Marvel Comics will celebrate Spider-Man’s longtime love throughout the month of June. The comic company will release numerous Mary Jane Watson-themed variant covers over the course of the month. Marvel debuted the first three variant covers in March, but today, revealed another 17.
The covers come on the heels of a series of variants centered around the characters Gwen Stacy and Venom, two initiatives that have been very lucrative for the company throughout their run.
“Both the Gwen Stacy Variant Program and this month’s Venomized Variant Program were such runaway successes, we couldn’t help but try to top ourselves,” David Gabriel, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Marvel Comics, said in a press release. “And with Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert’s new Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man book on the horizon, the timing couldn’t have been better to put the spotlight on fan-favorite Mary Jane Watson.”
Zdarsky and Kubert’s Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man looks to return Spider-Man to his roots as a downtrodden, somewhat misunderstood hero. The series looks to return the Wall-Crawler to his New York City stomping ground as an underestimated street-level hero.
Created by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr., Mary Jane Watson first appeared in 1966 in Amazing Spider-Man #42. Debuted as a love interest to Peter Parker, Mary Jane has gone through numerous iterations throughout the years, including a brief bout with spider powers of her own. He has also piloted not just Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit, but also Peter’s Iron Spider suit.
The upcoming variants look to put Mary Jane in the shoes of even more superheroes, including Deadpool, Doctor Strange and Black Bolt. The variant covers will be available in comic shops throughout the month of June. Here’s a list of every comic book issue that will see MJ grace its covers, along with all of the variant covers that have been revealed up to this point:
ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 by Kris Anka
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #21 by David Lopez
AVENGERS #8 by Mike Allred
BLACK BOLT #2 by Ryan Stegman
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #18 by Paolo Rivera
CHAMPIONS #9 by Helen Chen
DAREDEVIL #21 by Humberto Ramos
DEADPOOL #32 by Elizabeth Torque
DOCTOR STRANGE #22 by Francisco Herrera
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #17 by David Nakayama
HULK #7 by Rahzzah
I AM GROOT #2 by Julian Totino Tedesco
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 by Marco Checchetto
IRON FIST #4 by Stephanie Hans
SECRET WARRIORS #3 by Javier Rodriguez
SPIDER-GWEN #21 by Kevin Wada
THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 by Chris Samnee
THE PUNISHER #13 by Dave Williams
VENOM #151 by Francesco Mattina
X-MEN GOLD #5 by Anthony Piper
The following issues will also be getting the Mary Jane treatment, but their variant covers have yet to be revealed:
MIGHTY THOR #20 by Patrick Brown
X-MEN BLUE #5 by TBD
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