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The first printings of the Goosebumps (original series) often had cover ads for things such as the TV series, contests, and the Goosebumps Fan Club that later printings (if they existed) eliminated. This page contains a list and gallery of these ads, as well as an explanation of different editions (both of which are technically first printings) which have different ISBNs and tear-outs or ads.

First Printings vs. Later Printings

OS 17 Why Im Afraid of Bees 1stpr vs 13thpr covers and cpy page

#17 First Printing cover and copyright page (left) with ad for the What Give You Goosebumps? contest, compared to the 13th printing cover and copyright page (right) showing no ad.

To find out what printing a book is, look at the number line on the copyright page. There will be a number line in descending order, and the last number shows the printing of the book. For #17 shown in the left picture here, the number line 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 indicates the first printing. For #17 shown on the right, 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 41 13 indicates the 13th printing.

Note also that the cover on the left has an ISBN and price on the left spine, while the one on the right doesn't. For Goosebumps, the price and ISBN were printed on the covers of the first printings until book #36, and were not present (except for "special" editions) for books #37 and later. This also held true for later printings - #37 was first published in November 1995, so any book published after November 1995, whether a first or later printing, would not include the price and ISBN on the front cover.

"First Printing" and "First edition" are often used interchangeably colloquially, but technically a first printing goes down to 1 on the number line on the copyright page, while a first edition has a cover with the original cover design, regardless of the printing. In the case of the original series of Goosebumps, the original series could be considered the first edition, while the 2003-2007 reprints and Classic Goosebumps are second and third editions.

List of First Printing ads

These ads can be for contests, the TV show, the Goosebumps Fan Club, or tear-outs included in the book. Books not in this table had no ads on the first printing covers.

Book Cover Ad
#8 The Girl Who Cried Monster FREE GOOSEBUMPS BOOKMARK INSIDE!
#11 The Haunted Mask Free Halloween Mask Inside!
#12 Be Careful What You Wish For... SPECIAL GOOSEBUMPS TATTOO INSIDE!
#14 The Werewolf of Fever Swamp Spooky 1994 Calendar Inside
#17 Why I'm Afraid of Bees What Gives You Goosebumps?
#18 Monster Blood II What Gives You Goosebumps?
#19 Deep Trouble What Gives You Goosebumps?
#20 The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight FREE BOOKMARK INSIDE
#23 Return of the Mummy It's a GOOSEBUMPS Fan Club!
#32 The Barking Ghost  0590483447 Free Terrifying Tattoo
#32 The Barking Ghost  0590598864 none
#33 The Horror at Camp Jellyjam Free Decal of Doom
#34 Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes Free Glow-In-the-Dark Sticker
#36 The Haunted Mask II Watch GOOSEBUMPS on Fox Kids TV
#37 The Headless Ghost Watch GOOSEBUMPS on Fox Kids TV
#38 The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena Watch GOOSEBUMPS on Fox Kids TV
#39 How I Got My Shrunken Head Watch GOOSEBUMPS on Fox Kids TV
#40 Night of the Living Dummy III Trading cards
#41 Bad Hare Day New Fan Club Offer Inside
#42 Egg Monsters from Mars Trading cards
#43 The Beast from the East Watch GOOSEBUMPS on Fox Kids TV
#44 Say Cheese and Die — Again! Trading cards
#45 Ghost Camp Boo, Dude! Goosebumps on TV
#46 How to Kill a Monster Trading cards
#47 Legend of the Lost Legend All New Fan Club
#48 Attack of the Jack-O'-Lanterns Trading cards, All New Fan Club
#49 Vampire Breath All New Fan Club
#50 Calling All Creeps! Trading cards, All New Fan Club
#51 Beware, the Snowman All New Fan Club
#52 How I Learned to Fly Trading cards, All New Fan Club
#53 Chicken Chicken All New Fan Club
#54 Don't Go to Sleep! Great Ghouls - Sat. Morning Fox Kids Network
#55 The Blob That Ate Everyone Great Ghouls - Sat. Morning Fox Kids Network
#56 The Curse of Camp Cold Lake Great Ghouls - Sat. Morning Fox Kids Network
#57 My Best Friend Is Invisible Great Ghouls - Sat. Morning Fox Kids Network
#58 Deep Trouble II Great Ghouls - Sat. Morning Fox Kids Network OR
Read this Book! Win BIG Prizes!
#59 The Haunted School Great Ghouls - Sat. Morning Fox Kids Network
#60 Werewolf Skin Watch GOOSEBUMPS on Fox Kids Network OR
Terrifying Werewolf Mask inside
#61 I Live in Your Basement! Watch GOOSEBUMPS on Fox Kids Network
#62 Monster Blood IV Watch GOOSEBUMPS on Fox Kids Network

First Printing Cover Gallery

#59-62: Regular vs. School Market Editions

Goosebumps Collectors Club exp Dec 31 1998 from OS 59-62 sch ed

Collector's Club ad found in the school market editions of OS #59-62.

Books #59 were published in regular and "Scholastic School Market Editions." For these books, the text "This Scholastic edition is only available through the school market" appeared on the back covers of school market editions when an ad for the "Goosebumps Collector's Club" could be found inside. Other differences were sometimes present as well. For #59, the regular edition had a preview for #60, while the school market edition had a preview for Goosebumps Triple Header #1. For #60, the regular edition had an ad for the "Terrifying Werewolf Mask" on the back cover and the TV show on the front cover, while the school market edition had an ad for the "Terrifying Werewolf Mask" on the front cover. In addition, the school market editions had different ISBNS shown on the back cover. For #61 and #62 the only difference was the ISBN and the presence of the Collector's Club ad.

Book ISBN Differences
#59 regular 0590568973 Preview for #60, Ad for (OS 60, GYG 22, TV 16), no CC ad
#59 school market 059012918X Preview for Triple Header, Ad for (OS 60, GYG 22, TV 17), CC ad
#60 regular 0590390538 Mask ad back cover, mask next to page 92, no CC ad
#60 school market 0590263447 Mask ad front cover, mask next to page 108, CC ad
#61 regular 0590399861 no CC ad
#61 school market 0590264923 CC ad
#62 regular 059039987X no CC ad
#62 school market 0590265296 CC ad

Cover Differences

In-book ad Differences

While other school market editions had the same in-book advertisements as the regular editions, for some reason they are slightly different in book #59. It appears that the school market edition was published slightly earlier, because its preview ad says "Coming in September", includes TV book #16, and uses the working title for #60 'I Want to be a Werewolf for Halloween', while the regular edition has a preview ad that says "Coming in October", includes TV book #17, and uses the final title for #60, 'Werewolf Skin'. Book #60 was actually published in October 1997, so the regular edition ad is the accurate one. In addition, the ad for the More & More & More Tales to Give You Goosebumps Book and Stocking Pack is slightly different.

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