Last week we talked about Marvel’s ‘theme’ variant covers, and I expressed a personal gripe of including logos on those covers. To briefly recap: the logos obscure the art (which is specifically the thing you’re buying a variant cover for), and often the covers appear on books they’re completely unrelated to, so including a Spider-Man logo on a cover featuring Star-Lord just seems weird all around. This wasn’t the first time we’ve talked about this, either; there’s an entire By Its Cover column devoted to covers with no text on them.
Well Marvel appears to have heard our plaintive pleas, as today they announced that the January-shipping 80th Anniversary theme variant covers by artist Phil Noto will be logo-less. Each cover in the series represents a different decade in Marvel’s history. Have a look at four of the nine covers:
Just look at those beautiful covers. Can you imagine sullying any of those with unrelated logos or text? What a crime that would be. And there are still five more covers that haven’t been shown yet, for the following books:
- Captain America #7
- Fantastic Four #6
- Thor #9
- Tony Stark: Iron Man #8
- Venom #10
Hopefully the logo-less variant cover will become a trend that Marvel sticks to. Look for these books in shops next month.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.