Standard Deviations: judging books by their covers

I am an unabashed fan and reader of comic books, but I am also a collector. As a consequence, I’ll go out of my way to track down variant covers of issues from titles I’m invested in or images I think are generally awesome (primarily from Marvel’s ever expanding X-Men line). A quick disclaimer before we go on, I know the interior pages are identical, I know these books will not command the price I’ll pay for them going forward, and I know I can get a high resolution digital version of the cover image on my computer that will be far more accessible long term. I seek this stuff out because I want it in my collection. It’s OK if you want to consider it a disorder, disease or other malady; synonyms are really just variant covers for words.


Also be sure to check out our variant posts that predate the Standard Deviations series with these Linear Regressions.

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    It’s like 1991 all over again. In July, Marvel launched a new X-Men #1 by Victor Gischler and Paco Medina featuring a mutants versus vampires story that’s still raging on. Tomorrow, Marvel follows up that launch with Uncanny X-Force #1 by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena. It’s hard to say that this merits its own

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  • Women of Marvel Frame Variants

    Last August, Marvel celebrated its 70th Anniversary by combining their publication history as Timely, Atlas and Marvel Comics which dates back to 1939. As part of the celebration, the publisher returned to a fondly remembered variant cover gimmick they used during their 25th Anniversary (almost 25 years ago): every book with a matching cover featuring a

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  • X-Men Day Eve 2010

    No comics shipped this Wednesday due to the 4th of July holiday, so new books will be in stores tomorrow, July 8th. Tomorrow will be particularly special as Marvel has declared it “X-Men Day” since we’ll be seeing the launch of a new X-Men series with a number one issue. This is the first “X-Men

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