Amazing Spider-Man, The
Published: Mar 1963
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- 1st reprint of 'The Amazing Spider-Man' #1 sold with a vinyl record narration of the story text
- Cover does not display price or issue number nor are there any advertising pages inside of the comic
- *value range with record = Low Grade: $170 / Mid: $480 / High: $1,900
- Contains a Mark Jeweler advertisement in the centerfold of the comic book
- *No high grade pricing is available, this is an estimate based on issues sold in medium and low grade
- Scarce printing error identified by the yellow discoloration to the right of the CCA stamp in the Marvel Comics Group banner
- It is rumored that once the printer noticed the error, it was quickly corrected early in the print run
- *at the time of submitting this issue to the database, there were 3 counted among 465 sold and unsold listings
- *values for the sold copy are in the same range of other sold copies likely due to the low awareness of the error
- *this error is not notated by grading companies at this time
- 1st full appearance of Carnage.
- Newsstand edition.
- One of a race of extraterrestrial parasites known as the Symbiotes, Carnage is an offspring of Venom.
- Plenty of supply of the direct edition makes prices on this one a surprise but Newsstand copies continue to sell for a significant premium.
- 9.8 Newsstand copies have climbed to an average of $700 while directs are stable at $550.
- Regardless of the edition, demand is incredibly strong and manages to outstrip the massive supply of this 90s icon. No easy feat and a sign that the book hasn't peaked
- The price separation seen here is being seen across the board for 9.8 graded Newsstand editions of bronze & copper age keys. For instance, in July of 2020 a 9.8 graded Newsstand edition of Amazing Spider-Man #300 sold for a record-breaking $4,500. To date non keys have not seen a difference in price between the editions.
- Beyond bronze and copper, Newsstands are one of 2020's hottest and fastest growing trends are extremely rare especially in all grades from 2012-2014 when distribution was winding down and was 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. Carnage has had several hosts including serial killer Cletus Kasady who is his original and most notable host.
- Carnage will make his feature film debut in the upcoming Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage.
- JC Penney second print variant available from Christmas catalogs issued in the early 90s
- Identified by the 30th Anniversary swinging Spider-Man in the UPC box
- Variant cover art by Mark Bagley
- Limited edition variant sold at Camelot Music stores
- Polybagged with a Saturday Morning Cartoon cassette tape
- Connecting cover with Spectacular Spider-Man #231, Sensational Spider-Man #1 and Spider-Man #65
- *higher value than the standard cover if the cassette is missing