Marvel Cosplay Variants Take Over Line In October


Move over artists. Cosplayers are taking over.

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Okay, not entirely. Marvel’s super hero comics in October, most of which will be brand new #1 issues, will still have traditional covers. But they will also have Cosplay Variants featuring a number of people dressed up as their favorite Marvel heroes.

Marvel announced 20 books getting the cosplay variants today, with a 21st title mysteriously labeled as “Classified” — which we took to mean it hasn’t been announced yet. The timing is certainly right, both because the series involved are all getting relaunched coming out of Secret Wars and because October contains the holiday that turns everyone into cosplayers, Halloween.

“Cosplayers are taking over,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “Each convention I go to, it seems like there are more and more fans dressing up like their favorite Marvel characters. These homemade, hand-crafted costumes are so elaborate, it looks like they leapt off the comic page. The Cosplay Variant initiative is our way of supporting a community that supports us.”

Here’s the full list of titles included in the Cosplay Variant program:

  1. A-Force #1 Cosplay Variant by Jay Justice
  2. All-New Inhumans #1 Cosplay Variant by Yaya Han
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #1 Cosplay Variant by Aaron Rivin
  4. Astonishing Ant-Man #1 Cosplay Variant by SoloRoboto Industries
  5. Avengers #0 Cosplay Variant by Michael Cox
  6. Captain Marvel #1 Cosplay Variant by Judy Stephens
  7. Daredevil #1 Cosplay Variant by Patrick ‘Rick’ Lane
  8. Doctor Strange #1 Cosplay Variant by Allen Lee Hansard
  9. Extraordinary X-Men #1 Cosplay Variant by Amanda Lynne Shafer
  10. Guardians of the Galaxy #1 Cosplay Variant by Contagious Costuming
  11. Invincible Iron Man #1 Cosplay Variant by Dale Oliver
  12. Ms. Marvel #1 Cosplay Variant by Soni Balestier
  13. Nova #1 Cosplay Variant by Cap Santiago
  14. Sam Wilson Captain America #1 Cosplay Variant by Eddie Newsome
  15. Spider-Gwen #1 Cosplay Variant by Kathrine Zan
  16. Spider-Woman #1 Cosplay Variant by Yashuntafun Cosplay
  17. The Mighty Thor #1 Cosplay Variant by Sarah Jean Maefs
  18. The Mighty Thor #2 Cosplay Variant by Kevin Spooner
  19. Uncanny Avengers #1 Cosplay Variant by Miss Kit Quinn
  20. Uncanny Inhumans #1 Cosplay Variant by Kalel Sean

Get prepared for these variants now by asking your LCS how you can obtain them, and look for a full cover gallery right here at Bam Smack Pow later this weekend.

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