Both Marvel’s 80th birthday and D23 Expo 2019 are just around the corner and to celebrate, Marvel has created an exclusive new Marvel Comics #1000 D23 Expo variant cover, featuring Mickey Mouse alongside some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

  • According to D23, attendees of the MARVEL COMICS: Marvel 80th Anniversary panel – to be held on Saturday, August 24, at 5:30  PT on Stage 28 – will receive a copy of this limited-edition variant cover.
  • The cover is drawn by legendary artist Humberto Ramos with colors by Edgar Delgado.
  • The panel will feature Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort as they take fans through the history of Marvel Comics, looking back at the history of the Marvel Universe and honoring the iconic characters and timeless stories that have inspired fans all around the world.
  • Marvel Comics #1000 goes on sale August 28 at comic shops everywhere while Marvel’s 80th birthday occurs on August 31.

What they’re saying:

  • Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort: “Marvel Comics #1000 is a chance for 80 great creative teams to do a segment that encapsulates what they love about Marvel, the characters, the tone, the style, the flavor—what Marvel means to them. As a result, it’s a book that has something for just about everybody. If you don’t like one page, the next page is completely different. It’s as wide-ranging a project as there’s ever been. No other comic in the history of comic book publishing has had this many creators in a single project.”
  • Writer Al Ewing: “Peter Parker looking like he’s having a nervous breakdown as he tried to pay the rent. The Fantastic Four yelling at each other, Ben Grimm and his depression and self-hatred. Bruce Banner staring into the middle distance as he readies to succumb to his darkest urges. Half the magic of ‘the hero who could be you’ is that you, whoever you are, wherever you come from, whatever your deal is—you can be a hero. But the other half is a dark magic, which is seeing Super Heroes go through the crap we go through. The Fantastic Four and Captain America and Spider-Man—most of all Spider-Man—they have to go through the various hells of ordinary people so that when they rise from that, they can take us with them, even if only in our minds.”

D23 Expo 2019 takes place Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Want to see everything going on at D23 Expo 2019? Check out our guide for this year’s event, including the complete schedule of panels and character meet-and-greets.