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Beyond Bizarre

A categorical listing of Beyond Bizarre curated by Key Collector Comics.

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  • 1st appearance of Armless Tiger Man, a man who lost his arms during a machine accident and eventually became a cannibal
Low $160
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Mid $615
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High $1.4k
  • 8-page promotional comic meant to instruct Americans on how to survive a nuclear attack
  • Issued by the Ohio Office of Civil Defense
  • Topics include: identifying an impending attack, understanding different air raid sirens, how to react to the bright flash of a detonation, how to decontaminate from radioactive debris and more
  • Back cover displays death toll projections if a nuclear event occurs
Low $175
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Mid $450
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High $1.1k
  • Classic story 'The Rainbow Batman'
Low $10
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Mid $30
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High $100
  • In 1967, Marvel began rewarding readers who performed a 'meritorious service to the cause of Marveldom' with an empty envelope that contained a 'No-Prize'
  • Readers qualified to receive a 'No-Prize' by pointing out a continuity error, providing an explanation for an error, sharing a creative idea or winning a contest
  • The 'No-Prize' award evolved from a reply to a reader in the letters column of Fantastic Four #22 which caused an influx of letters pointing out any little error and also confusion over not receiving a physical prize from Marvel which led to the distribution of the empty envelopes
  • Although it was Stan Lee who coined the phrase and the idea, later editors continued the tradition into the late 80s
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Mid $80
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High $200
  • 2nd appearance of KISS in comics (ink is mixed with band members' blood)
Low $12.5k
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Mid $12.5k
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High $12.5k
  • 40-page printer's proof of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984)
  • A printer's proof is a sample that is printed to examine the correctness of the issue before printing the entire run
  • This one-of-a-kind, historical proof was found in a small print shop in Biddeford, Maine a few years after the publication of issue #1, after the Turtles had already exploded in popularity
  • The men who found it traded it to Downeast Comics which operated between the years of 1986 - 1994, in Brunswick, Maine
  • The owner paid for the proof with store stock and held onto it before auctioning it on Comic Link in 2020 for $12,472 with 77 bids
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  • In the story, 'The Main Event' the Incredible Hulk challenges Hulk Hogan for the use of the name Hulk in what appears to be an unfriendly commentary from Marvel (courtesy of Peter David) aimed at Hogan
  • After handling Hogan, the Hulk says, “Any other of you clowns want to swipe a name you don’t deserve just to get ahead?”
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  • After every inch of the Punisher's face is horribly disfigured by Jigsaw, he undergoes a skin graft and wakes up five days later as a black man
  • In issue #62, while engaged in a fight, the Punisher's doctor notices that his 'treatment' is wearing off, revealing a fully restored, unscarred face. The name of the story is 'Fade To...White'
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  • 1st thermal-reactive ink used on a comic book cover
  • *Image encouraged readers to 'Rub The Blood!' to reveal red ink hidden on the cover
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Mid $60
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High $175
  • In accordance with the writer Mark Gruenwald's wishes, his cremated ashes were mixed with the ink in the first printing edition of this trade paperback
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  • Series centers on alternate outcomes of known Star Wars stories along the lines of Marvel's 'What If...?' and DC's 'Elseworlds'
  • Appearance of Darth Vader in a white version of his suit to symbolize his redemption from the dark side
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  • Battle of Wolverine and The Punisher in a story called 'Vertical Challenge' by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, creators of The Boys
  • Two-issue arc with sequences of gratuitous violence where Wolverine takes a shotgun blast to the face that exposes the entirety of his adamantium skull
Low $4
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Mid $12
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High $45
  • 1st appearance of Ben Skywalker, Luke's son
  • Cameo appearance of Indiana Jones who stumbles across the wreckage of the Millennium Falcon when it crashed to Earth years ago
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  • Ethan Edwards becomes Virtue
  • The Absorbing Man is tricked into becoming cocaine. He is then hit with high-powered fans and blown into powder that is packaged up for a major drug haul
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High $50
  • Mature-themed pulp comic with panels of explicit violence
  • The story features an NWA-type group called Gangsta Rap Posse and follows their exploits in depravity in a morally corrupt world
Low $60
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Mid $130
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High $600
  • Independently published one-shot by Michael Fiffe (Copra) limited to 300 copies
  • Based upon characters featured in John Ostrander's version of The Suicide Squad (1987)
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Mid $9
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High $35
  • Variant cover art by Jennifer Parks
Low $50
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Mid $150
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High $650
  • Variant wraparound cover art by David Angelo Roman, limited to 25 numbered copies (Roman Numerals)
  • Each individual cover was painted on real goat-skin
  • 'Babyteeth' written in Assyrian Aramaic at the bottom
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  • Reported by Graeme McMillan from The Hollywood Reporter: retailer preview that includes an essay by Mark Waid overlaying a Captain America page that is critical toward American politics
  • *Marvel has elected to remove political commentary from #1000 but the decision was made after the retailer preview was shipped
  • *it is not clear if any of these made it to the market