Variant Cover Numbers Over the Past Five Years

Following up on my post about how many new releases are variant covers, it occurred to me that I should look at the past few years to see if this measurement was typical. So I pulled roughly the same week from over the past five years.

Variant cover data 2008-2013

Variant cover graph

It turns out that this isn’t a new phenomenon at all. The percentage of new variant cover releases, based on this limited data set, is roughly consistent over the past four years. The real jump came between 2008 and 2009. Note, though, that the number of comic book releases in a week increased between 2009 and 2010. It seems that variant covers have been a significant portion of new releases longer than I thought.

Variant cover percentage

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