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.

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10. U.S.Avengers (2017) No. 1 — 64 Variants

It’s a fun, if in some cases head-scratching, concept: an Avenger to represent every U.S. state (and then some). That’s fifty unique covers right off the bat, plus Canada, Puerto Rico, and the usual handful of blank covers and the like. This one’s almost cheating. And how again is Tigra in Arkansas?

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9. Harley Quinn (2016) No. 1 — 79 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 seventy-five gorgeous variant covers. Think her inevitable next relaunch can go higher?

Star Wars (2014) No. 1

8. Star Wars (2015) No. 1 — 85 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-four 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

7. 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-three kick-ass variant covers lit up the release of Detective Comics (1937) No. 1000.

Vampirella (2019)

6. Vampirella (2019) No. 1 — 89 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 89 different variants.

5. Dark Knight III: The Master Race (2016) No. 1 — 91 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 ninety-two variant covers came with it, including a 1:5000 original art cover by Jim Lee. After just five issues, the entire series generated 146 (!) total covers.

4. (tie) Batman (2016) No. 50 — 104 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.

3. (tie) 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 …

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!

5 Replies to “Top 10 Issues With The Most Variants”

  1. Dear Sir
    With the 151 store variants of The Walking Dead’s 15th anniversary edition, there are now 246 different covers of its #1 (2003). I can provide the details if you wish.
    Suggest update your top 10.
    Kind regards

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