Amid the announcements of sellouts and second of third printings for the New 52, Heidi MacDonald catches an email from DC Comics notifying retailers of a printing error on some copies of Green Lantern #1. That noise you just heard was the sound of speculators making a frantic dash to their local comics store.
The flaw in question is a little green teardrop above Sinestro's ear (you can see it in the image on the right). DC asks retailers to report the flawed copies to Diamond Comic Distributors by Monday. Replacement copies will arrive on Oct. 12, the same day as Green Lantern #2.
Naturally, a flawed copy has already made its way onto eBay, where the starting bid is $9.99. However, what DC labels "a printing error," the seller characterizes as a sly maneuver by the publisher: "I'VE PLACED THE TEARDROP MISPRINT COVER IN ONE PHOTO AND REGULAR COVER ON THE OTHER PHOTO. ITS REALLY OBVIOUS. I'LL LET YOU BE THE JUDGE, CALL IT WHATEVER YOU LIKE. I think it was intentional especially with a launch of this magnitude."
What DC would get out of it, I don't know. But far be it for me to question a shrewd owner of an "unread, NM, dripping wet off the presses" copy of the "Teardrop Misprint Variant."
RETAILER ADVISORY: PRINTING ERROR ON SOME COPIES OF GREEN LANTERN #1
DC Comics has received reports of a printing error on the front cover of some copies of GREEN LANTERN #1 (JUL110218). The flaw is an irregular green loop that appears above Sinestro’s ear.
Please check all of your copies for the flaw and report any flawed copies as damages to Diamond by Monday, September 19. DC is working to pull copies printed for other markets to replace the damaged copies, but we need to know the size of the problem and we need to audit our existing inventories to avoid sending out additional flawed copies.
Replacement copies will be scheduled to arrive in stores October 12, the same day issue #2 is scheduled to arrive in stores.