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Any Walmart comics shoppers out there? Of the two Walmart stores closest to my house, one seems to regularly have comics while the other does not. I have bought a few of the Marvel three packs during the past year. These packs are basically the comics equivalent of a scratch off lottery ticket – more often than not, you are giving your money away, but sometimes you are a winner.

In these terms, “winning” means that underneath the visible book, the shrink wrapped pack includes a Walmart exclusive variant cover. These variants can include books with the standard art and different title coloring, as well as books with Walmart exclusive cover art. Some of these Walmart variants, including Venom First Host #3, Spider-Verse #1, Strange Academy #1, and Thor #1 have become hotly sought after by collectors. In fact, in a recent GoCollect blog post entitled “Overlooked Opportunities – Outlawed #1”, Mr. Long/Short offers:

“I really love Walmart variants, particularly when they give you new cover. These are modern-day newsstand variants and I can see them becoming very collectible in the future.”



To date, Spider-Man Noir #1 by Todd Nauck, and Outlawed #1 have been the only exclusive cover variants that I have picked up from Walmart 3 packs. Walmart title color variants that I’ve pulled from three packs include: Road to Empyre: Kree/Skrull War, Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #1, Spider Woman #1, Scream: Curse of Carnage #1, New Mutants #1, Avengers: No Road Home #1, and Wolverine: Infinity Watch

While not an exclusive, another interesting book that I got from a Walmart 3 pack is a copy of the second print of Amazing Spider-Man 801 – Dan Slott’s final issue after an incredible ten-year run on the title. When the COVID-19 crisis passes and comic cons are running again, I hope to get Spider-Man Noir #1 signed by Nauck, and ASM 801 signed by Slott.

On the DC side, the only Walmart comic that I’ve picked picked up has been three copies of Batman 100 Page Giant #5, which includes a new Joker story.

Fast forward to this past weekend, and I found myself in the collectibles aisle of my local Walmart once again. As shown in the cover picture of this post, Walmart is now selling Marvel “7 for $10” packs. I guess I was feeling a bit lucky, as I picked up two of these seven packs. Upon removing the packaging I found that the seven packs consist of a visible single book on top, with two of the aforementioned three packs underneath. The two seven packs that I grabbed consisted of the following comics:

Visible Book: Thanos #1
Three Pack 1:
• Marvel Comics Presents #1 Walmart Title color variant
• Guardians of the Galaxy #146 2nd print
• Weapon X #2 2nd print

Three Pack 2:
• Fantastic Four #10 Walmart cover variant
• Generations #1 2nd print
• Captain America 697 2nd print

Visible Book: Vader Down #1 Blank variant
Three Pack 1:
• Symbiote Spider-Man Alien Reality #1 Walmart cover variant
• Star Wars #44
• Age of Ultron vs Marvel Zombies #1 Blank variant

Three Pack 2:
• Fantastic Four #10 Walmart cover variant
• Avengers Prelude #1
• Captain America #2 3rd print

Of these books, the most appealing to me is the Symbiote Spider-Man Alien Reality #1 exclusive variant by Mark Bagley. As with some of the books mentioned above, I hope to get this issue signed by Bagley at a show in the post-COVID crisis near future.

While Walmart variants are not likely to become a focus of my collecting, I do find them interesting and I’m sure that I’ll find my way into the store’s collectibles aisle every now and then to see what’s there.

For more info about Walmart variants visit:

Comic Book Realm: Walmart Variants by Year

GoCollect

Overlooked Opportunities – Outlawed #1

Gary Govel
Gary Govel is a life-long fan and collector of comics, with a particular interest in Marvel Bronze and Copper Age books. He recently launched Collector Syndicate to give fellow enthusiasts a place to show off their collections, and share their experiences about the hobby.
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