Please feel free to leave a comment if you disagree but I think these ten variants are among the best, quirkiest or (in the case of Number 1) just very interesting.
10. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION (2016) #1 QUESADA INCENTIVE VARIANT
This cover perfectly re-creates Rey waiting for the return of..well, who?
9. CHEWBACCA (2015) #1 ALEX ROSS SKETCH VARIANT
8. CHEWBACCA (2015) #1 SKOTTIE YOUNG VARIANT
I’m always a sucker for a Skottie Young variant but this one has special place in my heart, just look at the joy in Chewie’s face! WHEEEEEE!!
7. STAR WARS (2015) #1 SERGIO ARAGONES VARIANT
For me, this is what variant covers should be all about, you should be surprised and delighted and this one ticked both those boxes for me!
6. STAR WARS (2015) #21 AJA VARIANT
Spanish artist David Aja nails it again. What’s Spanish for “Less is More?”
5. STAR WARS (2015) #1 VIENNA COMIC CON EXCLUSIVE VARIANT
Proving there is more to Vienna that architecture and classical music!
4. STAR WARS: KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN (2015) BAM! VARIANT
Books-a-Million have a growing range of variant covers and I’m a big fan of this one,
3. STAR WARS (2015) #1 STAN SAKAI BEACHBALL VARIANT
When he’s not drawing Usagi Yojimbo Stan Sakai can knock out a pretty awesome Jedi v Sith v Weird Pink Things three way death match!
2. STAR WARS (2015) #1 EMERALD CITY COMICS VARIANT
This retailer exclusive variant drawn by the legendary Alan Davis
- STAR WARS: VADER DOWN (2016) #1 ZDARSKY JAXXON SPOTLIGHT VARIANT
If you’re any sort of Star Wars comics fan you’ll probably know all about this one already but for those that don’t, this is a rather controversial entry. It’s a decent enough cover but the back story is what raises eyebrows. Retailers had to buy 4999 (yes, that’s a four and three nines!) copies of the regular Star Wars: Vader Down #1 in order to get just one of these incentive variants. With sales of comics at the level they are at these days that’s a huge commitment and I take my hat off to any retailer who was confident that they could shift 5000 of a single issue (imagine the boxes and boxes they still have in stock!)
The print run of this variant is rumoured to be around 30. A browse of the CGC census shows that they slabbed 29 copies in total and you would assume that any dealer determined enough to get a copy would get it encased in plastic the second it arrived, so that figure would seem about correct.
The current value of this comic is difficult to gauge with such a small sample – Dynamic Forces currently have two CGC 9.8 copies for sale at $10,000, Mycomicshop.com are selling the same grade on consignment at $3,200, Midtown Comics have a non CGC copy for sale on eBay graded Near Mint at $3,800 and a search of completed eBay listings shows a couple of sales in December 2016 of CGC 9.4s and 9.6s which fetched less than $2,000 dollars each time.
How much would you pay? Is any brand new comic worth $10,000?