[UPDATE: Looking for the regular #1 variants? Those are different than Alpha #1 and we have a separate guide for those, of which here are many as well.]
The roadmap in advance of the “War of the Bounty Hunters” series is a little confusing. It starts with War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 (May 5), then jumps over to Star Wars #13 (May 12), Bounty Hunters #12 (May 19), Darth Vader #12 (May 26), and Doctor Aphra #10 (May 26) before resuming with War of the Bounty Hunters #1 (June 2) thru #5, all before “The Book of Boba Fett” premiers on Disney+ this December. There are even more spin-off, one-shot “companion” issues: War of the Bounty Hunters – Jabba the Hutt #1, plus more for IG-88, Boushh, and 4-LOM/Zuckuss.
To add to the campaign, there are an incredible amount of official variant covers. To help you know about them all, we not only log them in our massive database of Boba Fett collectibles, but we’ll go through them one by one in this article. (The numbering below is for convenience only and nowhere to be found on the issues themselves; they’re actually in the order we’ve learned of their existence.)
There are also micro variants, where there’s the cover with and without all the text on the front. Those have additional rarities and costs. There are also author autographed variants, which we won’t be segmenting out below. For the sake of a broad overview, these are just the primary variants from each artist/retailer.
Thanks to our friends at Fantha Tracks for contributing to some of our info below.
1. Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters Alpha #1 features the regular cover by Steve McNiven, who also illustrated the interior.
2. Action Figure Variant features cover art by John Tyler Christopher.
3. Director’s Cut Variant apparently features some extra pages with bonus sketch content from Steve McNiven.
4. Leinil Francis Yu Variant
5. McNiven Crimson Variant has a subtle variant look by Steve McNiven versus his regular cover.
6. McNiven Black Armor Variant has a bolder variant look by Steve McNiven versus his regular cover.
7. Director’s Cut Sketch Variant likely contains all of what Director’s Cut Variant (see above) adds, but just with the different art on the front.
11. Sara Pichelli Variant, featuring Fett in his poncho, is sold exclusively at Scorpion Comics.
12. Bernard Chang Variant is available exclusively at Things From Another World starting April 15 at 11am Pacific.
16. David Lopez Variant is sold exclusively at Mega Gaming & Comics on eBay.
19. Neal Adams Variant is exclusively available from Antihero Gallery on Friday, April 16 at 2:30pm Pacific.
20. Chris Sprouse Variant is exclusively available from Big Time Collectibles this Friday, April 16 at noon Pacific / 2pm Central.
21. Ken Lashley Variant is exclusively available from Gotham Central Comics starting April 15 at noon Pacific / 3pm Eastern.
22. Will Sliney Variant is exclusively available from Jetpack Comics & Games.
23. Erik M. Gist Variant is exclusively available from IGComicstore starting April 23rd at 10am Central. (They’ll be showing off the cover themselves on April 20, but BFFC got a sneak peek.) Mutant Beaver Comics also is selling copies.
24. Carlo Pagulayan Variant is exclusively available April 17 at 9am Pacific from Devil Dog Comics.
28. Clayton Crain Variant is exclusively available from Black Flag Comics starting Tuesday, April 27 at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern. It sold out quickly, but KRS Comics will have some to sell on Wednesday, April 28 at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern.
31. Paolo Villanelli Variant has a limited edition of 600. Listed as a May 5 release but it went on sale on May 9 at The Comic Mint and Mutant Beaver Comics. There may be other shared retailers, but it’s not clear.