This may well spoil things for people trying to flip variants on eBay, but it looks like Books A Million will let you order (and pre-order) variant covers off their website. And it looks like they’re expanding how many different publishers they’re getting variants from:
- Kaptara (Image)
- Fight Club 2 (Dark Horse)
- Archie Vs. Predator (Archie/Dark Horse)
- Bloodshot Reborn (Valiant) – Neal Adams cover, limited to 1200 copies in a slightly more informative description
- Rick and Morty (Oni)
- Doctor Who Ninth Doctor (Titan)
- Princess Leia (Marvel)
And that Princess Leia link is for the sketch variant. Yes, BAM now has variants and sketch variants for some of the Star Wars titles. A Marvel variant will set you back $7.99, but a sketch variant is $9.99 Start saving your pennies, kids.
There are a lot more variants available than just those, with Marvel leading the way in terms of volume. On the BAM site, the publisher of the comics is always listed as “Diamond Comic” or “Diamond Comic Magazine,” amusingly reminding use where these are coming from. I’d take as a good sign for how BAM’s doing with non-returnable fare that they’re adding all these variants and from all sorts of publishers.
And then there’s DC. BAM lists a few DC titles online. Here’s Convergence #1. It’s not listed as being an exclusive cover, but it’s got “Diamond Comic Magazine” as the publisher and an ISBN number:
- ISBN-13: 9781492472070
- ISBN-10: 1492472077
Here’s the link for Convergence: Suicide Squad #1, which BAM has listed as a hardcover (almost certainly an error).
DC did not get back to me about why some of their titles are showing up on BAM’s site as Diamond titles, but since they’re not listed as variants, it’s entirely possible they weren’t aware those listings existed.
In the meantime, if variants are your thing, you don’t have to pay a jacked up price for the BAM variants on eBay if the title in question is still available on their website.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.