DC Comics' May 2016 Variants Celebrate 52 Issues of New 52

Fri, February 12th, 2016 at 9:05am PST | Updated: February 12th, 2016 at 9:21am

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This May, DC Comics' cover theme pays homage to 11 first issues that helped kick off the New 52 in 2011. The covers, and their inspirations, can be found below, along with a list of the variants' artists, and the artists of the original #1 covers. These 11 issues, along with "Justice League," are the only ongoing series that are still being published from 2011's initial wave of 52 titles. "Justice League's" absence is most likely due to the fact that it's one issue behind the rest of the series and probably will release issue #51 in May as opposed to #52.

Action Comics 52 variant cover by Ben OliverAction Comics 1 cover by Rags Morales and Brad Anderson

Action Comics #52 variant cover by Ben Oliver, inspired by Rags Morales and Brad Anderson

Aquaman 52 variant cover by Brett Booth and Norm RapmundAquaman 1 cover by Ivan Reis Joe Prado and Rod Reis

Aquaman #52 variant cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund, inspired by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis

Batgirl 52 variant cover by Babs TarrBatgirl 1 cover by Adam Hughes

Batgirl #52 variant cover by Babs Tarr, inspired by Adam Hughes

Batman 52 variant cover by Rafael AlbuquerqueBatman 1 cover by Greg Capullo and Alex Sinclair

Batman #52 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque, inspired by Greg Capullo and Alex Sinclair

Catwoman 52 variant cover by Inaki MirandaCatwoman 1 cover by Guillem March

Catwoman #52 variant cover by Inaki Miranda, inspired by Guillem March

Detective Comics 52 variant cover by Francis ManapulDetective Comics 1 cover by Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey

Detective Comics #52 variant cover by Francis Manapul, inspired by Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey

Flash 52 variant cover by Jesus MerinoFlash 1 cover by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

The Flash #52 variant cover by Jesus Merino, inspired by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Green Arrow 52 variant cover by Szymon KudranskiGreen Arrow 1 cover by Dave Wilkins

Green Arrow #52 variant cover by Szymon Kudranski, inspired by Dave Wilkins

Green Lantern 52 variant cover by Billy TanGreen Lantern 1 cover by Ivan Reis Joe Prado and Rod Reis

Green Lantern #52 variant cover by Billy Tan, inspired by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis

Superman 52 variant cover by Mikel JaninSuperman 1 cover by George Perez and Brian Buccellato

Superman #52 variant cover by Mikel Janin, inspired by George Perez and Brian Buccellato

Wonder Woman 52 variant cover by David Finch and Matt BanningWonder Woman 1 cover by Cliff Chiang

Wonder Woman #52 variant cover by David Finch and Matt Banning, inspired by Cliff Chiang

Official Press Release

Celebrating 52 issues of incredible storytelling, DC Entertainment’s May 2016 variant cover theme will pay homage to the #1 issues of eleven comics that debuted in 2011 when DC Entertainment rebooted their superhero publishing line and revitalized the comics industry as a whole. It was a momentous occasion then, and is an anniversary to celebrate now!

Inspired by Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman #1, Rags Morales and Brad Anderson’s Action Comics #1, Adam Hughes’ Batgirl #1, and more, these brand-new “The New 52” variants will grace the covers of those same landmark titles that are hitting issue #52 in May. Illustrated by an all-star lineup of incredible talent, May’s lineup of variant covers are as remarkable as the industry-changing covers they’re based on.

Action Comics #52 variant cover by Ben Oliver
Aquaman #52 variant cover by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
Batgirl #52 variant cover by Babs Tarr
Batman #52 variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque
Catwoman #52 variant cover by Inaki Miranda
Detective Comics #52 variant cover by Francis Manapul
The Flash #52 variant cover by Jesus Merino
Green Arrow #52 variant cover by Szymon Kudranski
Green Lantern #52 variant cover by Billy Tan
Superman #52 variant cover by Mikel Janin
Wonder Woman #52 variant cover by David Finch and Matt Banning

“The New 52” variants are the latest in a variety of monthly themes.

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