Star Wars: Capt. Panaka, Mace Windu and More Star on Black History Month Variant Covers

Next year, Marvel ComicsStar Wars lineup celebrates Black History Month with a new collection of variant covers from artist Ken Lashley.

Lashley has crafted a total of five Black History Month Variant Covers, which will adorn Marvel‘s various Star Wars titles throughout February 2024. Things kick off on February 7 with Lashley’s variant for Star Wars: Mace Windu #1, which features the eponymous Jedi Master himself. Fellow Jedi Master Adi Gallia stars on Lashley’s cover for Star Wars: Darth Vader #43, on sale February 14.

February 21 sees the release of both Star Wars #43 and Star Wars: The High Republic #4. Lashley’s variant for the former spotlights Kawlan Roken (of Obi-Wan Kenobi fame), while his cover for the latter features Jedi Knight Bell Zettifar. Finally, Lashley’s variant cover for February 28’s Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances #2 stars Naboo’s own Captain Quarsh Panaka.

Check out Ken Lashley’s Star Wars Black History Month Variant Covers below:

Ken Lashley lends his talents to Star Wars

“I’ve worked with and known Ken for a long time,” Marvel editor Mark Paniccia said. “He’s one of the best comic book artists in the industry and one of my favorite cover artists. He brings energy and dynamism to every cover and this variant program is no exception. I’m excited for fans to see these characters illustrated in Ken’s powerful style.”

“l am a huge Star Wars fan so when Mark asked if l would be interested in drawing these covers it was a fast ‘HECK Yeah,'” Lashley himself added. “These five covers have all the bases covered, characters we all love and know along with a few surprises for the fans. l love what I do and getting to draw every day on creations that l loved growing up is a dream come true … lightsabers are all over my office!”