Variant Comics Final Countdown
This is what you've been waiting for! Here are the top 5 most valuable comic books of the modern age (at least, the variant covers).
We also publish a list below from #1 through #100 in order of record sale.
#5: Wolverine 1 (Deadpool) Campbell Variant (2010)
Record sale: 9.8 $3,484
Minimum value raw: $1,500
Estimated to be as few as 450 copies sent out, this, simply one of J. Scott Campbell’s best, quickly became a fan favorite, and its overall rarity caused its prices to soar.
#4: Amazing Spider-man 678 Quinones Venom Variant (Mary Jane) (2012)
Record sale: 9.8 $3,500
Recent sale: 9.6 $2,606, 8/17
Minimum raw value: $2,000
Instantly recognizable by anyone in the hobby, this was a hit right out of the gate, quickly became an iconic image of the variant comics modern era, and is what's largely to thanks for the entire trend of "Venomized" covers.
There’s just something about the idea of the Venom symbiote overtaking Mary Jane, and the slick cover swipe that Joe Quinones came up with that immediately resonated with collectors and became instantly iconic.
Be careful when shopping for this cover, as there are reprints of this though those have become valuable in their own right, as this comic’s prices continue to rise.
#3: Danger Girl 2 Ruby Red Smoking Gun Variant, Campbell (1998)
Record sale: 9.8 $5,000
Minimum value raw: $1,500
Very difficult to find and almost never offered for sale anywhere, this early pin-up style work by J. Scott Campbell features the protagonist in a very provocative pose in a manner that the artist would later become very well known for.
Be careful when buying, as this has been reprinted multiple times (although even the reprints can sell for a couple hundred dollars).
#2: Batman 608 Retailer Incentive Edition (RRP) Lee (2002)
Record sale: 9.8 $5,500
Recent Sale: 9.8 $3,650, 10/17
Minimum value raw: $1,500
One of the earliest variant comics of the retailer incentive kind, approximately 500 of these with a special Jim Lee cover were given out directly to retailers who attended the Retailer Roundtable Program (RRP) event hosted by DC.
This book also features the first appearance of and is Part One of the legendary storyline Hush.
#1: Amazing Spider-man 667 Dell'otto Variant (2011)
Record sale: 9.8 $10,000
Minimum value raw: $2,000
Said to have as few as 225 copies printed, this stunning variant comics cover was the first modern variant to break the five figure threshold, and was followed by a sale of a 9.6 for $8,000 shortly thereafter.
Originally intended to be a 1 for 100 qualifying order for retailers, Marvel thought it was being cute by not announcing this Gabriele Dell'otto cover until after ordering was already closed for the month, and then only giving retailers a few days to act (assuming they even saw it).
End result: almost no-one ordered it, turning this issue of Amazing Spider-Man into one of the rarest of all time, and, naturally, one of the most sought after.
This Variant Comics Top 100 is a work in progress.
While the record price shown below is not in the exact order, the most recent sales have been used to determine each book's approximate position on this table.
We will update this from time to time as more sales data emerges.
Amazing Spider-Man #667 Del'otto Variant
Batman #608 Retailer Incentive Variant
Danger Girl #2 Ruby Red Smoking Gun Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #678 Quinones Venom Variant
Wolverine #1 Deadpool Variant
Uncanny X-Men #510 Sketch Cover
Star Wars Vader Down #1 Zdarsky Sketch
Spawn #185 Portacio Sketch
Siege #3 Deadpool Variant
Walking Dead #100 Red Foil Lucille Variant
Edge of Spider-Verse #2 Land Variant
Saga #1 DRS Third Printing Retailer Incentive
Spawn #222 Kudranski Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #25 Remastered Edition
Black Panther Sketch Variant
Venom #1 McFarlane Variant
Ultimate (Comics) Spider-Man #1 Pichelli Sketch
Batman/Superman #4 Turner German Variant
Uncanny X-Force #20 Renaud Venom Variant
X-23 #1 Del'otto Variant
Captain Marvel #14 Conner Variant
Ultimate Fallout #4 Djurdjevic Variant
Ms. Marvel #2 Molina Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #700 Ditko Variant
Wolverine #145 Nabisco Variant
Marvel Collectible Classics ASM #300 Chromium
Spawn #189 McFarlane Sketch Variant
ASM Presents Black Cat #1 Campbell Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #678 Campbell Variant
Invincible Iron Man #512 Stroman Venom Variant
Wolverine #310 Platt Color Variant
Spawn #1 Black and White Edition
Incredible Hulks #635 Granov Variant
All New Wolverine #19 Mattina Sketch Variant
Venom #6 McFarlane Variant
Sex Criminals #6 Brimception Variant
Superman/Batman #7 Dell'otto French Variant
Uncanny X-Men #297 Gold Pressman Edition
Supergirl and the LSH #23 Hughes Variant
Superior Spider-Man #20 Campbell Variant
Venomverse #1 Remastered Sketch Edition
Amazing Spider-Man #648 Campbell Color Variant
Journey into Mystery Hans Venom Variant
Captain Marvel #17 2nd Printing
Wonder Woman #38 Finch Variant
Rick and Morty #1 Roiland Variant
Incredible Hulk #377 3rd Printing
Adventure Comics #515 Bermejo Variant
Incredible Hulk #4 Del Mundo Venom Variant
Captain America #7 Perkins Venom Variant
Venomverse #1 Remastered Color Edition
X-O Manowar #1 Brushed Metal Variant
Uncanny X-Force #5 Manara Variant
Shadowman #13 Davis Variant
Red Hood: Lost Days #1 Mattina Variant
Gotham City Sirens #1 Jones Variant
Black Widow #6 Campbell Variant
Deadpool #45 Horn Variant
Batman #1 Capullo Sketch Edition
Transformers MTMTE #19 Retailer Incentive Edition
Spawn #227 McFarlane Sketch Variant
Star Wars #1 Luke Skywalker Action Figure Sketch
New Mutants #1 Kubert Sketch Variant
Hellboy: The Fury #3 Retailer Incentive Edition
Wolverine v3 #66 Turner Sketch Variant
Mighty Thor #10 Parel Venom Variant
Wolverine #310 Platt Sketch Variant
Spawn #185 McFarlane Headless Variant
Amazing Spider-Man #569 2nd Printing
Divinity #1 LaRosa Variant
Bloodshot Salvation Brushed Metal Variant
Venom #12 Del Mundo Venom Variant
Champions #1 Hawthorne Variant
Harley Quinn Hughes Variant
Walking Dead #100 Ottley Sketch Edition
Teen Titans #75 Hughes Variant
Punisher #2 Opena Variant
Danger Girl #2 Platinum Smoking Gun Variant
X-23 #1 Djurdjevic Variant
Cable and X-Force #1 Deodata Variant
Ultimate Spider-Man #1 Quesada 'White' Variant
X-Men #23 Christopher Venom Variant
Wonder Woman #28 Jones 'Steampunk' Variant
Avengers #21 Barberi Venom Variant
Wolverine and the X-Men #4 Brooks Venom Variant
Batman #655 Kubert Variant
G. I. Joe #21 Silver Foil Variant
Hulk #16 McGuiness Variant
Wonder Woman #600 Hughes Sketch Variant
Winter Soldier #1 Dell'otto Variant
Wolverine Origins #10 Retailer Incentive 3rd Claw
Howard the Duck #1 Lim Variant
Dirty Pair from the Future #1 Hughes Variant
Moon Knight #1 Sienkiewicz Variant
Guardians of the Galaxy #4 Campbell Variant
Wolverine the Best There Is #1 Dell'otto Variant
Incredible Hulk #100 Gray Hulk Turner Variant
Harley Quinn #1 Bulletproof Comics Pink Edition
Uncanny X-Men #510 Campbell Color Variant
Uncanny X-Men #500 Turner Sketch Edition
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