Ive done all the work for you! Check out Mathew Howards awesome blog for more on the debate and see some pics and scans posted from these actual books!
The following is a chronological list, important notes, condition and publication date for each book. The first half of the list are fan mags previewing The upcoming Secret Wars, Marvels smash hit miniseries. The second half is actual in-canon black costume appearances. Conditions are educated guesses from collecting comics for 30 years.
Please see pics and make your judgments. None of these books have been pressed or cleaned. Comics Journal #85 F/VF October 1983.
First ever published sketches of black costume Spider-Man. Pretty tough to track down. Amazing Heroes #35 F/VF November 1983. Once universally thought to be the first published sketches until CJ #85 was discovered. The Comic Reader #215 VF/NM December 1983.
Very early sketches with multiple poses and hints that the black background could be highlighted with red instead of white. Heroes Hotline nn VF- December 1983.Tied with CR #215 it provided the front and back sketches that we also saw in CR #215. This book is borderline scare. Good luck tracking it down. Amazing Heroes #39 VF January 1984. The hype machine was really heating up and Amazing Heroes has to go back for another preview two months later, this time with a little more info about the upcoming miniseries. Marvel Age #12 VF March 1984. Also still a preview fan mag, most mainstream collectors point to this book as the first real appearance of the black costume. Amazing Spider-Man #252 VF/VF+ May 1984. This is a newsstand version of the very popular iconic cover where most people saw the black costume for the first time. This is a must have for any Spider-Man fan. Marvel Team-Up #141 VF May 1984. Part of a three-way tie of books that hit the newsstands at the same time, introducing the rest of the world to the brand-new black costume Spider-Man. Spectacular Spider-Man #90 VF May 1984. This is an often forgotten book that ties ASM #252 and MTU #141 with the same release date. They all hit the newsstands at the same time. Secret Wars #6 VF+ October 1984. We finally get to see the origin of the costume. In this issue the second incarnation of Spider-Woman appears in the shadows and is wearing the alien Symbiote. Secret Wars #7 VF- November 1984.
First full appearance of the new Spider-Woman Julia Carpenter. Spider-Woman reveals herself to the superheroes and shes wearing an all-black costume.Spider-Man finds the machine that produces the black costume. Secret Wars #8 VF December 1984. This is the issue with the other iconic cover. This is newsstand and a pretty sharp looking book.
Just a couple of creases on the spine with very sharp corners. Transformers #3 VF January 1985. This book is included because its a very early black Spidey cover with a cool story.Please contact me with any questions at all. Thanks for reading and enjoy! The item "BLACK COSTUME SPIDER-MAN ORIGIN LOT! HIGH GRADE" is in sale since Saturday, October 27, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Comics\Copper Age (1984-1991)\Superhero\Spider-Man". The seller is "minor_keys" and is located in Richmond, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.