Ariell Johnson is the only Black woman currently running a comic book store on the East Coast. She owns Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, and now she will appear on a variant cover of "Invincible Iron Man #1." Johnson is posed next to Marvel superhero RiRi Williams. The cover is made possible by Johnson's colleague Randy Green.
Last month, Marvel Comics came under fire for a variant cover for the debut issue of Riri Williams in Invicible Iron Man by J. Scott Campbell, one decried for heavily sexualizing the 15-year-old hero. The company rapidly pulled the cover from solicits with no replacement—but Campbell drew a new cover that will now take its place.