Marvel is getting ready to introduce fans to an all-new venom, but for their accompanying variant cover, the company is reaching a bit into the past.
The upcoming Venom #1 is being written by Mike Costa with art from Gerardo Sandoval, and will also feature a variant cover from renowned artist Todd McFarlane. The pencils aren't new, however, and are pulled from the original debut of Eddie Brock's Venom back in Amazing Spider-Man #299.
The image was recolored by Richard Isanove for the November variant, which features a 1 for 1000 ratio. You can view the spruced up variant in the gallery.
McFarlane actually commented about his 28-year-old work to Newsarama, and while he's flattered that they're using his older work, he does wish he could draw them a new Venom instead.
"Someone from Marvel sent me an email to give me a heads up a couple of days ago about it. Seems a bit odd to me as you would expect original artwork on a cover...especially with such an anticipated book. But they get to make whatever decisions they deem fit.
"Though I have to tell you, I am a much better artist today than that version of Todd they are using. And I could draw one wicked Venom that would be way cooler than that (but as a direct competitor to Marvel it can't happen). I'm also flattered they still want me to work for them 20 years later."
This November, Venom is back and he's badder than ever! As creators Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval bring the sinister symbiote into Marvel NOW!, celebrate this exciting launch with a variant cover by legendary artist Todd McFarlane! Continuing our eye-popping tradition of remastered and recolored marvelous moments comes an iconic instant classic! Relive Eddie Brock's first full appearance as Venom – masterfully recolored by superstar colorist Richard Isanove. As the Venom symbiote returns to the Big Apple, it's time for a new Venom. No more Flash Thompson, no more "Agent of the Cosmos". But who's the one wearing the costume this time?
Venom #1 hits comic shops on November 23rd.