Marvel plans unprecedented 'shrinking' cover variant design for Ant-Man #1

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Nov 14, 2014

This January, months ahead of his first ever big-screen appearance, Scott Lang will star in an all-new Ant-Man series from writer Nick Spencer (Superior Foes of Spider-Man) and artist Ramon Rosanas (Night of the Living Deadpool). The series will feature the second Ant-Man trying to rise up from the shadow of his past, and the shadow of his Ant-Man predecessor, by traveling to a new city and getting a new lease on life. It's a new start for Ant-Man, and Marvel's concocted an intriguing variant cover concept to go with it.

When Ant-Man #1 hits comic-book stores in January, it will feature a limited-edition variant cover by Ed McGuiness (shown below) that Marvel has dubbed the "Shrinking Variant." It's called that because, in celebration of Ant-Man's size-changing powers, each individual copy of the Shrinking Variant will feature Ant-Man at a different size. All will be individually numbered, and no two are alike, so if you buy one, you really do have a one-of-a-kind variant cover. 

“This is completely unlike any cover we’ve ever attempted,” said Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We’ve even had to utilize new technologies to make it happen. Each variant is completely unique. Each and every cover will feature a different sized Ant-Man. No two are identical!”

If you're not the kind of comics reader who's interested in variant collecting or variant covers in general, this might not grab you, but if you've lived through years of comics pulling the same tricks with their variant covers (black and white, chromium, sketch covers, etc.) and you're looking for something new, this is pretty neat. Plus, it's just a chance for Marvel to have a little bit more fun and fanfare added to its Ant-Man launch. After all, 2015's a big year for him. 

Ant-Man #1 is on sale Jan. 7, and the Shrinking Variant cover will be available in comic shops only.

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