Spider-man & Venom FCBD 2020
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There appears to be no shortage of this book. And I have yet to see any premium even for early appearance of Virus. I suppose time will tell.

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2 hours ago, PeterPark said:

There appears to be no shortage of this book. And I have yet to see any premium even for early appearance of Virus. I suppose time will tell.

 

True.  I went to about 5 stores between yesterday and today. There was a nice close to two inch stack of this comic at each store. I still grab one each time.lol  As far as the story and art goes it still is a nice grab.

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4 hours ago, kairos70 said:

 

True.  I went to about 5 stores between yesterday and today. There was a nice close to two inch stack of this comic at each store. I still grab one each time.lol  As far as the story and art goes it still is a nice grab.

Yep, I grabbed 2 last time I was in on Tuesday.  As I walked out they put another 20 or so on the shelf.  Definitely no lack of the FCBD book.

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It’s a nice bonus for your Venom 25 or 26. That’s pretty much it. Like DC Divergence to JL 40 and 41 New 52.

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Have had to stop taking them when they offer them, LCS can't even give them away anymore and they still have a huge stack of them.

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Have the tables been flipped on this now? I'm hearing that CGC have back peddled and now the FCBD version is being seen as the first appearance of Virus?

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4 hours ago, IbukiLord said:

Have the tables been flipped on this now? I'm hearing that CGC have back peddled and now the FCBD version is being seen as the first appearance of Virus?

Yup. They changed their mind. The FCBD book is the one to get.

 

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4 hours ago, Second Blight said:

Yup. They changed their mind. The FCBD book is the one to get.

 

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This means 26 is still the 1st appearance. 

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5 hours ago, PeterPark said:

This means 26 is still the 1st appearance. 

Yeah, I agree.

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Last panel of FCBD:

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This muddies the waters for me. The book specifically says it comes before Venom 26. 

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It’s pretty easy for me to see that distribution dates do not matter. Which book actually existed first? Virus appeared in the FCBD book before he appeared in Venom #26, regardless of where the book sat in storage.

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It all just depends on what consumers decide is the first appearance. I think Venom #26 having a very attractive Cover A with Virus and CGC claiming it as 1st distributed appearance will make it win out. If I wanted a single slab for the character, it'd be the one with the best cover that is definitively in the running for 1st app. It's possible the FCBD one wins out if it ends up being scarcer and more valuable though.

All that said, do we really think Virus is sticking around for long? He looks amazing, but he was a villain with pretty weak narrative hooks who is also likely to be a character we already know.

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1 minute ago, Broke as a Joke said:

Machine Man 19...:whistle:

Agreed. I'm skeptical a costume / name change is going to drive a ton of long term $$, especially for such a low tier villain. Even if it is a pretty awesome costume change. I feel like many may try to compare Virus to Cosmic Ghost Rider (i.e.; new character with mysterious identity who is revealed to be a known figure). The differences, which are huge in my opinion, are 1) CGR is an alternate universe persona who exists in parallel with the more established character - he may as well be a completely different character, and 2) He's a hero. Heroes get their own books, show up in events, and just generally have a much higher ceiling than villains.

I don't know, maybe Virus becomes an anti-hero spun from the pages of Venom much like Venom spun away from Spider-Man? That's about the only way I see the $$ paying off. Apologies for being a naysayer. I've just seen an enormous amount of hype for the character and felt words of caution to be an interesting and varied perspective.

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First appearances come out first. Intention doesn't matter when it hits newsstands later. It's Venom 26

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