Last month DC Comics announced it will celebrate the February launch of Justice League of America with a staggering 52 variant covers that not only hit that magic number but also feature the flags of each of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (better luck next time, Northern Mariana Islands). As sales gimmicks go, it’s certainly … excessive, something even the publisher seems to recognize.
Not one to pass up a chance to rib (and one-up) the competition, Marvel has now revealed Stuart Immonen’s clever — if not exactly accurately named — 53 State Birds Variant for February’s Uncanny X-Men #1. As so many Marvel variant covers do, this one features the ubiquitous Deadpool and “all 52 state birds (+1).”
“Ornithology is one of America’s greatest past times,” Senior Editor Nick Lowe said in a statement. “With Inauguration Day and spring just around the corner, we could think of no better way than to celebrate our history than with a beaked representative from every state including Puerto Rico and then some!”
Check out Immonen’s full cover below. Uncanny X-Men #1 goes on sale Feb. 13.