First Black Woman Comic Book Store Owner Will Appear on the Cover of a Marvel Comic
Ariell Johnson is the only Black woman currently running a comic book store on the East Coast. She owns Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, and now she will appear on a variant cover of "Invincible Iron Man #1." Johnson is posed next to Marvel superhero RiRi Williams. The cover is made possible by Johnson's colleague Randy Green.
Artist Draws New Variant Invincible Iron Man Art to Replace Controversial Pulled Cover
Last month, Marvel Comics came under fire for a variant cover for the debut issue of Riri Williams in Invicible Iron Man by J. Scott Campbell, one decried for heavily sexualizing the 15-year-old hero. The company rapidly pulled the cover from solicits with no replacement—but Campbell drew a new cover that will now take its place.