With the passing of the industry’s most beloved legend, Stan Lee, Marvel will be commemorating his life with a special trade dress on twenty-nine titles. Starting in December and running through January, fans will be able to purchase tributes to Lee from their favorite series. Each book starts with following black pages and then a sketch of Stan Lee by Phil Noto.
Fourth Page - Art by Phil Noto
The comics conclude with a classic Stan's Soapbox.
Hang loose, heroes! Now that I've got your ear, I'm not lettin' go! Our first tintinnabulating topic is gonna be: "The Marvel Philosophy." Whenever I get together with any of you frantic ones, the first question posed is usually "What are you fellas really trying to DO in your mags? What message are you pushin'? Is the whole Marvel series just a big put-on, or are you trying to TELL us something? Are you actually serious about your characters - do you really believe in 'em - ? Etc." Well, just between us, we believe in our cavortin' characters a lot more than we believe in some people we know, and we do have a motive - a purpose - behind our mags! That purpose is, plain and simple - to entertain you! We think we've found the best formula of all - we merely create the type of fanciful yarns that we ourselve enjoy - and, if we like 'em, you oughtta like 'em too; after all, you're our kinda people! Now then, in the process of providing off-beat entertainment, if we can also do our bit to advance the cause of intellectualism, humanitarianism, and mutual understanding...and to toss a little swingin' satire at you in the process...that won't break our collective heart one tiny bit! That's it pussycat! Thanks for listenin'!
This article is a work in progress, if you know of any covers missing from the checklist please let us know in the comments.
A big thank you to our Facebook followers for requesting this variant cover checklist.
Here is the list of issues that will get the commemorative treatment:
Stan Lee Commemorative Label Covers - Marvel Comics
Amazing Spider-man #12
Blackpanther Vs. Deadpool #3
Captain America #6
Champions Annual #1
Defenders Best Defense #1 Art Adams Variant Cover
Defenders Best Defense #1
Fantastic Four #5 Alex Ross Variant Cover
Infinity Wars Fallen Guardian #1
Infinity Wars #6
Life Of Captain Marvel #5 Kaare Andrews Variant Cover
Life Of Captain Marvel #5 Joe Quinones Variant Cover
Marvel Knights 20th #4
Marvel Knights 20th #4 Jae Lee Variant Cover
Old Man Hawkeye #12
Superior Spider-man #1
Tony Stark Iron Man #7
Weapon H #11
West Coast Avengers #6
Season’s Beatings #1
Thor #8 Kaare Andrews Variant
Uncanny X-Men #6
Uncanny X-Men #7
Fantastic Four #5 Regular Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Esad Ribic Prem Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Ashley Witter Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Elizabeth Torque Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Mark Brooks Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Jack Kirby Thing Remastered Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Jack Kirby Alicia Remastered Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Simone Bianchi Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Skottie Young Variant Cover
Fantastic Four #5 Skottie Young Variant Cover - One per store variant (unconfirmed)
Champions Annual #1 Babs Tarr Variant Cover
Defenders Best Defense #1 Valerio Schiti Variant Cover
X-force #1 Gerardo Zaffino Variant Cover
X-force #1 Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover
X-force #1 Rob Liefeld Variant Cover
Extermination #5 Olivier Coipel Classified Variant Cover
Extermination #5 Pepe Larraz Teaser Variant Cover
Life Of Captain Marvel #5 Julian Totino Tedesco Cover
Superior Spider-man #1 Emanuela Lupacchino Variant Cover
Superior Spider-man #1 Mike Hawthorne Variant Cover
Superior Spider-man #1 Skottie Young Variant Cover
Defenders Best Defense #1 Joe Bennett Remastered Variant Cover
Return of Wolverine #4 Steve McNiven Cover
Return of Wolverine #4 Chris Stevens Variant Cover
Return of Wolverine #4 Declan Shalvey Variant Cover
Return of Wolverine #4 Whilce Portacio Variant Cover
Know of any more covers we're missing? Let us know in the comments below.
Written by Nathan Liberty and edited by Dr. No.