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Super-Villain Classics #1 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]
9.2Near Mint -$75
9.0Very Fine / Near Mint$50
8.0Very Fine$40
4.0Very Good$19
Super-Villain Classics #1 Comic Book Values
Super-Villain Classics #1 75¢ Newsstand Cover Price Variant, Marvel, 5/1983, Published in the USA
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Super-Villain Classics #1 75¢ Canadian Price Variant Issue Notes:
Origin of Galactus; Reprint
Angelo notes: In January of 2021 a 9.8 CGC sold for $562. A 9.6 CGC sold for $225 in October 2020. Reprinted from Fantastic Four #49, Thor #160, 162, 167, 169; but ALSO INCLUDES NEW MATERIAL by Gruenwald, Byrne, and Wilson. Speculation money is gravitating towards this book as we get closer to Galactus appearing in the MCU. This book is not as scarce as people think so stick with higher grades and it will serve you well investment-wise.
Conan notes: Example past variant sales at MyComicShop: a raw 6.0 on 4/21/2021 for $23, a raw 6.0 on 4/21/2021 for $23, a raw 8.5 on 6/11/2021 for $64, a raw 3.5 on 9/2/2020 for $14, a raw 5.0 on 2/5/2020 for $20, a raw 5.5 on 8/10/2020 for $21, a raw 6.0 on 11/26/2019 for $22
Paul notes: A CGC 9.0 Super Villain Classics #1 variant sold at PNJ Comics for $75 in 2021
CGC label note: Origin of Galactus. 75 cent cover price.
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With a 75¢ variant NM- value of $75, Super-Villain Classics #1 was very close to making our featured toplist this year. It is definitely within striking distance, and has a value that puts it in the top 5% of all variants in our guide. As such a stand-out within the context of our full coverage universe, we therefore rate 75¢ price variant copies of Super-Villain Classics #1 FIVE STARS as a collectible. 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 $33 since 2018, or about +275% on a percentage basis. Meanwhile, CPV newsstand copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $55 since 2018, or about +275%.

Super-Villain Classics #1 Comic Book FAQ

What is the value of Super-Villain Classics #1?
I have a copy of Super-Villain Classics #1 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 Super-Villain Classics #1, 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 $75 in 9.2 (Near Mint Minus).

  Suggested answer: Check whether the cover of your copy of Super-Villain Classics #1 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 $45 (still, that's not too shabby).

  Suggested answer: If your copy of Super-Villain Classics #1 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 Super-Villain Classics #1 75¢ cover price variant?

✔️Accepted answer: As of the October 2023 CGC census, the price variant has census rarity of 6.1%, with 52 price variant copies on record versus 795 regular copies.

What is Super-Villain Classics #1 worth in VF/NM condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition (logo on cover) is worth about $34 in VF/NM whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $50.

Why are the Super-Villain Classics #1 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 Super-Villain Classics #1 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 Super-Villain Classics #1 that were taken home and preserved by collectors would survive today in the highest grades. Among surviving newsstand copies of Super-Villain Classics #1, 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 Super-Villain Classics #1 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 47% 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 Super-Villain Classics #1 worth?

✔️Accepted answer: The direct edition version of Super-Villain Classics #1 is worth about $27 in Very Fine (8.0) whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $40.

What is the value of Super-Villain Classics #1 in Fine condition?

✔️Accepted answer: In FN (6.0) shape, the direct edition version of Super-Villain Classics #1 is worth about $19 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $28.

What is the approximate Super-Villain Classics #1 value in very good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: Down in VG (4.0) Very Good condition, the direct edition version of Super-Villain Classics #1 is worth about $13 whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $19.

What is the Super-Villain Classics #1 price guide value in good condition?

✔️Accepted answer: The price guide value way down in GD (2.0) Good condition for Super-Villain Classics #1 is about $6 for the direct edition version whereas the 75¢ newsstand variants are worth $9.

Has the Super-Villain Classics #1 75¢ variant from Marvel been a good investment?

✔️Accepted answer: Super-Villain Classics #1 75¢ variant newsstand copies in 9.2 have increased in value by $55 since 2018, or about +275% in 7 years (from our 2018 guide edition to our 2024 guide edition).

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