Image Comics has revealed the first nine May variant covers for its ongoing, year-long 25th anniversary celebration. The comic book publisher has been adorning many of its biggest franchises’ covers with art inspired by monthly themes since the anniversary celebration kicked off in February. The theme for May incorporates one of the publisher’s earliest and biggest names: the antihero Spawn.
Spawn first appeared in 1992, the same year Image Comics was founded, in “Spawn” #1 and made an immediate impact on the comic book industry, largely due to the serious nature of the series, its intricate art and the name recognition creator Todd McFarlane had accrued during his time as an artist working on the “Spider-Man” series with Marvel Comics. “Spawn” was Image’s best-selling comic by far during the publisher’s early years, and even went toe-to-toe with big series at Marvel and DC Comics.
In celebration of Image Comics and the cultural impact of the series, the infamous hellspawn will grace the covers of numerous Image titles releasing throughout the month of May.
The first round of Spawn-themed variants will hit on May 10 with “Black Cloud” #2 by Ivan Brandon and Jason Latour, with cover art by Greg Hinkle; “Regression” #1 by Cullen Bunn and Danny Luckert, with cover art by Luckert and “Renato Jones: Season Two” #1 by Kaare Kyle Andrews, with cover art by Andrews.
The second batch will release on May 17, including “God Country” #5 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw, with cover art by Gerardo Zaffino; “Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks” #1 by Jim Mahfood, with cover art by Mahfood; “Horizon” #11 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon, and Frank Martin, with cover art by Gedeon and Mike Spicer; “Injection” #13 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, with cover art by Shalvey and “Rose” #2 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, with cover art by David Finch.
May 24 will bring “Deadly Class” #28 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, with cover art by Craig; “Magdalena” Vol. 4 #3 by Tini Howard, Ryan Cady and Christian DiBari, with cover art by Stjepan Sejic; “Old Guard” #4 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, with cover art by Chris Samnee; “Plastic” #2 by Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard, with cover art by Hillyard and “Seven to Eternity” #6 by Rick Remender and Jerome Opena, with cover art by Opena.
The final batch will come on May 31 and will include “Manifest Destiny” #29 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni, with cover art by Roberts and Gieni and “Black Science” #30 by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera, with cover art by Scalera.
Take a look at the first nine variants below: