Last week Image Comics poked a little fun at Marvel for their frequent use of their Marvel NOW! teaser images, and this week it’s Marvel’s turn to have a little fun with the marketing efforts of a publishing rival.
Marvel has just solicited to retailers an Uncanny X-Men #1 “Deadpool 53 State Birds” variant cover for the Brian Bendis-written February debuting series. While it appears to be actually only one cover and not really 53 of them, the variant is obviously a satirical dig at the 52 “State Flag” variant covers DC is offering that same month for the debut of Geoff John’s new Justice League of America ongoing series.
The issue is scheduled to go on sale on February 13th. The cover image doesn’t appear to actually exist yet.