Week in Review: March 25, 2020

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Hello my fellow Wednesday warriors. This is a big week for comic speculation as it could very well be the last time comic book stores receive new product from Diamond for weeks to come. The coronavirus situation seems to be changing every day and I’m not sure if stores will be receiving new product next week. Here are a few noteworthy books that do come out this week.

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This week sees the release of the second issue of Wolverine #2. This book has two variant covers that are heating up on the secondary market – the one in twenty-five and one in one-hundred David Finch variant covers. The 1 in 25 variant has been selling for $35 to $50 while the 1 in 100 “Inks Only” Virgin variant has been selling for upwards of $150.

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Wolverine #2 Finch variant

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Another second issue ratio variant from Marvel that has a few noteworthy sales is the one in twenty-five Phil Noto variant cover for Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. This book has been selling for $35 to $40 in online presale.

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Star Wars Bounty Hunters #2 variant

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One last Marvel comic I would like to talk about is The Immortal Hulk #33.A lot of heat has dropped off these Immortal Hulk books recently but Marvel has released several variant covers for this particular issue hyping it up as the first appearance of the new “Thoughtful Man” character. While none of the covers are selling above their cover price or ratio it does have a pretty cool The Incredible Hulk #1 homage cover.

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Immortal Hulk #33

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One last book I would like to highlight is the one in ten variant cover for Ghostbusters Year One #3. While the other ratio variants covers for this series haven’t been selling above $10 – this particular variant features a homage of the classic Neal Adams cover for Batman #251. I’m also not sure how many stores would be ordering ten copies of this particular book so it could be relatively hard to find. In presale this book has been selling for $20 to $30.

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Ghostbusters #8

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That is your week in review! Let me know in the comments (or on social media)  if I missed any books you think are spec worthy.

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4 comments

  • It will be interesting to see how the Variant market holds up in this current economy. My LCBS was telling me that book orders have been lower since the start of 2020 based on the current economy. A lot of titles are UNDER-ordered, even the majors (DC and Marvel) to the point where they are only fulfilling monthly pull lists. Most indie books never make it to the shelves. The ones that do only have a few copies. That being said, a lot of these 1:25 variants never get to retailers – except in the case of ‘big box’ stores such as Lone Star in Dallas and Midtown in NY…. The last 1:50 and 1:100 I saw in person (Austin, TX) was the ‘Dawn of X’ X-Men #1 launch back in November. I’m curious to see how this all affects the price of variant going forward.

    • Personally I think all the variants were killing the industry already. Instead of buying other independent titles where the creators actually make money off of it, they buy 4 copies of the same book with different covers. It’s not a fun time but if only variants disappear than I’m stoked about that.

      • Can’t deny that. Two of my favorite titles – Reaver and The Kill Lock – are both indies and have ONE cover. But another way to look at the variant hype: it brings in a new market (speculators), and let’s face it, infuses ‘blood’ into a slowly dying industry. I buy the occasional variant if i absolutely love the cover.

  • I am waiting to hear from the CB Speculation guys talk about this recent industry shutdown. Sad times ahead….

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