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Marvel’s Editor in Chief Says Missing Manara Variants Are Due to a “Scheduling Problem”

MarvelLogoYesterday we reported on the cancellation of two variant covers for Marvel by Milo Manara, the artist on the Spider-Woman #1 variant. Now a report by Comic Book Resources states it was merely a scheduling issue.

PREVIEWSworld didn’t have much information other than the Manara covers were not happening anymore and would be replaced with other artists. Before posting our story yesterday we emailed Marvel to find out why that was but never received a response.

Many, ourselves included, posited it might have been a reaction to the Spider-Woman cover response. However, in an interview with Comic Book Resources, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso did not claim that as a cause:

“Clearly, unequivocally, I want to state that this is only a scheduling problem,” Alonso told CBR. “The Manara covers were recast due to his schedule. He will be doing more covers for us, in fact, he’s working on one right now that will be announced sometime soon. This is purely an issue of his schedule not permitting him to do the two covers, ‘AXIS’ #1 and ‘Thor’ #2. We overbooked him, and the timing didn’t work out.”

So there you have it, folks.

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."