Talk about some serious girl power -- super power, that is: To celebrate Women's History Month in March, Marvel announced today (January 30) that it would recruit female artists to draw variant covers for some of the comics house's most popular books.
In a release announcing the move, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso hailed 2014 as a landmark year for women and the company, both as characters and as artists on the books themselves.
"Marvel now has more titles starring female leads than ever before, the Women of Marvel panel is one of the most highly attended at conventions, and the weekly Women of Marvel podcast continues to grow," he said. "In 2015, we intend to continue that tradition, and March’s Women of Marvel variant covers — featuring 20 of the best female artists in the industry – is just the beginning."
Emily Shaw, a Marvel editor, praised the project.
"Jeanine Schaefer and I have had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the best female artists in the industry to show off their take on Marvel’s biggest characters and teams," she said.
The covers will officially debut in March, but we have a sneak peek of several to share today. Take a look.
"Ant-Man #3," drawn by Katie Cook
"Guardians of the Galaxy #25," drawn by Erica Henderson
"Legendary Star-Lord #10," drawn by Sana Takeda
"Rocket Raccoon #9," drawn by Janet Lee
"S.H.I.E.L.D. #4," drawn by Colleen Doran
"Thor #7," drawn by Stephanie Hans
"Uncanny X-Men #33," drawn by Stacey Lee
"Amazing Spider-Man #16," drawn by Ming Doyle
Stay on the lookout for more previews of the variant covers over coming weeks! Looks like there are plenty more to come from Marvel, including "Avengers," "New Avengers" and "Ms. Marvel" titles. Select retailers will carry the covers throughout the month of March.