Snapshot: Marvel Comic’s Upcoming Cosplay Variant Covers -Spider Edition


In a move that shines a spotlight on a number of cosplayers who don the guise of various Marvel heroes and heroines, Marvel comics has announced a wave of cosplay variant covers. Hitting shelves in October, these variants feature cosplayers dressed up as the title’s respective hero/ine. I don’t cosplay myself, but I imagine that landing yourself on the cover of a comic as the hero you’re portraying is somewhat of a pinnacle in the cosplay world (or at the very least a dent in the cosplay bucket list) and I respect Marvel for launching such a creative cover idea -as there isn’t always much of a strong connection between the comic giant and its cosplaying fans. Here’s the list of upcoming titles:

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

But of course here at WASC, we want to shine some light onto the spider related comic book covers, which this time around includes Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and the always welcome Spider-Gwen. First up we have Aaron Rivin (check out his stuff here) as the Amazing Spider-Man. Angled in a cool fashion, Aaron strikes a classic spidey pose, donning the classic red and blues. The construction of the suit is sharp, and with great eye lens proportions and spot on color shades, the picture as a whole really respects the character.

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Next up we have Yashuntafun Cosplay’s (website


) take on Spider-Woman. Choosing Jessica Drew’s newest costume designed by Kris Anka, the cosplayer strikes a confident pose. The focus on getting small details right, such as the tinted shades and multi-colored digits on the glove, really brings accuracy to the look. Also, you can’t go wrong with web wings!

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And last but not least, we have Kathrine Zan (more of her stuff


) with her depiction of Spider-Gwen! I for one really like Spider-Gwen’s costume, and think that it has one of  the best color palettes of any costume out there, and Kathrine’s recreation does it justice. From the inner lining of the hood with the cyan blue webs to the cyan blue soles of the “shoes”, the costume is a shot for shot replication. One thing to note is that judging from the background of each cover, it seems like the spider-related variants were all shot in the same location.

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I always enjoy looking at good cosplay, and it was a cool move by Marvel to feature these talented artists as covers. Perhaps we’ll one day see a grand Avengers cover with a multitude of people. Once again, look for these titles in October and drop a comment below to share your thoughts.