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Secret Origins (#1-30, Annual #1-2) 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 ]
Secret Origins — 2022 Price Guide Values #1-30, Annual #1-2
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 Secret Origins 1 Canadian Price Variant picture$10$8 $0.95 $22 $19 $15 $11 $7 $
 DC, 4/1986  Origin of Superman
Doug notes: Origin Golden Age Superman, of Earth-2; ALL-NEW & UPDATED ORIGINS, for the POST-CRISIS 1986 & Newer DC Universe BEGINS = MOST are the FIRST “COPPER AGE” ORIGINS of these Heroes;
CGC label note: Unpublished GA Superman pinup page with art by Joe Shuster, Paul Cassidy, John Sikela, Ed Dobrotka & Lee Nowak.
 
#2 Secret Origins 2 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$4 $0.95 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 5/1986  Doug notes: Old and New Blue Beetle; serves as intro to new Blue Beetle title
CGC label note: Blue Beetle.
 
#3 Secret Origins 3 Canadian Price Variant picture$9$8 $0.95 $28 $25 $20 $14 $9 $
 DC, 6/1986  Origin of Captain Marvel
Doug notes: Shazam
CGC label note: Shazam.
 
#4 Secret Origins 4 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$4 $0.95 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 7/1986  Doug notes: Firestorm
CGC label note: Firestorm, the Nuclear Man.
 
#5 Secret Origins 5 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $0.95 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 8/1986  Doug notes: Crimson Avenger; Colan-c/a;
CGC label note: The Crimson Avenger.
 
#6 Secret Origins 6 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 9/1986  Doug notes: Halo and Golden Age Batman; Rogers-a; Outsiders app; Garcia-Lopez-c;
CGC label note: Halo & the Golden Age Batman.
 
#7 Secret Origins 7 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 10/1986  Doug notes: Green Lantern / Guy Gardner & Golden Age Sandman; Bolland-c;
CGC label note: Brian Bolland cover.
 
#8 Secret Origins 8 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 11/1986  Doug notes: Shadow Lass & Doll-Man; Anderson-a;
CGC label note: Shadow Lass & Doll Man.
 
#9 Secret Origins 9 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 12/1986  Doug notes: Golden Age Flash; Star Spangled Kid=Skyman; Seven Soldiers of Victory,and JSA app;
CGC label note: Star-Spangled Kid & the Golden Age Flash
 
#10 Secret Origins 10 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 1/1987  1st Appearance of Dr. Alt
Doug notes: Phantom Stranger; Alan Moore scripts; Legends spin-off;
CGC label note: Phantom Stranger.
 
#11 Secret Origins 11 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$4 $1.75 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 2/1987  Doug notes: POWER GIRL and Golden Age Hawkman; New Post-Crisis origin of Power Girl, re Krypton & Arion of Atlantis;
CGC label note: Hawkman & Power Girl.
 
#12 Secret Origins 12 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.75 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 3/1987  Doug notes: POWER GIRL and Golden Age Hawkman; New Post-Crisis origin of Power Girl, re Krypton & Arion of Atlantis; VF
CGC label note: Paris Cullins cover
 
#13 Secret Origins 13 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $28
▲ $6
$25 $20 $14 $9 $
 DC, 4/1987  Doug notes: ORIGIN of NIGHTWING Partial Cover & Story; The Secret Origin of Nightwing with BATMAN, the Jason Todd ROBIN, & TEEN TITANS; Brenton
CGC label note: Nightwing & Johnny Thunder.
 
#14 Secret Origins 14 Canadian Price Variant picture$26$8 $1.75 $33 $29 $23 $16 $11 $
 DC, 5/1987  1st Appearances of Argent I and Ace High; President Ronald Reagan appearance
Doug notes: Three versions of the ORIGIN of SUICIDE SQUAD = both Silver Age & 1980's Super-Villain Team; Includes the First Time New ORIGIN of the Modern Copper Age SUICIDE SQUAD; LEGENDS spin-off;
CGC label note: President Ronald Reagan appearance.
 
#15 Secret Origins 15 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.75 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 6/1987  Doug notes: Spectre, Adapted from the stories in More Fun 52-54; Michael T. Gilbert-a; Deadman;
CGC label note: Spectre & Deadman.
 
#16 Secret Origins 16 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.75 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 7/1987  Doug notes: Golden Age Hourman / Warlord; Adam Kubert-a;
CGC label note: Hourman and The Warlord.
 
#17 Secret Origins 17 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 8/1987  Doug notes: Adam Strange / Dr. Occult;
CGC label note: Adam Strange & Dr. Occult.
 
#18 Secret Origins 18 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 9/1987  Doug notes: Golden Age Green Lantern / Creeper; George Freeman-a; Sienkiewicz-c;  
#19 Secret Origins 19 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 10/1987  Doug notes: Golden Age Uncle Sam / Guardian and the Newsboy Legion; Anderson-a; Kirby-c;
CGC label note: Uncle Sam & The Guardian.
 
#20 Secret Origins 20 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$4 $1.75 $18
▲ $4
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 11/1987  Origin of Batgirl; Origin of Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider)
Doug notes: BATGIRL new, post-Crisis origin; Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite;
CGC label note: Batgirl & the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite.
 
#21 Secret Origins 21 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 12/1987  Doug notes: Jonah Hex / Black Condor; Anderson-a; Garcia-Lopez-c; Gray Morrow-a;
CGC label note: Jonah Hex & the Black Condor.
 
#22 Secret Origins 22 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 1/1988  Doug notes: Manhunters & Manhunter; Simonson-c; Millenium story-line;  
#23 Secret Origins 23 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 2/1988  Doug notes: Floronic Man / Guardians of the Universe; Millenium tie-in; Crisis flashbacks;
CGC label note: Floronic Man & Guardians of the Universe
 
#24 Secret Origins 24 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 3/1988  Doug notes: Blue Devil; Dr. Fate, Based on More Fun-s;  
#25 Secret Origins 25 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 4/1988  Doug notes: Legion of Super-Heroes / Atom; Anderson-a;  
#26 Secret Origins 26 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $1.75 $15
▲ $3
$13 $11 $7 $5 $
 DC, 5/1988  Doug notes: Black Lightning; Miss America story Adapted from 40's Military 1-7 and new All Star Squadron;  
#27 Secret Origins 27 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$3 $2.00 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 6/1988  Doug notes: Zatara and Zatanna; Russell-a;  
#28 Secret Origins 28 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$3 $2.00 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 7/1988  Doug notes: Midnight and Nightshade; Gil Kane-a;  
#29 Secret Origins 29 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$3 $2.00 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 8/1988  Doug notes: Connects Sword of the Atom to Power of the Atom; Mr. America; New 3 page GA Red Tornado-s by Mayer;  
#30 Secret Origins 30 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$3 $2.00 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 9/1988  Doug notes: Plastic Man / Elongated Man; Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title
CGC label note: Plastic Man & the Elongated Man.
 
Annual #1 Secret Origins Annual #1 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $2.85 $25
▲ $5
$22 $18 $12 $8 $
 DC, 1987  Doug notes: Origin of Original and New DOOM PATROL, leads into Doom Patrol #1; Origin of Captain Comet; JOHN BYRNE-c/a;  
Annual #2 Secret Origins Annual #2 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$4 $2.70 $20
▲ $4
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 1988  Conan notes: A raw 6.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/1/2021 for $7
Doug notes: ORIGIN of FLASH II (Barry Allen) and FLASH III (Kid Flash);
CGC label note: Carmine Infantino, Mike Collins & Murphy Anderson cover.
 
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
Secret Origins CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 10/27/2020
Census Count
9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
1642673+3+1
213--13------
316--19--+3--
45151----
54--4------
611--11------
77--7------
85--5------
91--1------
106--7--+1--
119--11--+2--
123--3------
136--6------
1454--59--+5--
155--5------
161--1------
178--8------
184--5--+1--
191--1------
205--5------
212--2------
22----1--+1--
232--2------
241--1------
252--2------
263--3------
271--2--+1--
281--1------
291--2--+1--
301--1------
Annual #116--26--+10--
Annual #28--8------
  Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
266
~99%
3
~1%
294
~99%
4
~1%
 +28
  ~97% 
 +1
  ~3% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Secret Origins Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Secret Origins in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 95¢, 1.75, 2.00, 2.70, and 2.85 cover price variants exist within the Secret Origins title.

Which issues of Secret Origins have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-30 and Annual #1-2 of Secret Origins.

Why don't more Secret Origins 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 Secret Origins 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 Secret Origins cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Secret Origins 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, Secret Origins 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 Secret Origins 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

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

Are Secret Origins cover price variants more valuable?

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

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Secret Origins (#1-30, Annual #1-2) 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 ]

Secret Origins Values — 2022 CPV Price Guide

Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
#1 Secret Origins 1 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $22
 DC, 4/1986  Origin of Superman
Doug notes: Origin Golden Age Superman, of Earth-2; ALL-NEW & UPDATED ORIGINS, for the POST-CRISIS 1986 & Newer DC Universe BEGINS = MOST are the FIRST “COPPER AGE” ORIGINS of these Heroes;
CGC label note: Unpublished GA Superman pinup page with art by Joe Shuster, Paul Cassidy, John Sikela, Ed Dobrotka & Lee Nowak.
 
#2 Secret Origins 2 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 5/1986  Doug notes: Old and New Blue Beetle; serves as intro to new Blue Beetle title
CGC label note: Blue Beetle.
 
#3 Secret Origins 3 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $28
 DC, 6/1986  Origin of Captain Marvel
Doug notes: Shazam
CGC label note: Shazam.
 
#4 Secret Origins 4 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 7/1986  Doug notes: Firestorm
CGC label note: Firestorm, the Nuclear Man.
 
#5 Secret Origins 5 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 8/1986  Doug notes: Crimson Avenger; Colan-c/a;
CGC label note: The Crimson Avenger.
 
#6 Secret Origins 6 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 9/1986  Doug notes: Halo and Golden Age Batman; Rogers-a; Outsiders app; Garcia-Lopez-c;
CGC label note: Halo & the Golden Age Batman.
 
#7 Secret Origins 7 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 10/1986  Doug notes: Green Lantern / Guy Gardner & Golden Age Sandman; Bolland-c;
CGC label note: Brian Bolland cover.
 
#8 Secret Origins 8 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 11/1986  Doug notes: Shadow Lass & Doll-Man; Anderson-a;
CGC label note: Shadow Lass & Doll Man.
 
#9 Secret Origins 9 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 12/1986  Doug notes: Golden Age Flash; Star Spangled Kid=Skyman; Seven Soldiers of Victory,and JSA app;
CGC label note: Star-Spangled Kid & the Golden Age Flash
 
#10 Secret Origins 10 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 1/1987  1st Appearance of Dr. Alt
Doug notes: Phantom Stranger; Alan Moore scripts; Legends spin-off;
CGC label note: Phantom Stranger.
 
#11 Secret Origins 11 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 2/1987  Doug notes: POWER GIRL and Golden Age Hawkman; New Post-Crisis origin of Power Girl, re Krypton & Arion of Atlantis;
CGC label note: Hawkman & Power Girl.
 
#12 Secret Origins 12 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 3/1987  Doug notes: POWER GIRL and Golden Age Hawkman; New Post-Crisis origin of Power Girl, re Krypton & Arion of Atlantis; VF
CGC label note: Paris Cullins cover
 
#13 Secret Origins 13 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $28
▲ $6
 DC, 4/1987  Doug notes: ORIGIN of NIGHTWING Partial Cover & Story; The Secret Origin of Nightwing with BATMAN, the Jason Todd ROBIN, & TEEN TITANS; Brenton
CGC label note: Nightwing & Johnny Thunder.
 
#14 Secret Origins 14 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $33
 DC, 5/1987  1st Appearances of Argent I and Ace High; President Ronald Reagan appearance
Doug notes: Three versions of the ORIGIN of SUICIDE SQUAD = both Silver Age & 1980's Super-Villain Team; Includes the First Time New ORIGIN of the Modern Copper Age SUICIDE SQUAD; LEGENDS spin-off;
CGC label note: President Ronald Reagan appearance.
 
#15 Secret Origins 15 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 6/1987  Doug notes: Spectre, Adapted from the stories in More Fun 52-54; Michael T. Gilbert-a; Deadman;
CGC label note: Spectre & Deadman.
 
#16 Secret Origins 16 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 7/1987  Doug notes: Golden Age Hourman / Warlord; Adam Kubert-a;
CGC label note: Hourman and The Warlord.
 
#17 Secret Origins 17 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 8/1987  Doug notes: Adam Strange / Dr. Occult;
CGC label note: Adam Strange & Dr. Occult.
 
#18 Secret Origins 18 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 9/1987  Doug notes: Golden Age Green Lantern / Creeper; George Freeman-a; Sienkiewicz-c;  
#19 Secret Origins 19 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 10/1987  Doug notes: Golden Age Uncle Sam / Guardian and the Newsboy Legion; Anderson-a; Kirby-c;
CGC label note: Uncle Sam & The Guardian.
 
#20 Secret Origins 20 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $18
▲ $4
 DC, 11/1987  Origin of Batgirl; Origin of Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider)
Doug notes: BATGIRL new, post-Crisis origin; Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite;
CGC label note: Batgirl & the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite.
 
#21 Secret Origins 21 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 12/1987  Doug notes: Jonah Hex / Black Condor; Anderson-a; Garcia-Lopez-c; Gray Morrow-a;
CGC label note: Jonah Hex & the Black Condor.
 
#22 Secret Origins 22 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 1/1988  Doug notes: Manhunters & Manhunter; Simonson-c; Millenium story-line;  
#23 Secret Origins 23 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 2/1988  Doug notes: Floronic Man / Guardians of the Universe; Millenium tie-in; Crisis flashbacks;
CGC label note: Floronic Man & Guardians of the Universe
 
#24 Secret Origins 24 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 3/1988  Doug notes: Blue Devil; Dr. Fate, Based on More Fun-s;  
#25 Secret Origins 25 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 4/1988  Doug notes: Legion of Super-Heroes / Atom; Anderson-a;  
#26 Secret Origins 26 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.75 $15
▲ $3
 DC, 5/1988  Doug notes: Black Lightning; Miss America story Adapted from 40's Military 1-7 and new All Star Squadron;  
#27 Secret Origins 27 Canadian Price Variant picture $2.00 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 6/1988  Doug notes: Zatara and Zatanna; Russell-a;  
#28 Secret Origins 28 Canadian Price Variant picture $2.00 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 7/1988  Doug notes: Midnight and Nightshade; Gil Kane-a;  
#29 Secret Origins 29 Canadian Price Variant picture $2.00 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 8/1988  Doug notes: Connects Sword of the Atom to Power of the Atom; Mr. America; New 3 page GA Red Tornado-s by Mayer;  
#30 Secret Origins 30 Canadian Price Variant picture $2.00 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 9/1988  Doug notes: Plastic Man / Elongated Man; Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title
CGC label note: Plastic Man & the Elongated Man.
 
Annual #1 Secret Origins Annual #1 Canadian Price Variant picture $2.85 $25
▲ $5
 DC, 1987  Doug notes: Origin of Original and New DOOM PATROL, leads into Doom Patrol #1; Origin of Captain Comet; JOHN BYRNE-c/a;  
Annual #2 Secret Origins Annual #2 Canadian Price Variant picture $2.70 $20
▲ $4
 DC, 1988  Conan notes: A raw 6.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 7/1/2021 for $7
Doug notes: ORIGIN of FLASH II (Barry Allen) and FLASH III (Kid Flash);
CGC label note: Carmine Infantino, Mike Collins & Murphy Anderson cover.
 
Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Secret Origins CGC Census Data:
Issue # 9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant
1673+3+1
213------
319--+3--
451----
54------
611------
77------
85------
91------
107--+1--
1111--+2--
123------
136------
1459--+5--
155------
161------
178------
185--+1--
191------
205------
212------
221--+1--
232------
241------
252------
263------
272--+1--
281------
292--+1--
301------
Annual #126--+10--
Annual #28------
  Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
294
~99%
4
~1%
 +28
  ~97% 
 +1
  ~3% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Secret Origins Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Secret Origins in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 95¢, 1.75, 2.00, 2.70, and 2.85 cover price variants exist within the Secret Origins title.

Which issues of Secret Origins have cover price variants in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #1-30 and Annual #1-2 of Secret Origins.

Why don't more Secret Origins 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 Secret Origins 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 Secret Origins cover price variants of the 1980s rare?

✔️Accepted answer: The Secret Origins 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, Secret Origins 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 Secret Origins 1980s cover price variants 1st printings?

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

Are Secret Origins cover price variants more valuable?

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

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