J. Scott Campbell's Riri Williams Sketch is Now A Variant Cover

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Marvel Comics and Midtown Comics have announced that they have teamed up to release a variant edition of "Invincible Iron Man" #2 featuring new art by J. Scott Campbell.

RELATED: Marvel Pulls J. Scott Campbell’s Riri Williams Iron Man Cover

In late October, Marvel announced that it was no longer going to release a just-revealed retailer exclusive variant edition of “Invincible Iron Man” #1 featuring artwork by Campbell. One day after the cover was revealed, Marvel and Midtown Comics announced the joint decision to shelf its release due to criticism from fans and comic book pros alike that the art depicted the 15-year-old hero, Riri Williams, in a sexualized manner.

A second cover by Campbell, with Riri in full Ironheart armor, is still slated to be released by Marvel and Midtown.

RELATED: J. Scott Campbell Crafts New Riri Williams Artwork

A few days later, Campbell quietly debuted a new drawing of the young hero on his Facebook page. The image depicted Williams in a moment of quiet in her workroom, developing her new Ironheart armor. Rather than striking a pose wearing a belly-showing shirt, Riri is shown taking a break from working on her new Ironheart suit, a screwdriver in her dirt-covered hand while pieces of armor lay strewn about her.

Titled “Riri Rethink,” the piece was created solely for Campbell’s own edification; as the artist said in the comments, “Nope, not an official cover. Just did it to do it.”

That's changed now, with Midtown and Marvel having contacted Campbell to purchase the rights to use his art on a special Issue #2 variant. The cover is available in both color and black and white editions via Midtown's website.

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J. Scott Campbell's "Invincible Iron Man" #2 variant - color edition
J. Scott Campbell's "Invincible Iron Man" #2 variant - B&W edition

“Invincible Iron Man” #1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli, hits stands in November. Campbell's variant arrives December 7 on Midtown Comics' exclusive Issue #2 variant.


  • Variant Cover by JEFF DEKAL
  • Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
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  • Action Figure Riri Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
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  • From the violent streets of Chicago, a new armored hero rises! Clad in her very own Iron Man armor, Riri Williams is ready to show the Marvel Universe what she can do as the self-made hero of tomorrow. But is she ready for all the problems that come with stepping into Iron Man’s jet boots? Where’s a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist when you need one?
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


  • Variant Cover by ANTHONY PIPER
  • Teaser Variant Cover by MIKE DEODATO
  • XCI Variant Cover by TBA
  • Riri Williams has new armor technology that just might change the face of the Marvel Universe forever… if she survives the experience.
  • The biggest story in comics starts to unfold right here.
  • 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
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