How many times have you purchased a comic book that has been signed by a creator, and you later find out that signature is fake? For comic book collectors and those trading on value, that realization can be truly shattering. When Secret Weapons #1 arrives in June, Valiant brings back the Valiant Validated Signature Series that ensures your signed comic is authentic.
Established in 1993 with the release of RAI AND THE FUTURE FORCE #9, the VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES is a high-end, special treatment given to limited-edition copies of some of Valiant’s most prominent releases – issued and authenticated by Valiant itself and signed by members of each series’ respective creative team. The VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES was a hallmark of the original Valiant Universe and would go on to adorn some of the publisher’s most renowned releases with signatures from legendary industry talents, including Sean Chen, Dick Giordano, Bob Layton, John Ostrander, Don Perlin, Bart Sears, and more.
“It is Valiant’s distinct honor to return to one of our most fondly remembered traditions with the newly revitalized VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce in a press release to Major Spoilers. “From our very first release, X-O MANOWAR #1 in 2012, the Valiant fans have been demanding the return of the VALIANT VALIDATED SIGNATURE SERIES. This summer, SECRET WEAPONS #1 (of 4) will be of the utmost importance to the Valiant Universe at large, making it the perfect title to lead the reintroduction of this line.”
This seems like a great way to handle signatures, short of having creators sign a document of authentication at a comic book convention (though I hear there are some cons that are starting to require something like that).
Secret Weapons #1, a Valiant prestige format book, arrives on June 28, 2017 with a cover price of $3.99 for the regular book.