I am happy to present the most recent CBSI HOT 100 Variant List!! This list is based solely on Ratio Incentive Variants, no store variants, no convention promos etc… Some choices were based on perceived heat opposed to recent Ebay sales when close price or demand.

For those not familiar with the original top 100 Variant list compiled by Matt Devoe(CovrPrice, CBSI). CHECK OUT THE 2016 TOP 100 VARIANT LIST HERE!   


100 : Wonder Woman #28 Steampunk 1:25

What used to be a hot variant has all but fallen off this list.  Peaking at a few hundred for raws in 2016/2017, this cool cover from the DC New 52 Steampunk Variant month can now be had for $100.00


99: Divinity #1 Larosa 1:40

Another example of a book that was near impossible to lock down for under 250.00 is now trending towards the 100 range.


98:  Incredible Hulk #100 Turner 1:100

Just making the list, Michael Turner cover with a high ratio during a lower printed period for Marvel, there are certainly copies available tho a 9.8 did end in April for under $100.


97:  Scarlet Spider #1 Venom 1:50

Marvel's 1:50 Ratio variants seem to be a bit more common than originally thought, come  still command good money others can be had for under 100 raw.  Scarlet Spider has a couple other incentives from this issue, which might have convinced more retailers to push those orders up to hit the 50 mark.


96:  Spawn #229 Sketch 1:25

Same as Marvel's Venom month, these Spawn 1:25 Sketch covers can get pricey for a few while the rest can be had for around $100.


95:  Spawn #223 Sketch 1:25

Another incentive from a low print run period for Spawn.

94:  Wolverine & The X-Men #4 Venom 1:50

Another from Marvel's Venom Variant run, this can be caught in auction for a touch above $120 or so, tho slabbed 9.4s or nicer will cost a premium.

93:  Salvation Run #7 Adams 1:10

“Amazing Joker cover and low print run! All the Salvation Run comics had a print run of under 30k, and #7 comes in at a little under 28,000 printed. That means there are a little under 3,000 of these out there. Good luck in finding any at all. There is currently one on the bay as I type this, with a BIN of $50. My guess is it will be gone soon. Looking at completed listings, someone got a great deal with a BIN of $5.99” – Jason Shaw, Covers from the Unknown article on CBSI from 2015


92:  Moon Knight #1 Granov 1:50

Another Marvel variant that hovers in that $120+ range, gotta wonder what a Moon Knight movie or show appearance would do to some of these higher ration MK variants…


91:  Captain America #7 Venom 1:50

150 will secure a nice raw NM or so copy of this book, a 9.8 CGC did end for a little over $300 earlier in late May.


90:  Thunderbolts #5 Tan 1:50

By issue 5 of most new comics, stores have cut their orders, not sure how many places could have really been ordering 50+ copies of Thunderbolts, this is a couple hundred bucks if you can find one.


89:  He-Man Masters of the Universe #1 Dodson 1:25

Both the 2012 and this 2013 #1 variant do very well and are seemingly rare.  There has been repeated auctions for a CGC 9.6 on Ebay tho it seems no one is willing to pay that price right now.


88:  Red She Hulk #58 Horn 1:50

These comics were not really talked about much until a few years back when the price starting going nuts on most issues.  A few have calmed back down, while others appear to be real ghosts.


87:  Marvel Hidden Gem variants

Too many options and too few sales, these 1:100, 1:200 and 1:500 variants are almost all under ratio with the exception of the Xmen #4 1:100.  Cool bonus but the demand seems limited.


86:  Marvel “Remastered Variants”

Same as the Hidden Gem, for the most part these 1:1000s are cool but no one wants to pony up the big bucks.   Lots of options here, prices are all over the place here, folks seem to like the Venom and Immortal Hulk the most.


85:  X-23 #15 Marvel 75th 1:50

Though I don't think there are a ton of these out there, they can be scored in auction with a 9.8 ending in late April for over 350 a month later someone nabbed a 9.8 for $266.


84:  Spider-Women Alpha #1 Lee 1:25

Raws are fetching a couple hundred, 9.8s have been just under 500 and then more recently another 9.8 sold for 500 in a fixed price setting.


83:  Tsum Tsum #4 Johnson 1:25

I wouldn't know what this book was if not for Mighty Mel V who spent a long time chasing one down.  The only completed sale recently is a 9.8 CGC that got almost $300.  That could have been a deal for someone if it turns out that these are as rare as folks project.


82: Red She Hulk #62 Lightle 1:50

Another from the impossible Red She Hulk run of variants.  Zero completed sales, a single copy up for a bold $800, I imagine this falls more in the 200 range if brought to auction unslabbed.

81:  Spawn #221 Sketch 1:25

Amazing Fantasy #15 homage covers almost always do well, they do especially well when they are an incentive from Image when almost no one was ordering 25 or more copies of Spawn.  Not sure if the Mexican edition will have an effect on the prices of the originals or not, the sketch covers in general seem pretty rare.


80:  Spawn #220 Sketch 1:50

Multiple variants for issue 220, including a 1:25 sketch of the regular cover.  This Youngblood homage is among the toughest to find from this homage variant run.


79:  Batgirl #28 Steampunk 1:25

There was a point in 2017 when this as well as a handful of other variants peaked, this seems to have stalled out with a few available copies online with asking prices from 4-800 bucks…  The market seems very disinterested at these prices, hopefully some auctions shed some light on the pricing of this comic.


78: Avengers #21 Venom 1:50

Both this and the New Avengers 21 seem to still do fairly well fetching a couple hundred in high grade, tho someone got a steal on a copy from Canada for 50 dollars in early May…

77: New Avengers #21 Venom 1:50

With no completed listings this is only available in buy it now format for several hundred, this seems to be one of the shorter printed of the Venom Variant covers of 2012.


76:  All-New Ghost Rider #1 Moore 1:50

Recent new of Robbie Rey being the Ghost Rider headed to Hulu sent this book shooting up.  What could be had for under 100.00 pre-news, will cost you double or more now.



Tune in next week for the next installment of the CBSI HOT 100 VARIANT LIST, as we continue to count down towards #1!! 


Have any of these variants? Think I got this wrong? Let your voice be heard with a comment below! 



  • A. J. Diesel

    Just fantastic material. Helps people understand the ebbs and flows of the market as well as showing off some great comics that most aren’t familiar with. Very cool. Really looking forward to the next article!!!

  • fogsmoviereviews

    Great read. Im looking forward to the rest!!

  • Ben Steiniger

    I think that not only supply killed the Venom ratio variants, but Marvel’s insistence to do them again—just so many options and all the newer ones are cheap. Great stuff Ben, so glad I can now stop answering the ‘when is the top 100 variant list coming back?’ Lol

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    That Salvation Run 7 price info is woefully out of date… but good list!

  • accustomfigures

    Great list, Ben.

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    Awesome! Cant wait for the steam punk variants to soften so I can get them at a reasonable price

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    Your states criteria for what to include on this list will eliminate many of the top, most expensive variants that people pay the biggest bucks for- Wolverine 1 /Deadpool (Campbell), UXM 510 partial sketch (Campbell), Batman 608 RRP (Lee), Saga 1 Third Printing DRS (Staples), Danger Girl 2 Ruby Red (Campbell), Siege 3 (Campbell), Sandman 8 editorial variant, etc, etc, etc. These books not on a list like this basically blows a hole through it.

    Helluva effort nonetheless though !

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      I agree. Please reconsider your criteria for what to include on this list.

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        Still a great list though! However, I disagree with the placement of #100 Wonder Woman 28 Steampunk Variant. In high grade it would sell higher than most of the 76 thru 100. The 2 recent sales around $100 were for a German version and a raw in let’s say less than NM condition. A 9.6 sold for $400 in March and a NM raw for $350 in April. A 9.6 of #76 recently sold for $230 and NM raws are selling for $150 – $200. I also think #88 Red She Hulk 58 variant should be much higher but this is not an easy list to put together so nice job so far.

    • NickeGz

      Disagree, there are other lists that include those. Store variants 🤮

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        None of those I mentioned above are are store variants.

        And here are a couple top selling variants, that are easy top 10, consistently sell in the thousands, that with their omission, blow a hole in the intended purpose of this list:

        -Spawn 185 sketch (McFarlane/Portacio)
        -Black Panther 1, partial sketch (Campbell)
        -Spawn 222 Kudranski

        • Ben C

          I dont know about blowing a hole in the list, lol…

          And if we are going to talk about wild top end books lets include the AOC Fresh Force WW, Xmen Campbell SDCC partial.

          Sandman 8 variant is along the lines of SW and IF 14 price variants, they are pre incentive variants, I opted to just not go down that road, then we get into Superman 1 variant(because there are 2 printings of the original superman #1…) and stuff like that. And 2nd 3rd printings of books are another touchy subject, all these reasons and more are why I opted to do this based on incentives and add an honorable mention at the end showing off some of the pricey and some of the just cool variants that were not incentives.

          Saga RRP would be another I would place in the top 25 or so as well.

          Appreciate the comments and such, but not sure I need multiple comments telling me to change the list or I am blowing holes in the intended purpose of the list, which for the record, the intended purpose was to get people talking which it has.

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        Thanks for the response and clarifying. As you know, “top lists” almost always stir up controversy and dissent, so I respect you putting your neck out there lol. I think the sticking point of making it only “ratio incentives” that really does leave out a lot of major books, many of the true top ones on fact. I notice you said you ate including wolverine 1 and siege 3 as those are still “incentives”, though not ratio based. By this logic you could still include the saga 1 third printing DRS (that’s not actually an “RRP”, FYI), the Batman 608 RRP, and even the convention books as they were given out as some kind of “incentive” as well, either to retailers or to customers directly. And what to do with books like spawn 185 sketch, spawn 222 that aren’t incentive based at all, and have far more credibility than that idiotic AOC book that no one will care about in 6 months ? What about books that were given out on free comic book days? Those are conceivably incentive based as well (to get customers to show up and support their LCS). So many big variants that aren’t store variants are excluded right now (although I get warning to exclude store variants).

        • Ben C

          10000% on board with the AOC book, lol. As for the JSC DP and Wolvie, they were ratio based, you had to return 50 of a DC book for one and 50 marvel covers for another. Obviously its loose there, but I sided with calling them ratio incentives.

          I also completely agree that this list will stir up controversy and debate, I look forward to it as I think its good for the community as a whole to debate things, and do their own research.

          Wonder Woman 28 is absolutely my bad and I am glad folks corrected me on it.

          With books like the Spawns that were not order based, books like SDCC Duck Tales, Campbell partial sketch covers etc, I lumped them in at the end(folks will see in week 5) in an honorable mention list that covers all the big random stuff that is not incentive order based.

          I am sure of one other thing, and that is that I will be corrected on books coming up on this list.

          FCBD books, I think, and I could be wrong, the only ones to break the 100.00 mark are Umbrella Academy, and I believe the original Mouse Guard hard cover, tho I have not seen one in a couple years.

          Store variants… I wouldnt know where to begin, and I am honestly not sure I want to go down that road, tho books like the Niobe Hoknes version are absolutely big books, no question there.

          I might be confused about the Saga 3rd print, the only Saga RRP I know of is the /500 or whatever it was that usually brings in over a grand raw.

          Appreciate the response my friend, as I appreciate all the comments. I look forward to more perspectives and opinions as we move forward through the list!

    • Ben C

      For what its worth, there is an honorable mention section following the conclusion of this that does in fact have a lot of the non incentive variants like the SDCC partial sketch covers for Xmen 510, Black Panther etc…

      As for the JSC Wolverine and Deadpool, those are incentive variants and they are on this list… They were incentives based on returns instead of purchasing but I included them none the less.

      The WW 28 was tough, as of now there are zero completed outside of the German, which I absolutely missed that it was German, good call there.

      She Hulks were tough, there are HUGE asks on some with little info to back them up.

      In the end, the intention of this effort is to get folks talking, telling me what they think as well as others.

      The only thing I am positive about is that this list is completed, I am not going to change what took a fair amount of time to finish. I did an honorable mention follow up because there are so many wild books like that AOC that gets 2-3K, the line of Partial Sketch Variants from SDCC and so on and so on.

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        There was a 9.8 Red She Hulk 58 that sold on eBay for $729 5 or 6 days ago. Seller was in Great Britain so i missed it until i changed my search results.

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    The only comic I would like to own on this list is the Lee variant of Spider-women Alpha 1. But I have a few copies of the Putri covers (same comic) which are also pretty nice art.

    • Mike Morello

      A fantastic start to an extrememly difficult task, Ben. Really well done so far. I’m looking forward to the rest.

      I’d still love both of those steampunks (WW and batgirl). I hope they fall to a point where I can get them. I do like the ‘other’ WW one, too, that’s on Superman/wonder woman. Although I’m sure that one doesn’t make the list, it’s arguably better than the straight WW one (from an artistic perspective).

      As for the venomized variants, I’m happy to see market correction on those. With so many venomized go-’rounds and more of the original ones out there than we initially realized, it makes sense that some of them would get knocked down a peg.

      Thanks again, for the hard work!

  • Adam Lebednik

    I like the groups of books as 1 entry like remastered and hidden gem.

    • Ben C

      Thanks brother, had to do it that way with a couple exceptions, debatable I should have done it with Spawn homage sketches as well as the Venom month with exceptions.

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    Methinks this list will continue to be heavily populated with Venom and Spawn variants. 😉

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    Huge thank you for putting this out. Looking forward to the next installments! WW 28 is one of my all time favorites. Another favorite of mine is that Red She-Hulk #62 Lightle. What’s also interesting about that book is that there are ZERO 9.8’s on the CGC census, only 7 total graded, and only 2 are 9.6 (I happily own one of the 9.6’s). So it’s both a ghost and very hard to find in high grade.

    • Ben C

      That RSH 62 is impossible! Great info about the census, makes you wonder what a 9.8 would command at auction if one were to get graded and sent to market!

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