Spectacular Spider-Man #90 Newsstand 75¢ 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]
|9.2||Near Mint -||$106
|9.0||Very Fine / Near Mint||$71
|Spectacular Spider-Man #90 75¢ Newsstand Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 5/1984, Published in the USA
Spectacular Spider-Man #90 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
New costume; Black Cat's new powers
#46 in this year's Top 100.
Angelo notes: Jan. 2022 a 9.0 CGC sold for $97. Jan. 2021 a 9.8 CGC sold for $760, May a 9.4 CGC sold for $300, September a 9.0 CGC sold for $127. A 9.6 CGC ow/w sold in July 2020 for $250. A must have book for any collector/investor interested in the black suit that eventually becomes Venom. Dark cover makes it harder to find in the highest grades.
Conan notes: Example recent variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw GD 2.0 on 1/3/2023 for $19.50 (buy it now), a CGC 8.5 on 1/10/2023 for $42.00 (at auction), a CGC 9.0 on 2/4/2023 for $56.00 (at auction)
Conan notes: Example past variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 3.5 on 5/5/2021 for $21, a raw 2.0 on 7/27/2020 for $18, a raw 4.5 on 8/6/2020 for $41, a raw 6.5 on 6/25/2020 for $58, a raw 8.5 on 1/31/2019 for $70, a raw 8.5 on 1/31/2019 for $80
Doug notes: BLACK CAT Solo-c/s; Spider-Man in Alien BLACK COSTUME in Last Panel = TIES for First app;
Paul notes: A CGC 9.6 Spectacular Spider-Man #90 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $265 in 2020
CGC label note: 1st black costume in title. Black Cat appearance. 75 cent cover price. Vision & Scarlet Witch cameo.
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As one of the top 100 most valuable variants in our guide this year, we rate 75¢ price variant copies of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 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 $30 since 2018, or about +75% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have outperformed notably, increasing in value by $51 since 2018, or about +93%. With a 75¢ variant NM- value of $106, Spectacular Spider-Man #90 is part of the proverbial cream of the CPV crop, with a value greater than approximately 98% of our guide's entire coverage universe.
Spectacular Spider-Man #90 Comic Book FAQ
What is the value of Spectacular Spider-Man #90?
I have a copy of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 and I want to know what this comic book is worth in different grades as a first printing?
The answer depends on the type that you own. For Spectacular Spider-Man #90, Marvel 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 75¢ price variant). If you own a price variant, lucky you, it is worth $106 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).
Check whether the cover of your copy of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 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 $70 (still, that's not too shabby).
If your copy of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 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 75¢? If so, congratulations, you own the cover price variant!!
How rare is the Spectacular Spider-Man #90 75¢ cover price variant?
As of the October 2023 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 3.7%, with 73 price variant copies on record versus 1877 regular copies.
What is Spectacular Spider-Man #90 worth in VF/NM condition?
The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $52 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $71.
Why are the Spectacular Spider-Man #90 newsstand cover price variants worth so much more than the direct edition copies?
As collectibles, direct edition copies are already at a disadvantage compared to newsstand copies in the highest grades, because direct editions were extraordinarily well preserved as the distinct type sold in specialty comic shops. The comic shop owners ordered direct edition copies of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 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 Spectacular Spider-Man #90 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Spectacular Spider-Man #90, the market area that received the 75¢ 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 75¢ copies of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 was Canadian newsstands — hence the name Canadian Price Variant as a short-hand for 75¢ Price Variant. All of this adds up to a market value for the 75¢ variant approximately 37% 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 Spectacular Spider-Man #90 worth?
The direct edition version of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 is worth about $42 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $57.
What is the value of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 in Fine condition?
In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 is worth about $29 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $40.
What is the approximate Spectacular Spider-Man #90 value in very good condition?
Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Spectacular Spider-Man #90 is worth about $20 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $27.
What is the Spectacular Spider-Man #90 price guide value in good condition?
The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Spectacular Spider-Man #90 is about $10 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $13.
Has the Spectacular Spider-Man #90 75¢ variant from Marvel been a good investment?
Spectacular Spider-Man #90 75¢ variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have produced gains, increasing in value by $51 since 2018, or about +93% in 7 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2024 guide edition).
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