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Detective Comics #578 Newsstand $1.00 Variant Value

From: The 2024 CPV Price Guide for Canadian Price Variants (Type 1A) by Bill Alexander, Tim Bildhauser, Paul Clairmont, 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]
9.2Near Mint -$84
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$56
8.0Very Fine$45
4.0Very Good$21
Detective Comics #578 Comic Book Values
Detective Comics #578 $1.00 Newsstand Cover Price Variant, DC, 9/1987, Published in the USA
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Detective Comics #578 $1.00 Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Year Two, Part IV; Todd McFarlane art
#83 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: In May 2021 a 9.4 CGC sold for $183. McFarlane covers are extremely sought after
Jayden notes: McFarlane cover, distant runner ups for Batman 423. High grade copies aren't plentiful and will sell fast! A NM- CPV sold at CaptCanComics.ca for $100 CAD on 8/14/2021.
Conan notes: Example past variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 4.0 on 3/23/2021 for $10, a raw 4.0 on 3/23/2021 for $10
Doug notes: Lower Print Run;
CGC label note: Batman "Year Two" storyline. $1.00 cover price.
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As one of the top 100 most valuable variants in our guide this year, we rate $1.00 price variant copies of Detective Comics #578 FIVE STARS as a collectible, and the hands-down preferable type to collect for the issue as compared to regular copies. In addition to everything the issue has going for it (as detailed in the issue notes in the page above), we note the price guide value movement since 2018. Regular copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $12 since 2018, or about +43% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed notably, increasing in value by $30 since 2018, or about +56%. With a $1.00 variant NM- value of $84, Detective Comics #578 is part of the proverbial cream of the CPV crop, with a value greater than approximately 98% of our guide's entire coverage universe.

Detective Comics #578 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Detective Comics #578?
I have a copy of Detective Comics #578 and I want to know what this comic book is worth in different grades as a first printing?

✔️Accepted answer: The answer depends on the type that you own. For Detective Comics #578, DC published a direct edition type (exceptionally well preserved by collectors as direct edition comics were the type sold in comic shops), and two newsstand types which were sold to the general public on newsstands (a regular cover price version and the $1.00 price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $84 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Detective Comics #578 has a graphical logo or a bar code box. If it has a graphical logo, sorry to break it to you but you own a commonplace direct edition copy which is worth about $40 (still, that's not too shabby).

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Detective Comics #578 has a bar code box on the cover, then you've got a newsstand copy! Is it the more-rare price variant? Now for the moment of excitement: is the cover price of your newsstand copy $1.00? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!

How rare is the Detective Comics #578 $1.00 cover price variant?

✔️Accepted answer: As of the October 2023 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 1.3%, with 10 price variant copies on record versus 781 regular copies.

What is Detective Comics #578 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $30 in VF/NM whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $56.

Why are the Detective Comics #578 newsstand cover price variants worth so much more than the direct edition copies?

✔️Accepted answer: As collectibles, direct edition copies are already at a disadvantage compared to newsstand copies in the highest grades, because direct editions were extraordinarily well preserved as the distinct type sold in specialty comic shops. The comic shop owners ordered direct edition copies of Detective Comics #578 at a discount to cover price, but on a non-returnable basis (the graphical logo was to tell non-returnable copies apart from their returnable newsstand counterparts). When their orders arrived, the comic shop staff handled the books with extreme care to preserve their condition, and then the comic book collectors who shopped there typically preserved their purchases in plastic bags with backing boards. By contrast, newsstand copies were treated as reading material with no staff training to handle the books with any semblance of care, and they were then sold to the general public; unsold copies were returned for credit and typically pulped/recycled forward. Only those newsstand copies of Detective Comics #578 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Detective Comics #578, the market area that received the $1.00 cover price newsstand copies was a restricted area representing less than 10% the population of the total North American newsstand market. That's because the destination market for $1.00 copies of Detective Comics #578 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for $1.00 Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the $1.00 variant approximately 87% higher than the direct edition in Very Fine / Near Mint (9.0) condition, as of our 2024 CPV Price Guide Edition.

In VF condition, how much is Detective Comics #578 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Detective Comics #578 is worth about $24 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $45.

What is the value of Detective Comics #578 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Detective Comics #578 is worth about $17 whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $32.

What is the approximate Detective Comics #578 value in very good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Detective Comics #578 is worth about $11 whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $21.

What is the Detective Comics #578 price guide value in good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Detective Comics #578 is about $6 for the direct edition version whereas the $1.00 newsstand variants are worth $11.

Has the Detective Comics #578 $1.00 variant from DC been a good investment?

✔️Accepted answer: Detective Comics #578 $1.00 variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have produced gains, increasing in value by $30 since 2018, or about +56% in 7 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2024 guide edition).

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