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Top Newsstand Sales

Over the past 10 Tuesdays we analyzed the 10 highest Star Wars sales of the week.  This week we're featuring the 10 highest Newsstand sales of the week and how they compare to Direct Edition comics. For comics published in the 70s, 80s and 90s, a substantial difference in value is ONLY seen in very high grade issues. Don't let anyone try to sell you a mid-grade Newsstand for higher than a mid-grade Direct. Newsstands (NEWSD) were sold in grocery stores, gas stations and bookstores, often alongside magazines and handled poorly. Direct Editions were (are) gently sold in comic shops.

Low $20
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Mid $80
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High $225
  • 1st appearance of Beta Ray Bill, a Korbinite alien worthy of picking up Mjolnir
  • [November 2017 - a sculpture of Beta Ray Bill's head adorns the Grandmaster's Tower in Thor Ragnarok adding credibility to the rumor he'll appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 or Thor Love & Thunder]
  • 1st appearance of Lorelai, the sister of Enchantress
Low $3
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Mid $9
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High $35
  • 1st appearance of Spawn
  • 1st appearance of Sam & Twitch
  • 1st appearance of Malebolgia
  • Pin-up of Pitt
  • Sellers typically attach a ratio to Spawn Newsstands such as 1:25 meaning there is 1 Newsstand copy for every 25 Direct copies, but there is no way to validate the accuracy of these numbers
  • [February 2021 - Todd McFarlane is launching the Spawn Universe in June beginning with a one-shot that will lead into 4 new titles: King Spawn, The Gunslinger, Scorched and more]
Low $20
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Mid $80
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High $250
  • 3rd appearance of Venom
  • 1st full cover appearance of Venom
Low $25
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Mid $90
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High $270
  • 1st cover and 2nd appearance of Rocket Raccoon, formerly Rocky Raccoon in Marvel Preview #7
  • 1st appearance of Judson Jakes
  • 1st appearance of Lylla, an otter and the love interest of Rocket
  • 1st appearance of Blackjack O'Hare
Low $20
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Mid $60
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High $250
  • 1st full appearanceĀ of Carnage, one of a race of extraterrestrial parasites known as the Symbiotes
  • Carnage is the offspring of Venom
  • [Carnage will make his on-screen debut in Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson]
Low $15
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Mid $50
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High $150
  • 1st appearance and origin of She-Hulk, the cousin of Bruce Banner
Low $15
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Mid $55
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High $185
  • 1st appearance of Spider-Man's black costume
  • Cover art inspired by Amazing Fantasy #15
  • The symbiote costume was designed by a Marvel fan from Illinois named Randy Schueller. Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter purchased the design idea from Randy for $220
Low $90
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Mid $300
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High $975
  • 1st full appearance of Venom
Low $90
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Mid $320
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High $650
  • 1st appearance of Deadpool, a subject of the Weapon X program
  • 1st appearance of Copycat, impersonating Domino
  • 1st appearance of Gideon, a member of The Externals