Saturday, January 18, 2020

A Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants 2010-2011

Continuing the Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants, covering 2010-2011. (Previously: 2006-2007, 2008-2009, and 2019).

The gallery, presented in chronological publication order along with cover date:

2010

Adventure Comics v2 #4/#507 - January 2010
This Blackest Night crossover sold over 85,000 copies, because it came with one of the Lantern rings. Best as I can tell, it's the best-selling Legion issue in almost 20 years - last time numbers were that high was during the Quiet Darkness 4-part story in LSH v4 21-24 in the late 1991 cover-dated issues. Note the continuation of the volume 2 numbering on the standard cover with the volume 1 legacy numbering on the variant. The Legion took a break from Adventure for a few months after this. This was a 1/10 variant.


Regular cover
Art by Jerry Ordway
Variant cover
Art by Francis Manapul


Justice League of America v2 #41 - March 2010
Mon-El appears on the right side cover. It looks like that should be the center with one more image on the far right, but no.

Left side cover
Art by Mark Bagley & Rob Hunter
Right side cover
Art by Mark Bagley & Rob Hunter





Justice League of America v2 #42 - April 2010
Mon-El is in the story, but not on the covers. The variant was a 1/25 version.

Regular cover
Art by Mark Bagley & Rob Hunter
Variant cover
Art by Ardiana Melo & Mariah Benes
 


Justice League of America v2 #44 - May 2010
The variant is a 1/25 version.

Regular cover
Art by Mark Bagley & Rob Hunter
Variant cover
Art by Mike Manley
  


Adventure Comics v2 #8/#511 - May 2010
Prologue to the "Last Stand of New Krypton" story arc, with new and legacy numbering. This was a 1/10 variant.

Regular cover
Art by Francis Manapul
Variant cover
Art by Aaron Lopresti


Adventure Comics v2 #9/#512 - May 2010
"Last Stand of New Krypton" part 4, with new and legacy numbering. This was a 1/10 variant.

Regular cover
Art by Joe Quinones
Variant cover
Art by Rafael Albuquerque


Adventure Comics v2 #10/#513 - June 2010
"Last Stand of New Krypton" part 6, with new and legacy numbering. This was a 1/10 variant.

Regular cover
Art by Joe Quinones
Variant cover
Art by Bernard Chang


Adventure Comics v2 #11#/514 - July 2010
"Last Stand of New Krypton" epilogue, with new and legacy numbering. This was a 1/10 variant.

Regular cover
Art by Mark Buckingham
Variant cover
Art by Joe Quinones

The first six issues of the next Legion series (volume 6) had a Jim Lee/Scott Williams alternate cover, that all connected when placed in the proper order. Each cover depicted one Legionnaire in the costume and the book's logo of a particular decade: Superboy in the 1950s, Chameleon Boy in the 1960s, Saturn Girl in the 1970s, Timber Wolf in the 1980s, Mon-El in the 1990s, and Brainiac 5 in the 2000s.

Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #1 - July 2010
This one has a 1/10 variant cover by Lee/Williams, with a second printing that was just the pencils by Jim Lee. Despite being issue #1, this was actually part 3 of the 6-part cover poster, representing the 1970s.

Regular cover (1st printing)
Art by Yildiray Cinar & Wayne Faucher




Variant cover (1st printing)
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Second printing
Art by Jim Lee

Adventure Comics v2 #12/#515 - August 2010
The iconic Great Darkness Saga cover has nothing to do with what's in the book, it was part of the DC 75th Anniversary series of covers. It's among the hardest issues to find, especially unslabbed. This is the last of the two-volume regular/legacy numbering, starting next issue the numbering reverts back to the legacy only. This was a 1/25 variant.

Main cover
Art by Scott Clark & Dave Beaty
Variant cover
Art by Lee Bermejo

The Bermejo cover is even better with no trade dress.

Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #2 - August 2010
Variant cover was 1/10, and this Superboy segment is the first in the poster, representing the 1950s.

Regular cover
Art by Yildiray Cinar & Wayne Faucher
Variant cover
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
 


Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #3 - September 2010
Variant is 1/10 and is part 2 of the 6 images in the full poster, representing the 1960s.

Regular cover
Art by Yildiray Cinar & Wayne Faucher
Variant cover
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #4 - October 2010
Variant is 1/10 and is part 5 of the 6 images in the full poster, representing the 1990s (and homaging Keith Giffen's Mon-El cover of LSH v4 #4).

Regular cover
Art by Yildiray Cinar & Wayne Faucher
Variant cover
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams


Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #5 - November 2010
Variant is 1/10 and is part 4 of the 6 images in the full poster, representing the 1980s.

Regular cover
Art by Yildiray Cinar & Wayne Faucher
Variant cover
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams

DC Universe: Legacies #6 - December 2010
This issue covers Crisis and Legends, with a Legion backup story. The series as a whole looks at one man's lifetime from the Golden Age of Heroes up to the present day. The variant cover is 1/25.

Regular cover
Art by George Pérez
Variant cover
Art by Keith Giffen & Al Milgrom

Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #6 - December 2010
Variant is 1/10 and is part 6 of the 6 images in the full poster, representing the 2000s.

Regular cover
Art by Yildiray Cinar & Wayne Faucher
Variant cover
Jim Lee & Scott Williams





2011

Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #11 - May 2011
The cover was solicited with Dream Girl carrying Star Boy, but it was replaced with one showing Timber Wolf vs Sun Emperor. The solicited one was never published. (Note: there are only a couple other sites that I can find of this original cover's existence, other than the one posted by Bits of Legionnaire Business where I first discovered it.)

Original solicited cover (unpublished)
Art by Yildiray Cinar
Regular published cover
Art by Yildiray Cinar
 


DC Comics Presents LSH 100 Page Spectacular #1 - July 2011
This alternate cover resulted from a misprint. The original version of this comic had the four issues of "Legion of the Damned" reprinted in the wrong order: parts 2, 4, 1, and 3, in that order. DC told retailers to destroy the book and it would send out a new version with the parts in the correct order, with the new cover having a white logo to differentiate it from the yellow logo on the error version. Comic shops sold the issue anyway. This is not considered a second printing, but a corrected version. (Below image via Recalled Comics)

DC Presents: Legion of Super Heroes #1 recalled

Recalled Error version
(yellow logo)
Art by Olivier Coipel
Replacement version
(white logo)
Art by Olivier Coipel
 


Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #1 - October 2011 
This series had a total of seven covers: the "A" and "B" covers, by Phil Jimenez and Keith Giffen, respectively, with the "B" cover at 1/4 of the "A" cover; two Retailer Incentive covers RI-A-1 and RI-A-2, each by Gabriel Rodriguez, and the wraparound cover version combining both, as cover RI-B; the Hastings Retailer Exclusive cover, which was a black and white version of the Jimenez "A" cover; and the second printing, which was a black and white version of the Giffen "B" cover.

"A" cover
Art by Phil Jimenez
"B" cover
Art by Keith Giffen




RI-A-1 cover
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
RI-A-2
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez

RI-B wraparound cover
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez

Hastings cover
Art by Phil Jimenez

Second printing
Art by Keith Giffen


Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #2 - November 2011
Three covers for the rest of the series: An "A", a "B" (1/4 variant), and an "RI" (Retailer Incentive).

"A" cover
Art by Phil Jimenez
"B" cover
Art by Steve Lightle




RI cover
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez




Legion Lost v2 #1 - November 2011
Like many first issues of the New 52 era, this one went to a second printing, differentiated by a red background color.

First printing
Art by Pete Woods
Second printing
Art by Pete Woods





Legion of Super-Heroes v7 #1 - November 2011
Like many first issues of the New 52 era, this one went to a second printing, differentiated by a red background color.

First printing
Art by Karl Kerschl
Second printing
Art by Karl Kerschl





Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes #3 - December 2011
Again, the "A" cover by Jimenez, the "B" cover at 1/4 variant ratio by a past Legion artist, and the "RI" retailer incentive cover of two characters on the bridge.

"A" cover
Art by Phil Jimenez
"B" cover
Art by Mike Grell




"RI" cover
Art by Mario Alberti (figures) &
Gabriel Rodriguez (background)



Previously: The Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants 2008-2009
Next: The Field Guide to Legion Cover Variants 2012-2013