First Two Custom Retailer Variants for ‘The Dark Knight III’ Revealed


In case you haven’t heard, DC’s upcoming blockbuster title The Dark Knight III: The Master Race will arrive in stores in dramatic fashion. Retailers will be able to order exclusive variant covers making this a collector’s dream – or nightmare, depending on who you ask. The first two – drawn by Jae Lee and Sean Murphy – can be viewed below along with a press release containing the latest details.DKIII - JAE LEE


Press Release:

Did your local comic book retailer order a unique DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1 variant cover? They’ll hit shelves on November 25thalong with the standard covers, but supplies will be limited.

Participating retailers have the opportunity for an artist to design and illustrate a cover exclusively for their store, and the list of retailers and artists is growing by the day! We’re excited to reveal the artwork from the first two covers, with more to come in the weeks ahead.

Frank Miller has inspired artists and storytellers in the industry for generations. Paying tribute to 1986’s BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, Jae Lee designed Custom Retailer Variant cover art for Dynamic Forces (Dynamic Forces), and Sean Murphy designed Custom Retailer Variant cover art for Rebel Base Comics & Toys (Rebel Base Comics & Toys) in Charlotte, NC.

And these are just the beginning! Stay tuned—we’re excited to show you the rest! The current list (to date) is below. – Gary Frank
Newbury Comics – Michael Allred
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund – Paul Pope
Books-A-Million – Rafael Albuquerque
Silver Snail – Francis Manapul
Hypno Comics – Bill Sienkiewicz
Borderlands Comics and Games – Klaus Janson
Graham Crackers Comics – Darwyn Cooke
Yesteryear Comics – Jason Fabok
Third Eye Comics – Brian Bolland
M&M Comics Service – Dave Dorman
Legacy Comics and Cards – Artgerm
Dynamic Forces – Jae Lee
Midtown Comics – Greg Capullo
Midtown Comics – Marc Silvestri
Rebel Base Comics & Toys – Sean Murphy
Lone Star Comics – John Cassaday
Dragon’s Lair – Ivan Reis
Tate’s Comics + Toys + More – Kevin Eastman
Cards, Comics & Collectibles – Amanda Conner
Diamond UK – Jock
Forbidden Planet Limited – Adam Hughes
AOD Collectibles – Dale Keown – J. Scott Campbell
Heroes and Fantasties – Tim Sale
Yancy St. Comics – Kelley Jones
Zapp! Comics – Terry Dodson
Madness Games & Comics – Joshua Middleton
Ssalefish Comics – John Romita, Jr.
Lange’s Sports – David Finch
Disposable Heroes Comics – Simon Bisley
Phantom – Walter Simonson
Hastings – Tyler Kirkham
Beyond Comics – Eduardo Risso
Instock Trades – Lee Bermejo
Discount Comic Book Service – Neal Adams
Bulletproof Comics – Gabriele Dell’Otto

Want to know more? Is your favorite artist tapped for a Custom Retailer Variant? Connect with your local comic book retailer and find out which cover(s) they’re ordering or which artist they secured.


Images and information courtesy of DC Entertainment.

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