Marvel and DC Comics unveil stunning, special edition Pride Month 2022 covers
Marvel and DC Comics have revealed their special edition covers for Pride Month 2022.
The comic book juggernauts will release new Pride anthologies alongside variants of classic covers featuring beloved characters.
Marvel’s Voices: Pride will be released on 15 June and features a lineup of LGBT+ writers and artists.
The special edition will give fans the chance to explore and celebrate the LGBT+ community through stories set in the main Marvel Universe.
This includes new heroes alongside D-Man, Hercules, Moondragon and more, with Alyssa Wong, Danny Lore and Christopher Cantwell among the creatives behind the issue.
Marvel has also announced a collection of eight new variant covers for June, designed by Luciano Vecchio and Betsy Cola.
They will depict some of the most beloved and rising Marvel stars that belong to the LGBT+ community including Valkyrie, Destiny, Iceman, America Chavez and Daken.
Meanwhile DC Pride 2022 will be released on 31 May and “celebrate the strength and courage it takes to be a DC Super Hero”.
The special, 104-page anthology comic will put the spotlight on LGBT+ characters from the extended DC Comics universe.
It will also have an introduction by trans actor and Supergirl star Nicole Maines, who will also tease her upcoming DC project.
Alongside the Pride Month issue, DC will also release Pride-themed variant covers of some of their most popular titles including Superman and Harley Quinn.
The artwork will be created by some of today’s most popular comic artists like Kris Anka, Jen Bartel, Stephen Byrne, David Talaski and Kevin Wada.
DC are also launching some new comics during Pride Month that will continue throughout the year.
They’ve confirmed that Poison Ivy, Nubia: Queen of the Amazons, DC Pride: Tim Drake Special, Multiversity: Teen Justice will debut in June.
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Marvel ‘strongly denounces’ attacks on LGBT+ rights
Marvel Studios has recently “strongly denounced” anti-LGBT+ legislation as its parent company Disney scrambles to respond to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.
Disney has been widely criticised for its (since-halted) political donations to Republicans sponsoring the Florida bill, which would effectively ban discussion of LGBT+ issues in schools, and for its lacklustre response to it.
As Disney back-pedals, Marvel Studios – which was purchased by the media giant in 2009 – released a statement on Tuesday (15 February) denouncing the legislation and copycat bills popping up around the country.
Marvel Studios said on Twitter: “We strongly denounce any and ALL legislation that infringes on the basic human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“Marvel Studios stands for hope, inclusivity and strength; and we proudly stand with the community.
“Today, we pledge to continue our strong commitment as allies who promote the values of equality, acceptance and respect.”