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Superman (#376-423, Annual #9-12, Special #1-3) 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 ]
Superman — 2022 Price Guide Values #376-423, Annual #9-12, Special #1-3
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
#376 Superman 376 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$7 $0.75 $21
▲ $6
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 DC, 10/1982  Versus Ozone-Master; Daring New Adventures of Supergirl Preview
Doug notes: FIRST Canadian Price Variant in Title; Daring New Adventures of SUPERGIRL Preview Insert;
CGC label note: Supergirl backup story by Paul Kupperberg & Carmine Infantino.
 
#377 Superman 377 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$7 $0.75 $34
▲ $10
$30 $24 $17 $11 $
 DC, 11/1982  Versus Terra-Man; Includes Masters of the Universe Preview
Doug notes: 16 Page He-Man & the Masters of the Universe Preview Insert;
CGC label note: Terra-Man appearance. 16 page Masters of the Universe preview.
 
#378 Superman 378 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $20
▲ $6
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 12/1982  1st Appearance of Colonel Future (Ed Hamilton)
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#379 Superman 379 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 1/1983  CGC label note: Bizarro #1 & Bizarro-Batman appearance. 1st appearance of Bizarro-Hawkman, Bizarro-Yellow Lantern & Bizarro-Aquaman  
#380 Superman 380 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 2/1983  Crossover with New Adventures of Superboy #38  
#381 Superman 381 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 3/1983   
#382 Superman 382 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 4/1983   
#383 Superman 383 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 5/1983   
#384 Superman 384 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 6/1983   
#385 Superman 385 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 7/1983  Continued from Action Comics #544
CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance.
 
#386 Superman 386 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 8/1983  CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance.  
#387 Superman 387 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 9/1983  Planeteer continued in Action Comics #547  
#388 Superman 388 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 10/1983   
#389 Superman 389 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.75 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 11/1983   
#390 Superman 390 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$7 $0.95 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 12/1983   
#391 Superman 391 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$7 $0.95 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 1/1984   
#392 Superman 392 Canadian Price Variant picture$8$7 $0.95 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 2/1984   
#393 Superman 393 Canadian Price Variant picture$8$7 $0.95 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 3/1984   
#394 Superman 394 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$7 $0.95 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 4/1984   
#395 Superman 395 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$7 $0.95 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 5/1984   
#396 Superman 396 Canadian Price Variant picture$8$7 $0.95 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 6/1984   
#397 Superman 397 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$7 $0.95 $20
▲ $6
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 7/1984  Origin of Kryptonite Man  
#398 Superman 398 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$7 $0.95 $20
▲ $6
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 8/1984  CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.  
#399 Superman 399 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$7 $0.95 $17
▲ $5
$15 $12 $8 $6 $
 DC, 9/1984   
#400 Superman 400 Canadian Price Variant picture$8$12 $2.00 $30
▲ $2
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 DC, 10/1984  400th anniversary issue; Giant-size
Doug notes: Steranko-c/a; Frank Miller back-c
CGC label note: Howard Chaykin cover. Anniversary issue. Back cover pin-up by Frank Miller. $2.00 cover price.
 
#401 Superman 401 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $21
▲ $5
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 DC, 11/1984  Versus Lex Luthor; Bonus Flash Force 2000
Doug notes: Bonus 16 Page insert = 1st app Flash Force 2000-s; Supergirl & Lex Luthor app;
CGC label note: 16-page insert for Flash Force 2000 by Robert Loren Fleming, Denys Cowan & Sal Trapani.
 
#402 Superman 402 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 12/1984  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#403 Superman 403 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 1/1985  Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.
 
#404 Superman 404 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 2/1985  Imaginary story;
Doug notes: Clark marries Lana; Superboy/Superman with NO powers; Imaginary-s = Lex Luthor app
CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance. 95¢ cover price.
 
#405 Superman 405 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.95 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 3/1985  Doug notes: Mystery of the Super-Batman-c/s;  
#406 Superman 406 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 4/1985  Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.
 
#407 Superman 407 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 5/1985  Powers passed along
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
 
#408 Superman 408 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 6/1985  Nuclear nightmare
Doug notes: Al Williamson-c/a; Nuclear weapons-s; Lori Lemaris app;
CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.
 
#409 Superman 409 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.95 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 7/1985  Doug notes: Al Williamson-c/a; Sleepwalker from Krypton-s;
CGC label note: Letter from Jerry Siegel.
 
#410 Superman 410 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$6 $0.95 $24
▲ $8
$21 $17 $12 $8 $
 DC, 8/1985  Versus Luthor
Doug notes: Lex LUTHOR TRILOGY Part-1 of 3 parts; Superman suffers Luthor-induced Brain-Chain Beam fantasy; Clark Kent is FIRED-c/s; Al Williamson art
 
#411 Superman 411 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $30
▲ $10
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 DC, 9/1985  Commemorates Schwartzs career; MASK preview comic
Doug notes: LAST Earth-Prime story; Julius Schwartz 70th Birthday cover & Special Issue; Julius Schwartz of Earth-1 & Earth-Prime appearances; Jeanette Khan & DC Comics staff app; Ultra-Man cameo; 16 page Bonus insert comic PREVIEW of the MASK;
CGC label note: Tribute to Julius Schwartz.
 
#412 Superman 412 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 10/1985  Versus Luthor
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance.
 
#413 Superman 413 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.95 $22
▲ $6
$19 $15 $11 $7 $
 DC, 11/1985  Versus Luthor; Lex Luthor continued in Crisis on Infinite Earths #6
Doug notes: Lex LUTHOR Brain-Chain Beam TRILOGY Part-2 of 3 parts; continues in DC COMICS PRESENTS #95; Luthor story threat continues into CRISIS #6; unofficial CRISIS crossover issue; Al Williamson art;
 
#414 Superman 414 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 12/1985  Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over; Continued from Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: Superboy Prime appearance.
 
#415 Superman 415 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$6 $0.95 $30
▲ $10
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 DC, 1/1986  Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over; ; Robert Bloch L.O.C.; Jack Williamson L.O.C.; James Gunn L.O.C.; Alfred Bester L.O.C.; William Rotsler L.O.C.; Frederick Pohl L.O.C.; Mike Friedrich L.O.C.; Richard Howell L.O.C.; William Woolfolk L.O.C.
Doug notes: Post-DEATH Supergirl-c/s; Story threads with Superman #414, DC Presents #87 & JLA Annual #3; Al Williamson-a; CRISIS Crossover story; Supergirl's secret marriage, told in flashback;
CGC label note: Supergirl appearance.
 
#416 Superman 416 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $20
▲ $5
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 2/1986  Superman learns Luthors connection to Einstein
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance. 95¢ cover price.
 
#417 Superman 417 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 3/1986  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#418 Superman 418 Canadian Price Variant picture$6$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 4/1986  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#419 Superman 419 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 5/1986  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#420 Superman 420 Canadian Price Variant picture$2$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 6/1986  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#421 Superman 421 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.95 $16
▲ $4
$14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 7/1986  Versus Mr. Mxyzptlk; MASK comic insert
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: 12 page insert for Mask sweepstakes.
 
#422 Superman 422 Canadian Price Variant picture$9$6 $0.95 $21
▲ $5
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 DC, 8/1986  Doug notes: HORROR cover by Bolland
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Thomas Lawrence.
 
#423 Superman 423 Canadian Price Variant picture$15$18 $1.00 $50
▲ $14
$38 $30 $21 $14 $
 DC, 9/1986  Final Issue
Angelo notes: Book that should command more respect price-wise but doesn't.
Doug notes: CVR Ranks this the #1 All-Time Greatest Superman Storyline, continued into Action Comics #583; Scarcer Historic LAST issue; Alan Moore Script, Curt Swan/Murphy Anderson-c; Curt Swan / George Perez art; Imaginary Story; With; Bizarro, Brainiac, Krypto, Kryptonite Man, Legion of Super-Heroes; Lex Luthor, Metallo, Prankster, Pete Ross, Supergirl, Toyman; LAST Superman of Earth-One story; one of the all-time greatest Superman stories;
CGC label note: $1.00 cover price. Last issue. Becomes "Adventures of Superman" with next issue.
 
Annual #9 Superman Annual #9 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$7 $1.25 $20
▲ $6
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 9/1983  Conan notes: A raw 2.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 8/11/2021 for $3  
Annual #10 Superman Annual #10 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $1.60 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 11/1984  Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 5.5 on 5/10/2021 for $7, a raw 6.0 on 5/11/2020 for $7  
Annual #11Top 100 CPVs Superman Annual #11 Canadian Price Variant picture$16$55 $1.60 $115
▲ $17
$77 $62 $43 $29 $14 
 DC, 9/1985  Versus Mongul
#32 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: A 9.6 CGC sold in October of 2020 for $209. A 9.4 CGC sold for $300 in 2019
Conan notes: A raw 6.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 6/25/2020 for $91
Doug notes: FIRST appearance of BLACK MERCY cover & story; BLACK MERCY has appeared in the SUPERGIRL TV Series; Classic ALAN MOORE Story; MOGOL cover & story; MONGUL is #41 on IGN's Top-100 Comic Book Villain Of All Time List; Batman, Robin & Wonder Woman-c/s;
CGC label note: Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman & Mongul appearance. $1.60 cover price.
 
Annual #12 Superman Annual #12 Canadian Price Variant picture$7$6 $1.70 $19
▲ $5
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 DC, 9/1986   
Special Edition #1 Superman Special Edition #1 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $1.25 $20 $18 $14 $10 $7 $
 DC, 3/1983   
Special Edition #2 Superman Special Edition #2 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $1.60 $14 $12 $10 $7 $5 $
 DC, 3/1984  Versus Brainiac  
Special Edition #3 Superman Special Edition #3 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $1.60 $16 $14 $11 $8 $5 $
 DC, 4/1985  Versus Amazo  
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
Superman CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 10/27/2020
Census Count
9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
37617--18--+1--
37714--16--+2--
3787--81+1+1
37923--232--+2
3807--7------
38112--12------
3825--5------
3836--6------
3845--7--+2--
38513--13------
38618--20--+2--
3877--8--+1--
3887--7------
3896--6------
39010--10------
39116--16------
3925--71+2+1
39313--14--+1--
3946171+1--
3958--9--+1--
3969--9------
3979--9------
398122122----
3995--5------
40014011482+8+1
4013--3------
40210--10------
403102112+1--
4045161+1--
4052171+5--
406101101----
4078--8------
40812--141+2+1
4092--2------
4104--5--+1--
41111--11------
41214--17--+3--
41313--13------
41423--23------
41525--26--+1--
416101101----
4178--8------
4188--8------
41910--11--+1--
4206--7--+1--
4218--9--+1--
42212--13--+1--
42340344386+35+2
Annual #912--12------
Annual #1022--24--+2--
Annual #11322836410+42+2
Annual #1214--16--+2--
Special Edition #1131131----
Special Edition #211--11------
Special Edition #37--7------
  Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
1,398
~98%
23
~2%
1,519
~98%
33
~2%
 +121
  ~92% 
 +10
  ~8% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Superman Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Superman in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 75¢, 95¢, 1.00, 1.25, 1.60, 1.70, and 2.00 cover price variants exist within the Superman title.

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

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #376-423 and Annual #9-12, Special #1-3 of Superman. Noteworthy cover price variant examples include #Annual #11(Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman & Mongul appearance. $1.60 cover price.).

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

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

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

Are Superman cover price variants more valuable?

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

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Superman (#376-423, Annual #9-12, Special #1-3) 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 ]

Superman Values — 2022 CPV Price Guide

Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
#376 Superman 376 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $21
▲ $6
 DC, 10/1982  Versus Ozone-Master; Daring New Adventures of Supergirl Preview
Doug notes: FIRST Canadian Price Variant in Title; Daring New Adventures of SUPERGIRL Preview Insert;
CGC label note: Supergirl backup story by Paul Kupperberg & Carmine Infantino.
 
#377 Superman 377 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $34
▲ $10
 DC, 11/1982  Versus Terra-Man; Includes Masters of the Universe Preview
Doug notes: 16 Page He-Man & the Masters of the Universe Preview Insert;
CGC label note: Terra-Man appearance. 16 page Masters of the Universe preview.
 
#378 Superman 378 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $20
▲ $6
 DC, 12/1982  1st Appearance of Colonel Future (Ed Hamilton)
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#379 Superman 379 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 1/1983  CGC label note: Bizarro #1 & Bizarro-Batman appearance. 1st appearance of Bizarro-Hawkman, Bizarro-Yellow Lantern & Bizarro-Aquaman  
#380 Superman 380 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 2/1983  Crossover with New Adventures of Superboy #38  
#381 Superman 381 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 3/1983   
#382 Superman 382 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 4/1983   
#383 Superman 383 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 5/1983   
#384 Superman 384 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 6/1983   
#385 Superman 385 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 7/1983  Continued from Action Comics #544
CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance.
 
#386 Superman 386 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 8/1983  CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance.  
#387 Superman 387 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 9/1983  Planeteer continued in Action Comics #547  
#388 Superman 388 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 10/1983   
#389 Superman 389 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 11/1983   
#390 Superman 390 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 12/1983   
#391 Superman 391 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 1/1984   
#392 Superman 392 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 2/1984   
#393 Superman 393 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 3/1984   
#394 Superman 394 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 4/1984   
#395 Superman 395 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 5/1984   
#396 Superman 396 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 6/1984   
#397 Superman 397 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $20
▲ $6
 DC, 7/1984  Origin of Kryptonite Man  
#398 Superman 398 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $20
▲ $6
 DC, 8/1984  CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.  
#399 Superman 399 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $17
▲ $5
 DC, 9/1984   
#400 Superman 400 Canadian Price Variant picture $2.00 $30
▲ $2
 DC, 10/1984  400th anniversary issue; Giant-size
Doug notes: Steranko-c/a; Frank Miller back-c
CGC label note: Howard Chaykin cover. Anniversary issue. Back cover pin-up by Frank Miller. $2.00 cover price.
 
#401 Superman 401 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $21
▲ $5
 DC, 11/1984  Versus Lex Luthor; Bonus Flash Force 2000
Doug notes: Bonus 16 Page insert = 1st app Flash Force 2000-s; Supergirl & Lex Luthor app;
CGC label note: 16-page insert for Flash Force 2000 by Robert Loren Fleming, Denys Cowan & Sal Trapani.
 
#402 Superman 402 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 12/1984  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#403 Superman 403 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 1/1985  Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.
 
#404 Superman 404 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 2/1985  Imaginary story;
Doug notes: Clark marries Lana; Superboy/Superman with NO powers; Imaginary-s = Lex Luthor app
CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance. 95¢ cover price.
 
#405 Superman 405 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 3/1985  Doug notes: Mystery of the Super-Batman-c/s;  
#406 Superman 406 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 4/1985  Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.
 
#407 Superman 407 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 5/1985  Powers passed along
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
 
#408 Superman 408 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 6/1985  Nuclear nightmare
Doug notes: Al Williamson-c/a; Nuclear weapons-s; Lori Lemaris app;
CGC label note: 95¢ cover price.
 
#409 Superman 409 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 7/1985  Doug notes: Al Williamson-c/a; Sleepwalker from Krypton-s;
CGC label note: Letter from Jerry Siegel.
 
#410 Superman 410 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $24
▲ $8
 DC, 8/1985  Versus Luthor
Doug notes: Lex LUTHOR TRILOGY Part-1 of 3 parts; Superman suffers Luthor-induced Brain-Chain Beam fantasy; Clark Kent is FIRED-c/s; Al Williamson art
 
#411 Superman 411 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $30
▲ $10
 DC, 9/1985  Commemorates Schwartzs career; MASK preview comic
Doug notes: LAST Earth-Prime story; Julius Schwartz 70th Birthday cover & Special Issue; Julius Schwartz of Earth-1 & Earth-Prime appearances; Jeanette Khan & DC Comics staff app; Ultra-Man cameo; 16 page Bonus insert comic PREVIEW of the MASK;
CGC label note: Tribute to Julius Schwartz.
 
#412 Superman 412 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 10/1985  Versus Luthor
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance.
 
#413 Superman 413 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $22
▲ $6
 DC, 11/1985  Versus Luthor; Lex Luthor continued in Crisis on Infinite Earths #6
Doug notes: Lex LUTHOR Brain-Chain Beam TRILOGY Part-2 of 3 parts; continues in DC COMICS PRESENTS #95; Luthor story threat continues into CRISIS #6; unofficial CRISIS crossover issue; Al Williamson art;
 
#414 Superman 414 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 12/1985  Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over; Continued from Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: Superboy Prime appearance.
 
#415 Superman 415 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $30
▲ $10
 DC, 1/1986  Crisis on Infinite Earths cross-over; ; Robert Bloch L.O.C.; Jack Williamson L.O.C.; James Gunn L.O.C.; Alfred Bester L.O.C.; William Rotsler L.O.C.; Frederick Pohl L.O.C.; Mike Friedrich L.O.C.; Richard Howell L.O.C.; William Woolfolk L.O.C.
Doug notes: Post-DEATH Supergirl-c/s; Story threads with Superman #414, DC Presents #87 & JLA Annual #3; Al Williamson-a; CRISIS Crossover story; Supergirl's secret marriage, told in flashback;
CGC label note: Supergirl appearance.
 
#416 Superman 416 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $20
▲ $5
 DC, 2/1986  Superman learns Luthors connection to Einstein
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: Lex Luthor appearance. 95¢ cover price.
 
#417 Superman 417 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 3/1986  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#418 Superman 418 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 4/1986  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#419 Superman 419 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 5/1986  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#420 Superman 420 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 6/1986  Doug notes: Lower Print Run  
#421 Superman 421 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $16
▲ $4
 DC, 7/1986  Versus Mr. Mxyzptlk; MASK comic insert
Doug notes: Lower Print Run
CGC label note: 12 page insert for Mask sweepstakes.
 
#422 Superman 422 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $21
▲ $5
 DC, 8/1986  Doug notes: HORROR cover by Bolland
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Thomas Lawrence.
 
#423 Superman 423 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.00 $50
▲ $14
 DC, 9/1986  Final Issue
Angelo notes: Book that should command more respect price-wise but doesn't.
Doug notes: CVR Ranks this the #1 All-Time Greatest Superman Storyline, continued into Action Comics #583; Scarcer Historic LAST issue; Alan Moore Script, Curt Swan/Murphy Anderson-c; Curt Swan / George Perez art; Imaginary Story; With; Bizarro, Brainiac, Krypto, Kryptonite Man, Legion of Super-Heroes; Lex Luthor, Metallo, Prankster, Pete Ross, Supergirl, Toyman; LAST Superman of Earth-One story; one of the all-time greatest Superman stories;
CGC label note: $1.00 cover price. Last issue. Becomes "Adventures of Superman" with next issue.
 
Annual #9 Superman Annual #9 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $20
▲ $6
 DC, 9/1983  Conan notes: A raw 2.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 8/11/2021 for $3  
Annual #10 Superman Annual #10 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.60 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 11/1984  Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 5.5 on 5/10/2021 for $7, a raw 6.0 on 5/11/2020 for $7  
Annual #11Top 100 CPVs Superman Annual #11 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.60 $115
▲ $17
 DC, 9/1985  Versus Mongul
#32 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: A 9.6 CGC sold in October of 2020 for $209. A 9.4 CGC sold for $300 in 2019
Conan notes: A raw 6.5 variant sold at MyComicShop on 6/25/2020 for $91
Doug notes: FIRST appearance of BLACK MERCY cover & story; BLACK MERCY has appeared in the SUPERGIRL TV Series; Classic ALAN MOORE Story; MOGOL cover & story; MONGUL is #41 on IGN's Top-100 Comic Book Villain Of All Time List; Batman, Robin & Wonder Woman-c/s;
CGC label note: Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman & Mongul appearance. $1.60 cover price.
 
Annual #12 Superman Annual #12 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.70 $19
▲ $5
 DC, 9/1986   
Special Edition #1 Superman Special Edition #1 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $20
 DC, 3/1983   
Special Edition #2 Superman Special Edition #2 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.60 $14
 DC, 3/1984  Versus Brainiac  
Special Edition #3 Superman Special Edition #3 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.60 $16
 DC, 4/1985  Versus Amazo  
Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Superman CGC Census Data:
Issue # 9/21/2021
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant
37618--+1--
37716--+2--
37881+1+1
379232--+2
3807------
38112------
3825------
3836------
3847--+2--
38513------
38620--+2--
3878--+1--
3887------
3896------
39010------
39116------
39271+2+1
39314--+1--
39471+1--
3959--+1--
3969------
3979------
398122----
3995------
4001482+8+1
4013------
40210------
403112+1--
40461+1--
40571+5--
406101----
4078------
408141+2+1
4092------
4105--+1--
41111------
41217--+3--
41313------
41423------
41526--+1--
416101----
4178------
4188------
41911--+1--
4207--+1--
4219--+1--
42213--+1--
4234386+35+2
Annual #912------
Annual #1024--+2--
Annual #1136410+42+2
Annual #1216--+2--
Special Edition #1131----
Special Edition #211------
Special Edition #37------
  Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
1,519
~98%
33
~2%
 +121
  ~92% 
 +10
  ~8% 
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Superman Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Superman in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 75¢, 95¢, 1.00, 1.25, 1.60, 1.70, and 2.00 cover price variants exist within the Superman title.

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

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #376-423 and Annual #9-12, Special #1-3 of Superman. Noteworthy cover price variant examples include #Annual #11(Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman & Mongul appearance. $1.60 cover price.).

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

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

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

Are Superman cover price variants more valuable?

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

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