Marvel 30 cent Price Variants


Kid Colt
Below is a complete list of all the 1976 Marvel comics which had 30 cent variant covers. Much of the information included was first gathered by Jon McClure, and was published in several issues of Comic Book Marketplace (which I highly recommend to all serious Golden, Silver, and Bronze age collectors). I've included not only every issue, but also the cover date, the style of the price blurb, the estimated degree of scarcity of each issue, and whether or not I need it to complete my set.

There is some uncertainty about the general frequency in which 30 cent variants occurred. Some have estimated that up to 5% of an issue were variants, while others have contended that only 1% or less were. The reality is that there is probably not a set percentage across titles, or even across issues within a title. For example, all three X-men issues are more difficult to find than, say, the five Fantastic Four issues. However, X-men 100 is even more difficult to come across than 98 or 99. The case of Ironman is even more dramatic: the first four issues are relatively common, while issue 89 is one of the hardest to find. Just to confuse matters even more, there are significant regional differences in scarcity. I'll describe these in greater detail, especially as people let me know about their experiences looking for variants. In general, though, it's easiest to find the variant versions of the superhero titles, simply because their print run was much higher. Marvel's horror titles are significantly more difficult than superhero books, largely because they had smaller print runs and were not enthusiastically collected. Finally, the western titles appear to be scarcest. They not only had low print runs, but many of them were nothing but reprint titles in the final months of publication. With sales sagging and westerns going out of style, the majority of western variants were probably returned to the distributors unread, where they were likely destroyed. I've actually known of three large collections of variants (over 100 issues each) which did not have a single western book among them. I've attempted to reflect the relative scarcity of the variants below by placing them on a scale of 1, or the easiest to find, to 5, or the most difficult to find. These rankings have been derived from my own experience scouring comic books stores in the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic, as well as talking to collectors around the country.

I've also included in the table the style of the cover price. Why? Some of the 30 variants are conspicuous because the price appears either in the "Still only 25c" starbust, or even the strange circle and large square price and date logos Marvel used in August, 1976. However, many variants appear identical to the regular issues and have the typical double price and month boxes (click here for cover pictures showing examples of price logos). On several occassions, I've seen people searching for variants pull out only the obvious ones. In fact, my second large variant find was made when I was at a toy show and saw a dealer pull out about 40 NM variants from several long boxes. I went right after him and pulled out about 10 others which appeared to be regular issues. So keep an eye out for all styles, and pay attention to the actual price, not the logo. And have fun hunting.

NewBelated News: On October 27, I was lucky enough to recieve a copy of my final book from this set: Rawhide Kid 134. After 5 years, the quest is finished. As far as is known, this is only the second set of Marvel 30 cent price variants to be completed, although there are three others who will undoubtedly finish soon (yeah, that's what I thought 3 years ago when I broke the 10 issue mark). Thanks to everyone who has helped me hunt down copies and sent books my way. This has been the most collecting fun I've had in years, and it has led me to meet dozens of collectors who have a sincere love of comics. I will still be maintaining the site and welcome any inquires. Of course, I will also continue to document the finding of existing 35 cent variants. Who knows, perhaps I'll even start trying to complete that set. What the heck, I'm only about 60 issues behind those closest to finishing it.


TITLE AND ISSUE COVER DATE PRICE STYLE ESTIMATED SCARCITY NEED
Adventures on the Planet of the Apes 5 April Starburst
4
Have
Adventures on the Planet of the Apes 6 June Starburst
4
Have
Adventures on the Planet of the Apes 7 August Square
4
Have
Amazing Adventures 36 May Starburst
1
Have
Amazing Adventures 37 July Starburst
1
Have
Amazing Spiderman 155 April Starburst
4
Have
Amazing Spiderman 156 May Starburst
3
Have
Amazing Spiderman 157 June Starburst
3
Have
Amazing Spiderman 158 July Starburst
3
Have
Amazing Spiderman 159 AugustCircle
3
Have
Astonishing Tales 35 May Starburst
2
Have
Astonishing Tales 36July Starburst
2
Have
Avengers 146 April Starburst
3
Have
Avengers 147 May Regular
3
Have
Avengers 148 June Starburst
3
Have
Avengers 149 July Starburst
3
Have
Avengers 150 August Square
3
Have
Black Goliath 2 April Starburst
1
Have
Black Goliath 3 June Starburst
2
Have
Black Goliath 4 August Circle
1
Have
Captain America 196 April Regular
2
Have
Captain America 197 May  
2
Have
Captain America 198 June Starburst
2
Have
Captain America 199 July Starburst
2
Have
Captain America 200 August Circle
3
Have
Captain Marvel 44 May Starburst
3
Have
Captain Marvel 45 July Starburst
3
Have
Chamber of Chills 22 May Starburst
4
Have
Chamber of Chills 23 July Starburst
5
Have
Champions 5 April Starburst
2
Have
Champions 6 June Starburst
3
Have
Champions 7 August Circle
3
Have
Conan 61 April Starburst
2
Have
Conan 62 May Starburst
2
Have
Conan 63 June Regular
2
Have
Conan 64 July Starburst
2
Have
Conan 65 August Square
2
Have
Daredevil 132 April Regular
4
Have
Daredevil 133 May Starburst
3
Have
Daredevil 134 June Starburst
3
Have
Daredevil 135 July Starburst
3
Have
Daredevil 136 August Starburst
3
Have
Defenders 34 April Regular
2
Have
Defenders 35 May Starburst
1
Have
Defenders 36 June Regular
1
Have
Defenders 37 July Regular
1
Have
Defenders 38 August Circle
1
Have
Doctor Strange 13 April Regular
3
Have
Doctor Strange 14 May Starburst
2
Have
Doctor Strange 15 June Starburst
2
Have
Doctor Strange 16 July Starburst
1
Have
Doctor Strange 17 August Circle
1
Have
Eternals 1 June Starburst
1
Have
Eternals 2 August Starburst
1
Have
Fantastic Four 169 April Starburst
3
Have
Fantastic Four 170 May Starburst
3
Have
Fantastic Four 171 June Starburst
3
Have
Fantastic Four 172 July Starburst
3
Have
Fantastic Four 173 August Square
3
Have
Ghost Rider 17 May Regular
3
Have
Ghost Rider 18 June Starburst
3
Have
Ghost Rider 19 August Starburst
3
Have
Howard the Duck 3 May Starburst
1
Have
Howard the Duck 4 May Starburst
2
Have
Incredible Hulk 198 April Regular
2
Have
Incredible Hulk 199 May Starburst
2
Have
Incredible Hulk 200 June Starburst
3
Have
Incredible Hulk 201 July Starburst
2
Have
Incredible Hulk 202 August Circle
2
Have
Inhumans 4 April Starburst
3
Have
Inhumans 6 August Circle
3
Have
Invaders 6 May Starburst
3
Have
Invaders 7 July Starburst
3
Have
Ironfist 4 April Regular
3
Have
Ironfist 5 June Starburst
3
Have
Ironfist 6 August Circle
3
Have
Ironman 85 April Starburst
2
Have
Ironman 86 May Starburst
2
Have
Ironman 87 June Starburst
2
Have
Ironman 88 July Starburst
3
Have
Ironman 89 August Regular
4
Have
Jungle Action 21 May Starburst
3
Have
Jungle Action 22 July Starburst
3
Have
Kazar 15 April Regular
3
Have
Kazar 17 August Starburst
3
Have
Kid Colt Outlaw 205 April Regular
5
Have
Kid Colt Outlaw 206 May Starburst
5
Have
Kid Colt Outlaw 207 June Starburst
5
Have
Kid Colt Outlaw 208 July Starburst
5
Have
Kid Colt Outlaw 209 August Circle
5
Have
Kull 16 August Circle
1
Have
Marvel Adventures 3 April Regular
3
Have
Marvel Adventures 4 June Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Adventures 5 August Circle
3
Have
Marvel Chillers 4 April Regular
3
Have
Marvel Chillers 5 June Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Chillers 6 August Circle
3
Have
Marvel Double Feature 15 April Regular
4
Have
Marvel Double Feature 16 June Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Double Feature 17 August Circle
3
Have
Marvel Feature 4 May Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Feature 5 July Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Premiere 29 April Regular
3
Have
Marvel Premiere 30 June Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Premiere 31 August Circle
3
Have
Marvel Presents 4 April Starburst
1
Have
Marvel Presents 5 June Starburst
1
Have
Marvel Presents 6 August Square
1
Have
Marvel's Greatest Comics 63 May Starburst
4
Have
Marvel's Greatest Comics 64 July Starburst
4
Have
Marvel Spotlight 27 April Regular
3
Have
Marvel Spotlight 28 April Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Spotlight 29 April Circle
2
Have
Marvel Superheroes 57 May Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Superheroes 58 July Starburst
4
Have
Marvel Tales 66 April Regular
3
Have
Marvel Tales 67 May Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Tales 68 June Starburst
4
Have
Marvel Tales 69 July Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Tales 70 April Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Team-Up 44 April Regular
3
Have
Marvel Team-Up 45 May Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Team-Up 46 June Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Team-Up 47 July Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Team-Up 48 April Square
3
Have
Marvel Triple Action 29 May Starburst
4
Have
Marvel Triple Action 30 July Starburst
4
Have
Marvel Two-In-One 15 May Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Two-In-One 16 June Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Two-In-One 17 July Starburst
3
Have
Marvel Two-In-One 18 August Circle
3
Have
Master of Kung-Fu 39 April Regular
4
Have
Master of Kung-Fu 40 May Starburst
3
Have
Master of Kung-Fu 41 June Starburst
3
Have
Master of Kung-Fu 42 July Starburst
3
Have
Master of Kung-Fu 43 August Circle
3
Have
Mighty Marvel Western 45 July Starburst
5
Have
Omega 2 May Starburst
1
Have
Omega 3 May Starburst
1
Have
Powerman 30 April Regular
3
Have
Powerman 31 May Starburst
3
Have
Powerman 32 June Starburst
3
Have
Powerman 33 July Starburst
3
Have
Powerman 34 August Circle
3
Have
Rawhide Kid 133 May  
4
Have
Rawhide Kid 134 July  
4
Need
Ringo Kid 27 May Starburst
4
Have
Ringo Kid 28 May Starburst
5
Have
Sergeant Fury 133 May Starburst
4
Have
Sergeant Fury 134 July Starburst
4
Have
Skull 5 May Starburst
3
Have
Skull 6 May Starburst
3
Have
Son of Satan 3 April Regular
3
Have
Son of Satan 4 June Starburst
3
Have
Son of Satan 5 August Circle
3
Have
Strange Tales 185 May Starburst
3
Have
Strange Tales 186 July Starburst
3
Have
Super-villian Team-Up 5 April Regular
3
Have
Super-villian Team-Up 6 June Starburst
3
Have
Super-villian Team-Up 7 August Circle
2
Have
Thor 246 April Regular
3
Have
Thor 247 May Starburst
3
Have
Thor 248 June Starburst
3
Have
Thor 249 July Starburst
3
Have
Thor 250 August Starburst
3
Have
Tomb of Darkness 20 May Starburst
4
Have
Tomb of Darkness 21 July Starburst
4
Have
Tomb of Dracula 43 April Regular
3
Have
Tomb of Dracula 44 May Starburst
3
Have
Tomb of Dracula 45 June Starburst
3
Have
Tomb of Dracula 46 July Starburst
3
Have
Tomb of Dracula 47 August Circle
3
Have
Two-Gun Kid 129 April  
4
Have
Two-Gun Kid 130 June Starburst
4
Have
Two-Gun Kid 131 August Starburst
4
Have
Warlock 12 April Regular
3
Have
Warlock 13 June Starburst
3
Have
Warlock 14 August Square
3
Have
Weird Wonder Tales 15 April Regular
5
Have
Weird Wonder Tales 16 June Starburst
4
Have
Weird Wonder Tales 17 August Starburst
4
Have
Werewolf by Night 38 May Starburst
4
Have
Werewolf by Night 39 July Starburst
4
Have
X-men 98 April Starburst
4
Have
X-men 99 June Starburst
4
Have
X-men 100 August Circle
4
Have




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