The legendary No-Prizes issued by Marvel Comics to the most loyal True Believers are making a comeback in 2023. But instead of mailing the No-Prizes to fans, Marvel will place them on eye-catching variant covers in February. The No-Prizes term was coined by beloved creator Stan Lee and handed out to fans who would discover continuity errors in stories and mention them in the back of the letter pages. They later evolved as a prize given to fans who could skillfully explain them away. No-Prizes and the term have continued to evolve over the years, but 2023 will be a celebration year for the No-Prize thanks to new variant covers.
Marvel has revealed the first set of three No-Prizes variant covers to be released in February. They can be found at Great Spider Man #19, Black Panther #14, and Hulk #12. Each cover contains photos of the actual No-Prize envelopes sent to “winners” to let them know they had correctly identified the continuity error(s). For example, the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #19 has a Steve Ditko drawing of Spidey swinging on a web, and the caption: “Congratulations! You’re another lucky winner of a practically priceless Marvel No-Prize that you find enclosed! “
The Black Panther #14 No-Prize variant has the same message, with Hulk #12 different with the message, “Congratulations! This envelope contains an actual Marvel Comics No-Prize you just won!”
Marvel Comics 2023 Events Timeline
Marvel Comics charted the timeline of its next major events during a panel at New York Comic Con. The Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing panel revealed the slate for 2022-2023, which kicks off in November with Assemble Avengers and continues to Fall of X next summer. Along the way comic fans get dark web in Dec, Sins or Sinister in January, Captain America: Cold War in the spring, and Summer of Symbiotes also in the summer of 2023.
According to Marvel, Avengers Assemblye is described as follows: “Visionary writer Jason Aaron brings forth his nearly five-year run” avengers to an unbelievable end. Along with artists Bryan Hitch, Javier Garron and Aaron Kuder, Aaron will tie his work together on avengers, Avengers foreverand the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC in a multiverse saga where the Avengers go to battle against an unprecedented army of villains and prove why they are the mightiest heroes on all earth!”
In dark webThe two rejected clones of the Marvel Universe, Madelyne Pryor and Ben Reilly, team up as Goblin Queen and Chasm to unleash their vengeance in this Spider-Man and X-Men crossover that tells decades of comics! This dramatic event will fan the flames of the classic Inferno crossover and impact Spider-Man, the X-Men, Venom, Ms. Marvel and more in a series of related issues and limited series.”
In front of Sins or SinisterMister Sinister’s devious machinations deliver Marvel Comics’ darkest future yet in this universe-melting X-Men event. Immortal X-Men, X-Men Redand Legion of X will be transformed into Immoral X-Men, Storm & The Brotherhood of Mutantsand night crawlers as this overarching saga propels ever further into an unforgiving universe where all things are sinister!” The series kicks off with a super-sized one-shot from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Lucas Werneck. Storm & The Brotherhood of Mutants will be written by Al Ewing with art by Paco Medina. night crawlers will be written by Si Spurrier with art by Paco Medina. Immoral X-Men will be written by Kieron Gillen with art by Paco Medina.
Captain America: Cold War is described as “Currently sharing the mantle of Captain America, the current adventures of Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson collide in this crossover between Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty and Captain America: symbol of truth. A pivotal chapter in Captain America’s 80-year history, this spy-driven action thriller will be a culmination of several plot threads set in this acclaimed new era, including the rise of the Outer Circle, the return of Nomad, the brewing conflict with Wakanda and White Wolf and Bucky’s new persona and mission…”
In Summer of Symbiotes“Sun is out, tongue out! Titles like Venom, Carnage and Red Goblin bring a slew of new symbiotic stories. Get ready for the return of old faces, the debut of new symbiote heroes and exciting shifts for iconic symbiote stars. It’s a season of symbiotic madness!”
And in Fall of X“The X-Men hoped that Krakoa would last forever. Time to find out if they were right.’
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