Mile High Comics' newsstand listings also contain apparent errors for a set of Marvel comics published during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
During this period, Marvel published a number of comics with unusual characteristics. There is a lot that I hope yet to learn about these comics, but one conclusion that I have already reached is that these comics were not consistently published in distinguishable newsstand and direct-sales versions.
Most striking among the unusual characteristics of these Marvels is that the UPC barcodes appear to be newsstand barcodes, but that the CCC emblem (one large C surrounding two smaller C's, indicating Curtis Circulation Company distribution) does not appear. These Marvels mostly have the digits 24885 in the leftmost block of the UPC barcode. Most importantly, they are often difficult (impossible?) to find as back issues in distinguishable direct-sales versions. Examples include issues of Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme, The 'Nam, Power Pack, Akira, Foolkiller, Marc Spector Moon Knight, and some others. In spite of the fact that some issues appear not to have distinguishable direct-sales versions, Mile High is offering for sale (at premium prices) newsstand versions of such issues, as if such versions were not the most commonly available versions.
Let me get specific with Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme. This is a series that I bought as it was being published, at local direct-sales comics shops as new issues. In other words, every issue in my collection is a direct-sales copy. In spite of this, the following issues in my collection (published, remember, at a time before direct-sales comics had UPC barcodes) have UPC barcodes with newsstand characteristics (i.e., the rightmost block of numbers is two digits, not five digits): 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34. Furthermore, though I have looked on several sites (including milehighcomics.com) with cover scans, I have never found a cover scan of any of these issues having traditional direct-sales markings. I don't think they exist.
Regardless, Mile High is selling, at premium prices, "newsstand" versions of these issues that may not exist in any other version.
Newsstand collectors shopping at Mile High can save substantial money on some 1988-92 Marvels (those without the CCC emblem on apparent newsstand copies) by ignoring Mile High's newsstand listings, and instead ordering the unspecified versions, except for issues that can be verified, by a cover scan on a website, to have a distinguishable direct-sales version.