With Pride month just around the corner, both major comic book companies are pulling out many (if not all) of the stops to celebrate both their queer audiences and their LGBT characters. Both companies are releasing pride-themed anthologies featuring a diverse lineup of writers and artists, and both have also announced pride-themed variant covers for almost their entire lineup. Today, Marvel unveiled their pride variants featuring their LGBT heroes drawn by Phil Jimenez, a queer creator with a long history at Marvel. For more details, check out their press release below:
In addition to MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1, Marvel Comics will commemorate Pride Month this year with a new series of stunning variant covers by legendary artist Phil Jimenez! Spotlighting Marvel’s growing LGBTQ+ representation, Marvel’s PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVERS will feature some of Marvel’s most popular LGBTQ+ heroes including Wiccan, Northstar, Mystique, and more. These stunning depictions will proudly adorn the covers of your favorite Marvel titles throughout the month of June.
“I’m always blown away at how different things are now in comics when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation than when I started, and Marvel’s dedication to that inclusion,” Jimenez said.
“As an (ahem!) older gay creator, I’m always thrilled by the opportunity to draw iconic LGBTQ+ characters from Marvel’s past and present, and grateful to contribute to Marvel’s future: one that truly represents the world — and the wonderful diversity of humanity — right outside your window.”
A total of nine covers, Phil Jimenez’s artwork includes the following LGBTQ+ characters:
- America Chavez
- Black Cat
- Hulkling & Wiccan
Images via Marvel Comics
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