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Signed Comic Sketch Variants on eBay
May 28, 2015 By Caroline Bows
Comic sketch variants are comics that have been produced with different front covers and really became popular in the 1990’s when people decided to start buying comics as an investment as well as for pleasure. Comic book publishers then began to introduce variants more often knowing that the serious collector would have to buy them all to retain the completeness of their collection. In fact most collectors would buy two of every copy, one for reading and one for slabbing ensuring a high grade comic for future investment. Publishing houses also started such gimmicks as introducing a comic with up to 4 or 5 different variants that when put together made up a whole new illustration. To expand on this even further comic front cover variants were introduced as exclusives and only sold in comic con’s, San Diego for example.
One of the really cool side effects to come out of this was the blank cover, you can buy blank covers of pretty much any famous comic cover and then an artist can paint/sketch/draw their alternative take on that issue, even better you can commission your own version.
Alongside the artist sketch covers they also produce sketch cards, normally restricted to 8, 1 Off originals usually commissioned by the company the artist is working for making them super rare as there is only ever one original copy.
For some excellent examples of original signed artwork of both covers and cards, especially the walking dead by Steve Lydic, please click the link below
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