Marvel wasn’t the only outfit with big news at SDCC. There were new trailers for DCEU films, the upcoming Sandman series on Netflix, the new Dungeons & Dragons film, and more. Let’s take a look.
First Trailer for Shazam!: Fury of the Gods
The whole Marvel family was there in the Shazam: Fury of the Gods trailer, our first look at the new film. Five graded copies of the first modern appearance of the Big Red Cheese in Shazam! #1 have sold since the release of the trailer on July 23 at SDCC. All five sales were in the 9.4 and 9.6 grades, with the highest being a 9.6 selling for $295 on July 24.
That’s not even high enough to make the top 25 in this grade. The majority of the high sales for this book were in late 2018 into mid-2019, around the time when the first Shazam! film was released.
There are a few sales from earlier this year sprinkled in the top 25, including the top sale in the 9.6 grade of $425 in a fixed-price eBay sale on February 4. I wouldn’t expect this comic to reach highs like that again any time soon. If even the release of a new trailer can’t bump this book higher than $295, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing a big lift in the near future.
New Black Adam Trailer
Warner Bros. and the DCEU released a new Black Adam trailer to coincide with their presentation at SDCC. Four graded copies of Shazam! #28, Black Adam’s second appearance and the first outside of the Golden Age, have sold since the release of the trailer, which represents a tiny increase in volume.
The highest sale was a 9.4 graded copy selling for $780. That’s way below the peak price of a 9.4 copy selling in November 2021 for a slashed $2,500. This price is slightly above the 30-day and 90-day averages, so we might see a bit of an uptick in price for this book as we get closer to the film’s release in October. However, the peak has come and gone.
There was a brief moment in 2021 where it looked like this could be one of the biggest Bronze Age DC books. Alas, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.
New Sandman Trailer
Copies of Sandman #1 didn’t see a significant bump in sales volume upon the release of a new trailer at SDCC, but this book was already selling at a fairly brisk pace, averaging close to two sales a day throughout the month of July. Nor was there any bump in prices.
The highest sale since Comic-Con was a 9.8 going for $720, a little lower than the $776 30-day average and far below the $959 90-day and $1,169 1-year averages. Fans may be pumped for the Netflix series, but dwindling prices show this enthusiasm isn’t translating to the collecting world.
Todd McFarlane announced on July 22 at SDCC that there would be a second Spawn/Batman crossover. 10 graded copies of Spawn-Batman have sold since. This is an interesting graded comic, as roughly one out of every three copies has a verified signature, skewing prices quite drastically.
In fact, of the top 100 sales of 9.8 graded copies 95 are Signature Series. The top price paid for a Universal graded copy was a slashed $200 paid the same day as the new crossover was announced. McFarlane is one of the biggest comic artists around, so it’s not surprising to see this book get a lift from this news.
I won’t even bother to look at Spawn #1; with over 24,000 graded copies in the CGC census, there are always plenty of copies selling.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
On July 21, Paramount released a trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, a new film slated for release in March 2023. The cast was at SDCC for the panel, including genre and sci-fi favorite Chris Pine. The film wasn’t on a lot of fans’ radar but the trailer was better than expected and well-received.
Five graded copies of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #1, a DC release from 1988, have sold since the trailer reveal, as many as have sold in the past three months. Included in these sales was a 9.8 graded copy selling for $400 on July 21, well above the 1-year average and 5% above the 90-day and 30-day averages. Momentum has been building for this book; it wouldn’t surprise me if prices reached above the 2021 peak of $490 as we get closer to the film, particularly if subsequent trailers continue to reveal the film to be better than expected.
And that’s a wrap on our market reactions to the news from 2022 San Diego Comic-Con. Hope you enjoyed it.