Amazing Spider-Man (#233-279, Annual #16-19) Values 2019

From: The 2019 Price Guide for 1980’s Marvel & DC Newsstand Canadian Cover Price Variants (Type 1A)
by Bill Alexander, Paul Clairmont, Walter Durajlija, Jon McClure, Benjamin Nobel, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone  [ introduction, table of contents, all titles ]

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Top 50 CPVs Amazing Spider-Man CPVs in the Top 50 (& “Runners Up”):

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Amazing Spider-Man Values #233-279, Annual #16-19
Issue Direct Edition Value Canadian
Variant
Cover Price
Type 1A Canadian Cover Price Variant Value CGC-Confirmed
Market-
place
Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
#233 $11 $10 $10 $0.75 $24 $21 $17 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 10/1982  Versus Tarantula
Doug notes: FIRST Canadian Price Variant in Title
 
#234 $10 $10 $10 $0.75 $18 $16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 11/1982  Marvel Guide to Collecting Comics  
#235 $12 $12 $10 $0.75 $22 $19 $15 $11 $7 $
 Marvel, 12/1982  Origin of Will O’ the Wisp  
#236 $13 $12 $10 $0.75 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 1/1983  Death of Tarantula I (Anton Rodriguez)  
#237 $11 $10 $10 $0.75 $18 $16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 2/1983   
#238Top 50 $201 $190 $160 $0.75 $425
▲ $185
$285 $228 $159 $107 $53 
 Marvel, 3/1983  1st Appearance of Hobgoblin; Came with Tattooz
#1 in this year’s Top 50.
Angelo notes: A 9.6 CGC variant sold in August 2018 for $2,300. Many record-breaking prices in other grades (raw and graded). This has become the must have book for the serious C.P.V. collector and/or investor.
Paul notes: 75¢ variants of this issue did indeed come with Tattooz included; book is considered incomplete at CGC (green qualified label) if absent — read Jon’s note as well, regarding CGC’s treatment. A VF- Amazing Spider-Man #238 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $160.00 on 2/23/2018
Ben notes: Classic cover contender. Also refer to my prior note in this separate blog post »
Jon notes: This book is NOT incomplete without Tattooz. It was printed in a standard, old fashioned way, independent of the Tattooz inserted later just like Mark Jewelers ads from the 1970s were inserted. Should we call Incredible Hulk #181 without a Mark Jewelers insert incomplete? I believe this problem originates from the fact that the comic’s cover mentions Tattooz, as does the cover to Fantastic Four #252. Ideally, the Tattooz ARE absent due to the slow degradation of the contents that will eventually effect paper quality inside. Overstreet listings are confused, forced to respond to CGC’s nonsense. Once upon a time, I called Bob Overstreet and told him that the FF #252’s Tattooz were being used as Spidey #238’s Tattooz and that the cure was to list them as same value, which he agreed with and subsequently did so. Collectors aren’t sure what to believe and that’s how the CGC myth is perpetuated. At some point, although my original note remains in the guide about the switching of Tattooz between books, this was changed back to the original mistaken listing (including the explicit mistaken statement that NO Type 1A Canadian variants exist) with two values, with and without Tattooz. The FF #252s are listed in Overstreet #48(2018) at $8 with Tattooz and $6 without in NM-, and ASM #238 is listed at $160 with and $80 without in NM-, a discrepancy that highlights this dilemma, with Tattooz worth between $2 and $80 for the same item. As no copies of FF #252 Type 1A have ever been confirmed to have Tattooz, all copies submitted would automatically be delineated as CGC green label incomplete unless Tattooz were inserted, thereby CREATING a variant which is not valid, as home made variants do not a variant make. ALL CGC would have to do is say “no Tattooz” on the label and have a blue label, leaving it to the collector to decide on the relative importance of its inclusion. There is little if any difference between doubling down on the term “Canadian Edition” for Type 1As and insisting books without inserts are incomplete. The situation is ridiculous; it is a conceptual failure. Any real NM- or better copy will and should be taken seriously with or without the insert. Tattooz were inserted in Amazing Spider-Man #238 and Fantastic Four #252 and advertised on the covers; Captain America #279(3/83) and Star Wars #69(3/83) were given Tattooz without advertising on the covers. Because neither of the latter books are considered incomplete without the inserts and would receive CGC blue labels, it stands to reason that ASM #238 and FF #252 are not incomplete without Tattooz either, as the books are complete, having been printed in a standard way, independent of the Tattooz that were then inserted. The only difference is the ads on the covers, and those are irrelevant as they are part of the printing process of the book itself. NO copies of Type 1a FF #252s have EVER surfaced with a Tattooz insert and likely do not exist, as multiple dealers’ stock from that era has revealed, further evidence that the books ought to be considered complete without the Tattooz insert.
 
#239Top 50 $42 $41 $65 $0.75 $102
▲ $10
$68 $55 $38 $26 $13 
 Marvel, 4/1983  2nd Appearance of Hobgoblin
#19 in this year’s Top 50.
Ben notes: First Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin battle.
 
#240 $10 $9 $10 $0.75 $17 $15 $12 $8 $6 $
 Marvel, 5/1983   
#241 $10 $9 $10 $0.75 $22
▲ $4
$19 $15 $11 $7 $
 Marvel, 6/1983  Origin of Vulture  
#242 $9 $9 $10 $0.75 $17
▲ $1
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 Marvel, 7/1983  Versus Mad Thinker  
#243 $8 $6 $10 $0.75 $15 $13 $11 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 8/1983   
#244 $12 $13 $15 $0.75 $28 $25 $20 $14 $9 $
 Marvel, 9/1983  Versus Hobgoblin; 3rd Appearance of Hobgoblin (cameo)  
#245 $13 $14 $20 $0.75 $30
▲ $2
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 10/1983  Lefty Donovan becomes Hobgoblin; 4th appearance Hobgoblin (cameo)  
#246 $10 $9 $10 $0.75 $17 $15 $12 $8 $6 $
 Marvel, 11/1983   
#247 $6 $5 $10 $0.75 $15 $13 $11 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 12/1983  Versus Thunderball  
#248 $12 $10 $10 $0.75 $18
▲ $3
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 1/1984  Versus Thunderball  
#249 $14 $14 $16 $0.75 $30 $26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 2/1984  Versus Hobgoblin  
#250 $18 $16 $16 $0.75 $30 $26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 3/1984   
#251 $19 $17 $16 $0.75 $30 $26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 4/1984  Versus Hobgoblin; Last old costume; Secret Wars gateway  
#252Top 50 $122 $115 $95 $0.75 $228
▲ $42
$153 $122 $86 $57 $29 
 Marvel, 5/1984  1st Appearance of the black costume; Amazing Fantasy 15 cover homage
#6 in this year’s Top 50.
Angelo notes: In August 2018, a 9.8 CGC variant sold for $1,150 and a 9.6 CGC variant sold for $764. Record-breaking prices in other grades as well. Along with Marvel Team-up #141, Spectacular #90 and Secret Wars #8 this book is a must have for the Spider-man collector/investor interested in the black suit which eventually becomes Venom.
Paul notes: Example ASM #252 variant sales at PNJ Comics: A CGC 9.8 Amazing Spider-Man #252 variant sold for $1,020.00 on 12/24/2017, an NM+ variant sold for $250.00 on 3/7/2018, and an NM variant sold for $215.00 on 6/3/2018.
Ben notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold in October 2018 for $1,800.
Bill notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold for $1,282 in October 2018; back in December 2017 a CGC 9.8 variant sold for $1,000; a VG/FN variant sold for $107.58 in August 2018
 
#253 $12 $10 $15 $0.75 $36
▲ $6
$32 $25 $18 $12 $
 Marvel, 6/1984  1st Appearance of The Rose
Doug notes: SECOND issue in series with Spider-Man in Alien Symbiote BLACK Costume that later becomes VENOM; First appearance of Richard Fisk the original ROSE partial cover & Story; Richard Fisk, the ROSE is the son of Wilson Fisk the KINGPIN;
 
#254 $9 $8 $10 $0.75 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 Marvel, 7/1984  Versus Jack O Lantern  
#255 $9 $7 $10 $0.75 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 Marvel, 8/1984  Versus Red Ghost  
#256 $15 $14 $18 $0.75 $36
▲ $6
$32 $25 $18 $12 $
 Marvel, 9/1984  1st Appearance of Puma; Origin of Puma; Versus Puma  
#257 $9 $9 $10 $0.75 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 Marvel, 10/1984  2nd Appearance of Puma; Versus Puma  
#258 $13 $10 $10 $0.75 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 11/1984  Bill notes: The alien symbiote’s weakness to sound wave vibrations is revealed  
#259 $14 $13 $18 $0.75 $28 $25 $20 $14 $9 $
 Marvel, 12/1984  Origin of Mary Jane Watson; Spider-Man back to old costume  
#260 $11 $9 $18 $0.75 $25
▲ $1
$22 $18 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 1/1985  Versus Hobgoblin  
#261 $11 $10 $14 $0.75 $30
▲ $2
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 2/1985  Versus Hobgoblin; Painted cover
Ben notes: Charles Vess Painted Cover; A CGC 9.0 variant sold for $75 in 2017.
 
#262 $8 $8 $10 $0.75 $16
▲ $1
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 Marvel, 3/1985  Photo cover; Spider-man unmasked  
#263 $15 $7 $8 $0.75 $36
▲ $24
$32 $25 $18 $12 $
 Marvel, 4/1985  1st Appearance of Spider-Kid (Ollie Osnick)
Ben notes: Birth of Norman (“Normie”) Osborn Jr.
Bill notes: A CGC 9.6 variant sold for $249 in July 2018
 
#264 $6 $5 $8 $0.75 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 5/1985   
#265Top 50 $44 $34 $40 $0.75 $94
▲ $24
$63 $50 $35 $24 $12 
 Marvel, 6/1985  1st Appearance of Silver Sable
#26 in this year’s Top 50.
Angelo notes: “Silver and Black” movie coming. Female super-heroes is a market that has earned Marvel’s expansion interests. Undervalued in my opinion, and quite tough in very high grade.
Doug notes: FIRST appearance of Silver Sablinova aka SILVER SABLE; Spider-Man vs the Black Fox cover & story; Sony Pictures is developing a BLACK CAT / SILVER SABLE Big Screen MOVIE
 
#266 $6 $5 $8 $0.75 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 7/1985   
#267 $6 $5 $8 $0.75 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 8/1985   
#268 $6 $6 $8 $0.75 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 9/1985  Secret Wars II; Cover forms diptych with Web of Spider-Man #6  
#269 $9 $7 $10 $0.75 $16
▲ $2
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 Marvel, 10/1985  Versus Firelord  
#270 $11 $11 $10 $0.75 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 11/1985  1st Appearance of Kate Cushing; Versus Firelord  
#271 $6 $5 $8 $0.75 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 12/1985  Versus Manslaughter  
#272 $6 $5 $8 $0.75 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 1/1986  1st Appearance of Slyde; Versus Slyde  
#273 $6 $5 $8 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 2/1986  Secret Wars II tie-in  
#274 $7 $6 $8 $0.95 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 3/1986  Versus Beyonder; Secret Wars II
Doug notes: Spirit of Vengeance
 
#275 $21 $19 $28 $1.50 $54 $40 $32 $23 $15 $
 Marvel, 4/1986  Origin of Spider-Man; Double-sized  
#276 $10 $10 $12 $0.95 $20
▲ $4
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 5/1986  Death of the Fly; Versus Hobgoblin  
#277 $6 $5 $8 $0.95 $16
▲ $2
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 Marvel, 6/1986  Doug notes: VESS-c/a  
#278 $6 $6 $8 $0.95 $14
▲ $2
$12 $10 $7 $5 $
 Marvel, 7/1986  Death of Wraith  
#279 $7 $6 $8 $0.95 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 8/1986  Jack O Lantern versus Silver Sable; Jack O Lantern cover/story
Doug notes: LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title
 
Annual #16Top 50 $36 $31 $15 $1.25 $70
▲ $48
$52 $42 $29 $20 $10 
 Marvel, 12/1982  1st Appearance of Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau); Origin of Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau)
#48 in this year’s Top 50.
Doug notes: First appearance & ORIGIN of Monica Rambeau, as she becomes the new Black Female CAPTAIN MARVEL cover & story; Monica Rambeau is currently known as Spectrum; Monica Rambeau Later became a Member of the AVENGERS;
 
Annual #17 $5 $5 $7 $1.25 $16
▲ $2
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 Marvel, 12/1983   
Annual #18 $6 $7 $7 $1.25 $16
▲ $2
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 Marvel, 12/1984  Wedding of J. Jonah Jameson  
Annual #19 $9 $8 $7 $1.50 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 11/1985   
Issue Market-
place
Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
Canadian
Variant
Cover Price
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
CGC-Confirmed
Direct Edition Value Type 1A Canadian Cover Price Variant Value
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
Amazing Spider-Man Canadian Price Variant Example Photos:
CPV Canadian Price Variant Images 1
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Amazing Spider-Man CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 8/15/2017
Census Count
8/21/2018
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
233 191 1 204 1 +13
234 208 2 215 5 +7 +3
235 186 1 194 1 +8
236 232 4 248 5 +16 +1
237 173 2 185 2 +12
238 4,218 47 4,788 65 +570 +18
239 1,646 17 1,749 20 +103 +3
240 242 2 249 2 +7
241 224 4 236 5 +12 +1
242 146 1 155 1 +9
243 202 3 211 3 +9
244 318 4 338 4 +20
245 418 4 444 5 +26 +1
246 204 215 +11
247 146 2 154 2 +8
248 216 2 228 2 +12
249 228 1 243 2 +15 +1
250 410 2 447 2 +37
251 336 4 362 4 +26
252 7,840 140 8,909 198 +1,069 +58
253 388 5 403 8 +15 +3
254 340 2 360 3 +20 +1
255 314 1 329 2 +15 +1
256 377 407 1 +30 +1
257 245 257 +12
258 385 2 413 2 +28
259 480 3 519 3 +39
260 355 5 372 5 +17
261 346 7 368 8 +22 +1
262 255 263 +8
263 207 1 290 3 +83 +2
264 310 321 +11
265 807 5 1,255 11 +448 +6
266 213 224 +11
267 273 286 1 +13 +1
268 408 429 +21
269 257 269 +12
270 185 196 +11
271 166 178 1 +12 +1
272 290 310 +20
273 193 200 +7
274 305 2 318 2 +13
275 712 2 745 3 +33 +1
276 363 372 2 +9 +2
277 241 249 +8
278 210 225 +15
279 157 166 +9
Annual #16 177 245 1 +68 +1
Annual #17 58 60 +2
Annual #18 88 94 1 +6 +1
Annual #19 79 94 +15
  Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
26,968
~99%
278
~1%
29,991
~99%
386
~1%
 +3,023
  ~97% 
 +108
  ~3% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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