Venom 35th Anniversary To Be Celebrated With New Variant Covers

Venom made his first full appearance in 1988.

Venom staring at Spider-Man

This Summer will be the Summer of Symbiotes as it will be the 35th anniversary of Venom. A new series will spotlight the ant-hero and his extended family of symbiotes. Artist Ryan Stegman will join the celebration starting in May with The Other Variant Covers collection. Stegman has captured 16 iconic designs, alternate versions, and hosts throughout character’s history in these jaw-dropping pieces. These covers are a love letter to Mike Wieringo’s 2000s Spider-Man: The Other Varian Covers and a fun callback to how Eddie Brock referred to his symbiote during his early days.

The character of Venom was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Todd McFarlane and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man comic book series in 1988. The concept began as a storyline featuring a new black costume for Spider-Man, which was eventually revealed to be an alien symbiote that had attached itself to him. After rejecting the symbiote, it found a new host in Eddie Brock, a disgraced journalist seeking revenge on Spider-Man. The combination of Brock and the symbiote gave birth to the character who was a powerful and dangerous villain with a twisted sense of morality. His popularity with fans led to the creation of spin-off comics, video games, and even in feature films in Spider-Man 3 and 2018’s Venom, and 2021’s Let There Be Carnage.

Here are the various incarnations that will be showcased:

  • Classic Venom
  • Eddie Brock
  • Gwenom
  • Venom (Mac Gargan)
  • Anti-Venom
  • Agent Venom
  • Superior Venom
  • Venom Spaceknight
  • Venom(Lee Price)
  • Corrupted Venom from Donny Cates and Stegman’s run
  • Cosmic Venom
  • Space Venom from the current ongoing VENOM series by Al Ewing, Ram V, Cafu, Bryan Hitch, and more
  • Venom (Dylan Brock)
  • Venom 2099
  • Pork Grind
  • Mary Jane Watson as Venom
  • Earth-X Venom
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Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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