Direct Edition vs. Newsstand Edition Comic Books

Marvel Annual Newsstand Numbering: Uncanny X-Men

By Benjamin Nobel, April 8, 2019

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We’re used to seeing a month in this spot for Marvel newsstand comics (“01” for January, “02” for February, etc.)… so what is 95?

Recently I was part of a research conversation where we were looking into an aspect of 1993 Marvel annuals, specifically the newsstand copies of those annuals, and as it turns out there’s an interesting newsstand numbering phenomenon at Marvel for their annuals that I wanted to document — and to do so I’ve chosen the Uncanny X-Men title as the main example to show you.  I hope you’ll find this stuff as interesting as I do!

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Before I get to the annuals themselves, first, for introduction, I need to establish that if you’re looking at a given comic book from the second half of 1993, you cannot discern the newsstand copies from their direct edition counter-parts just by the presence of a bar code… in other words, if you see a comic from the second half of 1993 (or later) and the copy you see has a bar code, you cannot draw the automatic conclusion that you’re looking at a newsstand copy!

That’s because half way through 1993, Marvel switched from “logo boxes” to bar codes on their direct editions — this made it easier for retailers to scan them at the checkout counter — and looking at both the Amazing Spider-Man and Uncanny X-Men titles as examples, we can observe that this change occurred in July… i.e. Marvel’s June direct edition comics from 1993 have logo boxes while their July direct edition comics have direct edition bar codes.

For example, here are direct editions side-by-side for Amazing Spider-Man #378 (June) and #379 (July) and I’ve circled the logo box area to point out the change month over month, from “logo box” to bar code:

And that same June-to-July switchover from logo boxes to direct edition bar codes is observed in the Uncanny X-Men title too: here are direct edition examples side-by-side for X-Men #301 (June) and #302 (July) below:

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OK: so now I want us to take a closer look at X-Men #302 (the one at right in the picture above) as the first issue in the title where direct editions and newsstand copies of the issue number both carry bar codes, and ask the question: can we tell those two bar codes apart? The answer is YES WE CAN.  Here’s two zoomed-out copies side-by-side (at left, a newsstand #302, at right, the direct edition), where even from afar we can already spot that these boxes are different:

x-men-302-newsstand-vs-direWhen the two types above were printed, they basically needed to finish the one batch, pause, change just the black text in certain spots, and then resume (we do not know the order of batches printed or whether they alternated, but the interiors are 100% identical and each type that was “born” at the same time and on the same equipment with the same paper and ink are true first printings).

And interestingly, X-Men #302 makes for an ideal example to illustrate the printing differences between the batches because there was also an error batch for this issue number where some copies were printed with blanks in those certain spots which needed to be switched between batches!  Thus, my guess is that these error copies happened by mistake during this switch-over between the newsstand and direct edition batches. Thus, these error copies really help illustrate where the differences are between the types, by way of our “zooming in” on the blank areas. First, here’s a full front cover to show you what an error copy looks like (by the way, I’ve also seen these error copies called “Logo Variant”):

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And now, we’ll zoom in to see the differences, first looking at the price box area:

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The price boxes are pretty similar between the newsstand and the direct edition batch; from the error copy in the middle, we can in turn see that we should direct our attention to the area above “302 JUL” and also below to find the differences: and we see that the UK pence price is in a different location and that the newsstand copy has the Curtis Circulation code for X-Men (“02461”) under the month:

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And now looking at the UPC box area, we can see that the newsstand bar code and direct edition bar code have different structures, and, the direct edition bar code also clearly says DIRECT EDITION above it.

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The words “direct edition” are the big short-cut giveaway as to which copy is the direct edition, but while we’re here let’s also examine the newsstand and direct edition bar codes themselves side-by-side, to understand their structure a little bit:

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That “02461” code we saw earlier as the code for X-Men appears on both of the above (in the bottom middle), we can observe that the numbers at the left are different between newsstand and direct editions, and then there’s a huge difference in the structure of the number along the right.

The newsstand copy (at left above) has a slim right-hand bar, with a 2-digit number at the top (in this case “07” which is denoting the month of July), while the direct edition copy has a fat right-hand bar, with five digits: The first three digits are the issue number (302 in this case), the next digit is used to denote different cover variations, and the fifth digit is used to denote different printings.

[p.s. There was also a Type 1A $1.95 cover price variant for newsstands in Australialearn more about those here — which looks like this, below (notice the right side of the bar code has “10” for October, because after these were printed they were loaded onto the slow boat to Australia and so they advanced the cover month by three months so as not to appear out-of-date when they finally hit the newsstands in the land down under):]

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OK! With that bit of background, we’ve now seen the basic differences between direct edition bar codes and newsstand bar codes, which is useful to know when looking at comics published after the logo-to-barcode-switchover that took place on direct editions.

We saw how the newsstand bar code has that “slim” right-hand bar with the number at the top being a 2-digit code:  Marvel used these two digits to denote the month on the copy we saw.  Did Marvel consistently denote the month in this spot of their newsstand bar codes? For their regular monthly comics, that indeed appears to be the case: “01” denotes January, “02” denotes February, “03” denotes March… etc.

Here are a string of quick examples just to show you all the months starting with a December issue, X-Men #188, and continuing for a little over a calendar year:

188

#188 = “12” (December)

189

#189 = “01” (January)

190

#190 = “02” (February)

191

#191 = “03” (March)

192

#192 = “04” (April)

193

#193 = “05” (May)

194

#194 = “06” (June)

195

#195 = “07” (July)

196

#196 = “08” (August)

197

#197 = “09” (September)

198

#198 = “10” (October)

199

#199 = “11” (November)

200

#200 = “12” (December)

201

#201 = “01” (January)

202

#202 = “02” (February)

So for the regular monthly issues, it is consistently the calendar month being communicated at the right-hand side of the bar code.

But what about annuals? As you might have guessed from the title of this post, Marvel did things a bit differently when it came to their annuals! Let’s have a look!

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The first annual I want to show you is X-Men Annual #17 from 1993. We observed earlier that from July onward of that year, Marvel published their direct editions with direct edition bar codes.

So, suppose as a thought experiment, that we saw just the bottom left corner of the front cover of a given direct edition 1993 Marvel comic? Even if we knew absolutely nothing else about the book, we could make an educated guess by the presence of a logo, that the book was from June or earlier… while if we saw a direct edition bar code, we could make an educated guess that the book was from July or later.

Before we take a look at what’s on the front cover of a direct edition copy of X-Men Annual #17, logo or bar code, I want to show you the indicia page… notice that only the year 1993 is mentioned (no month):

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And when CGC catalogs the book in their system, they only reflect the year 1993 (no month):

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How about the newsstand bar code for this annual, might that help provide us with a clue as to publication month? As it turns out, by 1993, Marvel had been putting the annual number into the right-hand side of the newsstand bar code… i.e. for X-Men Annual #17, the right-hand side of the newsstand code says 17:

17

So the cover of direct editions of this annual will provide a very important clue indeed — will we see a logo box (June or earlier), or, will we see a direct edition bar code (July or later)? Here’s the answer!:

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As you can see above, it is a logo box. That leads me to conclude that Annual #17 is from June or earlier of 1993… and a further clue is found in the below listing — the highlighted area indicates that the story is continued in X-Men #301 (which we saw before was published in June).

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If it continued in a June issue, then I’d call May (or, perhaps, the same month as #301, June) for Annual #17 a really good guess.

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How about we look at another X-Men annual, #14 from 1990? Above, we saw that the newsstand code for Annual #17 says “17” on it… will newsstand copies of #14 say “14” in that spot? As it turns out, Marvel didn’t always use the annual number for this part of the newsstand code, and back in 1990 when Annual #14 was published, the newsstand code looks like this:

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It says “05”… which, if this was a monthly issue, we’d conclude meant May. Does it mean May in this case? Although I think that would certainly be a fair guess, it turns out that if we examine Marvel’s newsstand numbering for X-Men annuals, an interesting pattern emerges.

[I hinted at this newsstand numbering phenomenon at the beginning of this post, but I didn’t want to jump right into the pattern until you had the background… and now you have the background, so, let’s take a look at the newsstand numbering on X-Men annuals over the course of time!]

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We’ll start below with X-Men Annual #3 from 1979. The second digit of the right-hand number is fivebut, the first number is… 9:

03

Annual #3 = “95”

… and the next year, with Annual #4, it is “05”:

04

Annual #4 = “05”

… then, it increments each year by 10:

05

Annual #5 = “15”

06

Annual #6 = “25”

07

Annual #7 = “35”

08

Annual #8 = “45”

09

Annual #9 = “55”

10

Annual #10 = “65”

11

Annual #11 = “75”

12

Annual #12 = “85”

13

Annual #13 = “95”

14

Annual #14 = “05”

15

Annual #15 = “15”

… until at Annual #16 the numbering pattern switches to the number of the annual itself:

16

Annual #16 = “16”

17

Annual #17 = “17”

18

Annual #18 = “18”

Notice that Annual #15 (1991) actually could fit both patterns: #14 was “05” and so going up by 10 would bring us to 15, but it is also Annual #15 so the 15 could also be the annual number!

So let’s turn to Amazing Spider-Man and see what year that title switches its pattern. As it turns out, Annual #24 (1990) is an “05”, while Annual #25 (1991) is 25:

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Since the second digit of 25 is five, let’s just examine one more title to be sure that 1991 is the year Marvel began using the annual number for their newsstand codes — let’s look at Iron Man, which was up to Annual #11 in 1990 and Annual #12 in 1991:

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As we can see, #11 from 1990 has the “05” code, while #12 from 1991 uses 12, the annual number. Also interesting about these two Iron Man examples is that the cover artist in both examples, Tom Morgan, signed not only his name to his cover artwork, but also a date — which is 3/1990 for #11 and 4/1991 for #12. The artist naturally would have completed the artwork ahead of the actual publication of the comic (maybe by a month or two or three as a guesstimate).

For additional reference, Tom Morgan was also the cover artist for Iron Man #257, and the artwork was signed 3/1990 while issue #257 was published in June:

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After X-Men Annual #18, Marvel switches from sequential numbering of annuals to using the year (“X-Men Annual 1995” etc.), and with the 1995 annual the UPC code moves to the back cover which makes it extraordinarily difficult to spot newsstand copies on the market. So I’ll stop the investigation there without knowing for sure what the 1995 annual newsstand code shows, but, it would make sense that Marvel would have changed their newsstand numbering again in some fashion once they began this new naming convention of using the year. Newsstand annuals in general after this point appear to be exceedingly difficult to find out there to get a reference picture, but I did spot a newsstand Peter Parker: Spider-Man/Elektra 1998 annual, and the code on it is “85” (could this perhaps be 8 for 1998 and 5 for May??):

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So! Now you’ve seen the patterns that I wanted to document and share, when it came to Marvel newsstand numbering on their annuals. Before their 1991 switch to using the annual number in the newsstand code, what are we to make of the “05” / “15” / “25” / etc. numbering? Was the “5” in the second digit indicative of a May date, or something else? I’m not sure what to conclude, but I think May is a fair guess, yet, not a definitive answer — even for the “05” coded copies — given that prior to 1991 these codes on annuals appear to have incremented annually by 10 and thus except for the “05” copies they do not directly correspond to a calendar month the way the codes on the monthly issues consistently do. If anyone has anything to add to the discussion, I hope you’ll weigh in! Whatever the pattern meant, I found it interesting to observe, and I hope you did too! 🙂

Happy Collecting! 🙂
– Ben

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

By Benjamin Nobel, March 21, 2019

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Hi everyone, over in the comments forum section of the “Canadian Price Variants: Noteworthy Sales” page, a recent ThunderCats #1 sale prompted some investigating. I wanted to make a separate post about it.

In the picture at right, you see side-by-side two types of ThunderCats #1 (and #2) comic books, each with single-price 75¢ cover price, but one type carrying bar codes and the other carrying logos. Only the bar code copy has a Curtis Circulation code (at the top of the picture, notice the numbers “02104” just below “Dec”).

Below is a screenshot of the recent sale that prompted this investigation, which went for $199.99 on eBay — please notice the logo (rather than bar code) at the bottom left corner of the front cover of the pictured copy below:

This copy was labeled by CGC as “Canadian Edition” and, accordingly, was marketed as the 75¢ variant when put up for sale:

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But was CGC correct in their labeling? Were 75¢ cover price “logo” copies of this issue really Canadian Price Variants? Fellow price guide collaborator Angelo Virone and I recently had a discussion about these ThunderCats books with 75¢ single-price and logos instead of bar codes. We did some digging.

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First, some facts/groundwork to know:

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    The 1st print direct edition “M” logo reference copy we would turn to has a 65 cent cover price (and — side note — interestingly it has a $1.00 CAN price in small print on those direct editions, which interestingly doesn’t match up to the actual known copies sold on Canadian newsstands which have a 75¢ price, not the $1.00 we’d expect going off of the direct editions!).

Below is a reference listing of one of those 1st print direct editions with 65 cent cover price and “M” logo, and for the screenshot I’ve clicked their back cover photo because I want you to see it is a Care Bears ad:

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OK: so, remembering that for issues with newsstand distribution there are first printing “triplets” during this publication window — direct edition, US newsstand, and Canadian newsstand — we can keep in mind that that (above) for our reference, is the back cover of the direct edition sibling from the first print birthdate, and so our newsstand siblings should match what we see above…

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    And indeed here’s a reference copy for the US newsstand sibling, with 65¢ cover price, and I’ve clicked the back cover photo for the screenshot to show you it has the matching Care Bears ad:

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    And finally, a reference copy for a single-price 75¢ copy with bar code — this clearly is the Canadian price variant sold on newsstands. And the back cover? Care Bears:

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    OK! So with that groundwork in place — we have three 1st print reference copies, the triplets, all with the Care Bears back cover — let’s proceed to investigate this mystery of the 75¢ copies with logos on the cover, like the example we started with in the beginning (that sold for $199.99 and was labeled by CGC as a “Canadian Edition” and marketed as the Canadian price variant).

    Next fact to know:

    • CGC’s census shows that this issue went to multiple printings… i.e. they have a Second Printing census designation as well as a Third Printing on record:

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    • Mile High Comics also has issue #1 broken out to multiple printings in their system, and, helpfully, they have indicia scans for some of them. Here’s their indicia scan for the copies broken out as “third printing” in their system — notice the spot I’ve pointed out with an arrow:

    As you can see, the publisher states that it is a third printing. This tells us something by inference: if there exists a third printing, then there must also have been a second printing too! But first, let’s look more closely at this third printing, both front and back. Let me start with the back, to show you that it has a different ad … instead of Care Bears, it says “Gross” in big letters and is an ad for Madballs (thanks to reader jimmyimpossible for reminding me what those were/are!). Here is a reference listing of a 3rd print copy, with the back cover clicked for the screenshot:

    And here’s a close-up of the ‘M’ box on the front cover of a third print copy, side-by-side with a 1st print copy — as you can see, the 3rd print copy (right) has a 75¢ cover price instead of 65¢ on the 1st print copy (left):

    There’s also no “Dec” below the #1 on the third print copy.

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    OK, so, back to the point of there logically having to have been a second printing, if these above are denoted as the third printing. So: what do second-print copies look like? Referencing back to Mile High’s system, they are showing a picture of a single-price 75¢ copy with logo under the 2nd Printing heading:

    And, helpfully, they also have an indicia page scan of the above book. However, if we click it, we see…

    Huh… No indication of it being a second printing. [And a side note: confusingly, Mile High also has a separate broken-out version with the same picture, but the description “1 75 CENT CV”].

    Angelo was able to actually check such 75¢-with-logo copies first-hand and compare the indicia page to that of the 75¢-bar-coded copies, and he saw no indication anywhere in the indicia or interior pages of the logo book as being a second printing… the two indicia pages appeared fully identical.

    However, here is something we do know about those logo copies: Remember earlier how I kept showing you those Care Bears ads on the known 1st print copies? Remember how the third print copy had a Madballs ad with the word “Gross” instead? Now, below, I show you the back cover of the $199.99 sold-listings copy we started this discussion off with:

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    It is the Madballs ad, not Care bears! So what are these single-price 75¢ cover price copies with logos and “Gross” on the back cover?? Based on a variety of listings I’ve found from US-based sellers, my opinion is that these 75¢ logo copies were multi-pack copies which had US distribution and the publisher simply “sloppily” didn’t mark them as second printings in the indicia. Here’s an example pack:

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    If I’ve missed anything important in the above discussion, please chime in! But based on all of the above, my opinion is that the single-price 75¢ copies with logos, while interesting (especially for completists who want one of each variation), had distribution characteristics that were entirely distinct — in other words, they do not share the distribution-driven rarity characteristics that the newsstand-distributed CPVs carry, but rather, they have their own distinct rarity characteristics based on their own distinct situation.

    Thus, based on the above, I do not consider that $199.99 sale to actually be a Canadian price variant sale comp; the only ThunderCats copies that I personally consider to be the true 1st print Canadian price variants are the ones with bar codes on them… the ones that look like this:

    Happy Collecting!
    – Ben 🙂

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Gladstone Canadian Price Variants

By Benjamin Nobel, January 11, 2019

Hi everyone! My fellow price guide collaborators and I are hoping to expand our guide’s “coverage universe” in the future to include other publishers beyond Marvel & DC; we are very fortunate to be working with Toronto-based researcher Salvatore Miceli, who has been investigating other publishers including Gladstone. This post is to share Sal’s Gladstone research — a huge thanks to Sal for his efforts on this! 🙂

Readers of our Marvel & DC guide are already familiar with how those two publishers produced three versions of each issue during their cover price variant windows: a direct edition version (direct-sold to comic dealers/shops at a discount but on a non-returnable basis), and two newsstand versions (copies sold to the general public on newsstands, where unsold copies were returnable by the newsstand for refund/credit) — the two newsstand types were a higher cover price version and a lower cover price version.

While Gladstone followed this same pattern of publishing three versions, they were fond of placing their bar codes (and corresponding logos for the direct editions) on the back covers, making it all the more challenging to spot these differences online (most online sellers only bother to picture the front cover when listing these comics). To show you what I mean, here below are the three versions Gladstone produced for Donald Duck #246:

From a distance, at first glance these look like they are identical, but if you know in advance that the cover price boxes differ, you can discern that they are different — here is a close-up on those three price boxes:

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The first price box shown above is the direct edition, carrying a large print “main” price of 75¢ with a smaller-print CAN 95¢ price beneath it; the second price box shown above is the single-price 75¢ newsstand edition distributed in the U.S., and the final price box shown above is the newsstand price variant carrying a single-price of 95¢ — such cover price variant copies are the subject of Sal’s research. Below is an example indicia page for Donald Duck #246 — as you can see these were printed and published in the USA:

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I mentioned before that Gladstone liked placing their UPC codes (and corresponding logos) on the back covers… here below are the three back covers side-by-side, for the three Donald Duck #246 copies you saw earlier:

As you can see, looking at the bottom left corner, the direct edition copy has a “logo box” instead of a bar code (in this case it isn’t a graphical logo but instead has words that tie in to the poster advert), while the two newsstand copies have identical bar code boxes. Here below is another back cover comparison, this time where the logo box contains a graphical logo — Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #546:

And here are the front covers for the above — pictured at left is the direct edition (cover price box reads $1.95 in large print, with “CAN $2.50” in small print), and pictured at right is the single-price $2.50 Canadian price variant exclusive to newsstands in Canada (Canada has on the order of one tenth the population of the USA which drives the price variants to be the most-rare of the three types by a long-shot — read more here for a detailed rarity walkthrough with graphics from the Marvel & DC guide — the same basic big-picture concepts apply to the Gladstone situation as well):

So as you can see from the above examples, with the logo-boxes/bar-codes on the back covers, spotting the variants in the marketplace (and researching them in general) is all the more difficult a task (thanks again to Sal for taking on that task!). Below are a few more cover price variant examples, followed by a full “Issue Guide” for the Gladstone Canadian Price Variants.

Gladstone Canadian Price Variant Issue Guide:
15 regular titles (Oct 1986-July 1991) + 4 digest titles (Dec 1986-Sep 1987)
262 total issues

Donald Duck
Oct 1986-May 1990
34 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#246 $0.95 Oct ’86 $ 26
#247 $0.95 Nov ’86 $ 16
#248 $1.00 Dec ’86 $ 16
#249 $1.00 Jan ’87 $ 16
#250 $2.00 Feb ’87 64 Pages $ 18
#251 $1.00 Mar ’87 $ 16
#252 $1.25 Apr ’87 $ 8
#253 $1.25 May ’87 $ 8
#254 $1.25 Jun ’87 $ 8
#255 $1.25 July ’87 $ 8
#256 $1.25 Aug ’87 $ 8
#257 $1.95 Sep ’87 Giant Summer Special $ 8
#258 $1.25 Oct ’87 $ 8
#259 $1.25 Nov ’87 $ 8
#260 $1.25 Dec ’87 $ 8
#261 $1.25 Jan ’88 $ 8
#262 $1.25 Mar ’88 $ 8
#263 $1.25 Jun ’88 $ 8
#264 $1.25 July ’88 $ 8
#265 $1.25 Aug ’88 $ 8
#266 $1.25 Sep ’88 $ 8
#267 $1.25 Oct ’88 $ 8
#268 $1.25 Nov ’88 $ 8
#269 $1.25 Jan ’89 $ 8
#270 $1.25 Mar ’89 $ 8
#271 $1.25 Jun ’89 $ 8
#272 $1.25 July ’89 $ 8
#273 $1.25 Aug ’89 $ 8
#274 $1.25 Sep ’89 $ 8
#275 $1.25 Oct ’89 $ 8
#276 $1.25 Nov ’89 $ 8
#277 $1.25 Jan ’90 $ 8
#278 $2.50 Mar ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 9
#279 $2.50 May ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 9
Donald Duck Comics Digest
Nov 1986-July 1987
5 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.65 Nov ’86 $ 10
#2 $1.65 Jan ’87 $ 6
#3 $1.65 Mar ’87 $ 10
#4 $1.95 May ’87 $ 6
#5 $1.95 July ’87 $ 6
DuckTales
Oct 1988-May 1990
13 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.95 Oct ’88 Giant Size Issue $ 6
#2 $1.95 Nov ’88 Giant Size Issue $ 4
#3 $1.25 Jan ’89 $ 4
#4 $1.25 Feb ’89 $ 4
#5 $1.25 Apr ’89 $ 4
#6 $1.25 May ’89 $ 4
#7 $1.25 July ’89 $ 4
#8 $1.25 Aug ’89 $ 4
#9 $1.95 Oct ’89 $ 4
#10 $1.95 Nov ’89 $ 4
#11 $1.95 Jan ’90 $ 4
#12 $2.50 Mar ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 5
#13 $2.50 May ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 5
Haunt Of Fear
May 1991-July 1991
2 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $2.50 May ’91 EC Reprint $ 4
#2 $2.50 July ’91 EC Reprint $ 4
Mickey Mouse
Oct 1986-Apr 1990
38 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#219 $0.95 Oct ’86 $ 20
#220 $0.95 Nov ’86 $ 10
#221 $1.00 Dec ’86 $ 10
#222 $1.00 Jan ’87 $ 5
#223 $1.00 Feb ’87 $ 5
#224 $1.00 Mar ’87 $ 5
#225 $1.25 Apr ’87 $ 5
#226 $1.25 May ’87 $ 5
#227 $1.25 Jun ’87 $ 5
#228 $1.25 July ’87 $ 5
#229 $1.25 Aug ’87 $ 5
#230 $1.25 Sep ’87 $ 5
#231 $1.25 Oct ’87 $ 4
#232 $1.25 Nov ’87 $ 4
#233 $1.25 Dec ’87 $ 4
#234 $1.25 Jan ’88 $ 4
#235 $1.25 Mar ’88 $ 4
#236 $1.25 Apr ’88 $ 4
#237 $1.25 Jun ’88 $ 4
#238 $1.25 July ’88 $ 4
#239 $1.25 Aug ’88 $ 4
#240 $1.25 Sep ’88 $ 4
#241 $1.25 Oct ’88 $ 4
#242 $1.25 Nov ’88 $ 4
#243 $1.25 Dec ’88 $ 4
#244 $3.75 Jan ’89 60th Anniversary Special $ 5
#245 $1.25 Mar ’89 $ 5
#246 $1.25 Apr ’89 $ 4
#247 $1.25 Jun ’89 $ 4
#248 $1.25 July ’89 $ 4
#249 $1.25 Aug ’89 $ 4
#250 $1.25 Sep ’89 $ 4
#251 $1.25 Oct ’89 $ 4
#252 $1.25 Nov ’89 $ 4
#253 $1.25 Dec ’89 $ 4
#254 $1.25 Jan ’90 $ 4
#255 $2.50 Feb ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 5
#256 $2.50 Apr ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 5
Mickey Mouse Comics Digest
Jan 1987-Sep 1987
5 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.65 Jan ’87 $ 8
#2 $1.65 Mar ’87 $ 5
#3 $1.95 May ’87 $ 5
#4 $1.95 July ’87 $ 5
#5 $1.95 Sep ’87 $ 5
The Original Dick Tracy
Sep 1990-May 1991
5 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $2.50 Sep ’90 $ 4
#2 $2.50 Nov ’90 $ 4
#3 $2.50 Jan ’91 $ 4
#4 $2.50 Mar ’91 $ 4
#5 $2.50 May-91 $ 4
Tales From The Crypt
July 1990-May 1991
6 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $2.50 July ’90 EC Reprint $ 5
#2 $2.50 Sep ’90 EC Reprint $ 5
#3 $2.50 Nov ’90 EC Reprint $ 5
#4 $2.50 Jan ’91 EC Reprint $ 5
#5 $2.50 Mar ’91 EC Reprint $ 5
#6 $2.50 May ’91 EC Reprint $ 5
Uncle Scrooge Comics Digest
Dec 1986-Aug 1987
5 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.65 Dec ’86 $ 8
#2 $1.65 Feb ’87 $ 6
#3 $1.95 Apr ’87 $ 8
#4 $1.95 Jun ’87 $ 6
#5 $1.95 Aug ’87 Low print run per Overstreet $ 9
Vault Of Horror
Aug 1990-Jun 1991
6 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $2.50 Aug ’90 EC Reprint $ 5
#2 $2.50 Oct ’90 EC Reprint $ 5
#3 $2.50 Dec ’90 EC Reprint $ 5
#4 $2.50 Feb ’91 EC Reprint $ 5
#5 $2.50 Apr ’91 EC Reprint $ 5
#6 $2.50 Jun ’91 EC Reprint $ 5
Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade
1988-1989
2 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $3.75 Winter 1988 Painted cover by Carl Barks $ 12
#2 $3.75 Winter 1989 $ 9
Walt Disney’s Comics And Stories
Oct 1986-Apr 1990
37 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#511 $0.95 Oct ’86 Donald Duck by Daan Jippes $ 32
#512 $0.95 Nov ’86 $ 18
#513 $1.00 Dec ’86 $ 18
#514 $1.00 Jan ’87 $ 12
#515 $1.00 Feb ’87 $ 12
#516 $1.00 Mar ’87 $ 12
#517 $1.25 Apr ’87 $ 6
#518 $1.25 May ’87 $ 6
#519 $1.25 Jun ’87 $ 6
#520 $1.25 July ’87 $ 12
#521 $1.25 Aug ’87 $ 6
#522 $1.25 Sep ’87 $ 6
#523 $1.25 Oct ’87 1st Don Rosa 10 pager $ 15
#524 $1.25 Nov ’87 Don Rosa art and story $ 15
#525 $1.25 Dec ’87 $ 6
#526 $1.25 Feb ’88 Don Rosa art and story $ 15
#527 $1.25 Mar ’88 $ 6
#528 $1.25 Apr ’88 Don Rosa art and story $ 15
#529 $1.25 Jun ’88 $ 6
#530 $1.25 July ’88 $ 6
#531 $1.25 Aug ’88 Don Rosa art and story $ 15
#532 $1.25 Sep ’88 $ 6
#533 $1.25 Oct ’88 $ 6
#534 $1.25 Nov ’88 $ 6
#535 $1.25 Dec ’88 $ 6
#536 $1.25 Feb ’89 $ 6
#537 $1.25 Mar ’89 $ 6
#538 $1.25 Apr ’89 $ 6
#539 $1.25 Jun ’89 $ 6
#540 $1.25 July ’89 $ 6
#541 $1.95 Aug ’89 $ 6
#542 $1.95 Sep ’89 $ 6
#543 $1.95 Oct ’89 $ 6
#544 $1.95 Nov ’89 $ 6
#545 $1.95 Dec ’89 $ 6
#546 $2.50 Feb ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 6
#547 $2.50 Apr ’90 Double Sized Issue; Don Rosa art $ 15
Walt Disney’s Comics Digest
Dec 1986-Sep 1987
7 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.65 Dec ’86 $ 8
#2 $1.65 Feb ’87 $ 6
#3 $1.65 Mar ’87 $ 6
#4 $1.95 Apr ’87 $ 6
#5 $1.95 Jun ’87 $ 6
#6 $1.95 Aug ’87 $ 6
#7 $1.95 Sep ’87 $ 6
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Adventures
Nov 1987-Apr 1990
20 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.25 Nov ’87 $ 8
#2 $1.25 Dec ’87 $ 4
#3 $1.25 Feb ’88 $ 4
#4 $1.25 May ’88 $ 4
#5 $1.25 July ’88 Don Rosa cover and art $ 5
#6 $1.25 Aug ’88 $ 4
#7 $1.25 Sep ’88 $ 4
#8 $1.25 Oct’88 Don Rosa art $ 5
#9 $1.25 Nov ’88 $ 4
#10 $1.25 Dec ’88 $ 4
#11 $1.25 Feb ’89 $ 4
#12 $1.95 May ’89 Giant Size Issue; Don Rosa art $ 6
#13 $1.25 July ’89 $ 4
#14 $1.25 Aug ’89 $ 4
#15 $1.25 Sep ’89 $ 4
#16 $1.25 Oct ’89 $ 4
#17 $1.25 Nov ’89 $ 4
#18 $1.25 Dec ’89 $ 4
#19 $2.50 Feb ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 4
#20 $2.50 Apr ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 4
Walt Disney’s Mickey And Donald
Mar 1988-May 1990
18 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.25 Mar ’88 Don Rosa art $ 6
#2 $1.25 May ’88 $ 4
#3 $1.25 July ’88 $ 4
#4 $1.25 Aug ’88 $ 4
#5 $1.25 Sep ’88 $ 4
#6 $1.25 Oct ’88 $ 4
#7 $1.25 Nov ’88   $ 4
#8 $1.25 Dec ’88 $ 4
#9 $1.25 Mar ’89 $ 3
#10 $1.25 May ’89 $ 3
#11 $1.25 July ’89 $ 3
#12 $1.25 Aug ’89 $ 3
#13 $1.25 Sep ’89 $ 3
#14 $1.25 Oct ’89 $ 3
#15 $1.25 Nov ’89 $ 3
#16 $1.95 Dec ’89 52 pages $ 5
#17 $2.50 Mar ’90 Double Sized Issue; Don Rosa art $ 6
#18 $2.50 May ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 5
Walt Disney’s Pinocchio Special
1990
1 issue
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.25 Spring 1990 50th Anniversary Edition $ 3
Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge
Oct 1986-Apr 1990
33 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#210 $0.95 Oct ’86 1st Gladstone Issue $ 16
#211 $0.95 Nov ’86 $ 15
#212 $1.00 Dec ’86 $ 15
#213 $1.00 Jan ’87 $ 15
#214 $1.00 Feb ’87 $ 15
#215 $1.00 Mar ’87 $ 15
#216 $1.25 Apr-87 $ 15
#217 $1.25 May ’87 $ 15
#218 $1.25 Jun ’87 $ 15
#219 $1.25 July ’87 1st Comic Work Of Don Rosa $ 25
#220 $1.25 Aug ’87 Don Rosa art and story $ 8
#221 $1.25 Sep ’87 $ 4
#222 $1.25 Oct ’87 $ 4
#223 $1.25 Nov ’87 $ 4
#224 $1.25 Dec ’87 Rosa cover and art $ 5
#225 $1.25 Feb ’88 $ 4
#226 $1.25 May ’88 Rosa art $ 5
#227 $1.25 July ’88 Rosa art $ 5
#228 $1.25 Aug ’88 $ 4
#229 $1.25 Sep ’88 $ 4
#230 $1.25 Oct ’88 $ 4
#231 $1.25 Nov ’88 $ 4
#232 $1.25 Dec ’88 $ 4
#233 $1.25 Feb ’89 $ 4
#234 $1.25 May ’89 $ 4
#235 $1.25 July ’89 Rosa art and story $ 5
#236 $1.25 Aug ’89 $ 4
#237 $1.25 Sept ’89 $ 4
#238 $1.25 Oct ’89 $ 4
#239 $1.25 Nov ’89 $ 4
#240 $1.25 Dec ’89 $ 4
#241 $2.50 Feb ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 6
#242 $2.50 Apr ’90 Double Sized Issue $ 6
Walt Disney’s Uncle Scooge Adventures
Nov 1987-May 1990
21 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $1.25 Nov ’87 $ 12
#2 $1.25 Dec ’87 $ 4
#3 $1.25 Jan ’88 $ 4
#4 $1.25 Apr ’88 $ 4
#5 $1.25 Jun ’88 Don Rosa cover and art $ 5
#6 $1.25 Aug ’88 $ 3
#7 $1.25 Sep ’88 $ 3
#8 $1.25 Oct ’88 $ 3
#9 $1.25 Nov ’88 Don Rosa art $ 5
#10 $1.25 Dec ’88 $ 3
#11 $1.25 Jan ’89 $ 3
#12 $1.25 Apr ’89 $ 3
#13 $1.25 Jun ’89 $ 3
#14 $1.25 Aug ’89 Don Rosa art $ 5
#15 $1.25 Sep ’89 $ 3
#16 $1.25 Oct ’89 $ 3
#17 $1.25 Nov ’89 $ 3
#18 $1.25 Dec ’89 $ 3
#19 $1.25 Jan ’90 $ 3
#20 $2.50 Mar ’90 Double Sized Issue; Don Rosa art $ 5
#21 $2.50 May ’90 Double Sized Issue; Don Rosa art $ 5
Weird Science
Sep 1990-Mar 1991
4 issues
Issue CPV Cover Price Month / Year Notes Baseline (Non-Variant) NM- Issue Value
#1 $2.50 Sep ’90 EC Reprint $ 5
#2 $2.50 Nov ’90 EC Reprint $ 5
#3 $2.50 Jan ’91 EC Reprint $ 5
#4 $2.50 Mar ’91 EC Reprint $ 5

Happy Collecting! 🙂

Happy Collecting, everyone! As of this writing there are very few of these Gladstone variants on CGC’s census yet: I found one each on census for Uncle Scrooge Adventures #1, #2 & #5, Uncle Scrooge #218 & #221-226, and Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade #2. Thanks again to Sal Miceli for sharing his Gladstone research! 🙂

– Ben

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Archie Price Variants, Canadian Newsstand Edition, U.K. Pence

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

By Benjamin Nobel, January 9, 2019

Hi everyone! My fellow price guide collaborators and I are hoping to expand our guide’s “coverage universe” in the future to include other publishers beyond Marvel & DC; and another publisher that produced plenty of Canadian Price Variants was Archie. This post is to share some interesting Archie variant research from Bill Alexander (by the way if you’ve not yet read Bill’s market report from this year’s guide, you should check it out!).

Archie did quite a lot of quirky & cool things with their variants that you don’t see with other publishers. For example in one particularly surprising instance they produced both single-price newsstand and single-price direct edition Canadian price variants of certain TMNT Adventures issues! And here’s something else they did that’s very interesting: check out the below pair of pictures, for Archie’s 6/1987 Betty and Veronica #1, and spot what they did in the cover price boxes:

Betty and Veronica #1, 6/1987. Left: regular 75¢ cover price copy; Right: 95¢/40p cover price variant.

Betty and Veronica #1, 6/1987. Left: regular 75¢ cover price copy; Right: 95¢/40p cover price variant.

Their Canadian price variant — at right — isn’t single price but rather it also has a 40p price as well! [40p means 40 pence, the price in the UK; click here to learn more about understanding pence cover prices]. Since the “main” cover price is 95¢, we would still call this a Canadian Price Variant… but it has a special distinction of also having been distributed in the U.K. in addition to Canada!

So, this variant is a member of a fascinating “class” of Archie Type 1A variants with dual instead of single cover prices! Bill Alexander has put together a list of Archie issues with such dual Canada/U.K. pricing and I’ll share his research in a moment… but first, I think you’ll be interested to hear about the as-yet-unsolved Betty’s Diary #36 Mystery (and maybe even help us solve it!).

To introduce you to the mystery, take a look at the below direct edition examples for Betty’s Diary #34-38, with the CAN cover prices pointed out in the text along the top…

One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong....

One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong….

These examples all have the main US $1.00 cover price in large font at the top of the price box, then a Canadian small-print price, and lastly a 75p UK pence price; and the CAN price is $1.20 across all of them except for Betty’s Diary #36 (9/1990) which is $1.25! Let’s see a close-up of the #36 price box, shall we?

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Bill researched to see what the indicia page for #36 shows the pricing should be in Canada for this issue number, and found that it says $1.20 (not $1.25):

bettys-diary-36-indicia

Was Archie doing test marketing to gauge reaction to a nickel price increase? Did they conduct this test just with their direct edition batch, or, on Canadian newsstands as well? What will the cover price be on the Canadian price variant for this issue? Will it be $1.25 or $1.20? We have yet to spot the variant in the wild (these are all extremely tough to find, but especially the later issues as more sales volume shifted to the direct edition channel and the variants were newsstand exclusives), nor are we able to locate a picture of the variant online anywhere. If any readers have the variant for Betty’s Diary #36, please let us know and help us solve this intriguing mystery!

Bill’s Dual Canadian/Pence Archie List

Phase 1 Archie Comics Type 1A 95c/40p Cover Price Variants 5/87-11/87:

Archie #347-353
Archie Giant Series Magazine #569-578
Archie’s Pals N Gals #187-193
Betty and Me #157-162
Betty and Veronica (2nd Series) #1-6
Betty’s Diary #8-13
Everything’s Archie #129-132
Jughead (2nd Series) #1-2
Katy Keene Special #21-23
Laugh Comics (2nd Series) #1-3
Life with Archie #260-263
New Archies #1

Phase 2 Archie Comics Type 1A $1.20/75p Cover Price Variants 3/90-3/92:

Adventures of Bayou Billy #4 (An “Archie Adventure Series” test market $1.20/75p issue, the only one done as far as I can tell)
Archie #375-397
Archie Giant Series Magazine #608-630
Archie 3000 #7-16
Archie’s Pals N Gals #213-224
Archie’s RC Racers #4-10
Betty and Me #181-197
Betty and Veronica (2nd Series) #28-49
Betty’s Diary #32-40
Dilton’s Strange Science #5
Everything’s Archie #148-157
Explorers of The Unknown #1-6
Falculty Funnies #4-5
Jughead (2nd Series) #17-30
Jughead’s Diner #1-7
Jughead’s Pal Hot Dog #2-5
Jughead’s Police Time #1-6
Kooshkins #1-3
Laugh Comics (2nd Series) #20-29
Life with Archie #277-286
New Archies #22
Riverdale High #1-8
Veronica #7-19

Archie Digest Comics Type 1A $1.65/ £1.25 Cover Price Variants 3/90-3/92:

Archie Andrews Where Are You? #67-79
Archie Annual Digest #58-59
Archie Comics Digest #101-113
Archie’s Story and Game #14-22
Betty and Veronica Annual Digest Magazine #3-6
Betty and Veronica Digest #41-53
Jughead Jones Comic Digest #62-74
Jughead with Archie Digest #97-109
Katy Keene Comics Digest Magazine #9-10
Laugh Comics Digest #87-99
Little Archie Comics Digest Magazine #41-48
New Archies Digest Magazine #9-14

Dual Canadian/Pence Archie Example Pictures

Phase 1 Archie Comics Type 1A 95c/40p Cover Price Variant Examples:

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Phase 2 Archie Comics Type 1A $1.20/75p Cover Price Variant Examples:

From the Betty’s Diary series, although we’ve yet to find the #36 variant, we did find the below #34; here are all three versions so you can see them side-by-side (click to enlarge) — direct edition, US newsstand edition, and the Type 1A Canadian/pence price variant:

And here are some other “Phase 2” price variant examples:

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Archie Digest Comics Type 1A $1.65/ £1.25 Cover Price Variant Examples:

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Happy Collecting! 🙂

Happy Collecting, everyone! Do let us know if you have the Betty’s Diary #36 variant and can solve the mystery for us of what cover price they gave it! And thanks again to Bill Alexander for sharing his Archie research and scans! 🙂

– Ben

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U.K. Pence

Pence Price Variant Issue Guide (Marvel & DC)

By Benjamin Nobel, with research assistance from Stephen Cranch

Menu: Introduction; Top 50 Silver; Top 50 Bronze; Further Reading; Full Issue Guide [ 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 ]

Greetings, fellow collector! This is an issue guide for Pence Price Variants from Marvel & DC based on the extensive research of Stephen Cranch. Huge thanks to Steve; creating this guide without his input would have been like trying to stand up and walk without a backbone! (Note: Archie, Charlton, Dell, Gold Key and King Comics also published pence price variants but this inaugural issue guide will cover just Marvel & DC).

What is a pence price variant? If you’re already familiar, skip ahead to the 2019 Top 50 lists or the full guide. If you’re new to pence price variants, next is a brief introduction to hopefully pique your interest:

Introduction To Pence Price Variants

The very first thing to learn is that these weird-looking things below…

… are all examples of prices! Readers from the U.K. already know this (so bear with me), but many other readers may be asking, in surprise, “Those weird things are prices?” Yes! Prices. I live in the USA, drive on the right-hand side of the road and pay for comics in dollars and cents, but my friend Steve meanwhile lives in Britain, drives on the left-hand side of the road and pays for comics in pounds and pence — and those symbols pictured above are telling us the cost in pence!

You saw a variety of symbols: d‘s and p‘s and the funny-looking “1/-” which may strike some readers as quite a lot of letters & symbols to denote comic book prices in Britain!?

Before decimalization, nine pence was written “9d”; after decimalization, nine pence was written “9p”.

Before decimalization, nine pence was written “9d”; after decimalization, nine pence was written “9p”.

Funny story: you know how in the USA there are 100 pennies to 1 dollar? In Britain it is 100 pence to 1 pound, but that wasn’t always the case: before 1971 there were 240 pence to 1 pound. No joke! Back in those days, pence prices were denoted with a ‘d‘ — nine pence would be “9d” (and the “1/-” symbol denotes a “shilling”; back then, 1 shilling was equal to 12 pence). Then in 1971, Britain went through what is referred to as “decimalization” — resetting to 100 pence to 1 pound — and from that point forward pence prices began to be denoted with a ‘p‘.

And with that handy bit of knowledge, you, dear reader, are now out ahead of your American comic-collecting peers when it comes to understanding pence variants; most of your American friends look at those symbols and shrug their shoulders but you now know that those are prices.

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Here’s the second important thing you should learn about pence price variants: they are actually first print originals printed in the USA, published simultaneously with their U.S. cents counter-parts by the same original publisher. The Marvels are U.S.-published Marvels; the DC’s are U.S.-published DC’s… And they are all first print Type 1A Cover Price Variants!

OK: I just used a term you may (or may not) know: “Type 1A Cover Price Variant” has now been floating around in the comic collecting nomenclature since 2010 when the Overstreet Price Guide published an article by comic book historian (and Senior Overstreet Advisor) Jon McClure, entitled “A History of Publisher Experimentation and Variant Comic Books”. His most recent definition of Type 1A cover price variants is as follows:

Type 1A: U.S. Published Foreign Distribution Variants

Cover Price Variants intended for foreign distribution with limited regional distribution, published simultaneously with standard or “regular” editions. In the majority of cases, the indicia and all aspects of the book are identical to regular U.S. editions except for the cover price. In some instances other alterations may be present. These may include missing or different cover dates, regional indicia details and variant company logos. Other minor alterations may also be present.

What Jon’s Type 1A definition basically means is that Pence Price Variants were…

… ♬ B-O-O-O-O-R-N IN THE U-S-A ♫: The comics were printed at the same time and in the same location (on the same presses; same paper; same ink) as their U.S. cents priced counterparts, but with pence-only printed prices and, in the early years, alternative indicias and sometimes missing cover dates as well. There is currently no evidence to determine which batch were printed first — cents or pence — or whether they alternated.

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Now onto the third important fact you should know about pence price variants: The U.K. is smaller than the USA in population. Much smaller. In 1970, according to the U.S. Census and World Bank data, the USA had a population of just over 205 million people. The U.K. meanwhile had a population of just under 56 million people in that same year.

Jon McClure estimates original print run for the pence price variants equivalent to approximately 5% of U.S. print run size.

Jon McClure estimates original print run for the pence price variants equivalent to approximately 5% of U.S. print run size.

With such a huge disparity in market size, you can already see that if you “zoom out” and look at any given issue number where a pence price variant exists, that variant is going to be a relatively small percentage of the total copies sold for that issue worldwide. In his 2010 article, Jon McClure estimates original print run for the pence price variants equivalent to approximately 5% of U.S. print run size, but with an estimated survival rate of only 1-2% of total copies (with many of those survivors suffering damage from the overseas shipping).

That’s 1-2% of total copies he is citing; but it is also important to realize that at time of distribution, 100% of the local comic book marketplace within the U.K. received the pence price variants (when they exist). In other words, if you were a comic collector in the U.K. and there was a pence variant for sale for a given issue, that pence variant was your only choice at time of distribution; if you wanted a “regular” U.S. cents copy of that same issue, you had to rely on the after-market for imported copies (you had to find your nearest comic book dealer).

Canadian vs U.K. variant distribution distinction

Left: each Type 1A variant issue that exists also had a “regular” counter-part distributed in Canada. Right: When a Pence variant exists, it was the only type distributed in the U.K. for that issue.

Let’s think about that last point for a moment, as a contrast to the newsstand-exclusive Type 1A Canadian price variants of the 1980’s during which there were two types of each issue distributed in Canada whenever a price variant exists: newsstand copies (the Type 1A variants) and direct edition copies (the “regular” copies — which were identical to the ones sold in the USA).

In his Canadian Newsstand Cover Price VARIANTS 2018-2019 Market Report, Senior Overstreet Advisor Doug Sulipa walks through his scarcity estimates for the Type 1A Canadian price variants from Marvel & DC and shows that if we consider two stacks of comics originally sold in Canada for an illustrative issue — a newsstand stack and a direct edition stack — and we adjust those two stacks for survivorship differences, that the size of the surviving direct edition stack is 3x larger than the size of the newsstand stack. Thus, the Type 1A Canadian price variants are the more locally-rare type there, and that’s before thinking about the 10x larger separate stack representing the U.S. market!

That’s an important contrast to understand when thinking about pence price variants so let’s repeat the point: Canada was distributed two types for each issue (“regular” and “variant”) whereas the U.K. market was distributed one type — just the pence price variants (when they exist).

Collectors within in the U.K. may therefore not view the variants as “locally-rare”; thus, collectors from the USA and Canada (and elsewhere) can find opportunities to acquire the more-rare Type 1A variants at bargain prices from U.K. sellers who do not recognize what they own as being anything special.

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If you’ve made it this far into the introduction, you are now way out ahead of the pack among your fellow collectors in understanding pence price variants because you now understand both the main problems/challenges the pence price variants face as a “class” of collectibles, as well as the main opportunities.

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Whether your comic buying budget is small or large, there are interesting pence price variants out there for you!

If your interest in the opportunities for pence price variants as collectibles has been piqued, you’ll next be interested to learn how the “price variant window” is wonderfully large, producing a great many interesting major and minor key issues in a range that truly has something for everyone: you can find something interesting with a budget of as little as 5 dollars all the way to as high as 5 figures!

And that’s because this large price variant window spans all the way back to May of 1960 for Marvel (marking the cover date of the first known single 9d price printed comics, Gunsmoke Western #58 and Journey Into Mystery #58), and July of 1971 for DC, and ends way out in December 1981 for Marvel and September of 1981 for DC (the last cover month before consistent dual pence/cents pricing commenced on Direct Edition comics, thus effectively ending the need for and existence of pence-only priced variants).

This window gives us Silver Age plus Bronze Age variants to hunt for, but pence variants do not exist for all titles published during the window and even when they do exist there are often frustrating “gaps” in runs. Marvel produced 6,546 comics between the confirmed pence dates of May 1960 to December 1981, covering 200 titles, but a total of only 3,017 first printing Marvel pence price variants are today known to exist — about 46%. For DC, 840 pence variants are known to exist.

Which specific pence variants actually exist? Enter the Issue Guide! Below, you will find Top 50 lists for the Silver and Bronze ages, and beneath those lists you will find each and every Marvel and DC title where pence variants have ever been found to date. Click any title to reach the issue guide page for that title. Key issues (such as 1st appearances of important characters) are noted throughout the guide; we also note the cover price found on the pence price variants, the CGC census count of variants (when found), and the baseline (non-variant) 2019 issue value in NM-. Steve’s research has revealed certain date ranges where the pence variant indicia is assumed to contain regional distributor details — issues within these ranges have special notes throughout the guide but readers should note that not all issues have actually been checked.

Steve and I hope you enjoy the guide! Have any questions or suggestions? Spot any mistakes? Or just want to chat about pence price variants? Tell us what’s on your mind, we’ll be glad to hear from you!

Top 50 Silver Age Pence Price Variants
Baseline values shown are 2019 non-variant value in 9.2; Census data shown is as of 11/13/2018
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Amazing Fantasy #15 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Fantasy #15
Marvel Comics, 9/1962
1st Appearances of Spider-Man, Peter Parker, Aunt May, Uncle Ben, and Flash Thompson; Origin of Spider-Man; Death of Uncle Ben
Ben notes: Indicia reads 9/1962 on both regular copies and pence copies; however, the cover of regular copies reads “Aug” under the issue number while the month was omitted from the cover of the pence copies. As a result, CGC catalogs the regular copies with an 8/1962 census entry (going by the cover month) but meanwhile catalogs the pence copies with a 9/1962 census entry (going by the indicia). This gives the unfortunate false impression of the pence price variant being a later month reprint instead of a first print original.
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $375,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
2
Incredible Hulk #1 Pence Price Variant
Incredible Hulk #1
Marvel Comics, 5/1962
1st Appearances of the Incredible Hulk, Rick Jones, Betty Ross, and General Ross; Origin of the Incredible Hulk
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $265,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
3
Fantastic Four #1 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #1
Marvel Comics, 11/1961
1st Appearances of Fantastic Four, Invisible Girl (Sue Storm), Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Thing (Ben Grimm), Mole Man (Harvey Elder), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards); Origin of Fantastic Four
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $160,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
4
Journey into Mystery #83 Pence Price Variant
Journey into Mystery #83
Marvel Comics, 8/1962
1st Appearances of Thor, Dr. Donald Blake, Stone Men from Saturn, and Korg; Origin of Thor
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $80,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
5
Amazing Spider-Man #1 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #1
Marvel Comics, 3/1963
1st Appearances of Chameleon, J. Jonah Jameson, and John Jameson; Origin of Spider-Man retold
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $72,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
6
X-Men #1 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #1
Marvel Comics, 9/1963
1st Appearances of Angel (Warren Worthington III), Beast (Hank McCoy), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Iceman (Bobby Drake), Magneto, Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Professor X, and X-Men; Origin of X-Men
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $50,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
7
Tales of Suspense #39 Pence Price Variant
Tales of Suspense #39
Marvel Comics, 3/1963
1st Appearances of Iron Man (Tony Stark), Yinsen, and Wong-Chu; Origin of Iron Man
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $50,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
8
Tales to Astonish #27 Pence Price Variant
Tales to Astonish #27
Marvel Comics, 1/1962
1st Appearances of Ant-Man (out of costume) and Hijacker
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $48,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
9
Avengers #1 Pence Price Variant
Avengers #1
Marvel Comics, 9/1963
1st Appearance of the Avengers; Origin of the Avengers
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $42,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
10
Fantastic Four #5 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #5
Marvel Comics, 7/1962
1st Appearance of Doctor Doom; Origin of Doctor Doom
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $20,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
11
Strange Tales #110 Pence Price Variant
Strange Tales #110
Marvel Comics, 7/1963
1st Appearances of Doctor Strange, The Ancient One, Wong, Nightmare, and the Amulet of Agamotto
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $19,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
12
Fantastic Four #2 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #2
Marvel Comics, 1/1962
1st Appearance of Skrulls; Second appearance of Fantastic Four
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $15,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
13
Fantastic Four #4 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #4
Marvel Comics, 5/1962
1st Appearance of Giganto; Death of Giganto; 1st Silver Age Sub-Mariner appearance
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $15,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
14
Fantastic Four #3 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #3
Marvel Comics, 3/1962
1st Appearances of Miracle Man, the Baxter Building, Fantasti-Car, Fantasti-Copter, and Pogo Plane; Fantastic Four don costumes and establish headquarters; Origin retold
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $14,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
15
Amazing Spider-Man #2 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #2
Marvel Comics, 5/1963
1st Appearances of Mysterio (as alien), Tinkerer, and Vulture
Steve notes: First ‘Marvel Comics Group’ Price Boxes
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $13,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
16
Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1 Pence Price Variant
Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1
Marvel Comics, 12/1963
1st Appearances of Sgt. Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan, General Samuel Sawyer, Robert Ralston, Junior Juniper, Gabriel Jones, Izzy Cohen, and Dino Manelli
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $13,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
17
Fantastic Four #12 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #12
Marvel Comics, 3/1963
1st Appearance of The Wrecker I (Dr. Karl Kort); 1st meeting of the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $13,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
18
Incredible Hulk #2 Pence Price Variant
Incredible Hulk #2
Marvel Comics, 7/1962
1st Appearance of Toad Men; 1st Green Hulk; 2nd appearance of Hulk
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $12,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
19
Tales to Astonish #35 Pence Price Variant
Tales to Astonish #35
Marvel Comics, 9/1962
1st Appearance of Ant-Man (in costume); 2nd Appearance of Ant-Man
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $11,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
20
Amazing Spider-Man #3 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #3
Marvel Comics, 7/1963
1st Appearance of Doctor Octopus; Origin of Doctor Octopus
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $11,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
21
Daredevil #1 Pence Price Variant
Daredevil #1
Marvel Comics, 4/1964
1st Appearances of Daredevil, Karen Page, and Foggy Nelson; Origin of Daredevil
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $11,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
22
Amazing Spider-Man #4 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #4
Marvel Comics, 9/1963
1st Appearances of Betty Brant, Sandman, and Liz Allen; Origin of Sandman
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $8,400
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
23
Strange Tales #89 Pence Price Variant
Strange Tales #89
Marvel Comics, 10/1961
1st Appearance of Fin Fang Foom; Origin of Fin Fang Foom
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $8,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
24
Journey into Mystery #84 Pence Price Variant
Journey into Mystery #84
Marvel Comics, 9/1962
1st Appearances of Executioner and Jane Foster; 2nd Appearance of Thor
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $8,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
25
Avengers #4 Pence Price Variant
Avengers #4
Marvel Comics, 3/1964
1st Appearance of Baron Zemo (Heinrich Zemo); Death of Bucky (James Barnes); Revival of Captain America (1st Silver Age appearance), who joins the Avengers
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $8,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
26
Journey into Mystery #85 Pence Price Variant
Journey into Mystery #85
Marvel Comics, 10/1962
1st Appearances of Balder, Heimdall, Loki, Odin (cameo), and Tyr; 3rd appearance of Thor
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $7,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
27
Incredible Hulk #3 Pence Price Variant
Incredible Hulk #3
Marvel Comics, 9/1962
1st Appearances of Bruto the Strongman, Cannonball, Ringmaster, Teena the Fat Lady, The Clown, Circus of Crime, and Aunt Polly; Origin of the Hulk retold
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $7,200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
28
Fantastic Four #6 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #6
Marvel Comics, 9/1962
1st Appearance of Yancy Street Gang; 2nd Appearances of Doctor Doom and the Silver Age Sub-Mariner; 1st Marvel villain team-up
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $6,800
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
29
Amazing Spider-Man #5 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #5
Marvel Comics, 10/1963
Doctor Doom appearance
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $6,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
30
Amazing Spider-Man #14 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #14
Marvel Comics, 7/1964
1st Appearance of Green Goblin I (Norman Osborn)
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $6,200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
31
X-Men #4 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #4
Marvel Comics, 3/1964
1st Appearances of Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Mastermind, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Toad
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $6,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
32
Tales of Suspense #40 Pence Price Variant
Tales of Suspense #40
Marvel Comics, 4/1963
2nd appearance of Iron Man; 1st sppearance of Gargantus
Steve notes: Last ‘MC’ cover logo
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $5,800
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
33
Incredible Hulk #4 Pence Price Variant
Incredible Hulk #4
Marvel Comics, 11/1962
1st Appearance of Boris Monguski and Mongu
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $5,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
34
Incredible Hulk #5 Pence Price Variant
Incredible Hulk #5
Marvel Comics, 1/1963
1st Appearances of Tyrannus and General Fang
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $5,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
35
Amazing Spider-Man #6 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #6
Marvel Comics, 11/1963
1st Appearance of The Lizard; Origin of The Lizard
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $5,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
36
Incredible Hulk #6 Pence Price Variant
Incredible Hulk #6
Marvel Comics, 3/1963
1st Appearances of Metal Master and Teen Brigade
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $5,250
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
37
Strange Tales #101 Pence Price Variant
Strange Tales #101
Marvel Comics, 10/1962
1st Appearance of Destroyer (Charles Stanton); Human Torch features begin
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,800
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
38
X-Men #2 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #2
Marvel Comics, 11/1963
1st Appearances of Vanisher (Telford Porter) and Amos Frederick Duncan
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,700
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
39
Rawhide Kid #17 Pence Price Variant
Rawhide Kid #17
Marvel Comics, 8/1960
Origin of Rawhide Kid
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
40
Fantastic Four #7 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #7
Marvel Comics, 10/1962
1st Appearances of Kurrgo and The Xantha
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,300
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
41
Fantastic Four #8 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #8
Marvel Comics, 11/1962
1st Appearances of Alicia Masters and Puppet Master
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,300
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
42
Fantastic Four #9 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #9
Marvel Comics, 12/1962
3rd Silver Age Sub-Mariner appearance
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,300
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
43
Fantastic Four #10 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #10
Marvel Comics, 1/1963
1st Appearance of Ovoids; Stan Lee and Jack Kirby appear in story; Doctor Doom appearance; Invisible Girl pin-up
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,300
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
44
Fantastic Four #11 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #11
Marvel Comics, 2/1963
1st Appearances of Impossible Man and The Popuppians; Origins of Impossible Man, Fantastic Four (retold)
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
45
Amazing Spider-Man #13 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #13
Marvel Comics, 6/1964
1st Appearance of Mysterio (identified); Origin of Mysterio
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
46
Tales of Suspense #52 Pence Price Variant
Tales of Suspense #52
Marvel Comics, 4/1964
1st Appearance of The Black Widow
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
47
Tales to Astonish #44 Pence Price Variant
Tales to Astonish #44
Marvel Comics, 6/1963
1st Appearance of Wasp; Origin of Wasp
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:
48
Fantastic Four #52 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #52
Marvel Comics, 7/1966
1st Appearance of Black Panther (T’Challa)
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $4,000
Pence Variant Cover Price: 10d
Pence Variants on Census:
49
Amazing Spider-Man #7 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #7
Marvel Comics, 12/1963
2nd Appearance of the Vulture; Versus Vulture
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $3,800
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census: none
50
Amazing Spider-Man #9 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #9
Marvel Comics, 2/1964
1st Appearances of Doctor Bromwell and Electro; Origin of Electro
Steve notes: Pence indicia contains regional distributor details; missing cover date.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $3,700
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9d
Pence Variants on Census:

Top 50 Bronze Age Pence Price Variants
Baseline values shown are 2019 non-variant value in 9.2; Census data shown is as of 11/13/2018
1
Iron Man #55 Pence Price Variant
Iron Man #55
Marvel Comics, 2/1973
1st Appearances of Thanos, Blood Brothers, Drax the Destroyer (Arthur Douglas), Kronos, Mentor (A’Lars), Starfox (Eros)
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $1,500
Pence Variant Cover Price: 6p
Pence Variants on Census:
2
Werewolf By Night #32 Pence Price Variant
Werewolf By Night #32
Marvel Comics, 8/1975
1st Appearance of Moon Knight; Origin of Moon Knight
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $1,350
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9p
Pence Variants on Census:
3
Amazing Spider-Man #101 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #101
Marvel Comics, 10/1971
1st Appearance of Morbius
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $700
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census:
4
Tomb of Dracula #10 Pence Price Variant
Tomb of Dracula #10
Marvel Comics, 7/1973
1st Appearance of Blade the Vampire Slayer
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $700
Pence Variant Cover Price: 6p
Pence Variants on Census:
5
Fantastic Four #112 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #112
Marvel Comics, 7/1971
Classic Hulk versus Thing cover and battle issue; 2nd Appearance of Collins
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $475
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
6
Ghost Rider #1 Pence Price Variant
Ghost Rider #1
Marvel Comics, 8/1973
1st cameo appearance of Son of Satan (Damion Hellstrom)
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $430
Pence Variant Cover Price: 6p
Pence Variants on Census: none
7
Amazing Adventures Volume 2 #11 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Adventures Volume 2 #11
Marvel Comics, 3/1972
1st Appearances of Beast (in furry form) and Carl Maddicks; Origin of Beast (in furry form); X-Men appearance in flashback
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $425
Pence Variant Cover Price: 6p
Pence Variants on Census:
8
X-Men #101 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #101
Marvel Comics, 10/1976
1st Appearance of Phoenix (Jean Grey); Death of Jean Grey
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $375
Pence Variant Cover Price: 10p
Pence Variants on Census:
9
Silver Surfer #14 Pence Price Variant
Silver Surfer #14
Marvel Comics, 3/1970
Spider-Man appearance
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $360
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
10
Avengers #93 Pence Price Variant
Avengers #93
Marvel Comics, 11/1971
Giant-size issue; Neal Adams cover and art
Steve notes: Decimalisation commences at 6p regular price
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $340
Pence Variant Cover Price: 8p
Pence Variants on Census:
11
Daredevil #131 Pence Price Variant
Daredevil #131
Marvel Comics, 3/1976
Origin and 1st Appearance of the new Bullseye. 1st Appearance of Jacob Conover.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $340
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9p
Pence Variants on Census:
12
Amazing Spider-Man #100 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #100
Marvel Comics, 9/1971
Anniversary issue; Classic John Romita and Frank Giacoia cover
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $325
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census:
13
Avengers #112 Pence Price Variant
Avengers #112
Marvel Comics, 6/1973
1st Appearances of the Lion God and Mantis
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $300
Pence Variant Cover Price: 6p
Pence Variants on Census:
14
Avengers #83 Pence Price Variant
Avengers #83
Marvel Comics, 12/1970
1st Appearances of The Liberators, Tom Fagan, Valkyrie (Brunhilde)
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $260
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
15
Amazing Spider-Man #102 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #102
Marvel Comics, 11/1971
Origin of Morbius
Steve notes: Decimalisation commences
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $260
Pence Variant Cover Price: 8p
Pence Variants on Census: none
16
X-Men #66 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #66
Marvel Comics, 3/1970
Last new story with original X-Men; Hulk appearance and battle
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $250
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
17
Iron Man #54 Pence Price Variant
Iron Man #54
Marvel Comics, 1/1973
1st Appearance of Moondragon (as Madame MacEvil)
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $250
Pence Variant Cover Price: 6p
Pence Variants on Census: none
18
X-Men #65 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #65
Marvel Comics, 2/1970
Death of Changeling
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $240
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
19
Amazing Spider-Man #86 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #86
Marvel Comics, 7/1970
Origin of Black Widow
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $240
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
20
Amazing Spider-Man #90 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #90
Marvel Comics, 11/1970
Death of Captain Stacy
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $240
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
21
Daredevil #168 Pence Price Variant
Daredevil #168
Marvel Comics, 1/1981
1st Appearance of Elektra (Elektra Natchios)
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $240
Pence Variant Cover Price: 15p
Pence Variants on Census:
22
X-Men #64 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #64
Marvel Comics, 1/1970
1st Appearance of Sunfire; Origin of Sunfire
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $235
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
23
Thor #193 Pence Price Variant
Thor #193
Marvel Comics, 11/1971
Giant-size issue; Silver Surfer appearance
Steve notes: Decimalisation commences
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $235
Pence Variant Cover Price: 8p
Pence Variants on Census:
24
X-Men #100 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #100
Marvel Comics, 8/1976
Old X-Men vs. New X-Men
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $230
Pence Variant Cover Price: 10p
Pence Variants on Census:
25
Amazing Spider-Man #96 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #96
Marvel Comics, 5/1971
Drug story not approved by the Comics Code Authority
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $225
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
26
Amazing Spider-Man #97 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #97
Marvel Comics, 6/1971
Drug story not approved by the Comics Code Authority
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $225
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census:
27
Amazing Spider-Man #98 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #98
Marvel Comics, 7/1971
Drug story not approved by the Comics Code Authority
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $225
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
28
Incredible Hulk #141 Pence Price Variant
Incredible Hulk #141
Marvel Comics, 7/1971
1st Appearance of Doc Samson; Origin of Doc Samson
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $215
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
29
Sub-Mariner #34 Pence Price Variant
Sub-Mariner #34
Marvel Comics, 2/1971
Prelude to 1st Defenders story
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $210
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
30
Silver Surfer #12 Pence Price Variant
Silver Surfer #12
Marvel Comics, 1/1970
Abomination appearance.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
31
Silver Surfer #13 Pence Price Variant
Silver Surfer #13
Marvel Comics, 2/1970
1st Appearance of Doomsday Man
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
32
Silver Surfer #15 Pence Price Variant
Silver Surfer #15
Marvel Comics, 4/1970
Fantastic Four appearance.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
33
Silver Surfer #16 Pence Price Variant
Silver Surfer #16
Marvel Comics, 5/1970
Mephisto & Nick Fury appearances
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census:
34
Silver Surfer #17 Pence Price Variant
Silver Surfer #17
Marvel Comics, 6/1970
Mephisto, Nick Fury & Dum Dum Dugan appearances. Fantastic Four & Tony Stark cameo.
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census:
35
Silver Surfer #18 Pence Price Variant
Silver Surfer #18
Marvel Comics, 9/1970
Inhumans appearance; Last Issue
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census:
36
Avengers #87 Pence Price Variant
Avengers #87
Marvel Comics, 4/1971
1st Appearances of B’Tumba, T’Chaka, and N’Baza; Origin of Black Panther; Death of N’Baza; Death of B’Tumba
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
37
Amazing Spider-Man #94 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #94
Marvel Comics, 3/1971
Origin of Spider-Man retold
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
38
X-Men #96 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #96
Marvel Comics, 12/1975
1st Appearance of Moira MacTaggart
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9p
Pence Variants on Census:
39
X-Men #97 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #97
Marvel Comics, 2/1976
1st Appearance of Lilandra Neramani
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $200
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9p
Pence Variants on Census:
40
Strange Tales #180 Pence Price Variant
Strange Tales #180
Marvel Comics, 6/1975
1st Appearance of Gamora; Warlock appearance
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $195
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9p
Pence Variants on Census:
41
X-Men #98 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #98
Marvel Comics, 4/1976
Jack Kirby & Stan Lee cameo in 2 panels
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $195
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9p
Pence Variants on Census:
42
X-Men #99 Pence Price Variant
X-Men #99
Marvel Comics, 6/1976
1st Appearance of Black Tom Cassidy
Steve notes: Regular price increases to 10p
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $195
Pence Variant Cover Price: 10p
Pence Variants on Census:
43
Fantastic Four #100 Pence Price Variant
Fantastic Four #100
Marvel Comics, 7/1970
100th anniversary issue; Mad Thinker and Puppet Master appearances
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $190
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census:
44
Avengers #100 Pence Price Variant
Avengers #100
Marvel Comics, 6/1972
Barry Windsor-Smith cover featuring all past Avengers
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $185
Pence Variant Cover Price: 6p
Pence Variants on Census:
45
Tomb of Dracula #13 Pence Price Variant
Tomb of Dracula #13
Marvel Comics, 10/1973
1st Appearance of Deacon Frost; Origin of Blade the Vampire Slayer
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $185
Pence Variant Cover Price: 6p
Pence Variants on Census:
46
Werewolf By Night #33 Pence Price Variant
Werewolf By Night #33
Marvel Comics, 9/1975
2nd Appearance of Moon Knight
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $185
Pence Variant Cover Price: 9p
Pence Variants on Census:
47
Amazing Spider-Man #84 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #84
Marvel Comics, 5/1970
2nd Appearances of The Schemer (Richard Fisk), Vanessa Fisk (Kingpin’s wife)
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $175
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
48
Amazing Spider-Man #85 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #85
Marvel Comics, 6/1970
Schemer revealed as the Kingpin’s son
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $175
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census: none
49
Amazing Spider-Man #93 Pence Price Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #93
Marvel Comics, 2/1971
1st Appearance of Arthur Stacy
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $175
Pence Variant Cover Price: 1/-
Pence Variants on Census:
50
New Teen Titans #2 Pence Price Variant
New Teen Titans #2
DC Comics, 12/1980
1st Appearances of Deathstroke (Slade Wilson), Trigon, Wintergreen, Ravager (Grant Wilson); Death of Ravager
Non-Variant 9.2 Value (2019): $175
Pence Variant Cover Price: 15p
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DC’s pence price variant window spans July & August of 1971, followed by issues between the cover dates of February 1978 to September 1981 inclusive. The first pence-only printed DC comics found are Action Comics #402, Adventure Comics #408, Detective Comics #413, Jimmy Olsen #139 all cover dated July 1971, and Flash #208 cover dated August 1971.

For monthly DC titles, no pence copies have been found for comics cover dated September 1978 to November 1978 inclusive. All monthly titles which cross these dates have a 3 issue gap. This gap coincides with, and is likely explained by, the increase and subsequent decrease in the US cover prices (35c to 50c September 1978 / 50c to 40c December 1978). For bi-monthly titles, September 1978 dated issues exist, but no pence issues exist for the following two months. No DC annuals have been found as pence only printed copies. Unlike Marvel, DC pence copies are distinguished by the pence price alone (no other changes were made such as removing the cover date, additional indicia distribution details, or different logo/banners).

Within Marvel’s pence price variant window, no pence copies have yet been found for comics cover dated December 1964 to July 1965 inclusive. Most monthly titles have a 9 or 10 issue gap around these dates, potentially due to shipping strikes. Almost every title which crosses the cover dates of October 1966 to December 1966 has a two issue pence gap. This may explain why Amazing Spider-Man completists haven’t found #42 and #43 yet; they probably don’t exist (ditto Avengers 33/34, Daredevil 21/22, Fantastic Four 56/57, Sgt. Fury 35/36, and Tales To Astonish 85/86). However, Strange Tales only misses one issue (#151) as does Tales of Suspense (#84). Two-Gun Kid has all issues as pence copies but as a bi-monthly title you can see there may have been a missing issue had it been monthly.

No pence copies have been found for comics cover dated December 1967 to March 1969 inclusive — a 16 issue gap — nor for comics cover dated April 1974 to July 1974 inclusive. This four issue gap coincides with the transition from 6p to 7p. No pence copies have been found for comics cover dated February 1981 to March 1981 inclusive either; this two issue gap coincides with the transition from 15p to 20p.

Many single issues do not appear to exist when the issue was double-sized, e.g. Avengers #200, Astonishing Tales #8, Ghost Rider #50, The Invaders #41, Thor #300, X-Men #137. Nor have pence copies been found for the ‘Giant Size’ titles of 1974 and 1975. Only 5 annuals have been found with pence only printed copies, all cover dated 1965 (Amazing Spider-Man #2, Fantastic Four #3, Journey Into Mystery #1, Marvel Tales #2, Sgt. Fury #1).

The U.K. distributor for all pence variants was Thorpe and Porter except with some exceptions being distributed by L Miller & Co. including Amazing Adventures and three western titles — Gunsmoke Western, Rawhide Kid and Two-Gun Kid — for issues cover dated May to August 1960. Miller continued to distribute the western titles up to August 1961, but with cents cover prices and variant indicias. Thorpe & Porter took over from September 1961, becoming the sole distributor for Marvel comics in the U.K. from this point.

Below is a summary for Marvel of the price changes throughout the pence price variant window:

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Key comic in titleAction Comics (#402, #480-486, #490-499, #501-523)
Adventure Comics (#408, #456-458, #473-485)
All-Star Comics (#71-73)
All-Star Squadron (#1)
Key comic in titleAmazing Adult Fantasy (#7-14)
Key comic in titleAmazing Adventures (#5-6)
Key comic in titleAmazing Adventures Volume 2 (#3-22, #26-39)
Key comic in titleAmazing Fantasy (#15)
Key comic in titleAmazing Spider-Man (#1-17, #28-41, #44-54, #71-120, #215-223, Annual #2)
Aquaman (#60-63)
Arak Son of Thunder (#1)
Key comic in title2001: A Space Odyssey (#1-10)
Key comic in titleAstonishing Tales (#2-7, #9-22, #25-36)
Key comic in titleAvengers (#1-8, #19-32, #35-45, #63-120, #153-182, #184-199, #201-203, #206-214)
Batman (#297-299, #301-302, #306-339)
Battlestar Galactica (#2, #9, #19)
Black Goliath (#1-5)
Black Lightning (#7-10)
Key comic in titleBlack Panther (#1, #7-15)
Brave and the Bold (#140-142, #145-178)
Key comic in titleCaptain America (#159-171, #176-253, #256-264)
Key comic in titleCaptain Marvel (#12-21, #25-30, #34-48, #53-62)
Challengers of the Unknown (#85-87)
Chamber of Chills (#19-20, #22, #25)
Key comic in titleChamber of Darkness (#6-8)
Key comic in titleChampions (#1-12)
Claw the Unconquered (#10-12)
Key comic in titleConan the Barbarian (#11-35, #41-53, #57-81, #121-129)
Creatures on the Loose (#31-37)
Crypt of Shadows (#21)
Key comic in titleDaredevil (#1-3, #9-20, #23-33, #51-108, #112-149, #151-160, #163-168, #170-177)
Dazzler (#2-10)
Key comic in titleDC Comics Presents (#1, #4-37)
Dead of Night (#10)
Key comic in titleDefenders (#4-7, #9, #11-12, #15-54, #71-91, #94-102)
Key comic in titleDetective Comics (#413, #475-478, #496-499, #501-506)
Doctor Strange (#4-21, #25-34, #46-50)
Doorway to Nightmare (#2-4)
Key comic in titleEpic Illustrated (#2-9)
Eternals (#1-18)
Key comic in titleFantastic Four (#1-31, #42-55, #58-68, #85-143, #149-175, #177-189, #212, #229-237, Annual #3)
Key comic in titleFantasy Masterpieces (#1-2)
Fear (#23-31)
Key comic in titleFirestorm the Nuclear Man (#1-4)
Key comic in titleFlash (#208, #259-264, #268-299, #301)
Frankenstein (#12-18)
Freedom Fighters (#13-15)
Key comic in titleThe Ghost Rider (#1-6)
Key comic in titleGhost Rider (#1-4, #7, #9-19, #22, #36, #39-49, #51-52, #55-63)
Ghosts (#62-67, #71-104)
Key comic in titleGreen Lantern (#101-107, #111-144)
Key comic in titleGunsmoke Western (#58-59, #66-77)
Key comic in titleHouse of Mystery (#263-296)
House of Secrets (#151-153)
Key comic in titleHoward the Duck (#1-26)
Human Fly (#1-19)
Human Torch (#8)
Key comic in titleIncredible Hulk (#1-6, #114-152, #161-166, #258-266)
Key comic in titleInhumans (#1-9)
Invaders (#3-40)
Iron Fist (#3-7)
Key comic in titleIron Man (#12-42, #47-66, #69, #71-111, #122-142, #145, #147-153)
John Carter Warlord of Mars (#24-28)
Key comic in titleJonah Hex (#10-15)
Key comic in titleJourney into Mystery (#58-60, #62-109, #119-125, Annual #1)
Journey into Mystery Volume 2 (#8-9, #12-18)
Jungle Action (#11-23)
Justice League of America (#161-194)
Kamandi the Last Boy on Earth (#56-58)
Karate Kid (#13-15)
Ka-Zar Lord of the Hidden Jungle (#5-18)
Ka-Zar the Savage (#1-9)
Key comic in titleKid Colt Outlaw (#91, #95-119, #124-129, #133-137)
Krypton Chronicles (#1)
Kull the Conqueror (#7-10)
Kull the Destroyer (#11, #18)
Legion of Super-Heroes (#259-279)
Key comic in titleLogan’s Run (#1-7)
Machine Man (#10-18)
Man-Thing (#8-22)
Man-Thing Volume 2 (#1, #6)
Key comic in titleMarvel Chillers (#1-5)
Marvel Classics Comics (#5, #7, #9-36)
Marvel Double Feature (#10)
Marvel Feature (#2-7)
Key comic in titleMarvel Premiere (#22, #24, #26-34, #37-57, #59-61)
Key comic in titleMarvel Presents (#1-9)
Marvel’s Greatest Comics (#68, #93)
Key comic in titleMarvel Spotlight (#8-13, #17, #26-31)
Key comic in titleMarvel Spotlight Volume 2 (#1-7, #9-10)
Marvel Super Action (#30-36)
Marvel Super Heroes (#72, #80, #104)
Key comic in titleMarvel Tales (#104, #126-134, Annual #2)
Key comic in titleMarvel Team-Up (#24-37, #39-80, #82-99, #101, #111-112)
Marvel Triple Action (#28, #30, #32, #43-47)
Marvel Two-in-One (#11-71, #74-82)
Master of Kung Fu (#36-96, #99-107)
Men of War (#11-26)
Micronauts (#28-36)
Mister Miracle (#23-25)
Key comic in titleMonsters on the Prowl (#9-12, #15-16)
Moon Knight (#1-3, #6-14)
Key comic in titleMs. Marvel (#1-23)
Key comic in titleMy Girl Pearl (#7)
Mystery in Space (#111-117)
New Adventures of Superboy (#1-21)
New Gods (#17-19)
Key comic in titleNew Teen Titans (#1-11)
Night Rider (#5)
Not Brand Echh (#1)
Key comic in titleNova (#1-16, #20-24)
Omega the Unknown (#1-6)
Patsy and Hedy (#70-71)
Key comic in titlePatsy Walker (#89)
Key comic in titlePower Man and Iron Fist (#20-57, #65-66, #68-76)
Key comic in titleRawhide Kid (#17, #24-42, #48-54, #56-60, #151)
Key comic in titleRed Sonja (#1, #7-14)
Key comic in titleROM (#1-3, #17-22, #24-25)
Savage She-Hulk (#9-10, #15-23)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (#13-15)
Secrets of Haunted House (#11-13, #17-40)
Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes (#1-3)
Key comic in titleSgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (#1-10, #21-34, #37-47, #107-117, #128, #132, #152, #163-166, Annual #1)
Sgt. Rock (#323-356)
Shade the Changing Man (#6-8)
Shazam! (#34-35)
Shogun Warriors (#4-20)
Showcase (#97, #101-103)
Key comic in titleSilver Surfer (#11-18)
Skull the Slayer (#2-8)
Key comic in titleSon of Satan (#1-4)
Key comic in titleSpectacular Spider-Man (#1, #53-61)
Spider-Woman (#5-34, #37-38, #40-41)
Star Hunters (#3-6)
Star Trek (#13-14, #16-17)
Key comic in titleStar Wars (#2-5)
Steel the Indestructible Man (#1-4)
Key comic in titleStrange Tales (#75-77, #79-125, #136-150, #152-162, #175-187)
Key comic in titleSub-Mariner (#12-69)
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (#246-258)
Super Friends (#10-13, #15-47)
Superman (#321-326, #330-363)
Key comic in titleSuperman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (#139)
Supernatural Thrillers (#13, #15)
Super-Villain Team-Up (#3-9)
Key comic in titleTales of Suspense (#10, #13-58, #69-83, #85-95)
Tales of the Green Lantern Corps (#1-3)
Key comic in titleTales to Astonish (#10, #14-61, #71-84, #87-97)
Tales to Astonish Volume 2 (#4-14)
Tarzan (#24-29)
Key comic in titleThor (#126-132, #135-146, #163-221, #226-282, #285-299, #301-303, #306-314)
Tomb of Darkness (#10-20, #23)
Key comic in titleTomb of Dracula (#7-18, #23-28, #55-62)
Key comic in titleTwo-Gun Kid (#54-55, #60-72, #77-90)
Uncanny X-Men (#144-152)
Unexpected (#183-186, #200-214)
Unknown Soldier (#222-255)
Untold Legend of the Batman (#1-3)
Vault of Evil (#23)
Key comic in titleWarlock (#4-5, #9-15)
Weird War Tales (#70-103)
Weird Western Tales (#45-47, #50-70)
Weird Wonder Tales (#5-11)
Key comic in titleWerewolf By Night (#6-14, #20-39, #41)
Key comic in titleWhere Monsters Dwell (#3-23, #25-27, #30, #32-37)
Witching Hour (#77-83)
Wonder Woman (#240-246, #250-283)
Worlds Unknown (#8)
Wyatt Earp (#29)
Key comic in titleX-Men (#1-7, #13-24, #27-37, #55-66, #73-86, #89-93, #96-101, #108-120, #123-136, #138-141)

Recommended Further Reading

Steve’s Pence Threads
Read Up On Comics and Pence Price Variants @ The Thought Balloon
The Comic Book Price Guide For Great Britain – Cents Or Pence?
A History of Publisher Experimentation and Variant Comic Books
Applause To CBCS’s New “75¢ Canadian Price Variant” Labeling
Mile High Comics Newsletter: Rare British Pence Editions
HobbyDB: Marvel Comics Pence Price Variants

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Key comic in titleAction Comics (#402, #480-486, #490-499, #501-523)
Adventure Comics (#408, #456-458, #473-485)
All-Star Comics (#71-73)
All-Star Squadron (#1)
Aquaman (#60-63)
Arak Son of Thunder (#1)
Batman (#297-299, #301-302, #306-339)
Black Lightning (#7-10)
Brave and the Bold (#140-142, #145-178)
Challengers of the Unknown (#85-87)
Claw the Unconquered (#10-12)
Key comic in titleDC Comics Presents (#1, #4-37)
Key comic in titleDetective Comics (#413, #475-478, #496-499, #501-506)
Doorway to Nightmare (#2-4)
Key comic in titleFirestorm the Nuclear Man (#1-4)
Key comic in titleFlash (#208, #259-264, #268-299, #301)
Freedom Fighters (#13-15)
Ghosts (#62-67, #71-104)
Key comic in titleGreen Lantern (#101-107, #111-144)
Key comic in titleHouse of Mystery (#263-296)
House of Secrets (#151-153)
Key comic in titleJonah Hex (#10-15)
Justice League of America (#161-194)
Kamandi the Last Boy on Earth (#56-58)
Karate Kid (#13-15)
Krypton Chronicles (#1)
Legion of Super-Heroes (#259-279)
Men of War (#11-26)
Mister Miracle (#23-25)
Mystery in Space (#111-117)
New Adventures of Superboy (#1-21)
New Gods (#17-19)
Key comic in titleNew Teen Titans (#1-11)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (#13-15)
Secrets of Haunted House (#11-13, #17-40)
Secrets of the Legion of Super-Heroes (#1-3)
Sgt. Rock (#323-356)
Shade the Changing Man (#6-8)
Shazam! (#34-35)
Showcase (#97, #101-103)
Star Hunters (#3-6)
Steel the Indestructible Man (#1-4)
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (#246-258)
Super Friends (#10-13, #15-47)
Superman (#321-326, #330-363)
Key comic in titleSuperman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (#139)
Tales of the Green Lantern Corps (#1-3)
Unexpected (#183-186, #200-214)
Unknown Soldier (#222-255)
Untold Legend of the Batman (#1-3)
Weird War Tales (#70-103)
Weird Western Tales (#45-47, #50-70)
Witching Hour (#77-83)
Wonder Woman (#240-246, #250-283)

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Key comic in titleAmazing Adult Fantasy (#7-14)
Key comic in titleAmazing Adventures (#5-6)
Key comic in titleAmazing Adventures Volume 2 (#3-22, #26-39)
Key comic in titleAmazing Fantasy (#15)
Key comic in titleAmazing Spider-Man (#1-17, #28-41, #44-54, #71-120, #215-223, Annual #2)
Key comic in title2001: A Space Odyssey (#1-10)
Key comic in titleAstonishing Tales (#2-7, #9-22, #25-36)
Key comic in titleAvengers (#1-8, #19-32, #35-45, #63-120, #153-182, #184-199, #201-203, #206-214)
Battlestar Galactica (#2, #9, #19)
Black Goliath (#1-5)
Key comic in titleBlack Panther (#1, #7-15)
Key comic in titleCaptain America (#159-171, #176-253, #256-264)
Key comic in titleCaptain Marvel (#12-21, #25-30, #34-48, #53-62)
Chamber of Chills (#19-20, #22, #25)
Key comic in titleChamber of Darkness (#6-8)
Key comic in titleChampions (#1-12)
Key comic in titleConan the Barbarian (#11-35, #41-53, #57-81, #121-129)
Creatures on the Loose (#31-37)
Crypt of Shadows (#21)
Key comic in titleDaredevil (#1-3, #9-20, #23-33, #51-108, #112-149, #151-160, #163-168, #170-177)
Dazzler (#2-10)
Dead of Night (#10)
Key comic in titleDefenders (#4-7, #9, #11-12, #15-54, #71-91, #94-102)
Doctor Strange (#4-21, #25-34, #46-50)
Key comic in titleEpic Illustrated (#2-9)
Eternals (#1-18)
Key comic in titleFantastic Four (#1-31, #42-55, #58-68, #85-143, #149-175, #177-189, #212, #229-237, Annual #3)
Key comic in titleFantasy Masterpieces (#1-2)
Fear (#23-31)
Frankenstein (#12-18)
Key comic in titleThe Ghost Rider (#1-6)
Key comic in titleGhost Rider (#1-4, #7, #9-19, #22, #36, #39-49, #51-52, #55-63)
Key comic in titleGunsmoke Western (#58-59, #66-77)
Key comic in titleHoward the Duck (#1-26)
Human Fly (#1-19)
Human Torch (#8)
Key comic in titleIncredible Hulk (#1-6, #114-152, #161-166, #258-266)
Key comic in titleInhumans (#1-9)
Invaders (#3-40)
Iron Fist (#3-7)
Key comic in titleIron Man (#12-42, #47-66, #69, #71-111, #122-142, #145, #147-153)
John Carter Warlord of Mars (#24-28)
Key comic in titleJourney into Mystery (#58-60, #62-109, #119-125, Annual #1)
Journey into Mystery Volume 2 (#8-9, #12-18)
Jungle Action (#11-23)
Ka-Zar Lord of the Hidden Jungle (#5-18)
Ka-Zar the Savage (#1-9)
Key comic in titleKid Colt Outlaw (#91, #95-119, #124-129, #133-137)
Kull the Conqueror (#7-10)
Kull the Destroyer (#11, #18)
Key comic in titleLogan’s Run (#1-7)
Machine Man (#10-18)
Man-Thing (#8-22)
Man-Thing Volume 2 (#1, #6)
Key comic in titleMarvel Chillers (#1-5)
Marvel Classics Comics (#5, #7, #9-36)
Marvel Double Feature (#10)
Marvel Feature (#2-7)
Key comic in titleMarvel Premiere (#22, #24, #26-34, #37-57, #59-61)
Key comic in titleMarvel Presents (#1-9)
Marvel’s Greatest Comics (#68, #93)
Key comic in titleMarvel Spotlight (#8-13, #17, #26-31)
Key comic in titleMarvel Spotlight Volume 2 (#1-7, #9-10)
Marvel Super Action (#30-36)
Marvel Super Heroes (#72, #80, #104)
Key comic in titleMarvel Tales (#104, #126-134, Annual #2)
Key comic in titleMarvel Team-Up (#24-37, #39-80, #82-99, #101, #111-112)
Marvel Triple Action (#28, #30, #32, #43-47)
Marvel Two-in-One (#11-71, #74-82)
Master of Kung Fu (#36-96, #99-107)
Micronauts (#28-36)
Key comic in titleMonsters on the Prowl (#9-12, #15-16)
Moon Knight (#1-3, #6-14)
Key comic in titleMs. Marvel (#1-23)
Key comic in titleMy Girl Pearl (#7)
Night Rider (#5)
Not Brand Echh (#1)
Key comic in titleNova (#1-16, #20-24)
Omega the Unknown (#1-6)
Patsy and Hedy (#70-71)
Key comic in titlePatsy Walker (#89)
Key comic in titlePower Man and Iron Fist (#20-57, #65-66, #68-76)
Key comic in titleRawhide Kid (#17, #24-42, #48-54, #56-60, #151)
Key comic in titleRed Sonja (#1, #7-14)
Key comic in titleROM (#1-3, #17-22, #24-25)
Savage She-Hulk (#9-10, #15-23)
Key comic in titleSgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (#1-10, #21-34, #37-47, #107-117, #128, #132, #152, #163-166, Annual #1)
Shogun Warriors (#4-20)
Key comic in titleSilver Surfer (#11-18)
Skull the Slayer (#2-8)
Key comic in titleSon of Satan (#1-4)
Key comic in titleSpectacular Spider-Man (#1, #53-61)
Spider-Woman (#5-34, #37-38, #40-41)
Star Trek (#13-14, #16-17)
Key comic in titleStar Wars (#2-5)
Key comic in titleStrange Tales (#75-77, #79-125, #136-150, #152-162, #175-187)
Key comic in titleSub-Mariner (#12-69)
Supernatural Thrillers (#13, #15)
Super-Villain Team-Up (#3-9)
Key comic in titleTales of Suspense (#10, #13-58, #69-83, #85-95)
Key comic in titleTales to Astonish (#10, #14-61, #71-84, #87-97)
Tales to Astonish Volume 2 (#4-14)
Tarzan (#24-29)
Key comic in titleThor (#126-132, #135-146, #163-221, #226-282, #285-299, #301-303, #306-314)
Tomb of Darkness (#10-20, #23)
Key comic in titleTomb of Dracula (#7-18, #23-28, #55-62)
Key comic in titleTwo-Gun Kid (#54-55, #60-72, #77-90)
Uncanny X-Men (#144-152)
Vault of Evil (#23)
Key comic in titleWarlock (#4-5, #9-15)
Weird Wonder Tales (#5-11)
Key comic in titleWerewolf By Night (#6-14, #20-39, #41)
Key comic in titleWhere Monsters Dwell (#3-23, #25-27, #30, #32-37)
Worlds Unknown (#8)
Wyatt Earp (#29)
Key comic in titleX-Men (#1-7, #13-24, #27-37, #55-66, #73-86, #89-93, #96-101, #108-120, #123-136, #138-141)

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