As the tittle suggested, if possible, please explain to me the logic behind considering PREVIEW as 1st Appearance VS ACTUAL 1st Appearance (CAMEO or FULL).
Case in point:
Amazing Spiderman 375 (HOLO) 1st PREVIEW of 2099 Amazing Spider-man
Thor 2 (ATTEMPTED to overtake Strange Academy 1)
Marvel Preview (ATTEMPTED to overtake UF4…good lord…)
When did PREVIEW became something of worthy??? Imagine you pickup up Preview and every time its consider a 1st Appearances. Yet, people are willing to pay hundred of dollar for a slab (ASM 375 CGC 9.8 for) that says 1st Appearance in PREVIEW. Should DIAMOND PREVIEW to be consider SLABBING? (Maybe if you look hard enough, maybe you can find some 1st Appearances)
I became very annoyed at the ridiculous price of how a preview (ASM 375 can be consider as 1st Appearance of 2099 Spiderman). Im sure there is probably more of this going on than I mentioned.
You are right with ASM 365 being consider as Spider-Man 2099 even though it was in a preview panel. However even with Preview 95 being scarcer, it is still a PREVIEW. If we are to consider preview as “1st Appearance”, Should all old Diamond Preview possibly be consider as a possible 1st appearance.
Yeah, that’s not why. When the grading companies that put the remarks on the slabs consider one preview the first appearance of a character, but don’t acknowledge previews in the same way for other characters, it’s going to create controversy. They are not consistent, which is extremely frustrating as a consumer and collector.
Well said chap. Imagine if you can found a Batman 490 that had a preview of Harley Quinn. Would that be consider the 1st appearance of Harley Quinn or even better yet. If you found an issue of Wizard #50 with an article discussing or showing the design of Harley Quinn, would that be the 1st appearance of Harley Quinn? Wizard #50 has a lower print run VS Batman 490, therefore it should be consider her 1st appearance. (This is the same argument here.)
I hope these example would illustrate the point on what is bothering me (I was hoping common sense would prevail), but these days, it seems otherwise…
If there was a diamond preview that had a cover appearance of Spider-Gwen, but noone knew it was her because she didn’t exist yet, and so it was trashed and became scarce, that’d be a valuable book today, preview or not.
Like I said, in most cases I agree that previews are not going to be more important than the
official 1st appearance but there will be exceptions.
ASM #365 was a much harder find than Spider-Man 2099 #1 when they were released. As to why it’s labeled on slabs as 1st Spidey 2099 is because when it came out previews didn’t exist in comic book releases. While it’s common now to have a preview for an upcoming book in another title this didn’t really start happening until the early 2000s
My thoughts are that there will always be a niche market for preview appearances as evidenced by sales of said books. Some people will want them to complete character collections.
I disagree about a preview from an upcoming comic in another title not being considered a true first. I mean it’s an excerpt from the book that predates said book. Of course if it’s an original story most will consider it a first. There’s always going to be a market for those as well.
It depends on what you want to collect. I collect comic books, so, previews catalogs are worthless to me. I want the first appearance in a comic book. Not a catalog. Not a children’s book. Not a magazine. Not the phone book. Just comic books.
Also on top of that, an appearance is just that, an appearance. A preview might be the first time everyone in the world is introduced and while demand drives the value, but just because everyone else might pay top dollars for something doesn’t mean you have to.
Do you when it comes to collecting anything and don’t worry what everyone else is doing! And if you’re in it just to flip or invest, throw everything I said out the window and always buy low, sell high. If you missed the window on buying low, just wait for the next hot thing to come along… You’ll never lose when applying the basics.