Captain Atom #1 $1.35 Variant Value
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]
|9.2||Near Mint -||$40
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$30
|Captain Atom #1 $1.35 Cover Price Variant, DC, 3/1987, Published in the USA
Captain Atom #1 $1.35 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
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
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Within the top 500 most valuable variants of our 2022 CPV Price Guide, you'll find Captain Atom #1, at a $1.35 variant NM- value of $40. With everything the issue has going for it (as detailed in the issue notes in the page above), and a value that puts it in the top ten percent of all variants in our guide, $1.35 price variant copies of Captain Atom #1 are watchlist-worthy and we give them a rating of FOUR POINT TWO FIVE STARS as a collectible. Regular copies in 9.2 have not changed in value since 2018. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed notably, increasing in value by $20 since 2018, or about +100%.
Captain Atom #1 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Captain Atom #1?
I have a copy of Captain Atom #1 and I want to know what this comic book is worth in different grades as a first printing?
The answer depends on the type that you own. For Captain Atom #1, DC published a direct edition type (exceptionally well preserved by collectors as direct edition comics were the type sold in comic shops), and two newsstand types which were sold to the general public on newsstands (a regular cover price version and the $1.35 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $40 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Captain Atom #1 has a graphical logo or a bar code box. If it has a graphical logo, sorry to break it to you but you own a commonplace direct edition copy which is worth about $5.
If your copy of Captain Atom #1 has a bar code box on the cover, then you've got a newsstand copy! Is it the more-rare price variant? Now for the moment of excitement: is the cover price of your newsstand copy $1.35? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!
What is Captain Atom #1 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $4 in VF/NM whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $30.
Why are the Captain Atom #1 newsstand cover price variants worth so much more than the direct edition copies?
As collectibles, direct edition copies are already at a disadvantage compared to newsstand copies in the highest grades, because direct editions were extraordinarily well preserved as the distinct type sold in specialty comic shops. The comic shop owners ordered direct edition copies of Captain Atom #1 at a discount to cover price, but on a non-returnable basis (the graphical logo was to tell non-returnable copies apart from their returnable newsstand counterparts). When their orders arrived, the comic shop staff handled the books with extreme care to preserve their condition, and then the comic book collectors who shopped there typically preserved their purchases in plastic bags with backing boards. By contrast, newsstand copies were treated as reading material with no staff training to handle the books with any semblance of care, and they were then sold to the general public; unsold copies were returned for credit and typically pulped/recycled forward. Only those newsstand copies of Captain Atom #1 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Captain Atom #1, the market area that received the $1.35 cover price newsstand copies was a restricted area representing less than 10% the population of the total North American newsstand market. That's because the destination market for $1.35 copies of Captain Atom #1 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for $1.35 Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the $1.35 variant approximately 650% higher than the direct edition in Very Fine / Near Mint (9.0) condition, as of our 2022 CPV Price Guide Edition.
In VF condition, how much is Captain Atom #1 worth?
The direct edition version of Captain Atom #1 is worth about $3 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $24.
What is the value of Captain Atom #1 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Captain Atom #1 is worth about $2 whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $17.
What is the approximate Captain Atom #1 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Captain Atom #1 is worth about $1 whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $11.
What is the Captain Atom #1 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Captain Atom #1 is about $0.50 for the direct edition version whereas the $1.35 newsstand variants are worth $6.
Has the Captain Atom #1 $1.35 variant from DC been a good investment?
Captain Atom #1 $1.35 variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have produced gains, increasing in value by $20 since 2018, or about +100% in 5 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2022 guide edition).
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