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Captain Atom (#1-19, Annual #1) 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 ]
Captain Atom — 2022 Price Guide Values #1-19, Annual #1
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 Captain Atom 1 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$5 $1.35 $40
▲ $12
$30 $24 $17 $11 $
 DC, 3/1987  1st Appearances of Wade Eiling, Dr. Megala, and Babylon; Origin of Captain Atom
Doug notes: First appearance of Captain Nathaniel Christopher Adam aka the New DC Post-Crisis Copper Age CAPTAIN ATOM; 44 Page Giant; Pat Broderick-c/a;
CGC label note: Origin of Captain Atom. New costume for Captain Atom. 1st DC issue. $1.35 cover price
 
#2 Captain Atom 2 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 4/1987  Versus Plastique
CGC label note: Superman & Batman cameo.
 
#3 Captain Atom 3 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 5/1987  Origin of Captain Atom (fake origin)  
#4 Captain Atom 4 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 6/1987   
#5 Captain Atom 5 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$3 $1.00 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 7/1987  1st Appearance of Dr. Spectro (Tom Emery)
Doug notes: Firestorm appears
 
#6 Captain Atom 6 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 8/1987  Versus Doctor Spectro (Tom Emery)
CGC label note: Intro new Dr. Spectro.
 
#7 Captain Atom 7 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 9/1987   
#8 Captain Atom 8 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 10/1987   
#9 Captain Atom 9 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 11/1987  Versus Bolt
CGC label note: Bolt appearance.
 
#10 Captain Atom 10 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 12/1987   
#11 Captain Atom 11 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 1/1988  Millennium Week 4 Crossover; Cover forms image with Spectre #10; Detective Comics #582; Suicide Squad #9
CGC label note: Firestorm appearance.
 
#12 Captain Atom 12 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$3 $1.00 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 2/1988  1st Appearance of Major Force (Clifford Zmeck)
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Major Force.
 
#13 Captain Atom 13 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 3/1988   
#14 Captain Atom 14 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 4/1988  1st Appearance of Ghost
Doug notes: Nightshade appears
 
#15 Captain Atom 15 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.00 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 5/1988  Versus Major Force; Versus Doctor Spectro  
#16 Captain Atom 16 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$3 $1.00 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 6/1988  Versus Red Tornado
Doug notes: JLA
 
#17 Captain Atom 17 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$3 $1.35 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 7/1988  Versus Red Tornado
Doug notes: Swamp Thing
 
#18 Captain Atom 18 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$3 $1.35 $13
▲ $3
$11 $9 $6 $4 $
 DC, 8/1988   
#19 Captain Atom 19 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$3 $1.35 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 9/1988  Doug notes: Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title  
Annual #1 Captain Atom Annual #1 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.75 $20
▲ $4
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 1988  Conan notes: A raw 6.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 1/7/2021 for $4  
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
Captain Atom CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 10/27/2020
Census Count
9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
1551661+11--
24--4------
33--3------
42--2------
52--2------
63--3------
7------------
8------------
91--1------
101--1------
112--2------
123--3------
13------------
141--1------
151--1------
163--3------
173--3------
18------------
19------------
Annual #14--4------
  Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
88
~99%
1
~1%
99
> 99% 
1
< 1% 
 +11
    100% 
--
  
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Captain Atom Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Captain Atom in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 1.00, 1.35, and 1.75 cover price variants exist within the Captain Atom title.

Which issues of Captain Atom have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-19 and Annual #1 of Captain Atom.

Why don't more Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Captain Atom 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, Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, by definition Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom price variants, having originated in the USA as first print originals, were then shipped North to their destination market.

Are Captain Atom cover price variants more valuable?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, as seen in more detail in the Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom cover price variants. A more reasonable grade to shoot for would be 9.0-and-up.

Other comic book titles you may also like:
Captain America (#274-320, Annual #6-7) Price Guide
Captain Carrot (#8-20) Price Guide
Power of the Atom (#1-2) Price Guide
Sword of The Atom (#1-4, Special #1-3) Price Guide

Captain Atom (#1-19, Annual #1) 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 ]

Captain Atom Values — 2022 CPV Price Guide

Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
#1 Captain Atom 1 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $40
▲ $12
 DC, 3/1987  1st Appearances of Wade Eiling, Dr. Megala, and Babylon; Origin of Captain Atom
Doug notes: First appearance of Captain Nathaniel Christopher Adam aka the New DC Post-Crisis Copper Age CAPTAIN ATOM; 44 Page Giant; Pat Broderick-c/a;
CGC label note: Origin of Captain Atom. New costume for Captain Atom. 1st DC issue. $1.35 cover price
 
#2 Captain Atom 2 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 4/1987  Versus Plastique
CGC label note: Superman & Batman cameo.
 
#3 Captain Atom 3 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 5/1987  Origin of Captain Atom (fake origin)  
#4 Captain Atom 4 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 6/1987   
#5 Captain Atom 5 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 7/1987  1st Appearance of Dr. Spectro (Tom Emery)
Doug notes: Firestorm appears
 
#6 Captain Atom 6 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 8/1987  Versus Doctor Spectro (Tom Emery)
CGC label note: Intro new Dr. Spectro.
 
#7 Captain Atom 7 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 9/1987   
#8 Captain Atom 8 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 10/1987   
#9 Captain Atom 9 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 11/1987  Versus Bolt
CGC label note: Bolt appearance.
 
#10 Captain Atom 10 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 12/1987   
#11 Captain Atom 11 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 1/1988  Millennium Week 4 Crossover; Cover forms image with Spectre #10; Detective Comics #582; Suicide Squad #9
CGC label note: Firestorm appearance.
 
#12 Captain Atom 12 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 2/1988  1st Appearance of Major Force (Clifford Zmeck)
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Major Force.
 
#13 Captain Atom 13 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 3/1988   
#14 Captain Atom 14 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 4/1988  1st Appearance of Ghost
Doug notes: Nightshade appears
 
#15 Captain Atom 15 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 5/1988  Versus Major Force; Versus Doctor Spectro  
#16 Captain Atom 16 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 6/1988  Versus Red Tornado
Doug notes: JLA
 
#17 Captain Atom 17 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 7/1988  Versus Red Tornado
Doug notes: Swamp Thing
 
#18 Captain Atom 18 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $13
▲ $3
 DC, 8/1988   
#19 Captain Atom 19 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.35 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 9/1988  Doug notes: Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title  
Annual #1 Captain Atom Annual #1 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $20
▲ $4
 DC, 1988  Conan notes: A raw 6.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 1/7/2021 for $4  
Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Captain Atom CGC Census Data:
Issue # 9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant
1661+11--
24------
33------
42------
52------
63------
7--------
8--------
91------
101------
112------
123------
13--------
141------
151------
163------
173------
18--------
19--------
Annual #14------
  Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
99
> 99% 
1
< 1% 
 +11
    100% 
--
  
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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[ Jump to: list of all titles in the price guide ]

Captain Atom Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Captain Atom in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 1.00, 1.35, and 1.75 cover price variants exist within the Captain Atom title.

Which issues of Captain Atom have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-19 and Annual #1 of Captain Atom.

Why don't more Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Captain Atom 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, Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, by definition Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom price variants, having originated in the USA as first print originals, were then shipped North to their destination market.

Are Captain Atom cover price variants more valuable?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, as seen in more detail in the Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom 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 Captain Atom cover price variants. A more reasonable grade to shoot for would be 9.0-and-up.

Other comic book titles you may also like:
Captain America (#274-320, Annual #6-7) Price Guide
Captain Carrot (#8-20) Price Guide
Power of the Atom (#1-2) Price Guide
Sword of The Atom (#1-4, Special #1-3) Price Guide

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