In 2008, America's newly elected and soon-to-inaugurated president, Barack Obama, strode onto the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #583 and the rest, as they say, is history. Bearing a now-iconic cover by artist Phil Jimenez, the issue went onto become the most successful of the entire decade, selling some 350,000 copies when all was said and done.
Fast forward nearly 10 years and Jimenez is now a primary cover artist for Valiant's X-O Manowar, in addition to his writing and penciling duties on DC Rebirth's forthcoming Superwoman series.
To celebrate Valiant's upcoming X-O Manowar #50 milestone issue, Jimenez is returning to that most celebrated of covers for a very special variant cover indeed:
X-O Manowar for president, anyone?
Featuring Valiant's X-O Manowar in place of Obama and Ninjak subbing in for Spider-Man – with an extra-added dash of commentary on the side – this is just the latest in a string of prominent cover assignments for Valiant's first #50 anniversary. Earlier this month, the publisher revealed the comics largest ever jam cover with no less than 50 artists from Bob Layton to Stephen Platt to Paolo Rivera contributing versions of Valiant's signature hero.
And, from what I understand, the issue will also contain some…significant revelations, let's say…about what Valiant might be planning in 2017 and beyond.
X-O Manowar #50 – featuring 56 pages from from Robert Venditti, Roberto de la Torre, Joe Bennett, Jody Houser, Matt Kindt, Javier Pulido, Cary Nord, Doug Braithwaite, Philip Tan, and many more – arrives this September from Valiant.