Magazine Speculation Part 1

I love buying and selling magazines. Magazines and oversized comics fall under a very low tier in comic book collecting – a lot of people don’t do it – which means magazine boxes at comic conventions and at stores have great potential for flip-ability.

In 1964 Marvel started its own fan club the Merry Marvel Marching Society and within a few years started producing membership kits – by 1969 Marvel owner, Martin Goodman decided the program was too expensive and licensed the program to an independent company. Not soon after, The Marvelmania magazine was born. These books are sought after but a lot of people don’t understand there true value. These are great books to be looking for.

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There is one copy I want to spotlight –  Marvelmania issue 2. Amazing Fantasy 15 features cover art penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Steve Ditko – but before this was conceived, Steve Ditko penciled and inked his own cover for Amazing Fantasy #15 that was rejected by Stan Lee. This cover was later used as a high ratio variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man #700. The first appearance of this cover is Marvelmania issue 2 – where the unused Steve Ditko art is published for the first time – and it appears on the back cover.

 

This book can be found for under $100 and online it can sell for up to $200! Aside from the first issue of Marvelmania, Marvelmania #2 has the most room for growth and you should be trying to hunt down all of the series

This article is an excerpt from the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” This article originally appeared in episode 2. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

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Week in Review: October 9

This week sees the release of a few books you should be looking for.

This week marvel has released a new secret variant cover. The last time they did this was with the unmasked Infinity War #2 variant. This Week for Marvel’s Venom #7 there is a chase variant cover with an unknown ratio. The chase cover features a Venom with his tongue sticking to the left. This book has been selling for $15 to $20.

 

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Chase Variant is on the Right

 

Another book that comes out this week that has been selling well is the cover B for Wonder Woman #56. This cover by Jenny Frison has been selling for two to three times cover on ebay.

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A book that comes out this week that has been seeing a lot of continued interest is the new DC Batman Horror Book, Cursed Comic Cavalcade #1. This 9.99 cover price book is going to be very sought after.

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It is also worth mentioning that news came out today that God Country is being developed for the big screen, with the screenplay to be written by series writer Donny Cates.

 

 

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More Cover B’s?!

A common theme this year has been the performance of Cover B variants. Last week’s Justice League #8 Jim Lee cover b has been steadily selling for $10 and even the Marvel cover B for Venom First Host #5 has been selling for $8 to $10.
This week is no exception – these are just two cover B variants that come out this week that you should be thinking about picking up.

This week sees the release of Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1. This book has a Riccardo Federici Variant Cover. This book has been selling for $12 to $18.

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Another book that comes out this week that has been seeing a lot of interest and has multiple sales above cover is the Francesco Mattina variant cover for Deathstroke #36.

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