It wasn’t that long ago when Venom artist Ryan Stegman proclaimed that the Marvel comic was better than Watchmen, which was a cute little in-joke for comic book fans and not much else. This also led to Alan Moore meeting Venom scribe Donny Cates, the latter of whom claimed that they reached an agreement and that both titles are on equal ground.
That joke might have just been a quick social media fad for us comic book geeks but it might come back in full force now that Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons revealed his variant cover for the Marvel series and, to nobody’s surprise, it pays tribute to the DC masterpiece. Even the comic’s title is put on the side, which just makes the comparison more elaborate.
(Marvel Comics/Dave Gibbons)
Joe Quesada, former Marvel Editor-in-Chief, founder of Marvel Knights, and the man who separated Spider-Man and Mary Jane decided to share the cover and even told the Venom creative team that the cover was better than the whole series, continuing that little joke. No matter how you look at it, this little tribute to the legendary comic will put a smile on the faces of many fans.
Venom is currently one of Marvel’s best-reviewed comic books, with many not only claiming that it’s the best series to feature that character but one of the more interesting stories from the publisher. Only time will tell if this will stand the test of time and is looked back on fondly but you can’t help but admire how much attention this series has gotten.
Fans will be able to get this cover in February when Venom #11 comes out.