Amazing Spiderman #361: Variations in cover?
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I've noticed a major degree of variation between original print run copies of #361 on the rock to the lower right side of the cover. 

Some prints seem to show more of the artwork (larger white-space showing the background and shape and dimension of the rock) while others seem to cut off the space making the rock seem like a solid piece.

The Second print run with grey background omits this space entirely.

It's clear that the original artwork intended for the white space, as the rock is shaded and shaped to the gap, so not a print error...

Is this an indication of print timing (prints are completed in batches) and more importantly, is the difference significant? 

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14 hours ago, TommyTeflon said:

I've noticed a major degree of variation between original print run copies of #361 on the rock to the lower right side of the cover. 

Some prints seem to show more of the artwork (larger white-space showing the background and shape and dimension of the rock) while others seem to cut off the space making the rock seem like a solid piece.

It's clear that the original artwork intended for the white space, as the rock is shaded and shaped to the gap, so not a print error...

Is this an indication of print timing (prints are completed in batches) and more importantly, is the difference significant?

Different wraps, different cuts. Printing comics is not and never was an exact science. There are always minor variations between copies.

The only thing people tend to be concerned with is the centering on the spine unless something important is cut off elsewhere. Some rocks in the corner are not significant.

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The Second print run with grey background omits this space entirely.

It's silver, and I don't know where you got that idea. Look here.

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Well i was wrong on the "silver" but windering if there is a date of printing per batch? Seems like an intentional cover edit.

 

 

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Unless I'm misunderstanding the question, the cover is slightly shifted to the right on the 2nd two images, and it appears shifted enough so that the white space is now off the page when it was cut.  You can also tell due to the lines immediately below the white space, as they barely show up on the bottom two.  The left edge of the cover may or may not show a shift as well, since the size of the cut may be slightly different.

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2 hours ago, TommyTeflon said:

Well i was wrong on the "silver" but windering if there is a date of printing per batch? Seems like an intentional cover edit.

There are no "batches" with different printing dates. The first prints were all done together and the second prints were all done together at a later date.

It's simple production variance. Period.

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Considering ASM361 is notorious for being miswrapped, the edge is not at all a good indicator if one wanted to somehow argue that there were two different variations on the art.

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Wow, this is such a terrible community. First post from a new member and you treat it like this. Sad.

Either way, i've designed and published plenty of print media ads and i can tell you without a doubt that there are a great degree of batches when printing, and that you don't print all of your desired copies in one sitting... unless you want to waste an ungodly amount of ink and money. Progressively calibrating printers and cmyk % and artwork tweaks always occur.

If it isn't significant to collecting, then great! That's all i was looking for. Thanks for the warm welcome ppl!

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