WEEK IN REVIEW

July 8th, 2022

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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: BONGO COMICS PRESENTS FUTURAMA COMICS ISSUE #1 – SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL VARIANT COVER | BONGO | 2000

By Jeremy Imlach

Futurama will forever and always be one of the most underrated adult animation series in history. The show has been revived three times already. Originally aired on Fox in 1999, the show was canceled in 2003, only to be brought back in 2008 by Comedy Central and canceled again in 2013. It was announced in February of this year that the iconic show is set to come back in 2023 to Hulu with its lead cast still together, although it seems John DiMaggio will not be voice acting Bender. We’ll see how that turns out. However, it goes without saying that the Futurama fanbase is enormous, and the content hasn’t stopped at television. In 2000, Bongo Comics released the Futurama comic series, which continued to publish for almost two full decades, minus a few brief halts in production. It’s worth noting, though, that during the periods of time when the TV series was not being produced, the comics were the only new Futurama content being published. While the most recent sale of this SDCC exclusive is not the highest sale recorded, a sale on June 28th at $149.99 helps support that high $160 sale from January this year.

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SHAKER: THE FLASH #123 | DC | 1961

By Cobra

Carmine Infantino delivers one of the most iconic covers of The Flash in issue #123. Not only is this an incredible Silver Age cover, but it’s also the first time the Golden Age Flash appears in the Silver Age! Jay Garrick appears and meets face-to-face with Barry Allen, introducing the concept of the multiverse and Earth-Two for the first time in DC comics. Even though Ezra Miller has recently been involved in numerous controversies, WB has not mentioned anything about the film’s cancellation. If the film moves forward, there have been several rumors about the significance of this issue in the DCEU. If the DCEU wants to kick off the multiverse, it will likely begin in The Flash and heavily rely on this issue for source material. Perhaps this rumor has legs, especially since the most recent sale hit an all-time high for a raw copy. Last month, a raw copy of this book sold for between $250-$500. On July 3rd, a raw copy sold for a whopping $810!

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SHAKER: FROZEN | JOE BOOKS | 2015

By Matt DeVoe

When collectors once looked at Disney-adapted comic books, they would simply tell themselves to “let it go” (sorry). The consensus is always to leave kid books on the shelves for kids to purchase. With low market values, that was always pretty easy to do. However, this first appearance of Ana, Elsa, Olaf, etc. in comic books recently sold for a massive $1,400 in a 9.8. Before 2022, raw copies could be obtained for around $7. However, since May of this year, condition and scarcity have driven this book to as high as $100 raw. NM copies can still be found under $20, yet there are no other 9.8s listed except for an SS copy. The sale was completed, so is this a fluke or the new norm?

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SHAKER: HAUNTED THRILLS #1 | FARRELL | 1952

By The Professor

Robert Farrell established his own publishing company in 1940 (Farrell Publications). His most popular genre of comics was horror, with “Haunted Thrills” being the flagship title. Unfortunately, most artists and writers have gone uncredited, leaving collectors and scholars to speculate as to who may have written and drawn particular stories. Haunted Thrills #1 is definitely a fan favorite issue that is still somewhat affordable. This past week a CGC 3.0 sold for a record $288 (which seems quite reasonable for a pre-code horror first issue title). Low-grade raw copies of this book are still available for under $300 on various platforms.

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SHAKER: HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE #254 – SDCC EXCLUSIVE | METAL MAMMOTH, INC. | 1992

By Mr. Long/Short

Stanley Artgerm Lau is without question one of the hottest artists working in the industry today. This issue of Heavy Metal Magazine was an exclusive given away for free at San Diego Comic 2011. This stunning wraparound cover, promoting Imaginary Friends Studios, sold in an auction for $294. We continue to see the trend of rare artist works selling for higher and higher prices increasing as collectors crave scarcity. Artgerm produced several covers for Heavy Metal, like the regular cover for this issue (selling for an FMV of $60) and a gorgeous homage to Heavy Metal #1 in issue #258 (selling for an FMV of $153). Heavy Metal is filled with early and even the first works of some of today’s artists, and we could easily devote a whole article to JUST that.

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SHAKER: INFERNO #1 – ADI GRANOV (1:25) | MARVEL | 2015

By Matt DeVoe

Despite Magik not getting the title of Sorcerer Supreme and a mixed received New Mutants film, collectors still LOVE Magik. The recent return of her iconic Soulsword came with significant upgrades, turning it into one of Marvel’s most powerful weapons. It’s clear that Marvel comics is giving her the attention she deserves. That bump in power could be one of the many reasons that this gorgeous Secret Wars One-Shot “Inferno” 1:25 cover by Adi Granov jumped to an all-new high sale of $355 for a raw copy, a mere $20 under the last CGC 9.8 all-time high sale.

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SHAKER: MARVEL PREMIERE VOL. 1 #55 | MARVEL COMICS | 1980

By Yves Navant

Ionic Avenger, Wonder Man’s first headlining comic, recently sold for $700 in a CGC 9.8. Marvel Premiere was a try-out title for Marvel, where popular characters from team books, guest stars, or second-stringers were given a chance to star in their own series in hopes of launching new titles. Here, Simon Wiliams battles organized crime after they’ve taken over his family business. Wonder Man, the oft resurrected Avengers traitor, turned redeemed hero, was given his first shot at solo stardom in this issue. Reliably depicted as a reluctant superhero who just wanted to be an actor, Wonder Man made one single appearance (in 1964) before Marvel was sued by DC Comics, threatened by the similarity in name to their Wonder Woman. Wondy became an Avengers mainstay throughout the 1970s (after returning from the death he suffered in his first appearance). Later joining the West Coast Avengers, he finally starred in an eponymous ongoing title. The character has had a tumultuous narrative history, dying more often than not, with his brain becoming the template for the Vision’s synthetic mind. Wonder Man has been a part of the Avengers’ legacy from the beginning and shall be appearing in a recently announced live-action MCU series, as we’ve previously mentioned! Citing this, we can look forward to Wonder Man’s titular comics and key issues receiving significant market attention.

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SHAKER: THE MIGHTY THOR #169 – REGULAR EDITION | MARVEL | 1969

By Cobra

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER releases this weekend! While many fans are caught up in the hype for Thor, Valkyrie, Jane Foster, and Gorr, some fans are thinking ahead. With the confirmation of the Fantastic Four entering the MCU, there are dozens of key issues to begin accumulating. One of those issues is the Origin of Galactus, written and illustrated by the legendary duo Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. This issue not only explores Galan of Ta’s ascendance to Galactus; it also is the first mention of the Creeping Plague. The Creeping Plague eventually inspires the creation of the Black Winter. So is this book a good spec buy? Some fans think so. A 9.4 graded copy of this book sold for $1050, a new all-time high. If you had purchased this 9.4 book in 2020, you would see about a 320% return on your investment!

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SHAKER: THE RED ICEBERG | CATECHETICAL GUILD EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY | 1960

By The Professor

Published in 1960, this rare one-shot comic was distributed to thousands of Catholic school children during the Cold War. Its anti-Communist rhetoric served as a warning for young Americans about the dangers of the “Red Iceberg.” The cover reflects the fate of the Titanic with the idea of America needing to steer clear of Communism. The Communist nations (as seen on the iceberg) are portrayed on tombstones, thus depicting them as “dead” nations. Although mass-produced and as much a political artifact as a comic book, most of this comic book ended up in trash bins rather than comic book collections, making it a relatively rare collectible. This past week we saw a CGC 6.5 sell for $504. The last copy for auction in a similar grade was a CGC 5.0 that sold for $275 over two years ago.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MEN #1 (PICHELLI VARIANT) | MARVEL | 2012

By Keith Shimabukuro

First appearances will always be the gold standard in comic book collecting, but first meetings between characters have started to pick up steam. This book features the first meeting between Earth’s Peter Parker and the Ultimate Universe’s Mile Morales after 12 years of co-existence! It’s also the first time the original universe crossed over with the ultimate universe. Being a 1:100 ratio variant, we have only captured seventeen raw sales and six graded sales since 2019. There was a massive record-breaking sale of a 9.8 for $2000 on 7/2/22, followed by a 9.2 for $499.99 on 7/3/22 (which is pretty incredible for such a low grade on a modern comic). There’s no time like now to look for those undervalued first team-ups.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #25 (CHIANG VARIANT) | MARVEL | 2016

By Keith Shimabukuro

It’s quite surprising that this series is the first to feature Lord Vader as the main protagonist and introduce the popular character Dr. Aphra in issue #3. This issue marked the end of the first Darth Vader series and came with an astonishing 14 covers. Cliff Chiang started his career as assistant editor at DC before becoming an illustrator, eventually winning an Eisner Award for Best Penciler/Inker on Paper Girls. Raw copies of this variant rarely hit $70, so it was shocking to see a 9.8 sell for $300 on 7.2.22, almost double the last sale in February. Darth Vader may have gotten trashed by Obi-Wan on TV, but he’s holding his own in the comic book realm.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS ADVENTURES #20 – CVR B | IDW | 2019

By Matt DeVoe

Barriss Offee is a character that Dave Filoni spent years developing for The Clone Wars. She’s fought alongside Ahsoka and Anakin throughout many of those episodes. The likelihood of Barriss appearing on Ahoska’s solo Disney+ series is highly likely. While she first appeared in two cameos in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones #1 and Star Wars: Republic #58, the first fully appeared in Star Wars: Republic #65. This particular cover seems to be her only solo cover. Star Wars fans have been picking this up recently, culminating in a new raw height of $100 and an all-time high sale of $400 for a 9.8. This is a B cover, so it shouldn’t be impossible to find. 

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SHAKER: STEVEN UNIVERSE ISSUE #1 – 2014 SDCC EXCLUSIVE COLEMAN ENGLE | BOOM! STUDIOS | 2014

By Jeremy Imlach

If you were a fan of Adventure Time and you’re not familiar with Steven Universe – you are severely missing out. This coming-of-age, sci-fi fantasy was originally a Cartoon Network series that aired from 2013 to 2019. It quickly developed a large audience, capturing the hearts and minds of children and adults alike. The story was created by Adventure Time writer and artist Rebecca Sugar, who was featured in Forbes “30 Under 30” and was credited with writing many of the best episodes of Adventure Time. Only a year after Steven Universe aired, intergalactic warriors, the Crystal Gems, made their way into comics. While admittedly flying under the radar until now, this comic “gem” (pun intended) has started to shake the market! This past week a raw SDCC exclusive cover, estimated at a 9.4 grade, sold for $135. This specific exclusive, a connecting cover, was created by artist Coleman Engle. At the very least, do yourself a favor and look at the IMDb plot summary of the show. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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SHAKER: TALES FROM THE OZONE #1 | RUSS GIBB PRODUCTIONS | 1969

By Yves Navant

A notable underground comic from the swinging ’60s, this book recently sold for $990 in a CGC graded 9.6. From a time when comics (er, comix) could be a subversive and even dangerous art form, they were inextricably linked to counterculture, rebellious youth, and their music. This anthology features the work of Robert Crumb and Vaughn Bodé, a one-page Freak Brothers story by Gilbert Shelton, and work by other notable indie comic book hippies. With a full-color, front-and-back, inside-and-out cover (a rarity for an Indy book) by rock poster illustrators Carl Lundgren and Gary Grimshaw, this issue also has the distinction of being the first underground comic from the wilds of Detroit. This issue is a hallucinogenic mix of traditional sequential stories next to conceptual art and design, where the individual creators weren’t very concerned with cohesion. But it was the 1960s, and everything was falling apart or changing. Staggeringly, we don’t know how many copies of this underground gem were printed, and to date, it has never been reprinted. The back cover features a Grande Ballroom calendar of events illustrated by Lundgren, promoting upcoming shows for Chuck Berry, MC5, Iggy & the Stooges (speaking of Detroit), and the Velvet Underground. Not surprisingly, citing the pedigree of this book’s creators, this issue is sought after by both underground comix aficionados and rock memorabilia collectors, and rightly so.

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SHAKER: TALES OF SUSPENSE #32 | MARVEL | 1962

By Nick Richardson

Someone celebrated independence day in a big way, dropping an all-time high of $3,840 on a CGC 9.0 of this Silver Age book! Outside of being written by Stan Lee, with art by Jack Kirby, it features not one but two prototypes for some big-time Marvel characters in Ant-Man and Dr. Strange! While Hank Pym debuted in September of ’61 in “The Man in the Ant Hill,” in Tales to Astonish #27, where he shrinks and grows due to his serum, he could not communicate with ants quite yet. In May of 62, “The Man in the BeeHive,” in. this issue, features a character that can also shrink and grow things but can communicate with bees. These characters amalgamated into Ant-Man proper, first appearing in Tales to Astonish #35. Dr. Strange was developed in much the same way, except his inspiration, featured in the story “Sazzik the Sorcerer,” was a downright evil practitioner of the mystic arts while sharing some physical characteristics. With Ant-Man and Dr. Strange’s first appearances out of the reach of many, this excellent book is a solid consolation prize. This book routinely sells for under $200, a more reasonable entry point to hold onto a book that shows some ideas that led to two of the most famous comic characters of all time.

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FUNKO UNIVERSE #1 – RI VARIANT (1:25) | IDW | 2017

By J1 Future

Funko Pops, a worldwide phenomenon, released its first Pop! In 2010. Now these days, some of the rarest Funko Pops! sell for thousands of dollars. Funko Pops became so popular that Funko Corporate created their own retail stores and expanded into content, such as gracing the covers of popular comic books. Some covers are easier to find than others, and some are true ghosts. What makes this one particularly hard to find is due to the 1:25 retail incentive it required from retailers to qualify. Shop owners saw Funko covers as a gimmick that would have difficulty moving twenty-five copies of this one-shot. Yet, this scarcity has helped this cover sell at a high of $110 back in 2019. Only a total of 5 copies since then have sold, with a recent copy selling for $90. What makes some of these Funko Pop! comics so intriguing is how the entire comic is set in a Funko alternative Universe, allowing fans to see interior comic art with the actual Funko Pops!

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SHAKER: THOR #25 – 2ND PRINT – GARY FRANK – SKETCH | MARVEL | 2022

By Matt DeVoe

“Starship” Hulk/Banner goes toe to toe with Thor and Odin, and the issue later reveals a lethal and even more dangerous Banner/Hulk than we’ve ever seen. The 1:25 2nd print for this issue is VERY tough to find and is currently selling for $80. It’s unknown what this book’s long-term potential is, but it’s worth noting that it’s the only cover presently trending in a big way for this issue.

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SHAKER: THE TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #26 – ALEX MILNE – COVER RI (1:10) | IDW | 2014

By Matt DeVoe

In 2013, Hasbro celebrated the 30th anniversary of Transformers by creating a “fan-built bot poll” that allowed fans to choose down to every little detail of the next new Transformer. The poll included details like color, personality, faction, transformation, etc. Hasbro took this info and designed the new character into what is now known as WINDBLADE, a female Autobot Jet with a kabuki-influenced design (no, she wasn’t the first female Transformer. That honor goes to Arcee). (Most) fans immediately fell in love with her and skyrocketed her fandom. She’s appeared all over Transformers content, comics, and toy lines. Her first comic appearance hasn’t received nearly any attention from comic fans. Well, it’s time to pay attention as the 1:10 variant, the only cover to feature her, sold for $250 this week. This is supported by a raw $255 sale this past May. Also, current listed prices are costly. The cheapest listed raw copy is $700, with a 9.6 asking for $2,500. We thought the first sale could’ve been a fluke… but apparently not. Additionally, a Hasbro reprint came packaged with her Hasbro Transformers Generations 30th Anniversary figure and can be found there for eagle-eyed toy collectors.

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 | MARVEL | 2000

By Matt DeVoe

If you want to thank anyone for saving Marvel comics, the MCU, and the comic book industry as a whole, then you should thank Brian Michael Bendis for creating Ultimate Spider-Man. After filing for bankruptcy in 1997, Marvel Comics was in big trouble. Their bankruptcy and declining sales not only threatened their direct business but it threatened comic books as a whole. Dominating comic shelves, the loss of Marvel would have been the death of almost every comic shop in the world. Deep in the red, Marvel executives threw out a hail-mary pass with an aggressive and more modern take on their core characters. This concept formed into the Ultimate universe and launched with Ultimate Spider-Man in October 2000. It was a massive success! Fans came back to shops in droves. Shortly after, Mark Millar’s Ultimate X-Men series was released, and Marvel was back in a big way. Annual sales jumped from $255 in 2000 to $285 in 2001 and half a billion by 2005. This timeframe, 2000-2005, was also the rebirth of the modern aftermarket. After starting in 1995, eBay was in full steam. In 2000, a little grading company called CGC graded their first comic. Reselling and buying comics were never more accessible, and these factors changed the entire scoop of the comic market, bringing us to where we are now. Today, annual sales are expected to hit $4.69 billion! It’s safe to say that if Marvel fell in 2000, their characters would have remained scattered in the wind amongst various studios, and there would be no MCU as we know it now. That said, there is no more important book to modern collecting than Ultimate Spider-Man #1. The death of Peter Parker in 2011 destroyed the market value for this first issue, despite giving birth to one of the hottest modern characters ever in Miles Morales. This week’s new high sale of $765 for a 9.8 is the highest sale we’ve seen in over five years. Collectors are finally giving this first issue the attention it deserves. If you’ve been thinking about buying a copy for the past 22 years, now’s the time.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: PAPER GIRLS

Amazon’s Paper Girls Trailer finally dropped, reminding collectors that this show IS happening… and it looks pretty fantastic. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: RIVERS OF LONDON

Variety recently reported that “Ben Aaronovitch’s ‘Rivers of London’ Set For Adaptation By See-Saw, Pure Fiction Television.” While this didn’t originate as a comic series, the comic adaptation of the popular book series has seen some light market movement. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: BATMAN #1 | DC | 2011

By Nick Richardson

Batman #1 recently sold for a low $145 in a CGC 9.8. Of course, this isn’t even remotely earth-shattering like the other sales in this report. It’s been on a rapid decline of late. Some recent sales have sold for as low as $100 in a 9.8. This is a far cry from its time as one of the hottest books in 2011 when raws were reaching $200! However, this book marks the beginning of one of the best runs of Batman… ever. The brilliant writing of Scott Snyder and visceral art from Greg Capullo delivered a fantastic reading experience that carried through the first ten issues of the run. Its spellbinding story featuring numerous major twists is an excellent introduction. It is the calm before the storm of issues #2 and #6 (the first appearance of Talon/mention of The Court of Owls and the first full appearance of the Court, respectively). We see Batman at his weakest, hallucinating and physically matched by the Court’s homegrown “undead” assassin, Talon. Echoes of the storyline n this book have touched on numerous iterations of Batman., including in his most recent outing on the big screen, The Batman. For an 11-year-old book that shook the character of Batman to the core with a modern iconic storyline, this is a book to watch as it deserves to see the boost in market value it deserves. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: AMAZING FANTASY #15 – UK PRICE | MARVEL | 1962

By Matt DeVoe

As noted by Heritage, “The British edition is identical in content to the most valuable Silver Age comic in the world and was published at the same time as the US version. And yet the British edition is considerably rarer.” This first appearance of Spider-Man, Aunt May, Uncle Ben, and Flash Thompson sold for an incredible $18,200 for a CGC 1.0. In comparison, the standard U.S. version last sold a few weeks ago for $16,771 in the same grade. While these prices are pretty close, this UK sale beats the last 1.0 sale in 2020 for $7,250. A $10K profit in just two years is pretty awesome.

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