CovrPrice.Com Runners-Up for Week of 9/29/23

As promised, the runners-up list. The second half of the Top 20.

Thug Lyfe is an iconic phrase no one thought to attribute to Harley Quinn, but thanks to this cover from the award-winning Sanford Greene, we now know what that looks like! Collectors are here for it, adding this book to the “variants I’m searching for” list alongside the Harley Quinn: Black White Redder #1 – Sozomaika (1:25) variant. While the style isn’t for everyone, Sanford Greene fans adore this book. That’s half the fun with these experimental runs and covers! We tracked 9 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 141%, with a high sale of $70 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $65.

The Star Wars universe is ever-expanding, and this book exemplifies that! D-Squad is a team of droids led by R2D2. With numerous droids stealing the show over the years, a la Huyang on Ahsoka, we were bound to get a team up at some point. Marvel delivered with this book, as did Mike McKone on this 1:50 variant that has fans searching for copies on the aftermarket. We tracked 7 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 143%, with a high sale of $81 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $75.

Jeff Lemire has a cult following thanks to his litany of incredible titles. Recalled books also have a cult following, with die-hard collectors paying a premium to secure the latest recalled book. Fishflies #2 was recently bit by the recall bug, spread across Cover A and the difficult-to-find Kelly Jones variant. If you spot this book in the wild, check page 24 for an all-black page featuring the word “CRUNCH.” If its there, congrats! You’ve found a recalled book, much like the collectors currently scouring the aftermarket, leading us to track 8 copies sold at a 7-day trend of 110% with a high sale of $30 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $26.

This under-the-radar book has surely rocketed up the charts! It was recently announced that Warner Bros. TV optioned this title, and the run on it was immediate. It’s from a smaller publisher in Scout Comics, but it is a story packed with intrigue and suspense. Fans have been working hard to secure a copy on the aftermarket, which goes doubly so for this webstore exclusive variant featuring three masked individuals sporting the visages of some highly controversial public figures. We tracked 6 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 160%, with a high sale of $28 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $17.

Now, this X-Men series features the Goblin Queen, aka Madeline Pryor, in all her glory. She’s already been a big player, opening Limbo to refugees of mutant-kind. But the evil Goblin Queen has something to say about it, threatening to bring that all tumbling down. Still, this cover by the fantastic Pablo Villalobos is one of the best depictions of the character we’ve received to date, and the aftermarket took notice. We tracked 25 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 79%, with a high sale of $35 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $18.

Most Star Wars fans know George Lucas was heavily inspired by feudal Japan and Samurai when crafting Star Wars. We got the epitome of that when The Ronin appeared in the animated Star Wars: Visions episode “The Duel,” immediately stealing the hearts of many. He got a follow-up one-shot comic and first appearance in this book. Now, Marvel has revealed he will receive his very own limited series, revealing the backstory of this new yet already beloved character. We tracked 13 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 183%, with a high sale of $65 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $12.

Miles Morales is iconic. With Marvel announcing earlier this year the Ultimate line will return and the recent update that it will start with none other than Spider-Man, fans decided to revisit the first appearance of Miles Morales. Yes, Miles is iconic, but he BECAME Spider-Man in the pages of the Ultimate line after the death of Peter Parker. Marvel is returning to the beginning and will hopefully bring fans of the character a whole new run to discuss. We tracked 18 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 102%, with a high sale of $1,755 for a CGC 9.8 and a raw NM FMV of $500.

Now, here is a twist! Nightcrawler is now Spider-Man, albeit for a limited run. The amalgamation of two iconic characters is quite the pairing and one that has fans very curious. That’s why many didn’t hesitate to pick up the book when it debuted. Some managed to snag this Sam De La Rosa 1:25 variant, bringing his iconic style that has graced many Spider-Man/Venom covers before this book. Those who couldn’t grab it from their LCS had to visit the aftermarket, leading us to track 27 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 62%, with a high sale of $25 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $20.

19. SPIDER-MAN 2099 VOL.1 #1
We touched on the first appearance debate regarding this book last week, and the fires have only grown since then! Amazing Spider-Man #365 has been commonly accepted as Spider-Man 2099’s first appearance, but that favor is slowly shifting toward this book. With more eyes on the character thanks to Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, 2099 fans are opting to secure a copy and add it to the PC. In the end, it’s what this community is all about. We tracked 24 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 72%, with a high sale of $230 for a CGC 9.8 copy and a raw NM FMV of $12.

We already mentioned one first-appearance debate, and this book has been in the midst of one for the ages. UXM #266 and X-Men ANNUAL #14 have been going back and forth as the first true appearance of Gambit. This book has been the aftermarket winner for years (and still is), despite X-Men Annual officially receiving the title of first appearance. The reason it’s been so hot, however, is the persistent rumor that Channing Tatum would appear as Gambit in Deadpool 3. Fans have been clamoring for this for years, as Gambit was supposed to receive a solo movie before it fell through. Until now, it’s been strictly rumors, but a recent IMDB update has fans eyeballing this book again. Joel Adrien was recently added to the Deadpool 3 cast page as a stunt double for Channing Tatum. Keep in mind, though, that IMDB is similar to Wikipedia, as anyone with an account can make edits. Hold fast, dear collectors. We may be in for a bumpy ride on this one! Recently, we tracked 16 copies sold at a 7-day trend of 106%, with a high sale of $775 for a CGC 9.8 and a raw NM FMV of $125.

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