Classic Marvel Comic Printed With Teen Titans Cover Going on eBay for Over $1 Million

When it comes to top-tier collectible comics — now we're talking about the cream of the crop here — you've got issues like Action Comics #1, Amazing Fantasy #15, and Detective Comics #27, amongst others. Now, one eager seller is trying to add another issue to the Hall of Comic Grails with a book you might not expect. One recent eBay listing for New Teen Titans #6 has gone viral over the weekend for its massive price tag of $1.2 million dollars. Other copies of the same issue are readily available on the marketplace for under $10, so why's this one carrying a huge price?

It comes with a rare printing defect where the cover doesn't match the interiors. Not only is the interior for this book not a part of the Teen Titans world, it's not even a story from DC Comics. That's right, while this book has the New Teen Titans cover, it has the interior artwork for Marvel's Marvel Two-in-One #74. On top of that, it's been encapsulated by CGC with a mid-range 7.5 grade. According to the CGC census, only three such books exist in circulation.

New Teen Titans #6 ebay listing
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"DC began moving to the no-returns direct market in early 1980's, and concomitantly decided that higher-quality printing (from 65dpi to 120 dpi) was possible, given that sales of the New Teen Titans were doing well in 1980-81," the book's listing description reads. "Bob Spivak, the representative from Ronald's Printing convinced them that they could achieve far greater margins on a different press. So they shifted to using the offset presses at Ronald’s Printing out of Canada, mainly because Ronald’s M1000-B offset press could produce 60,000 16-page sections an hour; and they could distribute through Diamond Distribution, a source that would be challenged as the "direct" editions became more prominent in sales."

Just prior to New Teen Titans #6 being printed, Ronald's Printing apparently had extra interiors for Two-In-One #74 leftover should Marvel order more to distribute. That's where the error comes into play, according to this eBay seller.

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"Remainders, unbound signatures of the "guts" of the book would have persisted in the print shop as "make-ready" for future runs of exclusively Marvel issues," the listing adds. "Most likely there was still a partial stack or so of "make-ready" that was used to gear up the cover and stapling of the Marvel runs, and some of these were mixed up with the DC run."

So if you have $1.2 million laying around and want a pretty interesting book, there's one available! Who would have thought, right?

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