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If This Rumor is True

Comic Booked Guest Writer 09/14/2011 Features

I can’t remember the first pre-bagged book I ever picked up (and I am not talking about back issues either). I remember X-force bagged with variant trading cards, and I remember Spider-Man pre-bagged as well; but both those bags were clear. The Death of Superman was the first bagged book I remember that was’nt visible through the bag. The black background accented the red ‘S’. I bought more X-force books than I ever should have and I learned to curtail my spending for the Superman bagged issue. I only bought two.

So many people thought that book would be the next best book; the book that would send their kids through school. I wanted one to read and one to keep bagged. My readable copy is long since gone. I still have the bagged copy in between a thick plastic holder much like they use for baseball cards. Variant covers were another gimmick but at least now you have a choice to purchase a “rare” cover, much like a fellow collector on the registry was looking for the 1 in 200 copy of JLA.

When I spent money quicker than I was earning it I would buy comic related cards as well and felt like I won the lottery when I found a hologram card in one of the two packs I purchased. If I remember correctly it is a card of Spider-Man and Venom. I still have the card. I just don’t know where it is. There is something magical about being surprised by the unexpected, much like Christmas morning. I feel that DC is pulling off a huge gimmick with their whole line starting over at #1 that a lot of people are overlooking Marvel’s Ultimate line bagging their number one books.

So why are they doing this? It can’t be to stop the readers from gazing through the book. All the new #1’s that the Ultimate line is doing are bagged, but the variants are easily accessible. Most shops have them bagged and boarded with a price hike. I would have no problem unbagging one and looking through the book to see if I wanted to buy it, much like I did with the September 7th DC books. I can understand why they did it with the last issue of the Ultimate Spider-Man (does he die or doesn’t he?). I’ll admit I was wrong. I thought Peter would live. So why bag the other number ones?

At my comic shop today, a day I wasn’t going to go, I picked up a fair amount of books including a single DC #1. My LCS (Local Comic Shop) was busier today so I was able to talk to the manager and he asked me a question. He asked me if I knew why Marvel was bagging all the #1’s. Admittedly I said no.  I chat with many people about Comic books now that I am writing for Comic Booked and even started my own blog with [email protected] but no one mentioned what he mentioned to me and I am curious enough to post this article/journal entry/ blog entry on all three avenues of communication just to find out if it is true.

I have a copy of Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man which I had the option of buying a variant but decided since I was already buying another variant I would have to pass. I only wanted the book to read anyway, not collect, maybe a CGC copy down the line, which was the reason why I bought the other variant. Anyway, what I was told that the reasoning for the bagged copies was because  inside of them there were random variants which were signed by Stan Lee? Is this true? I don’t know but I would like to find out whether a reader could tell me, or who knows maybe I will be lucky enough to find out right now…


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  1. Jordamus Prime 09/14/2011 at 2:41 pm

    It seems highly unlikely that Stan Lee would be signing anything from the Ultimate line. He had nothing to do with it beyond creating the characters that the Ultimate universes characters were based on.

  2. Skott of Fables 09/14/2011 at 11:14 pm

    I've heard this is true. I posted a link to this article on the Facebook page of my LCS and got the following answer, from someone who I can trust:

    They're bagged because of Stan Lee signatures. I think there were 100 autographs per title.

    Now, I have to ask him what 'per title' means…

  3. Michael Wirth 09/15/2011 at 7:05 am

    We have confirmation (sort of) from Ryan Penagos' (also known at @Agent_M)Twitter feed.

    HE GOT ONE! RT @Du4No: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man No.1 Stan Lee signed variant. #comics #marvel @Agent_M

  4. CGC Lee 09/19/2011 at 1:18 am

    After fighting with my internet access for the past few days i can finally post this link, because not only were they signed by Stan Lee, they were witnessed by CGC as well.

  5. Ian Brimberry 09/23/2011 at 2:03 pm

    Yeah, it's true. I got number 58/100 of Ultimate Comics X-men. I didn't know about the promo at the time I opened it, and there was a loose copy of the cover and back page in it and I was thinking "That's a weird mess up". Then I saw on the back of the actual book it has a disclaimer saying it is limited to 100 and signed by Stan. I then froze and slowly turned the comic over and saw the signature and just stood there for a bit, haha.

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