First Black Woman Comic Store Owner Makes History Again
According to The Huffington Post, Ariell Johnson first made history in January by becoming the first black woman to own a comic shop on the east coast.
But now the Philadelphia native has done it again — making the variant cover for the latest issue of Marvel's "Invincible Iron Man #1."
For those of you who aren't familiar with comic terminology, a variant cover refers to an issue of a comic book printed with multiple covers, each with unique cover art.
Johnson is sharing this exclusive cover with fictional character RiRi Williams, the teenaged black girl prodigy who is also the new Iron Man.
Johnson takes pride in creating diversity and inclusion in geek culture, comics, and gaming for all people of color.
"When you are a person of color, you're scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone you can identify with. I always felt like I was watching other people's adventures," she told ABC News.
The variant cover will go on sale in November and will be sold exclusively at Johnson's store, Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ariell Johnson's Instagram