The Weekend After Wednesday for 2/16/19

Want to know which books from Wednesday's new deliveries are already heating up and which ones are cooling? Here’s a “Weekend After” list that we hope will help! This isn’t a reflection on the quality, collectability or long term potential of recently released books. This is based on today’s market price for books that came out on Wednesday, 2/13/19. They could still be at your shop.



AVENGERS NO ROAD HOME #1 (OF 10) HUGHES 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL) – Yeah, this one was a no-brainer.  It’s been averaging $65, with a high sale of $79.99. 

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 BACHALO 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL) – Wow, this is easily the hottest book of the week.  I can’t imagine the print run is small on these.  Most stores should be ordering Captain Marvel heavily, leading into the upcoming release.  Regardless, the most recent sales have ranged from $90 up to $119.95.  This is going to be a hard 9.8 to get with that all black cover.

DEAD MAN LOGAN #4 (OF 12) ZAFFINO 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL) – Like the Hughes Avengers variant above, everyone was on this.  These are selling for a steady $60/$70 shipped.  Variants reign supreme this week.  The only issue with this are the 25 copies currently listed.  That’s not really a flood, but not really “hard to find” either.  I’ll be interested to see how this does by next week.

EXCITING COMICS #1 SPEEDWAY VARIANT (ANTARTIC PRESS) – So, I’m not sure how stores are pricing these variants since they all vary in retail pricing.  However, The SPEEDWAY variant is doing the best.  It had a retail price of $19.99, limited to 300 copies and sells for around $50.  The HYPNO HEROINES variant is doing okay as it retails for $14.99, 500 print run and sells for $24 shipped (with one recent sale of $35 shipped).  The other covers (Black Jaq @ 600 copies, Sketch cover @ 500, Black Terror @ 1000 and Madam Mask @ 4000) are all selling at or below retail (though Black Jaq did see some decent $25 sales).  What’s awesome is how Antarctic Press announced their print run for all the covers for this title.  With all of that said, I wouldn’t go chasing these as there are a lot listed.

MARVEL TALES BLACK WIDOW #1 1:50 BARTEL VIRGIN VARIANT (MARVEL) – Okay, so I debated if this should be HOT or WARM.   There was one sale for $114.  However, that was the ONLY sale (not counting another international sale of $83).  What convinced me to put it on here was the sole current auction that is already $75 (with 9 days left).  Honestly, out of all the variants on this list, I think this just might look the best one year from now.  This is the only variant on this list that I REALLY want a copy of, but cannot find one anywhere.  I settled for the trade dressed copy for now. 



GI JOE SIERRA MUERTE #1 MYCHAELS 1:25 RI-B VARIANT – After the one lonely sale of $60 last week, two more sold.  One went for $80 and another for $75.  However, the last sale was on 2/10 and the current 3 copies listed are just sitting.  Granted, those sellers want $130, $150 and $250 for their copies.  I think $60 is more likely right now.

GOD MODE #1 (KEENSPOT) – As I mentioned last week, Keenspot books don’t hold their market value for too long.  Only ONE copy (the B variant) sold for $13 shipped over the week.  Every copy is just sitting, even cheap sets.

HARLEY QUINN #58 CHEW “B” VARIANT (DC) – This is still selling from $9 to $13 shipped.

MAGICAL BEATDOWN #1 (SILVER SPROCKET) – So, the creators had an angry rant about how mad they were about speculators buying up copies of their book, selling it out and then flipping their copies for “$30” on eBay.  They wrote about how they were going to destroy that value by offering up more copies.  I understand that creators want to build a readership and don't want the bottom to drop out at issue 2.  However, it’s surprising how many publishers and creators don’t understand the comic book industry ecosystem.  The reason why this form of print media is still flourishing is directly connected to these pieces of paper being a collectible and therefore worth some value.  When, or if, a collector sells that book, they then take that money and buy more books… and the cycle goes on and on.  Even if a collector doesn’t sell, there’s still the fact that their collection has some sort of value to it.  If there wasn’t any value to a comic book, then why would we buy them and not just go digital?  I could get more into this, but if you’re here reading this, then you already know how this works.  Looking at this book’s sales last week, a total of 30 copies sold upon release and had a height of $20.  I don’t know what the print run is…. but I’m assuming these sales are less then 1% of print run…. meaning 99% of their book landed into the hands of people wanting to read it.  So, what they essentially did is tell those 99% that they were now going to punish them for buying their book JUST because there was some small amount of market demand.  Current sales are at $11 and copies can be had for less.

THESE SAVAGE SHORES #3 (VAULT) – Sales are a little iffy this week.  My Comic Shop did what they always do and listed copies for $4.  Other copies sold for $10 to $15 shipped.  This is probably on the downward swing.


BLOODSHOT SALVATION #6 MAHFOOD 1:50 VARIANT (VALIANT) – Wow, I totally forgot about this book.  This was selling for $70 last year.  Today, there are few $70+ listings.  However, the last sale was for a signed copy at $35. 

STABBITY BUNNY #2 (SCOUT) – The 1:7 fell hard from a pre-sale of $40 one year ago, it then settled to $30 the week of release and now can be had to $10 shipped.  The standard 2nd issue was selling for a very consistent $23-28 shipped and can now goes for $8/$9.

STAR WARS THRAWN #1 (OF 6) MATTINA 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL) Man, one-year flies by.  I remember humming and hawing over some $50 listed copies on MCS.  I passed, as I knew STAR WARS tends to be a somewhat volatile title.  This time last year, prices were holding at $70.  Today, there are plenty of copies listed with none cheaper than $125.  There have only been 3 sales in the last 4 months, with the most recent being one raw copy at $180.  I don’t know what this variant wants to do, or maybe it just has specific STAR WARS buyers… but it seems to be okay.

X-MEN BLUE #21 HANS 1:50 POISON X VARIANT (MARVEL)With pre-sales at $100, this Stephanie Hans 1:50 variant was hot and hard to find.  This sold for $250 raw at its highest and the average price was around $200 the week of release and the week after.  One year later, it sells for $60 raw and a CGC 9.8 will sell for $200.



DEVILS, THE #1 (ANTARTIC) – This has been selling for $10 shipped, hitting up to $17 shipped.  The most recent sold copies are about $13 shipped.  However, there are plenty of copies listed already for under $10.  It's slipping. 

GOD OF BAD MEN #1 (OF 4) (AMIGO) – Both cover A & B are each selling for $12 shipped and $25 shipped for a set.  While that’s decent, there are a lot of copies listed also already has copies listed below $10.   



AGE OF X-MAN NEXTGEN #1 (OF 5) (MARVEL) – The Lee Garbett 1:50 Variant is selling for $31 (shipped). 








SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1 (MARVEL) – Coming out with TWO Conan titles is pretty ballsy.  Obviously, Marvel has big plans, but can two titles survive?

SPAWN #293 CORRECTED B&W VARIANT (IMAGE) – Okay, so I picked up one copy (*see what I bought this week at the bottom) of this as it was the only copy I saw between three stores… nor were there many listed on eBay… which I found to be odd.  There was one recent outlier sales of $10, though there are plenty online at shops like Midtown.  So, it’s out there for cover.   One seller is calling this a 2nd error as the indicta reads “first printing” yet the barcode reads 29332, meaning issue 293, 3rd cover, 2nd print.  I’m going to assume that if there was an error, they consider a corrected reprint to still be a first print.  Regardless, this is going to be a messy book.


VAMPIRELLA VALENTINES DAY SPECIAL #1 (DYNAMITE) – I don’t buy store exclusives… but I do really like the Forbidden Plant Jee Hyung Lee Variant. I still can’t bring myself to buy it though.



*WHAT I BOUGHT THIS WEEK: SPAWN #293 Corrected Version x1, SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE 2 #3 Sketch x1 & MARVEL TALES BLACK WIDOW #1 Regular cover x1)






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    Some creators have to leave the market flow the natural way. Hey if you book is selling for more money good for you. The creation you make is now a collectable but as soon you start complaining and destroying the hype you book just becomes just another book and people start losing intrest. They are just shooting them self in the feet. Great work as always guys

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    Great article and well put on the Magical Beatdown topic. My mind is Blown by there actions. Said they would not be releasing specific print run details in an email to me. Also said they DETEST speculators. Like holly hell people.

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    Does speculator = scalper in their mind? Though with books, this doesn’t equate because a publisher can always run an additional print. Which btw why wouldn’t they just have a second printing // it’s not even done on a press — it’s a riso-print

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      Silver Sprocket always had plenty of copies on hand. When Diamond Distributors ran out of their stock, people made assumptions that it was out of print and began flipping it. I think this is what made Silver Sprocket angry. They would rather fans buy the comic at cover price, instead of an inflated colllector’s markup. In their mind, I think they absolutely equate speculators with scalpers who are taking advantage of people. Their whole operation grew from punk rock culture, which places emphasis of artistic merit over monetary value.

    • Father_fanboy

      I think it means scalper in LOTS of people’s minds. In many cases that’s exactly what they are, though. I mean, buying something you have no interest in only because you know other people will want it and will be willing to pay more for it….that pretty much sounds like a ticket scalper, yes?

      I think the difference that a lot of people outside of collecting hobbies don’t understand is that we buy them out of genuine interest, but will buy another copy or two for speculation purposes. I’ve done that lots of times, but I always make sure there are more copies on the shelf (unless it’s the last one of course).

      I am NOT talking about the jerks in our hobby that walk into a store, see a newly released hot book on the day of sale and buy all 20 copies before anyone has a chance to (though the store owners should take some blame for that as well).

  • Matt DeVoe

    Yeah, they have no clue. Here’s the full rant if anyone wanted to read it for themselves:

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    that explains why i was able to order directly from Silver Sprocket…i thought they were “sold out” based on ebay a bit like the “RAGS” controversy, no? They just keep printing more and don’t let people know the print run. Oh well. I like the book. Got Vol I & II directly from them plus a book called “GIRLS” by the same artist. Good stuff, but yeah, they don’t seem to understand the collectable market, but they don’t seem to care.

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    Hans VARIANT would have been huge til everyone found out it was a HOMAGE.

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    I’m at a lost here

    WHEN did the 2nd re-print of IMMORTAL HULK #2 come out????

    How did I miss that?????

    someone tell me when it came out???

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    Solid comments on Beatdown, and no one should be buying their book, good read or not. However, I will counter one point you made about reading digital. I have no interest in digital because I like to read comic “books” not digital files. I like to hold the book and turn the pages. Maybe I’m just old-school, but I don’t think I’m alone in this sentiment. 100% of my pull list is for reading. When I’m done with a run of something I might put it on ebay just to make room, but they rarely sell for what I paid. I’ve always looked at it like renting a movie. What I buy for spec is a completely different story, and is usually either Silver or Bronze stuff that came before my time, or a variant of a book I read and liked.

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    I have no problems with a comic book creator wanting their comic to have value based on its content, not its economics. I agree that speculators play an important role in modern comic book ecosystem, but we should be careful to not overstate that role. The last time speculators over took the comic book industry, they almost destroyed it. Not everything needs to be a ratio or exclusive incentive variant in order to be worthy of paper and ink, although those are an important revenue generator throughout the supply pipeline. Quality content is still vastly more important to the long-term health of the print comic book industry than speculative value. In the last thirty years that much has been proved. I disagree that the only reason print comics are still around is because of their speculative value. Many other forms of print media are still doing well, even thriving, despite not having a secondary or a collectors market at all. And the shelves of my LCS overflow with unique comic book titles even though most of those issues will not ever be worth more than the cover price. Somebody must be buying them, right? Many people, including myself simply prefer print to digital. Comic book collecting and comic book speculation are two highly related but distinct activities. Although most of us are both, you can be one without being the other. And in the case of Magical Beatdown, I guess I will be strictly a collector because I look forward to buying, reading, enjoying, and collecting the series regardless of what it will do for me financially.

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