Marvel is putting famous cosplayers on comic book covers and it looks awesome

MarvelCaitlin of Contagious Costuming poses as Gamora on this fall’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ cover.

Cosplaying — or the hobby of crafting homemade costumes in order to dress up as your favourite characters in pop culture — is a huge part of comics fandom. Traditionally a hallmark of conventions and other fan events, the Internet has allowed cosplayers to practice their craft year-round, showing off some remarkably accurate representations of superhero costumes in beautifully composed pictures.

This fall, Marvel will show the cosplayers some love by featuring them in a series of 21 variant covers. Instead of the traditionally illustrated cover art, select copies of 21 of Marvel’s brand-new series that will launch this October following the conclusion of “Secret Wars” will have special photo covers featuring a number of top cosplayers dressed up in costumes of their own design.

It’s a genuinely great move on Marvel’s part. Cosplaying is often a thankless passion project that is sometimes criticised for “ruining” fandom — when in reality it has become a vibrant new venue for attracting new fans who wouldn’t have otherwise picked up a comic book.

Let’s take a look at the cosplayers Marvel will highlight this fall.

This 'A-Force' #1 cover features Jay Justice as She-Hulk standing tall.

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You can check out Jay Justice here.

The cosplay cover to 'All-New Inhumans' #1 will show off Yaya Han as Queen Medusa in a more regal outfit.

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This 'Amazing Spider-Man' #1 cover showcases Aaron Rivin in a great costume and smart perspective.

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Check out more of Aaron Rivin's costumes here.

This 'Astonishing Ant-Man' cover wholeheartedly embraces a classic vibe.

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Cosplay by SoloRoboto Industries.

Cosplayer Michael Cox becomes Captain America in this 'Avengers' cover which features yet another classic homage.

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Michael Cox

'Captain Marvel' brings us back to the modern era with a vibrant reproduction of the titular hero Carol Danvers' iconic outfit worn by Judy Stephens.

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You can check out more of Stephens' work here.

Patrick 'Rick' Lane ditches the movie-style leather body armour 'Daredevil' look for a classic cloth style.

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Allen Lee Hansard's 'Doctor Strange' cover makes excellent use of negative space for a striking photo.

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Amanda Lynne Shafer represents Jean Grey of the X-Men here, wearing the fantastic costume that first appeared in 'All-New X-Men.'

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This Gamora cosplay by Contagious Costuming is spot-on for fans of the movie version of 'Guardians of the Galaxy.'

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Cosplay by Contagious Costuming.

Try and imagine how long it took cosplayer Dale Oliver to craft this articulate Iron Man costume.

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You can check out Oliver's work here.

In another painstakingly elaborate costume, Sarah Jean Maefs stands tall as the new Thor in leather and armour.

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Cosplay by Sarah Jean Maefs.

Classic Thor gets some cosplay love, too, from cosplayer Kevin Spooner.

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Marvel's breakout superhero of 2014, Kamala Khan, gets a spot-on cosplay cover starring Soni Balestier.

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Cap Santiago doesn't just nail cosmic hero Nova's look, but strikes an awesome pose that makes the cover look that much better.

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Check out more of Cap Santiago's work here.

Gwen Stacey version of Spider-Woman is a big hit with cosplayers, and Katherine Zan's maskless take of her costume is perfect.

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See more of Katherine Zan's work here.

Jessica Drew, the main Spider-Woman, recently got a practical new costume that just looks phenomenal in real life.

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Cosplay by Yashuntafun Cosplay.

You won't see Miss Kit Quinn's version of The Wasp in the movies, but it's a spot-on take of how she looks in the comics right now.

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See more of Miss Kit Quinn's work here.

Finally, Kalel Sean poses as Black Bolt, the silent, stoic king of the Inhumans.

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