DC Comics Liquidates Rare Variant Covers Including 1:300 Jim Lee Sketch Covers

DC Comics has pushed and promoted comics over the last few years with tiered variant covers, available to those who ordered more of the standard cover. 1:25, 1:50, 1:100, even 1:300 rare variant covers, pushing retailers to order more and more of the comic, and then letting them sell the covers at a premium.

But can that premium be justified? Possibly, if the covers are as rare as DC Comics says and are only available if a retailer orders a lot of standard covers.

But less justifiable if, after a few years, remainders of those self-same covers are sold again to retailers as if they were standard covers, for the standard price of a standard comic.

And diluted any possible collectable value overnight.

DC Comics has been offering such deals to retailers a few time over recent months. Here are the latest batch.

But what incentive do retailers and customers have to place value on current tiered variants if this is where they'll end up in a few years?

SUPERMAN #23 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #30 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #31 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #32 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #33 BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION 1:50
SUPERMAN #33 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #35 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #36 ROMITA JANSON VARIANT EDITION 1:100
SUPERMAN #36 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #37 ROMITA JANSON VARIANT EDITION 1:100
SUPERMAN #37 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #38 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #39 ROMITA JANSON VARIANT EDITION 1:100
SUPERMAN #39 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #40 ROMITA JANSON VARIANT EDITION 1:100
SUPERMAN #40 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN #50 CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 75TH ANNIV VAR ED 1930S COVER 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 75TH ANNIV VAR ED GOLDEN AGE 1:75
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 75TH ANNIV VAR ED SILVER AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 75TH ANNIV VAR ED BRONZE AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 75TH ANNIV VAR ED MODERN AGE 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 75TH ANNIV VAR ED LUTHOR COVER 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 75TH ANNIV VAR ED NEW 52 COVER Tiered
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 75TH ANNIV VAR ED REBORN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 BLACK & WHITE VAR ED 1:300
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 75TH ANNIV VAR ED 1930S COVER 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 75TH ANNIV VAR ED GOLDEN AGE 1:75
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 75TH ANNIV VAR ED SILVER AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 75TH ANNIV VAR ED MODERN AGE 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 75TH ANNIV VAR ED BRONZE AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 75TH ANNIV VAR ED REBORN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 75TH ANNIV VAR ED NEW 52 COVER Tiered
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #2 75TH ANNIV VAR ED VILLAIN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3 75TH ANNIV VAR ED 1930S COVER 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3 75TH ANNIV VAR ED GOLDEN AGE 1:75
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3 75TH ANNIV VAR ED SILVER AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3 75TH ANNIV VAR ED BRONZE AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3 75TH ANNIV VAR ED MODERN AGE 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3 75TH ANNIV VAR ED REBORN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3 75TH ANNIV VAR ED NEW 52 COVER Tiered
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #3 75TH ANNIV VAR ED VILLAIN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4 BLACK & WHITE VAR ED 1:300
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4 75TH ANNIV VAR ED 1930S COVER 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4 75TH ANNIV VAR ED GOLDEN AGE 1:75
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4 75TH ANNIV VAR ED SILVER AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4 75TH ANNIV VAR ED BRONZE AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4 75TH ANNIV VAR ED MODERN AGE 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4 75TH ANNIV VAR ED REBORN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #4 75TH ANNIV VAR ED NEW 52 COVER 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 BLACK & WHITE VAR ED 1:300
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 75TH ANNIV VAR ED 1930S COVER 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 75TH ANNIV VAR ED GOLDEN AGE 1:75
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 75TH ANNIV VAR ED SILVER AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 75TH ANNIV VAR ED BRONZE AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 75TH ANNIV VAR ED MODERN AGE 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 75TH ANNIV VAR ED REBORN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 75TH ANNIV VAR ED VILLAIN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #5 75TH ANNIV VAR ED NEW 52 COVER Tiered
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 BLACK & WHITE VAR ED 1:300
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 75TH ANNIV VAR ED 1930S COVER 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 75TH ANNIV VAR ED GOLDEN AGE 1:75
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 75TH ANNIV VAR ED SILVER AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 75TH ANNIV VAR ED BRONZE AGE 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 75TH ANNIV VAR ED MODERN AGE 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 75TH ANNIV VAR ED REBORN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 75TH ANNIV VAR ED VILLAIN CVR 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #6 75TH ANNIV VAR ED NEW 52 COVER Tiered
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #7 JOCK VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #7 KUBERT VARIANT EDITION 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #7 JIM LEE BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #8 NGUYEN VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #8 REIS PRADO VARIANT EDITION 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #8 BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION 1:100
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #9 FINCH VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #9 HITCH VARIANT EDITION 1:50
SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #9 B&W VARIANT EDITION 1:100
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #8 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
SWAMP THING #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TEEN TITANS #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TEEN TITANS #2 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TEEN TITANS #3 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TEEN TITANS #6 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TEEN TITANS #22 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TEEN TITANS #28 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TELOS #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TITANS HUNT #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TOM STRONG AND THE PLANET OF PERIL #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TRINITY OF SIN #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TRINITY OF SIN #2 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TRINITY OF SIN #3 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #2 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
THE UNWRITTEN VOL 2 APOCALYPSE #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:13
WE ARE ROBIN #1 VARIANT EDITION 1;25
WE ARE ROBIN #2 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
WE ARE ROBIN #3 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
WOLF MOON #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:13
WONDER WOMAN #21 VARIANT EDITION 1:25
WONDER WOMAN #36 BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION 1:50
WONDER WOMAN #36 VARIANT EDITION 1:100
WONDER WOMAN #37 BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION 1:50
WONDER WOMAN #37 VARIANT EDITION 1:100
WONDER WOMAN #38 BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION 1:50
WONDER WOMAN #39 BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION 1:50
WONDER WOMAN #39 VARIANT EDITION 1:100
WONDER WOMAN #40 BLACK & WHITE VARIANT EDITION 1:50
WONDER WOMAN #40 VARIANT EDITION 1:100
WONDER WOMAN '77 SPECIAL #1 VARIANT EDITION 1:25

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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