Top 50 Variants

Presented below are the Top 50 Variants of the 2018 Price Guide for 1980’s Marvel & DC Newsstand Canadian Cover Price Variants (Type 1A)

2018 Price Guide: Top 50 Variants

Collaborators (alphabetically):

Bill Alexander — Overstreet Advisor, U.S.-published comic book cover price variant specialist and historian. (Contact by email)
Paul Clairmont — Overstreet Advisor and proprietor of pnjcomics.com
Jon McClure — Senior Overstreet Advisor, comic book historian, discoverer of Marvel 30 and 35 cent variants, and proprietor of jonmcclurescomics.com
Benjamin Nobel — Project organizer; author of the Rare Comics blog
Doug Sulipa — Senior Overstreet Advisor since guide #2 in 1972, and proprietor of dougcomicworld.com
Angelo Virone — Cover price variant collector and historian. (Contact by email)

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Top 50 List
Issue Direct Edition Value Canadian
Variant
Cover Price
Canadian Variant Value CGC-Confirmed
Market-
place
Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
#1.  Amazing Spider-Man #238 $173 $185 $150 $0.75 $240 $161 $129 $90 $60 $30
 Marvel, 3/1983 1st Appearance of Hobgoblin; Came with Tattooz
Paul notes: 75¢ variants of this issue did indeed come with Tattooz included; book is considered incomplete at CGC (green qualified label) if absent.
Ben notes: My note can be found in this separate blog post »
Jon notes: This book is NOT incomplete without Tattooz. It was printed in a standard, old fashioned way, independent of the Tattooz inserted later just like Mark Jewelers ads from the 1970s were inserted. Should we call Incredible Hulk #181 without a Mark Jewelers insert incomplete? I believe this problem originates from the fact that the comic’s cover mentions Tattooz, as does the cover to Fantastic Four #252. Ideally, the Tattooz ARE absent due to the slow degradation of the contents that will eventually effect paper quality inside. Overstreet listings are confused, forced to respond to CGC’s nonsense. Once upon a time, I called Bob Overstreet and told him that the FF #252’s Tattooz were being used as Spidey #238’s Tattooz and that the cure was to list them as same value, which he agreed with and subsequently did so. Collectors aren’t sure what to believe and that’s how the CGC myth is perpetuated. At some point, although my original note remains in the guide about the switching of Tattooz between books, this was changed back to the original mistaken listing (including the explicit mistaken statement that NO Type 1a Canadian variants exist) with two values, with and without Tattooz. The FF #252s are listed in Overstreet #47(2017) at $8 with Tattooz and $6 without in NM-, and ASM #238 is listed at $150 with and $80 without in NM-, a discrepancy that highlights this dilemma, with Tattooz worth between $2 and $70 for the same item. As no copies of FF #252 Type 1A have ever been confirmed to have Tattooz, all copies submitted would automatically be delineated as CGC green label incomplete unless Tattooz were inserted, thereby CREATING a variant which is not valid, as home made variants do not a variant make. ALL CGC would have to do is say “no Tattooz” on the label and have a blue label, leaving it to the collector to decide on the relative importance of its inclusion. There is little if any difference between doubling down on the term “Canadian Edition” for Type 1As and insisting books without inserts are incomplete. The situation is ridiculous; it is a conceptual failure. Any real NM- or better copy will and should be taken seriously with or without the insert. Tattooz were inserted in Amazing Spider-Man #238 and Fantastic Four #252 and advertised on the covers; Captain America #279(3/83) and Star Wars #69(3/83) were given Tattooz without advertising on the covers. Because neither of the latter books are considered incomplete without the inserts and would receive CGC blue labels, it stands to reason that ASM #238 and FF #252 are not incomplete without Tattooz either, as the books are complete, having been printed in a standard way, independent of the Tattooz that were then inserted. The only difference is the ads on the covers, and those are irrelevant as they are part of the printing process of the book itself.
#2.  Batman #357 $150 $135 $135 $0.75 $220 $147 $118 $83 $55 $28
 DC, 3/1983 1st Appearance of Jason Todd; Killer Croc appearance (brief); Cont. in Detective Comics 524
Ben notes: A 2% type 1A variant survivorship assumption against the 97,741 total circulation statement number would imply under 2,000 surviving variant copies; of those, the vast majority of survivors likely are in the 2.0 to 8.0 condition range. Near-Mint-range survivors are therefore quite scarce indeed, reflected in the very low CGC census count of variants. An NM- variant sold for $225 in 2016; an NM+ variant sold for $319 in 2017
Bill notes: A CGC 9.8 NM/MT variant copy sold for $850 in 2016
Doug notes: Low Print = 97,741 Copies in Pub. Circ. Stmt; FIRST appearance of JASON TODD (Later becomes the RED HOOD); FIRST brief appearance of Waylon Jones aka KILLER CROC; (See Detective #523 for First cameo appearance; See Detective #524 for First FULL appearance);
#3.  Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 $89 $90 $140 $0.95 $210 $141 $113 $79 $53 $26
 DC, 6/1985 1st Appearance of John Constantine
Doug notes: First FULL appearance of JOHN CONSTANTINE aka HELLBLAZER; ALAN MOORE Story;
#4.  G.I. Joe, a Real American Hero #21 $96 $82 $85 $0.75 $188 $126 $101 $71 $47 $24
 Marvel, 3/1984 1st Appearance of Storm Shadow; Silent issue
#5.  Amazing Spider-Man #252 $118 $112 $90 $0.75 $186 $125 $100 $70 $47 $23
 Marvel, 5/1984 1st Appearance of the black costume; Amazing Fantasy 15 cover homage
#6.  Transformers #1 $57 $65 $125 $1.00 $185 $124 $99 $69 $47 $23
 Marvel, 9/1984 1st Appearance of Transformers
Doug notes: ORIGIN and FIRST appearance in Comics of the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS; The FIRST BATTLE between the Autobots & the Decepticons; The FIRST Appearance in Comics of; MEGATRON, Ravage, OPTIMUS PRIME
#7.  Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8 $109 $95 $70 $1.00 $145 $97 $78 $54 $36 $18
 Marvel, 12/1984 Origin of the alien symbiote that eventually becomes Venom.
Angelo notes: A 9.8 variant sold for $560 in 2017.
Ben notes: Classic cover contender; $1.00 cover price variant census rarity = 52 of 9,688 graded copies = 0.05%
#8.  X-Factor #6 $66 $80 $95 $0.95 $140 $94 $75 $53 $35 $18
 Marvel, 7/1986 1st Appearance of Apocalypse
Ben notes: A VF/NM variant sold for $139 in 2016; an NM variant sold for $145 in 2016
#9.  Batman #386 $125 $145 $65 $0.95 $125 $84 $67 $47 $31 $16
 DC, 8/1985 1st Appearance of Black Mask
Doug notes: Low Print = 75,303 Copies in Pub. Circ. Stmt; FIRST appearance of ROMAN SIONIS aka the BLACK MASK cover & story = Part-1 of 3-Parts;
#10.  Star Wars #68 $108 $87 $65 $0.75 $122 $82 $65 $46 $31 $15
 Marvel, 2/1983 1st Appearance of Fenn Shysa
Angelo notes: A 9.8 variant sold for $592 in 2017.
Doug notes: ORIGIN and Re-Introduction of BOBA FETT classic cover & Story;
#11.  Tales of the Teen Titans #44 $73 $96 $80 $0.95 $120 $80 $64 $45 $30 $15
 DC, 7/1984 1st Appearances of Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and Jericho; Origins of Deathstroke and Jericho
#12.  Booster Gold #1 $46 $40 $30 $0.95 $116 $78 $62 $44 $29 $15
 DC, 2/1986 1st Appearance of Booster Gold (Michael Carter); Versus Blackguard
Angelo notes: A 9.6 variant sold for $250 in 2017; a 9.8 variant sold for $500 in 2017.
#13.  Suicide Squad #1 $79 $76 $75 $1.00 $115 $77 $62 $43 $29 $14
 DC, 5/1987 Angelo notes: A 9.2 variant sold for $176 in 2017.
Doug notes: New Modern Copper Age SUICIDE SQUAD Team s First series begins = Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang, DEADSHOT, Enchantress, Mindboggler, Nightshade, Plastique & Rick Flag; Amanda Waller Begins;
#14.  Marvel Team-Up #141 $39 $44 $55 $0.75 $112 $75 $60 $42 $28 $14
 Marvel, 5/1984 Ties with Amazing Spider-Man 252 for first appearance of the black costume
#15.  Punisher #1 $37 $27 $70 $1.50 $110 $74 $59 $41 $28 $14
 Marvel, 1/1986 Double-size
Doug notes: Double Size Giant; ORIGIN of Frank Castle the PUNISHER; JIGSAW becomes Punisher’s ARCH-ENEMY; FIRST appearances of; The Trust, Don Cervello, Gregario, Charlie Siciliano, Tony Massera & Aleric; PUNISHER is #27 on IGN’s 2014 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All-Time List; Classic Mike ZECK & and Phil Zemelman Painted Cover; Mike Zeck & John Beatty art;
#16.  Wolverine Limited Series #2 $53 $60 $60 $0.75 $100 $67 $54 $38 $25 $13
 Marvel, 10/1982 1st Appearance of Yukio
Doug notes: FIRST Canadian Price Variant in Title; Mariko Yashida, Yukio, Lord Shingen, The Hand, Katsuyori & Noburu-Hideki appear;
#17.  Rocket Raccoon #1 $58 $50 $65 $1.00 $98 $66 $53 $37 $25 $12
 Marvel, 5/1985
#18.  Wolverine Limited Series #3 $45 $44 $60 $0.75 $95 $64 $51 $36 $24 $12
 Marvel, 11/1982 Doug notes: YUKIO kills Asano Kimura; Third appearance of Lord Shingen Yashida and YUKIO; MARIKO Yashida & The Hand appear; The TOUGHEST issue to find in HIGH GRADE due to the BLACK COLORS on the Cover;
#19.  Amazing Spider-Man #239 $40 $39 $60 $0.75 $92 $62 $49 $35 $23 $12
 Marvel, 4/1983 2nd Appearance of Hobgoblin
Ben notes: First Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin battle
#20.  Uncanny X-Men #201 $34 $32 $40 $0.75 $90 $60 $48 $34 $23 $11
 Marvel, 1/1986 1st Appearance of Cable as baby Nathan; Starjammers & Binary appearance; Storm becomes team leader
Ben notes: A CGC 8.5 variant sold for $119 in 2017
Doug notes: First appearance of Baby Nathan Summers who will grow up to become CABLE = Over FOUR YEARS (FIFTY MONTHS) Before His First full appearance in New MUTANTS #87;
#21.  Wolverine Limited Series #4 $49 $49 $60 $0.75 $80 $54 $43 $30 $20 $10
 Marvel, 12/1982 Death of Shingen Yashida
Doug notes: Mariko Yashida, Yukio, the Hand & X-MEN appear; Death of Lord Shingen Yashida & Noburu-Hideki; MARIKO Yashida and WOLVERINE get engaged;
#22.  Superman Annual #11 $22
$5
$50 $1.60 $80 $54 $43 $30 $20 $10
 DC, 9/1985 Doug notes: FIRST appearance of BLACK MERCY cover & story; BLACK MERCY has appeared in the SUPERGIRL TV Series; Classic ALAN MOORE Story; MOGOL cover & story; MONGUL is #41 on IGN’s Top-100 Comic Book Villain Of All Time List; Batman, Robin & Wonder Woman-c/s;
#23.  Thor #337 $60 $58 $45 $0.75 $80 $54 $43 $30 $20 $10
 Marvel, 11/1983 1st Appearance Beta Ray Bill; 1st Simonson Thor
Ben notes: Classic cover contender
Doug notes: FIRST appearance of BETA RAY BILL as he becomes new THOR, and the Series Begins; First appearance of LORELEI-c/s; Classic Walt Simonson-c/a begins; CBG’s 2012 Book Listed as the #2 Greatest Comic Cover of All-Time;
#24.  Brave and the Bold #200 $56 $47 $25 $2.00 $80 $54 $43 $30 $20 $10
 DC, 7/1983 1st Appearances of Geo-Force, Halo, Katana, Outsiders, and Brimstone; Giant-size; Final Issue
Doug notes: 68 Page GIANT; Scarcer LAST ISSUE; FIRST appearance of Tatsu Yamashiro aka KATANA; BATMAN and Golden Age BATMAN-c/s; 16 page Preview and FIRST appearance of BATMAN and the OUTSIDERS;
#25.  Saga of the Swamp Thing #20 $51 $57 $40 $0.95 $75 $50 $40 $28 $19 $9
 DC, 1/1984 Alan Moore scripts begin
Doug notes: First ALAN MOORE Story & CLASSIC Series Begins;
#26.  New Mutants #26 $34 $30 $40 $0.75 $75 $50 $40 $28 $19 $9
 Marvel, 4/1985 1st Appearance of Legion (David Charles Haller)
Ben notes: A CGC 7.5 variant sold for $69 in 2017
Doug notes: FIRST FULL appearance of David Charles Haller aka LEGION, the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller; Chris Claremont story; Bill Sienkiewicz painted cover & interior art; LEGION is affiliated with X-MEN and Muir Island X-Men; MULTIPLE MAN appears;
#27.  Detective Comics #523 $22
$9
$40 $0.75 $75 $50 $40 $28 $19 $9
 DC, 2/1983 1st Appearance of Killer Croc in cameo
Paul notes: In my opinion, a very undervalued key copper age book
Doug notes: FIRST cameo appearance of Waylon Jones aka KILLER CROC anywhere (preceded 1st cameo in Batman #357 from 3/1983 by ONE MONTH); Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje played KILLER CROC in the 8/2016 SUICIDE SQUAD Movie; BATMAN vs SOLOMON GRUNDY Battle cover and Story;
#28.  Batman #366 $44 $44 $40 $0.95 $70 $52 $42 $29 $20 $10
 DC, 12/1983 1st Appearance of Robin (Jason Todd)
Ben notes: A CGC 6.5 variant sold for $99 in 2017
Doug notes: Low Print = 97,741 Copies in Pub. Circ. Stmt; Batman vs JOKER Battle cover & story; First appearance of Jason Todd as ROBIN in Costume; Early appearance of HARVEY BULLOCK; Alfred’s daughter Julia Remarque begins as a continuing character; Classic Walt Simonson cover;
#29.  Amazing Spider-Man #265 $26 $28 $30 $0.75 $70 $52 $42 $29 $20 $10
 Marvel, 6/1985 1st Appearance of Silver Sable
Angelo notes: Undervalued in my opinion, and quite tough in high grade. A 9.8 variant sold in September 2017 for $600
Ben notes: A CGC 7.5 variant sold for $68 in 2016.
Doug notes: FIRST appearance of Silver Sablinova aka SILVER SABLE; Spider-Man vs the Black Fox cover & story; Sony Pictures is developing a BLACK CAT / SILVER SABLE Big Screen MOVIE
#30.  Saga of the Swamp Thing #25 $69 $72 $45 $0.95 $68 $51 $41 $29 $19 $10
 DC, 6/1984 1st Cameo Appearance of Constantine; Alan Moore story; Jason Blood appearance
Doug notes: ALAN MOORE Story; Etrigan the DEMON appears; FIRST Cameo appearance of JOHN CONSTANTINE aka HELLBLAZER = One panel Cameo, Appears ONE YEAR before the First FULL appearance in #37
#31.  Marvel Movie Showcase #1 $40 $33 $45 $1.50 $68 $51 $41 $29 $19 $10
 Marvel, 11/1982 Reprints Star Wars 1-3
#32.  Batman #404 $29 $29 $40 $1.00 $68 $51 $41 $29 $19 $10
 DC, 2/1987 Origin of Batman; Year One Part I
Doug notes: FRANK MILLER Scripts Begin; BATMAN Year One Part-1 of 4-Parts; First appearance of SEINA KYLE aka the Modern CATWOMAN; Camren Bicondova is playing Selina Kyle aka CATWOMAN in the GOTHAM Fox TV Series; First appearance of Carmine (the Roman) Falcone
#33.  Star Wars #81 $20 $20 $45 $0.75 $66 $50 $40 $28 $19 $9
 Marvel, 3/1984 First post-Return of the Jedi story
Doug notes: Classic BOBA FETT, Hans Solo, & Princess Leia PAINTED cover by Tom Palmer; BOBA FETT cover & story;
#34.  Jonah Hex #92 $35 $71 $40 $0.95 $66 $50 $40 $28 $19 $9
 DC, 8/1985 Final Issue
Doug notes: LAST ISSUE; Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title
#35.  Legends #3 $36 $41 $30 $1.00 $66 $50 $40 $28 $19 $9
 DC, 1/1987 1st Appearance of new Suicide Squad; Death of Blockbuster (Mark Desmond)
#36.  Unknown Soldier #268 $22 $27 $40 $0.75 $65 $49 $39 $27 $18 $9
 DC, 10/1982 Fall of Berlin
Angelo notes: One of the most infamous covers for price variants in the 1980’s
Doug notes: LAST ISSUE; ONLY Canadian Price Variant in Title
#37.  Batman #368 $38 $42 $35 $0.95 $65 $49 $39 $27 $18 $9
 DC, 2/1984 Versus Crazy-Quilt; Continued in Detective Comics #535
Doug notes: Low Print = 89,217 Copies in Pub. Circ. Stmt; First appearance of JASON TODD as he Officially becomes the NEW Second ROBIN cover & story; JASON TODD later becomes RED HOOD in Batman #635;
#38.  Saga of the Swamp Thing #21 $60 $41 $32 $0.95 $64 $48 $38 $27 $18 $9
 DC, 2/1984 Origin of Swamp Thing (new origin)
Doug notes: 2nd ALAN MOORE Script issue; First All-New ORIGIN of SWAMP THING by ALAN MOORE
#39.  Flash #324 $54 $44 $35 $0.75 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 DC, 8/1983 Death of Reverse-Flash; Versus Reverse-Flash; Kid Flash appearance (as Wally West)
Doug notes: Lower Print Run; Barry Allen the FLASH Kills Professor ZOOM the REVERSE FLASH cover & story; Under-Valued & Hot Bronze Age KEY issue;
#40.  Ghost Rider #81 $26 $29 $35 $0.75 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 Marvel, 6/1983 Zarathos leaves Johnny Blaze; Final issue
Doug notes: LAST ISSUE; Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title
#41.  Avengers #257 $27 $21 $35 $0.75 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 Marvel, 7/1985 1st Appearance of Nebula
Doug notes: First appearance of NEBULA; Karen Gillan playing NEBULA in the GUARDIANS of the GALAXY #1 Movie;
#42.  Batman #400 $22 $22 $35 $2.10 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 DC, 10/1986 Anniversary edition; Double-size
Doug notes: Low Print = 89,747 Copies in Pub. Circ. Stmt; 68 Page Giant ANNIVERSARY issue; 2 page intro by Stephen King; Bill Sienkiewicz-c/a; * ARTISTS Include, John Byrne, George Perez, Art Adams, Terry Austin, Joe Kubert, Brian Bolland; * PINUPS by Mike Grell, Michael W. Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson, Steve Rude
#43.  Batman #423 $16 $16 $30 $1.00 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 DC, 9/1988 Todd McFarlane cover
Ben notes: Classic cover contender.
Doug notes: LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title; Classic Todd McFARLANE Cover Art; Jim STARLIN story;
#44.  Thing #1 $10 $9 $30 $0.75 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 Marvel, 7/1983 Origin of Thing (Ben Grimm); Origin of the Fantastic Four
Ben notes: A CGC 8.5 variant sold for $49 in 2017
Doug notes: JOHN BYRNE cover art & story; ORIGIN and LIFE HISTORY of BEN GRIMM, from Yancy Street Gang Days, College Football Days, First Meeting with Reed Richards & the Rocket that Made him into the THING of the Fantastic Four
#45.  Batman #359 $29 $26 $25 $0.75 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 DC, 5/1983 Origin Killer Croc; Continued in Detective Comics #526
Bill notes: 1st Killer Croc cover with face revealed
Doug notes: Low Print = 97,741 Copies in Pub. Circ. Stmt; THIRD FULL appearance of KILLER CROC cover & story; FIRST Full KILLER CROC Cover (First time Face is Revealed on a Cover); Joker, Penguin, Scarecrow & Riddler appear on cover; FIRST comic book work by DAN JURGENS;
#46.  Batman #358 $58 $73
$10
$0.75 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 DC, 4/1983 1st Killer Croc cover (face hidden); Versus Killer Croc; Continued in Detective Comics #525
Doug notes: Low Print = 97,741 Copies in Pub. Circ. Stmt; TIED with DETECTIVE #525 for SECOND FULL appearance of Waylon Jones aka KILLER CROC (same Month as DETECTIVE #525 from 4/1983); Tied with Detective #525 for First KILLER CROC Cover (Face is Hidden);
#47.  Detective Comics #566 $35
$5
$6
$1.00 $60 $45 $36 $25 $17 $8
 DC, 9/1986 Doug notes: Classic Batman ROGUES GALLERY cover & story; Villains Profiled includes; Joker, Penguin, Two-Face, Ras al Ghul, Poison Ivy, Riddler, & Mad Hatter; Doug Moench story; GENE COLAN & Bob Smith art; Dick Giordano cover; Green Arrow & Black Canary backup story with Onyx & Barricade;
#48.  New Teen Titans Annual #2 $14
$10
$35 $1.25 $56 $42 $34 $24 $16 $8
 DC, 1983 1st Appearances of Lyla Michaels (Harbinger), Vigilante II (Adrian Chase)
Doug notes: First appearance of Adrian Chase aka the VIGILANTE in Costume cover & story; JOSH SEGGARA played Adrian Chase aka the VIGILANTE in CW Network TV’s the ARROW in Season-Five; FIRST appearance of Lyla Michaels aka HARBINGER; Audrey Marie Anderson plays Lyla Michaels in Multiple episodes of CW Network TV’s ARROW; Lyla Michaels is affiliated with New Guardians & the Black Lantern Corps; Lyla Michaels was a central character in the CRISIS and Millennium crossovers; FIRST appearance of Chesire, Scorcher, Slasher, Spear, Bazooka & Tanker; GEORGE PEREZ cover & art;
#49.  Web of Spider-Man #1 $25 $23 $28 $0.75 $56 $42 $34 $24 $16 $8
 Marvel, 4/1985 1st Appearance of the Vulturions
Angelo notes: Undervalued in my opinion.
Ben notes: Charles Vess Painted Cover; A CGC 8.0 variant sold for $99 in 2016
Doug notes: Fifth appearance of Spider-Man in BLACK Alien Costume cover & story; Classic CHARLES VESS Painted cover; First appearance of the Vulturions;
#50.  Transformers #8 $15 $16 $32 $1.00 $55 $41 $33 $23 $15 $8
 Marvel, 9/1985 Doug notes: First Full appearance of the DINOBOTS cover & story;
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