Marvel Comics PR has been lampooned on more than one occasion. I imagine their team relishes any chance they get to dish out some funny. Such a chance came today with the unveiling of Stuart Immonen's Uncanny X-Men #1 "53 State Birds Variant" (see gallery for full image). The cover features the official bird of each American state & territory letting Deadpool know what they think of him. It, of course, is meant to satire Justice League of America #1's fifty-two flag variant covers.
“Ornithology is one of America’s greatest past times,” mentioned Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “With Inauguration day and Spring just around the corner – we could think of no better way than to celebrate our history with a beaked representative from every state including Puerto Rico and then some!”
“Retailers will have the unique opportunity to collect all the various birds of the United States on one cover,” explained Marvel SVP of Sales, David Gabriel. “No need to worry about purchasing individual covers to get all 53 beautiful birds. One cover. 53! Birds!”
In case you’re wondering what the book is actually about, read on: “In the wake of the Phoenix, the world has changed and is torn on exactly what Cyclops and his team of X-Men are – visionary revolutionaries or dangerous terrorists? Whatever the truth, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik are out in the world gathering up new mutants and redefining the name Uncanny X-Men”
Uncanny X-Men #1, part of Marvel NOW!, will be available for purchase on February 23, 2013.
UNCANNY X-MEN #1 (DEC120608)
UNCANNY X-MEN #1 53 STATE BIRDS VARIANT (OCT128212)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
Variant Cover by STUART IMMONEN