The Extremist #1 (platinum edition)


In the early 1990’s, when comic book collecting became extremely popular, publishers would sometimes create special versions of certain issues as collector’s editions. Sometimes these had special colors, like gold or silver. Vertigo had what they called platinum editions.

I have only one of these: the platinum edition of The Extremist #1. (Its front cover is shown above left. For comparison, the regular edition’s front cover is shown above right. Both covers have silver ink.) I bought it when it first came out; it was the only Vertigo platinum edition that was offered for sale to me. I forgot the price I paid for it; probably some amount from 600 to 1000 pesos (during a time when a new comic book with a US$2 list price would cost around 80 pesos).

The cover is a comic-book collector’s nightmare (because black covers easily show the effects of handling). The outside front cover is mostly black, while the outside back cover is all black. It seems that the platinum edition is exactly the same as the regular edition except for the cover. The regular edition has a color advertisement for the movie Kalifornia on its outside back cover, a black-and-white advertisement for Vertigo Jam (a one-shot comic book) on its inside front cover, and a black-and-white advertisement for Vertigo on its inside back cover. The platinum edition has a letter from the editor to the retailer (shown below left) on its inside front cover, and an illustration by Ted McKeever (shown below right) on its inside back cover. (Click on the images to see higher-resolution versions.)

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