I’ve gone on record as saying that I’m not a fan of the possible effect chase covers can have on the industry, but at the same time, there are some damn cool covers out there and I will pick them up when I love the art, mostly AS art.
Some older variant covers I got in the mail as part of a larger back issue order (on the cheap)…Great art!
Araña #1 by Joe Quesada
Conan #31 by Mike Mignola
I passed these up the first time around due to the jacked up price, but seeing them around cover price way farther down the road? I’m in! These are from 2005 & 2006, before they were giving the 1:25 (or whatever) ratios on chase covers, so I’m not sure how rare they are. Maybe they were common variants at the time, if someone has better info on this, leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.
Second up is a 1:100 chase cover from this week. The Milo Manara chase cover from Inhuman #1 featuring Medusa. I love Manara’s art and have been picking up these chase covers when I can (so far I’m only missing the Black Widow one, I believe). Fortunately, my LCS owner is pretty decent on pricing chase covers so I don’t get hit too hard on these. But this bottom line applies: if you are happy paying the price for a book purely as a piece of art to display you’ll never go wrong. I don’t buy these as investments. Medusa is going on my spinner rack right now!
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