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Fantastic Four (#247-293, Annual #17-19) Values 2023


Canadian Price Variant Values, 2023 Price Guide
From: The 2023 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, Jay Halstead, Greg Holland, Jon McClure, Jayden Mitchell, Benjamin Nobel, Conan Saunders, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone  [ introduction, table of contents, all titles, other price guide editions ]
Fantastic Four — 2023 Price Guide Values #247-293, Annual #17-19
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
#247 Fantastic Four 247 Canadian Price Variant picture$10$8 $0.75 $44
▲ $14
$33 $26 $18 $12 $
 Marvel, 10/1982  1st Appearance of Kristoff Vernard; Death of Zorba
Doug notes: FIRST Canadian Price Variant in Title; Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom vs Prince Zorba; FIRST appearance of Kristoff Vernard (aka Kristoff von Doom) later becomes the New DOCTOR DOOM in FF #278;
Paul notes: Two CGC 9.8 FF #247 variants sold at PNJ Comics for $400 each on 5/15/2022 and 8/6/2022; a CGC 9.6 sold for #259 on 3/31/2022.
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 Fantastic Four #247 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $425 in 2021
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 Fantastic Four #247 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $340 in 2021
Paul notes: raw NM/MT Fantastic Four #247 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $155 in 2021
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Kristoff Vernard. "Death" of Zorba. Doctor Doom appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#248 Fantastic Four 248 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$8 $0.75 $22
▲ $8
$19 $15 $11 $7 $
 Marvel, 11/1982  Doug notes: INHUMANS
CGC label note: Inhumans & Quicksilver appearance.
 
#249 Fantastic Four 249 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$8 $0.75 $20
▲ $8
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 12/1982  Versus Gladiator
CGC label note: Gladiator & Skrulls appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#250 Fantastic Four 250 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$10 $1.25 $22
▲ $6
$19 $15 $11 $7 $
 Marvel, 1/1983  Versus Gladiator; X-Men appearance (Skrulls impersonating); Double-size
Doug notes: Spider-Man
CGC label note: Captain America, Spider-Man, Gladiator & Skrulls appearance. Fantastic Four pin-up by John Byrne.
 
#251 Fantastic Four 251 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$8 $0.75 $20
▲ $8
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 2/1983  1st Appearance of Sharon Selleck
CGC label note: Annihilus appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#252 Fantastic Four 252 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$10 $0.75 $25
▲ $7
$22 $18 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 3/1983  Includes Tattoozs
Doug notes: Annihilus, Comic reads Sideways
Paul notes: 75¢ variants for this particular issue were manufactured without the Tattooz.
CGC label note: No "Tattooz" included in Canadian Edition.
 
#253 Fantastic Four 253 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$8 $0.75 $18
▲ $6
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 4/1983  CGC label note: Annihilus, Julie Angel & Sharon Selleck appearance.  
#254 Fantastic Four 254 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$8 $0.75 $36
▲ $16
$32 $25 $18 $12 $
 Marvel, 5/1983  Versus Mantracora
Angelo notes: 1st appearance of Mantracora; 1st John Byrne She-Hulk. In May 2022 a 9.6 CGC sold for $122.
Doug notes: First JOHN BYRNE Art on Jennifer Walters aka SHE-HULK; ** Jennifer Walters aka SHE-HULK Later Joins the FANTASTIC FOUR Team in FF #265; ** Pre-Dates John Byrne s classic Sensational She Hulk #1 from 5/1989 by Six Years; ** FIRST appearance of Taranith Gestal cover and story (Alien Deity, worshipped as a God); ** FIRST appearance of Mantracora and The Mantracorians (a Race of humanoids that exist on the planet Mantracora in the Negative Zone. They worshiped a Deity known as Taranith Gestal); ** Appearances by; WASP and ANNIHILUS
CGC label note: She-Hulk & Wasp appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#255 Fantastic Four 255 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$8 $0.75 $18
▲ $6
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 6/1983  CGC label note: Daredevil & Annihilus appearance.  
#256 Fantastic Four 256 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$8 $0.75 $25
▲ $7
$22 $18 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 7/1983  Versus Annihilus
Doug notes: Avengers, Galactus & Nova
CGC label note: Annihilus & Avengers appearance. Galactus, Nova (Frankie Raye) & Skrulls cameo. 75¢ cover price.
 
#257 Fantastic Four 257 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$10 $0.75 $30
▲ $14
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 8/1983  Death of Anelle; Skrull throne-world destroyed by Galactus
Conan notes: A raw 6.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 5/13/2020 for $10
CGC label note: Scarlet Witch & Galactus appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#258 Fantastic Four 258 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$10 $0.75 $30
▲ $12
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 9/1983  Origin of Terrax the Tamer; Fantastic Four do not appear in story
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 6.0 on 4/12/2021 for $10, a raw 6.5 on 7/20/2020 for $10, a raw 7.0 on 4/23/2019 for $11
CGC label note: Doctor Doom & Terrax appearance. Captain America & Iron Man cameo. 75¢ cover price.
 
#259 Fantastic Four 259 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$10 $0.75 $22
▲ $8
$19 $15 $11 $7 $
 Marvel, 10/1983  Versus Doctor Doom; Versus Tyros the Terrible
CGC label note: Doctor Doom & Terrax appearance. Silver Surfer cameo on last page. 75¢ cover price.
 
#260 Fantastic Four 260 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$10 $0.75 $25
▲ $11
$22 $18 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 11/1983  Death of Tyros the Terrible; Death of Terrax; Continued in Alpha Flight #4
CGC label note: Doctor Doom, Sub-Mariner, Silver Surfer & Tyros appearance. Aunt May cameo.
 
#261 Fantastic Four 261 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$8 $0.75 $22
▲ $8
$19 $15 $11 $7 $
 Marvel, 12/1983  Origin of the Fantastic Four; Continued from Alpha Flight #4
Doug notes: WATCHER-c/s; Search and Trial Reed Richards; Appearances by; Scarlet Witch, Namor, Marrina, Silver Surfer, Lilandra, Galactus;
CGC label note: Sub-Mariner, Marrina, Scarlet Witch, Silver Surfer, Watcher & Lilandra appearance.
 
#262 Fantastic Four 262 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$8 $0.75 $42
▲ $16
$32 $25 $18 $12 $
 Marvel, 1/1984  Origin of Galactus; John Byrne appears in story
Conan notes: A raw 6.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 11/6/2019 for $10
Doug notes: ORIGIN OF GALACTUS; JOHN BYRNE; A CGC 9.8 variant sold at dougcomicworld.com in 2018 for $89.
CGC label note: John Byrne, Galactus, Watcher, Eternity, Odin, Gladiator & Lilandra appearance. Origin of Galactus retold.
 
#263 Fantastic Four 263 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $19
▲ $7
$17 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 2/1984  CGC label note: Mole Man cameo on last page.  
#264 Fantastic Four 264 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.75 $22
▲ $8
$19 $15 $11 $7 $
 Marvel, 3/1984  Cover swipe of Fantastic Four #1; Continued in Thing #10
CGC label note: Mole Man appearance. Fantastic Four #1 cover homage.
 
#265 Fantastic Four 265 Canadian Price Variant picture$10$6 $0.75 $42
▲ $16
$32 $25 $18 $12 $
 Marvel, 4/1984  1st Appearance of Lyja (as Alicia Masters); Team returns from Secret Wars; She-Hulk joins Fantastic Four
Doug notes: SHE-HULK Joins FF; JOHN BYRNE; A CGC 9.8 variant sold at dougcomicworld.com in 2018 for $99.
Paul notes: Two CGC 9.8 FF #265 variants sold at PNJ Comics for $345 and $350 on 1/15/2022 and 3/4/2022.
CGC label note: She-Hulk joins the Fantastic Four. Avengers & Trapster appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#266 Fantastic Four 266 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.75 $21
▲ $7
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 5/1984  1st Appearance of Karisma (Mary Brown); Origin of Karisma (Mary Brown)  
#267 Fantastic Four 267 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $18
▲ $6
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 6/1984  Sue has a miscarriage
CGC label note: Doctor Octopus appearance.
 
#268 Fantastic Four 268 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.75 $30
▲ $10
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 7/1984  Origin of She-Hulk
Doug notes: Origin of SHE-HULK Retold; Classic MASQUE of DR DOOM Painted cover by Elliot R. Brown; FF vs a remote-operated mask of Doctor Doom; First appearance of; Alice Winchell and Alma Chalmers; Appearances by; Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus, Bruce Banner, Michael Morbius, Walter Langkowski, Danny Winchell, Dr. Lanning, Hulk;
CGC label note: Origin of She-Hulk retold. Hulk & Doctor Octopus cameo.
 
#269 Fantastic Four 269 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.75 $20
▲ $6
$18 $14 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 8/1984  1st Appearance of Terminus
Doug notes: FIRST Cameo Appearance of TERMINUS; JOHN BYRNE Story cover and art;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Terminus in cameo on last page. 75¢ cover price.
 
#270 Fantastic Four 270 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.75 $30
▲ $10
$26 $21 $15 $10 $
 Marvel, 9/1984  Versus Terminus
Doug notes: First FULL Appearance of TERMINUS Cover and story; JOHN BYRNE Story cover and art
CGC label note: 1st full appearance of Terminus.
 
#271 Fantastic Four 271 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $18
▲ $6
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 10/1984  1st Appearance of Gormuu
CGC label note: Gormuu appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#272 Fantastic Four 272 Canadian Price Variant picture$12$6 $0.75 $54
▲ $18
$40 $32 $23 $15 $
 Marvel, 11/1984  1st Appearance of Nathaniel Richards
Angelo notes: Speculation money finding it's way to this book due to Kang rumors.
Doug notes: First brief appearance of NATHANIEL RICHARDS, the Warlord & Father of Reed Richards; NATHANIEL RICHARDS, is later revealed to be both Rama-Tut and then KANG the Conqueor; Kang is #65 in IGN's Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time List;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Nathaniel Richards. 75¢ cover price.
 
#273 Fantastic Four 273 Canadian Price Variant picture$11$6 $0.75 $54
▲ $18
$40 $32 $23 $15 $
 Marvel, 12/1984  Origin of Kang
Angelo notes: Speculation money finding it's way to this book due to Kang rumors.In 2022: In April a 9.8 CGC sold for $500; Jan a 9.6 CGC sold for $237; August a 9.2 CGC sold for $116
Doug notes: First FULL appearance of NATHANIEL RICHARDS, the Warlord & Father of Reed Richards; NATHANIEL RICHARDS, is later revealed to be both Rama-Tut and then KANG the Conqueor; Kang is #65 in IGN's Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time List
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 FF #273 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $545 on 4/3/2022.
 
#274 Fantastic Four 274 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.75 $26
▲ $10
$23 $18 $13 $9 $
 Marvel, 1/1985  Thing solo story; Alien costume freed; Continued from The Thing #19
Doug notes: Spider-Man in Black Costume
CGC label note: Story continued from Thing #19 Venom Symbiote cameo on last 2 pages.
 
#275 Fantastic Four 275 Canadian Price Variant picture$8$6 $0.75 $35
▲ $13
$31 $25 $17 $12 $
 Marvel, 2/1985  Doug notes: SHE-HULK Solo story  
#276 Fantastic Four 276 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $18
▲ $6
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 3/1985  B&W Cover
CGC label note: Mephisto appearance. Doctor Strange cameo on last page.
 
#277 Fantastic Four 277 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $27
▲ $9
$24 $19 $13 $9 $
 Marvel, 4/1985  Versus Mephisto; Versus Dire Wraiths; Thing returns from Battleworld
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#278 Fantastic Four 278 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $40
▲ $16
$30 $24 $17 $11 $
 Marvel, 5/1985  Origin of Doctor Doom; Kristoff becomes second Doctor Doom
CGC label note: Origin of Doctor Doom retold. Kristoff Vernard becomes the new Doctor Doom.
 
#279 Fantastic Four 279 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.75 $32
▲ $12
$28 $23 $16 $11 $
 Marvel, 6/1985  1st Appearances of Hate-Monger (H.M. Unger), Hate-Monger III (H.M. Unger); Versus Doctor Doom
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#280 Fantastic Four 280 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $0.75 $28
▲ $12
$25 $20 $14 $9 $
 Marvel, 7/1985  1st Appearance of Malice (Susan Richards); Sue becomes Malice
CGC label note: Psycho-Man & Hate-Monger appearance.
 
#281 Fantastic Four 281 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.75 $21
▲ $7
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 8/1985  Versus Malice
Doug notes: Hate Monger & Malice; Daredevil-c/s;
CGC label note: Daredevil, Hatemonger & Psycho-Man appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#282 Fantastic Four 282 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $21
▲ $7
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 9/1985  Secret Wars II; Fantastic Four travels into Microverse
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#283 Fantastic Four 283 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $18
▲ $6
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 10/1985  Versus Psycho-Man
CGC label note: Psycho-Man appearance.
 
#284 Fantastic Four 284 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.75 $18
▲ $6
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 11/1985  Versus Psycho-Man; Invisible Girl becomes Invisible Woman
CGC label note: Invisible Girl becomes the Invisible Woman. Psycho-Man app. 75¢ cover price.
 
#285 Fantastic Four 285 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.75 $18
▲ $6
$16 $13 $9 $6 $
 Marvel, 12/1985  CGC label note: Beyonder appearance. Wasp & Hercules cameo.  
#286 Fantastic Four 286 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$18 $0.75 $40
▲ $10
$30 $24 $17 $11 $
 Marvel, 1/1986  Return of Jean Grey; Continues from Avengers #263
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw VF on 12/2/2021 for $11 (buy it now), a raw 7.5 on 6/24/2019 for $11
Doug notes: Second appearance of X-FACTOR; Return of JEAN GREY; A CGC 9.6 variant sold at dougcomicworld.com in 2018 for $99.
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $200 in 2020.
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price. Return of Jean Grey. Captain America & Hercules appearance. Formation of X-Factor begins.
 
#287 Fantastic Four 287 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.95 $21
▲ $7
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 2/1986  CGC label note: Wasp & Doctor Doom appearance. 95¢ cover price.  
#288 Fantastic Four 288 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.95 $23
▲ $9
$20 $16 $11 $8 $
 Marvel, 3/1986  Doctor Doom vs. Beyonder; Secret Wars II cross-over
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#289 Fantastic Four 289 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.95 $21
▲ $7
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 4/1986  Death of Basilisk (Basil Elks); Versus Blastaar
CGC label note: "Death" of the Basilisk. Nick Fury, Blastaar & Scourge appearance. Annihilus cameo.
 
#290 Fantastic Four 290 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.95 $21
▲ $7
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 5/1986  Versus Annihilus; Versus Blastaar
CGC label note: Nick Fury, Blastaar & Annihilus appearance.
 
#291 Fantastic Four 291 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.95 $21
▲ $7
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 6/1986  Doug notes: Action #1 cover swipe
CGC label note: Nick Fury appearance. Action Comics #1 cover homage. 95¢ cover price.
 
#292 Fantastic Four 292 Canadian Price Variant picture$3$6 $0.95 $25
▲ $11
$22 $18 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 7/1986  Doug notes: HITLER cover
CGC label note: Hitler cover. Nick Fury appearance. 95¢ cover price.
 
#293 Fantastic Four 293 Canadian Price Variant picture$4$6 $0.95 $25
▲ $9
$22 $18 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 8/1986  Doug notes: Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title
CGC label note: Last John Byrne issue.
 
Annual #17 Fantastic Four Annual #17 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$8 $1.25 $21
▲ $5
$18 $15 $10 $7 $
 Marvel, 1/1983   
Annual #18 Fantastic Four Annual #18 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $1.25 $24
▲ $4
$21 $17 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 11/1984  Kree-Skrull War ends; Wedding of Black Bolt and Medusa
CGC label note: Black Bolt & Medusa wed. Inhumans appearance.
 
Annual #19 Fantastic Four Annual #19 Canadian Price Variant picture$5$6 $1.50 $24
▲ $4
$21 $17 $12 $8 $
 Marvel, 1985  Continues in Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #286
CGC label note: Avengers & Skrulls appearance. Crossover with Avengers Annual #14
 
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
Fantastic Four CGC Census Changes:
Issue # 9/21/2021
Census Count
9/27/2022
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
2471262025236+126+16
24812441496+25+2
24917272139+41+2
25027053328+62+3
25112931534+24+1
25218222563+74+1
25313021554+25+2
254622987+36+5
25510911311+22--
25612921554+26+2
25712141956+74+2
25819063046+114--
25910221652+63--
26097--1281+31+1
26199--131--+32--
2627611233+47+2
26359--75--+16--
2649811312+33+1
2659112031+112--
266562712+15--
267682912+23--
268542912+37--
2699011241+34--
2708121193+38+1
2718311071+24--
27288449610+408+6
27386242713+341+11
2749211402+48+1
27576--137--+61--
276621851+23--
2777721072+30--
278105--1752+70+2
279562722+16--
2807011291+59--
2816831053+37--
28210021372+37--
283643833+19--
284622812+19--
28577--105--+28--
286422956310+141+1
287753945+19+2
288602812+21--
289474684+21--
290511611+10--
29110041566+56+2
2929121283+37+1
293541701+16--
Annual #1784--98--+14--
Annual #1892--100--+8--
Annual #19361502+14+1
  Regular Variant Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
4,993
~98%
123
~2%
7,700
~98%
191
~2%
 +2,707
  ~98% 
 +68
  ~2% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Fantastic Four Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Fantastic Four in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 75¢, 95¢, 1.25, and 1.50 cover price variants exist within the Fantastic Four title.

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

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #247-293 and Annual #17-19 of Fantastic Four.

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

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

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

Are Fantastic Four cover price variants more valuable?

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

Fantastic Four (#247-293, Annual #17-19) Values 2023


From: The 2023 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, Jay Halstead, Greg Holland, Jon McClure, Jayden Mitchell, Benjamin Nobel, Conan Saunders, Doug Sulipa, and Angelo Virone  [ introduction, table of contents, all titles, other price guide editions ]

Fantastic Four Values — 2023 CPV Price Guide

Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
#247 Fantastic Four 247 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $44
▲ $14
 Marvel, 10/1982  1st Appearance of Kristoff Vernard; Death of Zorba
Doug notes: FIRST Canadian Price Variant in Title; Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom vs Prince Zorba; FIRST appearance of Kristoff Vernard (aka Kristoff von Doom) later becomes the New DOCTOR DOOM in FF #278;
Paul notes: Two CGC 9.8 FF #247 variants sold at PNJ Comics for $400 each on 5/15/2022 and 8/6/2022; a CGC 9.6 sold for #259 on 3/31/2022.
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 Fantastic Four #247 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $425 in 2021
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 Fantastic Four #247 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $340 in 2021
Paul notes: raw NM/MT Fantastic Four #247 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $155 in 2021
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Kristoff Vernard. "Death" of Zorba. Doctor Doom appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#248 Fantastic Four 248 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $22
▲ $8
 Marvel, 11/1982  Doug notes: INHUMANS
CGC label note: Inhumans & Quicksilver appearance.
 
#249 Fantastic Four 249 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $20
▲ $8
 Marvel, 12/1982  Versus Gladiator
CGC label note: Gladiator & Skrulls appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#250 Fantastic Four 250 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $22
▲ $6
 Marvel, 1/1983  Versus Gladiator; X-Men appearance (Skrulls impersonating); Double-size
Doug notes: Spider-Man
CGC label note: Captain America, Spider-Man, Gladiator & Skrulls appearance. Fantastic Four pin-up by John Byrne.
 
#251 Fantastic Four 251 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $20
▲ $8
 Marvel, 2/1983  1st Appearance of Sharon Selleck
CGC label note: Annihilus appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#252 Fantastic Four 252 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $25
▲ $7
 Marvel, 3/1983  Includes Tattoozs
Doug notes: Annihilus, Comic reads Sideways
Paul notes: 75¢ variants for this particular issue were manufactured without the Tattooz.
CGC label note: No "Tattooz" included in Canadian Edition.
 
#253 Fantastic Four 253 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $18
▲ $6
 Marvel, 4/1983  CGC label note: Annihilus, Julie Angel & Sharon Selleck appearance.  
#254 Fantastic Four 254 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $36
▲ $16
 Marvel, 5/1983  Versus Mantracora
Angelo notes: 1st appearance of Mantracora; 1st John Byrne She-Hulk. In May 2022 a 9.6 CGC sold for $122.
Doug notes: First JOHN BYRNE Art on Jennifer Walters aka SHE-HULK; ** Jennifer Walters aka SHE-HULK Later Joins the FANTASTIC FOUR Team in FF #265; ** Pre-Dates John Byrne s classic Sensational She Hulk #1 from 5/1989 by Six Years; ** FIRST appearance of Taranith Gestal cover and story (Alien Deity, worshipped as a God); ** FIRST appearance of Mantracora and The Mantracorians (a Race of humanoids that exist on the planet Mantracora in the Negative Zone. They worshiped a Deity known as Taranith Gestal); ** Appearances by; WASP and ANNIHILUS
CGC label note: She-Hulk & Wasp appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#255 Fantastic Four 255 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $18
▲ $6
 Marvel, 6/1983  CGC label note: Daredevil & Annihilus appearance.  
#256 Fantastic Four 256 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $25
▲ $7
 Marvel, 7/1983  Versus Annihilus
Doug notes: Avengers, Galactus & Nova
CGC label note: Annihilus & Avengers appearance. Galactus, Nova (Frankie Raye) & Skrulls cameo. 75¢ cover price.
 
#257 Fantastic Four 257 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $30
▲ $14
 Marvel, 8/1983  Death of Anelle; Skrull throne-world destroyed by Galactus
Conan notes: A raw 6.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 5/13/2020 for $10
CGC label note: Scarlet Witch & Galactus appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#258 Fantastic Four 258 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $30
▲ $12
 Marvel, 9/1983  Origin of Terrax the Tamer; Fantastic Four do not appear in story
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 6.0 on 4/12/2021 for $10, a raw 6.5 on 7/20/2020 for $10, a raw 7.0 on 4/23/2019 for $11
CGC label note: Doctor Doom & Terrax appearance. Captain America & Iron Man cameo. 75¢ cover price.
 
#259 Fantastic Four 259 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $22
▲ $8
 Marvel, 10/1983  Versus Doctor Doom; Versus Tyros the Terrible
CGC label note: Doctor Doom & Terrax appearance. Silver Surfer cameo on last page. 75¢ cover price.
 
#260 Fantastic Four 260 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $25
▲ $11
 Marvel, 11/1983  Death of Tyros the Terrible; Death of Terrax; Continued in Alpha Flight #4
CGC label note: Doctor Doom, Sub-Mariner, Silver Surfer & Tyros appearance. Aunt May cameo.
 
#261 Fantastic Four 261 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $22
▲ $8
 Marvel, 12/1983  Origin of the Fantastic Four; Continued from Alpha Flight #4
Doug notes: WATCHER-c/s; Search and Trial Reed Richards; Appearances by; Scarlet Witch, Namor, Marrina, Silver Surfer, Lilandra, Galactus;
CGC label note: Sub-Mariner, Marrina, Scarlet Witch, Silver Surfer, Watcher & Lilandra appearance.
 
#262 Fantastic Four 262 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $42
▲ $16
 Marvel, 1/1984  Origin of Galactus; John Byrne appears in story
Conan notes: A raw 6.0 variant sold at MyComicShop on 11/6/2019 for $10
Doug notes: ORIGIN OF GALACTUS; JOHN BYRNE; A CGC 9.8 variant sold at dougcomicworld.com in 2018 for $89.
CGC label note: John Byrne, Galactus, Watcher, Eternity, Odin, Gladiator & Lilandra appearance. Origin of Galactus retold.
 
#263 Fantastic Four 263 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $19
▲ $7
 Marvel, 2/1984  CGC label note: Mole Man cameo on last page.  
#264 Fantastic Four 264 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $22
▲ $8
 Marvel, 3/1984  Cover swipe of Fantastic Four #1; Continued in Thing #10
CGC label note: Mole Man appearance. Fantastic Four #1 cover homage.
 
#265 Fantastic Four 265 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $42
▲ $16
 Marvel, 4/1984  1st Appearance of Lyja (as Alicia Masters); Team returns from Secret Wars; She-Hulk joins Fantastic Four
Doug notes: SHE-HULK Joins FF; JOHN BYRNE; A CGC 9.8 variant sold at dougcomicworld.com in 2018 for $99.
Paul notes: Two CGC 9.8 FF #265 variants sold at PNJ Comics for $345 and $350 on 1/15/2022 and 3/4/2022.
CGC label note: She-Hulk joins the Fantastic Four. Avengers & Trapster appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#266 Fantastic Four 266 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $21
▲ $7
 Marvel, 5/1984  1st Appearance of Karisma (Mary Brown); Origin of Karisma (Mary Brown)  
#267 Fantastic Four 267 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $18
▲ $6
 Marvel, 6/1984  Sue has a miscarriage
CGC label note: Doctor Octopus appearance.
 
#268 Fantastic Four 268 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $30
▲ $10
 Marvel, 7/1984  Origin of She-Hulk
Doug notes: Origin of SHE-HULK Retold; Classic MASQUE of DR DOOM Painted cover by Elliot R. Brown; FF vs a remote-operated mask of Doctor Doom; First appearance of; Alice Winchell and Alma Chalmers; Appearances by; Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus, Bruce Banner, Michael Morbius, Walter Langkowski, Danny Winchell, Dr. Lanning, Hulk;
CGC label note: Origin of She-Hulk retold. Hulk & Doctor Octopus cameo.
 
#269 Fantastic Four 269 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $20
▲ $6
 Marvel, 8/1984  1st Appearance of Terminus
Doug notes: FIRST Cameo Appearance of TERMINUS; JOHN BYRNE Story cover and art;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Terminus in cameo on last page. 75¢ cover price.
 
#270 Fantastic Four 270 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $30
▲ $10
 Marvel, 9/1984  Versus Terminus
Doug notes: First FULL Appearance of TERMINUS Cover and story; JOHN BYRNE Story cover and art
CGC label note: 1st full appearance of Terminus.
 
#271 Fantastic Four 271 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $18
▲ $6
 Marvel, 10/1984  1st Appearance of Gormuu
CGC label note: Gormuu appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#272 Fantastic Four 272 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $54
▲ $18
 Marvel, 11/1984  1st Appearance of Nathaniel Richards
Angelo notes: Speculation money finding it's way to this book due to Kang rumors.
Doug notes: First brief appearance of NATHANIEL RICHARDS, the Warlord & Father of Reed Richards; NATHANIEL RICHARDS, is later revealed to be both Rama-Tut and then KANG the Conqueor; Kang is #65 in IGN's Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time List;
CGC label note: 1st appearance of Nathaniel Richards. 75¢ cover price.
 
#273 Fantastic Four 273 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $54
▲ $18
 Marvel, 12/1984  Origin of Kang
Angelo notes: Speculation money finding it's way to this book due to Kang rumors.In 2022: In April a 9.8 CGC sold for $500; Jan a 9.6 CGC sold for $237; August a 9.2 CGC sold for $116
Doug notes: First FULL appearance of NATHANIEL RICHARDS, the Warlord & Father of Reed Richards; NATHANIEL RICHARDS, is later revealed to be both Rama-Tut and then KANG the Conqueor; Kang is #65 in IGN's Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time List
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 FF #273 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $545 on 4/3/2022.
 
#274 Fantastic Four 274 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $26
▲ $10
 Marvel, 1/1985  Thing solo story; Alien costume freed; Continued from The Thing #19
Doug notes: Spider-Man in Black Costume
CGC label note: Story continued from Thing #19 Venom Symbiote cameo on last 2 pages.
 
#275 Fantastic Four 275 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $35
▲ $13
 Marvel, 2/1985  Doug notes: SHE-HULK Solo story  
#276 Fantastic Four 276 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $18
▲ $6
 Marvel, 3/1985  B&W Cover
CGC label note: Mephisto appearance. Doctor Strange cameo on last page.
 
#277 Fantastic Four 277 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $27
▲ $9
 Marvel, 4/1985  Versus Mephisto; Versus Dire Wraiths; Thing returns from Battleworld
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#278 Fantastic Four 278 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $40
▲ $16
 Marvel, 5/1985  Origin of Doctor Doom; Kristoff becomes second Doctor Doom
CGC label note: Origin of Doctor Doom retold. Kristoff Vernard becomes the new Doctor Doom.
 
#279 Fantastic Four 279 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $32
▲ $12
 Marvel, 6/1985  1st Appearances of Hate-Monger (H.M. Unger), Hate-Monger III (H.M. Unger); Versus Doctor Doom
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#280 Fantastic Four 280 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $28
▲ $12
 Marvel, 7/1985  1st Appearance of Malice (Susan Richards); Sue becomes Malice
CGC label note: Psycho-Man & Hate-Monger appearance.
 
#281 Fantastic Four 281 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $21
▲ $7
 Marvel, 8/1985  Versus Malice
Doug notes: Hate Monger & Malice; Daredevil-c/s;
CGC label note: Daredevil, Hatemonger & Psycho-Man appearance. 75¢ cover price.
 
#282 Fantastic Four 282 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $21
▲ $7
 Marvel, 9/1985  Secret Wars II; Fantastic Four travels into Microverse
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#283 Fantastic Four 283 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $18
▲ $6
 Marvel, 10/1985  Versus Psycho-Man
CGC label note: Psycho-Man appearance.
 
#284 Fantastic Four 284 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $18
▲ $6
 Marvel, 11/1985  Versus Psycho-Man; Invisible Girl becomes Invisible Woman
CGC label note: Invisible Girl becomes the Invisible Woman. Psycho-Man app. 75¢ cover price.
 
#285 Fantastic Four 285 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $18
▲ $6
 Marvel, 12/1985  CGC label note: Beyonder appearance. Wasp & Hercules cameo.  
#286 Fantastic Four 286 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.75 $40
▲ $10
 Marvel, 1/1986  Return of Jean Grey; Continues from Avengers #263
Conan notes: Example variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw VF on 12/2/2021 for $11 (buy it now), a raw 7.5 on 6/24/2019 for $11
Doug notes: Second appearance of X-FACTOR; Return of JEAN GREY; A CGC 9.6 variant sold at dougcomicworld.com in 2018 for $99.
Paul notes: A CGC 9.8 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $200 in 2020.
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price. Return of Jean Grey. Captain America & Hercules appearance. Formation of X-Factor begins.
 
#287 Fantastic Four 287 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $21
▲ $7
 Marvel, 2/1986  CGC label note: Wasp & Doctor Doom appearance. 95¢ cover price.  
#288 Fantastic Four 288 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $23
▲ $9
 Marvel, 3/1986  Doctor Doom vs. Beyonder; Secret Wars II cross-over
CGC label note: 75¢ cover price.
 
#289 Fantastic Four 289 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $21
▲ $7
 Marvel, 4/1986  Death of Basilisk (Basil Elks); Versus Blastaar
CGC label note: "Death" of the Basilisk. Nick Fury, Blastaar & Scourge appearance. Annihilus cameo.
 
#290 Fantastic Four 290 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $21
▲ $7
 Marvel, 5/1986  Versus Annihilus; Versus Blastaar
CGC label note: Nick Fury, Blastaar & Annihilus appearance.
 
#291 Fantastic Four 291 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $21
▲ $7
 Marvel, 6/1986  Doug notes: Action #1 cover swipe
CGC label note: Nick Fury appearance. Action Comics #1 cover homage. 95¢ cover price.
 
#292 Fantastic Four 292 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $25
▲ $11
 Marvel, 7/1986  Doug notes: HITLER cover
CGC label note: Hitler cover. Nick Fury appearance. 95¢ cover price.
 
#293 Fantastic Four 293 Canadian Price Variant picture $0.95 $25
▲ $9
 Marvel, 8/1986  Doug notes: Scarcer LAST Canadian Price Variant in Title
CGC label note: Last John Byrne issue.
 
Annual #17 Fantastic Four Annual #17 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $21
▲ $5
 Marvel, 1/1983   
Annual #18 Fantastic Four Annual #18 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.25 $24
▲ $4
 Marvel, 11/1984  Kree-Skrull War ends; Wedding of Black Bolt and Medusa
CGC label note: Black Bolt & Medusa wed. Inhumans appearance.
 
Annual #19 Fantastic Four Annual #19 Canadian Price Variant picture $1.50 $24
▲ $4
 Marvel, 1985  Continues in Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #286
CGC label note: Avengers & Skrulls appearance. Crossover with Avengers Annual #14
 
Issue CPV
Cover
Price
CPV
Value
9.2
CGC-Confirmed
 
 = Stand-out value  
 
CGC census data for Canadian Price Variant and Regular comic books
Fantastic Four CGC Census Data:
Issue # 9/27/2022
Census Count
Year over
year change
Regular Variant Regular Variant
24725236+126+16
2481496+25+2
2492139+41+2
2503328+62+3
2511534+24+1
2522563+74+1
2531554+25+2
254987+36+5
2551311+22--
2561554+26+2
2571956+74+2
2583046+114--
2591652+63--
2601281+31+1
261131--+32--
2621233+47+2
26375--+16--
2641312+33+1
2652031+112--
266712+15--
267912+23--
268912+37--
2691241+34--
2701193+38+1
2711071+24--
27249610+408+6
27342713+341+11
2741402+48+1
275137--+61--
276851+23--
2771072+30--
2781752+70+2
279722+16--
2801291+59--
2811053+37--
2821372+37--
283833+19--
284812+19--
285105--+28--
28656310+141+1
287945+19+2
288812+21--
289684+21--
290611+10--
2911566+56+2
2921283+37+1
293701+16--
Annual #1798--+14--
Annual #18100--+8--
Annual #19502+14+1
  Regular Variant Regular Variant
Title Totals:
% regular / % variant
7,700
~98%
191
~2%
 +2,707
  ~98% 
 +68
  ~2% 
CGC census data CPVs and regular bottom
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Fantastic Four Comics CPV FAQ

Do cover price variants exist for Fantastic Four in the 1980s?

✔️Accepted answer: Yes, Type 1A 75¢, 95¢, 1.25, and 1.50 cover price variants exist within the Fantastic Four title.

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

✔️Accepted answer: There are Type 1A cover price variants for issues #247-293 and Annual #17-19 of Fantastic Four.

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

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

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

Are Fantastic Four cover price variants more valuable?

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

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