Variant Heat Check for 8/21/18



Venom: Lethal Protector #1 Newsstand Variant

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Venom: Lethal Protectors is a highly printed book, and the gold/black error covers are already commanding a big premium. The newsstand version has started to pop, with raws going between $30-50 and 9.8s climbing above $200. Chuck would be proud!


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Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-man #1 1:50 Staples Variant

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This book has turned into an absolute ghost. The scene from the movie was taken straight from this cover and it’s a low printed Fiona Staples variant. A raw sold for $240, while a 9.6 went for $200. After Ultimate Fallout #4, this could be the Miles variant to own.


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Tomb Raider Journeys #1 Hughes Variant

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This cover is very similar to Catwoman #51, but hasn’t taken off as much as I would have expected. Raws are still relatively cheap, but condition is everything as the all black front cover makes high grades really tough. 9.8s are hitting $200, with a Hughes SS 9.8 getting $240.


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Note: Variants appearing in the Top 10 will not appear on this list due to contractual obligations.



  • Love that Tomb Raider cover! It’s the perfect marriage between artist and character. Shocked it’s not going for more.

    • Keith S.

      I am very surprised that you can get raws for so cheap, but like I said it’s all about condition with that book. Tough tough 9.8.

    • It’s interesting to see how in today’s hobby, there’s a lot of attention paid to the “sizzle” (covers artwork, usually based upon provocative sex appeal) more than the substance of the “steak” (comic book story itself). Much like there’s heavy speculation on the debut of characters not yet developed, sort of like gambling on rookie prospects in professional sports where the majority fail and only a few become hall of fame caliber talent. It’s not a knock on Tomb Raider nor Adam Hughes, nor the people who collect what they like, it’s just an observation.

      • On substance vs. flash, it’s a pendulum that goes back and forth. When I really got into comics in the early 90s, the artist was king and no one cared about story. Things gradually changed and by the dawn of the trade paperback era in the early 00s, the writers were the big stars, and the singles that had value was material that hadn’t been collected. Now people are paying more attention to the art again, and it’s worth noting that some companies (Marvel in particular) don’t do a great job of reproducing variant covers in trades (let’s put four of them on one page!).

        The emphasis on first appearances is two fold– those have always been important, to my recollection, but not quite with the immediacy. Part of it is, I think, another after effect of entering the TPB era. Singles issues, once the collection drops, become either wall books (first appearances, popular covers, occasionally a key story) or quarter bin fodder as less and less stores have a dedicated back issue section, as more people prefer trades or *shudder* digital.

  • always really liked that Miles Morales variant… but not at those prices. Love Fiona Staples

    • Keith S.

      yeah those prices are sky high. I’m curious to see how it does after the movie and if it will have any long term value as A) a great miles cover and B) something that is low print run.

  • Pretty much all the Tombs are undervalued in my opinion. Some of Hughes’s best covers.

  • i’ll search for that Miles variant after the movie, prices have gone crazy!

  • Anybody paying anywhere near $50 for any raw copy of the regular cover Venom Lethal Protector 1 needs to have their head examined.

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