Don't you just hate it when a new series comes out, or when a current series puts out it's new issue; and there are 2,3,4,...10 Different Variant Covers?
I remember in the 90's, Marvel started doing story lines that sprawled across multiple series. "Maximum Carnage 1-14" for Spider-Man comes to mind. Back when Marvel almost went bankrupt. (Did they go bankrupt? I can't remember) Anyway, Lately I have been seeing a significant increase in Variant Covers for comic books.
Let me tell you, although the art work is ALWAYS AMAZING! As a collector, this is infuriating. I'm the kind of guy who tries to get the complete run of a series. Now with multiple upon multiple variant covers for issues, this poses a monumental hurdle. I'm not ridiculously wealthy. I can't afford to buy 10 issues of the same darn book, just because there are multiple variants done by different artists.
I mean, it's really cool when a guest artist does a cover for an issue, Todd McFarlane, John Byrne and the like, but when you have 10 different artists, doing 10 different covers; it really puts a strain on the readers wallet.
I had an AMAZING conversation today with John Engel, District Manager and Super Fan boy from New Dimensions Comics. While we both appreciate the art, we were both agreed that this "Catch 22" of comic books is rather stressful and annoying.
For example, "The Walking Dead" Reprints of issue #1 have over 26 variant covers. 26!!!!!!! To quote Jason Mewes from "Dogma"; "...What The Shit Is That?..."
"...I get why they do it. But you're right Spike. It is a bit much to expect readers and fans to get every single one..." He says rocking his much awesome face armor. (beard)
I love the art that goes into the issues. I really do. However, isn't the goal to KEEP your fans, not drive them away by emptying their wallets each month to the point that they stop reading?
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