During Marvel's "Next Big Thing" panel at C2E2, the company unveiled their secret plans to celebrate everyone's favorite espionage agency's 50th anniversary. Yes, Marvel will be giving a little love for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s golden anniversary.
50 Years of S.H.I.E.L.D. logo
How does Marvel celebrate an anniversary? With variant covers of course! Starting June, 12 comics will have available variant covers featuring the artwork of the posters for episodes of the television show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I..E.L.D. (this series was called "The Art of Evolution").
Armor Wars #1 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant by Marcos Martin
The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant by Gabrielle Dell'Otto
Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps #1 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant by Declan Shalvey
Squadron Sinister #1 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant by Annie Wu
Thors #1 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. variant by Delicious Design League
In August, issue #9 of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be double-sized with Stan Lee chipping in. It will also sport a variant cover by Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko.
S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 variant by Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko
S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
September will see the release of "S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection". The trade paperback collects Strange Tales #135-150, Fantastic Four #21, and Tales of Suspense #78.
S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection
"S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus" arrives in October. This massive book contains Strange Tales #135-168, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-15, Fantastic Four #21, Tales of Suspense #78, Avengers #72, Marvel Spotlight #31, and material from "Not Brand Echh" #3, #8, and #11.
S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus with a cover by Alex Ross
Stepping back a month, in September Marvel will be releasing five one-shots focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D. characters. "Fury" will feature Nick Fury Sr and Nick Jr (aka. Blury/Blurry) written by David Walker. Jody Houser will pen "Agent May", Chelsea Cain will be on "Mockingbird", Matt Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon will take care of "Quake", and Kathryn Immonen will write "Agent Carter".
Fury one-shot cover by Christian Ward
Fury one-shot variant cover by Mike Deodato
How will you be celebrating S.H.I.E.L.D.'s 50th anniversary?