Fantastic Four #201: Dec 1978: Undocumented print error

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Dan'el

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As curiosities go, this is one.  The first comic below has an apparent print error.  The top right corner of the comic, just above the issue number, is printed in yellow for no known reason.  In the normal comic, posted below that, the area is printed correctly in red.  This is not a one-off.  This FF issue is very common so there are a ton of them listed on eBay at any given time.  I have checked a few times (looked at maybe 200 comics) and have seen this identical error on just three other issues.  (Checked the other day and there was one misprint out of fifty-four on eBay.)  So, this glitch shows up on every 50-75 comics.

So, here is the deal.  This print error is undocumented.  Can’t find a hint about it anywhere.  So, how does one go about researching and/or documenting an error?  Anyone got a proverbial clue? 

I have a bunch of variants, error issues, and signed FF comics scanned front and back on my website if you want check out any others: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-v-1-variants-signed-reprints/

 

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1 hour ago, bronze paradise said:

Thought I'd share mine. I thought they all were like that.

 

 

 

Just for grins I checked CGC sales on Go Collect since they have images of the sales with the following totally weird result.

<> There were seventeen 9.8s sold and 11 were yellow like yours with only 6 being red.

<> Three of the 9.8s had sequential CGC numbers meaning they were graded one right after the other.  That tells me a dealer probably sent them in as part of a lot.  Two of those were yellow and one was red.  You would think a dealer lot would all be identical.

<> There were fourteen CGC copies sold that were less than 9.8 and only 2 of those were yellow with the other 12 being red.

<> Then, just for giggles, I looked at the first 25 listed on eBay today and only 2 of those were yellow.

So, the results of the data analysis of my new, officially sanctioned (by me), double-blind, placebo controlled, perfectly falsifiable, utterly reproducible, peer-reviewed (my cat looked at it) experiment is:

1<> More yellow copies are apparently very high-grade than red copies.

2<> With the exception of very high-grade copies only around 1 in 10 are yellow.

So, there you have it.  Remember, you heard it here first!

Would still be nice to know how this came about.

 

 

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Hey, great research and info.  All good things to know.  I'll be holding onto my copies, there are only 3 sig series 9.8's and those above are two of them.

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Neat but are there examples of print errors like this that are noted? I know the earlier FF issue where the inks are all wrong is one. Maybe this is not enough to warrant it? I know people out there who think the one issue of Moon Knight has a "white dot" variant where there is a white dot on some covers but not others on an otherwise black cover. 

 

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8 hours ago, comicginger1789 said:

Neat but are there examples of print errors like this that are noted? I know the earlier FF issue where the inks are all wrong is one. Maybe this is not enough to warrant it? I know people out there who think the one issue of Moon Knight has a "white dot" variant where there is a white dot on some covers but not others on an otherwise black cover. 

 

That is an excellent observation.  I don't know if there is any criteria for what counts as an error and what does not.  I may start a thread on that subject.  See what other folks think.  The FF issue you are referring to is #110.  In that case one entire color was left out of the first print run.  It was caught and corrected but some of them got out the door.  I have that one scanned in another post in this journal if you haven't seen it.  Couple of other noted errors I have heard of (but not seen) is Venom: Lethal Protector #1 (back cover is misprinted in black) and TMNT #4 second printing (although that one had an actual wrong cover, not an ink-type issue).   I expect there are others as well.

 

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This error happens on another book. I have a Devil Dinosaur #3 where the bottom corner in a speech bubble should have a red background but it is yellow. I have pictures coming and will post!

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