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Marvel Comics Newsstand Editions (6/79 - 12/13)

Category:  Varieties
Last Modified:  9/6/2019
Set Description

- Marvel Comics began publishing their comics with a UPC barcode on the front cover in 6/76.
- Marvel started distributing ‘Direct Market Editions’ to comic shops in 6/79. These Direct Editions showed a slash over the UPC barcode, with the issue number and price in a diamond shape, instead of a box.
- Starting in 3/80, a 'Spider-Man' face was used in place of the UPC barcode for Direct Editions, along with an 'M'-shaped price box (M stood for 'Marvel'). Later, the 'Spider-Man' face was followed by other Marvel character or logo designs in place of the UPC barcode box.
- By the 1990’s, Direct Editions showed a UPC barcode box with the designation 'Direct Edition' specifically stated within the box, typically located on the front cover (but can be located on the back cover of some ‘wraparound’ covers).
- Since early 2014, Marvel has distributed Direct Editions only. Recently, these Direct Editions show a regular UPC barcode box without a designation inside.

Along with the Direct Edition distribution to comic shops which started in 6/79, Marvel simultaneously distributed ‘Newsstand Editions’ (with a regular UPC barcode box) to U.S. newsstands and other shops, for most of their titles. Marvel Comics Newsstand Editions continued to be released this way until 12/13.

This Marvel Comics set contains exclusively Newsstand Editions released between 6/79-12/13, which are harder to find in higher grades than their Direct Edition counterparts, due to the fact that Newsstand Editions have been predominantly handled by non-collectors.

Many Bronze Age and Copper Age key issues are included here, some signed by creators. Titles are listed in alphabetical order. 1st and 2nd appearances, 1st cover appearances, and key storylines are noted in the slot name.

All in this set are CGC 9.8 White Pages - over 450 unique issues (including 15 Signature Series), plus a single CGC 9.9 (duplicate copy of the key issue X-Men #137 - 'Death' of Phoenix). 42 different titles are represented.

Excluded from this set are Marvel Comics that have a UPC barcode, but no Direct Edition counterpart: those released between 6/76-5/79 (before Direct editions were produced), and those that have an ISBN number (such as some Marvel Graphic Novels and Prestige Format books with wraparound covers).

Set Goals
Would like to complete a number of runs I collected as a kid, including some of my favorite issues of all-time, some favorite artists, some limited series, and many key issues. I prefer the look of the Newsstand Edition versions with UPC barcode, over their Direct Edition counterparts.

Although most in this set are from the 1980’s, would like to add issues that were released up to 12/13, which is when Marvel Newsstand Editions stopped being produced.

Slot Name
Item Description
Grade
Owner Comments
Pics
1st Puck and Marrina Alpha Flight 1 9.8 1st appearance of Puck and Marrina. Origin of Alpha Flight. John Byrne story and art. John Byrne and Terry Austin cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Lady Deathstrike Alpha Flight 33 Modern 9.8 Yuriko Oyama becomes Lady Deathstrike. X-Men cover and appearance. Bill Mantlo story. Mike Mignola cover. Sal Buscema art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Human Fly cover Amazing Spider-Man 193 Modern 9.8 Human Fly cover and appearance. Marvel Wolfman story. Keith Pollard and Bob McLeod cover. Keith Pollard & Jim Mooney art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
2nd Black Cat and Origin Amazing Spider-Man 195 Universal 9.8 Origin and 2nd appearance of the Black Cat. Marv Wolfman story. Al Milgrom cover. Keith Pollard art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Debra Whitman. Faked death of Aunt May Amazing Spider-Man 196 Modern 9.8 Faked death of Aunt May. 1st appearance of Debra Whitman. Kingpin cameo on last page. Marv Wofman story. Keith Pollard cover. Al Milgrom, Jim Mooney and Frank Giacola art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Mysterio cover Amazing Spider-Man 198 Modern 9.8 Mysterio cover and appearance. Marv Wolfman story. Keith Pillars and Bob McLeod cover. Sal Buscema and Jim Mooney art. View Comic
Spider-Man's origin retold Amazing Spider-Man 200 9.8 Origin re-told. John Romita cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Punisher cover Amazing Spider-Man 201 Modern 9.8 Punisher cover and appearance. Marv Wolfman story. John Romita and Bob McLeod cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
3rd Dazzler Amazing Spider-Man 203 Modern 9.8 3rd appearance of Dazzler. Lightmaster appearance. Frank Miller cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Black Cat cover Amazing Spider-Man 205 Modern 9.8 Black Cat cover and appearance. David Michelinie story. Al Milgrom cover. Keith Pollard and Jim Mooney art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Lance Bannon and Fusion, the Twin Terror Amazing Spider-Man 208 Universal 9.8 1st appearance of Lance Bannon and Fusion, the Twin Terror (Hubert and Pinky Fusser). Denny O’Neil story. John Romita Jr. and Al Milgrom cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Calypso Amazing Spider-Man 209 Modern 9.8 1st appearance and origin of Calypso. Kraven cover and appearance. Spider-Woman appearance. Denny O’Neil story. Alan Weiss cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Madame Web Amazing Spider-Man 210 9.8 1st appearance of Madame Web. Denny O'Neil story, John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Hydro-Man Amazing Spider-Man 212 9.8 Origin aand 1st appearance of Hydro-Man (Morrie Bench). Denny O'Neil story, John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Sub Mariner and Frightful Four cover Amazing Spider-Man 214 9.8 Frightful Four (Wizard, Trapster, Sandman, Llyra) and Sub-Mariner appearance. Denny O'Neil story, John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Sub Mariner, Frightful Four cover Amazing Spider-Man 215 9.8 Sub-Mariner, Fantastic Four, Frightful Four (Wizard, Trapster, Sandman, Llyra) appearance. Denny O'Neil story, John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Mud-Thing (Sandman and Hydro-Man combine) Amazing Spider-Man 217 9.8 Sandman and Hydro-Man combine to become Mud-Thing. Denny O'Neil story, John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Mud-Thing cover Amazing Spider-Man 218 9.8 'Death' of Mud-Thing (Sandman/Hydro-Man). Denny O'Neil story, Frank Miller cover, John Romita Jr. art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Frank Miller cover Amazing Spider-Man 219 Modern 9.8 Grey Gargoyle and Matt Murdock appearance. Denny O'Neil story. Frank Miller cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st James Sanders as Speed Demon (formerly the Whizzer) Amazing Spider-Man 222 Modern 9.8 1st James Sanders as Speed Demon (formerly the Whizzer). Bill Mantlo story. Walt Simonson cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Foolkiller cover Amazing Spider-Man 225 Modern 9.8 Foolkiler cover and appearance. Roger Stern story. John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Black Cat cover Amazing Spider-Man 226 Modern 9.8 Black Cat cover and appearance. Roger Stern story. John Romita Jr. and Al Milgrom cover. John Romita Jr. and Jim Mooney art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Black Cat cover Amazing Spider-Man 227 Modern 9.8 Black Cat cover and appearance. Roger Stern story. John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Spider-Man cover Amazing Spider-Man 228 Modern 9.8 Michael Netzer and Joe Rubinstein cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Juggernaut cover Amazing Spider-Man 229 9.8 Juggernaut, Madame Web, and Black Tom Cassidy appearance. Roger Stern story, John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition
with UPC barcode.
View Comic
Juggernaut cover Amazing Spider-Man 230 9.8 Juggernaut, Madame Web, and Black Tom Cassidy appearance. Roger Stern story, John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition
with UPC barcode.
View Comic
Cobra cover Amazing Spider-Man 231 9.8 Cobra cover and appearance. Mister Hyde appearance. Roger Stern story. John Romita Jr. and Al Milgrom cover. John Romita Jr. and Jim Mooney art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Will O’ the Wisp cover. 15 page ‘Marvel Guide to Collecting Comics’ insert included Amazing Spider-Man 234 Modern 9.8 Will O’ the Wisp and Tarantula appearance. 15 page ‘Marvel Guide to Collecting Comics’ insert included. Roger Stern story. John Romita Jr. and Al Milgrom cover. John Romita Jr. and Dan Green art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Hobgoblin Amazing Spider-Man 238 9.8 1st appearance of the Hobgoblin. Tattooz inside. Roger Stern story, John Romita Sr. and John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin Amazing Spider-Man 239 9.8 1st Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin battle. Hobgoblin cover. Madame Web appearance. Roger Stern story, John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Vulture cover Amazing Spider-Man 241 Modern 9.8 Vulture cover and appearance. Roger Stern story. John Romita Jr. and Terry Austin cover. John Romita Jr. art. Don Rosa Collection Pedigree. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Return of Mary Jane Watson Amazing Spider-Man 243 Modern 9.8 Return of Mary Jane Watson. Roger Stern story. John Romita Jr. and John Beatty cover. John Romita Jr. art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Hobgoblin cover Amazing Spider-Man 245 Modern 9.8 Hobgoblin cover and appearance. Roger Stern story. John Romita Jr. cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Hobgoblin cover Amazing Spider-Man 250 9.8 Hobgoblin cover and appearance. John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson cover and art. Newsstand Edition
with UPC barcode.
View Comic
Hobgoblin cover Amazing Spider-Man 251 9.8 Hobgoblin appearance. Ed Hannigan and Klaus Janson cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Spider-Man's Black costume (ties with Marvel Team-Up #141) Amazing Spider-Man 252 9.8 Ties with Marvel Team-Up #141 for 1st appearance of the black costume. Amazing Fantasy #15 cover swipe. Roger Stern and TomDeFalco story. Ron Frenz and Klaus Janson cover. Ron Frenz art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Rose Amazing Spider-Man 253 Modern 9.8 1st appearance of the Rose. Tom DeFalco story. Rick Leonardo cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Jack O'Lantern appearance Amazing Spider-Man 254 9.8 Jack O'Lantern appearance. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Black Fox Amazing Spider-Man 255 Modern 9.8 1st appearance of the Black Fox. Red Ghost and Super Apes appearance. Tom DeFalco story. Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
2nd Puma Amazing Spider-Man 257 Modern 9.8 2nd appearance of Puma. Black Cat, Hobgoblin, Rose, and Kingpin appearance. Tom DeFalco story. Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Spider-Man's new black costume revealed to be an alien symbiote Amazing Spider-Man 258 Modern 9.8 Spider-Man's new black costume revealed to be an alien symbiote. Mr. Fantastic, HumanTorch, Black Cat, and Hobgoblin appearance. Tom DeFalco story. Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Origin of Mary Jane Watson. Hobgoblin cover Amazing Spider-Man 259 Modern 9.8 Origin of Mary Jane Watson. Return of Spider-Man's original costume. Hobgoblin, Rose, Mister Fantastic, and She-Hulk appearance. Tom DeFalco story. Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Hobgoblin cover Amazing Spider-Man 260 9.8 Hobgoblin and Rose appearance. Ron Frenz cover and art. Newsstand Edition
with UPC barcode.
View Comic
Hobgoblin cover Amazing Spider-Man 261 Modern 9.8 Hobgoblin and Rose appearance. Ron Frenz art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Photo cover Amazing Spider-Man 262 9.8 Photo cover. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
1st Siver Sable Amazing Spider-Man 265 Modern 9.8 1st appearance of Silver Sable. Black Fox cover and appearance. Tom DeFalco story. Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein cover and art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Connecting cover to Web of Spider-Man #6 Amazing Spider-Man 268 9.8 John Byrne cover. Ron Frenz art. Secret Wars II storyline. Kingpin appearance. Cover forms a single image with Web of Spider-Man #6. Newsstand Edition
with UPC barcode.
View Comic
1st Slyde Amazing Spider-Man 272 Modern 9.8 Origin and 1st appearance of Slyde. Puma appearance. Tom DeFalco story. Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein cover. Sal Buscema art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
John Romita cover Amazing Spider-Man 274 9.8 Beyonder, Mephisto, and Kingpin appearance. Secret Wars II storyline. Tom DeFalco story. Larry Leiber and John Romita cover. Ron Frenz and John Romita art. Newsstand Edition with UPC barcode. View Comic
Hobgoblin cover Amazing Spider-Man 275 9.8 Hobgoblin, Rose, and Kingpin appearance. Ron Frenz cover and art. Newsstand Edition
with UPC barcode.
View Comic
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