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History of Marvel Comics "The Story Thus Far" Variants by Terry Hoknes at hoknes@hotmail.com

In December 2015 Marvel quietly started producing a new variant cover themed series across their titles.

The first comic in the series was released on February 3rd 2016 and is a 1:10 ratio variant.  This means that comic stores had to order 10 copies of the regular cover issue to qualify to order just 1 copy of these variants.  Marvel did not show the cover artwork in advance so its likely that most stores ordered very small quantities of the earliest issues. These could prove to be collectible in the future once their rarity is realized.

The first 3 issues in the series are all 1:10 ratio variants.  Since these are all ratio variants 1:10 its possible to calculate a possible print run for these based on the overall print run figures of the issues combined sales.   www.Comichron.com will have this data a month after release.

Later issues were mostly "qualifying" variants which means stores had to order a certain quantity based on a past order to qualify to order them.  Many retailer do not bother buying these.  Most of them were you had to top 90% of your original orders on a similar released comic in the past.

It is likely in most cases that the print run is between 1,000 and 2,000 each for each cover.     Amazing Spider-man would be the most common.

Marvel is releasing more and more of these.  They display very nicely as they are montage style covers featuring all the main characters and villains in the series.

Its only time before collectors start to realize how hard these are to find.  Since these are ratio variants they are all guaranteed sell outs at Diamond even before release so retailers will not be able to ever order extra copies after the release date.

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6 FEB 3 2016 ALL NEW X-MEN #4
FEB 10 2016
UNCANNY INHUMANS #5 FEB 17 2016 DEADPOOL #8
MAR 2 2016
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9
MAR 9 2016
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6 MAR 9 2016 SPIDER-MAN 2099 #8
MAR 9 2016
DOCTOR STRANGE #6
MAR 9 2016
ALL NEW INHUMANS #6
MAR 16 2016
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8  MAR 16 2016

Article by comic book historian Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com – hoknes@hotmail.com
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