Gabriele Dell’Otto

patternHe has been mentioned many times in this column but almost all of his covers are well-known by now so it’s hard to find one that is still relatively cheap but have some potential down the road nonetheless. I have tried to stay out of variants, but this one is too good to be missed.

The first book we’ll take a look at is about everyone's favorite female character..or not, but I bet you would be happy to have it :

X-23_Vol_3_1_Dell'otto_Variant

X-23 #1
1:25 Variant
Release Date: March 17 2010
Cover Artist: Gabriele Dell’Otto
Print Run: 1,939
Value
Raw: $500
9.6: $880
9.8: $1,300

Man this cover is just gorgeous. I mean, what is there not to love on that art? Only Dell’Otto can deliver something like that. There’s no need to explain why this book is so hot right now. It is one of the modern grails that will never drop in value and with X-23 on her way to the big screen, what can we expect of this book? Only time will tell, but if you have it in your PC, well played!

The next comic we’ll talk about is another variant done by the talented Dell’Otto, but this one seems to be hidden under the shadow of a lot of his other works :

Wolverine: The Best There Is #1 Dell'Otto Variant

Wolverine: The Best There Is #1
1:25 Variant
Release Date: December 2 2010
Cover Artist: Gabriele Dell’Otto
Print Run: 2,293
Value
Raw: $35-$40
9.6: ?
9.8: Below $300 (Ebay best offer accepted)

As you can see, even if this book is hard to find, the value hasn’t been affected yet. There are only 354 more copies than the X-23 variant so don’t be surprised if you’re having a hard time finding it in the wild. This cover is simply incredible and I think it would look even more amazing next to the X-23 variant. The pose of the characters and the art style of both covers is very similar, which I think should help this book a lot. The market not only loves the fact that Laura Kinney is on the cover of X-23, or that it is the first issue of the series, but more than everything they love the art. Having a very nearly identical art design with Wolverine on the cover can only be a winning long-term spec. Also, Wolverine being the centerpiece of this cover makes this book more of an art piece than a comic book, as for the X-23 variant with X-23 herself, which I think makes it even more desirable/valuable.

I honestly think that this cover has a lot of room to grow, and still, I think it’s a bargain to bet on a Dell’Otto cover with that low of a print run for that price! Keep an eye on that one, and if I had the chance to own both covers, I’d keep them together and consider them a set!

What do you think of this one? Let me know! See you next week!

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