Top 100 Most Valuable Variant Comics

Top 100 Most Valuable Variant Comics

Variant Comics: 100 Most Valuable Variant Covers

The variants comics are often referred to as the comics which feature multiple differently produced artworks. Often it is simply the artist’s version of the cover, or it simply contains a unique art style. The Variants comics are one of the most loved, and the most hated comic book genres of all time. Despite how people feel about the huge production of modern age variants, these comics are tremendously popular among many comic book collectors and enthusiasts.

Here are the top 100 variants covering a period of twenty years. In this list, J. Scott Campbell remains the most featured artist featuring a whooping 13 variant comics overall, not to mention four of them are in the top 10. Where the legendary Todd McFarlane comes in second, which 10 variants in the list. Gabriele Dell’otto has the third spot which six covers as well as securing the top spot in owning the #1 most valuable variant. Not forgetting to mention Adam Hughes and the late Michael Turner with five covers each.

#100: Uncanny X-Men 500 Turner Sketch Variant (2008)

#100: Uncanny X-Men 500 Turner Sketch Variant (2008)

 

 

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Despite the significant decrease in the value of this final cover, this variant is a great example of the fine pencil art of Michael Turner, portraying all our favorite Mutants in one magnificent wraparound cover.

#99: Uncanny X-Men 510 Campbell (Color) Variant (2009)

 

#99: Uncanny X-Men 510 Campbell (Color) Variant (2009)

 

 

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The full-color version of the Uncanny X-Men 510 by the infamous J. Scott Campbell takes the 99th spot on our ranking (where it’s much rarer and more expensive partial sketch variant comics are also coming later in this list).

#98: Harley Quinn 1 Bulletproof Comics Pink Edition (Pink Harley Quinn), Dell’otto (2016)

#98: Harley Quinn 1 Bulletproof Comics Pink Edition (Pink Harley Quinn), Dell’otto (2016)

 

 

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Restricted to only 800 copies, this comic sore in worth the second it was delivered, and afterward immediately came back to earth.

Furthermore, this shabby illustration of the cupid of crime, the Harley Quinn has drawn by the master painter Gabriele Dell’otto is a solid piece and some copies still fetch up to $800.

#97: Incredible Hulk 100 Turner (Grey Hulk) Variant (2007)

#97: Incredible Hulk 100 Turner (Grey Hulk) Variant (2007)

 

 

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This comic was drawn by Michael Turner is quite a tough catch where it 9.8 has recent sales ranging from a few hundred dollars down to just $40 for a 9.8.

It is also possible that this amazing artwork is still beginning to develop demand in between the comic book collectors or just many sellers who lacked basic knowledge when they sold their books for a low price.

#96: Wolverine: The Best There Is 1 Dell’otto Variant (2011)

#96: Wolverine: The Best There Is 1 Dell’otto Variant (2011)

 

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Heres’s another amazing illustration of the Wolverine by Gabriele Dell’otto who made this artwork into an astonishing and extremely eye-grabbing variant.

#95: Guardians of the Galaxy 4 Campbell Variant (2013)

#95: Guardians of the Galaxy 4 Campbell Variant (2013)

 

 

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This illustration of Gamora is quite diverse from the rest of the female depiction J. Scott Campbell is known for, but it still manages to fetch a few bucks, but it has decreased its worth compared to what it once had.

#94: Moon Knight 1 Sienkiewicz Variant (2014) 

  

#94: Moon Knight 1 Sienkiewicz Variant (2014)

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Yet another amazing design of a very intimidating Moon Knight by the renowned Bill Sienkiewicz.

#93: Dirty Pair: Run From the Future 1 Hughes Variant (2000)

 

#93: Dirty Pair: Run From the Future 1 Hughes Variant (2000)

 

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Nevertheless, here is another fan-favorite “hot chicks in space” cover by Adam Hughes.

#92: Howard the Duck 1, Lim Variant (2016)

#92: Howard the Duck 1, Lim (2016)

 

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Gwen Poole, aka Gwenpool, made her first full story comic book appearance in this book, with a variant comics cover by Ron Lim.

Originally conceived as a one-off parody character and first appearing only on a killer variant cover by Chris Bachalo (Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars 2).

#91: Wolverine Origins 10 Retailer Incentive Edition (Third Claw Variant), Quesada (2007)

#91: Wolverine Origins 10 Retailer Incentive Edition (Third Claw Variant), Quesada (2007)

 

 

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This rare variant comic features the first appearance of the son of Wolverine, Draken. Yet, another variant that has gone through a price downfall. Keep it in mind, it is still not cheap, but it is a lot more affordable than it once was.

#90: Winter Soldier 1 Dell’otto Variant (2012)

#90: Winter Soldier 1 Dell’otto Variant (2012)

 

 

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This variant is yet another beautifully created artwork by the amazing Gabriele Dell’otto, where he shows his lightning expertise on Bucky; The winter soldier. This variant also serves as the first issue to the soldier’s first and ongoing series.

#89: Wonder Woman 600 Hughes Sketch Variant Comics (2010)

#89: Wonder Woman 600 Hughes Variant/Sketch (2010)

 

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Here’s a beautiful homage to the Golden era Wonder Woman in her traditional pose by the talented Adam Huges.

#88: Hulk 16 McGuiness Variant (2009)

#88: Hulk 16 McGuiness Variant (2009)

 

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Another funky Deadpool cover by the amazing Ed McGuinness.

Here’s a must-have variant for all the Deadpool fans where his costume is taken by another hero/anti-hero (similar to the famous Wolverine 1 Campbell cover, also on this list, though this McGuinness cover actually pre-dates that).

#87: G.I. Joe 21 Silver Foil Variant (Renegar Edition), Turner (2003)

#87: G.I. Joe 21 Silver Foil Variant (Renegar Edition), Turner (2003)

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The G.I. Joe 21 Silver Foil Variant (Renegar Edition) is possibly one of the most amazing covers drawn by the late Michael Turner. The variant is probably one of the rarest and is considered as a holy grail between all the G.I. Joe collectors and the community.

#86: Batman 655 Kubert Variant Comics (2006)

#86: Batman 655 Kubert Variant (2006)

 

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This Andy Kubert covers marks the first cameo appearance of the Bat-son Damian Wayne. After the popularity of the son of Batman, this variant became a hot topic and a must-have in all the collector community. There is no way that this variant will be any less popular in the future because it is believed DC has big plans for Damian in the Bat-verse.

#85: Wolverine and the X-Men 4 Brooks Venom Variant (2012)

#85: Wolverine and the X-Men 4 Brooks Venom Variant (2012)

 

 

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Here’s a unique Venomized Wolverine in the front and the center designed by Mark Brooks. As Wolverine isn’t badass enough.

#84: Avengers 21 Barberi Venom Variant (2012)

#84: Avengers 21 Barberi Venom Variant (2012)

 

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The Venomized Variants have always been a hot topic. These covers dating from 2012 have always been in demand and are significantly expensive.

#83: Wonder Woman 28 “Steampunk” Variant, Jones (2014)

#83: Wonder Woman 28 “Steampunk” Variant, Jones (2014)

 

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The Wonder woman 28 steampunk variant features quite a different approach towards Wonder Woman, not what we are used to look at. After the success of her movie, this relatively hot approach towards Wonder Woman by JG Jones has skyrocketed in its value.

#82: X-Men 23 Christopher Venom Variant (2012)

#82: X-Men 23 Christopher Venom Variant (2012)

 

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Another “Venomized” cover from the original 2012 series by the under-rated artist John Tyler Christopher. The venom themed collection of variant comic books has been one of the most expensive set ever to try to put together.

#81: Ultimate Spider-man 1 “White” Variant, Quesada (2000)

#81: Ultimate Spider-man 1 “White” Variant, Quesada (2000)

 

 

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The first-ever in a more than 15-year long experiment with “Ultimate” titles that Marvel dating back to the early 2000s. Despite the recent decrease in the value of this book, but it is still valuable and makes it to the list.

Recently, with so many spiderman movies being based on the Ultimate storylines; this book deserves a major comeback.

#80: Cable and X-force 1 Deodato Variant (2013)

#80: Cable and X-Force 1 Deodato Variant (2013)

 

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This is a tremendously rare variant by the god gifted artist Mike Deodato. Being 1 of the 150 incentive variant, it was thought to be exceptionally rare, but when the prices came down several copies regularly began appearing. After the Cable made his cinematic appearance, it is currently a hot topic and will be a potential increase. This rich portrayal of Cable is a favorite of both Cable fans and variant hunters.

#79: X-23 1 Djurdjevic Variant (2010)

#79: X-23 1 Djurdjevic Variant (2010)

 

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Drafting off from the popularity of the more costly Gabriele Dell’otto variant of the similar issue, which is also on this list. This one is actually part of a larger connecting cover set with other titles from that month all by Marko Djurdjevic.

#78: Danger Girl 2 Platinum Smoking Gun Variant, Campbell (1998)

#78: Danger Girl 2 Platinum Smoking Gun Variant, Campbell (1998)

 

 

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This variant is rare and quite pricey, but there is a much more valuable Ruby Red variant which also happens to be on the list.

Punisher 2 Opena Variant (2014)

#77: Punisher 2 Opena Variant (2014)

 

 

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Yet another hard to find 1 for 50 retailer edition cover created by the talented Jerome Opena. Here, we see a rather aesthetic Punisher contrasted by a soft pinkish Venice Beach sunset in California in the background. This book features one of our favorite vigilantes is a long way from his regular playfields New York.

#76: Teen Titans 75 Hughes Variant (2009)

#76: Teen Titans 75 Hughes Variant (2009)

 

 

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When Adam Hughes started to gain popularity and his art became more famous, this variant became popular and will probably never be a cheap book.

#75: Walking Dead 100 Ottley Sketch (2012)

#75: Walking Dead 100 Ottley Sketch (2012)

 

 

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This variant marks the first appearance of the main antagonist Negan and the death of the main character named Glenn. This issue is just as difficult to find as the Lucille/Red Foil variants and showcases fan-favorite Michonne in full battle mode.

#74: Harley Quinn 1 Hughes Variant (2014)

#74: Harley Quinn Hughes Variant (2014)

 

 

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Yet another popular Adam Hughes cover. The variant is one of the most popular covers by the artist right after the moment it was released. The cover features a rather psychic pre-Suicide Squad illustration of Harley Quinn, which highly resembles the current playing movie actress Margot Robbie.

#73: Champions 1 Hawthorne Variant (2016)

#73: Champions 1 Hawthorne Variant (2016)

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A rather astounding 1 for 1000 retailer ordering incentive. This featured a rather playful illustration of Marvel’s newest generation of heroes by Mike Hawthorne, which seemed relatively cheap.

#72: Venom 12 Del Mundo Venom Variant (2012)

#72: Venom 12 Del Mundo Venom Variant (2012)

 

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A Venomized venom cover variant which seems to sell from crazy high prices. But generally, this is one of the hardest covers to get your hands on from the series which also happens to sell at crazy high prices.

#71: Bloodshot Salvation Brushed Metal Variant, Suayan (2017)

#71: Bloodshot Salvation Brushed Metal Variant, Suayan (2017)

 

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Here, valiant clock with a dire intense cover by Mico Suayan. Released recently, this brilliant art piece which gained quite popularity recently and is soaring through the roof with no signs of slowing down any sooner.

#70: Divinity 1 LaRosa Variant (2015)

#70: Divinity 1 LaRosa Variant (2015)

 

 

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Lewis LaRose made this extraordinarily rare cover. Even tho, this variant is currently not that costly as it once was, but still the true price lies in how much someone is will to pay for it and fans love this variant.

#69: Amazing Spider-man 569 Second Printing, Romita Jr./Janson (2008)

#69: Amazing Spider-man 569 Second Printing, Romita Jr./Janson (2008)

 

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The first-ever cover appearance of the Anti Venom symbiote bonded to Eddie Brock, alongside the second print of the symbiote’s first appearance.

#68: Spawn 185 McFarlane Variant (Headless) (2008)

#68: Spawn 185 McFarlane Variant (Headless) (2008)

 

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Not as expensive as the sketch cover variant of this issue, but it still makes it to the list. Here, Spawn shows a bit of his dark, humorous side by blowing off his head.

#67: Wolverine 310 Platt Sketch (2012)

#67: Wolverine 310 Platt Sketch (2012)

 

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Generally, the sketch cover variants are much rarer and are usually much more valuable compared to the color variants. However, here’s a rare case with a less expensive sketch variant than the color version.

#66: Mighty Thor 10 Parel Venom Variant (2012)

#66: Mighty Thor 10 Parel Venom Variant (2012)

 

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The “Top 100 most valuable Variants” is filled with Venomized variants, but it is what it is.

Here’s another Venomized cover variant, but this time designed by Gerald Parel. This variant is generally easy to find but still manages to maintain quite a worth in the market.

#65: Wolverine v.3 66 Turner Sketch (2008)

#65: Wolverine v.3 66 Turner Sketch (2008)

 

 

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Here another brilliant piece of pencil art by the talented gone-too-soon artist Michael Turner. This issue features the famous vintage Old Man Logan storyline, which was a near adaptation to the cinematic blockbuster Logan.

#64: Hellboy: The Fury 3 Retailer Incentive Edition, Mignola (2011)

#64: Hellboy: The Fury 3 Retailer Incentive Edition, Mignola (2011)

 

 

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Seemingly, very few retailers took up publisher Dark Horse’s 1 for 20 incentive for this rare cover by Mike Mignola, which happens to be an issue to the culmination of a Death of Hellboy story arc.

#63: New Mutants 1 Sketch, Kubert (2009)

#63: New Mutants 1 Sketch, Kubert (2009)

 

 

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When this variant was distributed, it was the same convention on which the J. Scott Campbell X-Men Partial Sketch 510 sketch variant which also happens to be on the list. Undermined by Campbell’s sketch variant, this cover by Adam Kubert still managed to gain some popularity among some collectors and variant enthusiasts.

#62: Star Wars 1 Action Figure Sketch (Luke Skywalker), Christopher (2015)

#62: Star Wars 1 Action Figure Sketch (Luke Skywalker), Christopher (2015)

 

 

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There was a time when the Star Wars were one of the most popular variants of all time, ever since it seems as its popularity has dried then it once had. Still, there are a lot of Star Wars and Luke Skywalker’s fans who still manage to keep these variants quite popular in the market.

Still, a neat concept cover by John Tyler Christopher for Star Wars fans to have in their collections.

#61: Spawn 227 McFarlane Sketch (2013)

#61: Spawn 227 McFarlane Sketch (2013)

 

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The Legendary Todd McFarlane with is one of the most expensive covers other than the Amazing Spiderman 300 cover series, this one has quite a popularity among fans. The Spawn 227 McFarlane sketch is well in demand and has become one of the most valued ones to date.

#60: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye 19 Retailer Incentive Edition (2013)

#60: Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye 19 Retailer Incentive Edition (2013)

 

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This retailer incentive edition is one of the rarest Transformer variants and is considered the holy grail among the transformer collector community.

Still, if you manage to get your sight on this collector edition, there is one thing for sure that there will be quite a competition among collectors who want to add it to their collections.

#59: Batman 1 Capullo Sketch (2011)

#59: Batman 1 Capullo Sketch (2011)

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Here is a 1 for 200 incentive very expensive Batman collector’s item. This issue is believed to mark the beginning of what is to date the best uninterrupted Batman run by the same creative team in the title’s history, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. However, this one doesn’t manage to get a sum as high as it used to, but it is still quite costly.

#58: Deadpool 45 Horn Variant (2010)

#58: Deadpool 45 Horn Variant (2010)

 

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Just a beautifully created cover by Greg Horn of the Ultimate Spiderman 1 in which he shows Deadpool in much lethal, and less comedic approach. This cover managed to gain quite a popularity as people began to know about the rarity of this variant.

#57: Black Widow 6 Campbell Variant (2010)

#57: Black Widow 6 Campbell Variant (2010)

 

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It a very tough to track 1 for 15 variants. This minimal yet beautifully designed pin-up by J. Scott Campbell has been loved by many variant collectors and comic book enthusiasts.

#56: Gotham City Sirens 1 Jones Variant (2009)

#56: Gotham City Sirens 1 Jones Variant (2009)

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Recently, with the news of a Gotham City Sirens movie hitting the cinemas, this variant’s prices have skyrocketed high up. It features three of our most loved female protagonists Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy, it’s easy to see why this became the must-have book of the trio.

#55: Red Hood: Lost Days 1 Mattina Variant (2010)

#55: Red Hood: Lost Days 1 Mattina Variant (2010)

 

 

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Yet another beautifully designed cover by the gorgeous artist Francesco Mattina who featured Red Hood, aka Jason Todd. This specific variant is very hard to find because it is considered a fast seller and doesn’t take long to sell if the price is reasonable.

#54: Shadowman 13 Davis Variant (2013)

#54: Shadowman 13 Davis Variant (2013)

 

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Valiants returns in our series with a 1 for 50 covers designed by Shane Davis. There is also a 1 for 20 by Ben Templesmith of the same issue, which doesn’t manage to make a cut to our top 100 variant list. It is also popular among fans and gets a good value in the market. This variant proves again that Valiant does have a devoted following who loves tracking down and paying for their rarest variants.

#53: Uncanny X-Force 5 Manara Variant (2013)

#53: Uncanny X-Force 5 Manara Variant (2013)

 

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There’s no doubt that Psylocke is one of the hottest characters in the X-Men franchise. This highly vague image is designed by the veteran pin-up artist Milo Manara, who has gained quite popularity from the rare variant hunters.

#52: X-O Manowar 1 Brushed Metal Variant, Palosz (2017)

#52: X-O Manowar 1 Brushed Metal Variant, Palosz (2017)

 

 

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Here is a gleaming brushed metal cover featuring the amazing artwork of the iconic artist Raúl Allén. This is a 1 for a 500 incentive variant, which is super rare and has been quite popular since its release. Loved by almost every Valiant fan, this variant packs quite a punch in terms of pricing.

#51: Venomverse 1 Remastered Edition (Color), McFarlane (2017)

#51: Venomverse 1 Remastered Edition (Color), McFarlane (2017)

 

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Yet again the legendary Todd McFarlane which his artistic brilliance. Here’s a full color slightly easy to find, and a bit less costly 1 for 1000 variant of the remastered McFarlane cover. As we know, these are very high ordering variants such variants always come at significantly high prices since the very moment they are released. Some eventually lose their prices overtime whereas some have a McFarlane touch.

#50: Captain America 7 Perkins Venom Variant (2012)

#50: Captain America 7 Perkins Venom Variant (2012)

 

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The “Top 100 Most Valuable Variants” is filled with Venomized variants general because symbiotes are loved by almost every comic book collector and they have quite a demand in the comic book market. This variant is by Mike Perkins who features a rather slobbering, menacing venomized version of Captain America which seems quite satisfying yet furious. Also, this cover is quite similar to the cover of the Avenger 4 (1964).

#49: Incredible Hulk 4 Del Mundo Venom Variant (2012)

#49: Incredible Hulk 4 Del Mundo Venom Variant (2012)

 

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Yet another venomized variant. This time Mike Del Mundo created what could possibly be the most horrifying version “A Venomized Hulk”.

#48: Adventure Comics 515 (12) Bermejo Variant (2010)

#48: Adventure Comics 515 (12) Bermejo Variant (2010)

Record sale: 9.6

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Here Lee Bermanjo created an astonishing Lord Darkseid’s cover. This cover is loved by many and is on the must-have list of many comic book enthusiasts, collectors, and variant chasers.

#47: Incredible Hulk 377 Third Printing, McKeown/McLeod (1994)

#47: Incredible Hulk 377 Third Printing, McKeown/McLeod (1994)

 

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Technically, this one’s not a variant of the first printing. It is none other than a lighter green shade in the background of the always angry hero on the first cover of the first printing. If you manage to get your hands on this particular variant, it will be a potential investment and will grow its price over time.

#46: Rick and Morty 1 Roiland Variant (2015)

#46: Rick and Morty 1 Roiland Variant (2015)

Record sale: 9.6

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Rick and Morty, being currently one of the most loved ongoing animated series, has a huge fan base. Fans love Rick and Morty and its related merchandise which means its related comics are currently in demand.

#45: Wonder Woman 38 Finch Variant (2015)

#45: Wonder Woman 38 Finch Variant (2015)

 

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A great cover by David Finch, elegant and powerful, much like our girl-power hero portrayed on this highly sought after 1 for 50 retailer incentive cover.

#44: Captain Marvel 17 Second Printing, Alphona (2014)

#44: Captain Marvel 17 Second Printing, Alphona (2014)

 

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Recently with the release of the new Avengers game Ms. Marvel a.k.a Kamala Khan has been quite popular recently and with an upcoming 2021 Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe live-action series Ms. Marvel, portrayed by Iman Vellani. Apparently, Kamala Khan is currently a hot topic, and this variant has it all: Ms. Marvel in full costume with her powers on full display. This cover by Adrian Alphona is what has everybody chasing nowadays.

#43: Journey into Mystery Hans Venom Variant (2012)

#43: Journey into Mystery Hans Venom Variant (2012)

 

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Another “Venomized” Variant with a low distribution. But this time by the very underrated Stephanie Hans. Here’s a Venomized Loki who’s dragging a dead body by one hand and a severed leg in his other hand. Quite Gruesome, right?

#42: Amazing Spider-man 648 (Color) Campbell Variant (2011)

#42: Amazing Spider-man 648 (Color) Campbell Variant (2011)

Record sale: 9.6

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Yet another rare tough-to-find Amazing Spider-Man cover created by the infamous J. Scott Campbell. Currently, this variant is well in demand and fans love the Campbell effect and will always be in high prices.

#41: Venomverse 1 Remastered Sketch Edition, McFarlane (2017)

#41: Venomverse 1 Remastered Sketch Edition, McFarlane (2017)

 

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A ridiculously mythical crazy to find 1 for 2000 ordering ratio incentive variant, which has always been well in demand. Cheery on top, this variant also has the McFarlane effect to it, boosting its overall demand and its pricing.

#40: Superior Spider-man 20 Campbell Variant (2013)

#40: Superior Spider-man 20 Campbell Variant (2013)

 

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If we ever talk about pin-up artists, J. Scott Campbell goes down as one of the most loved artists of all time. Here, Campbell pins up a beautiful illustration of his favorite Black Cat in a sensational pose, using spidey’s head as a ball of yearning. Well, surprisingly, it did pass the censors.

#39: Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes 23 Hughes Variant (2006)

#39: Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes 23 Hughes Variant (2006)

 

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An early 1 for 10 ordering ratio incentive the well known Adam Hughes. This variant illustrates a flawless depiction of Supergirl who’s riding a meteor in space which perfectly impersonates the brilliant arty approach of the pin-up artist.

#38: Uncanny X-Men 297 Gold Edition (Pressman Variant), Peterson/Panosian (1993)

#38: Uncanny X-Men 297 Gold Edition (Pressman Variant), Peterson/Panosian (1993)

 

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A hard-to-find X-Men variant from the early 1993’s. This Variant used to come with a voucher alongside a Pressman X-Men board game.

#37: Superman/Batman 7 Dell’otto French Variant (2006)

#37: Superman/Batman 7 Dell’Otto French Variant (2006)

 

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An old-school classic illustration of an infuriating Batman beating up the clown prince of crime, the Joker in shallow water. The artist Gabriele Dell’Otto shows his absolute brilliance throughout the beautiful cover of this variant.

Beware to look for the more popular and much more valuable “virgin” version of this cover.

#36: Sex Criminals 6 Brimception Variant (2014)

#36: Sex Criminals 6 Brimception Variant (2014)

 

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There are rumors that this book has only 100 printed copies which makes it quite a hard piece to find. The cherry on top, there is quite a demand for this variant throughout the mark, which makes this copy extremely rare and pricey.

#35: Venom 6 McFarlane Variant (2017)

#35: Venom 6 McFarlane Variant (2017)

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A book from the year 2017, which featured the most anticipated return of the long-gone symbiote to Eddie Brock alongside a remastered image by the comic legend Todd McFarlane.

#34: All-New Wolverine 19 Mattina Sketch (2017)

#34: All-New Wolverine 19 Mattina Sketch (2017)

 

 

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A perfectly executed rare 1 for 500 “Venomized” cover variant by the currently growing Francesco Mattina. In this Variant, the X-23 is seen amid possession by the symbiote.

This alongside the Journey into Mystery 633 Hans Venom Variant, which also happens to be on this list, are by far the rarest “Venomized” covers produced to date, and not surprisingly both make the list.

#33: The Incredible Hulk 635 Granov Variant (2011)

#33: The Incredible Hulk 635 Granov Variant (2011)

 

 

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The extremely talented Adi Granov features the traditional Hulk pose in this extremely rare tough to find variant.

#32: Spawn 1 Black and White Reprint Edition, McFarlane (1997)

#32: Spawn 1 Black and White Reprint Edition, McFarlane (1997)

 

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 This variant was released as an homage to the 5th anniversary of Spawn. Here, the Living legend McFarlane used his magic in this limited reprint edition.

#31: Wolverine 310 Platt (Color) Variant (2012)

#31: Wolverine 310 Platt (Color) Variant (2012)

 

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Here’s another variant that only a few comic book retailers have seemed to order when it was released, but now it seems like everyone wants it.

#30: Invincible Iron Man 512 Stroman Venom Variant (2012)

#30: Invincible Iron Man 512 Stroman Venom Variant (2012)

 

 

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Here’s a tech-infused Venomized Variant featuring Tony stark being possessed by the symbiote while still wearing his iron armor.

#29: Amazing Spider-man 688 Campbell Variant (2012)

#29: Amazing Spider-man 688 Campbell Variant (2012)

 

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Yet again, J. Scott Campbell uses his magic with another breathtaking cover. This time showcasing a frightening Lizard. This amazing artwork is considered one of Campbell’s most loved and best-detailed pieces to date.

#28: Amazing Spider-man Presents: Black Cat 1 Campbell Variant (2010)

#28: Amazing Spider-man Presents: Black Cat 1 Campbell Variant (2010)

 

 

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Black Cat is one of J. Scott Campbell’s most favorite and the most illustrated characters. Here, Campbell uses his charm at drawing the most amazing pin-up style pose, which makes this piece quite remarkable.

#27: Spawn 189 McFarlane Sketch (2009)

#27: Spawn 189 McFarlane Sketch (2009)

 

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An Amazing and hard to find Spawn cover by the legendary Todd McFarlane. In this amazing art, McFarlane uses his pencil magic to draw this beautiful cover which is quite popular and is loved by a lot of people.

#26: Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-man 1 (ASM 300 “Chromium”), McFarlane (1998)

#26: Marvel Collectible Classics: Spider-man 1 (ASM 300 “Chromium”), McFarlane (1998)

 

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Much like the Saga 1 DRS also on this list, this is technically a reprint with a new cover and not a “variant” of the original printing of Amazing Spider-Man #300.

Nonetheless, much like the Saga 1 DRS, that hasn’t stopped this from being an extremely coveted and valuable, at certain times selling for more than the original first printing (also, much like the Saga 1 DRS).

#25: Wolverine 145 Nabsico Variant, Sienkiewicz (1999)

#25: Wolverine 145 Nabsico Variant, Sienkiewicz (1999)

 

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If you spotted this offer by Nabisco and cut out the bar code on the specially marked packages and sent it off for this book, you’d be one happy owner of one of the coolest Wolverine covers ever done by Bill Sienkiewicz.

#24: Amazing Spider-man 700 Ditko Variant (2013)

#24: Amazing Spider-man 700 Ditko Variant (2013)

 

 

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This 1 for 200 has so much going for it it’s just crazy: the death of Peter Parker, the first full appearance of the Superior Spider-man, and an awesome, previously unused cover by the legendary Steve Ditko.

It’s no wonder it continues to command the sums that it does, despite the inevitable return of Peter Parker and legacy numbering of the Amazing Spider-Man comic.

#23: Ms. Marvel 2 Molina Variant (2014)

#23: Ms. Marvel 2 Molina Variant (2014)

 

Recent sale 9.8

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This remarkable Kamala Khan cover was made by Jorge Molina, who perfectly portrays the beautiful essence of the new Ms. Marvel character.

#22: Ultimate Fallout 4 Djurdjevic Variant (2011)

#22: Ultimate Fallout 4 Djurdjevic Variant (2011)

 

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Miles Morales is currently the next big thing in Marvel’s universe. Miles is currently featured in his own animated film alongside his own video game. Fans love Miles Morales and this variant features the first appearance of Miles Morales drawn by the talented Marko Djurdjevic.

#21: Captain Marvel 14 Conner Variant (2013)

#21: Captain Marvel 14 Conner Variant (2013)

 

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This issue features the first cameo appearance of Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, who eventually became a fan-favorite character and the next big thing in the Marvel-verse. This cover was drawn by the beautiful Amanda Conner, who did absolute justice to the character.

#20: X-23 1 Dell’otto Variant (2010)

#20: X-23 1 Dell’Otto Variant (2010)

 

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Gabriele Dell’Otto again with his magic but this time with Laura Kinney who looks something like a Renaissance master could have painted. Regardless to say, it’s not very hard to see why this tough-to-find cover would make the top 20, and given the rapidly increasing popularity of the character, can only go up.

#19: Uncanny X-Force 20 Renaud Venom Variant (2012)

#19: Uncanny X-Force 20 Renaud Venom Variant (2012)

 

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The second “Venomized” variant clocks in here. While not commanding near the lofty prices as the iconic Amazing Spider-man 678, this stunning cover with a curiously aesthetic looking Psylocke being possessed by the symbiote nonetheless holds its own and can never be found for cheap.

#18: Batman/Superman 4 Turner German Variant (2004)

#18: Batman/Superman 4 Turner German Variant (2004)

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Gone but not forgotten, Michael Turner used his magic and gave us this absolute gem. This variant was originally released in Germany with only a limited number of copies around 499. Here’s an image of the Supergirl barely covering herself with her cape is actually reprinted from an interior panel appearing in the American comic Superman/Batman 8.

#17: Ultimate (Comics) Spider-man 1 Pichelli Sketch (2011)

#17: Ultimate (Comics) Spider-man 1 Pichelli Sketch (2011)

Record sale: 8.5

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According to reports, there were under 100 of this variant were produced which is why this book is a like mythical being in the market. The cherry on top, the sketch artist Sara Pichelli, did absolute justice to the cover, which made this variant what it is today.

#16: Venom 1 McFarlane Variant (2017)

#16: Venom 1 McFarlane Variant (2017)

 

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Another extremely rare mythical 1 for 1000 retailer’s ordering incentive which has quite a demand in the market and has quite a price on its head. This comic also features the first appearance of Lee Price as Venom.

#15: Black Panther Sketch, Campbell (2009)

#15: Black Panther Sketch, Campbell (2009)

 

Recent sale: 9.6

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  1. Scott Campbell has his fan base when it comes to the variant comics. Many of Campbell’s variants managed to get quite a price, and fans keep a record and love to add his variants to their collections.

#14: Amazing Spider-Man 25 Remastered Edition, Romita (2017)

#14: Amazing Spider-man 25 Remastered Edition, Romita (2017)

 

 

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Despite the recent downfall in the pricing of this variant, this 1 for 1000 retailer’s incentive still manages to get the 14th spot on our list. Mainly because it features the first appearance of the Superior Octopus is the icing on the cake alongside being extremely rare and the brilliant repurposing of a classing John Romita image.

#13: Spawn 222 Kudranski Variant (2012)

#13: Spawn 222 Kudranski Variant (2012)

 

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A rare spawn variant with great artwork which is considered as the holy grail to all the spawn fans and avid comic book collectors.

#12: Saga 1 DRS Third Printing /Retailer Incentive Edition, Staples (2012)

#12: Saga 1 DRS Third Printing /Retailer Incentive Edition, Staples (2012)

 

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This variant is estimated to have around 1000 copies sent to the retailers who managed to attend the Diamond Retailer Summit (DRS) for the year 2012. This book is actually a variant of the third printing of Saga 1. Despite being from the third printing, this variant is still considered as the holy grail to the Sega fans and collectors.

#11: Edge of Spider-Verse 2 Land Variant (2014)

#11: Edge of Spider-Verse 2 Land Variant (2014)

Record sale: 9.9; 9.8

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This variant is considered one of the most sought after variants on the market. This cover is drawn by Greg Land, who manages to take a unique approach to the Spider-man mythos which a Spider-Gwen. This comic book features the debut of this character.

#10: Walking Dead 100 Red Foil/Lucille, Adlard (2012)

#10: Walking Dead 100 Red Foil/Lucille, Adlard (2012)

 

 

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A rare Red Foil edition made by Charlie Adlard. This book is so rare that there were only 250 copies in the print run. To make this variant more delightful, this variant also featured the first appearance of the main antagonist Negan, as well as the dead of a fan-favorite character Glenn and the barbed wire of Lucille.

#9: Siege 3 Campbell Variant (2010)

#9: Siege 3 Campbell Variant (2010)

 

 

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Another very hard to find variant with a touch of Campbell’s magic. It is also believed that there were only 450 copies sent out to retailers, which proves why this variant is so expensive and hard to find.

#8: Spawn 185 Sketch Portacio/McFarlane (2008)

#8: Spawn 185 Sketch Portacio/McFarlane (2008)

 

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A very rare difficult to find variant which is the most costly and the most hunted Spawn book of all time.

#7: Star Wars: Vader Down 1 Zdarsky Sketch Cover (2016)

#7: Star Wars: Vader Down 1 Zdarsky Sketch Cover (2016)

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An extremely rare 1 for 5000 retailer incentive edition mixed with Star Wars. Being so rare is what makes this comic extremely rare and hard to get edition.

#6: Uncanny X-Men 510 Sketch Cover Campbell (2009)

#6: Uncanny X-Men 510 Sketch Cover Campbell (2009)

Record sale: 9.6

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J. Scott Campbell rocks the most valuable variant lineup for sure. Here, the pin-up legend features a full-color Psylocke in a classic pose, made that much more eye-popping by the all-white sketch background.


#5: Wolverine 1 (Deadpool) Campbell Variant (2010)

#5: Wolverine 1 (Deadpool) Campbell Variant (2010)

 

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Here is another one of the best pin-up designs of the Wolverine barely squeezed into the Merc with a mouth Deadpool’s costume by the great J. Scott Campbell. It is estimated that there are only 450 copies of this retailer’s incentive variant was made which makes the variant extremely hard to get.

#4: Amazing Spider-man 678 Quinones Venom Variant Comics (Mary Jane) (2012)

#4: Amazing Spider-man 678 Quinones Venom Variant (Mary Jane) (2012)

 

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A straight-up hit that is recognized and loved by almost every comic book collector and enthusiast that this variant was a straight-up hit right after its release. Eventually, this variant became a pinnacle for modern era variant comics. Mainly due to the collector’s love for the “Venomized” covers.

There’s just something about the idea of the Venom symbiote overtaking Mary Jane, and the slick cover swipes that Joe Quinones came up with that immediately resonated with collectors and became instantly iconic.

Be careful when shopping for this cover, as there are several reprints of this comic. Even though they are also valuable in their own right, as this comic’s prices continue to rise.

#3: Danger Girl 2 Ruby Red Smoking Gun Variant, Campbell (1998)

#3: Danger Girl 2 Ruby Red Smoking Gun Variant, Campbell (1998)

 

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A very rare, almost mythical kind of variant that is so rare that it is rarely once in a blue moon up for sale. This is an early pin-up style work by the pin-up legend J. Scott Campbell, who features the protagonist in a very seductive manner that the artist would later become very notorious for.

Beware if you manage to get your hand on this variant. There are a lot of reprints circulating the market. Some reprints even sell for several hundred dollars.

#2: Batman 608 Retailer Incentive Edition (RRP) Lee (2002)

#2: Batman 608 Retailer Incentive Edition (RRP) Lee (2002)

 

 

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Here one of the founding fathers of the variant comics of retailers’ incentive editions. There were approximately 500 of these special Jim Lee covers, which were handed over directly to the comic book retailers who attended the Retailer Roundtable Program (RRP) event hosted by DC.

This book also features the first appearance of and is Part One of the legendary storyline Hush.

#1: Amazing Spider-man 667 Dell’Otto Variant (2011)

#1: Amazing Spider-man 667 Dell’Otto Variant (2011)

 

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Here is the most valuable variant in our top 100 list. The Amazing Spider-man 667 Dell’otto Variant was a 1 for 100 retailer order incentive, but Marvel didn’t announce that it has a cover by the legendary Gabriele Dell’Otto. Said to have only 225 copies printed, this stunning variant was the first variant to have break the five-figure threshold.

Unfortunately, no one ordered this variant which turned this into an extremely rare and the most demanded variant of all time.