EXCLUSIVE: Norton Joins the "Fox Five" With "The Fox" #5 Variant Cover

Tue, November 19th, 2013 at 1:58pm PST | Updated: November 19th, 2013 at 3:04pm

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor
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Archie Comics has provided CBR with an exclusive first look at Mike Norton's variant cover for "The Fox" #5 by J.M. DeMatteis and Dean Haspiel, which serves as the conclusion to the series' "Freak Magnet" arc. Norton's cover is part of Archie's "Fox Five" variant covers, which also includes cover images by Howard Chaykin, Mike Cavallaro, an Alex Toth throwback cover, and series artist Dean Haspiel.

"Growing up reading superhero comics, I sometimes thought about protecting lives but I wasn't crazy enough to be a vigilante and I wasn't brave enough to become a cop. Instead, I wrote and drew some of the stuff I experienced and filtered my feelings about sacrifice and heroism into my fiction," Haspiel told CBR of the series in September. "In a way, I can sympathize how The Fox could happen and he's easy to relate to. He's timeless and hardly needs modernizing because he's iconic. Sure, telephones and jukeboxes are now wireless cameras and global positioning systems and social networking has become a necessary demon, but the human condition is always ripe for reportage and we never stop learning from our fellow neighbors."

Check out Haspiel's standard cover and Norton's variant as well as the full solicitation info below.

Dean Haspiel's standard cover for "The Fox" #5 and an exclusive first look at Mike Norton's "Fox Five" variant cover.

THE FOX #5
The fantastically-foxy finale IS HERE in Freak Magnet pt 5: "Future's End"! Emmy Award winning writer/artist Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, HBO's Bored to Death) is joined by acclaimed writer J.M. DeMatteis (Abadazad, Justice League 3000) to conclude the "Freak Magnet" saga of the pulp-style hero The Fox! Our hero has won the day and defeated his evil adversaries, so why does he now find himself trapped 70 years in the past, side-by-side with the legendary hero of WW2 known as THE SHIELD?! And what does the Shield's arctic battle-royale have to do with the diamond realm?! And will SOMEONE please tell The Fox, aka Paul Patton Jr., why he can't just have the simple, freak-free life he wants?? Don't miss the finale to end-em-all, and don't miss out on collecting all five "FOX FIVE" Variant Covers to this issue! With art from Dean Haspiel, Howard Chaykin, Mike Cavallaro, Mike Norton and a special ALEX TOTH throwback edition!

Art: Dean Haspiel
Plot/Script: J.M. DeMatteis
Art: Dean Haspiel, Allen Passalaqua, and John Workman
Cover: Dean Haspiel
FOX 5 Variant Cover 1: Dean Haspiel
FOX 5 Variant Cover 2: Howard Chaykin
FOX 5 Variant Cover 3: Mike Norton
FOX 5 Variant Cover 4: Mike Cavallaro
FOX5 Variant Cover 5: Alex Toth Throwback
On Sale at Specialty Comic Shops Date: 3/5
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US

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