Check out DC's full line-up of Black History Month covers

Green Lantern #11 Black History Month variant cover by Alexis Franklin
Green Lantern #11 Black History Month variant cover by Alexis Franklin (Image credit: DC)

DC has released the full slate of six variant covers as part of its Black History Month celebration. 

Acclaimed painter Alexis Franklin has created the six variant covers to be published across DC's line in February 2022.

Action Comics #1040 variant cover (Image credit: DC)

And although the artist may be known to most of us for her comic book work, Alexis Franklin isn't just a comics cover artist. The self-trained artist illustrated covers for O, The Oprah Magazine depicting Breonna Taylor, and painted a portrait of Anita Hill for Time magazine.

Here is the full list of Black History Month variant covers DC has planned for 2022 - all painted by Franklin, followed by a gallery of all of the planned variant covers:

  • On sale now: Green Lantern #11
  • February 8: I Am Batman #6
  • February 15: Nubia & The Amazons #5 (of 6)
  • February 15: The Flash #779
  • February 22: Aquamen #1
  • February 22: Action Comics #1040

DC's Black History Month variant covers are part of a larger plan the publisher has for February 2022. DC will also be collecting some great stories from its past for Black History Month 2022 with the 1300-page Milestone Compendium One, the debut issues of Luke Fox from the Batwing run, and the first collected editions of the recent Static: Season One, Mister Miracle: The Great Escape, and the Represent! limited series.

Milestone Black History Month art (Image credit: DC)

Later this year, the recently-reintroduced Milestone imprint will be publishing an innovative anthology called Milestones in History, blending the real-life true stories of Black historical icons, framed with narration from Milestone heroes such as Static, Icon, Rocket, Hardware, and more.

DC is well-represented with our list of the Black superheroes who changed the face of comic books.  

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)

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