WEEK IN REVIEW

July 1st, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Comic Report!

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: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #78 | MARVEL | 1969

By Matt DeVoe

This issue features the first appearance of Hobart Brown, aka Spider-Punk… err, I mean The Prowler. Yes, long before Hobbie Brown was driven by anarchy and expressing youthful rebellion through music as Spider-Punk, he was The Prowler in our core 616 universe. While Miles’s uncle, Aaron Davis, is more well-known as the prowler due to his appearance in SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, he didn’t take on the mantle until his first appearance in 2011’s Ultimate Spider-Man #1. Like Spider-Gwen vs. Gwen Stacy’s first appearance, new attention on Spider-Punk has fans picking up his relatively affordable (for its age) first appearance as Hobart and the Prowler. This week we saw an all-time high sale of $385 raw for a 6.5 condition copy. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to this book when/if Spider-Punk is confirmed for ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ISSUE #134 | MARVEL | 1974

By Jeremy Imlach

This book has quite a lot going for it. It contains the first appearance of the villain Tarantula, the second appearance of the Punisher, and Harry Osborn’s discovery of Spider-Man’s secret identity! Not only is this a highly-recommended read, but it is also a major key issue (for those specific reasons). The most recent graded sale from earlier this week squeaked by previous high sales when a 9.8 sold for $4,080 – a mere $80 higher than the prior high sale in that grade from January of this year. What’s interesting is that multiple raw sales (granted, of unknown condition) have sold these last two months significantly under FMV, which is currently hanging around $84. Even with the new high sale on the 9.8, this book is currently on a -13.38% trend. It’s not too often you see a book shake the market in both directions! Could this be a raw opportunity or just a few low-grade raw books? Either way, it’s undoubtedly shaking the market!

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #210 | MARVEL | 1980

By Cobra

The latest box office bomb, known as Morbius, has not deterred Sony from building their Sonyverse of spider-heroes. In fact, this past week, Sony brought on Emma Roberts to the MADAME WEB movie. She will be joining Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, and Celeste O’Connor. While Sony hasn’t quite hit its mark with a widely successful spidey spin-off, speculators are still hopeful and are picking up Madame Web’s first appearance. Even the lesser grades are seeing new all-time highs. A 5.5-graded comic book recently sold for a new high of $130 on 6/27. Another interesting rumor has surfaced. It suggests that the Sony MADAME WEB movie is simply a cover for a different Spider-Man movie altogether, affecting not only the sony-verse but Tom Holland’s Spider-Man as well. Without firm confirmations from the studio, much of the speculation around Madame Web will build upon pure wishful casting.

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SHAKER: ARCHIE COMICS #50 | ARCHIE | 1951

By Matt DeVoe

Iconic Archie artist Bob Montana delivered a classic and highly sought-after Betty cover with this landmark 1951 50th issue. It’s also a well-known “headlight” cover, a reference that has not aged well. Its sexist reference refers directly (and obviously) to a female character’s breasts prominently featured on a cover. The more common (and more accepted) reference for these are “good-girl” covers. Archie comics is historically notorious for pushing these boundaries. Just look at where Archie is staring. With that said, you’ll still see many sellers and collectors continuing to refer to these covers in their more outdated lingo. This week we saw a big sale for this issue, with a CGC 3.0 selling for $2,280, just fifteen dollars shy of the all-time high of a CGC 5.5 at $2,295.

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SHAKER: COPRA #1 – REGULAR (LIMITED 400) | COPRA PRESS | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

Copra, by creator Michel Fiffe, is an independent favorite. Fiffe describes it as, “A group of mercenary misfits thrust into a macro-revenge mission. A pack of desperate weirdo fugitives who sometimes end up in other countries or dimensions, but they always get brutal no matter where they land.” Limited to only 400 copies, these have varied in price for years. Due to their scarcity, high-grade copies can go for as high as $850. Yet this week, a rare 9.8 sold for a new all-time high of $1139. There are only 28 copies on the CGC census, with six being a universal 9.8 (the second print is even lower at only ten copies on the census, half of which at universal 9.8s). Keep in mind that this entire ORIGINAL raw series is valuable. Issue 2 was also limited to 400 copies. From issues 3 to 6, the print run was 600. From issues 7 to 12, it was 800. So, keep an eye out. However, remember that they were reprinted by Image and have a compendium that shares this cover.

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SHAKER: FANTASTIC FOUR #252 | MARVEL COMICS | 1983

By Yves Navant

Selling this week for $78 raw, this book typically sells for $5 to $20. This price bump for a high-grade copy shows us that there is heat on unexpected issues of Fantastic Four. Part of John Byrne’s epic run on Marvel’s First Family, this issue was packaged with promotional temporary tattoos, featured by name in an explosive blurb on the cover. The aforementioned high sale was for the Direct Edition version of the issue, with the tattoozs unused inside. The story involves the Fantastic Four exploring the Negative Zone. At the same time, Annihilus (possessor of possibly the coolest villain tagline: The Living Death Who Walks) stalks the Baxter Building, holding Alicia Masters and Franklin Richards prisoner. This story arc debuted the Fantastic Four’s first collective costume change, going from their traditional blue and black to black with white accents. Also, of interest to FF fans, it is on this adventure that Sue and Reed Richards conceive their second child, initially lost to radiation-induced miscarriage before more benevolent authors retconned the baby’s death, allowing Valeria Richards to survive and join her family in the pages of their comic. We can expect to see back issue sales escalate for the Fantastic Four as details of their forthcoming cinematic debut begin to emerge.

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SHAKER: HALLOWEEN #1 PREMIUM GLOW-IN-THE-DARK VARIANT EDITION | CHAOS! COMICS | 2000

By Yves Navant

This spooky back issue just slashed $185 from a collector, selling raw for a new high sale price. One of three variant covers, this version features the original 1978 Halloween movie poster with glow-in-the-dark accents. Licensed to Brian Pulido’s late, lamented Chaos! Comics, this was the first-ever comic tie-in to the massively beloved Halloween film franchise. The story, written in 1999-2000, depicts Paul Rudd’s Tommy Doyle receiving the journal of Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), written when notorious babysitter murderer Michael Myers was his patient. Long story short, Michael stalks and terrorizes Tommy. Hey, stalkers gotta stalk, right? Chaos! Comics’ Halloween stories attempted to bridge the gap between confusing sequels before Blumhouse Productions took over the property. They streamlined the narrative in 2018’s massively successful Halloween, a direct sequel to the original 1978 film. Chaos! Comics was a small, now-defunct publisher that specialized in horror titles (they even teamed with Marvel for a short-lived horror-themed Heroes Reborn-esque project). Their books had comparatively low print runs and were the first-ever comic book adaptation of the Halloween franchise. Collectors are dying (in poorly lit suburbs inhabited by irresponsible teenagers and silent, masked psychopaths) to get their hands on these rare-ish books!

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SHAKER: JURASSIC LEAGUE #1 – 2ND PRINT – FOIL | DC | 2022

By Cobra

The Jurassic League sees the debut of a prehistoric version of DC’s most popular heroes. These anthropomorphic crime fighters received highly positive responses from the general fandom. However, there was still a short print run on the 2nd printing of the book. This led to a highly sought-after and in-demand copy of the 2nd Print 1:25 ratio cover by Juan Gedeon. Gedeon has debuted fantastic ratio covers in the past on series like Ghost Racers, Scream, and the 2020 run of Venom. However, this book is the most popular and elusive cover for a collector to obtain. A raw comic sold on 6/27 for $128, and the current FMV for this book is $116.

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SHAKER: MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE #1 RECALLED – DIRECT EDITION | MARVEL | 1996

By Nick Richardson

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to not laugh at the absurdity that lies behind this book. What did you do in the 90s as a company aiming to usher in a new film franchise headed by one of the biggest movie stars ever? Give them a comic with cover art by Rob Liefeld, of course! However, the interior featured two different stories that featured multiple artists. An initial printing of the Direct Edition was sent to Tom Cruise for approval, even though the issue didn’t directly feature his likeness. Yet, Mr. Cruise is rumored to have reviewed the comic and noted that he appeared too feminine in several panels on page 3. Thus, without his approval, Marvel decided to edit said panels and present a more masculine Cruise. The first story, “Through a Mirror Darkly,” was drawn by three artists: Pino Rinaldi, Rod Whigham, and Andrew Waldman. It’s thought that Pino Rinaldi specifically drew the panel in question. Unedited versions were already printed and shipped to newsstands in the UK and, while rare, are not “impossible” to find. The Direct Edition, thought to have all been pulped, survived with a reported 20 in existence. Slowly they have reached the market over the years, fetching a high price when they do, including the recent sale of $500 for a CGC 9.8, with raw copies topping out around $100. With Tom Cruise still dominating the film industry as the Top Gun sequel has topped a BILLION dollars, he’s still relevant, and so is this book. Unfortunately for Tom, the mission to appear ultra-masculine on a couple of panels in a 90s comic has been declared-IMPOSSIBLE.

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SHAKER: MODERN WARFARE 2: GHOST #1 – INFINITY WARD’S VIDEOGAME ARTWORK VARIANT | DC | 2009

By Matthew Glover

Despite low print runs and a niche collector market, the comic rights for popular video game franchises were affordable licensed material for comic publishers to leverage for market visibility. High-profile games with a tie-in comic series promise to deliver a built-in fan base, especially if the story is going to fill in or tie into the larger narrative of the game’s mythos. Modern Warfare 2: Ghost is one of those books. Published in 2009, this six-part mini-series is the first appearance of the video game franchise in comics. The storyline follows Simon Riley on a botched mission that sees him captured. The book also flashes back to the troubled upbringing that the call sign Ghost would endure. There were three covers for the first issue. All three are pretty hard to find. However, none is more spectral than the Video Game Artwork Variant. Yes, this book is literally and figuratively a “Ghost.” This cover features art pulled directly from the game’s concept art. It’s so scarce that we’ve never seen a single sale until this month. Two copies were sold, with the first sale on June 1st, selling a raw copy for $105. The most recent was another raw copy at $125. This book is SO rare that there is not a single copy on the CGC census. Heck, it’s not even LISTED on their system. Only the standard issue (with 44 copies) and the Jim Lee “B” variant (with a low four copies) are on the census. A recent copy of the Jim Lee cover sold for $40.99 this month, yet it can also hit highs of $100. This series flies under the radar for almost everyone, which makes this a perfect treasure hunt book to look for at your LCS and comic conventions. There’s probably one waiting for you right now in the dollar bin!

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SHAKER: RAPPIN’ MAX ROBOT ISSUE #1 | SELF-PUBLISHED | 1986

By Jeremy Imlach

The comic industry has always had a way of reflecting history among different industries, and the Hip-Hop community is no different. Rappin’ Max Robot, the first Hip-Hop comic, was released in 1986 when Bronx native Stewart Orr independently published just 500 copies of this black and white book. Back in the early ’80s, the Hip-Hop industry was just getting off the ground and was still mostly ‘grassroots .’ This book was the only thing of its kind at the time, as it was one of the first representations of the rapidly growing east-coast Hip-Hop scene. Due to its historical significance and rarity, there have only been two recorded sales. However, a 9.4 recently sold for $1,226 and is the only graded book sale recorded. The only other recorded sale was $535 for a raw book. If you’re lucky enough to come across this book, cherish that moment sincerely.

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SHAKER: SHOWCASE #1 | DC | 1956

By Ryan Forster

When most people think of the Showcase title from DC, the most likely images to come to mind are iconic superhero first appearances like Showcase #4, the first appearance of Barry Allen as the Flash, or Showcase #22, the first appearance of Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern. But similar to the Brave and Bold title, the first issues in this run had nothing to do with the super-powered heroes that took over the Silver Age. Showcase #1 features a different kind of hero, with a firefighter rescuing someone from a burning building. These early issues are scarce, with only 122 copies on the census. When they come up for sale, they can command serious attention. This week we had a CGC 6.0 copy sell for a record in-grade price of $1,860, beating out the prior record from 2013 by $751. While this is impressive, it doesn’t come close to the overall record of $10,200 for a CGC 9.0 set back in 2020. Like the early issues of Brave and the Bold, these rare issues command serious value, so keep your eyes open for these unassuming covers when you’re hunting at those Cons this summer.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #5 GERMAN EMBOSSED | IMAGE COMICS | 1993

By Yves Navant

This German edition reprints Angela’s first appearance with a solid white, embossed cover. As you know, Angela was co-created by Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman, which ultimately fell into a contentious feud between the two creators. Yet, we’ve covered that enough. We’re here to highlight this upward trending foreign Spawn book that just sold for a new all-time high sale of $725 in a CGC graded 9.8. This German reprint packages the 1993 American issues of Spawn #’s 9-11 in one book. While this is numbered as issue #5, it features an alternate cover to issue #9. With issue #9 also in the interior, it makes this an unofficial variant of #9, much like the German Spawn Thermo variant. With Angela now taken over by Marvel and retconned as Thor’s long-lost sister, fans have been itching to see her weaved into the MCU. The recent increases have been centered around hopes of her appearing in THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Yet, that doesn’t seem likely since no leaks have highlighted anything Angela-related. Regardless, Angela still has a growing presence in the Marvel comic world, and a content appearance will just be the eventual cherry on top of her growing aftermarket value. 

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SHAKER: SPAWN #231 – TODD MCFARLANE – B&W (1:25) | IMAGE | 2013

By Mr. Long/Short

Spawn fans are some of the most rabid collectors of the comic book industry. The 1:25 ratio variants from the low 200s are some of the most expensive Spawn books. Orders for books in the low to mid #200s were in the 12,000 to 16,000 range, and most stores were not coming remotely close to ordering 25 copies of these books to qualify for these variants. This 9.8 copy of Spawn #231 sold for $735, the second-highest sale we’ve seen for this book. As the comic book market softens for content-driven books, we see that genuinely scarce books continue to sell very well.

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SHAKER: STRANGER THINGS: SIX #1 – JENNY FRISON – SDCC | DARK HORSE | 2019

By Matt DeVoe

In 2019, the last full SDCC, Dark Horse, offered a pricey exclusive for this issue. You could only obtain a copy of this exclusive Jenny Frison cover, limited to 250 copies, by purchasing the special collector set at $59.99. The set included this comic, signed by Jenny, a Giclée Fine Art Print of her cover, and the Stranger Things Volume 1 digital comics collection (issues 1-4). This week, a copy of that comic sold for a high of $500 in a CGC 9.8. Interestingly, all copies were signed for this set, yet this week’s sale was not. It’s also the only sale we’ve ever seen on eBay since its release at SDCC. Unsigned copies found their way out, most likely comp copies pulled before Frison’s signing. Regardless, a Frison cover limited to 250 copies, and with most copies signed, we’re surprised that this didn’t sell for more!

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SHAKER: THE TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #19 – COVER RI – NICK ROCHE (1:25) | IDW | 2013

By Matt DeVoe

Behold one of the rarest Transformers variants of all time. This is truly one of those variants that VERY rarely pop up. The last sale we personally saw (before CovrPrice’s creation) was around $400 in 2016. It’s been six years since we’ve seen a new copy resurface, which one copy did this week and sold raw for a new high sale of $560. Due to its scarcity, the market has forgotten about it, and many are probably just seeing it for the first time here. Without a constant stream of sales for buyers and sellers to place a value on this rare book, the overall price is relatively low compared to how hard it is to find. Being a 1:25 incentive, you would think it would be reasonably easy to find. However, remember that most stores only ordered this series for pull customers in 2013. This series also served as an epilogue to the previous (and popular) DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME storyline. With Prime dead, core fans rejected this Prime-less series. Sure, Prime has died A LOT throughout multiple comics and content. But this particular time lasted for a while. The cover, by artist Nick Roche, is a nod to the deceased Optimus Prime, whose presence is still felt throughout this series.

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SHAKER: ULTIMATES 3 ISSUE #3 – FRANK CHO MARVEL |  2008

By Matthew Glover

The Scarlet Witch is a hot character right now, and so is this Frank Cho variant. While Wanda’s development in the Ultimate Universe left many fans scratching their heads, it’s clear that this Frank Cho cover has had some long-term appeal. This comic recently sold for $144.47, which comes on the heels of this book selling for $149.99 a few weeks prior.

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SHAKER: WONDERWORLD COMICS #4 | FOX | 1939

By Nick Richardson

An adventurous soul went all-in on a classic, albeit under-the-radar book through Heritage Auction this past week, dropping $2,040 on a RAW copy of this book. One that looks as if it went through WWII itself just a few years after it was released. Yet, the Golden Age character featured is the saving grace. This book is only the second appearance of The Flame, a mystic, Buddhist-trained individual who can control flame and temperature. Raising his body heat, he could burst into flames, doing so a few months before another significant character in the Human Torch could achieve that incredible feat. Will Eisner, as in the namesake of the prestigious comic award, was on his creative A-game when creating the Flame along with Samson and featured them in the influential Big 3 Comics along with the original Blue Beetle, much to the delight of fans. Those fans still exist, and one dropped a large sum to secure this beat-down book. These rarely come to market, with the highest graded sale being a CGC 6.5 for $2,600 back in 2018. The comic market has grown by leaps and bounds in the last four years, which have felt like a lifetime. Where will this book and The Flame be in the next four? Only time will tell.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: EIGHT BILLION GENIES

Per the Hollywood Reporter, “Amazon Picks Up Hot Comic’ Eight Billion Genies’. Creators Charles Soule and Ryan Browne will executive produce a feature adaptation, although the streamer has plans far beyond a simple movie.” This lit a fire under all covers, with the 1:50 Glitter Cat variant taking the lead at $100 raw, closely followed by Bird City Comics’ Super Mario variant by Trish Forstner (limited to 500)​​ at $60 (though we did try to (albeit quietly) warn you back in May AND two weeks ago).

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: FANTASTIC FOUR #1 – BILL SIENKIEWICZ – DOOM – VIRGIN | MARVEL | 2018

By Van Denby

Victor Von Doom has been a major adversary for the Marvel universe for 60 years. We’ve seen some version of him in film before, but something has always been off, whether it be the film itself or the casting. Hopefully, this will be resolved soon after months of persistent rumors of a Doom series/film at Marvel Studios. The most recent news came from Howard Stern chatting “off-air” about being involved with the Doom project. This has fans like myself excited to see what Fiege and the MCU do with such an iconic villain. Collectors will undoubtedly seek out Doom keys and harder-to-find variants of the character. This cover certainly fits the criteria. With an incredible cover by Bill Sienkiewicz and a strict print run of 1,500 copies (150 of which were signed initially), this book was a cheap $20 buy-in back in 2018. Sold prices have fluctuated over the years, but more recently, a rare raw copy (amongst just a few) sold for $112. This isn’t a book you will find in a back-issue bin. It was sold exclusively on Sienkiewicz’s own web store, making it all the tougher to find. A few 9.8 copies are listed, but those come with asking prices exceeding $600! It’s one to watch!

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: DETECTIVE COMICS #38 | DC | 1940

By Nick Richardson

Holy jackpot, dear reader! Yet another early Batman key came to market that is setting records! A flush collector recently scored a CGC 1.5 for $27,600. You know, only the cost of a new car, when just two short years ago a 2.5 was going for nearly the same price! While Batman worked relatively solo since his inception in DETECTIVE COMICS #27, after 11 issues, a change was made. That change was the introduction of Robin the Boy Wonder, who first appeared in this book with an origin story that felt a little close to home for Batman. After Dick Grayson’s parents are murdered, Bruce Wayne takes him in and begins his training to transition into the Boy Wonder. With Robin’s introduction, sales for Detective Comics nearly doubled as young fans enjoyed the dynamic duo. While Bob Kane preferred a solo Batman, Bill Finger was adamant Batman needed someone to confer with, and well, Finger had his on the pulse of readers, and it paid off. The introduction of Robin launched the unending introduction of other child sidekicks. With numerous iterations, the love for the original and his alter ego Dick Grayson only grew as time passed. Robin has become nearly as iconic as Batman over the years, passing the mantle onto multiple young heroes. His market momentum isn’t slowing down. 

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