I think that CGC is labeling FCBD as 1st appearance not only because of the intended release date (which I totally understand, because Marvel can’t control COVID or state lock downs) but ALSO because the last page of FCBD says “to be continued in Venom 26”.
That being said, Venom 26 DID hit shelves first, and Marvel COULDA HAVE got FCBD out to stores sooner. I don’t see this has being too different than other debated fist appearances. I mean, I think stores opened up around June (at least here in Nevada) and FCBS started in July?
I guess it is a toss up, but CGC labeling could very likely influence the flipping market.
When it comes down to it, the grading companies are the ultimate end all. Whatever they put on the label is taken as truth by people. So many don’t keep up with articles, or hell even may get the book years later. The market is easily manipulated by a simple label on a graded book, and everyone knows that.
Didn’t cbcs say something different on their label though?
Also since we’ve seen that Virus appears to be a skeleton or likely half dead already… he might not be around much longer. Seems like a throw away character at this point. Plus he needs new look and armor… we don’t need another Iron Man patched up with duct tape flying around chasing symbiotes…
But that is a slippery slope, and implies every single appearance, flashback, historical appearance, and memory with an occurrence of character from a previous chronological standpoint no matter release date is now a first appearance.
I don’t really mind either way, since I have 5 copies of the FCBD, but setting that precedence would devalue a whole range of present and future books.