Women of Marvel Frame Variants

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Last August, Marvel celebrated its 70th Anniversary by combining their publication history as Timely, Atlas and Marvel Comics which dates back to 1939. As part of the celebration, the publisher returned to a fondly remembered variant cover gimmick they used during their 25th Anniversary (almost 25 years ago): every book with a matching cover featuring a character from the title framed by a collection of their fellow Marvel creations. While I have my own feelings on how these new variations on the theme match up, I have to admit I really like the idea. With 2010 being a celebration of the Women of Marvel, the frame covers have returned this month.

This time around the frame artwork comes from Stuart Immonen and Laura Martin. So far, I find these far superior to the group from last year, but that’s in large part due to the artists providing the cover images. There’s not much in last year’s group that stands up to Chris Bachalo’s Valkrie cover to Secret Avengers #4. Again, I think this would have gone over far better if these had been the regular covers to the books rather than variants so people could actually see them on the shelves.

Extra credit to anyone that can identify all the characters that make up the frame.

The following issues feature Women of Marvel frame variant covers:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #641
  • Avengers #4
  • Avengers Academy #3
  • Captain America #609
  • The Invincible Iron Man #29
  • New Avengers #3
  • Secret Avengers #4
  • Thor #614
  • Uncanny X-Men #527
  • X-Men: Legacy #239
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