MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL (1ST SERIES), THE

Publishers: MARVEL UK
Dates: 1 7th Oct 1972-329 17th Jan 1979 (becomes Marvel Comic at #330. Becomes Marvel Superheroes at #353. Joins The Daredevils #6) (see Spiderman Comics Weekly, Avengers, Planet of the Apes, Dracula Lives for other main Marvel UK titles)
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The second wave of Marvel reprints in the UK started here. Wham and Pow comics in particular introduced a whole generation to the Marvel Silver Age. As soon as Marvel US decided to halt distribution of their comics in UK newsagents in 1972/73, there was a gap to be filled. The paper quality wasn't up to much and the colouring was pretty poor and random but all that great art and all those great characters were there to be enjoyed. The free gift with issue #1 was a very popular Hulk transfer, the best since the Spiderman transfer that came with Pow #2. One notable eBay UK sale (Oct 2007) £75.44 FN- with transfer. Another sale at £63.99 FN (Feb 2008) and a very nice copy went for £102 (May 2008).

In June 2008 a copy of #1 with gift sold for £62 though the comic had foxing spots along the bottom edge. The Hulk transfer does sometimes show its age though with cracks appearing. On average it seems to add £30-£40 or so to the value. #2 had a Spiderman transfer which I think is harder to find and adds £40-£50. E Bay UK sale of £55 VFN (Feb 2008). And another eBay UK sale of an amazing £123 for comic and transfer (May 2010). And #3 had 12 Marvel Stickers on a sheet - very scarce! This adds £50-£60 to the value of issue #3. Every sticker in place though, nothing missing or lifting.

Note: An eBay UK sale of #3 in FN and sheet of stickers in Near Mint realised £42 (Feb 2008). Bargain in my opinion! Another more recent sale was £56 which is a bit more like it!

Dec 2013: a set of #1-10 plus poster gift fetched £69 on ebay UK.

Mar 2017: a 9.6 Highest Graded CGC copy of #198 fetched an eye-watering $605 (£484 at 1.25 conversion) in a Comic Link auction. Amazing!

Jul 2017: the free gifts from the first three issues sold as one lot on eBay UK for £138.67.

 

See also:

MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL (2ND SERIES), THE / MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL (3RD SERIES), THE / MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL POSTER, THE / MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL (4TH SERIES), THE

Total value for all issues of this title listed:

Condition

PR
1.0
FR
1.5
GD
2.0
VG
4.0
FN
6.0
VF
8.0
VF/NM
9.0
NM-
9.2
NM
9.4
MINT
10.0
Issues 365 365 365 365 365 365 365 365 365
Total £ 139.00 269.00 390.00 830.35 1,330 4,830 3,300 4,310 5,350

Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.