The news about this next set of variant covers hit the media a couple of months ago but I am generally of the mindset that readers don’t remember much about the day before yesterday nowadays much less an announcement from months ago based on all the constant stimulation from the social networks. With comic book stuff like this I’ve found it beneficial to do them as reminders so you can hit the shop a few weeks before and make sure special editions are added to your pull list. That said this next batch features a time honored part of the comic book cover as beautifully rendered by the great Joe Jusko. Check it out.
Face front, True Believers and prepare for the return of the iconic Marvel Corner Boxes! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce a series of over 20 Corner Box Variant Covers, coming to select comics throughout the month of February! All rendered by legendary artist Joe Jusko, these covers feature lush paintings inspired by the classic Marvel corner box artwork of yesterday!
“We’re elated to have Joe Jusko do a series of variant covers based on the classic Marvel corner boxes,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Joe perfectly recaptures what made that artwork so iconic in the first place, and he’s bringing that sense of gravitas to some brand new Marvel Corner Boxes featuring modern characters like Spider-Gwen, Deadpool and more.”
Marvel is pleased to reveal the first eight Corner Box Variants, coming to these February titles:
The Press Release:
Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Cyclops, Miles Morales, Nova and the Totally Awesome Hulk are exploding onto the scene this October as Marvel’s newest teen team supreme. And they’re coming at you in the highly anticipated new series CHAMPIONS #1 – from Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid and Eisner Award nominated artist Humberto Ramos! To celebrate the release of this historic 1st issue and the kickoff to the brand-new Marvel NOW! initiative, Marvel has partnered with valued retail partners across the globe to produce custom Champions #1 variant covers! Continue reading Marvel Comics Unveils “Champions” First Issue Retailer Variants→
The Press Release:
New York, NY—August 26th, 2016 — The Marvel Universe is fractured. Heroes who once stood together now position themselves in against one another. The next generation of heroes are fed up! It’s time for a change. It’s time for a brighter tomorrow. Enter…the CHAMPIONS! Six determined young heroes out to change the world. Get ready to meet them in Marvel’s CHAMPIONS #1 – a brand-new ongoing series launching this October as the flagship title of Marvel NOW!
Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid and Eisner Award nominated artist Humberto Ramos join forces to bring you a brand new super team for a brand new era. A teen team supreme that refuses to adhere to the outdated ways of old and is ready to change the world on their own terms. It’s time to be heroes again, and Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Nova, Viv Vision, Cyclops and the Totally Awesome Hulk are striking out on their own to make a new future. Not Avengers. Not Defenders. They are – Champions!
“To their mind – the reputation of super heroes has taken a very public beating and they’re very intent on proving to the world that super heroes still have value and still have relevance,” says writer Mark Waid in an interview with Marvel.com.
It doesn’t take a Tony Stark or Captain America to make a difference. All it takes is six young heroes and you can change the world. A new day is dawning – and these six are just getting started! Be there for their first outing as Marvel NOW! shifts into high gear in CHAMPIONS #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on October 5th!
CHAMPIONS #1: Written by MARK WAID; Art & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
CHAMPIONS #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN
Party Variant by JAY FOSGITT
Variant Covers by ALEX ROSS & SKOTTIE YOUNG
Champions Variant by MARK BROOKS
Classic Ghost Rider Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Miles & Hulk Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH
Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant Also Available
Blank Cover Available
FOC – 09/05/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I shared in my post about the team in the “Change The World” posting, I am eager to see what kind of action this new version of The Champions will be like in terms of storytelling. Despite it being a very maligned and off-kilter team way back in the seventies, I did like The Champions back then. It might have been my youthful naivete but who knows now in this 2016 year what I was thinking at the time. Anyway, what do you think of all the variant covers and the preview pages that I’ve shared below. Let me know down in the comments if you think that this title will be of interest to you. See you next time around.
Hey my comic book loving friends. It seems that there is a new superhero team coming by way of the all-new “Champions” and the fine folks at Marvel Comics have begun to unveil these Character Posters that feature the team. What I am going to do with this notice is add any of the new images to this single post as the hectic nature of the site right now I cannot devote a single post for each of them. Let’s start with the first one and then I’ll add them in accordingly. Once done I will order them by name for ease of perusal. Enjoy.