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Fury of Firestorm #61 Variant Cover

Back in July 1987, DC Comics test-marketed a couple different covers and logos. This was long before variant covers became commonplace as they are nowadays. Justice League #3 and Fury of Firestorm #61 were sold in certain areas as a marketing test. The two variants featured different primary images and a “Superman Comics” logo in place of the usual DC Comics logo.

Here is the standard edition cover to Fury of Firestorm #61:

Fury of Firestorm #61 primary cover - DC Comics

Here is the variant edition cover to Fury of Firestorm #61 along with the “Superman Comics” logo:

Fury of Firestorm #61 variant cover - Superman Comics

Here is a close-up of the “Superman Comics” logo.

Superman Comics - July 1987

Interesting that they chose Firestorm.  Anyone out there actually remember seeing this “Superman Comics” edition on the shelves?  If you’ve got a copy of the “Superman Comics” edition, let us know you lucky geek!

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  1. Mock! says:

    The comic book shop I was frequenting when this came out had both this and the Justice League covers up on the wall instantly. I don’t think they were one of the test markets. the owner was semi-famous for having at least one copy of EVERY DC comic ever published so I always assumed that is how she got them….

  2. Firestormfan89 says:

    I have never seen this before! Great post Shag! too bad you didn’t have the cover of justice league never seen that either.

  3. Shag says:

    Thanks for the comments!

    Mock – That’s really cool. I wonder how she was able to get every DC comic. Color me jealous!

    Firestormfan89 – I actually don’t own the cover myself. I got the image from Here is a link to the Justice League cover. Neat stuff!

  4. Mock! says:

    Here is a link to the story about the collector:

    I know money was involved….her family owns all the Pepsi distributorships in our whole state!

  5. Jeff DeWitt says:

    I actually have the variant issue as well as the normal version. When I was buying the comic when they came out, I only had the choice of buying the variant. I didn’t realize it wasn’t the normal cover until I saw the same issue number with the regular cover at a bookstore, so I bought it too.

  6. Rick says:

    I had both covers at one time. The art on the Superman comics cover fooled me into thinking it was a new issue. I was very dissapointed when I got home and opened it up to see that I already read the story. Years later when I needed money to get married I was happy to have it when I sold it for $100. Firestorm came to the rescue. I suppose Superman did too since it was his logo that made the issue rare. I wonder why they didn’t stick with that logo?

  7. rob! says:

    What were these variants supposed to prove, sales wise?

  8. Shag says:

    I can only guess that Warner Bros played around with the idea of changing “DC Comics” to “Superman Comics”. Just my guess.


  9. Andrew M says:

    I also have this issue. Years ago someone was selling it on Ebay and i picked up both versions of this issue for only $8 and finally completing my collection!

  10. Thom says:

    I have two copies of each…JLA #3 and FoF #61.

    They’ve been kept bagged and boarded since I bought them at a Circle K in Visalia, CA.

    Anyone know where I can sell them?


  11. rick says:

    e-bay is where I sold mine.

  12. Ouilo Strange says:

    I have this variant cover. I collected Firestorm from issue #1 and this is the one my comic shop slipped in my folder for me to buy or I never would have known.

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