(RIGHT) This is the more polished of the two handbills. (Notice that part of it's
design was chopped up and used on the other.) Appears to have space at the bottom for a
GOOD $35 | FINE $75 | NEAR MINT $125 (Hake's)
Spider Returns Pressbook
I have never seen one of these in person, but generally pressbooks
contain information for exhibitors, showing the different sizes of posters they
can buy for their theater and providing clip art they can use for local advertising.
GOOD $125 | FINE $250 | NEAR MINT $450 (Hake's)
These come in different sizes. Each serial title would generally have a
one-sheet, three-shee, six-sheet, and banner, and each chapter of the serial would have
it's own poster (all the same, except for an area for that week's photo and title). Check out the
Web and Returns
galleries for all the examples I could track down.
SPIDER RETURNS CHAPTER 10 ONE-SHEET, VERY FINE $625 (Me)
In my experience there are two kinds of lobby cards for both serials:
A "generic" series of 8 or more cards for the whole property (probably from a rerelease), and "chapter-specific" cards for
each episode. A chapter-specific group would contain one "title card" followed by a run, each using a photo from that episode.
I haven't seen enough of these from either serial to say how many there are. See the
Web and Returns
galleries for all the examples I could find.
WEB CARDS $50-200 | RETURNS CARDS $20-100 (Guesstimate)
For both serials, Columbia released a number of posed gallery shots of the main
characters (separately and together), and then a series of shots for each chapter of the serial.
Photographic reprints of these are pretty easy to pick up for $10 or less. Original studio-made
photos are harder to come by and are highly collectible. An original is usually on heavier paper stock
(showing aging), and on the back are the ink stamps of the Photographer/Company (for credit) and
the Advertising Advisory Council (with approval dates written in); A caption may also be taped
or glued to the back.
ORIGINAL STILLS: WEB $20-50 | RETURNS $10-25 (Guesstimate)
Stills sent to theaters for display in the lobby differ from press photos in that
they have captions printed on the front of the photo, at the bottom. These seem to be rarer than
ORIGINAL STILLS: WEB $25-60 | RETURNS $15-35 (Guesstimate)