Those who frequent comic book shops and comic cons will be very familiar with “Sketch Covers”. For the rest of you, a sketch cover is a comic book (or magazine, or…) that has a blank cover with just the book’s title graphics in place. These are either the actual cover or, more often, a second cover on top of the printed cover and stapled in as a single comic. Sketch covers use a cardstock or heavyweight paper that is suitable for drawing on in pencil and marker, hence the name. Every time I do comic cons I get more than a few people who ask me to do sketch covers of various comics for them. Like these:
For the first time, MAD has a sketch cover variant with this latest issue, #538. You can only get it in comic book shops, and they only get a limited quantity of them, so they may be hard to find. Unused copies of the MAD #538 sketch cover variant are bound to be pretty tough to come by… not only because there were probably only a few thousand actually printed, but because the issue has been out for 2 days now and Sergio Aragonés has probably already drawn on 95% of them.
I have procured a few of these sketch cover MAD‘s, and will be offering them EXCLUSIVELY at comic cons with a sketch (duh) for a ridiculously overpriced amount yet to be determined. Sorry, no online orders for these at this time. I only have a few of them and I’d like to be able to do them at conventions. So, come visit me at one of these comic cons if you want a MAD sketch cover done!
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