Bleeding Cool has written nearly as many clickbait articles about retailer-exclusive variant covers for Detective Comics #1000 than DC Comics has produced. At current count, we’re at an incredible seventeen clickbait articles about Detective Comics #1000 (more than we had enough words to link in that sentence), while DC has produced 33 variants.
Or so they say. We’re pretty sure Bleeding Cool has reported more of them than DC announced in their press release, including one extra from Alex Ross and two extras from Neal Adams, both of which you only see EX-X-XCLUSIVELY in this article. And, of course, there are multiple variants of the variants, sketch versions and whatnot. To make sense of it all, you have no choice but to read all seventeen of our previous articles on the subject. Report back here when you’re done. There will be a quiz.
In an attempt to prevent us from eventually beating their score, DC has now revealed all 33, including the ones Bleeding Cool told you about previously (pip pip), and more, in a press release. These variants pay tribute to Batman’s origins because, just like Batman’s parents were murdered by a criminal, so is the comic industry currently being killed by an abundance of variant covers, super-mega-crossover events, #1 issue relaunches, and overpriced milestone issues.
The anticipation is building for the landmark 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC. DC and participating comic book shops will continue to build on the excitement with the release of exclusive retailer variant covers for this must-have issue. The 96-page, $9.99 issue is stacked with an all-star collection of top writers and artists from Batman’s history celebrating the Dark Knight in a collection of standalone short stories, plus the first chapter of “Medieval,” a new story arc by the team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke, introducing a new version of the Arkham Knight to DC Comics canon.
To celebrate this historic release, some of the hottest artists in comics are honoring Batman and DETECTIVE COMICS by designing and illustrating exclusive variant covers for this milestone issue, available at select retailers while supplies last. These unique covers will feature beautifully rendered illustrations from artists such as Jim Lee, Dan Jurgens, Riccardo Federici, Tony S. Daniel, Brian Bolland and more.
But look, you’re not here to read words, and we know that. What are you, some kind of intellectual? If you were that smart, you wouldn’t be buying variant covers! What you want is pictures, and here they are, for all 33 retailer-exclusive variants for Detective Comics #1000:
Neal Adams Neal Adams Store
Jay Anacleto Unknown Comics
Kaare Andrews Third Eye Comics
Lee Bermejo Midtown Comics
Brian Bolland Forbidden Planet
Clayton Crain Scorpion Comics
Tony S. Daniel Comic Stop
Gabriele Dell’Otto Bulletproof Comix
Jason Fabok Yesteryear Comics
Riccardo Federici ComicXposure
Patrick Gleason/Alejandro Sanchez Newbury Comics
Adam Hughes Frankie’s Comics
Dan Jurgens/Kevin Nowlan Dynamic Forces
JeeHyung Lee Frankie’s Comics
Stanley “Artgerm” Lau Artgerm Collectibles
Jim Lee Album Comics, Bedrock City Comic Company, Graham Crackers Comics, Torpedo Comics
Mike Lilly/Wayne FaucherComics Vault
Warren Louw KRS Comics
Doug Mahnke Planet Comicon Kansas City
Francesco Mattina Midtown Comics
Mike Mayhew Comic Mint
Stewart McKenney Comics Etc.
Dawn McTeigue Comics Elite
Rodolfo Migliari Buy Me Toys
Lucio Parrillo Scorpion Comics
Alex Ross Alex Ross Art
Natali Sanders KRS Comics
Nicola Scott Kings Comics
Bill Sienkiewicz Bill Sienkiewicz Art
Mico Suayan Unknown Comics