Magazine Speculation Spotlight on Wizard World Magazine

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Continuing our series of looking at Magazines I thought it was ample time to look at Wizard World Magazine. Read more of our Magazine Speculation articles here.
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Wizard Magazine started in 1991 as a guide to comic books. Inside you could find articles about modern comics, interviews with comic creators and lists of the hot comic books of the time. There are several issues of Wizard Magazine that sell well on the back issue magazine after market – here are a few of them.
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Before Wizard Magazine was launched in 1991, founder and original editor, Gareb Shamus released a “Wizard The Guide to Comics #1 Edition” – published in “pocket size” and some times referred to as the Wizard Ashcan. This was the very first published Wizard magazine and can retail for north of $120.

Wizard Ashcan
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Wizard Magazine #1 from 1991 can sell for $15 to $30 depending on its condition. There is a SDCC variant with the SDCC logo on the left corner – this version is highly sought after. The SDCC variant was released before the regular version and was available in limited quantities. The first few issues of Wizard sell for around $15 to $20 in high grade condition.
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Wizard magazine #1
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In 1993 Wizard released an X-Men 30th Anniversary magazine. They released a special edition silver foil variant cover that sells well in high grade.

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In 1992 Wizard released a special SDCC book Wizard: The Guide to Comics. This book does not get a lot of love on the secondary market and can be found for $10 online. Wizard Magazine #41 sells well when its in its original polibag condition. Included with this magazine was a promotional gold variant copy of X-Men #320 – which is why this book is sought after.

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Wizard Magazine #41          Wizard 320 gold

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Wizard Magazine #71
features a classic Glenn Fabry Preacher cover and comes with a pullout Deadpool poster as well as a AOL online CD-Rom. Historically this book has sold well in high grade condition still in the original sealed condition.
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Wizard magazine #71
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In 1996 after the success of DC’s Kingdom Come, Wizard Magazine started publishing sketches by Alex Ross. Some of the sketches included were from a Marvel Comics version of Kingdom Come – this became the basis for the 1999 series Earth X. In 1997 Wizard published a one shot Earth X comic book that is regarded as the Earth X prologue and can best be described as a proposal Ross used to demonstrate the marketability for the title. Wizard Magazine #77 features the first published appearance of Earth X.
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Wizard Magazine 77 #2          Wizard Magazine 77 1          Earth X

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Wizard Magazine #80 features a South Park interview and polibaged copies come with a CD and South Park stickers. Historically this issue has been in demand. This book has three covers.
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Wizard #80 3
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Wizard Magazine #87 came with a copy of Deadpool #0. Deadpool #0 on its own in high grade condition can command $10 to $15. Polibaged copies of this magazine typically sell for $15 to $20+.
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Wizard Magazine #87          Deadpool #0

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Wizard released special edition “Postermania” magazines – featuring 48 comic book pull out posters. In total they released ten different editions. These books in sealed condition sell for $20+.
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That is it for the run down of Wizard magazines I think are worth picking up.  Let me know in the comments (or on social media)  if I missed any issues you think are spec worthy!
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