If you collect comic books, then you know that there is nothing hotter than classic key issues and variants. Put the two together and you're going to have a comic that is in demand. One Spider-man variant that we came across in our collecting hunt has an asking price of $5k but we are not sure that we would pay the asking price.
The key issue that we are talking about is Amazing Spider-Man #14. This collector key has a lot going for it: a story by Stan Lee and art by Steve Ditko, the first appearance of the Green Goblin, and a guest appearance by the Incredible Hulk. In premium grades the comic can sell for thousands which is why plenty of collectors want to add it to their collections.
Let's say you owned Amazing Spider-Man #14 and your girlfriend decided to use the special issue as a medium of communication? As in she decided to write out a message in permanent marker all over your valuable comic. You'd be pretty pissed right? That's what happened to some guy named Chance.
In whats called the “Angry Girlfriend” variant, a girlfriend wrote an angry note in permanent marker to get the attention of her boyfriend named Chance. On the cover written in a box is the message “Go to Hell” and on the back she wrote in large letters "In no way am I trying to be noble or anything like that. I never thought I'd be able to destroy something that meant so much to me — as far as I'm concerned you're dead."
We are not sure why the unnamed girlfriend chose a comic book to pen her break up letter - chances are (pun not intended) she was trying to hurt Chance and destroy the thing he loved most. After all, people can be pretty petty in a breakup. We doubt that she will ever own up to her deed, but the comic book has become pretty infamous among collectors who call it the "Angry Girlfriend" Variant.
"It used to pass from dealer to dealer and finally one dealer got it graded," collector and podcast host Aaron Meyers told Newsweek. Though it looks nicer, the writing obviously hurt the grade and it earned a 1.8 out of 10, with notes indicating that the issue is readable - but may be "creased, scuffed, abraded, soiled."
The current owner of the Angry Girlfriend Variant is seeking $5,000 for the book for it's historical significance. We wouldn't pay it unless we hit the Powerball, but it is an interesting piece of comic history. Chance, if you are reading this let us know your side of the story because you couldn't have deserved this.
What do you think of the “Angry Girlfriend” issue of Spiderman?
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