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Starting a Spidey Collection

Posted By Woollbert 4/25/2012 3:58:45 AM
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Woollbert
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Hi Guys,

So at the moment im a reader of a lot of the recent Spidey stuff (Amazing, Ultimate, Scarlet Blah Blah..) but I would quite like to start a collection of some of the earlier work and pieces that may become collectable in the future.

I was wondering if you guys might be able to suggest some suitable issues (as ive never really read any of the earlier issues apart from plot synopses to get me up to date), ive seen on another thread (spidey/venom girlfriend one) some suggestions and would appreciate some others. Suggestions of newer (ish) issues which may become collectable would be appreciated too

As im just starting I am on a budget so Action Comics #1 equivilants please BigGrin

Thanks for any help


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ElectroKnight
 Posted 4/25/2012 4:22:52 AM
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Amazing Spiderman silver age books are always sought after. The early issues even in lowgrade command a surprising amount.

Amazing Spiderman 100, 101, 121, 122, 129, 135, 200, etc are real nice collectible books, but they tend to be a little expensive. The Mcfarlane books are real nice and you can usually find them nowadays cheaper then one would expect.

Also his other series Peter Parker: Spiderman is a real good set to put together and not much at all compared to the AMS run.

Good luck with your collection Spideys cool! BigGrin


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 Posted 4/25/2012 5:55:41 AM
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Thanks for that BigGrin

Would anyone, by chance, happen to know anywhere where I would be able to find a list of significant events and the issues in which they appear? I think it would be a good start for me!

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I would Google Spider-Man key issues. There are probably a hundred 'home made' list out there.

Personally for early issues. I think #33 is one of the best issues in the first 100 issues, however not really a key/first appearance.


Also, anything after 300 will probably take decades to have any financial worth, if that is your goal.


#1-(Of course) 2nd appearance of Spider-Man, 1st appearances of J.J.J. & The Chameleon
#2-1st Vulture
#3-1st Dr. Octopus
#4-1st Sandman
#6-1st Lizard
#9-1st Electro
#13-1st Mysterio
#14-1st Green Goblin
#15-1st Kraven
#20-1st Scorpion
#25-1st MJ Cameo(Face no shown)
#28-1st Molten Man(Very rare to find in a decent shape due to the black cover)
#31-1st harry Osborn & Gwen Stacy
#33-Classic Ditko cover part 3 of the master Planner Arc
#37-1st Norman Osborn
#38-Last issue drawn by Steve Ditko
#39-40-Norman Osborn revealed as Green Goblin & 1st John Romita Sr. Art on the title
#41-1st Rhino
#42-1st full apearance of MJ
#46-1st Shocker
#50-1st Kingpin(Classic Cover)

Other keys issues are
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1-1st Sinister Six
#59-1st MJ on Cover
#61-1st Gwen Stacy on cover
#90-Death of Captain Stacy <- key but not has important to most.
#96-98-Non Code Approved Drug Issues <- not a key issue by my standards but considered keys.
#100-Anniversary Issue
#101-1st Moribus -- book value on this is higher than you can actually purchase it for.
#121-122 Death of Gwen Stacy & Green Goblin
#129-1st Punisher
#136-1st Green Goblin II
#194-1st Black Cat
#238-1st Hobgoblin
#252-1st Black Costume
#298-1st Todd Mcfarlane Art
#300-1st Venom

#361 - first Carnage (red headed step child to Venom)
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That's a good comprehensive list of Key issues, but that's not exactly what you were asking for. I'd go back to Spider-Fan's other suggestion about googling. You can get lots of detailed information about the history of comic-book universes from wikipedia and sources like that.

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thanks guys, all of those suggestions are great, ill get on it!

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Honestly, one of the BEST spidey comics is Amazing Spider-man Volume 2 #36

Its the black cover issue that deals with the events of 9/11. its some pretty powerful stuff and a must have for any spidey collection.
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Woollbert:

check out this site: http://www.samruby.com/title.htm

He does an excellent job of informing you on the quality and significance of each issue.

Good luck and enjoy.

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 Posted 4/27/2012 4:22:21 AM
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I too have just started getting into the early spider-man comics. The best thing I can tell you is to look for key issues as most everyone has already told you. Once you find one, focus on that one, but don't be in a rush to buy it. Shop around, and pick them up as you can. Ebay is nice, but if you use it try to stick with the graded copies so you know what you're getting. Otherwise you may find that VG/NM copy should be much lower or has some pages missing. It makes the process of picking up some of the keys more expensive, but if you're collecting you're better off in the long run. Local comic shops also have a decent selection, and should be able to help you depending on the store.

As for current issues, variants are the more valuable; however, the prices are subject to slip. It's really a gamble. Try to stick to artist or writers who are pretty influential. These books tend to hold the most value over time based on the work you got and the other work they are a part of.

Another suggestion I can give you is to look into a Marvel Digital Subscription. I have the annual, $100 a year, and you can read the majority of the back issues from Spider-Man and the other favorites. This may also give you a better idea of which books you want to buy if you like one that you've read. Just a thought. Either way, good luck!
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I've been collecting Spiderman comics for over 30 years. Since there are over 500 issues of Amazing Spider-Man going back to 1963; not to mention ancillarytitles like Team-Up, Spectacular, Web of, one shots, Annuals, Specials, guest appearances; it can allget a little overwhelming, not to mention expensive. This last point is not insignificant. If you were not lucky (or savvy) enough tobuy ASM 1 – 100 many years ago, to get them now can be ruinously expensive inhigh grade and pretty pricey even in the lower grades.

If you are looking for comics that will increase in value, there are a couple of strategies that have stood the test oftime in collecting and hold true to comics and a popular subject likeSpiderman.


Look for the secondary titles, especially key issues, whichhave been overlooked. As the Amazing Spider-Man issues go up inprice, more collectors will be priced out. I feel Spectacular Spider-Manand Marvel Team-Up are poised forpretty big price jumps. We have alreadyseen it in the early issues, but many of the later ones have great story andart and sell at a fraction of the price of AmazingSpiderman issues that were on the newsstands at the same time. I alsosuspect that there are fewer high grade issues out there because they have notbeen looked after as collectables to as high a degree.

Try to get runs of story lines where you can. I would argue that owning Amazing Spiderman # 100 to 200, or 200up is a more satisfying collection than having a smattering of issues under #100, even if those may be worth more. With this strategy, you have continuity of story and can follow theprogression of your favorite super hero. If you are also interested in the resale value or price appreciation,just wait a bit and I bet you will see it. We hear it all the time – Bronze Age is the next Silver Age, Silver thenext Gold, etc. The march of time is acollector’s best friend.

Spider-Man is probably the most popular comicbook character to collect and thedemand shows no sign of abating. It ishard to go too wrong if you buy what you love. Read it, protect it, and pass it along to your kids or sell it tosomeone else who will love it.

5/14/2012 9:33:35 AM by millerbiff

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