As a rule, All New Comics does not offer variant covers for special order.
Variant covers are a massive pain to deal with, every one of them has different rules (1 in 10, 1 in 25, 1 in 50, 1 in 100, etc), and there’s no truly “fair” way for us to decide who gets one. For about 95% of the nearly 2000 comic titles that Diamond offers, we order fewer than 10 copies. There are just too many comics being offered, and too few people buying most comics.
We feel that variant covers are bad for the industry. There are too many retailers who will buy the variant, and sit on 50 copies of a comic book. That doesn’t actually tell anyone how well that comic sold. Additionally, stores need to charge $100 for a variant cover (to make up for the fact they have to sit on 50 copies of something). You can look online for “hot” variant covers from a year or two ago and see that most of them will sell for under $5.00.
We believe that Variant Editions are not a good value. We are required to purchase more product to qualify for them, and we are forced to pass that cost on to our customers, charging more for variant covers. This artificially inflated price does not last long because two months after the issue comes out, nobody cares. We feel this is not fair to our customers and we are adamantly against anything that harms you guys.
Variant Cover Policy:
Variant Covers have become more in demand, and while we are happy to provide 1:1 variants when they are available, limited edition variants are hard to qualify for, and require more processing on our end. In order to reflect the additional work that goes into variant cover ordering, we are updating our pricing to reflect their value.
- 1:10 – $10.00
- 1:25 – $25.00
- 1:50 – $50.00
- 1:100 -$100.00
There is no discount on variant covers.
Variant Covers can only be ordered as Special Orders. They will only be processed if we qualify for the variant tier, and if they can be ordered before the Final Order Cut-Off Date.
As with all special orders, once a Variant Cover special order is placed, it can not be removed.
All New Comics Special Order Policy: As soon as a Special Order has been approved it can no longer be removed.
We hope you understand us clarifying these policies. We are a small business and can’t afford to make mistakes with our ordering.
If you have any questions about this or any other of our policies, please direct them to us.