Marvel Australian Price Variants

1 1
Get Marwood & I

73 views

Marvel Australian Price Variants

Hello Reader :)

Here is a summary of the Marvel Australian Price Variants that I have discovered hiding between the dates of January 1991 and November 1996. 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:

         Pointer.png.ed54e0d06651b3e7978e6e03809b54d8.png AUS.thumb.jpg.889ce8803ba027ada2fc53ed7edc42a7.jpg

 

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. 92 Marvel titles have been found with one or more AUS single priced issues (note: annual titles are recorded separately, i.e. ASM and ASM Annual are recorded as two separate titles). Only official ‘regular sized’ first printing Marvel comics have been captured – magazines, fanzines, reprints and over-sized publications are excluded
  2. 969 issues have been found across the confirmed 92 titles so far
  3. All issues are newsstand copies. No AUS direct editions have been found
  4. Australian priced issues exist in two cover date blocks:
    • (AUS) January 1991 ~ (AUS) April 1994 inclusive
    • US February 1996 ~ US November 1996 inclusive
  5. All ‘first run’ AUS issues cover dated January 1991 to April 1994 inclusive have cover dates that are 3 months later than their US counterparts (presumed to accommodate shipping times). For an AUS book cover dated January 1991, the US version will be dated October 1990. The indicias of both copies are as per the US versions
  6. All ‘second run’ AUS issues cover dated February 1996 to November 1996 inclusive have the same cover dates / indicias as their US counterparts
  7. No AUS issues have been found between cover dates May 1994 (AUS dating) and January 1996 (US dating) inclusive – this block separates the two known runs of AUS books
  8. For the first January 1991 AUS issues, Avengers West Coast (#63 & 64) and Daredevil (#285 & 286) have two issues cover dated January 1991
  9. Many of the final November 1996 dated titles are priced at $2.75 whereas the preceding 1996 issues were priced at $3.20
  10. Only six Annual titles have been found so far – Amazing Spider-Man #27, The Punisher #6, The Mighty Thor #18, The Uncanny X-Men #17, X-Factor #8 and X-Men #2. All are 1993 annuals and all have an AUS cover price of $4.75
  11. Only three titles have been found to have issues cover dated April 1994 (AUS dating) – Captain America #423, Spider-Man 2099 #15 and Web of Spider-Man #108. Issues for this date appear particularly scarce and, by way of illustration, no Amazing Spider-Man #385 has been found in ten years of searching
  12. Only seven titles have been found to have issues cover dated March 1996 (US dating) – Generation X #13, Marvel vs DC #2, Uncanny X-Men #330, Wolverine #99, X-Factor #250, X-Force #52 and X-Man #13. Issues for this date appear particularly scarce and, by way of illustration, no Amazing Spider-Man #409 has been found in ten years of searching
  13. Bi-monthly ‘early / late’ issues exist for many titles between AUS cover dates of October 1991 to April 1992 and, the same months for the following year, October 1992 to April 1993
  14. There are currently no obvious gaps where different titles are missing issues for the same months. Analysis suggests that some titles do appear to have limited issues produced however. For example, the title Ghost Rider has a potential AUS issue range of #6-75. No AUS issues have been found for 6-19, but most of the issues from 20-45 have been found. This indicates that 6-19 may not have been produced as the likelihood of not one issue surfacing are slim. In a similar vein, The Avengers has almost all copies between issues 325-362 confirmed but not one after
  15. In respect of whether all issues for each title exist, the McFarlane 1990 Spider-Man run could have AUS copies for issues #3-74 yet only seven have been found so far. All the hologram issue #26’s found available from AUS sellers online are the US newsstand copy and CGC has no graded copies (whereas it does for the Spectacular Spider-Man #189 copy of the same month). So it may turn out that, like the UK price variant copies, not all issues of each confirmed title will have AUS copies
  16. Many titles exist for which no AUS copy has been found. Many notable titles are missing copies, e.g. Doctor Strange. For this title, every issue on eBay Australia is a US copy. It seems unlikely that a copy has yet to surface and this indicates that many titles are likely to have been omitted from the AUS treatment (this also mirrors the UK price variant scenario where many titles did not have pence copies produced)
  17. In respect of content, the only differences identified between the AUS and US copies are the price and, in respect of the first run of books, the cover date. No other differences have been found
  18. For the 92 titles found so far, there is a maximum number of 1,676 issues available within the (AUS) January 1991 to November 1996 date ranges, excluding the May 94~Jan 96 period where no copies have been found. However, it is clear that of those remaining titles, many appear to have gaps and missing issues which may not have been produced. Given how scarce many are, it may be difficult to impossible to confirm a definitive AUS issue total
  19. Regular sized issues are priced at AUS $1.50 from January 1991, increasing to AUS $1.80 from May 1992. The price increases again to AUS $1.95 from July / August 1993. Issues from February 1996 tend to be priced at AUS $2.50 or $3.20 with the final November 1996 issues priced at AUS $2.75. Individual special / double sized issues can vary wildly and can be priced up to AUS $6.50 (Midnight Sons Unlimited #1). All six known annuals are priced at AUS $4.75

Happy hunting, if you decide to build a set!

 

20/05/19

By Stephen Cranch based on v3.4 of the ‘Marvel Australian Price Variants Summary

 

Confirmed Titles with AUS Printed Price Issues Produced / Found  
     
Title / Expected AUS Issue Range Confirmed AUS Priced Issues         Total
     
2099 Unlimited (1-10) 1-2 2
Adventures of The X-Men / Adventures of Spider-Man (Flip-Book) 3 1
Alf (34-50) 39-40, 42-43, 46 5
Amazing Spider-Man (340-417) 341-384, 408, 410-417 53
Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1993 Only) 27 1
Avengers (325-402) 325-342, 344-351, 354-362 35
Avengers (1996) (#1 Only) 1 1
Avengers West Coast (63-102) 63, 64, 66-85, 87-92 28
Barbie (1-35) 11, 13-19, 21-25 13
Barbie Fashion (1-35) 2, 35 2
Bruce Wayne: Agent of Shield (1) 1 1
Cable (1-37) 5-6 2
Cable - Blood and Metal (1-2) 1 1
Cage (1-20) 3, 5-12 9
Captain America (378-454) 378-379, 381, 383-385, 387-391, 393-394, 396, 398-407, 409, 411-413, 415, 417-423 36
Clive Barker - Ectokid 1 1
Clive Barker - Hokum & Hex (1-9) 1-3 3
Clive Barker - Hyperkind (1-9) 1-2 2
Clive Barker - Saint Sinner (1-7) 1-2 2
Conan The Barbarian (237-275) 237, 239, 241, 243, 244, 246, 248, 254, 256-258, 261-265, 269-275 23
Daredevil (285-358) 285-292, 294, 296-314 28
Darkhold - Pages From the Book of Sins 1 1
Disney Comic Hits (1-14) 13 1
Doom 2099 (1-44) 1-10, 12 11
Fantastic Four, The (345-416) 345-348, 350-359, 361-362, 364, 366-367, 371-374 23
Fantastic Four, The 1996 Series (#1 Only) 1 1
Gambit (1-4) 1 1
Generation X (1-21) 13-17, 19-21 8
G.I. Joe (105-155) 105-107, 109-110, 112-114-119, 124, 127, 130-139, 140-142 28
Ghost Rider, The (6-75) 20, 23-29, 31-44 22
Ghost Rider Annual (1993 Only) 1 1
Ghost Rider / Blaze: Spirits of Vengeance (1-23) 1-5, 7, 9, 11-12, 14 10
Incredible Hulk, The (374-447) 375-393, 395-396, 399-412, 447 36
Independence Day (0-2) 1 1
Infinity Crusade (1-6) 1-3, 6 4
Infinity War (1-6) 2-6 5
Iron Man (261-332) 262-263, 266-270, 272-275, 277-299 34
Lethal Foes of Spider-Man (1-4) 1-4 4
Marvel Tales (242-291) 242-254, 257, 261-262, 264-270, 273-275, 277, 279-280 29
Marvel Versus DC (2-3) 2-3 2
Midnight Sons Unlimited (1-9) 1 1
Morbius The Living Vampire (1-32) 1-2, 4-9, 12 9
New Mutants, The (94-100) 95-100 6
Night Thrasher (1-21) 3-5 3
Night Thrasher: Four Control (1-4) 4 1
Punisher, The (41-104) 44-47, 48-56, 60, 63-66, 75, 78, 81 21
Punisher 2099, The (1-34) 1-4, 7-8 6
Punisher Annual, The (1993 Only) 6 1
Punisher Holiday Special (1-3) 1 1
Punisher: The Origin of Microchip (1-2) 1 1
Punisher Summer Special (1-3) 3 1
Ravage 2099 (1-33) 1-8, 10-11 10
Ren & Stimpy Show, The (1-44) 12-13 2
Sabretooth (1-4) 1, 3 2
Secret Defenders, The () 2, 4, 6, 8-10 6
Sensational Spider-Man, The (1-10) 4-5, 8 3
Silver Surfer (42-122) 43-50, 52, 55, 60-64, 67, 69-75, 77-82, 84, 86-87 32
Silver Surfer / Warlock: Resurrection (1-4) 1 1
Spectacular Spider-Man (169-240)  169-172, 174-175, 178-181, 186-187, 189, 191-201, 203-207, 234, 238 31
Speed Demon (1) 1 1
Spider-Boy (1) 1 1
Spider-Man 1990 (3-74) 32, 34-35, 41, 68, 72, 74 7
Spider-Man 2099 (1-46) 1-9, 11-15, 42-43, 45-46 18
Spider-Man Classics (1-16) 2-3, 9 3
Spider-Man Unlimited (1-14) 1-3 3
Star Trek Voyager (#1 Only) 1 1
Tekworld (1-24) 4 1
Thor, The Mighty (424-502) 425, 427, 429-469 43
Thor, The Mighty Annual (1993 Only) 18 1
Thunderstrike (1-24) 1-3 3
Transformers (71-80) 71-75, 77-80 9
Uncanny X-Men (269-338) 270-273, 275-276, 278-285, 287-293, 295-304, 306-307, 329-332, 334-338 43
Uncanny X-Men Annual (1993 Only) 17 1
Venom, Funeral Pyre (1-3) 1-3 3
Venom, Lethal Protector (1-6) 1-2, 4 3
Venom, The Madness (1-3) 1-2 2
Warlock Chronicles (1-8) 2-6 5
Web of Spider-Man (69-129) 70-77, 80-81, 84 87, 90, 93-96, 99-108 27
Web of Spider-Man Annual (1993 Only) 9 1
What If… (18-91) 23-26, 28-31, 34-36, 44-46, 49, 54, 84-85, 89, 91 20
Wolverine (32-107) 48-53, 55, 58-59, 71, 73, 75-76, 98-99, 101-107 22
Wolverine and The Punisher: Damaging Evidence (1-3) 1-3 3
X-Factor (59-128) 59-69, 71-83, 88-97, 120-123, 125-126 40
X-Factor Annual (1993 Only) 8 1
X-Force (1-60) 1, 4-5, 7-9, 11-23, 25-29, 51-60 34
X-Man (1-21) 12-21 10
X-Men (1-58) 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2, 4-8, 10-16, 18-26, 49, 51-53, 55-58 34
X-Men Annual (1993 Only) 2 1
X-Men 2099 (1-35) 1-3 3
X-Men Adventures (1-15) 1-14 14
X-Men Unlimited (1-12) 2 1
X-Patrol (1) 1 1
     
  Total           969
     
*Based on current know cover dates    

 

1 1


0 Comments


Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now