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Cover Gimmicks

A categorical listing of Cover Gimmicks curated by Key Collector Comics.

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  • 1st comic book cover to incorporate a hologram
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  • Variant cover art by John Byrne
  • 1st intentional variant cover, available from comic stores only
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  • 1st foil-enhanced comic book cover
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  • 1st mature content comic packaged in a clear poly-bag with an insert to obscure the adult content
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High $5
  • 1st foil-embossed comic cover
  • *printing errors where the foil is missing can command a higher value
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  • 1st glow-in-the-dark comic cover
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  • 3rd appearance of Warpath
  • Unofficial appearance of Deadpool (character profile in additional page content)
  • 1st cameo appearance of Tyler Dayspring
  • 1st appearance of G.W. Bridge, a former teammate of Cable's
  • First comic to be sold polybagged with a trading card
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  • 1st appearance of Paibok the Power Skrull
  • First die-cut comic book cover
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  • 1st comic book sold with a plastic gem
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  • 1st prismatic comic book cover
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  • First solo series featuring Bloodshot
  • 1st chrome-enhanced comic book cover
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  • 1st comic book to be printed then individually shot with a small caliber bullet
  • Limited to 3,000 copies
  • Interior stories and art are illustrated in reaction to the bullet hole which was fired through the center of the book
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  • 1st thermal-reactive ink used on a comic book cover
  • *Image encouraged readers to 'Rub The Blood!' to reveal red ink hidden on the cover
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High $5
  • 1st published virgin variant cover
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  • Cover folds out like doors opening into a crowded bar
  • A contest by DC challenged readers to identify all 150+ heroes, villains and celebrities (answers printed in Guy Gardner #35)
  • Letters from readers are answered by Guy Gardner
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Mid $9
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High $25
  • 1st action figure cover
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Mid $30
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High $100
  • Variant cover art by Juan Jose Ryp
  • Green leather foil cover
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Mid $15
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High $50
  • Variant cover art by Dheeraj Verma
  • Red leather foil cover limited to 900 copies
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Mid $15
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High $50
  • Variant cover art with QR Code that delivered a message from Toyo Harada when scanned
Low $25
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Mid $85
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High $280
  • Variant "brushed metal" cover art by Monika Palosz (1:500)
  • *approximately 200 copies printed
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Mid $150
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High $650
  • Variant wraparound cover art by David Angelo Roman, limited to 25 numbered copies (Roman Numerals)
  • Each individual cover was painted on real goat-skin
  • 'Babyteeth' written in Assyrian Aramaic at the bottom
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Mid $65
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High $200
  • Variant cover art by Clayton Henry (1:250)
  • "The Most Variant Cover Of All Time"
  • Featuring: chromium, lenticular, embossing, die-cut, foil, iridescent ink, extra hero sticker, hand-numbered
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Mid $25
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High $100
  • Variant cover art by Ken Lashley (1:250)
  • 1st tempered glass comic book cover
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Mid $30
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High $100
  • Variant glass cover art by Doug Braithwaite (1:250)
  • 1st cover made out of glass and colored with UV ink that glows under a blacklight
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Mid $40
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High $135
  • Variant cover art by Jonboy Meyers (1:250)
  • Carbon fiber cover