Comic Book Variants for beginners. Part 1: Cover Variants

What is a Cover Variant?

It’s a basic alternative cover of a comic, normally done by popular comic book artist.

Is it hard to get?

No, these are some of the easiest variants to get. Just having a pull list at a comic book shop will normally get you one.

Although.

You must be quick. If a variant is popular even if you do pull the issue there is a chance you may not get it. Shops are first come first served. If a variant is popular and you just plan on popping into a popular comic book shop to get it…. chances are you won’t.

Can they be expensive?

Not, when they hit the shelves of the comic book shops, unless they are made of card-stock.

CAVEAT

The trick about cover variants is depending on the artist and popularity, some covers are expensive before they even come out. If you’re buying them online that is. Which because of scalpers meaning that they will sell out in shops quickly.

EXAMPLE:

Iron Man #12 2021 Rahzzah variant

For the 10th anniversary of Miles Morales, multiple comic-book covers were dedicated to the Ultimate Spider-Man. This cover immediately got popular the moment it came out. It sold out in shops almost instantly and even though it’s not a key issue. Because it’s unique, you will be hard-pressed to find it for under $10.

Moon Knight #7 2022 Rahzzah variant

This issue unlike the other is one I bought because of the price it was selling for online. I noticed that it was already selling online for $15 even before it came out. I’m still unsure of why. Probably because of the similarities to what he will be wearing in the TV show, but even that’s just speculation.

CAVEAT 2

Some comic book shops will upsell the prices of popular cover variants after the comic book is out of print. I have seen the Iron Man #12 featured above for $25 in shops. Normally, the price of out of print comics in shops will sometimes mirror the eBay price.

My top ten favorite variant covers from 2021 part 1

I should preface this by saving these are the favorite covers and variants from 2021 that I own. If I don’t have it then it’s not here.

Iron Man #12 Rahzzah Variant Miles 10th year anniversary (Sept 2021)

This should be an easy one.It’s beautiful, I never would have guessed the price would jump,but I have a pretty good eye sometimes.

Avengers #44 Momoko Variant vol. 8 ( April 2021)

Momoko is one of my favorite artist, and I think most of her covers are gorgeous.

Black Panther #1 Marvel Games Variant vol. 8 (Nov 2021)

I just really like this no there’s no particular reason I just think it’s cool.

Batman: The World (given at Batman Day 2021)

Batman Day and FCBD are some of my favorite days for comics.I just like it.

Future State:Immortal Wonder Woman #1

Yes this is another Momoko, I did say I was a fan of her art didn’t I.

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