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DC early 1980s No Month Variants
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Looking for info on any DC "no month" variants from the 1980s.  Anyone have a list or other details?  Or images of unopened multi-packs?

My curiosity has been piqued by identifying that I have this Nov 1982 DC Comics Presents #51 missing the month on the cover.  There's nothing special noted in the indicia, plus the ads inside the front and back cover, and the back cover ad, all match the regular issue.  The absence of the date info looks similar to the 1987-ish Wonder Woman and Superman no month variants from the trading card multi-packs.  I don't think that I've ever spotted any early 80's multi-packs that include DC Comics Presents issues. Also interesting is that it's from the same date as this Superman #377 comic and very close to the Batman #357. 

 

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If I had to guess I would say that these '82s may be 1st prints.  What do you think?  I've never encountered those.

As far as the 1987 issues you mention, I recall buying the Wonder Woman 3-pack (issues 1-3) no earlier than 1989, probably closer to 1990.  So while I haven't done an ad comparison, I suspect the '87s are 2nd prints.  

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My kind of thread :)

One here lifted from eBay, not sure if it's a legitimate image though:

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And one for sale, if anyone is collecting....

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Superman-377-1982-Very-Fine-8-0-No-Cover-Date-Uncommon-Intro-He-Man/183616926168?hash=item2ac06bf1d8:g:SPEAAOSwRF1cJ~VX

 

 

 

 

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20 hours ago, skrank said:

Your monthless copy appears to also lack the He-man insert.

Yes, the yellow text box in the lower left of the DCCP 51 cover contains different text than the standard version. The standard edition references the MOTU insert, while this one pushes the « classic » angle.

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53 minutes ago, Warlord said:

Great observation, however the He-Man insert is actually included in the no-month comic.

That's interesting... I wonder why the need to remove the cover reference to the MOTU insert, then?

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4 minutes ago, Brock said:

That's interesting... I wonder why the need to remove the cover reference to the MOTU insert, then?

By the time the comic was published, it might not have been timely to call it a "preview".  But I'd have just omitted that word and left the blurb there to highlight the additional content!

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5 minutes ago, Warlord said:

By the time the comic was published, it might not have been timely to call it a "preview".  But I'd have just omitted that word and left the blurb there to highlight the additional content!

Definitely a possibility... but it certainly makes this edition stand out!

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1 hour ago, bellrules said:

I remember years ago one sealed set popped up on feebay (kicking myself for not buying it) It was referred to as a Walgreens pack. (Maybe only sold at Walgreens) 

Let the search begin!  Tried a few web searches for Walgreens packs, but nothing yet...

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1 hour ago, Warlord said:

By the time the comic was published, it might not have been timely to call it a "preview".  But I'd have just omitted that word and left the blurb there to highlight the additional content!

The fact that the blurb in the UPC box ("DC Where the Action is") is the same suggests to me that they were probably printed at the same time. With the 1987 no month variants (like Wonder Woman #1), the UPC boxes are different, suggesting they were printed at a different time (likely about 7 months later).

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A few more of the early '80s "no month" issues

Blackhawk #252

Detective #519

Batman #353

It surprises me that I've never seen a pack containing these comics and that Bellrules mentions he has seen only one.  The late 80's packs are common.  Where are these earlier ones hiding?

Updated list:

Batman #353, 357
Blackhawk #252
DC Comics Presents #51, #54, #55
Detective #519
Superman #377, #379
World's Finest #289

 

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