Oh and stop attacking random posters with your nerdy insecurity. It's getting old. And if you want to compare posting styles to see if we're the same breed, I'd be happy to put my own record against your hostile crybaby antics. Thanks!
I don't collect variant covers but surely the incentive of them is their variety. Whilst there will certainly be some people who could collect all covers regardless, I figure there would be far more who would collect some of the 50 different covers by their favourite artists rather than 50 different Photoshop exercises.
Get decent enough artists and you could easily make a hardcover out of the covers and design sketches themselves, they did it with 52, which would be a neat tie-back to the thing that started this interest in the number 52.
Well at least the quarter bins will be well stocked in 2013.