IMAGE COMICS’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY BLIND BOX VARIANTS’ RARITY REVEALED

Image Comics is pleased to reveal the ratio of rarity (are you feelin’ lucky?) of the variants that fans have a chance of receiving enclosed in their IMAGE COMICS 25TH ANNIVERSARY BLIND BOX.

Each IMAGE COMICS 25TH ANNIVERSARY BLIND BOX will contain an assortment of 25 polybagged comics drawing from a selection of six different limited edition variants of the 17 all-new 2017 series that are only available within this box. Each comic will be bagged in opaque black poly to keep every comic a surprise.

Each box could include randomized variants of the following series’ debut issues:

  • CURSE WORDS #1 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne
  • DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 by Howard Chaykin
  • ETERNAL EMPIRE #1 by Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn
  • EXTREMITY #1 by Daniel Warren Johnson
  • GOD COUNTRY #1 by Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw
  • GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #1 by Jim Mahfood
  • PAKLIS #1 by Dustin Weaver
  • PLASTIC #1 by Doug Wagner & Daniel Hillyard
  • REDNECK #1 by Donny Cates & Lisandro Estherren
  • REGRESSION #1 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert
  • ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #1 by Kyle Starks
  • ROSE #1 by Meredith Finch  & Ig Guara
  • ROYAL CITY #1 by Jeff Lemire
  • SUN BAKERY #1 by Corey Lewis
  • THE FEW #1 by Sean Lewis & Hayden Sherman
  • THE OLD GUARD #1 by Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez
  • Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #1 by Chad Bowers & Jim Towe
  • As well as the exclusive HERE’S NEGAN #1 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard

Each of the 17 series has six variants. With the inclusions of THE WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN limited edition variant, there are 103 total possible variants included across all 1,992 boxes. Those wanting to complete the full set have quite the challenge facing them. Given that there are only 25 comics per box, fans will need more than one box to collect them all, and some could have pretty rare odds. Below are the known individual odds for each of the 17 titles six variants.

And the following is a list of the randomized variants of the series with the likelihood of getting them in your box’s mix:

  • 25th anniversary-branded variant cover — 1/26
  • B&W 25th anniversary-branded cover — 1/102
  • Virgin (art-only covers without trade dress) 25th anniversary-branded cover — 1/170
  • Virgin (art-only covers without trade dress) B&W 25th anniversary cover — 1/511
  • Blank wraparound sketch cover — 1/1,022
  • Extremely rare sketch covers drawn by each series artists—25 copies per series of the 17 selected launches — 1/2,043
  • Exclusive THE WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN! #1—the first 24 pages of Negan’s origin story printed in single-issue-format for the first and only time. — 500 copies total printed

Image Comics is printing 1,992 blind boxes in commemoration of the company’s founding year in 1992. The IMAGE COMICS 25th ANNIVERSARY BLIND BOX will be available in comic stores on Wednesday, July 19th.



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19 Responses to IMAGE COMICS’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY BLIND BOX VARIANTS’ RARITY REVEALED

  1. Brian Springman says:

    How do you celebrate your 25th Anniversary without any variants for Walking Dead, Saga, Seven to Eternity, Spawn, Chew, Deadly Class, Spread, etc?

    That’s like Marvel doing a box and not including any variants for Spider-Man, Wolverine or Star Wars. It’s like DC doing a box and not including any variants for Batman, Harley Quinn or Superman.

    No wonder Image waited until after FOC to release the titles. Imagine if they told you they were celebrating their 25th Anniversary without Walking Dead/Spawn/S2E/Saga. Absolutely mind blowing!

    • Richard Sean Guevara says:

      Talk about a total screw up, the Negan would be considered a TWD comic I suppose? But even then it seems like a total sham as they said it would not be reprinted in comic format or something like that. And later announced they’ll be collecting them together so bleh.

  2. Brian Springman says:

    Plus there are tons of damages being reported along with multiple doubles in boxes. I watched a live unboxing and saw 3 basic color Rock Candy Mountain variants in the same box. Ouch!

  3. Michael Cox says:

    i guess the people who packed them were blind also

  4. Joe G says:

    If there are 1992 boxes, how can something be 1:2043? Are you sure these odds aren’t how frequently they show up per total number of comics?

    • Anthony says:

      I thought the same thing but withheld comment until someone else said it

    • Joe G says:

      25 sketches covers equals 425 total sketches inserted into boxes.
      25 comics per box tmes 1992 boxes equals 49800 total comics.

      So that explanation doesn’t make sense either.

      Regardless, 425 sketches in 1992 boxes means the actual odds are better than 1:5 of getting a sketch.

      But now I’m wondering what the actual odds are on the other variants.

    • Brian Springman says:

      It breaks down to 1 out of 80 boxes for a rare sketch.

      The 1:2043 is based on all 49,800 books in the 1,992 boxes. They used ratios based on total comics and not the ratios per box.

      • Brian Springman says:

        There are only 25 hand drawn sketches in total. The other sketches are just printed sketch covers. A hand drawn The Few #1 has been found. So only 24 sketches left.

        The hand drawn are the 1:2043 (or 1 out of 80 boxes).

      • Anthony says:

        Thanks for the clarification Brian.

      • Joe G says:

        Your math is spot on, but the article says “25 copies per series of the 17 selected launches” That sure makes it sound like 425 total sketches, not 25 total sketches.

      • Brian Springman says:

        Joe G… there are 2 different types of sketches. There are 25 hand drawn sketches (the rare 1:2043, or 1 in 80 boxes) and there are the b/w sketch covers that are printed and much easier to find.

        There are multiples of the printed b/w “sketch” covers, but only 25 total, unique, hand drawn sketch covers.

        I know of 1 being found for sure so far.

  5. Safdar Khan says:

    Weigh the boxes. The heavier ones will have blank covers and sketches.

  6. Philippe Brault says:

    So I have one of these waiting for me tomorrow. My excitement was way high before I read this now I’m quite bummed out. This is super disappointing, especially since even with the not so great selection you can also get doubles. What a clusterf***.

    • Kyle says:

      Make sure the seal hasnt been broken. I have seen a few where either diamond or image went through the boxes and picked out the good stuff and put crap in the other. Then they would just re shrinkwrap the box. Such a joke.

  7. Kyle says:

    This is wrong. Some people are opening boxes and getting 3 or 4 sketches with the negan comic and some are getting nothing but regular color copies. I have noticied where some of the boxes were gone through before the retailer even got them. This is a joke and needs to be rectified. How is it the ebay haf graded copies of negan before the box even came out. Most of us had no shot of getting anything but regular covers. YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RIGHT!!!!

  8. Robert Murphy says:

    I totally missed this as was at SDCC… pro’s and cons… Question. How much were these at release? My local store is asking $400 now.

    thanks

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