Marvel Comics celebrates Black History Month with variant covers by Ernanda Souza paying tribute to prominent Black heroes like Blade and Storm.
Marvel Comics will be releasing a series of Black History Month variants throughout February. These variant covers will offer a look at Marvel’s most popular Black superheroes. There will be seven covers in total for seven different comic book series corresponding to the character represented on the variant cover.
Last year, Marvel celebrated Black History Month with Marvel’s Voices, a one-shot anthology that brought together diverse creators and characters. Some of the creative team included Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan and Roxanne Gay, the bestselling author of Bad Feminist. This year, Marvel’s seven variant covers paying tribute to popular Black heroes are crafted by cover artist Ernanda Souza. This marks her Marvel Comics debut.
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Originally announced last year, Marvel Comics recently revealed the rest of their variant covers for Black History Month. In response to the covers, Souza commented in the Marvel Comics press release, “First of all, I have to say that working for Marvel is a huge dream come true. I grew up watching Marvel movies and TV shows—especially the X-Men animated series in the ’90s—and playing the whole Arcade franchise games. And to be honest, I never thought I would ever do work with them, but I’m glad to say I did.” She goes on to say: “As an Afro/Latin artist, it’s a big honor for me to start with the company and work on some of the characters I like and who represent the Black community. Representation with respect is always a good thing, there can never be too much. I know I can only speak for myself, but I hope I did them justice.”
The complete list of variant covers feature Blade on The Avengers #42 cover, the new Valkyrie on the King in Black: Return of the Valkyries cover, Black Panther on the Black Panther #23 cover, Falcon on the King in Black: Captain America #1 cover, Ironheart on the cover of Champions #4, Miles Morales unmasked on the cover of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #23, and Storm on the cover of X-Men #18. These are some of Marvel’s most prominent heroes of color.
While Marvel Comics has its variant covers, DC Comics will be continuing their The Other History of the DC Universe mini-series, which looks at the world of DC through the eyes of minority superheroes, including Black Lightning, Bumblebee, and Renee Montoya as The Question. So in addition to The Other History of the DC Universe and DC’s The Next Batman comics featuring Tim Fox, pick up Black History Month variants from Marvel Comics throughout the month of February at your local comic book store. It’s nice to see more representation in comic books, and hopefully, the spotlight will continue to shine on minority heroes not just during Black History Month but all year long.
Source: Marvel Comics
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