Five Carnage Books to Pick Up

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With the Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage trailer dropping earlier this morning, we wanted to take a look at Five Carnage Books the Pick Up ahead of the movie release. Carnage does have a long history in books. He’s a character that has had more than a few foes. Starting with Spider-Man, obviously, and running the ranks of the Marvel Comics Universe. Here are Five Carnage Books to Pick Up before it’s too late.

Amazing Spider-Man #344

Amazing Spider-Man #344 isn’t a full-blown Carnage book, but it does offer the first look at Cletus Kasady, who later becomes Carnage. It also offers up the first appearance of Cardiac, a doctor who is hell-bent on finding the cure for the sickness that killed his brother. There are 52 copies of this book on the CBCS Pop Report, with 17 total copies in a 9.8, like the one below. This book commonly sells for about $30, but you can expect to pay up for high-grade copies as the release of Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage approaches.

Five Carnage Books to Pick Up

Amazing Spider-Man #361

Nearly 20 books later Amazing Spider-Man #361 readers get the first full appearance of Carnage. Collectors have been hot on this book for a while now. CBCS shows over 600 copies on their Pop Report with 86 copies receiving a 9.8. ASM #361 will regularly snatch $250 to $500 on the secondary market, but high-grade copies can and will go for 5X that. Of course, you can expect to pay a premium for signed copies as well.

Maximum Carnage #1

Extremely tough to find in high-grade, Maximum Carnage #1 was a giveaway included in an Acclaim video game. There are very few copies on the CBCS Pop Report as well, in fact just 12 total. The highest of which is just a 9.4. If you can find it on the secondary market, the price tag may be worth it.

Venom Vs. Carnage #1

Venom vs. Carnage #1 gives readers the first appearance of Pat Mulligan, who later becomes Toxin. That’s all well and good but I don’t think that is exactly going to drive collectors to pick up this book. However, the cover, well, that’s a different story. The cover is what is going to drive this book ahead of the Venom 2 release. Venom vs. Carnage #1 is affordable now, but don’t wait too long to grab a copy.

Carnage: Mind Bomb #1

Finally, we’ll wrap our Five Carnage Books to Pick Up list with the Symbiote’s first solo title. In Carnage: Mind Bomb #1 readers will find part of the origin story of the character. Which may or may not come into play during Venom 2. The red holo-foil cover really sets the tone for this book and adds lots of eye appeal. Low numbers on the CBCS Pop Report let me know that it may be worth a shot for collectors to hold for the release of the film.

Five Carnage Books to Pick Up

As I mentioned before, long history in books. 30 years to be exact. The Five Carnage Books to Pick Up is really just a starting point for new collectors. With that in mind, I would love to know what books you would add to the list in the comments.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of our May CBCS Special. Grab 5% off your grading fees with code BESTVALUE on your submission form.

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Eric Norton

Eric has been collecting cards since he was seven, buying singles with his allowance from the lone card shop in his hometown of Springtown, TX. Currently, Eric’s collecting interest revolve around picking up cards he had in his childhood that he let go of at some point, and Seattle Mariners third basemen, Kyle Seager.

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