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Marvel Reveals “Corner Box Variants” by Mark Brooks For May

The Press Release:
This year, fans can embrace Marvel’s iconic tradition of Corner Boxes with a new line of variant covers by acclaimed, best-selling cover artist Mark Brooks!

Shown to retailers yesterday at ComicsPro, these covers will feature eye-catching and classic-style corner boxes that depict lineups from throughout Avengers and X-Men history, starting with their original Silver Age rosters! On sale just in time for the two title’s milestone 60th anniversaries, see one of the industry’s most celebrated talents honor the Avengers and X-Men’s multitude of incredible characters with glorious headshots. Brooks’ CORNER BOX VARIANT COVERS will run on Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa’s new AVENGERS run and Gerry Duggan and Joshua Cassara’s X-MEN series throughout 2023.

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“Avengers” #1 (Corner Box Variant)

“There are many reasons why I was attracted to comics as a kid and the corner box was a big part of it,” Brooks explained. “I knew what issue number and who I could expect to see in the issue. It was a little preview to tantalize the reader. It was always heads, a full figure, or a micro-scene. No matter what, it enticed me to pick the book up. It’s why I started the #LetMarkCornerbox campaign in earnest on Twitter. It was primarily a joke to express my love for the corner box. It ended up taking on a bit of a life of its own. When C.B. told me that they’d like this to become a reality, I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve penciled well over 100 heads so far. I don’t plan on stopping until Marvel says ‘okay, that’s enough’- LOL!”

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“X-Men” #22 (Corner Box Variant)

Stay tuned for more CORNER BOX VARIANT COVER reveals in the months ahead! For more information, visit

On Sale 5/17:

About Marvel Entertainment: Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: These are pretty sweet and while I don’t like posting stuff with only a few images, I don’t know when the next batch will come so didn’t want to sit on this and make you wait. As you know there has been a big uptick in the Pop Culture content section of PiercingMetal and that was bound to happen with all of the comic conventions and toy events that we hit on a regular basis. Now while I like these you already know my stance about variant covers. I tend to pass on them in order to have the cash for a different title as opposed to an additional one of the same issue. I’ve always felt that the assorted variants are for a specific diehard collector. Feel free to chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you next time. Thanks for reading and please stay safe out there.


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