DC is unveiling their January 2016 variant cover theme: coloring books. Each issue in the theme will have a line art variant cover suitable for coloring yourself. Comic Vine has several including Flash #48 by Derec Donovan.
Francis Manapul returns to do a variant cover for The Flash #46 (along with Warner Bros. Animation) as part of DC’s Looney Tunes variant covers for November.
When I saw that DC was doing these, my first thought was: Roadrunner or Speedy Gonzales? Well, why choose?
Check out the full gallery for Duck Tracy in Detective Comics, Wonder Woman in What’s Opera Doc?, and a lot more!
In the middle of SDCC, DC has announced their October variant cover theme. Once again, to coincide with Halloween it’s a monster theme. As usual, the covers are spread around several news sites including ComicVine, which has The Flash #45 by Gustavo Duarte.
Trick or treat?
Newsarama has collected a full gallery of all 25 covers. These things never seem to stay exclusive for long.
I like the “It Came From Krypton!” 50s-style B-movie poster for Action Comics. How about you? Which ones are your favorites?
Two things come to mind as I look through the gallery:
1. While Hal Jordan is the most frequently-appearing GL in this set, he’s not the only one. John Stewart appears on this cover, the Batman Beyond Green Lantern appears on that series’ cover, etc. There are even a few with Alan Scott, the Green Lantern who’s actually been around 75 years, including a great Detective Comics cover by Cliff Chiang featuring Golden-Age Green Lantern and Batman.
2. These appear to be normally-numbered issues of the various series. Apparently post-New 52 DC is done with their yearly September special events like the zero issues, villain’s month, and Future’s End tie-ins. Considering we just got through with a two-month hiatus for everything, that’s probably a good idea.
DC is launching a second round of DC Bombshells variant covers featuring retro pinup versions of its characters — and a digital-first series — this summer. The Nerdist has several covers including The Flash #43 by Ant Lucia, featuring Killer Frost.
Newsarama has a round-up of all the covers released so far. One notable difference from the first round is that while the first round was all women, some of the covers feature men this time, including Sinestro, Dick Grayson, and Aquaman (and probably more, but I haven’t looked through the whole list yet).
Update: Apparently the the Bombshells series features “retro-bombshell versions of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl in an alternate reality where super-powered female heroes are on the front lines in WWII” as well as “Monsters, magic, mayhem, & Marguerites” (the last item being a reference to the writer and artist on the series, Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage).
DC Comics’ July variant covers are all themed around Teen Titans Go, the wacky cartoon version of the characters currently airing on the Cartoon Network. In this one, released through Geek Mom, the Flash seems to have confused Beast Boy for Gorilla Grodd.