Rare Comics: Welcome

Looking for the 2020 guide? Here it is »
Rare Comics picture
Jump: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Z

My name is Benjamin Nobel, and I’d like to welcome you to the Rare Comics Blog!

Below you will find a list of my latest posts by category, followed by a welcome/introduction which I would encourage you to read if this is the first time you’ve landed here.

Thanks for visiting!

Articles & Resources

There are three known instances of Type 1A cover price variants: (1) Canadian Price Variants (2) Australian Price Variants, and (3) Pence Price Variants.

Also see: General Comics Topics; Newsstand Comics; TMNT; Spawn; Savage Dragon.

General Comic Book Topics

 11/2015 – My manifesto: Rare Comics To Collect [ companion slideshow ]

 6/2016 – Star Wars #1-4 35¢ Cover — Also, Other Price Variants You DIDN’T Know Existed! [Related slideshow: 10 Overlooked Star Wars Comics To Rival 35 Cent Variants]

 12/2016 – An Open Letter To Overstreet [C’mon guys, well past time to break out newsstand comics in the guide, especially 1980’s cover price variants]

 1/2017 – Variant vs. Variant: Amazing Spider-Man #678 (Mary Jane Venom) vs. #607 (Black Cat $3.99 Cover Price)

 2/2017 – Lists of Key Comic Books by Year

 3/2017 – Future classic cover contenders: 7 Variants Destined For Future Classic Cover Status [ companion cover swipes slideshow ]

 4/2017 – X-Men Annual #14 (1st Gambit Debate)

 12/2017 – CGC 9.8 Census Comparison: 1970’s Keys vs. 1980’s Keys

 7/2018 – The “Cover Swipe Test”: 2 More Price Variant Keys Passing It

 8/2018 – How Many Amazing Spider-Man Stan Lee CGC SS Books Exist? [11/30/2018 update: How Many Stan Lee CGC Signature Series Books Exist?]

 9/2018 – 6 Epic CGC Labeling Blunders Of Price Variant Comics And What We Can Learn From Them

 12/2019 – No Month Variants / Pre-Pack Editions / Whitman 3-Pack Variants

Newsstand Comics

 11/2015 – Comic Book Newsstand Editions: Understanding The Difference

 6/2016 – Wolverine Limited Series #1 — Where Are The Newsstand Copies??

 6/2016 – Strange but true: Amazing Spider-Man / Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man / Sensational Spider-Man

 6/2016 – Newsstand Vs. Direct Edition Comics

 8/2016 – Newsstand Variants, $3.99 Newsstand Editions, and The Doc Collection [Also see: $2.29 and $2.49 price variants for Amazing Spider-Man v2 #10, #11, & #13]

 9/2016 – Newsstand Rarity Discussions & Estimates

 1/2017 – Darker Image #1 — Newsstand $1.95 Cover Price Variant (1st Maxx Appearance)

 2/2017 – People are noticing newsstand comics! The WordPress stats page tells me that someone found my blog today by searching the web on the phrase “why are newsstand comics worth more?” … They have asked a great question — so I put up a new page to answer that exact question! 🙂 [Related: “Nice book, too bad it’s a direct edition”]

 4/2017 – Daredevil #21, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Superior Spider-Man Cameo)

 4/2017 – Applause to CBCS Now Recognizing Newsstand Comics!

 5/2017 – What If Venom Possessed Deadpool? What If There Was A Rare Cover Price Variant?

 5/2017 – What If Venom Possessed Wolverine? (New Avengers #35, $3.99 Newsstand Edition)

 5/2017 – DC Rebirth, $3.99 Newsstand Editions

 6/2017 – $2.99 Newsstand Edition CGC Census Variants, and, “Partial Cover Price Variations”

 6/2017 – 30 More Newsstand Census Variants Confirmed at CGC Since Year-End

 7/2017 – Amazing Spider-Man #400: Understanding The Real Newsstand Edition

 8/2017 – Applause To CPG Accepting $3.99 Cover Price Variants Into The Price Guide!

4/2019Marvel Annual Newsstand Numbering: Uncanny X-Men
[7/2019 — check out these cool finds courtesy of Kurt Halvorsen including newsstand issues with bar-code-on-the-front similar to Amazing Spider-Man v2 #36, finds among Marvel’s 70th Anniversary Magazines, as well as Daredevil Volume 2, Marvel Knights, Citizen V, Hulk Smash, and Banner!]

Canadian Price Variants

 4/2016 – 75 Cent Variants (Canadian Newsstand Editions)

 6/2016 – A practical guide: Canadian Price Variants — How To Spot Them

 6/2016 – D.C. Comics “Canadian Editions” — Likely Only 2-7% [ May 2019 update: CGC announced that as of May 6, 2019, they will label as “Canadian Price Variant” instead of “Canadian Edition” going forward 🙂 ]

 6/2016 – Slideshow: Rare 1980’s Price Variants To Collect

 7/2016 – The 75¢ Price Puzzle: Parallels To 35¢ Variants

 12/2016 – Wow, just 1-2% of CGC graded #252 copies for a decade and a half: Amazing Spider-Man #252 75¢ “Canadian Edition” Variant: CGC Census Rarity Over Time

 12/2016 – Marvel Graphic Novel #4 — $5.95 Cover Price Variant (1st New Mutants Appearance)

 4/2017 – 95¢ and $1.00 DC Price Variants: How Do We Know What They Are?

 4/2017 – 66 New Canadian Price Variants Confirmed at CGC Since Year-End, a 16% Increase

 8/2017 – The Orange Cat Phenomenon (and Canadian Price Variants)

 10/2017 – The 2018 Price Guide for 1980’s Marvel & DC Newsstand Canadian Cover Price Variants (Type 1A)

 10/2017 – Amazing Spider-Man #238: The Tattooz Situation

 10/2017 – “Canadian Edition” vs. “Canadian Price Variant”

 11/2017 – Our Type 1A Price Guide Featured In Scoop! [And again for our 2019 edition!]

 2/2018 – Investing in Canadian Price Variants: 11 Tips

 4/2018 – Three Variants That Surprised Me

 6/2018 – Voltron #1-3, Type 1A $1.00 Cover Price Variants

 6/2018 – Incremental Improvement to CGC’s “Canadian Edition” Labeling [5/2019 update: Another, even better, improvement was just announced by CGC!]

 10/2018 – Applause To CBCS’s New “75¢ Canadian Price Variant” Labeling

 10/2018 – The 2019 Price Guide for 1980’s Marvel & DC Newsstand Canadian Cover Price Variants (Type 1A)

 10/2018 – Canadian Price Variants: Noteworthy Sales

 10/2018 – Two Ways To Win Update [ from our 2019 Guide’s new Market Reports & Articles section — don’t miss the other great original articles there! ]

 1/2019 – Archie Canadian/Pence Price Variants and the Betty’s Diary #36 Mystery

 1/2019 – Gladstone Canadian Price Variants

3/2019ThunderCats #1 True Canadian Price Variant vs. 75¢ “Logo” Copies

5/2019Applause to CGC Now Labeling Type 1A’s as “Canadian Price Variant”, “Australian Price Variant”, and “UK Price Variant”

6/2019Archie Canadian Price Variants

8/2019CPV Discussions In Overstreet #49 Market Reports

11/2019Top 100 Variants of the 2020 CPV Price Guide

2020 CPV Price Guide Launched

As part of our latest price guide to Canadian Price Variant comics, we have a robust Market Reports & Articles section with market reports and articles contributed by guide collaborators as well as outside contributors. These reports & articles each represent the views of the individual authors. Below, click any report title to read the full article. For convenience, last year’s articles are included; new articles published subsequent to last year’s guide are denoted with: “New!

New!Notable Sales, Archie “Phase 1” CPVs, and Widening 9.8 Premiums
By Bill Alexander — “I have noticed a continuing widening gap in sales prices between certified 9.6 graded comics and certified 9.8 graded comics that are of the same issue number. …” [ continue reading » ]
New!Harvey Canadian Price Variants
By Bill Alexander, Salvatore Miceli, and Benjamin Nobel — “Everyone knows about Marvel’s 35¢ cover price variants from 1977 (Type 1), but few know that Harvey published 35¢ Type 1A cover price variants in 1974… and 1973… and 1972… and… ” [ continue reading » ]
Record-Breaking 2018 Sales for Canadian Price Variants
By Bill Alexander and James Gilbreath — “2018 saw many record breaking and high end sales for Canadian price variants in the hobby …” [ continue reading » ]
New!Fun, Frustration and General Observation
By Tim Bildhauser — “Regardless of which perspective one may have about CPVs, there’s no doubt and no denying that they’re becoming a greater force in the mainstream of comic collecting …” [ continue reading » ]
Price Variants and the International Collector
By Tim Bildhauser — “One of the main styles of collecting comics, that is growing in popularity, is assembling what is referred to as a set …” [ continue reading » ]
New!First-To-Market CPV Keys Seeing Exceptionally Strong Sales
By Paul Clairmont — “If you can achieve being first to market with the highest certified copy of even a semi-key book you can almost set your price …” [ continue reading » ]
A Common-Sense Approach To Understand Canadian Price Variant Scarcity
By Paul Clairmont — “Here is a simple and very common-sense approach to understand the scarcity of Canadian Price Variant comics …” [ continue reading » ]
New!CPVs Are Hot on ICE
By Walter Durajlija — “Can you believe, with how hot this book has been, that it’s now been almost 4 years since an Amazing Spider-Man #238 CPV has sold in 9.8? …” [ continue reading » ]
Canadian Whites and Type 1A Variant Perspective
By Walter Durajlija — “I would advise collectors in Canada to zoom out and keep the ‘big picture’ in mind when it comes to Type 1A variant scarcity …” [ continue reading » ]
New!2019 in Review
By James Gilbreath — “Once a niche topic, CPV discussion has exploded on comic forums everywhere in the last few years …” [ continue reading » ]
A Short History in Comics: 35 Cent Cover Price Variants and Various Reminiscences
By Jon McClure — “It’s been a fun and challenging ride so far, and I think it’s just getting started for Type 1a Variants, so sit back and enjoy the fireworks …” [ continue reading » ]
New!CPV Census: Most Actives Table
By Benjamin Nobel — “A lot of the big DC Canadian Price Variant comics are shockingly hard to find compared against Marvel …” [ continue reading » ]
Two Ways to Win Update
By Benjamin Nobel — “When collecting any given key comic book issue, it is better to have two ways to win, than just one …” [ continue reading » ]
Canadian Newsstand Cover Price VARIANTS 2018-2019 Market Report
By Doug Sulipa — “Canadian Newsstand Cover Price VARIANT editions, were easily our #1 bestselling VARIANTS of the year … ” [ continue reading » ]
New!The “Quebec Effect” on the Supply of CPVs
By Angelo Virone and Benjamin Nobel — “The Quebec Effect definitely would have had some noteworthy directional impact on the “big picture” CPV rarity characteristics … “[ continue reading » ]
New!State of the CPV Market
By Angelo Virone — “It’s interesting to see well known collectors who never fully got into them now entering the space paying big bucks for top graded key issues … “[ continue reading » ]
Comic Book Table Talk: Predict, Invest, Collect!
By Angelo Virone — “Introducing my personal method when investing: I call it my ‘Comic Score Card’ … “[ continue reading » ]

Welcome & Introduction

Hi, thanks for stopping by!

I started blogging about Rare Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics in 2011, then created a blog for Rare Spawn Comics and Rare Savage Dragon Comics — with these characters ranking among my favorite all-time comic book superheroes outside of the Marvel universe and DC universe. 🙂

The format of those blogs has been to profile specific rare and interesting (and hence valuable and/or highly collectible) comics. For example, I profiled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (May 1984) which is the most highly valued and collectible TMNT comic book of all time, with a print run of just 3,000 copies and featuring the first appearance of the turtles (that blog entry also touches upon Gobbledygook, which was hand-produced on a Xerox photocopier on legal-size paper folded in half and stapled by hand).

I have also profiled the little-known comic Graphic Fantasy #1 (1982) which was a pre-Megaton fanzine self-published by Erik Larsen with a print run of just several hundred copies and containing the first appearance of the “original” incarnation of Savage Dragon. On account of being so incredibly scarce and therefore nearly invisible, the industry completely overlooked it for years and credited Megaton #2/3 with the key first character appearance… But recently some copies of Graphic Fantasy were graded and the CGC “1st appearance credits” for Savage Dragon comics were re-considered and are now allocated differently than they’d been before.

On the Spawn blog I have profiled such comics as the Spawn #1 “Black & White Edition” (1997) which had a print run on the order of 3,100 copies and Rust #1 “Special Limited Edition” (April 1992) which had a restricted print run believed to be limited to 10,000 copies and features a pre-Spawn-#1 full page black & white pin-up by Todd McFarlane to promote the upcoming release of Spawn #1 — that pin-up featuring a sketch of the artwork later used for the cover of Spawn #2, and including a “prototype” Spawn logo that was later tossed aside in favor of the logo ultimately used in the series.

For this blog, I will post about general comic book collecting “themes” that I find to be particularly interesting — like newsstand vs. direct edition comics — and over time I will also profile specific comics outside of Spawn, Savage Dragon, or the TMNT. This blog is also now the home for the hobby’s very first online comic book price guide for Type 1A 1980’s newsstand cover price variants from Marvel & DC.

A recurring “theme” I will return to often in the Savage Dragon and Spawn blogs, is that when Image Comics made its debut in 1992, the Newsstand Distribution Channel for comic books in general was already in major decline. To attain any newsstand distribution against that backdrop was a challenge for Image; collectors would learn in 2013 that Image sold only on the order of 1% of their comics on newsstands versus 99% direct sold to comic shops.

This ratio for Image already creates a disparity in rarity that is critical for collecting early Image keys (where collectors should arguably clearly prefer the newsstand copies which have UPC codes on them — the prevalent direct edition copies lack these UPC codes). But equally interesting is that the challenging nature of newsstand distribution led Image to elect manufacturing choices for their newsstand print runs that in some cases were different from their direct edition print runs — in other words, the newsstand print runs were often produced differently!

These differences were likely to control costs, with choices such as manufacturing the newsstand copies with cheap newsprint paper instead of glossy; or different thickness paper for the cover; or omitting special features like centerfold posters. As a result of these manufacturing differences — when they occurred — CGC treats such newsstand copies as distinct “variants” on the CGC census. Meaning we can actually study some data on how many of each type (direct edition and newsstand) have been graded!

And in addition to manufacturing differences, there are other “special situations” where CGC breaks out newsstand versions as distinct variants on census. You may see CGC graded comics that say “Newsstand Edition” but also “Canadian Price Variant” — and most recently you will find Newsstand Variants and $3.99/$4.99 Newsstand Editions (that last variant category — a “class” of cover price variants — only being created/recognized at CGC in 2016).

I believe that when collecting comics, it is better to have two ways to win, than just one. When there is a more rare version of a given comic available, but the more rare version is priced with little to no premium due to lack of awareness among other collectors, I want that more rare version instead of the prevalent one… Because if you can obtain the more rare version for similar cost, then you have two ways to win instead of one: the issue number itself may rise in value, and the rarity premium may grow if collectors come to recognize it in the future — much like what happened with 35 cent variants, which were broadly overlooked as a “class” of comics before 1998.

Relative value: that’s what I look for, that’s what intrigues me most, and that’s what I enjoy writing about. Thanks for visiting, and as you read any of my posts, if you have additional information you can add to the discussion that I missed, please do so in the comment section either on the post in question or here on the main page — I continue to be humbled and amazed at how much I learn from readers! 🙂

– Ben

Rare Comics Blog: About

Rare Comics Blog: About Me — From My Kids’ Perspective

Rare Comics Blog Comments Forum, page 1
Rare Comics Blog Comments Forum, page 2
Rare Comics Blog Comments Forum, page 3
Rare Comics Blog Comments Forum, page 4
Leave a comment in the forum

253 thoughts on “Rare Comics: Welcome

  1. paquettea2015 says:

    Just a note on newsstand edition of Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #50: I just saw a photo of a newsstand edition of a variant cover of this issue on MileHighComics.com. I have a newsstand version of the “normal” Josh Campbell cover. So here we have another example of a Marvel comic that has to different covers in newsstand edition form.

    Like

    • Thanks Andrew, very much appreciate that! 🙂 His little sister helped too, with the coloring; it is a page from a book they made together for me as a present some years back. His other drawing that has appeared on the blog is this one from 2017:

      At the time of the above I had showed him two newsstand comics side by side, paging through to show how they were 100% identical except for the cover price box, and explaining how I was collecting the higher cover price 75¢ copies, and, that I wanted the grading companies to start referring to them as cover price variants. Later he was working away at his art table and it turned out he was working on that!

      – Ben 🙂

      Like

  2. paquettea2015 says:

    Ben, yes it is. The other one (which I have) is a Josh Campbell cover depicting Spider-man swinging through the city with Mary Jane.

    Like

    • I think I might have figured it out (but if the below isn’t the other book you meant then I’m wrong). Below is #500 and I think/guess that what might have happened is that the listing you saw had mistakenly chopped the last ‘0’ off of 500 in the listing text/title, making it appear that you were looking at two zoomed-out #50’s side by side when really it was a #50 next to a #500.

      Like

  3. Below are some awesome Pence covers courtesy of Paw Kruse, I just added them as example photos within the pence price variant guide but wanted to share them here also. It is so neat to observe how they “tried out” different characters and names in the 60’s…

    For example, in Strange Tales #79 there is a Doctor Strange “prototype” and on the cover they try out the name “The Thing”:

    In Journey Into Mystery #62 we have Xemnu who is introduced as “The Hulk”:

    And in #63, we have “Goliath”:

    Great covers, thanks Paw! 🙂

    – Ben

    Like

  4. paquettea2015 says:

    BTW: You published a list of hard to find modern newsstand comics and now I can’t find the list on your site. Before I lost track of the list, I decided to try and pick up the comics on it. I found most of them but some were really difficult to find. The most difficult, for what it’s worth, were these: 1) Daredevil 111 (first Lady Bullseye), 2) Hulk 1 (2008, first Red Hulk), 3) Wolverine 67 (Old Man Logan).

    Overall, it hasn’t been that hard to find newsstand comics when the title or issue doesn’t matter but finding keys can be very difficult. Out of all the comics I’ve tried to find in newsstand edition, the ones that proved to be hardest to find were, in addition to the three mentioned above, the following:

    4) Wolverine 66 (first Old Man Logan)
    5) Hulk 15 (first Red She-Hulk)
    6) Hulk 16 (first full Red She-Hulk)
    7) Hulk 92 (first Planet Hulk)
    8) Amazing Spider-Man V2 #20 (monster-sized issue)
    9) Superior Spider-Man 1
    10) Daredevil 21 (first Superior Spider-Man)

    Still looking for a few others but have most of my target list at this point, after buying about 1,000 newsstand comics over the last few months.

    I would like to find that list of yours though. Do you have any idea where it is? I remember it listed the DD 21, DD 111, Hulk 1, and Wolverine 67. I’d like to be reminded of the other comics on the list.

    Best regards,

    AP

    Like

    • Hi Andrew, congrats on landing most of the books on your target list, that’s awesome! 🙂 [What will you collect next once you’ve completed your list?]. Based on the books you mentioned, I believe you are recalling a list of example keys from my 2016 post introducing the “$3.99 Newsstand Edition” comics, which followed CGC’s (great) decision to “break them out” on their census as distinctly tracked variants. The full post is here and the below quote from the post contains the list of example keys that I believe you are remembering (but if this is not the one let me know):


      “And because these $3.99 newsstand comics (and also $4.99 when the regular copies happened to be $3.99) are from an entire
      window, there are lots and lots of titles collectors can dig into for interesting major and minor keys to consider collecting. Just a few examples that I find particularly interesting:

      • Amazing Spider-Man #569, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Anti-Venom key)
      • Amazing Spider-Man #601, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Jessica Jones app.)
      • Amazing Spider-Man #606, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (J. Scott Campbell cover may go down in history as a “modern classic cover” a good test of which is whether it is being cover-swiped by others in the future, because why swipe a past cover unless there is something really important about it?)
      • Amazing Spider-Man #607, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (another famous J. Scott Campbell cover)
      • Amazing Spider-Man #611, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Deadpool app.)
      • Amazing Spider-Man #617, $4.99 Newsstand Edition (1st New Rhino)
      • Incredible Hulk (2008 series) #1, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (1st Red Hulk)
      • Daredevil (1998 series) #111, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Lady Bullseye)
      • Wolverine (2003 series) #67, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Old Man Logan Story-line)
      • Daredevil (2011 series) #21, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Superior Spider-Man cameo)
      • Venom/Deadpool: What If #1, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Venomized Deadpool)
      • New Avengers #35, $3.99 Newsstand Edition (Venomized Wolverine)
      • This post is about Marvel but a similar $1-higher newsstand phenomenon took place at D.C. as well, encompassing their “Rebirth” for example

      These are just a few examples to get you thinking (I go into more depth for some of these examples here), and they only scratch the surface of this fairly large cover price variant window. And I’ll say again, my applause to CGC for breaking out this “class” of cover price variants, I find it exciting that in the fullness of time, this decision will give collectors great CGC census data to study, to compare newsstand versus direct edition rarity in this time period.”

      Like

  5. paquettea2015 says:

    You’re right, that is the list! Thanks for posting. I spent quite awhile on multiple occasions trying to find it. The list reminded me of comics I didn’t get, like ASM 601 (almost got one but too expensive), 606 & 607 (I don’t like these covers), 611 and 617 (haven’t seen any yet), and New Avengers 35 (have seen one copy, for $4k).

    Barring the discovery of any of those comics at a reasonable price, next I will be looking for the price variants published at the same time as ASM V2 #10-13. I only have one of these right now, the $2.49 ASM V2 #10. I’d like to track down some of the others as well, the Fantastic Four and Hulks. Not interested in Cable, and forgot the other titles involved (total of six).

    Merry Christmas!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. paquettea2015 says:

    Speaking of your list, I decided to check and see if any new copies of New Avengers 35 have shown up on eBay. The answer is no. The $4,000 copy that has been there for months is still there, as well as a $225 copy I had forgotten about, also there for months. While there, I decided to look in on the other two interesting issues from the run, #11 and #27, first Ronin and first Hawkeye as Ronin, respectively.

    Of the three comics, I counted all of the newsstand vs. direct editions available to get a sense of rarity. Here are the results:
    New Avengers #11: 158 Direct/3 newsstand (avg NS price, $100), 1 NS for every 52.67 DE, rarity index: 52.67
    New Avengers #27: 186 Direct/ ) newsstand. Zero NS copies out of 186. Rarity index >186
    New Avengers #35: 65 direct/2 newsstand ($4,000 and $225, respectively), 1 NS for every 32.5 DE. Rarity index: 32.5.

    Not only is New Avengers 27 harder to find than the other two issues concerned, it has the highest rarity index of any comic in my database. I have others where zero copies are available, but no others where I was able to find as many as 186 or more direct editions AND no NS copies.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Greetings,
    Having bought from newstands in the 80’s (Northern Ontario) the majority of my collection were CPV’s. I am scanning the books I have, starting with the Adventure digests. It’s a real chore since I keep adding to the pile. I would be interested in the Harvey, Charlton and Warren CPV’s that have yet to be accounted. I have scans of a few of the 89c and $1.25 Harvey’s if you need them for the eventual guide addition.

    Like

    • Salvatore says:

      Harvey list is finished and coming your way as soon as Ben has time to work his magic, Marwood has pretty much a complete list of the Charltons done and I’m currently working on the Warren list. 👍🏻

      Like

      • Hi everyone, I’m thrilled to let you all know that the Harvey Type 1A research from Sal and Bill is now online! 🙂

        There is some very cool stuff covered, including 35¢ variants from 1974 all the way backwards to the Silver Age (!!) with examples including Casper’s Ghostland #1 from Winter 1958-1959 (baseline non-variant guide value in NM- most recently $425), and Richie Rich Dollars and Cents #1 from August 1963 (baseline non-variant guide value in NM- most recently $435), just to name two examples of stand-out issues regularly priced at 25¢ that have 35¢ variants.

        There are also a batch of 75¢ variants from 1982 and then Harvey “paused” their publishing (Sal found an article that they technically remained in business but let go all but one person, and their publishing of comics paused). Then there are also “Phase Two” CPVs from when Harvey revived, including the neat 89¢ variants that have been touched upon here in the comments forum in the past.

        A look on eBay for “mis-listed” variants — listings that make no mention of the listed book being a cover price variant yet clearly picture the price variant — suggests that marketplace awareness of Harvey’s CPVs is quite low at present. So for those who find themselves interested in the Harvey CPVs, it sure looks like there is still a lot of opportunity to land the variants for “regular price” out there in the wild.

        Here are just two example listings I found, where the listing title does not include any indication of the book being a variant, and yet when we zoom in on the picture, sure enough it is the CPV the seller owns (without realizing they have anything special); first, a 35¢ CPV example (listing at top; zoom-in on picture at bottom):

        As you can see, this copy has a 35¢ cover price (versus the 25¢ expected)!

        Next example, from Harvey’s “Phase Two” period is Back to the Future #1, a cool issue because it features the 1st appearance in Comics of Marty McFly, Doctor Emmett Brown and Clara Clayton (listing on top; zoom-in on picture at bottom):

        Regular copies have a $1.25 cover price (for this one there exist both direct edition copies [listing both US and CAN prices] and single-price newsstand copies), but as you can see, this copy above is the variant, with its $1.50 cover price!

        Cool variants, and with definite collecting opportunity out there. Big thanks to Sal and Bill for all their hard work documenting these! There are still many issues in the lists denoted as “Unconfirmed” so if you happen to have any of these still-unconfirmed issues and you find you own the variants, please let us know!

        Continue on to read the Harvey post here:
        https://rarecomics.wordpress.com/2020/01/07/harvey-canadian-price-variants/

        Happy Harvey Hunting! 🙂

        – Ben

        Liked by 1 person

  8. paquettea2015 says:

    FWIW: ANother variant + normal newsstand edition. This is for Hulk #9 (2008). One newsstand cover is of the Hulk jumping on the Thing (see image on Mile High Comics’ website), the other is an Art Adams homage cover similar to the famous Avengers “Lady Liberators” cover, with a vanquished hulk, seen from above, surrounded by female superheroes (I saw this on a CGC thread, think it was in the “never seen in the wild” thread, not sure.)

    Like

    • Thanks Andrew for your time spent in trying to track down pictures of the two Hulk #9 books you saw! For others following this thread of conversation, it turns out that the two Hulk #9’s Andrew found, while both very cool books, were not from the same series, with the book at left below being from 12/1999 (and the example pictured below carries a $2.29 cover price!) while the book at right is from the 2008 series, published 2/2009 with cool Lady Liberators cover swipe (of Avengers #83):

      Here’s the original Avengers book that Hulk #9 above-right cover pays homage to:

      Thanks Andrew for sharing these Hulk finds (even though we’re foiled again in uncovering new Marvel issues which have two newsstand cover versions of the same issue number).

      Best,
      – Ben 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Greetings,
    I do enjoy your site, I have an issue of your methods of image collection. I did offer images from my collection, to which no one replied. As the images have been published on Instagram I own the copyright to them. I do not know if you pulled them from eBay or from my Instagram, so now I am asking you to take them down and formally ask for permission to use them. Those would be Adventure 497,500,501,502. In the future I would recommend you ask for permission to use any of my images from eBay, Instagram or Facebook as I am posting CPV’s regularly on those platforms. I can forward a release for images on your request.

    Like

    • My apologies; I have taken down the Adventure #497, 500, 501, and 502, pending your formal permission to use them — and I am reaching out to you by email to ask for that formal permission now. Please expect an email from me. Following your comment from a few days ago offering scans, I had gotten the impression you were offering to help provide images, and then I had subsequently noticed your eBay listings … I apologize that without thinking to ask your formal permission for those specific scans, I downloaded them for inclusion the guide. They have just been removed and I am emailing you now.

      – Ben

      Like

  10. Zack Gauthier says:

    Hey Ben,

    I noticed you were missing some pictures in the guide,
    Message me bellow to my email, as I have these books and will take a picture for you to display.

    Such as The Best of DC Blue Ribbon Special #29

    Zack

    Like

  11. Courtesy of Andrew, below is a newsstand copy of Deadpool Kills Deadpool #2 (10/2013):

    Notice it is identified as “X-Men Limited” by its UPC code:

    And carries a $3.99 cover price versus the expected $2.99 found on direct edition copies.

    Cool find Andrew, thanks for sharing it! 🙂

    – Ben

    Like

  12. Hi everyone, I’m beaming after reading the below letter from Dave Sim (of Cerebus fame), and in the letter he gives permission to share it publicly to promote Doug Sulipa’s Comic World (dougcomicworld.com), so therefore I’m very happy to be able to share it with you now — I know it will bring a big smile to the faces of fellow CPV collectors out there to learn of Dave Sim’s interest in Canadian Price Variants! 🙂

    Here is the letter: https://rarecomics.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/dave-sim-cpv-letter.pdf

    Liked by 2 people

  13. William Michaels says:

    Quick question, is there a CPV of the Death of Captain Marvel graphic novel? Most books I have seen have the $5.95 price listed on the cover but there are also copies with the $5.95 and CAN $6.95 prices listed. There is someone on Ebay who is listing a copy as a CPV of this book but it has the $5.95 price

    Like

    • Good question! I just found the eBay copy you came across and I’m guessing the seller mistakenly thought they had a CPV because $5.95 is the variant cover price for the #3 and #4 Marvel Graphic Novel CPVs which are regularly $4.95… but for Death of Captain Marvel (Marvel Graphic Novel #1) the regular cover price was $5.95.

      Both Mile High’s website and the CGC census have the book going out to nine printings (!!) and the “Can. $6.95” below the $5.95 looks to begin to appear at printing number four, with printing number three still having just a single cover price amount of $5.95.

      Researching the Marvel Graphic Novels is quite a bit trickier than with Marvel’s comics, without a direct edition / newsstand division, and without an issue date that includes a month — everywhere you look online for information it just says “1982” with no month, for the issue date — but as we go out to later printings of the book the indicia actually does include more information about the month. Here below is a third print indicia for example:

      Given the April 1982 date on this third print example — many months before Marvel’s CPV window opened for their comics in October — I don’t think we’re going to find any single-price $6.95 CPV first print examples of Marvel Graphic Novel #1 in existence (if they do exist they are hiding extremely well; certainly I’ve never seen one, and if one were ever to turn up I’d be shocked). Similarly, I do not believe we’ll see a CPV for Marvel Graphic Novel #2 either (Elric the Dreaming City), which also had a regular cover price of $5.95. The only Marvel Graphic Novel issues with confirmed CPVs at this point are #3 and #4, and then at #5 first print copies simply carry both US and CAN prices on the cover — so #3 & #4 look to be the only examples with CPVs.

      – Ben

      Like

  14. Hi everyone, when we launched the 2020 guide in November I had mentioned here that we were attempting to collect pictures of every Marvel & DC variant that we believe should exist out there and that we were up to 92% picture coverage; I had asked for your help with the remainder…

    Thank you so much to all of the guys and gals who offered to help out and provide missing pictures — with your overwhelmingly-incredible assistance, as of today we’re now at 97% Marvel & DC picture coverage!! 🙂

    Of all of the titles we listed in the guide, there have remained four titles to date where there was reason for us to believe CPVs should exist out there for the title and yet where we’ve been unable to find even a trace of a picture of one to date. (There are many other titles where we still have some number less than 100% of the issues pictured but have at least one issue pictured; but here I’m talking about the four titles where we still have had zero CPV pictures).

    But I’m posting today to share with you that it looks like the aforementioned list of four is actually down to three titles. Here’s the story: Generic Comic #1 direct editions have a “logo box area” at the bottom left corner of the front cover (which suggested the existence of corresponding newsstand copies), and meanwhile MyComicShop has had a VG grade Canadian Price Variant copy listed on their website for some time (albeit with a blank picture shown on the website). However, the news is that it turns out that the VG copy of theirs was actually just a mistake — a direct edition categorized as a CPV by accident… here it is below:

    Outside of that MCS listing, which has now turned out to be a mistake, there isn’t a trace on the Internet that we can find of any newsstand copies of this book out there. If you have a newsstand copy of this issue — either 60¢ or 75¢ — can you let me know? Otherwise, seeing as how the MCS copy that was supposed to be the CPV turned out to actually be a direct edition, it looks like Generic Comic #1 is most likely a case of a direct-edition-exclusive.

    Best,
    – Ben

    p.s. Here by the way are the other three titles where we have yet to find a trace of the CPVs to date but where we believe they should exist, and in all three of these other cases our belief is that the CPVs should exist because we have seen single-price corresponding regular newsstand copies, which confirms that newsstand distribution did indeed occur:

    (1) Zatanna Special #1

    Apparently this special was originally intended to be a 4-issue mini series, but they switched directions and edited it down to one enormous issue instead, with a whopping $2.00 cover price on US newsstand copies, and the CPV would have a $2.85 expected cover price.

    (2) Heroes Against Hunger

    Regular $1.50 cover price US newsstand copies exist, and the CPV would have a $2.10 expected cover price.

    (3) Angel Love

    While the other titles I mentioned were one-shots, here we have a full eight issues where we’ve still yet to see the corresponding CPV for a single one of them; and yet newsstand distribution did indeed occur for this title, as evidenced by these US newsstand copies:

    Like

Leave a Reply to Get Marwood & I Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s