WEEK IN REVIEW

July 22nd, 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 ANNUAL #16 | MARVEL | 1982

By Nick Richardson

This book features the first appearance and origin of Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel, and the newsstand edition recently hit an all-time high sale of $1,100 for a CGC 9.8, nearly double what it last sold for two years ago. As some may remember, Monica Rambeau has already appeared in Wandavision as her other alter ego, Photon. Her mother, Maria Rambeau, recently appeared in MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS as Captain Marvel, but Monica held the title prior to that. After receiving the ability to transform her body into any form of energy as well as energy manipulation, Monica takes on the moniker of Captain Marvel, using those powers for good. With the release of THE MARVELS coming next year and the confirmation, Monica Rambeau will appear once again, with many speculating that we will see her don the alter ego of Captain Marvel in the near future. Regardless, with nearly 300 9.8 grades on the CGC census, it will be interesting to see if the price continues to rise.

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SHAKER:  THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 – HIKARU UESUGI (1:100) | MARVEL | 2022

By Matt DeVoe

Artist Hikaru Uesugi, who rose to prominence with his work on Deadpool: Samurai, brings his signature style to this 1:100 variant, featuring his co-creation of Sakura Spider. While Sakura Spider first appeared in US comics in DEADPOOL: BLACK WHITE AND BLOOD #4 – 2021, this is her first official cover. The first 9.8 showed up this week, selling for a new high sale of $600. Being almost two months old, you would think this would have dropped in price. Yet, it’s still holding strong with raw sales at $180.

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SHAKER: CONAN #24 – NUDE COVER*| DARK HORSE | 2006

*Note: Due to the adult nature of the variant, the above image is the standard cover

By Matt DeVoe

How do you make a $2 non-key worth $237 ungraded and almost $500 in a 9.8, according to Dark Horse… make it a nude variant! That’s precisely what Dark Horse and cover artist Tony Harris did in 2006 with this issue. This series was more adult-oriented and featured numerous covers that pushed the boundaries of R–rated covers. This variant (not shown above as you adults will have to click the link to see the actual cover) isn’t harkening Batman: Damned by showing Conan in all his glory. Instead, it shows the woman on the cover without her top and bottom seen on the standard cover. This used to be a reasonably affordable variant, but due to its infamy, collectors are now actively seeking it out, pushing the ungraded price to that all-new high sale of $237.

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SHAKERS: FANTASTIC FOUR #57 | MARVEL | 1966

By The Professor

Bring on Dr. Doom! It seems like forever collectors have been spec’ing on Dr. Doom. In recent times, he looks like a sure bet to show up in the MCU. The latest (greatest?) “word on the street” might find him in the upcoming Black Panther II movie post-credit scene. Whether or not this plays out, most are confident it is only a matter of time before we see this iconic villain on the silver screen. As such, many Dr. Doom covers have seen a bump in sales these recent weeks. Fantastic Four #57 features a full frontal view of our noteworthy villain with some notable current high sales, including a CGC 7.5 that reached $490 and a CGC 3.5 hitting $225. Mid to lower-grade raw copies are in the $150 – $200 range, with a high-grade raw copy reaching a startling $1500 just a few weeks ago! The best part about Dr. Doom is he is everywhere – Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Sub-mariner, Thor, Iron Man, Marvel Super-Heroes, and Daredevil issues (among so many others) feature him on their covers. Now is a great time to start hunting!

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SHAKER: FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND ISSUE #4 | WARREN | 1958

By Yves Navant

Famous Monsters (FM) was an American horror film magazine started by publisher James Warren and ran through 1983 after 191 issues. The first issue was initially planned to be a one-shot but was so popular that it required a second print and became an ongoing series. This specific issue, with cover art by Albert Nuetzell, features an alien from the 1953 film War of the Worlds and is one of the most popular issues. To this day, it remains highly sought after and has even been reprinted for a 50th-anniversary issue. Famous Monsters was a pop culture icon, as seen by the Misfit’s use of its logo and receiving high fan praise by Stephen King. The rights for Famous Monsters have changed hands multiple times since it was discontinued in 1983, and numerous revivals have occurred. However, it seems that the latest issue was released in 2017 as an annual format. Last week we saw a new high raw sale of $514, beating the previous high sale of $401. It is currently on an upward trend of +3.1%. According to the Covrprice database FMV rose to approximately $341 for a raw copy. A ‘Ghoul’s Eye Edition,’ an extremely limited print within the greater Philadelphia area, was also published to promote the Willow Grove Amusement Park.

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SHAKER: GRIMM FAIRY TALES #1 | ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT | 2005

By Cobra

Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco launched Zenescope Entertainment on the back of the GRIMM FAIRY TALES series. This issue was the flagship title of Zenescope that created the universe in which many of the spin-off stories take place. Oz, Myst, Neverland, Wonderland, and, of course, Earth all participate in larger universal events that started with this issue. While Zenescope may be more known for their popular variant covers and the infamous “Z-Rated” covers, they began with this fun horror twist on traditional fables. Since 2018, this book’s highest recorded 9.8 sale remained at a constant $250. However, on 7/19, this book took a big spike and jumped to a new high of $400! According to the CGC census, there are currently 191 graded 9.8 copies.

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SHAKER: HANNA-BARBERA SUPER TV HEROES #1 | WESTERN | 1968

By Keith Shimabukuro

Although these heroes aren’t as famous as some of the others blowing up (like Flintstones, Jetsons, Smurfs, Simpsons), they are still nostalgic to the kids who used to watch those Saturday morning cartoons religiously (or, like me, caught the reruns). Herculoids was my favorite out of this bunch, but later issues of this series (issue #3, to be specific) included the still popular Space Ghost, who even has a song named after him by Glass Animals! A raw book recently sold for $250 on 4/11/22, but the big sale was a 9.4 that sold for a whopping $600 on 7/14/22! Nostalgia is, and always will be, where the collector’s heart is, so go out and find what makes you warm and fuzzy.

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SHAKER: LEONARDO TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE | MIRAGE | 1986

By Nick Richardson

Cowabunga dudes and dudettes! This book was a member of the micro-series that accompanied the original run a few years later, featuring a book for each Turtle. Recently, Leonardo’s issue saw a new all-time high sale of $800 in a CGC 9.8, a $150 increase from its last sale earlier this year. This is a welcome surprise as issue #1 of the original run, and Raphael’s solo book (featuring the first appearance of Casey Jones) seemed to get all the love during the recent comic boom. But, those books remain hard to find and quite expensive, leading collectors to turn their attention to the solo outing of the often maligned leader of the Turtles in a Half Shell. TMNT is seeing a resurgence with the continued success of the fantastic IDW run and the release of The Last Ronin, not to mention an animated movie on the way and a plethora of action figure lines.

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SHAKER: MAD #1 | EC | 1952

By Nick Richardson

This book was an influential must-have for multiple generations of eager kids. Many of those kids grew up to become larger-than-life entertainers, directly crediting this book as an influence. The likes of Weird Al, Michael J. Fox, and Johnny Carson looked at this book and series fondly, much like a recent collector did when they hit the buy button on Heritage Auction, snagging a CGC 4.5 for $1,560. While only a $120 increase from its most recent sale in the same grade last year, it’s still indicative of this series’s influence, rising across every grade year over year. With grades above 9.0 in single digits on the CGC census, fans have turned to some of the lower grades to get their hands on this book. With a print run of 400,000, this book is still available but pricey, with raw grades going for a hefty sum and an FMV of over $2,000.

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #8 – SDCC SKOTTIE YOUNG | MARVEL | 2019

By Van Denby

Miles Morales is certainly not short on key books and/or variants for collectors to seek out, and here is yet another to add to the ever-growing list. Miles Morales #8 is the first appearance of one of his most significant threats in the Assessor. He is a formidable villain that escaped recently and is undoubtedly a thorn in his side. If that is not enough to draw interest, it was also an SDCC exclusive variant by fan-favorite Skottie Young. Need more? This cover is also strictly numbered to 1500 copies, thus taking out any guesswork or estimation on the print run. That is possibly enough to keep this book climbing even higher than the recent sale of $225 for a raw copy.

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SHAKER: ONE-PUNCH MAN #1 – SDCC 2019 | VIZ MEDIA | 2015

By Matt DeVoe

Manga-based properties tend to be a source of debate for many collectors. A popular Manga series often have first appearances in Manga magazines like SHONEN-JUMP or in digest-sized graphic novels, either in English or in their original language. When a ONE-PUNCH MAN film was announced at Sony Pictures, fans gravitated toward the property’s first traditional comic appearance in the ONE-PUNCH MAN / MY HERO ACADEMIA FREE COMIC BOOK DAY edition. That sells for $88 raw and close to $400 in a 9.8. However, One Punch Man was first published in Japanese by Shueisha Publishing in 2009 and then translated into English by Viz Media in 2015. This first US version has a massive print run that’s pretty difficult to distinguish. However, years later, in 2019, Viz Media printed a limited variant for SDCC, this version for $9.99. This week, a copy sold for a new high sale of $355 raw. The power and popularity of Manga right now should not be ignored. It’s massively popular, and books like these will only increase. 

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SHAKER: OVER THE GARDEN WALL #1 | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2015

By Matt DeVoe

This popular Cartoon Network series is a beloved fan-favorite show that won an Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Animated Program. The comic series first started with a one-shot and then this 4-issue mini-series, and it eventually found its stride with a successful comic run of 20 issues that began in 2016. Fans must feel nostalgic over the series as this first issue has slowly been climbing in value, leading to a new high sale of $100 raw this week. These early issues are rising in value!

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SHAKER: SILVER SURFER #44 | MARVEL | 1990

By Keith Shimabukuro

Who said Thanos was dead spec? I actually wrote off anything about Thanos after he was killed in Avengers: Endgame, but that might not be the case. Could he become a staple character that people want to collect? His first appearance in Iron Man #55 (which is a sneaky book because it also includes the first appearance of Drax) has recently seen a couple of record sales, with a raw selling for $1,874 on 4/16/22 and a 9.8 hitting $19,200 on 6/17/22. And now this sale of Silver Surfer #44, which is the first appearance of the Infinity Gauntlet and has a killer cover of Thanos, sold for a record $410 for a 9.8 on 7/14/22. Thanos may be dead in the MCU, but he still has some life in the comic book market.

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SHAKER: STRANGER THINGS #1 – SDCC 2019 GID VARIANT  | DARK HORSE | 2018

By J1 Future & Van Denby
Stranger things have taken the globe by storm since it debuted on Netflix in 2016. Since then, the show has broken all kinds of streaming records, including 7.2 billion minutes watched in just over a month during June 2022. As recently reported by another CovrPrice writer, Van Denby, noted that this limited to 1000 copies San Diego Comic Con variant sat dormant on eBay for years. Aside from the occasional $15 ish sale, copies were plentiful. With the heat around the recent season, copies were suddenly moving at $30+, and in some cases, NM/NM+ copies hit as high as $79.99. However, as collectors are coming to realize, this show adaptation contains the first appearances of almost all the main characters featured in the first season. That’s driven the raw price up by nearly double to $150 in just a few weeks! The cover was done by Kyle Lambert, who is responsible for all the Stranger Things official licensed posters. The nostalgia of the 80s is strong right now, and given that the show takes place in the ’80s adds fuel to the popularity of the show and, by extension, this comic. The other radical feature of this key issue is the very ’90s glow-in-the-dark cover, giving the cover a striking “upside-down” version when activated in the dark.

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SHAKER: SUB-MARINER #24 | MARVEL | 1970

By Nick Richardson

Namor, The Sub-Mariner, is coming to the MCU in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and fans and speculators are gearing up. Recently, a Heritage Auction sale for a CGC 9.8 sold for an astonishing $3,600! What’s incredible is the second highest graded sale for this book was a CGC 9.6 for $365 earlier this year, and high-grade raw copies routinely sell for around $20. This book isn’t even considered a ‘key’ but features a mashup of Namor’s early villains taking him on, including Tiger Shark, Krang, Dr. Dorcas, and Orca. With the conclusion of Ms. Marvel on Disney+ and the use of the phrase “mutation,” fans are curious if Marvel’s first Mutant in Namor will not only usher in a new wave of epic underwater villains but the likes of Mutantkind itself.

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SHAKER: THANOS #6 – EMANUELA LUPACCHINO – QUAKE | MARVEL | 2017

By Matt DeVoe

Around 2017, Marvel made retailers jump through ordering hoops to obtain variants. This variant, featuring a rare solo Quake cover, required retailers to “meet or exceed 90% of orders for Thanos #3 when ordering Thanos #6 reg cvr, and this variant is order all you want.” At a rough print-run estimate of 27,840, issue #6 wasn’t an issue that stores went heavy on. For comparison, Thanos issue #1 had a rough estimated print run of 54,000, which is quite a drop for that sixth issue. So, not many retailers qualified to order a copy of the variant, which is why this book is so elusive. This week was the first time we’ve ever seen a sale in over three years, selling for $152 raw. There are copies out there… somewhere. So, start digging in those long boxes!

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SHAKER: THOR VOL. 1 #126 | MARVEL COMICS | 1966

By Yves Navant

Technically Thor’s first solo issue, a raw copy of 1966’s the Mighty Thor #126, sold this week for $576, the highest raw sale we’ve seen. Previously titled Journey Into Mystery, the book’s name changed with this issue, giving Thor his first eponymous series! This issue is pure bronze age Marvel Madness- Thor and Hercules fight over a powerless love interest/nurse-era Jane Foster (Jane went to lunch with Hercules to make Thor jealous, I swear). At the same time, Odin seethes in Asgard, pondering how to punish Thor for revealing his then-secret identity to Jane. The battle between Thor and Hercules ends with Hercules victorious (because Odin’s punishment is to weaken Thor at that exact moment magically. Dads. Am I right?). Swarmed by spectators, Hercules immediately accepts an invitation from a talent scout to travel to Hollywood and appear in a film. Which isn’t weird at all. Not for 1966 Marvel. Hercules goes on to become an Avenger and sometimes love interest for the Sensational She-Hulk! ZOUNDS, spoiler ahead! Marvel’s Hercules just debuted in Thor: Love and Thunder, played by Brett Goldstein, so Herc’s early comic appearances are getting some collector attention. Could Hercules appear in Disney+’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law? Only the All-Father (and a bunch of Disney staff) know for certain.

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SHAKER: WEIRD MYSTERIES #5 | STANLEY MORSE | 1953

By Nick Richardson

Bernard Bailey really put to paper a horrific cover, in a good way, a horrific display of gloved hands removing the brain of a decaying head. But, covers like this and the content this book brought to the world gave the SOTI argument a hand up as books like this did not necessarily jive with society of the time. Luckily, pre-code horror has found a second life as of late, with this book seeing a new sale in a CGC 2.5 (a rough presenting one at that), for $4,269, nearly on par with what it last sold for in a 3.0. Oddly enough, this rare book sells more often graded than raw, yet still fetches a high price regardless of condition.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: SDCC & THE MUTANTS

In the next couple days, we’ll receive an onslaught of news (most likely already hitting by the time you read this). However, one rumor news comes from Comicbook.com and Deadline: “The Mutants are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – at least that’s that latest report as we head into Marvel Studios’ hotly-anticipated Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.” This is in no way a confirmation. Still, it simply sets the tone of high expectations around the biggest comic book convention in the world. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: THUNDERBOLTS ISSUE #110 – SECOND PRINTING VARIANT | MARVEL | 2007

By Jeremy Imlach

Following the events of Civil War, the Thunderbolts are on the hunt for unregistered superheroes. The new team features Venom, with host Mac Gargan, Moonstone, Bullseye, Songbird, Chen Lu, the Radioactive Man, Swordsman, Penance, and Norman Osborn. This new team quickly sold out Thunderbolts #110, with Diamond Comic Distributors responding with “In response to overwhelming consumer demand, Marvel Comics has announced Thunderbolts #110 2nd Printing Mike Deodato cover variant”. With 16 books on the CGC Census and an awesome variant cover, this book is definitely undervalued. The most recent sale tipped the scales when a CGC 9.8 sold for a new high of $199.99 last week. This book is currently on an upward trend of +0.33% and has no clear indication of slowing down. There’s plenty of hype around Thunderbolts speculation in the MCU, which could be a slight contributor to this upward trend. However, it’s unlikely we’ll see this particular team grace the silver screen anytime soon. Let’s keep watching to see how this one shakes out!

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: SAN DIEGO’S GOLDEN STATE COMIC-CON PROGRAM | UNKNOWN PUBLISHER | 1970

By Yves Navant

Happy San Diego Comic Con folks! To celebrate the biggest comic event of the year, we have something special for you. This entry features the very first program from 1970’s inaugural San Diego Golden State Comic-Con, now known simply as San Diego Comic Con.  The world’s largest entertainment and pop culture exhibition began as a much smaller event, catering to comic and sci-fi fans. This was a world before films, tv adaptations, and licensing made even the most obscure characters pop icons. A world before Star Wars, before any live-action Spider-Man, and even before Christopher Reeve and Lynda Carter gave us contemporary Supermen and Wonder Woman. In 2019 about 130,000 ravenous fans attended San Diego Comic-Con. In 1970, the convention’s program was hand-typed, photocopied, and stapled by organizers. The cover is a pop art, duotone, space joyride illustrated by Jack (the King) Kirby. This was when comic art was where struggling commercial illustrators ended up, unlike today’s lofty aspirational dream job. This week’s sale of $750 raw is the first and only sale we’ve ever seen. This may even be undervalued when you realize that this first program is a genuine piece of comic book history, allowing us to trace the path of comics from dimly lit shops, only the most devoted of OG nerdy fans, and a convention that saw roughly 300 attendees to today’s A-list celebrities and entertainment juggernauts. Still, the most valuable thing fans acquire at Comic-Con is an excited sense of belonging; you know without speaking that the entire crowd surrounding you shares your passions. And that camaraderie all started with this program.

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