Get your wallets ready Bidites. One of the variant covers of "The Walking Dead" #100 is a Hero Initiative variant. If you're not familiar with the Hero Initiative, their history from their webte is as follows:
"In late 2000, a consortium of comic publishers came up with the idea to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery. By March of 2001, the federal government approved The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).
nce its inception, The Hero Initiative (Formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to over 50 comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment."
On the Collector's Society message boards, issue #100 of "The Walking Dead" & all of the variant covers have a thread going that is quite the topic of conversation. The artwork for one of the Hero Initiative variants has been revealed. Degned by famed comic artist Mark Texeira, it features the Mona Lisa as a Walker.
As for when we might see these variants popping up for auction, I recently contacted Eric Stephenson of Image for additional information regarding them & he said he believes they will be auctioned off this holiday season.