5: CBSI Writer Wars Round 1 : QVC Shopping Network Signed Amazing Spider-Man 300 by Mark K

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In 1988 Marvel Comics released Amazing Spider-Man 300 and inside it was the first full length story featuring Venom, who would soon become an iconic Anti-Hero and fan favorite. Shortly after the book was released QVC The Home Shopping Network offered the book for sale on its channel with signatures by Todd McFarlane (artist), David Michelinie (writer), Jim Salicrup (editor) and Tom DeFalco (editor-in-chief).

Unlike the signed books of today where the signatures are on the cover it was common in those days of the hobby for members of the creative team to sign the book on the splash page and to use a regular ink pen. The QVC books are original in the fact that they have four signatures from people associated with the book from that era on the splash page in ink pen.

 

History Of Finding The Book

One of my friends actually found this book in the wild at our LCS back in 1990. The shop owner was asking a firm $50 for it, which back in those days was a lot of money for a modern book. Even though the book was only two years old at that time it was still considered a “Hot Book” and the value was slowly rising.

 

Unknown Copies Still In The Wild

This is one of those books that I honestly feel that you can still find in the wild and a lot of people might not actually know what they have. Being that it is uncommon these days for creators to sign books on the splash page anymore there’s probably a good chance that you can find these books for a decent price because some sellers might overlook the signatures since they aren’t on the cover and in marker.

 

Happy Hunting!!

8 comments

  • A few years ago I was looking for a higher grade copy of Jimmy Olsen #134. A local dealer happened to have one. While I was looking through it to make sure everything was there I noticed Jack Kirby’s signature on the splash page. The dealer was asking $125 which was the going price for a VF. I offered $100. We settled on $115. I don’t think the dealer even knew the signature was there. Some people only look at the front and back covers when grading. For the AMS #300 QVC I would think there are more than a few out in the wild where collectors and dealers have no idea what they have. Inspect those books folks! Ya never know what you may find!

    • I’ve accidentally lucked into interior autos by James O’Barr, Tim Vigil and a really cool Dave Sim Cerebus where he also added a little note to the mother of a girl he was dating at the time. Dave would end up writing about that girl a bit in the notes of a couple later Cerebus issues. I’m not surprised QVC had them auto the splash page but no COA or anything? Cool article, and good luck to all the collectors breaking open their ASM’s checking.

      • I’m re-reading old comments and just happened to see this—back then “COA”s weren’t a thing with comics. I don’t think those even started popping up until the late 90’s, early 2000’s? It was around the collector’s “boom” that almost destroyed comics….Once the market was flooded with speculators it didn’t take long for unscrupulous types to realize that faking a signature wasn’t all that difficult. Once word of “fakes” got out, then it didn’t take long for companies like Wizard, Dynamic Forces, etc to realize that including a COA that was verified by them with a signature was an actual service….and they could charge money for it.

  • Weren’t a lot of these signed backed by Dynamic Forces? I think My mom got me a signed copy of Batman #500 from QVC when I was much younger.

    Back in the day I do know all the old school guys, they most often signed the splash page which I actually kind of prefer to be honest.

  • I had no idea they did this thanks for the info!

  • Awesome info! Thanks for the write up!

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