A common theme this year has been the performance of Cover B variants. Last week’s Justice League #8 Jim Lee cover b has been steadily selling for $10 and even the Marvel cover B for Venom First Host #5 has been selling for $8 to $10.
This week is no exception – these are just two cover B variants that come out this week that you should be thinking about picking up.
This week sees the release of Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1. This book has a Riccardo Federici Variant Cover. This book has been selling for $12 to $18.
Another book that comes out this week that has been seeing a lot of interest and has multiple sales above cover is the Francesco Mattina variant cover for Deathstroke #36.
The last few days every speculation related website or social media group has been focused on DC censoring future issues of Batman the Damned #1. DC’s Batman the Damned #1 features full frontal nude panels of Bruce Wayne – which has been reported on by many mainstream media outlets including the Guardian and TMZ. Batman the Damned #1 has a print-run of just over 100,000 and both covers have been selling for $25 to $30 online.
There is also a retailer proof edition of this book that was sent to retailers in July. This book only features the artwork and has no text. Online it has been selling for $60 to $100.
SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. In 2006 Marvel revamped their Marvel Knights imprint and started to publish high-quality mature limited series. The Marvel Knights imprint published stories that took place outside of the current Marvel Universe. One of those series was Spider-Man Reign. When the first issue of Spider-Man Reign was released marvel sent out a content advisory to retailers and stated the book was 100% returnable based on its content. This was because one of the panels included a nude adult spider-man. Like Batman the Damned #1, Spider-Man Reign #1 was not recalled by the publisher, however, the nude panel was removed from all subsequent printings. A few years ago this book would regularly sell for $10+. There are currently copies of this book for sale online at cover price.
This week sees the release of a two Joshua Middleton covers and a marvel chase variant.
Aquaman #39 comes out this week and it has a cover B variant by Joshua Middleton. The cover features Mera – a character that is appearing in the new Aquaman film. This book has sold out at the distributor level, meaning comic book stores can’t order any more copies – and it has been selling for $12 to $20 in presale online. It is currently selling for closer to $12.
Batgirl #25 also features a Joshua Middleton cover B Variant . While This book hasn’t been selling over cover price it been receiving a lot of attention online. The previous two Batgirl Middleton covers sell very well on the secondary market with the cover B variants for Batgirl #23 selling for $40 to $50 and Batgirl #24 selling for around $13. This is a book to be looking for this week.
Another book that came out this week in Infinity War #2. Infinity War #2 features a secret unannounced variant cover. It is believed to have been sent out by marvel in a 1 in 10 ratio. The last time Marvel did this was for Avengers #682 – which features two different variations of Hawkeye on the cover. The chase version of that book still sells for $8 to $9. I would expect that would be the same situation with this new variant.
Riding on the coattails of Batgirl #23 Cover B, this week there has been a lot of interest in the Josh Middleton cover B for Aquaman and Jabberjaw #1. The initial print run of this book has sold out at the distributor and it has been selling online for $10+. This has the potential to be the book of the week.
This week also sees the release of Uncle Scrooge #438 from IDW. For this issue IDW released a cover B variant by renowned comic artist Carl Barks. Carl Barks is a legendary comic artist was the original comic artist for Donald Duck and many of Duck family characters. This Cover B variant has been selling for $10+.
Another book that has started to sell well recently is He-Man Masters of the Universe #18. This book features the first DC comic appearance of She-Ra*. This book started seeing interest after the She-Ra netflix show was announced, now that production art has been released this book has had multiple sales around $20.
*She-Ra does appear on a variant cover before this, but this is the first comic issue she appears in
Over the last few years Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise has built a cult audience. The first appearance of the series, Strangers in Paradise #1 has a notoriously low print run – this year, high grade copies of this book have sold for $300 to $400. I would expect that to change as today it was announced on the Hollywood Reporter that writer / director Angela Robinson has teamed with Terry Moore to bring Strangers in Paradise to the big screen. No studio seems to have optioned the series, or at least it has not been announced, but Moore and Robinson are intent on making this project happen.
Strangers in Paradise has a few #1’s and a few #1 reprints – the book to look for and the first appearance of the main character and title is Strangers in Paradise #1 published in 1993 by Antartic Press. This book was later reprinted a few times by Homage Studios (a Image Comics imprint).
The last few weeks there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Wolverine / Hulk Batch H story line. The first print copies of the books appear to have been under ordered by retailers resulting in most of the books selling for above cover. Most of the Totally Awesome Hulk title cross-over books are currently selling for $10 to $15.
We’ve already been introduced to the “beta” version of the Hulk / Wolverine mash up character but in this weeks issue of the new Hulk comic , Totally Awesome Hulk #22, we see the “alpha”. One spoiler I will reveal is that the Beta version (as predicted) dies and the Alpha versions takes over. This is the Alpha’s first appearance and will be regarded as the first appearance of the Batch H Character. Over the last few days this book has been selling for $8 to $15, the book is sold out at diamond and can currently be found on ebay for $10. I’ve read the issue and It looks like Marvel is planning to revisit this character in future Totally Awesome Hulk – expanding the story line and this character, which means this is a book to be buying and holding onto.
Totally Awesome Hulk #22 is not a book you want to be sleeping on.
Today there has been a rush to buy up all the available copies of Sandman #22. Why?
The Washington Post ran a review of the unreleased DC book,Dark Knights: Metal #1 – which is officially released this week. In the review (that included four full pages of the comic) was the spoiler that DC is bringing back the Sandman character. In the Metal universe the new Sandman is Daniel Hall.
Daniel Hall first appears in the Neil Gaiman sandman series as an infant. In Sandman #12, where Morpheus tells Lyta, Daniel’s pregnant mother, to go back to the world of living and raise her son. Morpheus also told Lyta that he would be coming back to take her son and reminds her to “raise him well”. In Sandman #22 Lyta has given birth and Morpheus visits her to tell her that her infants name is Daniel. This is Daniel’s first appearance outside of the womb. According to ebays completed listing search there have been 15+ sales of Sandman #22 just today.
This is a book could have great potential depending on how DC develops this story.