Marvel Australian Price Variants
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Afternoon :)

I started this thread nearly three years ago now and at the start the intention was just to show pictures my old ASM collection. I posted this image, which was an extract from my old ASM  'wants list' book that I used to carry around with me back in the day:

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I collected the AUS copies from 2008 and completed the set around 4 years later as I recall. At the time there was zero interest in them, even from my old ASM completist chums (although one of them went on to buy the set when I sold up some years later).

So this ASM list has stood for around ten years. Since then, I have documented over 1,000 AUS price variants in this thread and other sites have cropped up with information about them (notably Ben Noble's site). If you compare the ASM set to the proven AUS date range you can see that issues 340, 385 and 409 are eligible to exist:

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And yet here we are ten years later, with much more interest in AUS copies, and still no sign of them. There is no obvious reason why the AUS Jan 1991 dated ASM #340 should not exist. It's a popular title - no reason for the absence. For issue #409, 6 other titles have a March 1996 AUS copy. So why not Spidey? Only three titles currently have an April 1994 issue proven, so you can see why ASM #385 may not exist.

The point of all this is that it seems that there will be titles with unexplained single issue gaps, as well as the more expected bigger gaps (e.g. where a title has no 1996 phase II books). If true, it means that it will be exceedingly difficult to prove a final, error free issue list.

My work on Marvel pence copies went on for much longer than this AUS work and I was as close to certain that they would stay at 3,017 copies until two additional early copies materialised as if by magic recently, proving my old comic adage that you can never say never. A few of the AUS titles are close to being full now on my capture sheet with only one or two copies missing. What will be interesting to see is whether those issues are absent by design or not. If ASM can have three issues absent within the proven date range, then others surely will too.

Anyway, added a few more this morning so we're now up to 1,066 

All good fun :)

 

Edited by Get Marwood & I
Proof read ten times before posting - find no errors. Post, then re-read - spot error. AAARRRGGGHHH!

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Are there actual x-force 2 and 3 without the AUS sticker?

If not I would argue these are AUS editions but with an *.  🤨

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6 hours ago, redsox1946 said:

Are there actual x-force 2 and 3 without the AUS sticker?

If not I would argue these are AUS editions but with an *.  🤨

Haven't found any yet. The stickers look 'official' but I don't count them as they've been added after the production event. No different to a price stamp really, wouldn't you say? 

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17 hours ago, Get Marwood & I said:

Only three titles currently have an April 1994 issue proven, so you can see why ASM #385 may not exist.

I added images of X-Factor #127 and 128 to the files this morning, care of eBay:

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Issue #127 is a $3.20 priced issue as most October 1996 dated issues are and #128 is priced at $2.75 also in line with other titles. Price up, price down, books cancelled. 

I have 48 of the potential 50 X-Factor issues logged now - only #98 and #124 are missing:

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#98 is a first wave AUS April 1994 issue so may not exist as only 3 titles have an AUS issue for this date so far as noted in my previous post.

There is no reason why issue #124 shouldn't exist so an image may turn up at some point :wishluck:

Here's what the 48 X-Factor images look like in the files. I'm toying with adding them to the Gallery section of the boards so we can all see them in all their glory...

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So for me only.... technically, I couldn't call them AUS price variants as the actual issue is in US dollars, covered with what I would agree with you an official AUS price sticker.  That said, knowing those are out there and/or until an XForce 2 or 3 shows up with an AUS price point, I would still include them in my own personal collection as AUS variants.  Like i said, with an ** . 

I'm sure the folks at Grand Comics Database would agree with us from a technical standpoint as well.

And it's all for fun anyway.

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15 minutes ago, redsox1946 said:

So for me only.... technically, I couldn't call them AUS price variants as the actual issue is in US dollars, covered with what I would agree with you an official AUS price sticker.  That said, knowing those are out there and/or until an XForce 2 or 3 shows up with an AUS price point, I would still include them in my own personal collection as AUS variants.  Like i said, with an ** . 

I'm sure the folks at Grand Comics Database would agree with us from a technical standpoint as well.

And it's all for fun anyway.

Exactly.  As I often sign my posts off, 'all good fun' :)

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So curious where this issue of Beavis and Butthead falls?  It's the Australian variant best I can see.  I would need to see the inside to determine if same as Direct US edition.  I don't see a separate Australian/New Zealand series on GCD.  Thoughts?

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13 minutes ago, redsox1946 said:

So curious where this issue of Beavis and Butthead falls?  It's the Australian variant best I can see.  I would need to see the inside to determine if same as Direct US edition.  I don't see a separate Australian/New Zealand series on GCD.  Thoughts?

 

I have an investigations folder on Beavis & Butthead and I believe that to be a local Australian reprint which puts it out of scope.

The 'AUST' on the barcode with the NZ price is the giveaway:

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Here's issue 27 from my files which has the same AUST / NZ format:

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Here are the US Direct and Newsstand 27's:

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If the book was a genuine AUS price variant it would just mirror the US newsstand barcode and have a single AUS price.

Here is the indicia of the AUST/NZ #27 which clearly shows the book was printed in Australia:

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So as it stands, there are no Beavis & Butthead AUS price variants that I have found. And it's not uncommon for the GCD to not have foreign reprints listed, especially when they are as scarce as these AUST/NZ copies seem to be.

Keep going Redsox - it's nice to have something to discuss / input :)

 

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Yeah, that's kinda what I had anticipated.  Thanks for sharing that indicia. 

 

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Great, I'll look tonight. Off to work alas...

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11 hours ago, masterlogan2000 said:

including what appears to be a new title!

 

And new it was! Thanks again Master Logan - Nightstalkers is indeed a new title :headbang:

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It brings us up to 95 confirmed titles now and adds 15 additional copies to the potential overall number list (no other AUS copies that I could find anywhere):

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The seller had a few more that I added to the list, taking us up to 1,073 confirmed copies now. I also added some of his other books to the files, replacing lower quality images. 

Here is the current master list, master logan:

 

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) 37, 39-40, 42-43, 46 6
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, 354-363 36
Avengers (1996) (#1 Only) 1 1
Avengers West Coast (63-102) 63, 64, 66-85, 87-92 28
Barbie (1-35) 1, 3, 11-19, 21-25 16
Barbie Fashion (1-35) 1-3, 12-13, 35 6
Bruce Wayne: Agent of Shield (1) 1 1
Cable (1-37) 2, 5-6 3
Cable - Blood and Metal (1-2) 1 1
Cage (1-20) 3, 5-12 9
Captain America (378-454) 378-409, 411-423 45
Clive Barker - Ectokid 1-2 2
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) 237-241, 243, 244, 246, 248, 254, 256-258, 261-265, 269-275 25
Daredevil (285-358) 285-314 30
Darkhold - Pages From the Book of Sins 1 1
Disney Comic Hits (1-14) 13 1
Doom 2099 (1-44) 1-10, 12 11
Elektra (#1 Only) 1 1
Fantastic Four, The (345-416) 345-348, 350-359, 361-364, 366-367, 371-374 24
Fantastic Four, The 1996 Series (#1 Only) 1 1
Gambit (1-4) 1 1
Generation X (1-21) 12-21 10
G.I. Joe (105-155) 105-110, 112-114-119, 122, 124, 127, 130-139, 140-142 30
Ghost Rider, The (6-75) 19-21, 23-29, 31-44 24
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) 375-397, 399-412, 447 38
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) 261-264, 266-270, 272-275, 277-299 36
Lethal Foes of Spider-Man (1-4) 1-4 4
Marvel Tales (242-291) 242-257, 261-277, 279-280 35
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, 11-12 10
New Mutants, The (94-100) 94-100 7
Nightstalkers (1-15) 1 1
Night Thrasher (1-21) 3-5 3
Night Thrasher: Four Control (1-4) 4 1
Punisher, The (41-104) 43-47, 48-56, 60-61, 63-66, 75, 78, 81 23
Punisher 2099, The (1-34) 1-4, 7-8, 10 7
Punisher Annual, The (1993 Only) 6 1
Punisher Holiday Special (1-3) 1 1
Punisher: The Origin of Microchip (1-2) 1-2 2
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 () 1-10 10
Sensational Spider-Man, The (1-10) 4-5, 8 3
Silver Surfer (42-122) 43-53, 55, 60-64, 67, 69-75, 77-82, 84, 86-87 34
Silver Surfer / Warlock: Resurrection (1-4) 1 1
Spectacular Spider-Man (169-240)  169-172, 174-175, 178-183, 186-187, 189-207, 234, 238, 240 36
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
Stryfe's Strike File (#1 Only) 1 1
Tekworld (1-24) 4 1
Thor, The Mighty (424-502) 425, 427-428, 429-469 44
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) 269-276, 278-304, 306-307, 329-338 47
Uncanny X-Men Annual (1993 Only) 17 1
Venom, Funeral Pyre (1-3) 1-3 3
Venom, Lethal Protector (1-6) 1-6 6
Venom, The Madness (1-3) 1-2 2
Warlock Chronicles (1-8) 2-6 5
Web of Spider-Man (69-129) 69-87, 90-108 38
Web of Spider-Man Annual (1993 Only) 9 1
What If… (18-91) 18, 23-26, 28-31, 34-37, 44-46, 49, 54-55, 84-85, 89, 91 23
Wolverine (32-107) 48-56, 58-59, 61-62, 67-76, 98-99, 101-107 32
Wolverine and The Punisher: Damaging Evidence (1-3) 1-3 3
X-Factor (59-128) 59-97, 119-123, 125-128 48
X-Factor Annual (1993 Only) 8 1
X-Force (1-60) 1, 4-23, 25-29, 51-60 36
X-Man (1-21) 12-21 10
X-Men (1-58) 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 2, 4-8, 10-16, 18-26, 49, 51-58 35
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        1,073
     

All good fun :)

 

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First Nightstalkers, a new title arrives, now Night Thrasher #1 finally shows up:

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Only #2 (and potentially 6) missing:

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1,074 confirmed AUS price variants (excluding the two Conan magazine titles) :headbang:

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A gaggle of five new ebay Punishers swells the AUSPV coffers to 1,080 :)

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I have a handful AUS variants as my mother is Australian, and on one of her trips home she brought back some for me around 1991?

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41 minutes ago, gradejunky said:

I have a handful AUS variants as my mother is Australian, and on one of her trips home she brought back some for me around 1991?

Good for Mother! 

32 minutes ago, gradejunky said:

1st book I had just laying out actually:

 

Niiiiice :headbang:

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On 8/24/2019 at 3:38 PM, nesqrick2 said:

 Didn't think this one existed.:headbang:

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Yes, I have that on the list already so there's at least two of them Nes! It's a title with lots of missing issues though, which is odd. You'd think Spidey titles would manifest more quickly wouldn't you.

Only 7 of the possible 50 so far have shown themselves:

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No issues from 3-31 yet and only 3 from the second phase:

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Up to 1,083 confirmed AUS copies now, courtesy of a gaggle of new Punishers:

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32 of a possible 46 in the bag. Well, the Punisher file The-Punisher-quotes-1.gif.d8b6b2e16bf7227fdebbc28c9931191d.gif

 

On the magazine front, still stuck on two Conan titles:

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28 of 40 Sagas confirmed...

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... and 24 of 40 Savage Swords

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Both titles end before the second date wave begins by the way conan.gif.42d3b3afed70f4421891e7ce740bca09.gif

All good fun :)

 

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