Marvel Comics Reveals Pride Variant Covers For 2023


On Star Wars Day, Marvel Comics unveiled the full collection of Pride variant covers for the various Star Wars titles. Yesterday, they revealed the variant covers for their regular Marvel titles. Six stunning covers by Lucas Werneck and David Talaski, featuring just a few of Marvel’s LGBTQ+ heroes, will be available throughout June.

Each week in June, you can pick up one of these gorgeous variant covers starring heroes from all across the Marvel Comics universe. These covers feature longtime icons, rising stars, fan-favorites, and recent breakout characters (like last year’s Escapade). Werneck’s covers pay tribute to Ballroom culture and gay nightlife. Talaski’s covers highlight the characters’ strength and resilience with striking portraits.

Every character is currently featured in the Marvel mythos as part of ongoing series, limited series, upcoming launches, and more. Here’s this year’s lineup and where you can find them:

  • Rachel Summers, aka Askani, the daughter of Jean Grey and Scott Summers from an alternate future, longtime Phoenix host, and overall mutant powerhouse, is currently fighting alongside Captain Britain in the pages of Betsy Braddock: Captain Britain!
  • Aaron Fischer, aka the Captain America of the Railways, debuted in 2021’s United States of Captain America as a protector of fellow runaways, and after recent appearances in Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, he’ll star in his own upcoming Marvel Unlimited Infinity Comic!
  • Black Cat, Marvel’s greatest thief and one of Spider-Man’s fiercest allies, fans can catch Felicia Hardy clawing her way through villains and committing legendary heists in her latest series, Mary Jane & Black Cat, and in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man!
  • Fang, aka Daken, son of Wolverine, former X-Men villain, and one of mutantkind’s deadliest warriors, has served Krakoa bravely in team books like X-Factor and Marauders and this summer, he’ll be on the frontlines of FALL OF X in an all-new ALPHA FLIGHT series!
  • Escapade, the breakout mutant hero from last year’s Marvel’s Voices: Pride, is currently learning how to use her one-of-a-kind powers and proving herself amongst the brightest heroes of the X-Men’s next generation in the limited series New Mutants: Lethal Legion!
  • Web-Weaver, the most fabulous hero in the Spider-Verse, slayed the runway and super villains alike in last year’s Edge of Spider-Verse and after recent appearances in Spider-Man and Marvel’s Voices: Spider-Verse, will headline his next solo adventure in this year’s MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE!

“The category is PRIDE! It was so fun to make these three covers. My idea was to put the characters in a Ballroom setting, living the best moment of their lives to remind ourselves to do the same. We’re beautiful the way we are and we deserve to shine and be happy,” Werneck said. “I’m so thrilled to be part of Marvel’s Pride celebration for a second year, this means a lot to me! I really hope fans enjoy these covers as much as I enjoyed making them!”

“I love comics, and it’s always exciting when I get to draw these characters, but it becomes an honor when it’s for my community of Queer comic fans,” Talaski said. “What makes getting to draw Aaron, Rachel and Daken special is that they’re all LGBTQIA+ characters from across 40 years of comics so it feels like I get to make something, not just for longtime fans, but for new ones as well.”

Check with your local comic shop for availability, both for these variants and the Star Wars. And don’t forget to check out this year’s Marvel Voices: Pride #1, the annual collection of LGBTQ+ stories by LGBTQ+ talent.

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On sale June 7: Immortal X-Men #12, X-Men #23

On sale June 14: Amazing Spider-Man #27, Captain America: Cold War Omega #1, X-Men Red #12

On sale June 21: Amazing Spider-Man #28

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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