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  1. Thanks for tagging me in. Don't know about anyone else, but I want that stand.
  2. Ditto to that. They are all from the same run. The difference only exists when the cover wrap is added.
  3. I've noticed a lot of this lately. An example dear to my heart: just try to get a decent copy of Star Wars #2 UKPPV for less than £30. It makes it very tough to be a chintzy bugger. I'll have to start collecting Richie Rich or something. Good bit of research, btw.
  4. This is an old debate & one that we won't resolve here. It is valid to hold the opinion that UK priced (& CAD & AUD), US produced comics are foreign editions, because they are produced for a foreign market. However, it is also valid to hold the opinion that, because they were part of the same print run as the US cents copies and have a common US price indicia, they are true price variants; the price they vary from is the same US cents price that the test market variants vary from. Not sure about this one either. Marwood is the expert (or an expert). Read through this if you
  5. Sorry for the delay. Broadband problems. Anyway, the main qualifier for me has always been the indicia. All of the Marvel price experiment variants that were also printed as UK pence price variants were printed with three different price points. For example, Star Wars #2 was printed with a standard 30c, a price experiment 35c & a UK 12p. The inside pages of these books were all run off the press at the same time, and, crucially, all of them (including the UK 12p) have a 30c indicia. Now, if I'm being pedantic, it follows that the 35c & the 12p have a different price on the co
  6. Have to correct you there. The UK Pence Price Variants are true price variants because they were printed with the regular (& price experiment) cents copies. The inside pages are from the same print run & they all have US cents indicia. The only differences are on the cover. There are a dozen or so threads on this & they all agree on this point. True, but only just. The pence variants were printed at an estimated 2-10% of the original print run. 5% is the accepted average.
  7. I agree. I'll admit that when I first arrived in the UK, nearly 30 years ago, I didn't know what to make of them & leaned towards the reprint side of things. Of course, I know better now, but I've lived here for so long I've developed interests in loads of other foreign & UK editions anyway. The real issue is with awareness; most American collectors have no knowledge or interest in domestically printed comic books intended for foreign markets. To a significant percentage of collectors it just doesn't register. +1 on this.
  8. It was indeed, thanks Steve. Missed it anyway. Been in a device-free zone for a week or so.
  9. Some of my favorite comic stories of all time. That Wrightson cover had a profound effect on me at age thirteen, to say nothing of the Dave Stevens covers.
  10. There's a bit, Darlene, but not too much. They started properly in 1981 & put out 30 - odd titles until 1984. Loads of great artists, like Kirby, Wrightson, Stevens, Corben, Ploog, etc. Some classic covers - I had most of these when they first came out. Sadly, they went with the rest of my collection when I sold it back in the '90s. The Twisted Tales are the pricier ones now. Still, it's another hunt.
  11. This just landed today - Think I'll try to get a full set of everything Pacific put out.
  12. Cheers, pal. I think I've developed muscle memories for several of their more pedantic idiosyncrasies. I'm going through the lists & adding variant edition issue skeletons (& cover scans when I have them) for everything that's missing. Currently up to Rawhide Kid in the Marvel table. I think I'll be certifiable by the time I get to the Charltons.
  13. Amazing, Dolores, and frustrating. I meant to ask earlier, but do you have any objection to me pinching any of your scans from the threads? I'm going to try to crop them to within a micron of their lives & upload them onto GCD. I'll credit you, of course, but it's the only way I'm likely to get a scan of My Girl Pearl 7, Patsy & Hedy 70 & 71, Battle 70, etc., etc. Some of these are like rocking horse poop.
  14. Compelling, for sure. Especially given the battering most comics took just getting here. My guess is that the pence copies may well have been printed first, but not consistently. There were too many variables to guarantee a firm plan to print one set of covers before another on every run. Different guy on the press, different print runs, different ink levels depending on cover graphics, etc., etc. Also, when you get into the 70s & you have 3 or 4 variants in a print run (30c, 35c, 12p, Whitman), trying to pick out which was first off the press will just melt your eyeballs. Still, good