DC Reveals Detective Comics #1000 Variant Covers With No Female Artists Included

by Olly MacNamee

With DC Comics solicitations for March 20189 finally up, it also means readers get a look at the covers to appear on the front of Detective Comics #1000, part of the year-long celebration to mark Batman’s 80th anniversary.  As they did with Action Comics #1000, DC are featuring some of the industry’s best and biggest names and creating a cover to that seem to represent each decade of the Dark Knight’s existence. From the dark origins of the late 30’s through to the hokey sci-fi stories of the post-Wertham era and, of course, there’s a Frank Miller cover depicting his futuristic grumpy pants from The Dark Knight Returns.

Featuring artists synonymous with Batman, these covers are illustrated by the likes of Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Jim Steranko, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Tim Sale, Jock, Bruce Timm and Greg Capullo. Which ones will you pick up? 

Hmm, pity they couldn’t have found an artist who wasn’t a bloke, though. In a world where we have more and more female creators (and creators of colour for that matter) it would have been good to see a little more diversity in who they chose to create these covers.

Here’s hoping they don’t continue to make this mistake when Wonder Woman’s anniversary comes around in few years. Hey, maybe by then, they’ll hire an all female cover artists team, right?

And don’t go hoping that the collective writers are anything but males too.  The only female creators announced will be Joëlle Jones and Becky Cloonan. Seems it really is a man’s world, still.

Anyway, I’ll leave you with the array of covers. There’s still time to add an extra few if you want DC.

For more details on Detective Comics #1000 head over to the DC Comics website for more.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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