Painted variants

The seven titles that were relaunched after Black September each got a variant cover for the No. 1 issues (there were also painted variant covers for the Infinity issues and additional covers for the All New Exiles).

I don’t have the overall numbers, but the painted variants made up 20 percent of the print run. I don’t think the painted covers necessarily look better; they just look different. It was also apparent that the Ultraverse was heading in an entirely new direction. There is a whole lot of Marvel on those covers, including the Spidey-Prime with his hair hanging out.

But man, I miss $1.50 comics …

 

 

 

Prime is the only one with a UPC code on the painted version.

 

 

 

 

These aren’t too hard to find on eBay. The easy way to tell them apart is that the regular issues have a UPC code on the front and the painted ones don’t (apart from Prime … just be careful with that one). They’re pretty common in larger lots.

There are also signed-and-numbered versions of many of these with Ultraverse COAs.

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2 responses to “Painted variants

  • Cyberspacecomics

    As far as print run goes, there were 1 of these painted covers shipped with every 5 regular covers. I’ve still got unopened 6-packs of these books that are sealed in plastic. So, while your 20% number is close, the real number is 16.667%

  • depluto

    There was a note inside the books that said the painted versions made up 20 percent of the run … 16.667 percent definitely sounds more likely if they were distributed that way, though. I’ll dig a little more.

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