A variant cover for Marvel Comics #1000 featured a collage celebrating 80 years of Marvel history… and some characters from rival DC Comics.
One of the just-solicited variant covers for August’s Marvel Comics #1000 is a collage of art and covers from numerous Marvel Comics stories dating back to the 1930s – and apparently, one image that traces back to a DC comic book from just a few years ago.
Spotted by Twitter user ‘Symbiobro’, the image, which appears in the collage in the middle right hand side of the image, depicts two men kissing. It seems to be ‘sampled’ from a page from DC Comics’ Earth 2 #2. The characters depicted in that scene are Alan Scott, the Green Lantern of Earth 2, and his partner.
Lol, on this marvel comics #1000 variant, they have two gay guys kissing, but it's from a DC comics pic.twitter.com/Du8vnIfAJd
— Symbiobro (@KaleeshArbiter) May 23, 2019
Comics Twitter reacted as only Comics Twitter can…
The artist of the DC Comics panel, Nicola Scott, wanted to know where Marvel could send the royalty check.
Um, that’s my gay kiss art. I’m getting a cheque, right? https://t.co/vfZaf1XXXZ
— ⚡️Nicola Scott⚡️ (@NicolaScottArt) May 24, 2019
How did this happen? Human error.
According to Newsarama, the snafu is going to be corrected. Because of course it is.
Here’s an image of the full cover of Marvel Comics #1000.
What is Marvel Comics #1000?
Marvel Comics #1000 is supposed to be a celebration of 80 years of Marvel Comics since it coincides with the publication of Marvel Comics #1 in 1939.
(Buuuut the Marvel Comics universe as we know it didn’t start until the 1960s, despite characters like Captain America and Namor being introduced during the Timely Comics era.)
Really, it’s just an excuse to do an 80 page “event” book with 80 different single page comics by a bunch of different creators featuring lots of different characters.
Because, you know, DC Comics sold a ton of #1000 books and Marvel wants some of that. Who cares if it’s not actually a legitimate issue #1000, am I right?
Even Tom Brevoort said it was “a symbolic thing.”
Beyond the DC Comics snafu and this being an obvious cash grab, Marvel is being called out for a lack of diversity on this book by Comics Twitter.
Because of course they are.