Amazing Spider-Man #361

Newsstand ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 1992

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Key Facts

Newsstand edition, indicated by the barcode

1st full appearance of Carnage

Carnage will make his feature film debut in the upcoming Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage

Newsstand copies of this issue are abundant yet they continue to sell for a significant premium

Demand is incredibly strong for Carnage’s 1st appearance and manages to outstrip the massive supply of this 90s icon

To date, non-keys have not seen a difference in price between Direct Market and Newsstand editions

Newsstands are a fast growing trend and are extremely rare especially from 2012-2014 when distribution was winding down and limited to just Barnes & Noble and Books A Million

CGC does not currently break out Newsstand editions making it difficult to accurately pin down numbers

Unlike direct market (comic shop) orders, Newsstand sales were returnable and unsold copies were destroyed

Current data places Newsstand print runs at approximately 30% for the Copper age (and as low as 1% in 2014)

Additionally, Newsstand editions are notoriously difficult to find in high grade. Distribution, display and browsing habits are very different from direct market systems meaning oftentimes, issues are carelessly handled

Experts have tracked a ratio of 1 in 4 for CGC 9.8 Newsstand editions vs direct market for Amazing Spider-Man #361 meaning it is seeing gains despite being one of the easiest Newsstand books to find in high grade (others like Amazing Spider-Man #298 are closer to 1 in 100)

Many sellers are still unaware of the difference between direct and Newsstand editions and newly discovered Newsstand copies can still be found at direct market prices

Issue Details




April 1992


CARNAGE, PART 1 - SAVAGE GENESIS Carnage is unleashed in his First Appearance! The spawn of Venom is the result of the criminally insane inmate Cletus Kasady bonding with a symbiote resulting in deadly creature of violence and insanity. Witness Spider-Man’s first battle against Carnage, ending in bloodshed! The psychotic and brutal legacy of Carnage starts here and only Spider-Man and Venom can stop him.

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