Image Comics’ “Rumble” #11 salutes Black History Month with a line of variant covers
February is Black History Month, which is a time to honor and commemorate notable black individuals and creators from American history. Image Comics have come up with one of the coolest tributes I’ve seen so far, as a group of legendary black comics artists will contribute variant covers for John Arcudi and David Rubín’s Rumble #11.
Artists Sanford Greene, Arvell Jones, Keith Pollard, Ron Wilson, and Chris Brunner have each contributed a cover, each an homage to either their own work or the works of artists like Matt Baker and A.C. Hollingsworth. It’s a great way to pay tribute to black comic creators throughout the years, and the covers are pretty dang cool to boot, so check them out below.
LINE OF RUMBLE COVERS REVEALED IN TIME FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Will feature artwork by Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, Ron Wilson, Chris Brunner, and Sanford Greene
PORTLAND, OR 02/05/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal a very special line of Rumble variant covers in time for Black History Month. These covers will kick off the new story arc with Rumble #11 by John Arcudi and David Rubín and will feature artwork by Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, Ron Wilson, Chris Brunner, and Sanford Greene.
“There’s such a rich history of African Americans working in comics, but it seems to me not enough people know about it. ‘Okay, then maybe Image and I could help out with that a bit,’ was my thinking when I came up with this tribute series of variants,” said Arcudi. “And luckily, Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, and Ron Wilson were willing to help us out with their tribute variants—homages, in fact, to their own vintage comics covers. We followed their great covers up with two homages to Black comics' pioneers Matt Baker and A.C. Hollingsworth, done by Chris Brunner and Sanford Greene respectively. Altogether, the series came out pretty great as a kind of visual history of African American cartoonists in comic books.”
In Rumble #11, strange forces have unleashed the Four Scourge Knights of the Apocalypse, and somehow, Bobby LaRosa is mankind’s only hope.
Rumble #11 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on April 17.