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Blue Beetle (#1-23) CPV Values 2022


Canadian Price Variant Values, 2022 Price Guide
From: The 2022 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, Jay Halstead, Jon McClure, Benjamin Nobel, Conan Saunders, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone  [ introduction, table of contents, all titles, other price guide editions ]
Blue Beetle — 2022 Price Guide Values #1-23
Issue Direct Edition Value CPV
Cover Price
Type 1A Canadian Price Variant Value CGC-Confirmed
Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
#1 Blue Beetle 1 Canadian Price Variant picture$17$10 $0.95 $50 $38 $30 $21 $14 $
 DC, 6/1986  1st Appearance of Firefist (Lyle Byrnes); Origin of Blue Beetle (Ted Kord); Versus Firefist (Lyle Byrnes)
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 6.0 on 5/1/2020 for $7, a raw 5.0 on 8/25/2020 for $7, a raw 8.0 on 9/21/2020 for $9
Doug notes: First Copper Age BLUE BEETLE Series Begins; ORIGIN of new DC Copper Age BLUE BEETLE; First appearance of Firefist;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Firefist.
 
#2 Blue Beetle 2 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $0.95 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 7/1986  Origin of Firefist (Lyle Byrnes); Versus Firefist (Lyle Byrnes)  
#3 Blue Beetle 3 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $0.95 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 8/1986  Versus Madmen  
#4 Blue Beetle 4 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.00 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 9/1986  Versus Doctor Alchemy (Albert Desmond)
CGC label note: Doctor Alchemy appearance.
 
#5 Blue Beetle 5 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.00 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 10/1986  1st Appearance of Muse; Guest-Starring: The Question
Conan notes: A raw 4.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/9/2021 for $3
CGC label note: Question appearance.
 
#6 Blue Beetle 6 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.00 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 11/1986  1st Appearance of Muse (Richard Perignon)
CGC label note: Question appearance.
 
#7 Blue Beetle 7 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.00 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 12/1986  Death of Muse (Richard Perignon)  
#8 Blue Beetle 8 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.00 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 1/1987  Versus Calculator (Noah Kuttler)  
#9 Blue Beetle 9 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.00 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 2/1987  Versus Chronos (David Clinton)  
#10 Blue Beetle 10 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.00 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 3/1987  Versus Chronos (David Clinton)
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 4.0 on 1/18/2021 for $4, a raw 4.0 on 5/17/2021 for $4
 
#11 Blue Beetle 11 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.00 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 4/1987  Versus Hybrid
Doug notes: NEW TEEN TITANS appear
 
#12 Blue Beetle 12 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.00 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 5/1987  Versus Hybrid
Doug notes: NEW TEEN TITANS appear
 
#13 Blue Beetle 13 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.00 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 6/1987  1st Appearance of Carapax (Conrad Carapax); Versus Hybrid
Doug notes: NEW TEEN TITANS appear
CGC label note: Teen Titans appearance.
 
#14 Blue Beetle 14 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.00 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 7/1987  1st Appearance of Catalyst  
#15 Blue Beetle 15 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.00 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 8/1987  1st Appearance of Overthrow (Arnold Beck); Versus Carapax
Doug notes: NEW TEEN TITANS appear
 
#16 Blue Beetle 16 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.00 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 9/1987   
#17 Blue Beetle 17 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.00 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 10/1987  Versus Overthrow (Arnold Beck)  
#18 Blue Beetle 18 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.35 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 11/1987  Death of Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett)  
#19 Blue Beetle 19 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$4 $1.35 $11 $10 $8 $5 $4 $
 DC, 12/1987  1st Appearance of Dr. Animus (Rose Beryl)  
#20 Blue Beetle 20 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.35 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 1/1988  Versus Catalyst; Millennium Week 2
Doug notes: JUSTICE LEAGUE Appears;
 
#21 Blue Beetle 21 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.35 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 2/1988   
#22 Blue Beetle 22 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$4 $1.35 $10 $8 $6 $4 $3 $
 DC, 3/1988  Versus Chronos  
#23 Blue Beetle 23 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.35 $12 $10 $8 $6 $4 $
 DC, 4/1988  Versus Madman  
Issue Guide A
(NM)
Guide B
(NM-)
CPV
Cover Price
9.2
NM-
9.0
VF/NM
8.0
VF
6.0
FN
4.0
VG
2.0
GD
CGC-Confirmed
Direct Edition Value Type 1A Canadian Price Variant Value
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Blue Beetle CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 10/27/2020
Census Count
9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
1176--202--+26--
27--8--+1--
33--4--+1--
48--9--+1--
57--8--+1--
66--7--+1--
73--3------
84--5--+1--
94--4------
104--4------
112--2------
125--5------
135--5------
142--2------
154--41--+1
162--2------
174--4------
182--2------
191--1------
202--2------
213--3------
222--2------
233--3------
  Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
259
 100%
--
 
291
> 99% 
1
< 1% 
 +32
  ~97% 
 +1
  ~3% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Blue Beetle Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Blue Beetle in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 95¢, 1.00, and 1.35 cover price variants exist within the Blue Beetle title.

Which issues of Blue Beetle have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-23 of Blue Beetle.

Why don't more Blue Beetle issues have variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: The cover price variant window in the 1980s was only open from October of 1982 to August of 1986 for Marvel (and September of 1988 for DC) which means that only those Blue Beetle issues published within this specific window have Type 1A price variants. Newsstand copies from before the window opened were priced the same for the Canadian market as for the US market, whereas the closing of the window was the result of the merger of the two single-price newsstand batches into one big dual-price batch (i.e. with both US and CAN prices included) to cover all of North America.

Are the Blue Beetle cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Blue Beetle 1980s cover price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel (by contrast the well-preserved direct edition type sold in comic shops were not price variants). Within the newsstand distribution channel, the price variants were distributed only to a restricted geographic area within the larger North American newsstand market: that restricted area being Canada. Canada had one tenth the population of the United States in the 1980s. As a result, Blue Beetle cover price variants from the 1980s are a dramatically more rare newsstand type, and collectors who care about relative rarity are keen to target the price variant version of issue numbers they seek for their collections of interesting and rare comic books.

Are Blue Beetle 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, by definition Blue Beetle Type 1A price variants are first printings which were published simultaneously with the other types, on the exact same manufacturing equipment, at the same time, on the same paper, using the same ink, and with publication origin being the USA. The indicia, interior pages, and all other aspects of the variants beyond the cover price box are 100% identical to their regularly priced newsstand counterparts. The Blue Beetle price variants, having originated in the USA as first print originals, were then shipped North to their destination market.

Are Blue Beetle cover price variants more valuable?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, as seen in more detail in the Blue Beetle price guide page above, the variant values represent a sizable premium over the values of the commonplace direct editions in the same grades.

Help, I cannot find CGC 9.8 copies available for the Blue Beetle cover price variants I am looking for?!

✔️Accepted answer: We recommend lowering your grade expectations for all of the 1980s cover price variants, including those in the Blue Beetle title. Remember, the price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel, which means they were treated as reading material, not as collectibles, by both the staff that handled them, and the typical buyers who as a general rule were members of the general public actually interested in reading the comics. Collectors buying comics from newsstands was the exception, not the norm. As a result, surviving copies in the 9.8 NM/MT grade tier can be exceptionally difficult to find among the Blue Beetle cover price variants. A more reasonable grade to shoot for would be 9.0-and-up.

Other comic book titles you may also like:
Blue Devil (#1-31, Annual #1) Price Guide
Blue Ribbon Comics (#5-14) Price Guide
Crisis on Infinite Earths (#1-12) Price Guide

Blue Beetle (#1-23) Values 2022


From: The 2022 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, Jay Halstead, Jon McClure, Benjamin Nobel, Conan Saunders, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone  [ introduction, table of contents, all titles, other price guide editions ]

Blue Beetle Values — 2022 CPV Price Guide

Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
#1 Blue Beetle 1 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $50
 DC, 6/1986  1st Appearance of Firefist (Lyle Byrnes); Origin of Blue Beetle (Ted Kord); Versus Firefist (Lyle Byrnes)
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 6.0 on 5/1/2020 for $7, a raw 5.0 on 8/25/2020 for $7, a raw 8.0 on 9/21/2020 for $9
Doug notes: First Copper Age BLUE BEETLE Series Begins; ORIGIN of new DC Copper Age BLUE BEETLE; First appearance of Firefist;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Firefist.
 
#2 Blue Beetle 2 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $12
 DC, 7/1986  Origin of Firefist (Lyle Byrnes); Versus Firefist (Lyle Byrnes)  
#3 Blue Beetle 3 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $10
 DC, 8/1986  Versus Madmen  
#4 Blue Beetle 4 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $10
 DC, 9/1986  Versus Doctor Alchemy (Albert Desmond)
CGC label note: Doctor Alchemy appearance.
 
#5 Blue Beetle 5 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $10
 DC, 10/1986  1st Appearance of Muse; Guest-Starring: The Question
Conan notes: A raw 4.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/9/2021 for $3
CGC label note: Question appearance.
 
#6 Blue Beetle 6 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $12
 DC, 11/1986  1st Appearance of Muse (Richard Perignon)
CGC label note: Question appearance.
 
#7 Blue Beetle 7 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $12
 DC, 12/1986  Death of Muse (Richard Perignon)  
#8 Blue Beetle 8 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $10
 DC, 1/1987  Versus Calculator (Noah Kuttler)  
#9 Blue Beetle 9 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $10
 DC, 2/1987  Versus Chronos (David Clinton)  
#10 Blue Beetle 10 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $10
 DC, 3/1987  Versus Chronos (David Clinton)
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 4.0 on 1/18/2021 for $4, a raw 4.0 on 5/17/2021 for $4
 
#11 Blue Beetle 11 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $12
 DC, 4/1987  Versus Hybrid
Doug notes: NEW TEEN TITANS appear
 
#12 Blue Beetle 12 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $12
 DC, 5/1987  Versus Hybrid
Doug notes: NEW TEEN TITANS appear
 
#13 Blue Beetle 13 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $12
 DC, 6/1987  1st Appearance of Carapax (Conrad Carapax); Versus Hybrid
Doug notes: NEW TEEN TITANS appear
CGC label note: Teen Titans appearance.
 
#14 Blue Beetle 14 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $10
 DC, 7/1987  1st Appearance of Catalyst  
#15 Blue Beetle 15 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $12
 DC, 8/1987  1st Appearance of Overthrow (Arnold Beck); Versus Carapax
Doug notes: NEW TEEN TITANS appear
 
#16 Blue Beetle 16 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $10
 DC, 9/1987   
#17 Blue Beetle 17 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $10
 DC, 10/1987  Versus Overthrow (Arnold Beck)  
#18 Blue Beetle 18 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $16
 DC, 11/1987  Death of Blue Beetle (Dan Garrett)  
#19 Blue Beetle 19 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $11
 DC, 12/1987  1st Appearance of Dr. Animus (Rose Beryl)  
#20 Blue Beetle 20 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $12
 DC, 1/1988  Versus Catalyst; Millennium Week 2
Doug notes: JUSTICE LEAGUE Appears;
 
#21 Blue Beetle 21 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $10
 DC, 2/1988   
#22 Blue Beetle 22 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $10
 DC, 3/1988  Versus Chronos  
#23 Blue Beetle 23 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $12
 DC, 4/1988  Versus Madman  
Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Blue Beetle CGC Census Data:
Issue # 9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant
1202--+26--
28--+1--
34--+1--
49--+1--
58--+1--
67--+1--
73------
85--+1--
94------
104------
112------
125------
135------
142------
1541--+1
162------
174------
182------
191------
202------
213------
222------
233------
  Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
291
> 99% 
1
< 1% 
 +32
  ~97% 
 +1
  ~3% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Blue Beetle Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Blue Beetle in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 95¢, 1.00, and 1.35 cover price variants exist within the Blue Beetle title.

Which issues of Blue Beetle have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-23 of Blue Beetle.

Why don't more Blue Beetle issues have variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: The cover price variant window in the 1980s was only open from October of 1982 to August of 1986 for Marvel (and September of 1988 for DC) which means that only those Blue Beetle issues published within this specific window have Type 1A price variants. Newsstand copies from before the window opened were priced the same for the Canadian market as for the US market, whereas the closing of the window was the result of the merger of the two single-price newsstand batches into one big dual-price batch (i.e. with both US and CAN prices included) to cover all of North America.

Are the Blue Beetle cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Blue Beetle 1980s cover price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel (by contrast the well-preserved direct edition type sold in comic shops were not price variants). Within the newsstand distribution channel, the price variants were distributed only to a restricted geographic area within the larger North American newsstand market: that restricted area being Canada. Canada had one tenth the population of the United States in the 1980s. As a result, Blue Beetle cover price variants from the 1980s are a dramatically more rare newsstand type, and collectors who care about relative rarity are keen to target the price variant version of issue numbers they seek for their collections of interesting and rare comic books.

Are Blue Beetle 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, by definition Blue Beetle Type 1A price variants are first printings which were published simultaneously with the other types, on the exact same manufacturing equipment, at the same time, on the same paper, using the same ink, and with publication origin being the USA. The indicia, interior pages, and all other aspects of the variants beyond the cover price box are 100% identical to their regularly priced newsstand counterparts. The Blue Beetle price variants, having originated in the USA as first print originals, were then shipped North to their destination market.

Are Blue Beetle cover price variants more valuable?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, as seen in more detail in the Blue Beetle price guide page above, the variant values represent a sizable premium over the values of the commonplace direct editions in the same grades.

Help, I cannot find CGC 9.8 copies available for the Blue Beetle cover price variants I am looking for?!

✔️Accepted answer: We recommend lowering your grade expectations for all of the 1980s cover price variants, including those in the Blue Beetle title. Remember, the price variants were exclusive to the newsstand distribution channel, which means they were treated as reading material, not as collectibles, by both the staff that handled them, and the typical buyers who as a general rule were members of the general public actually interested in reading the comics. Collectors buying comics from newsstands was the exception, not the norm. As a result, surviving copies in the 9.8 NM/MT grade tier can be exceptionally difficult to find among the Blue Beetle cover price variants. A more reasonable grade to shoot for would be 9.0-and-up.

Other comic book titles you may also like:
Blue Devil (#1-31, Annual #1) Price Guide
Blue Ribbon Comics (#5-14) Price Guide
Crisis on Infinite Earths (#1-12) Price Guide

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