EXCLUSIVE: Skottie Young's Variant Cover for The Spider King #1

Skottie Young's status as one of the most prolific cover artists in the comic book industry looks to continue in 2018, and CBR has the reveal of his retailer incentive variant cover for IDW Publishing's The Spider King #1. While Young's Marvel covers featuring adorably tiny versions of superheroes are well-known, this features the massive viking Hrolf, the protagonist of The Spider King.

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The Spider King is written by Josh Vann and illustrated by Simone D’Armini, and was originally funded via Kickstarter in 2013. It was published as a graphic novel in 2016, and the "Vikings vs. Aliens" story will be released by IDW as a four-issue miniseries.


"At the root of this story is Hrolf, the reluctant king of the Laxdales, who is on a quest to avenge his father and kill his Uncle Aarek," Vann told The Beat. "But Hrolf’s plans are complicated when Aarek is possessed by a bloodthirsty alien parasite, hell-bent on destruction."

The Spider King #1 is scheduled for release on Feb. 28. Full solicitation details follow below:

The Spider King #1 (of 4)—Cover A: Simone D’Armini—SPOTLIGHT

  • Josh Vann (w) • Simone D’Armini (a & c) • Adrian Bloch (colorist)
  • When a fleet of spaceships crashes into northern Europe in 956 AD, a group of unlikely Viking heroes are the last line of defense against a brutal intergalactic warlord. Equal parts science fiction and fantasy, The Spider King follows the adventures of Viking warriors as they defend their world against alien invaders armed with futuristic technology and impossible weapons.
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99


The Spider King #1 (of 4)—Cover B: Afu Chan—SPOTLIGHT

  • Josh Vann (w) • Simone D’Armini (a) • Afu Chan (c) • Adrian Bloch (colorist)
  • FC • 32 pages • $3.99
  • Vikings vs. aliens!
  • Issue #1 features 26 pages of story!
  • Reprinting the critically acclaimed, award-nominated Kickstarter graphic novel!
  • Perfect for fans of Vikings, Conan the Barbarian, or Hellboy!
  • Variant cover by Skottie Young!

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