Universe X Spidey #1
Recalled - Harras Slander

Marvel Comics, January 2001.

Guide: $90 NM
Est. qty: 1,000
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Standard

Collectability: 3 stars Universe X Spidey # 1 Cover
Guide: $225 NM
Est. qty: 100
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DF Cover

Collectability: 4 stars Universe X Spidey #1 DF Cover


Guide: $300 NM
Est. qty: 50
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DF Sketch

Collectability: 4 stars Universe X Spidey #1 DF Sketch Cover






Universe X Spidey 1 Recalled DF (Dynamic Forces) Sketch Cover

This alternate-universe Spider-Man book was recalled after it was discovered that artist, Al Milgrom, had hidden libellous comments about the former Marvel Comics editor Bob Harras within the issue.

Universe X Spidey 1 Recalled Harras Slander Frame

On page 28, panel 3, the spines of books on a bookshelf in the background read, "HARRAS HA HA, HE'S GONE, GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH HE WAS A NASTY S.O.B.". when the comic is turned sideways.

Universe X Spidey 1 Recalled Harras Slander

The comic was distributed to retailers as part of the First Look scheme, in which retailers get to see a copy of next week’s issue, but then recalled and pulped when the slander was spotted. The libellous book-ends were corrected for the main print run for each of the three variants; note that there were 3,000 DF copies circulated and 1,000 DF Sketch copies hence these are reasonably rare themselves but not to be confused with the recalled copies (when buying always check the page with the book-ends for the Harras libel).

Milgrom was apparently fired and allegedly (and quietly) re-hired several weeks later!

In Europe, there was also a German variant called Universe X Special #2 which reprints the Universe X Spidey #1 Recalled Edition but this does not seem to have been recalled itself.