Artist J. Scott Campbell showcasing our exclusives.
Waaaaaaaay back in 2014, my shop Conquest Comics teamed up with Marvel Comics to create our own store exclusive variant covers for an upcoming Amazing Spider-Man issue. These specific books would only be sold through my shop. Available no where else on the planet.
To this day, these are the most successful of our store exclusive variants and one of the most successful store variants ever. Reason for that ringing true is it had several aspects that were totally killer. It was the perfect storm.
Popular title? Check!
The most sought after comic artist? Yup!!
Super sexy character? Hell Yeah!
1st Appearance? Bingo!
We got lucky as hell on this. We’ve done several exclusives since then and will do more in the future. We will probably never get this lucky again. We had J. Scott Campbell drawing Black Cat on an Amazing Spider-Man issue that featured the 1st Appearance of a new character named Silk. Whew! Oh, another killer aspect is we were the only store on the planet to do an exclusive variant for this issue. The only other covers were the regular release, a 2nd printing, and a 1:10 ratio variant.
I’ve written about this before but it was early on and I have a lot of new friends that are weirdly interested in this stuff so I figured I’d talk about it again...this time with some cool new backstory.
We did 3 different covers for this book. A regular color, a B&W sketch, and a negative. Each one rather than the previous. We initially sold them for $14.99 for the color, $19.99 for the B&W, and $59.99 for the combo 3pk that included the negative. Outside of the small chunk that we kept for ourselves, we sold out quickly. Currently raw copies of each sell for between $90-$125 a Pop in high grade shape. Not a bad investment.
The main reason I’m writing this today though is I came across some of the other potential covers we could have ended up with. We initially wanted Silk on the cover but since she was new, Campbell didn’t want to draw her. Instead he wanted to conjure up a beautiful Black Cat piece. We were fine with that so we waited for some ideas. I’ll go through a few sample sketches that they sent us over to look at.
This was the first one. It is basically Black Cat scratching the cover. We thought it was simple and cool so we said yup! Done deal super quickly. Not so fast...
This next one we liked but we thought it was a tad too similar to a variant he did a few years earlier on issue #648.
On this piece, we found it cool. It featured both Spidey and Black Cat in multiple panels. The layout was sharp but we thought it was a tad too busy and distracting.
HOLY SHIT!!! This is perfection. The look on her face. Spidey falling. The placement of the trade dress sideways. It had a very cool James Bond like feel to it. It was elegant. We loved it and with that, an instant classic was born.
What’s your thoughts? Which one would you have picked???