Another alternate black cover. Well, mostly black. Too bad it has a big ol’ UPC code box stuck out there.
Eliminator was a four-issue mini-series (if you count the 0 issue it ran from 0-3). The No. 1 had two versions. One is the Black Cover Edition ($3.95 cover price) and the other has a regular illustrated cover ($2.50).
I don’t think it had anything to do with Black September. I guess the black cover was just so you couldn’t tell that Mr. Eliminator is dressed like a Mardi Gras pirate. And Siren is in this issue, perhaps to remind the titular character that they were due back at the circus by 6 p.m.
I’m not sure of the scarcity of these, but they are pretty common on eBay and online retailers and they are always pretty cheap. I bought one for about a buck on mycomicshop.com. I’d love to know the print run numbers.