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Oddball Newsstand Editions of Interest or Rarity Options
Thundercron
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:53:41 AM

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So I keep thinking about the Cap head in place of the Code Seal. Again, to me, it doesn't seem like a case of the Code dressing "falling off". If that were the case, it would be a blank space. Cap was placed there deliberately. Then I had an idea--maybe the purpose of this is a little more subtle. Let me illustrate it this way:

Comics Code = Censorship

Captain America = America/Liberty/Constitution/Freedom of Speech

Maybe Marvel was trying to send a sort of protest message? Perhaps over something recently being rejected by the Code (such as in that Daredevil issue).
outcast
Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 9:59:36 PM
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@ Thundercron:

Your latest got me wondering which issue was published first, Daredevil 231 or Power Pack 23.

I checked Mike's Amazing World website, and by his dates, the Daredevil preceded the Power Pack by one week. On that basis, your theory holds way more water than mine does. Bravo to you! Applause

If I read the fine print at MAW correctly, Mike uses ship dates announced at solicitation, rather than actual in-store arrival dates, so MAW doesn't prove that both issues shipped on time. I'll try to check for that by another method tomorrow.
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 7:25:32 PM
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Since I have both DD 231 and PP 23, I decided to check their top-edge color codes, to see if the codes are consistent with the dates given by Mike's Amazing World.

The color code on DD 231 is black, and the code on PP 23 is blue. Since the weekly sequence of colors followed alphabetic order (before repeating), the sequence of DD 231 black, then PP 23 blue is consistent with the MAW dates putting DD 231 one week prior to PP 23.
andyborehol
Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:00:41 PM

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In 2001 there was a 2-issue limited series called "Hulk Smash" and for some reason the title on the cover was changed to "Marvel Universe" for the Newsstand edition.

Direct Covers:


Newsstand Covers:


As far as I know, the interior is identical...the indicia of the Newsstand version still lists the title as "Hulk Smash." Any thoughts on why Marvel would do this?

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outcast
Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013 4:26:43 PM
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Perhaps there is a connection to a ten-issue run of Daredevil (16–25), also in 2001, in which newsstand versions bore the title Marvel Universe (featuring Daredevil). Indicia between the two versions were identical. Beats me what Marvel was trying to accomplish—pumping new life into a dying distribution system? Maybe, but it's just speculation on my part.

Here are some cover comparisons. For brevity, I show only the first of the ten issues:

Thundercron
Posted: Monday, April 07, 2014 11:47:16 AM

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Came across this as I was putting an order together. Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal #2. Here's the direct:



Here's the newsstand that I sold:



I've seen other examples where Dark Horse has placed the title of the book plus the CCA seal in the UPC box on their newsstand editions. Not sure if CCL would qualify this as a variant, though.
Thundercron
Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 2:25:01 AM

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Went to a comic shop over the weekend I don't usually frequent. It's one of the most disorganized shops jam packed full of stuff. One of those shops that constantly has boxes of crap covering the back issue bins. If you have the time and patience, you can usually find good stuff. I only stop by whenever a newer comic is sold out at all the other shops locally. This place will usually still have a copy.

ANYWAY. While there I picked up a small stack of Ghost Rider (1990) newsstand editions for cover price. Got issues 66, 72, and 74-79. Three of them had different cover prices as opposed to their direct counterparts:







Since there were currently zero newsstand price variants listed in the database (I had to add these three), I gotta figure these are all pretty hard to find. Of course, Mile High lists these in the thirty to forty dollar range, but I'll be a bit more realistic.

As an added bonus, I also got another copy of #78 that is a subscription copy from Marvel, still polybagged in it's mailer (it's a direct edition, by the way).
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Posted: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:05:13 PM
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Thanks, Thundercron, for showing us your finds.

I've got a Star Wars comic with the Comics Code Authority seal down near the barcode, just like the Aliens/Predator cover that you showed. That must have been Dark Horse's standard layout for a time.

I enjoyed seeing the Ghost Rider newsstand covers, even though my GR collection is really sparse. The varying cover prices that you pointed out make me think it would be good to pin down Marvel's first newsstand comic that had a different price from the corresponding direct-sales comic. I'd be surprised if it happened much earlier than the 1990 comics you've shown us.
Thundercron
Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:48:11 AM

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Tried another experiment with the Ghost Rider newsstands. Tried to sell them as a lot on ebay, highlighting the newsstand aspect of them. Started the bidding out at ten or twelve dollars or so. They didn't sell, with only eight page views during the seven day auction.

Another indicator that the market for these, while valid, is very small.
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Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:16:26 PM
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It's been years since I bought, or even bid on, anything from eBay. But if buyers there are turning up their noses at nice newsstand comics, perhaps I should go back. It sounds like a newsstand buyer would have little competition.
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