Marvel Value Stamps 41 – 56
Well, it’s all been leading up to this.
Really, the only reason to discuss Marvel Value Stamps is because of Shanna the She-Devil.
No, not because of this fetching cover:
I love a good jungle pulp as much as the next guy … but, no, we’re not really talking about Shanna as her own character here.
We’re actually interested in her appearance on the lower-right side of the image below, as the fifty-fourth entry in Marvel’s diabolical Value Stamp series:
Yes, we care about Marvel Value Stamps — and arguably, we care about poor Shanna the She-Devil — because that stamp was sourced from this comic …
… which marks probably the most significant Marvel Comics character introduction of my lifetime.
If you’ve read the article that kicked off Halloween Month here at Longbox Graveyard — First Cut — then you’ll understand the significance of that dreadful stamp in my own personal comic book history.
There’s not much more I can say!
Let’s total up the butcher’s bill …
- #41 Gladiator: Amazing Spider-Man #138 – $25
- #42 Man-Wolf: Amazing Spider-Man #139 – $25 (1st app of Grizzly)
- #43 Enchantress: Jungle Action #11 – $14
- #44 Absorbing Man: Defenders #16 – $16
- #48 Kraven: Ghost Rider #38 – $6
- #51 Bucky: Werewolf by Night #22 – $14
- #52 Quicksilver: Captain America #179 – $9
- #54 Shanna the She-Devil: Incredible Hulk #181 – $2100 (1st full Wolverine story)
- #56 The Rawhide Kid: Marvel Team-Up #26 – $8
That Hulk #181 balloons the replacement cost of my cut-up Marvel Value Stamp comics to $2592. Which would have been quite a shock to twelve-year-old me, who bought these books at a news stand for a quarter each. Comics cost a quarter! Why not cut them up? Isn’t that what kids were supposed to do?
I mean, it all seemed so … innocent.
TOMORROW: Afterlife With Archie!