There was so much coming out of San Diego Comic-Con this year – new trailers, new film and TV show announcements, characters making debuts in upcoming projects… So, we’re going to spend all week unpacking all of this for you and see how the market has reacted to each of these reveals. We’ll start off with new trailers for the MCU’s last two Phase 4 releases – She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, premiering on Disney+ August 17, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in theaters November 11. If you don’t want any spoilers, don’t read ahead.
She-Hulk Breaks the Fourth Wall
Marvel released a new She-Hulk: Attorney At Law trailer in their Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 23. In one portion of the trailer, She-Hulk addresses the camera directly, harkening back to Sensational She-Hulk #1, the start of John Byrne’s meta take on the character. In a subsequent interview, head writer Jessica Gao revealed that Byrne’s run on the series provided much of her inspiration.
Prices have been dropping steadily for this issue in the 9.8 grade since reaching a peak of $554 in June 2021. This news has yet to bring any significant uptick in volume or prices. However, if the series does indeed draw from Byrne’s run and there is a greater frequency of fourth wall breaking than we saw in the trailer, this issue is poised to be the prime beneficiary.
Definitely worth keeping an eye on but know that the new trailer hasn’t yet made a dent in its market position.
Titania & Daredevil
We also got our first good look at Titania in the latest She-Hulk: Attorney At Law trailer, as well as Daredevil at the very end of the trailer. There was no real market movement for Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #3, the first appearance of Titania, or Daredevil #1, based on this trailer.
Prices have been dropping steadily on Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #3 since May 2021, when it went for $720. I think at this point gains for this issue were made when it was revealed that Titania would be appearing in the series. Even after two trailers, we haven’t seen anything stop the downward trajectory.
Short of a performance that really wows and excites audiences, expect Titania’s first appearance to continue downward before bottoming out at a number much, much lower than that peak price.
Of course, Daredevil #1 is in a completely different league from the third issue of a 1980s mini-series. We shouldn’t expect this issue to see a great deal of market movement from a cameo at the end of a trailer. However, there was more Daredevil news at SDCC – much more – and we’ll get to that and the comics affected later this week.
First Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Trailer
Far more exciting for comic collectors was the release of the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. In the trailer, we were treated to our first look at Namor the Sub-Mariner in the MCU.
One of the worst-kept MCU secrets ever, I don’t think Namor’s inclusion surprised anyone, but it was good to get confirmation that he would be appearing, along with Attuma and Namora.
There are so many Namor keys and Namor & Black Panther keys which we need to follow and keep track of the market reaction – enough to fill at least one blog, one that will be coming next week; we need to get through all the SDCC news first. So, we’re only going to focus on two key issues here: Fantastic Four #4, Namor’s first appearance in the Silver Age, and Sub-Mariner #1 from 1968.
Two copies of Fantastic Four #4 sold on July 23: a 4.5 graded copy selling for $5,100 and a 2.0 graded copy selling for $3,750. Neither was a record for their grade. However, let’s take a closer look at that 4.5 sale. $5,100 was the third highest price paid for Fantastic Four #4 in a 4.5 grade. The two highest both occurred in 2021 – a slashed $7,500 sale in December and $6,600 sale in a Heritage auction in August. Prior to those sales, the highest price paid was $3,150 in a fixed-price eBay sale in December 2019.
If you bought a copy before one of those two people who bought 4.5 graded copies of Fantastic Four #4 at a time when the market was at a frenzied peak, you made out. The Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer has driven up the price 62% from its pre-market peak high price. While many are down looking at a falling market, perhaps we need to look at 2021 for the aberration it was.
The big winner from the release of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer was Sub-Mariner #1. Five graded copies have sold since the release of the trailer. To put that in perspective, as many sold in a day-and-a-half as had sold in the previous week, so a nice uptick in volume. None of the sales were record setters for their grade. However, the record holders were sales that occurred (for the most part) in – you guessed it – 2021 or early 2022. The increase in volume of sales is worth taking note of and tracking. Should volume continue at this level, prices will likely increase.
We’ll be back tomorrow with more market reactions from the news coming out of the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con.