Valiant's new Quantum and Woody! #1 — written by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Daniel Kibblesmith with art by Kano — doesn't go on sale until this Wednesday. But, as announced by Valiant this morning, it's already sold out at Diamond.
However, for retailers looking to replenish their supply in the New Year, the issue will be going straight to a third printing… with Valiant only be producing ONE copy of the second to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
This rarest-of-rare Valiant collectible — perhaps the scarcest second printing variant ever produced by a major publisher — is currently being auctioned off to raise funds for the CBLDF, who are hosting it for auction on eBay here.
Here's Valiant's breakdown of the scenario, including a very memorable quote from Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani:
Valiant is proud to announce that QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the ALL-NEW and UNPREDICTABLE ONGOING SERIES from rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Night With Stephen Colbert) and dazzling artist extraordinaire Kano (Daredevil) – has sold out at the distributor level in advance of its upcoming Wednesday, December 20th release date and will soon return to store shelves with a special, highly limited QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 SECOND PRINTING!
…So limited, in fact, that we're only printing ONE COPY and immediately going back to press for the QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 THIRD PRINTING!
Yes, you read that right: To officiate the imminent return of the world's worst superhero team to comic shops everywhere, Valiant will be producing a single-copy second printing of its newest monthly series debut. In turn, this sacrosanct relic of comic book collectibility will then be entrusted to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), who are currently hosting an auction of the sole copy of the QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 SECOND PRINTING anywhere in existence. The resulting proceeds from its sale will be used to further the CBLDF's ongoing mission to protect the First Amendment and the freedom to read.
Visit the CBLDF's eBay auction here to enter your bid anytime now through Sunday, December 24th. But don't delay…this is one item so rare, it almost doesn't exist!
"We've finally done it – we made a comic so rare that even Steve Geppi can't have it," said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. "Unless he gets it on eBay in the next week."
So, let's try this again: Valiant is proud to announce that QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of blah blah blah – is *still* sold out at the distributor level and (drum roll please) will soon return to store shelves with the QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 THIRD PRINTING!
Arriving in stores on January 31st alongside QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #2, start reading here as Valiant's masters of disaster begin a brazen new era in the QUANTUM AND WOODY! (2017) #1 THIRD PRINTING!
Quantum and Woody! #1 hits stands this Wednesday (with no less than five kinds of authentic 90s foil covers); the second printing will arrive on January 31st with Quantum and Woody! #2.