UNIQUE AND EXTREMELY RARE ERROR COMIC !!!
CGC Certified 7.5, Near pristine Off-White- White Pages.
Green Label, Certified and Qualified Manufacturing Error.
With a DC Comics cover; and with Marvel Comics inside pages !!!
Let me repeat that….A DC COVER ON A MARVEL COMIC!!!!!
Cover is of Issue #6, The New Teen Titans Volume 1 (1980-84), cover publishing date April, 1981.
Inside pages are from Issue #74, Marvel-Two-In-One, publishing date April, 1981.
Only two known copies exist (actually, maybe only one; you would have to
confirm this with the CGC since another error comic shows in the census,
but unable to ascertain if that error comic has the same characteristics!!!)
An update: There are apparently a total of three “qualified” green label copies
of this issue now, (according to the CGC census, including this one) but the characteristics
of these other graded comics are unknown. One would assume, without additional
information, that these other two listed at the CGC have the same type of error.
Yes, thats right, the most improbable error that you could think of, a DC Comics cover with a Marvel interior.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime error comic, certainly never to be repeated again because the circumstance of this
“perfect storm” are not present anymore. Whether or not this is a key DC or Marvel issues is important, but less important…
(yes, of course it would have been nice if it were a key like New Teen Titans #2, 1st Deathstroke, but it’s not).
1) Its a comic icon representing both DC and Marvel universes. Dc and Marvel have long since been the giants of the comic publishing industry,
and the movie and toy franchises that followed. They are the “kings of comics”, and will remain so for many years (aside from the
Disney purchases of the Marvel rights). They have been strong competitors for over 70 years, and remain at odds, each with their
known and respected key characters and plot-lines. This comic represents an unwilling and unforeseen combinatorial error, that brings
both iconic values into one solitary object.
2) It is an error comic, but an error that will not be repeated ever again; an extremely rare error of the most
uncommon type. Most print errors or production errors are simple ones. For example a missing color on the cover,
a missing staple, an extra cover in bindery, a misplaced numbering effect, an additional label or designation that
should not have been printed. These errors are usually ALL within a certain run, a certain publishing job, and are unusual,
but relatively minimal errors. This particular error occurred at the printer…. ONLY because BOTH competitors had decided to use
the same printer AT THE SAME TIME; AND because the printer sheets for one comic WERE NOT (as they traditionally are)
separated from the production materials of another comic; AND because the sheets were used to prep a different print
job; AND because these “make-ready” sheets that became books were not discarded; AND this copy survived distribution
AND newsstands (if errors are noticed they are usually recalled or destroyed).
At the time Marvel Comics was a division of Cadence Industries, and began printing at Ronald’s Printing,
in Canada just before DC made the same decision. Why would they decide to print in Canada?
DC began moving to the no-returns direct market in early 1980’s, and concomitantly decided that higher-quality
printing (from 65dpi to 120 dpi) was possible, given that sales of the New Teen Titans were doing well in 1980-81.
Bob Spivak, the representative from Ronald’s Printing convinced them that they could achieve far greater margins
on a different press. So they shifted to using the offset presses at Ronald’s Printing out of Canada, mainly
because Ronald’s M1000-B offset press could produce 60,000 16-page sections an hour; and they could distribute
through Diamond Distribution, a source that would be challenged as the “direct” editions became more prominent in sales.
For this particular book, it is assumed that the Marvel Two-In-One #74 issue was printed and distributed first, as a
run in late February or March 1981. Remainders, unbound signatures of the “guts” of the book would have persisted in the print
shop as “make-ready” for future runs of exclusively Marvel issues. Most likely there was still a partial stack
or so of “make-ready” that was used to gear up the cover and stapling of the Marvel runs, and some of these were
mixed up with the DC run. The New Teen Titans #6, which would have been printed in late February or early-mid
March used these rogue Marvel “make-readies”.
3) It is unique, but there may be another example of this error but certainly much rarer in occurrence
than Action Comics #1 or Amazing Fantasy #15. Compared to Action Comics #1 (53 recorded gradings)
and especially Amazing Fantasy #15 (2651 graded copies), this one is 50-2500 times more rare.
4) It is maybe less desirable as Action #1 for the collectors who seek “key” appearances, because
Action # 1 is THE KEY 1st appearance. However, for elite collectors who have the means, this represents
a very iconic historical object. It is the ultra-rare example of a comic manufactured with
BOTH DC and MARVEL materials. This, for some collectors, is the reason to have it.
It is an icon of the most desirable kind.
5) It has been certified as a “Manufacturing Error” by the Comic Guarantee Company, the CGC. CGC has
verified and authenticated this comic as a genuine “Manufacturing Error”. The graders have determined
that there appears to be no hand manipulation of the cover and interior; and more importantly, the binding,
staples, staple holes, staple paper intrusions, trim size, etc. are consistent with an original mechanical
placement. This is the highest and most reliable verification of its authenticity in the world. The CGC is
recognized worldwide as the most reliable and conscientious grading and verification group. It is not “forged”
or “counterfeit” in any way. It passes through a team of graders and authenticators and each and every one agree
as to its authenticity and its grading status. This one has been given a grade of 7.5, Very Fine, and is now
part of the CGC census, their historical archive of grading records.
So what about extremely rare comics and their value in relation to other genres of collecting.
Lets consider rare comics:
At the top of the list, with a long and proven sales history is Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman.
A certified near mint copy of this comic has an estimated value of $6.94M and a proven value of $4.5 million (auction result).
The value is due to the iconic value of Superman in comic history, its rarity in higher quality, and the perceived lack
of remaining issues to be found. The Certified Guarantee Corporation (CGC), the preeminent grading and certification authority,
widely accepted as the renowned authority on comic authentication and census taking, has recorded 56 copies of this comic
in varying states of preservation. Despite the considerable number of copies, the value remains, for most examples,
well above the $500,000 mark.
Another example of a highly-value comic is Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of the legendary Batman.
A near mint certified example of this comic is estimated to be worth $3.8M, and even poorer examples
(graded 2.5 on a scale of 10.0) of this one have sold for well over $300,000. This again, is despite the
number of certified copies graded and on record are 53. It is an iconic issue, and arguably as rare as
Action Comics #1; which given its history, still is represented by 53 recorded issues. Indeed it is rare,
but not unique by any means.
Other impressively valuable DC comics would be Batman #1 and Superman #1, with value in
near mint of $1.36M and $2.21M respectively. Even if rarity is a consideration, one can discover
with Superman #1 there are 110 graded comics in the CGC census records.
These would be the most sought after DC Comics issues, and of comics in general.
For Marvel Comics publishing, there are quite a few more iconic issues, but command slightly less at auction pricing.
Marvel Comics #1 has an estimated value in near mint condition of nearly $1M. Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance
of Spiderman, even though there 2651 graded copies on record, has an estimated value of nearly $500,000; and a near mint
copy would most likely have an auction value of well over $1M, and the first appearance of the Human Torch (1939) a value
of over $1M. Marvel Mystery Comics #128 Variant is an example of rarity, rather than key iconicity causing a valuation of $500,000,
“And far fewer copies were printed. Since it was only distributed in New York City, only five copies are known to exist,
making it one of the rarest comics you can find, so rare, in fact, that very few have ever been sold. But perhaps
that will change, what with the value increasing by over 75% over the last three years.” Other examples are Captain
America #1 (1941) 137 certified copies—$633,000; Strange Tales #110, 1295 copies—$50,000, Fantastic Four #1,
1848 copies-$166,000. Certainly, the existence of even more than 1000 !!! copies of
these popular titles does not depress the market’s appreciation of them.
Lets consider rare stamps:
The unique British Guiana One-Cent Magenta ($9.5M, unique),
the Penny Black ($5M, 2 copies),
the Baden 9 Kreuzer Error ($1.5M, 4 copies),
the Inverted Jenny Error ($1.35M, 100 copies?).
Lets consider coins:
The 1913 Liberty Head Nickel ($3.7 million, 5 copies),
the 1343 Edward III Florin ($6.8 million, 3 copies; just plain rare),
the 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle ($7.6 million, rare <10?)
1794/5 Flowing Hair Silver/Copper Dollar ($10 million, unknown # copies).
This is a special opportunity to own, arguably one of the rarest comics in the
world! And please offer any additional qualifying information if you have it.
(and thanks for commenting and helping to update the information on the CGC census).
There have been hundreds of millions of comics produced over the period
of comic production history, and there are only a few
of these out there that have been certified.
Please see hi-res scans for details.
CGC Certified Grade, Green-Manufacturing Error.
Slab is protected by a plastic sleeve.
If you have any specific questions about
condition please do not hesitate to contact me.