ISSUE #19: Low Print Ladies
Hello there, ladies and gents. In ye olde comic universe, we’ve had a few very light spec weeks after a storm of two or three heavy weeks before that. Such is the roller coaster of this hobby. That’s part of what makes it fun. At least there’s been some time to catch up on my reading.
Anyone reading anything particularly good, these days?
I’m in the middle of about 12 titles (some great, some not so great), currently, including going back and reading the original Sandman run from Gaiman. For those struggling to find a good read, be sure to check out “The Reading Pile” each week written up astoundingly well by our very own Dan Piercy.
I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s Fantastic Four issue and the Jock issue the week prior to that. This week, I am back to a general group of unrelated covers that don’t necessarily share a common thread other than that they are beautiful girl covers that sport fairly low print runs. I’m really excited about this week’s covers and I actually think the first 4 out of the 5 of them have some true future spec value which is usually not a focus of this column. This week, it’s just incidental.
Some weeks, I really have to go down the rabbit hole to find cool covers. It is quite often a very eye-opening experience and I learn a ton and try to pass that on to whomever will listen. Other weeks, I use some of my all-time favorite covers that I’ve held back so that I can share a little of my personal comic brain with my CBSI family. Still other weeks, like this week, a group of covers just falls into my lap. These are the weeks I love because the covers scream out to be featured. I hope you agree that this week’s covers are fire. Here they are… drumroll, please…
PUBLISHED: DC Comics – February, 2016
ARTIST – Anna Dittmann
Eat your heart out, Jenny Frison. One would think this was a cover by Jenny, but it’s not. It’s by… WHO THE HELL IS ANNA DITTMANN? Yep, I said that, too. You know why you’ve never heard of her? It’s because she’s done five total covers and this one was the only one that was remotely relevant. Why-oh-why did you stop producing covers, Anna? I want more, please.
With only 9,138 copies of this, it was a really low-printed final issue to the series. Somehow, though, I do see this one from time-to-time, probably because it’s so recent. Give it a few years and I bet we don’t see many of these floating around in good NM condition.
It is a simply gorgeous composition that could prove pretty tough to find, eventually. The integration of the image and the background is lovely and it displays a calm strength rendered with fantastic lighting. Subtle and soft with a superb depth and foreshortened perspective, this cover tricks the eye. It almost feels three-dimensional. The gentle flow of the line work is crazy-good, but the crux of this cover is all in the eyes for me. I’m seduced. How about you?
PUBLISHED: Marvel Comics – January, 2010
ARTIST: David Finch
Um, okay, so why is this book not soaring into high value marks? Why not the entire 4 issue run, really? It’s finch, it’s ridiculously sexy and it’s Psylocke who has a huge cult following all her own. This was just an “A” cover that has seen a little heat, here and there, over the past year or two. However, it hasn’t really hit its real stride.
WARNING: This is one you don’t want to hunt for on ebay. Sellers know this is a hot cover and will try to get $20 out of it or even higher if you look only at Buy-it-Now’s. That said, bidding on one might get it for $12 or less as a few have gone that low, recently. HOWEVER, I find this one in bins pretty often at $5 or less. As a matter of fact, the #2 may even be sexier, but it’s a little busy in comparison. That one can also be snagged for $5 or less. 26,132 copies makes this a bit of a rarer book. There was also an uber-rare 2nd print wraparound cover variant of this #1 which does go for big bucks.
Anyhow, this one has been poised for awhile, now, to be hot and expensive. Being a very similar cover to his Wonder Woman #38 variant, it shouldn’t be too long before it is out of reach for most of us.
PUBLISHED: DC Comics – March, 2013
ARTIST: Emanuela Lupacchino
Yeah, yeah, we all want that Wonder Woman 1:25 variant for #1, but don’t sleep on two other gems from the run. Specifically, this Power Girl issue, here. I would have also chosen the Supergirl, but that damned Arrow ad banner up at the top ruins the layout for me. DC ruined so many otherwise-beautiful books with that damned ugly banner.
I really don’t get why these covers don’t get more love. As a matter of fact, the regular Wonder Woman non-variant #1 is pretty amazing, as well. If I hadn’t already chosen a different WW cover for the week, I might have gone with that one. These are slightly in the anime/manga style and I realize that’s not for everyone, but these are fun, sexy covers and not too overwrought. There’s something to be said for simplicity and a cute “comic-booky” feel.
This is an cover price or less snag, but there were only 12,488 of these. If these get hotter, they are going to be a tough find.
PUBLISHED: DC Comics – December, 2008
ARTIST: Philip Tan
This cover is so freaking good, I can’t even explain it. It has started to get some rumblings in “underworld” discussions in-and-around the hobby and has quickly become a cult classic in some circles. I expect, now, with Ruby Rose cast as Batwoman and other Batwoman covers heating up, this one is sure to catch real fire, soon. In my opinion, this cover is close to perfection.
The only thing that really holds this one back is the text placement and barcode size/placement. Man, would I LOVE to see a virgin of this cover. It uses darks confidently and has such depth and beauty, it hurts; a study in sex, attitude and contrast. I swear that fire looks like a photograph. When juxtaposed against the completely black left-hand side, it pops even more.
With the lesbian angle of this show causing a social media shakeup (where, reportedly, Rose has quit Twitter), we might see some real buzz around the Batwoman character and the show. Beautiful covers like these are going to begin to pop up on people’s radars and the best ones will shake out and get pricey. Thus, snag this one now while it’s still a $3-$5 book. With that in mind, these Revelation offshoot issues were printed in pretty small numbers when compared to the main Final Crisis title.
This issue had only 52,858 split in half over two covers. This was technically the “B” cover, but was cover price on release day. With numbers like that, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it hit the $15-$20 mark, soon. Perhaps, even higher, eventually.
PUBLISHED: Singing Ink Press – July, 2002
ARTIST: Stuart Sayger
The dark horse pick of the week (no, not the publisher). This is a sweet deal with two amazing covers (cover “B” is actually a second printing from six months later). The #2 and #3 are pretty freakin’ great, too. All are from Stuart Sayger who also wrote the book and did the interiors. A buddy of mine found this in a .25 cent bin, a few weeks ago and the cover just blew me away. Will anyone ever care about Shiver in the Dark from a spec perspective? Probably not, but stranger things have happened. There were only 1,291 copies of this puppy, so if you like it, you’ll have a touch of trouble finding it in a bin.
A very atmospheric comic which is illustrated with a variety of line art, photos and paintings. This cover has an ease and grace to it and feels very much like a Stephanie Hans piece. Considering how popular she has become, it sure would be nice to see Sayger do something relevant. The ethereal feel to this cover and the flow of the line work are mesmerizing to me. It is an elegant composition born out of simplicity of color and brilliant perspective.
Sayger has done a few other awesome covers if you’ve not heard of him. He has a great variant for ROM #1 from the recent 2016 series as well as an amazing Snake Eyes cover for G.I. Joe vs. The Six Million Dollar Man #2 (2018). He has also done interiors for a variety of titles.
Well, here we are at the end, again. I really hope you enjoyed this week’s as much as I did writing it. Please, sound off in the comments section about what you thought or anything I may have missed. Until next week, be good to yourselves and each other, thanks for reading and happy hunting.