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Collector ThorneArt private msg quote post Address this user
I was hoping someone could give me a clear answer on this.

What are Hidden Gems Variants?

I have seen them around, and they are more expensive, but is Hidden Gems a shop or something? Does it say Hidden Gems on it or something? Where can you get them, aside from the secondary market?

Thanks
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Collector Topsykrets private msg quote post Address this user
Ive seen em on midtown
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Collector X51 private msg quote post Address this user
It looks like a gimmick theme to trick you into buying variants. Just say no.
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Collector antoniofett private msg quote post Address this user
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It looks like a gimmick theme to trick you into buying variants. Just say no.


Just say no to variants. We need to start a variant awareness program in schools.
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Collector Nuffsaid111 private msg quote post Address this user
But But But But .... it's a Hidden Gem! It must be valuable!
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COLLECTOR drchaos private msg quote post Address this user
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It looks like a gimmick theme to trick you into buying variants. Just say no.


Just say no to variants. We need to start a variant awareness program in schools.


How can you say no to all of this?














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Collector X51 private msg quote post Address this user
Can you imagine if Amazing Fantasy #15 had 10 variant covers? Would the story even be remembered today? Would the Don Heck cover be worth more than the Jack Kirby cover?
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COLLECTOR drchaos private msg quote post Address this user
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Can you imagine if Amazing Fantasy #15 had 10 variant covers? Would the story even be remembered today? Would the Don Heck cover be worth more than the Jack Kirby cover?


Given the cost of AF 15, could you imagine the cost of a 1:25 variant that was even harder to find?
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Collector X51 private msg quote post Address this user
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How can you say no to all of this?


Just like I say no to anything else, but I'd precede it with the word "Hell".

It would be "Hell no!"
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Can you imagine if Amazing Fantasy #15 had 10 variant covers? Would the story even be remembered today? Would the Don Heck cover be worth more than the Jack Kirby cover?


Given the cost of AF 15, could you imagine the cost of a 1:25 variant that was even harder to find?


I'm confident that it'd lose all collectability and stop the Marvel Universe from forming.
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Can you imagine if Amazing Fantasy #15 had 10 variant covers? Would the story even be remembered today? Would the Don Heck cover be worth more than the Jack Kirby cover?


It would be one heck of a good deal.
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Collector antoniofett private msg quote post Address this user
If I was in charge of dc or marvel, I would annoce that for all of 2019, only certain key issues would be getting a variant cover. Even those will be limited.
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If I was in charge of dc or marvel, I would annoce that for all of 2019, only certain key issues would be getting a variant cover. Even those will be limited.


There are only so many good writers. If you cur the variant covers either you are putting artists out of work or publishing more books with weaker writers (or characters) to pick up the slack.
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Collector BSeldin305 private msg quote post Address this user
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It looks like a gimmick theme to trick you into buying variants. Just say no.


Just say no to variants. We need to start a variant awareness program in schools.


How can you say no to all of this?


OR THIS??????
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Moderator Jesse_O private msg quote post Address this user
Ok - it took my quite a while to figure this out. They are not store (eBay or otherwise) variants. They are issued direct from Marvel and are listed in the previews so any shop can order them. Plus, it's always "Marvel announces Hidden Gem variant for ....". But I was able to search on Facebook and the earliest announcement of "Hidden Gem variant" has this screenshot posted which says that "Hidden Gem Variants" are variants that are using previously created cover artwork. I'd presume that these are previously unpublished works, hence "hidden".


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Collector ThorneArt private msg quote post Address this user
Thanks! That is the information I was looking for. I appreciate the input from everyone.
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Collector X51 private msg quote post Address this user
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It looks like a gimmick theme to trick you into buying variants. Just say no.


Just say no to variants. We need to start a variant awareness program in schools.


How can you say no to all of this?


OR THIS??????


That's an easy no. I have many of the books he drew when he started at Marvel. I'd sooner collect his Charlton work.


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Collector Drogio private msg quote post Address this user
I thought hidden gems were secret variants. Am I wrong?
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Collector KatKomics private msg quote post Address this user
I might be ok with the concept of hidden gem...publishing prior unused covers.
I assume an artist may provide multiple ideas for a cover and maybe only 1 gets used, or first try gets rejected leaving these other works never published...if that's what these really are then maybe...maybe...I might be ok with it.

There are some artists who I hate to say their work was better in the past and an old unused cover might be better than what they could come up with now!!! Rather than stick it in a sketch book then make a variant out of it!
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Moderator Jesse_O private msg quote post Address this user
Hidden Gems are incentive ratio covers that use an artist previous art for the cover. Mike Zeck has said that Marvel has selected four pieces from his portfolio for Punisher comics. There was a Kirby FF "hidden Gem" cover. Other artists include Wrightson, Cockrum, Starlin, Romita Sr. and Miller to name a few. There are some really great looking pieces out there!!! I just ordered the the Dr. Strange #10 (the 400th Dr. Strange comic total) done by Miller. While Brunner will always be my favorite Dr, Strange artist, the composition on this cover is great!!! Add in the facts that it is the 400th solo Dr Strange comic and a 48 page comic, I decided I needed in my collection.


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