Publication in Japan was August 27, 1998. It was published by Mdia Works in Japan as part of the "image Comics" series. S/X-MEN:THE GOLDEN AGE #1 Feb 1997.S/X-MEN:THE SILVER AGE #1 Jun 1997. S/X-MEN:THE MODERN AGE #1 Aug 1997. S/X-MEN:THE DARK AGE #1 May 1998. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" - Japan, US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Thank you for your understanding.