Question about comic covers

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  1. Arsenic

    Arsenic Well-Known Member

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    Each issue of TF comics usually has 3 covers: A, B and RI.

    Q1. What's the difference between issue with cover A, B, and RI? Just cover or more than cover?
    Q2. Why does 'Cover RI' is not called as 'Cover C'? Is it different from A or B?
    Q3. Can I get all of those covers if I order 3 copies on Amazon and note "I want one copy with cover A, another with cover B, and other with cover RI"?
     
  2. Nevermore

    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

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    Only the covers are different, the content is the same.

    "RI" means "retailer incentive". For every X amount of copies of an issue a store orders, they get one RI cover.
     
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    So, that means RI covers are harder to get. I have to give up :( 
    Then what about Q3? If I order 2 copies with each cover from sellers of Amazon.com, then I can get them all?
    (I'm planning to collect issues of RID and MTMTE series next year)
     
  4. Bass X0

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    Look on ebay. I see RI covers all the time, they tend to be over twice as expensive as a regular cover.
     
  5. Chris McFeely

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    Covers A and B ship in an equal ratio to retailers, so anyone you're buying from who's selling them as a business rather than an individual should be able to provide you with both covers if you ask.
     
  6. Leo Primus

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    I'd suggest ordering from comic-specialised websites like MyComicShop.com or MileHighComics.com, since they list variants as different items. Also, while new, incentive covers cost roughly the same as the regular ones.