Magazine Speculation Part 1

I love buying and selling magazines. Magazines and oversized comics fall under a very low tier in comic book collecting – a lot of people don’t do it – which means magazine boxes at comic conventions and at stores have great potential for flip-ability.

In 1964 Marvel started its own fan club the Merry Marvel Marching Society and within a few years started producing membership kits – by 1969 Marvel owner, Martin Goodman decided the program was too expensive and licensed the program to an independent company. Not soon after, The Marvelmania magazine was born. These books are sought after but a lot of people don’t understand there true value. These are great books to be looking for.

marvelmania #1

There is one copy I want to spotlight –  Marvelmania issue 2. Amazing Fantasy 15 features cover art penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Steve Ditko – but before this was conceived, Steve Ditko penciled and inked his own cover for Amazing Fantasy #15 that was rejected by Stan Lee. This cover was later used as a high ratio variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man #700. The first appearance of this cover is Marvelmania issue 2 – where the unused Steve Ditko art is published for the first time – and it appears on the back cover.


This book can be found for under $100 and online it can sell for up to $200! Aside from the first issue of Marvelmania, Marvelmania #2 has the most room for growth and you should be trying to hunt down all of the series

This article is an excerpt from the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” This article originally appeared in episode 2. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

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