Top 10 Issues With The Most Variants

TOP 10 ISSUES WITH THE MOST VARIANTS

Love them or hate them, variant covers are a big part of the comic book industry. Here are the single issues with the highest number of variant covers to date.

10. Stray Dogs: Dog Days (2021) No. 1 — 73 Variants

Seventy-three variants for a series about dogs feels a wee bit excessive, but when they’re all homages to classic horror film posters, we’re in.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin (2020) No. 1

9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin (2020) No. 1 — 76 Variants

Originally planned as a follow-up story from a TMNT arc in the late 80’s, The Last Ronin eventually hit shelves in 2020 with seventy-six variants and a whopping 130,000 issues printed. Cowabunga, indeed!

Harley Quinn (2016) No. 1

8. Harley Quinn (2016) No. 1 — 82 Variants

The insanely popular Harley Quinn was fresh off her smash film debut in The Suicide Squad when DC Comics relaunched her solo title for the third time, releasing eighty-two gorgeous variant covers. Think her inevitable next relaunch can go higher?

Star Wars Marvel Comic No. 1

7. Star Wars (2015) No. 1 — 83 Variants

Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 returned to Marvel after decades at Dark Horse Comics. And they returned in a big way with eighty-three variant covers ranging from comic shop exclusives to a seventh printing, Star Wars (2015) No. 1 was the top-selling single-issue of a comic book in the past twenty years.

Detective Comics (1937) No. 1000

6. (tie) Detective Comics (1937) No. 1000 — 86 Variants

This may almost settle who’s the King of DC Comics once and for all … Although Superman was the first to hit 1,000 issues in Action Comics (1938) a few months prior, his milestone was only celebrated with 54 variant covers. Batman? Eighty-six kick-ass variant covers lit up the release of Detective Comics (1937) No. 1000.

Vampirella (2019)

6. (tie) Vampirella (2019) No. 1 — 86 Variants

Pretty much every issue of Vampirella from any of her dozens and dozens of series has a mountain of variant covers, but the IDW Publishing relaunch in 2019 topped them all with a whooping 86 different covers.

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5. Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters (2011) No. 1 — 104 Variants

King of The Monsters and King of the Comic Book Variants, IDW Publishing’s Godzillia relaunch went nuts with 93 retailer variants alone. Your move King Kong …

Dark Knight III: The Master Race No. 1

4. Dark Knight III: The Master Race (2016) No. 1 — 106 Variants

Third time’s the charm? After a disappointing sequel to his original masterpiece, Frank Miller returned to tell one more chapter of The Dark Knight, and 106 variant covers came with it, including a 1:5000 original art cover by Jim Lee. After just nine issues, the entire series generated 190 (!) total covers.

3. Batman (2016) No. 50 — 108 Variants

The (almost) wedding of the century! The Dark Knight and Catwoman tie the knot (or do they?) in Tom King’s landmark issue of the Caped Crusader, and fans had an avalanche of variants to RSVP for.

2. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 666 — 145 Variants

What? A single issue with the lots of variant covers that isn’t a No. 1 issue? And oddly enough, it’s the devil’s number — No. 666 of the original volume of The Amazing Spider-Man. The issue kicked of the prologue of the Spider-Island event, but was in no other way special. Still, one-hundred and forty-five different covers is a pretty tall order. How’d they do it? 141 various comic shop variants help. Of course, the number one spot had help from comic shops too …

1. The Walking Dead (2003) No. 1 — 253 Variants

The first issue of Image Comic’s wildly popular The Walking Dead has a bit of an odd path to its two-hundred forty-six (and counting) variant covers. Not all variant covers of the first issue of Robert Kirkman’s zombie saga were released at the same time. As its popularity grew, and exploded with AMC’s hit television show in 2010, the first issue was reprinted, re-issued, and given lots and lots of new covers. What really pushed it over the top? 157 store variants. One. Hundred. Fifty. SEVEN!

Top 10 Most Valuable Key Spider-Man Issues Of All Time

Top 10 Most Valuable Key Spider-Man Issues Of All Time

Easily one of the most popular (and profitable) characters ever, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s puny teenager that gets bitten by a radioactive spider has made Peter Parker and Spider-Man household names. Here are the Top 10 Most Valuable Key Issues Of Spider-Man Comics Of All Time. Hint: They’re almost all from the Web-Head’s very beginning—the 1960’s.

10. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 15 – $3,400

First Appearance: Kraven The Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff)

Kicking off what’s basically a march of Spider-Man bad guy first appearances from his very early days, the debut of Kraven the Hunter comes in at number ten on our list.

9. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 13 – $4,200

First Appearance: Mysterio (Quentin Beck)

A bit of a crossover bad guy, Mysterio has had some memorable storylines with Daredevil as well, but it’s cool, fish bowl helmet and ability to make Spider-Man doubt his own senses that have forever cemented him as one of the web-head’s best villains.

8. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 6 – $5,000

First Appearance: The Lizard (Curt Connors)

Benefitting from being an early issue of the first The Amazing Spider-Man series, and one of the more complicated characters in Spidey’s rogue’s gallery, The Lizard first appeared in issue number six.

7. (tie) The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 14 – $6,100

First Appearance: Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)

THE biggest of Spider-Man foes has probably the deepest ties to the character of any villain he’s faced. The first appearance of the Green Goblin is a criminally under-valued key issue in our opinion.

7. (tie) The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 9 – $6,100

First Appearance: Electro (Maxwell Dillon)

Sporting one of the greatest customs—hero or villain—ever, Max Dillon “shocked” the world (get it?) and Spider-Man early on in The Amazing Spider-Man.

6. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 4 – $6,200

First Appearance: Sandman (William Baker), Betty Brant

Is there any other title where the hero faces so many classic baddies in their first 10 issues? Sandman’s first clocks in here.

5. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) Annual No. 1 – $6,300

First Appearance: Sinister Six

How many bad guys does it take to bring down our hero? If you asked him, he’d probably say just one, but that didn’t stop six of them from forming an early super-villain group.

4. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 2 – $7,200

First Appearance: Vulture (Adrian Toomes), Tinkerer (Phineas Mason)

This issue gives us a two-for-one first appearance key for Spider-Man villains! Although the Vulture remains popular today, the Tinkerer definitely had his time to shine back in the 60s.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 3 – $11,800

First Appearance: Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius)

Not the oldest of his foes (that honor would go to theChameleon), together with the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus is probably the most well-known Spidey villain there is. He started tormenting our hero right here.

Amazing Spider-Man 1 1963

2. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 1 – $82,000

First Appearance: J. Jonah Jameson, John Jameson, Chameleon (Dmitri Smerdyakov)

It didn’t take long for the web-slinger to get his own amazing title, and it wouldn’t be the last. Dozens of titles (Web of Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, etc.) and volumes of those titles have continued over the decades since Spider-Man’s debut.

Amazing Fantasy Spider-Man 15

1. Amazing Fantasy (1961) No. 15 — $355,000

First Appearance: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson

An absolute comic book grail for collectors, the issue that started it all is heads and shoulders above all others on this list.

Top 10 Most Valuable Comic Books From The 90’s

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Generally considered a decade best forgotten since it nearly wrecked the comic book industry for good, the 1990’s nonetheless still managed to produce some real gems for collectors. Not necessarily the best, or the best sellers, here’s our list of the Top 10 Most Valuable Comic Books From The 90’s.

Also See: The Top 10 Most Valuable Comic Books From The 80’s

10. The Invincible Iron Man (1968) No. 282 ($160)

The first War Machine armor has picked up some steam since its inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Jim Rhodes’ adventures has always been popular with fans.

G.I. Joe Special 1

9. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) Special No. 1 ($175)

One of the first Spider-Man (1990) No. 1 homage covers, this hard to find special featuring Todd McFarlane art on the cover is among the most valuable G.I. Joe issues for fans.

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 361

8. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 361 ($200)

The 90’s Venom, Carnage’s first appearance has picked up plenty of steam over the years, making this a much sought after issue from 1992.

Venom: Lethal Protector (1991) No. 1 Gold Foil

7. Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) No. 1 (Gold Cover) ($325)

Much like the Black Cover below, this one isn’t as easy to find as the main red foil cover, but being the 90’s and all, it does have foil on it!

Spawn (1992) No. 1 Black and White Cover

6. Spawn (1992) No. 1 (Black and White Cover) ($350)

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn was something completely different when it kicked off in 1992, and it continues to this day as one of the longest running uninterrupted titles in comics. This special 1997 reprint variant is one of Spawn collector’s most valued issues in the entire series.

The New Mutants (1983) No. 98 Deadpool

5. The New Mutants (1983) No. 98 ($500)

Deadpool’s first appearance (along with Gideon and Copycat, but that’s probably not why collectors love this issue) has been a hit almost since it hit the shelves in February 1991. Rob Liefeld’s creation has gone on to become one of Marvel’s most popular characters.

Batman Beyond (1999) No. 1

4. Batman Beyond (1999) No. 1 (Newsstand Cover) ($600)

Much like Harley Quinn’s first appearance, this TV spin-off introduced Batman Beyond (Terry McGinnis) to the printed page. And much like Harley Quinn, Batman Beyond has only grown in popularity over the decades.

The Batman Adventures (1992) No. 12

3. The Batman Adventures (1992) No. 12 ($650)

The first appearance of Harley Quinn added a whole new dimension to Batman’s rogue’s gallery when she debuted in 1993. Her first proper appearance in the main DC Universe continuity wouldn’t be until 1999’s Batman: Harley Quinn (1999), but collectors consider this issue adapting the popular cartoon of the time the one to own.

Venom: Lethal Protector (1991) No. 1 Black and White Error

2. Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) No. 1 (Black Cover) and (White Cover) (tie) ($1,500 each)

His first solo title, Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) is pretty easy to find in back issue boxes these days. These black or white error covers? Not so much.

1. Bone (1991) No. 1 ($6,000)

Jeff Smith’s indie classic kicked the 90’s off with promise, and decades later the character’s popularity endures.

The Most Valuable Comic Books From Every Decade

Comic book collecting is more than a hobby for some collectors. It’s big money for those that invest in the right books at the right time—and are will to part with them when the time is right to sell.

Sometimes it’s the age of the book that makes it rare and valuable. Sometimes it’s a key issue with a popular first appearance of a character. And sometimes, it’s the art on the cover that makes it an in demand issue.

Whatever the case, collectors have been shelling out big bucks for decades on comic books. Below are the most valuable comic books from every decade. Have any of these laying around?

The Most Valuable Comic Books From The 60s

1. Amazing Fantasy (1961) No. 15 — $355,000

Marvel Comics’ flagship character changed how superhero comics would be written forever. Stan Lee’s story of a puny teenager (Peter Parker) who had to balance power and responsibility after being bitten by a radioactive spider and becoming Spider-Man showed that readers could care about the person behind the mask.

2. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 1 — $175,000
3. The Incredible Hulk (1962) No. 1 — $110,00


The Most Valuable Comic Books From The 80s

1. The Incredible Hulk (1968) No. 181 — $12,000

The first full appearance of Wolverine (see No. 180 for his “other” first appearance) is King Of The 70’s and has been for quite awhile. Collectors just can’t get enough of Len Wein and Herb Trimpe’s Canadian mutant.

2. Star Wars (1977) No. 1 (Price Variant) — $9,500
3. Giant-Size X-Men (1975) No. 1 — $7,300


The Most Valuable Comic Books From The 80s

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1984) No. 1 — $12,500

Cowabunga! The first appearance of Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphel, Donatello, Shredder, and Splinter are the top dogs (turtles?) of the 1980’s in terms of value, with their cartoons, movies, and other merchandise fueling nostalgic dreams of owning their first comic book appearance.

2. Albedo (1983) No. 2 — $4,000
3. Superman: Bradman Family Special Edition (1988) — $3,750


The Most Valuable Comic Books From The 90s

1. Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) No. 1 (Black Cover) and (White Cover) (tie) — $1,500 each

His first solo title, Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) is pretty easy to find in back issue boxes these days. These black or white error covers? Not so much.

2. The Batman Adventures (1992) No. 12 — $650
3. Batman Beyond (1999) No. 1 (Newsstand Cover) — $600


The Most Valuable Comic Books From The 00s

1. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 667 (Dell’Otto Variant) — $9,500

The Variant Age begins! The 2000’s really kicked up the concept of multiple covers, and almost from its release this Gabrielle Dell’Otto variant for The Amazing Spider-Man has been one of the rarest, most sought after variants out there.

2. Spawn (1993) No. 185 (Sketch Cover) — $5,500
3. Invincible (2003) No. 1 — $3,000

Top 10 Most Valuable Comic Books From The 2000’s

Most Valuable Comic Books From 2000s

The Variant Age begins! After the downer that was the 90s, publishers roared back in the 2000’s with a sure-fire way to sell more comics—variants. Why stop at one cover for an issue when you can release 45 (looking at you Dynamite Entertainment)? Below are the Top 10 Most Valuable Comic Books From The 2000’s.

Also See: The Top 10 Most Valuable Comic Books From The 90’s

Star Wars: Jedi Vs. Sith (2001) No. 1

10. Star Wars: Jedi vs. Sith (2001) No. 1 (Newsstand Cover) ($600)

The first appearance of Darth Bane (and Darth Zannah for the Darth Z fans out there) from Dark Horse Comics has become a big dollar book for collectors, even more so for the rare newsstand version of the cover.

NYX (2004) No. 3

9. NYX (2004) No. 3 ($650)

Another first appearance, this time for Wolverine’s clone, X-23 (Laura Kinney). NYX by Joe Quesada and Josh Middleton stands out for this issue alone.

Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel (2009)

8. Adam: Legend Of The Blue Marvel (2009) No. 1 ($700)

The first appearance of Blue Marvel (Adam Brashear) and Anti-Man (Conner Sims) has sent MCU speculators into speculation overdrive. Add to that the issue’s low print run, and a modern grail is born.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) No. 1

7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) No. 1 ($750)

First appearances fuel this specific issue twice on this list. The first time here at number seven, with comic book firsts in for fan favorites from the animated series, Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.

The Walking Dead (2003) No. 1

6. The Walking Dead (2003) No. 1 ($1,000)

It’s the first appearance of Sheriff Rick Grimes, but really it was a (for awhile) mega-successful television series a decade after this issue’s first release that drives the high prices on Robert Kirkman’s undead saga.

Batman (1940) No. 608

5. Batman (1940) No. 608 (Special Edition Cover) ($2,000)

An early decade variant (from 2002), this special edition cover featuring insanely awesome artwork by Jim Lee is a must-have for collectors of The Dark Knight.

4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) No. 1 (Variant Cover) ($2,200)

The second appearance of this issue on this list, this time it’s the rare variant cover commanding collector’s dollars.

3. Invincible (2003) No. 1 ($3,000)

TONS of first appearances, including Invincible (Mark Grayson), Omni-Man, Deborah Grayson, Titan, William Clockwell, David Hiles, Atom Eve (cameo), and Science Dog (cameo), together with The Walking Dead, it might be safe to say Robert Kirkman was the King of the 2000s.

2. Spawn (1993) No. 185 ($5,500)

THE book to own for Spawn fans. This extremely rare issue from 2008, is one of five variants for issue number 185, but it’s easily the most valuable for that or any other issue in the entire Spawn series.

1. The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) No. 667 (Dell’Otto Cover) ($9,500)

Of course a variant would take the top spot on this list. Easily one of the most coveted, hard to find issues of The Amazing Spider-Man (or any other series), this masterpiece by Gabrielle Dell’Otto holds no first appearances of note, no important storyline developments, nothing like that. It just checks the collector boxes: 1) Impossible to find, 2) Worth a lot of money, and 3) Fantastic cover art.