Spider-Man completist and in order to help out other fans, I've created
this site. When you've seen the archive, you'll
know that I take my collection very seriously. Why this page? Well,
a couple of friends of mine said it would be cool to have a website
that shows all versions of The Amazing Spider-Man. OK, I said, if you
provide me with the images, I'll see what I can do. Of course, that
was easier said then done. Fortunately, I have access to a lot of images
myself, and with combined efforts, I was able to present this site to
you. And due to the success of the Amazing Spider-Man series, I decided
to add a couple more.
If you have any information that might help me complete this particular
site, please, let
know. If you look closely, you'll find that
some issues do not have an image and that they have a question mark
besides them. I really like confirmation whether these books exist or
not. The text below provides you with information on the various variants
for The Amazing Spider-Man. Since more series have been added, it should
be re-written to reflect those added series as well.
The original 1st Printings distributed to US newsstand sales outlets
(copies being returnable if unsold). Typified by a barcode UPC box,
all issues of the ASMV1 exist in this format.
The Western Publishing Company was the first company to distribute Marvel
comics from 1977 to 1979, doing so under the 'Whitman' banner. Whilst
the comics themselves did not bear the 'authentic' Whitman stamp / logo,
the cover appearance was changed to allow Marvel to track non-returnable
copies (unlike the newsstand copies, Western distributed editions could
not be returned if unsold). These (sometimes called 'Whitman') copies
are discernable by a distinctive diamond cover / price box and, more
often than not, a blank UPC box.
In effect, this drove the creation of what is now referred to as the
'Direct Sales Edition'. By expanding the concept of non-returnable copies
to all Comic Shops and subscribers in June 1979, the 'Direct Sales Edition'
was officially born, signalling the end of the 'Whitman' only phase.
'Whitman Editions' are actually much rarer than their newsstand counterparts
- a trend which is now reversed. See the following web-page for further
Driven by the earlier 'Whitman Distribution' copies, Direct Sales Editions
were distributed to comic shops, special outlets and subscribers from
June 1979 to the present day (copies being non-returnable if unsold).
Direct Editions were typified by a 'slashed barcode or graphic within
the UPC box until issue 378. From issue 379 a barcode would feature
with the wording 'Direct Edition', a trend which has continued to the
US price variant
To test the markets appetite for price increases, Marvel distributed
a limited number of issues with higher cover prices in 1976 and again
in 1977. On both occasions, the price increase was limited to a five
issue run, generally distributed in one geographical area.
- 30 Cent Variants: 155, 156, 157, 158, 159 (Regular issue price 25c)
- 35 Cent Variants: 169, 170, 171, 172, 173 (Regular issue price 30c)
See the following web-page for further details: http://mysite.verizon.net/psmerolle/variantlist.html
1st Printing single price 'pence' copies of the Amazing Spider-Man were
produced for the overseas UK market from issue 1 up to issue 120. Issues
18-27,42-43 and 55-70 were not produced. No pence copies were produced
from 121 through to 214 in order to not clash with the UK Spider-Man
Comics Weekly title in May 1973. These issues being referred to in the
UK as 'Non-Distributed' copies (ND). Single priced pence copies appeared
again briefly between issues 215 to 223 before being replaced by the
dual-priced Direct Edition (with US and UK pricing) from issue 224.
See the following web-page for further details: http://stlcomics.com/columns/maneevent/I/
1st Printing single price 'Canadian $' copies of the Amazing Spider-Man
were produced for the overseas Canadian market from issue 233 to 272
(75c cover price) and 273-279 (95c cover price). For the Annuals, only
issues 16-19 have a true price variant. A Canadian versions exists of
Annuals 1 and 2, they have the same front cover as the regular US edition
but the back cover is blank.
1st Printing single price 'Australian $' copies of the Amazing Spider-Man
were produced for the overseas Australian market. These books are identical
to their US newsstand counterpart except for the price tag and the date.
Meaning the Australian copies cover date is always 3 months later than
the indicia (e.g. issue 344 has a cover date of May 91 but states Feb
91 in the indicia). It was believed that only issues 340 through 384
were produced. But with the discovery of issues 408,415-417 the search
Some comics have gotten more than one cover image. And of course, the
second image is called a variant cover. Just take a look to see what
Comics are reprinted all the time. So, what to include in this "all
versions" website? I decided to include only those comics that
are reprints within the series. Meaning, any reprints outside the series
do not count. Thus you will not find any Marvel Tales here.
Most of the time, a giveaway is merely a reprint. So why not list them
under reprint? Well, there is a difference in distribution. These books
are promo items, the books in the reprints category are not. I decided
to include only those that try to imitate the original comic, in both
story and size.
What about the "insert" variants?
There are several kinds of insert variants, the National Diamond Sales
Insert Editions and Mark Jewellers Insert Editions are the most well
known. Unfortunately nobody can tell by looking at the cover which insert
is inside the book. So, in order to not create a site with duplicate
images, I simply choose to not include them. If you want more information
about these inserts, you might want to take a look at this page http://www.awe4one.com/NDS-MJ%20Inserts/Insert%20webpage.html