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Marvel Spotlight Comic Price Guide

Marvel Spotlight #5 is a true Bronze age key, the first appearance of Ghost Rider

Prices for Marvel Spotlight Comics
by Christopher Tanis and Ashley Cotter-Cairns

Spotlight was a bimonthly anthology comic that ran from 1971 to 1976, much in the same style as titles like DC's Showcase.

It was a "tryout" title, wherein characters could be given a low-risk shot to grab the public's interest.

Some very good artists and writers worked on Spotlight, and some very interesting characters passed through its pages, especially Ghost Rider.

Marvel Spotlight #1, November, 1971: Neal Adams Cover; First Appearance of Red Wolf

The first issue of Marvel Spotlight featured the Native American hero Red Wolf, otherwise known as Johnny Wakely, an American Indian raised in the white world. Set in the old West.

Red Wolf would spin off into his own title the next month.

Marvel Spotlight #1, November, 1971: Neal Adams Cover; First Appearance of Red Wolf. Click for value

Record sale: $250
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Spotlight #2, January, 1972: Werewolf By Night; First Appearance

Jack Russell, the titular lycanthrope, at first has no idea that he is a werewolf, eventually realizing that his bad dreams of being a werewolf are real.

Marvel Spotlight #2, January, 1972: Werewolf By Night; First Appearance. Click for value

Record sale: $2,000
Minimum value (poor but complete): $20

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Spotlight #3, May, 1972: Werewolf By Night; Mike Ploog Cover

Another Jack Russell werewolf story, this time involving Jack being captured by a pair of weirdos who know he is a lycanthrope.

Marvel Spotlight #3, May, 1972: Werewolf By Night; Mike Ploog Cover. Click for value

Record sale: $900
Minimum value (poor but complete): $10

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Spotlight #4, June, 1972: Werewolf By Night

The third installment, "Isle of the Doomed," is a Dr. Moreau-style adventure for Jack Russell. 

Marvel Spotlight #4, June, 1972: Werewolf By Night. Click for value

Record sale: $1,000
Minimum value (poor but complete): $10

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Marvel Spotlight #5, August, 1972
First Appearance, Ghost Rider

This issue sees the origin and first appearance of Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze.

His origin is told in a flashback. GR was the first "biker" superhero, and would become the subject of a hotly contested lawsuit in recent years.

Easily among the most valuable Bronze Age comic books.

Marvel Spotlight #5, August, 1972, First Appearance, Ghost Rider. Click for values

Record sale: $13,000
Minimum value (poor but complete): $20

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Spotlight #6, October, 1972: 2nd Appearance of Ghost Rider

Marvel Spotlight #6, October, 1972: 2nd Appearance of Ghost Rider. Click for value

Johnny squares off against Satan's Servants, a Hell's Angels knock-off who actually serve Satan himself.

Record sale: $995
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Spotlight #7, December, 1972: Ghost Rider

Part two of the Satan's Servants storyline. Johnny must save Roxanne, his girlfriend, from the Satanic sacrifice intended for her.

Marvel Spotlight #7, December, 1972: Ghost Rider. Click for value

Record sale: $820
Minimum value (poor but complete): $10

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Marvel Spotlight #8, February, 1973: Ghost Rider

Johnny gets free of the Satanists, but must battle a Native American medicine man who wants him to cancel a stunt bike jump over a gorge, since it is on land that the tribe hopes to get back from the US government.

Marvel Spotlight #8, February, 1973: Ghost Rider. Click for value

Record sale: $950
Minimum value (poor but complete): $10

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Spotlight #9, April, 1973: Ghost Rider

Johnny makes the jump over the gorge, but crashes, to what all watching presume is his death.

He is saved by Satan, who tells him that if Johnny dies by any cause other than Satan's actions, his soul will be spared. Satan only wants Johnny to die if he causes it.

Marvel Spotlight #9, April, 1973: Ghost Rider. Click for value

Record sale: $340
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Spotlight #10, June, 1973: Ghost Rider

Johnny must get Roxanne to the hospital quickly to save her from deadly copperhead bites, and his friend Linda is revealed to be Witch Woman, working for Satan.

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Record sale: $450
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Spotlight #11, August, 1973: Ghost Rider

Full-Tilt battle with Witch Woman. When she loses to Johnny, Satan appears and makes her turn her power on herself.

This is the final headline Ghost Rider story in the Marvel Spotlight run.

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Record sale: $250
Minimum value (poor but complete): $10

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Marvel Spotlight #12, October, 1973: Son of Satan

Daimon Hellstrom is the Son of Satan. Literally. He rescues Johnny Blaze and Roxanne from his father, Satan, in an issue designed to cross over from GR to SoS.

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Record sale: $340
Minimum value (poor but complete): $10

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Spotlight #13, January, 1974: Son of Satan Origin

Daimon Hellstrom reflects on his origins as he figures out a way to permanently defeat his father.

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Record sale: $180
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Spotlight #14, March, 1974: Son of Satan

Son of Satan must rescue Katherine from an ice demon named Ikhthalon.

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Record sale: $150
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Spotlight #15, May, 1974: Son of Satan

Son of Satan must battle the cult of Baphomet, sent by his father.

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Record sale: $120
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Spotlight #16, July, 1974: Son of Satan

Daimon and Katherine battle the Legion of Nihilists, and inadvertently call up a fire demon named Kometes as they do.

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Record sale: $130
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Spotlight #17, September, 1974: Son of Satan

Son of Satan travels back in time to a pre-cataclysm Atlantis to learn how to defeat Kometes.

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Record sale: $150
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Marvel Spotlight #18, October, 1974: Son of Satan

A demon burns a house down, killing a man, and Daimon investigates, finding the demon possessing a young girl.

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Record sale: $250
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Spotlight #19, December, 1974: Son of Satan

Daimon battles the demon Allatou, who had possessed  the girl and her father, until he vanquishes it and it departs.

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Record sale: $100
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Spotlight #20, February, 1975: Son of Satan

After getting his fortune told, Daimon is attacked by monsters sprung to life from tarot cards.

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Record sale: $100
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Marvel Spotlight #21, April, 1975: Son of Satan

Daimon battles the fortune teller and the Legion of Nihilists. He is grazed by a bullet, knocked out, and apprehended by the police.

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Record sale: $200
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Marvel Spotlight #22, June, 1975: Son of Satan

In a coma, Daimon fights an internal battle against Swabada, the fortune teller, who uses illusions of his sister Satana and the Ghost Rider against him.

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Record sale: $110
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Marvel Spotlight #23, August, 1975: Son of Satan

Daimon returns from a brief stint with the Defenders only to be attacked immediately by the leader of the League of Nihilists.

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Record sale: $170
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Spotlight #24, October, 1975: Son of Satan; Last Appearance in Title

Daimon is tricked into battling his sister, Satana, who is possessed by a demon.

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Record sale: $140
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Marvel Spotlight #25, December, 1975: The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad

A one-shot adaptation of the Ray Harryhausen film of the same name.

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Record sale: $85
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Marvel Spotlight #26, February, 1976: Scarecrow

The Scarecrow emerges from his painting to help Jess and Dave avoid the wrath of Kalumai.

Not to be confused with the Scarecrow Batman villain.

Marvel Spotlight #26, February, 1976: Scarecrow (not the Batman villain). Click for value

Record sale: $40
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Marvel Spotlight #27, April, 1976: Sub-Mariner

Namor battles the Symbionic Man, who combines the abilities of many undersea creatures.

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Record sale: $100
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Marvel Spotlight #28, June, 1976: Moon Knight

Marc Spector battles the Conquer-Lord and tries to protect the mayor of New York City.

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Record sale: $300
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Marvel Spotlight #29, August, 1976: Moon Knight

Marc saves the mayor's life, but the mayor is wounded. Conquer-Lord draws Marc into a giant chess board trap before Marc turns the tables.

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Record sale: $70
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Marvel Spotlight #30, October, 1976: Warriors Three

Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg of Asgard go out for a night on the town in New York City. Hilarity, feasting, drinking, and battle aplenty ensue.

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Record sale: $120
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Marvel Spotlight #31, December, 1976: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Nick Fury was seriously wounded in France during World War II, and has required a yearly inoculation of the Infinity Formula every year to stay alive.

Val de Fontaine comes to the rescue with the formula just in time.

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Record sale: $50
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Marvel Spotlight #32, February, 1977: The Spider Woman

Spider Woman, code-named Arachne, has been sent by HYDRA (whom she does not know is a terrorist organization) to assassinate Nick Fury.

Fury manages to convince her of the truth, and she turns on her employers, and then wanders off to figure out what to do.

Is becoming a Bronze Age key issue as movie rumors circulate around the character.

Marvel Spotlight #32, February, 1977: The Spider Woman. Click for value

Record sale: $950
Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Marvel Spotlight #33, April, 1977: Deathlok

Deathlok is transported to earth in the year 1976 by Godwulf, and is attacked by Devil-Slayer.

Deathlok meets Cory Payne (the Devil-Slayer's wife), the exact image of Jannice Manning, Deathlok's ex-wife.

Marvel Spotlight #33, April, 1977: Deathlok. Click for value

Record sale: $95
Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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