It was there yesterday, I swear. A comic shop in Virginia Beach named Comic Kings had a listing for a 1 in 5000 hand drawn Jim Lee sketch cover for the upcoming Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1. The listing has since been removed. Needless to say, there will be at least one shop ordering 5,000 copies of Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, and yes, there will be a 1:5000 variant.
Here are the variants for the book.
DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #1
Written by FRANK MILLER and BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
Mini comic art by TBA
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
1:10 variant cover by KLAUS JANSON
1:25 variant cover by ANDY KUBERT and KLAUS JANSON
1:50 variant cover by TBA
1:100 variant cover by FRANK MILLER
1:500 variant cover by JIM LEE
1:5000 original sketch variant by JIM LEE
Blank Sketch cover (commission Jim Lee to draw your own variant)
The auction that was up also included 1 of each of the other covers as well. All the variants, plus the super rare 1:5000, with the asking price of $9,999.
Think about the logistics of this for a minute. The cover price of the books is $5.99. Even if the store was getting a 50% discount, 5,000 copies would cost $14,975, a pretty hefty Diamond bill for the month (and the shipping must be murder!) If the auction (now down) sold for $10,000 that would still mean you would have to move the other nine 1:500 variants, forty-nine 1:100 variant, ninety-nine 1:50 variants, one hundred and ninety-nine 1:25 variants, 499 1:10 variants, and 4,999 regular cover. Seems like a lot of work to turn a profit!