stopping the comic book market. The first appearance of Wonder Woman sold for a mind-blowing $1.62 million over the weekend at Heritage Auctions, which smashed the previous record of $936,223 in 2017. CGC stated that this was the first time a female superhero’s first appearance went for over a million dollars. A day later, a 4.0 went for a measly $55,200, which also set a record in that grade. It looks like Diana is leading the way for women’s equality in the comic book world.
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