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Anthony Puleo

Senior Writer

* Avid comic collector, starting in the early 90s with the Death of Superman & Breaking of the Bat story arcs.

* Wrote for the Hofstra Chronicle, covering the New York Jets.

* Currently, I’m a Windows Systems Engineer.

* Born and raised in NY, recently transplanted to the SF Bay Area.

* Sucker for variant covers with a compulsion to complete sets.

Joker #1 - Year of the Villain - Complete Cover Checklist

The events of Dark Nights: Metal have transpired, and the Omega Titans have been thrust into the DC Universe after the destruction of the Source Wall. They’ve begun their attack on the main universe, and some of the most feared and vile villains in the DCU are running amok. The Year of the Villain (YotV) is upon us!


Batman’s #1 nemesis who debuted in Batman #1 way back in 1940, and perhaps the most famous villain in comic book history, The Joker gets the royal treatment in this lot of One-Shot titles. On top of the Tan/Deering primary cover, there are a multitude of store variants. You’ll see some astounding artwork by Garner, Brown, Lim, Jock, and some of the modern-day Italian Renaissance painters: Mattina, Dell’Otto, & Parillo (personal favorites).

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Wonder Woman #750 - Complete Cover Checklist

From her first appearance in All Star Comics #8 in 1941 to her ascendency into the Trinity of DC Comics (along with Batman & Superman), Wonder Woman has been a key figure in the DC Universe. This Princess of Themyscira, originally introduced as an American patriot, is getting the well-deserved royal treatment that we’ve already seen bestowed upon the other members of DCs premier triumvirate of heroes. Much like Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000, Wonder Woman #750 is getting a feature release from DC, with myriad publisher & retailer variant covers. Getting to issue #750 has taken a more winding road than the other two landmark issues, with more than a few different volumes over the decades, but this honor is an important milestone in the comic universe.

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House of X #1-6 - Complete Mini-series Cover Checklist

House of X and Powers of X (Ten) are two parts of a major Marvel Universe crossover event leading up to the Dawn of X relaunch. In House of X, we’re introduced to a new version of Charles Xavier’s dream alongside Magneto, Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Wolverine. In Powers of X, we’re told the story of the entirety of Mutant history, all the way through to the future.


The titles will release on an alternating basis, sharing a series of pivotal events that take place over the course of a month. At the conclusion of House of X and Powers of X, we’re going to have to reevaluate how we understood all of the classic X-Men tales. These rotating mini-series are sure to create massive ripples for all of mutant kind.

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X-men #1 (2019) - Complete Cover Checklist

Once the events of House of X and Powers of X (Ten) come to their dramatic conclusions, the story of the X-Men will be turned on its head, changing all we know about the Marvel Mutant Universe. In X-Men #1, the story of the most famous mutant superhero team in comics will be taken in a direction not yet seen.


This new era of X-men, led by Cyclops, consists of a roster almost exclusively made up of family members of Scott Summers, spanning multiple eras and alternate realities. This new team will include Jean Grey, Young Cable, Rachel, Alex Summers, Gabriel, Corsair, and fan favorite Wolverine as the only non-relative in the group.


House of X & Power of X writer, Jonathan Hickman, will continue the story begun in the intertwining mini-series. X-Men #1 will have a main cover drawn by Leinil Yu, with a main variant cover by Artgerm. Retailer Exclusive variant cover artists already include Mark Bagley, Marco Checchetto, Russell Dauterman, Jonathan Hickman, & Mark Brooks.

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Batman / Superman #1 (2019) - Complete Cover Checklist

In a universe where good battles evil on a daily basis, there exists a villain so horrifying that it takes a superhero team-up of epic proportions to confront him. The Batman Who Laughs (BWL) is the newest big bad to hit the DCU, and he’s terrorizing everyone he encounters. In Batman/Superman, DC’s new monthly title finds the duo tracking down the six heroes turned into BWL’s psychotic horsemen. These corrupted heroes, known as the Secret Six, include the likes of Shazam!, Hawkman, Supergirl, Blue Beetle, Donna Troy, & Jim Gordon. The reality of having to take down some of their closest friends and allies will test the relationship between Bruce and Clark like never before. Can they trust each other? Can they save their fellow heroes from the grasp of the BWL?


Written by Joshua Williamson, with a main cover drawn by David Marquez and a main variant cover by Leinil Yu, Batman/Superman is a must read for fans of the Caped Crusader and the Dark Knight. If you’re in it for the artwork, there will be retailer variant covers featuring the artwork of Warren Louw, Ben Oliver, Clayton Crain, Greg Horn, John Giang, Kaare Andrews, Ryan Kincaid, Rodolfo Migliari, Lucio Parrillo, & Francesco Mattina.

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DC's Year of the Villain - Complete Cover Checklist

The events of Dark Nights: Metal have transpired, and the Omega Titans have been thrust into the DC Universe after the destruction of the Source Wall. They’ve begun their attack on the main universe, and some of the most feared and vile villains in the DCU are running amok. The Year of the Villain (YotV) is upon us!


YotV is a cross-over story arc that takes place in many of the monthly titles solicited by DC. On top of the monthly books where the story unfolds, we’ve been given One-Shots of some of the more popular and noteworthy characters involved in this dark tryst.


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Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #1-6 - Complete Mini-Series Cover Checklist

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy will explore the relationship between these two femme fatales in the aftermath of Heroes in Crisis. Bestselling and critically-acclaimed writer Jody Houser (Faith, Star Wars, Amazing Spider-Man) brings us this 6-Issue mini-series that should put years of innuendo and speculation to rest, finally giving readers a detailed account of the intimate personal relationship between these two iconic villainesses. The story will be illustrated by the amazingly talented Adriana Melo, whose illustrations in the Star Wars: Empire series, as well as her work on DC’s Birds of Prey will assure that this mini-series will be both textually and visually captivating. There are sure to be myriad Exclusive Retailer variants, so keep this page in your favorites to be up-to-date on all of the spectacular covers to come.

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Spawn #299 - Complete Cover Checklist

The final issue before the landmark Spawn #300, Spawn #299 brings us yet another homage to McFarlane’s own work. The ‘Toddfather’ pays tribute to his own Amazing Spider-Man #299 on the 3 awesomely retro retailer covers.


Inside you’ll find Part II of the “Road to 300” story arc, featuring an entertaining plot that introduces us to ‘The Rapture’, described as “Heaven’s answer to the mythic Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse...”. Written by McFarlane himself, with interior illustrations by Jason Shawn Alexander, the lead-up to the landmark “#300” will surely test Spawn’s mettle against this new antagonist and promises to be a must read for any serious Spawn collector or casual reader!


Bookmark this page to keep track of any variant covers that are announced!

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Spawn #301 - Complete Cover Checklist

Alone at the top…


After the release of record-breaking Spawn #301, Todd McFarlane’s most famous creation stands alone as the longest-running creator owned comic in comic book history. If you’ve been on this journey following the exploits of Mr. Al Simmons since 1992, or jumped onto the hell-wagon later on, you’ll be bursting at the seams to get your hands on this instant classic. I never thought that I’d still be reading this title 27 years after picking up the iconic first issue. Spawn #301 is a testament to the talents and contributions of everyone involved in bringing us this beloved hero. First as the cornerstone of the creator-founded Image Comics, and now as their most veteran torch bearer, Spawn is as exciting as ever.


This 48-page ‘Giant’ features McFarlane returning to pencil and ink the interior pages. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see the original master at the helm of his creation. Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander, Clayton Crain, Jerome Opeña, & Francesco Mattina join in to celebrate this ground-breaking achievement. As with Issue #300, there will be at least 18 retailer variants to collect and choose from.


You’ll be able to track all of the variant covers here, as always.

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