Marvel Recreates Iconic Spider-Man, X-Men Covers in New Homage Variant Series

Marvel is recreating a number of iconic comic book covers in a new series of homage variants starring Spider-Man, X-Men and many other recognizable characters.

The homage variant cover series launches in January and includes contributions from artists such as Inhyuk Lee, Paco Medina, Peach Momoko, Rob Liefeld and many more. “From Elektra rocking her new Daredevil costume as she faces off against Bullseye in Frank Cho’s version of Frank Miller’s historic Daredevil #181 to John Romita Jr.’s take on his father’s groundbreaking ‘Spider-Man No More!’ cover to Leinil Francis Yu’s mutant spin on Star Wars #1, these are the covers etched into every comic fan’s brain and now they can see them reborn in fantastic new ways!” the publisher said of the series.

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The series begins on Jan. 4, 2023, with variants for Avengers #64 (by Lee, inspired by 1964’s Avengers #4 cover by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman), Captain Marvel #45 (by Carmen Carnero, inspired by 1977’s Ms. Marvel #1 cover by John Romita Sr.), Daredevil # 7 (by Cho, inspired by 1981’s Daredevil #181 cover by Miller), Marauders #10 (by Jen Bartel, inspired by 1980’s Uncanny X-Men #141 cover by John Byrne and Terry Austin) and X-Force #36 (by Rob Liefeld, inspired by 1991’s X-Force #1 cover by Liefeld).

On Jan. 11, 2023, the publisher will release variants for Amazing Spider-Man #17 (by Romita Jr., inspired by 1967’s Amazing Spider-Man #50 cover by Romita Sr., Stan Goldberg and Sam Rosen), Black Panther #13 (by Medina, inspired by 1966’s Fantastic Four #52 cover by Kirby, Goldberg and Artie Simek), Ghost Rider #10 (by Phil Noto, inspired by 1972’s Marvel Spotlight #5 cover by Mike Ploog), Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 (by Stephanie Hans, inspired by 1990’s Spider-Man #1 cover by Todd McFarlane), Monica Rambeau: Photon #2 (by Momoko, inspired by 1982’s Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 cover by Romita Jr. and Romita Sr.), Moon Knight #19 (by David Nakayama, inspired by 1980’s Moon Knight #1 cover by Bill Sienkiewicz) and Wolverine #29 (by Adi Granov, inspired by 1982’s Wolverine #1 cover by Miller).

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Variant covers within the series releasing on Jan. 18, 2023, include Avengers Forever #13 (by Pepe Larraz, inspired by 1968’s Avengers #57 cover by John Buscema and George Klein), Immortal X-Men #10 (by Leinil Francis Yu, inspired by 1977’s Star Wars #1 cover by Howard Chaykin), Invincible Iron Man #2 (by Esad Ribic, inspired by 1979’s Iron Man #126 cover by Romita Jr. and Bob Layton), Strange #10 (by Iban Coello, inspired by 1968’s Doctor Strange #169 cover by Dan Adkins) and Venom #15 (by John Tyler Christopher, inspired by 1993’s Amazing Spider-Man #375 cover by Mark Bagley). Rounding out the series on Jan. 25, 2023, is a variant for Amazing Spider-Man #18 (by Ryan Stegman, inspired by 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man #100 cover by Romita Sr. and Frank Giacoia).

More Marvel Homage Variants Are Coming Soon

While 18 have so far been released, Marvel announced seven other variants that will also be part of the series — Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty (coming Jan. 4, 2023, by Skottie Young, inspired by 1968’s Captain America #109 cover by Kirby and Syd Shores), Fantastic Four #3 (coming Jan. 4, 2023, by Phil Jimenez, inspired by 1966’s Fantastic Four #48 cover by Kirby, Goldberg and Joe Sinnott), Gold Goblin #3 (coming Jan. 4, 2023, by J. Scott Campbell, inspired by 1966’s Amazing Spider-Man #39 cover by Romita Sr.), Scarlet Witch #1 (coming Jan. 4, 2023, by Adam Hughes, inspired by 1990’s West Coast Avengers #62 cover by Paul Ryan), Spider-Man #4 (coming Jan. 4, 2023, by John Cassaday, inspired by 1972’s Marvel Team-Up #1 cover by Giacoia, Rosen and Gil Kane), X-Men Red #10 (coming Jan. 4, 2023, by Russell Dauterman, inspired by 1980’s X-Men #137 cover by Byrne, Austin and Jim Novak) and Captain America: Symbol of Truth #9 (coming Jan. 1, 2023, by Alex Maleev, inspired by 1968’s Captain America #109 cover by Kirby and Shores).

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