Newer Price Variants
Newsstand Price Variants from the 90’s and 2000’s do exist. These books are much rarer than their direct market counterparts. I was able to spend some time the past two weeks researching these books, and had to go over multiple pictures of both Direct and Newsstand to concur which ones are definite price variants. If one book had the $US correct and the Canadian different, I did not count this, and vice versa. However some of these books actually have both US/Canadian different in value than the direct market edition and these are most definitely price variants. I was not able to give you all the books that are available, as a this list would take a long time to complete, but I will share my outcomes on the books I did discover.
Hulk 441 (May 1996)
Here is my favorite on this list, and the reason it is, there is no disputing this book as a variant. The direct edition comic has a “Pulp fiction” homage and it has She Hulk with a circular price stating $1.95. The Newsstand has the same cover and a circular price stating $1.50 The newsstand is printed in lesser quantity but still plentiful online for pick up. The best part about it is the price of this book, you can pick up both books for $20 max and display them side by side.
Ghost Rider Volume 2- 70-73 (Feb-May 1996)
Here we have a tiny run of Ghost Rider Volume 2 that had some clear-cut Newsstand Price Variants. The direct edition copies of these books were priced $1.95 US / $2.75 Canadian. The Newsstand variants had the same cover, but had the following prices $1.50 US / $2.05 Canadian. In this case the Newsstand copies are much scarcer as Ghost Rider was not doing too well and the print run was decreasing with the later issues. When you’re dollar bin hunting, keep an eye out for these books you might get lucky and score one cheap.
Uncanny X-Men 337-345 (Oct ’96 – June ’97)
Here is a nice long stretch of Price Variants that like the Ghost Rider are much scarcer to locate (Especially in high-grade). The direct market books had the following price point $1.95 US / $2.75 Canadian. The newsstand variant had the following price point listed $1.99 US / $2.70 Canadian. It is weird that there would be a whole 4 cent different price listed for the US currency, and to have to print a whole slew of books with such a small value difference is a waste in my honest opinion. Let’s face it, even if they sold 5K copies at this price they would only made a profit of $200, so there is likely another reason for the price change.
Amazing Spiderman 529 (April 2006)
First Iron Spider is a somewhat key book, so this Amazing Spiderman Newsstand Price Variant is worth locating. Some newsstands have sold for decent amounts, but you might spot one for a lesser value. Some shops might be selling it similar to a direct edition counterpart not knowing how much rarer the newsstand copies are. The price point for this book for Direct edition is $2.50 US / $3.50 Canadian, and the much rarer newsstand is $2.99 US / $4.25 Canadian.
FYI – DC New 52 & Rebirth Newsstands are now likely a price variant. DC still prints newsstand copies and charging an additional $1.00 on each book sold. These newsstand copies are getting harder to locate, as most retailers that are carrying them are not stocking up on lots of these books. Keep an eye out for the key books as these will have legs in the future.
See you in two weeks, and always listening for suggestions on any topic you may want covered for future articles.
Until Next Time!