DC Comics Lines Up Two Titles For Retailer Exclusive Variant Covers – But You Only Have Three Days To Decide

While Marvel Comics seems to be settling on around 7 or 8 exclusive retailer covers a month – that few retailers seem to take up – DC Comics seems to have plumped for one or two – and gets a much better take-up as a result. So in March, DC Comics are offering up Strange Adventures #1 and the Robin 80th 100-pg. Super Spectacular #1, in April they will be doing similar with another two.

Namely, the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 and The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. As DC Comics says,

Each retailer custom cover features unique artwork available exclusively to your store. The covers will be created by a top comics artist that you choose, pending DC's approval.

Yeah, you can't just ask for Jim Lee. Here are the details for Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.

DC commemorates this event with a huge soiree, invite-only, packed with creators who mean the most to Catwoman, and to whom she means the most! Stories featured in this issue include a tail-sorry, tale-that takes place at the end of the Brubaker/Stewart Catwoman run, in honor of artist Darwyn Cooke. Plus, Catwoman is caught by an exotic cat collector, runs into a wannabe thief trying to prove himself as her apprentice, encounters a mystery involving memorabilia from alternate continuities, and of course some Bat/Cat fun.

This issue features stories by Ed Brubaker, Paul Dini, Tom King, Ann Nocenti, Mindy Newell, Will Pfeifer and others, with art by Cameron Stewart, Mikel Jana­n, Adam Hughes, Emanuela Lupacchino, Steve Rude, Jim Balent, Tula Lotay and others.

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a Prestige Format special solicited in the February DC Previews with an on-sale date of April 15 and a cover price of $9.99 US.

Interested retailers must contact Dustin Kitchens, DC's Sales Specialist, no later than Friday, January 24th. You have four days. And all orders for custom retail variants must be finalized by Friday, February 21st. As for the Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1…

The Joker has been the greatest villain in comics since his debut and to celebrate we have a who's who of comics' finest talent giving the Harlequin of Hate the birthday roast he deserves. The stories feature a range of terror and anarchy, showing how the Joker has impacted Gotham City from the police to Arkham Asylum, from the local underworld to the Dark Knight and his allies! Make sure to RSVP to this birthday bash — you wouldn't want to wake up with a Joker Fish on your doorstep, would you?

This issue features stories by Brian Azzarello, Paul Dini, Dennis O'Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, James Tynion IV and others, with art by Raphael Albuquerque, Lee Bermejo, Simone Bianchi, Tony S. Daniel, Mikel Janín, Jose Luis García-López, Eduardo Risso, Riley Rossmo and others.

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a Prestige Format special solicited in the February DC Previews with an on-sale date of April 29 and a cover price of $9.99 US.

This time, interested retailers must contact Stuart Schreck, DC's Manager – Sales, again no later than Friday, January 24th. And all orders for custom retail variants must be finalized by Friday, March 6th. So chop-chop.

DC Comics Lines Up Two Titles For Retailer Exclusive Variant Covers - But You Only Have Four Days To Decide

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