Adventures in collecting by the collecting detective-Issue 1
First up Cosmic Spider-man
So as a kid I remembered hearing stories of Spider-man having cosmic powers which to me meant Spidey could fly. The issues left me wondering how Spider-Man is flying, where did these powers come from, how is this possible and how did one of my favorite characters become invincible. The storyline is part of the Acts of Vengeance story line a group of super Villains team up and take on different heroes. We see this story line concept in several future stories such as Wanted and Old Man Logan. During this story line Spidey somehow gets Captain Universes power and becomes Cosmic Spider-Man. The storyline was marvelous * pun intended, but only lasted a few months and ended abruptly. After a while I forgot Cosmic Spider-Man existed until the great Dan Slott’s Spider Verse brought back the character. *Side note if you get a chance and haven’t read Dan Slott’s run on Superior Spider-man, Amazing Spider-man or Silver Surfer you are missing out on some awe-inspiring well written stories. Sorry not sorry, rant over. In an effort to remember the story line I decided to try and find the old issues that Cosmic Spider-man appeared in.
After some research it was found that the Cosmic Spider-Man saga stretched 10 books across three Spiderman titles and a What if issue. Below is the list
Photo Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man 158 Cover
Amazing Spider-man 327, 328*, 329
Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-man 158, 159, 160
Web of Spider-Man 59, 60, 61
What if Issue-31-What if Spider-Man kept his cosmic powers.
*Issue #328 is the last Amazing Spider-Man cover drawn by Spawn Creator and Image Co-founder Todd McFarlane.
So I prefer going to local comic shops rather than the internet because
- it’s a real treat to find old issues when you’re looking for them and not waiting for the mail.
- Comic book shops are becoming scarcer these days and we want them to keep them around.
- Nothing beats going to an old comic book shop and just looking at the history of comics.
Being on long Island there are a few comic book shops in the area and since I live in Suffolk I am fortunate to have 4th World Comics as my local comic book shop usually have everything I need. They are my number one comic book place.
This time however I decided to try a new comic book shop Grasshopper Comics in 76 Hills Side Avenue, Williston Park NY. Here is there website
I walked in not knowing what to expect and but I found all the issues except Amazing Spider-man #328. Also the prices were very reasonable.
However since I was still one issue short, I decided to check out other comic book shops, however had no luck, so since I wanted to complete the collection I turned to Ebay and was able to complete the collection.
Total spent on these issues to collect the story $48 dollars. So to complete this collection average price per issue was $4.80 per issue which is reasonable considering how remarkable the Cosmic Spider-Man storyline was.
Here is how they broke down individually and where they were found
|Book||Price/Condition/Grade||Where did I get it|
|Amazing Spider-Man #327||$6 NM||Grasshopper Comics|
|Amazing Spider-Man #328||$6 NM||Ebay|
|Amazing Spider-Man #329||$8 VF/NM||Grasshopper Comics|
|Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-man #158||$6 VF/NM||Grasshopper Comics|
|Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-man #159||$7 VF/NM||Grasshopper Comics|
|Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-man #160||$3 VF/NM||Grasshopper Comics|
|Web of Spider-Man #59||$4 VF/NM||Grasshopper Comics|
|Web of Spider-Man #60||$3 VF/NM||Grasshopper Comics|
|Web of Spider-Man #61||$3 NM||Grasshopper Comics|
|What if Spiderman kept his cosmic powers||$2 NM||Ebay|
- The basic grading scale, also known as letter grades, uses the grades from Near Mint (highest) to Poor (lowest):
- NM Near Mint
- VF Very Fine
- FN Fine
- VG Very Good
- GD Good
- FR Fair
- PR Poor
- The ten-point grading scaleassigns grades ranging from 10.0 (highest) down to 0.5 (lowest):
- 0 GM Gem Mint
- 9 M Mint
- 8 NM/M Near Mint/Mint
- 6 NM+ Near Mint+
- 4 NM Near Mint
- 2 NM- Near Mint-
- 0 VF/NM Very Fine/Near Mint
- 5 VF+ Very Fine+
- 0 VF Very Fine
- 5 VF- Very Fine-
- 0 FN/VF Fine/Very Fine
- 5 FN+ Fine+
- 0 FN Fine
- 5 FN- Fine-
- 0 VG/FN Very Good/Fine
- 5 VG+ Very Good+
- 0 VG Very Good
- 5 VG- Very Good-
- 0 GD/VG Good/Very Good
- 5 GD+ Good+
- 0 GD Good
- 8 GD- Good-
- 5 FR/GD Fair/Good
- 0 FR Fair
- 5 PR Poor
Overall I enjoyed by trip down memory lane, it was well worth the nostalgia and to remember Cosmic Spider-Man.
Next installment next week the quest to find Neil Gaiman’s What ever Happened to the Caped Crusader Batman #686 and Detective Comics #853 and how it turned into picking up several related issues of Batman comics.
Till next time