Marvel Comics - UK Price Variants

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Marvel Comics - UK Price Variants

Hello Reader :)

Here is a summary of the Marvel UK Price Variants that I have discovered hiding between the dates of May 1960 and December 1981. If you'd like to know more about them, please click the picture below and you'll be magically transported to the discussion thread in which we talk about them:

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In April 2019, I successfully lobbied CGC to change their labels from "UK Edition" to the more appropriate "UK Price Variant" for these first printing books. This was to avoid any confusion with UK repackaged / reprinted material - you can see their official confirmation of this here :headbang:

Meanwhile, here is an up to date summary of what I have discovered so far, which I hope you will find interesting.

Notes and Observations

  1. At the time of writing (June 2019) a total of 3,019 Marvel UK price variants are known to exist
  2. The comics are believed to have been printed at the same time and in the same location as their US cents priced counterparts, but with pence only printed cover prices and, in the early years, alternative indicias. There is currently no evidence to determine which books were printed first – cents or pence – or indeed whether they alternated (Matt Nelson of CGC has taken up the challenge of trying to establish the sequence, having noted page quality differences between pence and cents copies)
  3. Pence copies are confirmed to exist between the cover dates of May 1960 and December 1981 inclusive. Marvel produced a total of 6,546 comics between these dates, covering 200 titles. Pence copies have been found to exist for only 118 of these titles however and there are many gaps in the pence produced title runs
  4. The first pence only printed Marvel comics known are Gunsmoke Western #58 and Journey into Mystery #58 cover dated May 1960. No pence printed issues dated prior to May 1960 have been found:
    • Gunsmoke Western #58 (with a regional L Miller & Co indicia)
    • Journey into Mystery #58 (with a regional Thorpe & Porter indicia)
  5. The last pence only printed Marvel comics are cover dated December 1981. From January 1982, Marvel introduced dual cents / pence pricing for all their Direct Editions, effectively ending the existence of UK price variants for Marvel (Newsstand Editions remained cents only priced)
  6. No pence copies have been found for comics cover dated December 1964 to July 1965 inclusive. Most monthly titles have a 9 or 10 issue gap around these dates, potentially due to shipping strikes
  7. Almost every title which crosses the cover dates of October 1966 to December 1966 has a two issue pence gap. This may explain why Amazing Spider-Man completists haven’t found #42 and #43 yet - they probably don’t exist. Ditto Avengers 33/34, Daredevil 21/22, Fantastic Four 56/57, Sgt Fury 35/36, Tales to Astonish 85/86. However, Strange Tales only misses one issue (#151) as does Tales of Suspense (#84). Two-Gun Kid has all issues as pence copies but as a bi-monthly title you can see there may have been a missing issue had it been monthly
  8. No pence copies have been found for comics cover dated December 1967 to March 1969 inclusive – a 16 issue gap
  9. No pence copies have been found for comics cover dated April 1974 to July 1974 inclusive. This 4 issue gap coincides with the transition from 6p to 7p
  10. No pence copies have been found for comics cover dated February 1981 to March 1981 inclusive. This 2 issue gap coincides with the transition from 15p to 20p
  11. Many single issues do not appear to exist when the issue was double sized, e.g. Avengers #200, Astonishing Tales #8, Ghost Rider #50, The Invaders #41, Thor #300, X-Men #137
  12. No pence copies have been found for the ‘Giant Size’ titles of 1974 and 1975
  13. Only 5 annuals have been found with pence only printed copies, all cover dated 1965 (Amazing Spider-Man #2, Fantastic Four #3, Journey into Mystery #1, Marvel Tales #2, Sgt Fury #1)
  14. All pence variants were requested by and distributed in the UK by Thorpe and Porter. The only known exceptions are the following 9d cover priced issues which were exclusively distributed by L Miller & Co (Thorpe & Porter took over these three titles from September 1961, becoming the sole distributor for Marvel comics in the UK from this point):
    • Gunsmoke Western #58 and 59
    • Rawhide Kid #17
    • Two-Gun Kid #54 and 55
  15. The following pence prices exist: 9d, 10d, 1/- (one shilling), 6p, 7p, 8p, 9p, 10p, 12p, 15p, 20p, 30p and 40p. No other cover prices exist
  16. In November 1971, UK cover prices changed from ‘old money’ to new as a result of decimalisation. Accordingly, UK copies changed from a one shilling price (1/-) to the modern pence price. The November 1971 US issues of the time were mostly one off 25c over sized issues and ten pence priced copies are known to exist. Of those ten, six were priced at 8p and four were priced at what would become the standard price of 6p. Despite better reflecting the increased content of the oversized issues, the 8p price appears to have been a mistake as many UK copies can be found with a standardised 6p sticker covering the 8p printed price.
    • Amazing Adventures #9, 6p
    • Amazing Spider-Man #102, 8p
    • Avengers #93, 8p
    • Conan The Barbarian #11, 6p
    • Daredevil #81, 8p
    • Fantastic Four #116, 6p
    • Incredible Hulk #145, 8p
    • Sub-Mariner #43, 8p
    • Thor #193, 8p
    • Where Monsters Dwell #12, 6p
  17. As well as the 3,019 regular comics, 23 Treasury Sized Editions exist with 50p and 75p cover prices (see my discussion thread for the full list)
  18. Marvel UK price variants differ from those of other publishers in as much as they have a number of differences between the pence and cents copies, and those differences vary throughout the pence period. Early books have missing cover months, regional indicias and, of course, pence prices. Later in the run, the cover mastheads were amended to 'Marvel All-Colour Comics' to inform the UK audience that these books were indeed printed in colour (many UK reprints were not). I have covered every known difference in the discussion thread

So, only 3,019 books to collect if you want the set. Marvel have the most price variants of any publisher by far and I feel they are the most interesting to study with so many quirks and variations to track. I believe that they are only a handful of potential pence books to be discovered, based on my research into regional indicias and US price fonts. Only time will tell if I'm right.

Happy hunting, if you decide to build a set!

20/05/19

By Stephen Cranch based on v4.4 of the ‘Marvel Comics – UK Price Variants Summary

 

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Confirmed Titles with Pence Printed Price Issues Produced / Found  
     
Title Confirmed Pence Number Range*         Total
     
2001: A Space Odyssey 1-10 10
Amazing Adult Fantasy 7-14 8
Amazing Adventures  5-6 2
Amazing Adventures 2nd Series 3-22, 26-39 34
Amazing Fantasy 15 1
Amazing Spider-Man 1-17, 28-41, 44-54, 71-120, 215-223 101
Amazing Spider-Man Annual 2 1
Astonishing Tales 2-7, 9-22, 25-36 32
The Avengers 1-8, 19-32, 35-45, 63-120, 153-182, 184-199, 201-203, 206-214 149
Battlestar Galactica 2, 9, 19 3
Black Goliath 1-5 5
Black Panther 1, 7-15 10
Captain America 159-171, 176-253, 256-264 100
Captain Marvel 12-21, 25-30, 34-48, 53-62 41
Chamber of Chills 19, 20, 22, 25 4
Chamber of Darkness 6-8 3
The Champions 1-12 12
Conan The Barbarian 11-35, 41-53, 57-81, 121-129 72
Creatures On The Loose 31-37 7
Crypt of Shadows 21 1
Daredevil 1-3, 9-20, 23-33, 51-108, 112-149, 151-160, 163-168, 170-177 146
Dazzler 2-10 9
Dead Of Night 10 1
Defenders 4-7, 9, 11-12, 15-54, 71-91, 94-102 77
Doctor Strange 4-21, 25-34, 46-50 33
The Eternals 1-18 18
Fantastic Four 1-31, 42-55, 58-68, 85-143, 149-175, 177-189, 212, 229-237 165
Fantastic Four Annual 3 1
Fantasy Masterpieces 1-2 2
Fear (Adventure Into) 23-31 9
Frankenstein 12-18 7
The Ghost Rider 1-6 6
Ghost Rider 1-4, 7, 9-19, 22, 36, 39-49, 51-52, 55-63 40
Gunsmoke Western 58, 59, 66-77 14
Howard The Duck 1-26 26
The Human Fly 1-19 19
The Human Torch 8 1
Incredible Hulk 1-6, 114-152, 161-166, 258-266 60
The Inhumans 1-9 9
The Invaders 3-40 38
Iron Fist 3-7 5
Iron Man 12-42, 47-66, 69, 71-111, 122-142, 145, 147-153 122
John Carter Warlord Of Mars 24-28 5
Journey Into Mystery 58-60, 62-109, 119-125 58
Journey Into Mystery Annual 1 1
Journey Into Mystery 2nd Series 8, 9, 12-18 9
Jungle Action 11-23 13
Ka-Zar, Lord Of The Hidden Jungle 5-18 14
Ka-Zar The Savage 1-9 9
Kid Colt Outlaw 91, 95-119, 124-129, 133-137 37
Kull The Conqueror / Destroyer 7-11, 18 6
Logans Run 1-7 7
Luke Cage / Power Man & Iron Fist 20-57, 65-66, 68-76 49
Machine Man 10-18 9
Man-Thing 8-22 15
Man-Thing 2nd Series 1, 6 2
Marvel Chillers 1-5 5
Marvel Classics Comics 5, 7, 9-36 30
Marvel Double Feature  10 1
Marvel Feature (2nd Series) Feat. Red Sonja 2-7 6
Marvel Premiere 22, 24, 26-34, 37-57, 59-61 35
Marvel Presents:  1-9 9
Marvel Spotlight 8-13, 17, 26-31 13
Marvel Spotlight (Volume 2) 1-7, 9-10 9
Marvel Super Action 30-36 7
Marvel Super Heroes 72, 80, 104 3
Marvel Tales 104, 126-134 10
Marvel Tales Annual 2 1
Marvel Team-Up 24-37, 39-80, 82-99, 101, 111-112 77
Marvel Triple Action 28, 30, 32, 43-47 8
Marvel Two-in-One 11-71, 74-82 70
Marvel's Greatest Comics 68, 93 2
Master Of Kung Fu 36-96, 99-107 70
The Micronauts 28-36 9
Monsters on the Prowl 9-12, 15-16 6
Moon Knight 1-3, 6-14 12
Ms. Marvel 1-23 23
My Girl Pearl 7 1
Night Rider 5 1
Not Brand Echh 1 1
The Man Called Nova 1-16, 20-24 21
Omega The Unknown 1-6 6
Patsy And Hedy 70-71 2
Patsy Walker 89 1
Rawhide Kid 17, 24-42, 48-54, 56-60, 151 33
Red Sonja 1, 7-14 9
ROM Space Knight 1-3, 17-22, 24-25 11
Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos 1-10, 21-34, 37-47, 107-117, 128, 132, 152, 163-166 53
Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Annual 1 1
She-Hulk, The Savage 9-10, 15-23 11
Shogun Warriors 4-20 17
The Silver Surfer 11-18 8
Skull The Slayer 2-8 7
Son Of Satan 1-4 4
(Peter Parker) The Spectacular Spider-Man 1, 53-61 10
Spider-Woman 5-34, 37, 38, 40, 41 34
Star Trek 13, 14, 16, 17 4
Star Wars 2-5 4
Strange Tales 75-77, 79-125, 136-150, 152-162, 175-187,  89
Sub-Mariner 12-69 58
Super Natural Thrillers 13, 15 2
Super-Villain Team-Up 3-9 7
Tales of Suspense 10, 13-58, 69-83, 85-95 73
Tales To Astonish Volume 1 10, 14-61, 71-84, 87-97 74
Tales To Astonish Volume 2 4-14 11
Tarzan 24-29 6
Thor 126-132, 135-146, 163-221, 226-282, 285-299, 301-303, 306-314 162
Tomb Of Darkness  10-20, 23 12
Tomb of Dracula 7-18, 23-28, 55-62 26
Two-Gun Kid 54-55, 60-72, 77-90 29
Vault Of Evil 23 1
Warlock 4-5, 9-15 9
Weird Wonder Tales 5-11 7
Werewolf By Night 6-14, 20-39, 41 30
Where Monsters Dwell 3-23, 25-27, 30, 32-37 31
Worlds Unknown 8 1
Wyatt Earp 29 1
Uncanny X-Men 1-7, 13-24, 27-37, 55-66, 73-86, 89-93, 96-101, 108-120, 123-136, 138-141, 144-152 107
     
     
  Total        3,019
     
*Assuming only May 1960 - December 1981 cover dates exist  

 

Titles with No Pence Printed Price Issues Produced / Found*  
               
A Date With Millie            
Adventures On The Planet Of The Apes        
Amazing Adventures Feat. X-Men        
America's Best TV Comics          
ARRGH!              
Battle              
Beware!              
Captain Savage            
The Cat              
Chili              
Combat Kelly & The Deadly Dozen        
Crazy              
The Deep              
Dennis The Menace            
Devil Dinosaur            
Doc Savage            
Doctor Strange (1st Series)          
Dragonslayer            
Dynomutt              
Fantasy Masterpieces (2nd Series)        
The Flintstones            
For Your Eyes Only            
Francis, Brother Of The Universe        
Fun & Games Magazine          
Giant Size.. Titles            
Godzilla              
Groovy              
Gunhawks              
Gun-Slinger            
Harvey              
Homer The Happy Ghost          
Iron Man & Sub-Mariner          
Island of Dr. Moreau            
Kathy              
Ka-Zar (1st Series)            
King Conan            
Laff-A-Lympics            
Life With Millie            
Li'l Kids              
Li'l Pals              
Linda Carter, Student Nurse          
Love Romances            
Mad About Millie            
Man From Atlantis            
Marvel Adventure Featuring Daredevil        
Marvel Collector's Item Classics          
Marvel Feature             
Marvel Spectacular            
Mighty Marvel Western          
Millie The Model            
Modeling With Millie            
My Love              
My Own Romance            
Nick Fury Agent Of Shield          
Night Nurse            
Our Love Story            
The Outlaw Kid            
Patsy Walker's Fashion Parade          
Peter The Little Pest / Petey          
Raiders Of The Lost Ark          
Red Wolf              
Ringo Kid              
Scooby-Doo            
Shanna The She-Devil          
S.H.I.E.L.D, Nick Fury And His Agents Of         
Special Marvel Edition          
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends        
Spidey Super Stories            
Spoof              
Spotlight (Hannah-Barbera)          
Tales of Asgard            
Teen-Age Romance            
Tower Of Shadows            
TV Stars, Hanna-Barbera          
Uncanny Tales (From The Grave)        
War Is Hell            
Western Gunfighters            
Western Kid            
Western Team-Up            
What If?              
Where Creatures Roam          
Yogi Bear              
               
*Assuming only May 1960 - December 1981 cover dates exist    

 

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Surprised I'm the first to comment here...

Thanks, Steve & well done for all your hard work on this. I've enjoyed watching your research develop over the past couple of years. This will prove to be an important addition to our hobby. Can't wait for the article in Overstreet!

Chin, chin!

:golfclap:

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Not as funny as your Fart Journals, but more valuable (thumbsu

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7 hours ago, rakehell said:

Surprised I'm the first to comment here...

Thanks, Steve & well done for all your hard work on this. I've enjoyed watching your research develop over the past couple of years. This will prove to be an important addition to our hobby. Can't wait for the article in Overstreet!

Chin, chin!

:golfclap:

Cheers Linda. Less of an article, more of an addition to John McClures market report. Gotta start somewhere...

3 hours ago, Gnasher said:

Not as funny as your Fart Journals, but more valuable (thumbsu

Still full of hot air though (thumbsu

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19 minutes ago, Get Marwood & I said:

Cheers Andy. Less of an article, more of an addition to John McClures market report.

That's what I meant, I just didn't want to diminish your contribution. :insane:

And, you're doing that name thing again. You've got me trying to check the label in my underpants... :baiting:

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6 minutes ago, rakehell said:

That's what I meant, I just didn't want to diminish your contribution. :insane:

And, you're doing that name thing again. You've got me trying to check the label in my underpants... :baiting:

doh!

Sorry Dave. Harry. ......Robert!

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