Bigger Key: ASM 3 or 14
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I think I know the answer but I would like some other opinions before I pull the trigger on one of them. Thanks!

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ASM 14 (but I prefer No. 3)

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1 hour ago, piper said:

ASM 14 (but I prefer No. 3)

Ditto

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I would take the #3. Earlier book too, and one of only three Spidey covers signed by Ditko. Both villains a toss up as for the more popular one. You get the pin up page in the #3 as well. 

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I think 14 is a more popular ($) book, but I personally prefer 3.

Truth be told, I’d take a #4 before either of ‘em!

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Definitely #3 in my book. It's much earlier and Doc is at least as important in the Spidey mythos as the Goblin. But I love #14 of course as well.

52 minutes ago, KirbyJack said:

I think 14 is a more popular ($) book, but I personally prefer 3.

Truth be told, I’d take a #4 before either of ‘em!

Is it so? If I recall correctly I paid double the price for my #3 compared to my #14, and they are both CGC 7.5 and I paid around GPA, within the same year. 

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14 for me. I've often considered the Spidey 'keys' as 1, 14, 50, 121, 122, 129, 194.....

1-20 are pretty much all keys given the characters they introduced*.  But 14 always featured more prominently in the lists I've seen down the years.

*actually, drop 8 from that. Never liked 8. 

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2 minutes ago, Get Marwood & I said:

14 for me. I've often considered the Spidey 'keys' as 1, 14, 50, 121, 122, 129, 194.....

1-20 are pretty much all keys given the characters they introduced*.  But 14 always featured more prominently in the lists I've seen down the years.

*actually, drop 8 from that. Never liked 8. 

Just wait until the Living Brain makes it to the big screen...

lol

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38 minutes ago, shadroch said:

#14 has an early Hulk appearance and a much better villain 

reasonable minds can differ.  and no goblin story or arc can touch 31-33.  that trilogy cements #3's superiority for me--it gave us the guy who gave us the master planner.

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I also prefer #3 (but am actually more drawn to #6) - BUT I think #14 is the bigger "key" (but #3 is more difficult to find than 14 for what it is worth).

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Tough choice! Either one is awesome... or go with a #2 instead - my favorite :bigsmile:

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I thought the Goblin was silly looking when I saw that issue 14 on the rack.  I still bought it though.  My favorite issue is #12, seeing Spidey unmasked (NOT A DREAM! NOT AN IMAGINARY TALE!) was traumatizing.

I vote for Doc Ock. 

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2 minutes ago, Cliff R. said:

I thought the Goblin was silly looking when I saw that issue 14 on the rack.  I still bought it though.  My favorite issue is #12, seeing Spidey unmasked (NOT A DREAM! NOT AN IMAGINARY TALE!) was traumatizing.

I vote for Doc Ock. 

I agree. I prefer 3 personally, but believe the wider community rate 14 as the bigger key.

I thought Gobby was pathetic in 14, even as a kid. Rubbish glider too. He didn't come to life until Romita got hold of him. 

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There are fewer #3's for sale, but the price (in lower grades, at least) is about the same for #3 and #14, imho.

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I was in a very crammed shop today, no prices on anything as the owner looks each book up on ebay/mcs and then gives you a price, with 20% off of course. In the corner were about 5 slabs and one was a ASM 3 CGC 0.5! He wants $400 for it, or around $400 he said. I may just go get it soon. hm I have to see why it is a 0.5 first!

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I think #3 is. Earlier issue of ASM but also feel Doc Ock is a more popular character

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12 minutes ago, Bird said:

I may just go get it soon.

Talk him down. You can get a VG copy for twice that. See if he has a coverless #3. I need one. :bigsmile:

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