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Monday, March 20, 2023 

Swimsuit illustrations can be great, but not if they're just variant covers for regular series

ComicBook announced DC is doing some variations on Marvel's Swimsuit Specials from the 1990s, with the problem decidedly being that what they have in store is only published as variant covers:
DC is returning back to a fan-favorite tradition this summer. On Friday, as part of the publisher's June 2023 solicitations, it was revealed that DC will be launching a number of swimsuit variant covers. These covers will be open to order for a number of issues publishing in June, and will showcase the various heroes and villains of the universe in their swimwear of choice. This is the second year in a row that DC has done swimsuit covers, after launching them in August of 2022.
Make what you will of the samples they've issued, but what's really problematic other than whether the Wonder Woman variant looks anything but fancy is that this wasn't a one-shot special, but several variant covers for comics whose inner tale could be truly awful. Why should we buy the illustrations as part of a monthly series that could be terribly written and drawn, as has become the sad norm for many years already?

If DC really wanted to impress upon people, they would've at least collected all swimsuit illustrations in a stand-alone special similar to Marvel's of the past. Though for all we know, if DC had, it probably would've been canceled to appease the PC crowd, much as Marvel already did a few years ago. It'd be better to just save a copy of any DC illustrations available from the web to hark disk, if the cover drawings alone are worth anything at all. There's no use in financing their monthlies today, no matter what the cover looks like.

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