Image Comics has announced it is teaming with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for a series of anti-censorship variant covers launching in September.

Spearheaded by HACK/SLASH creator Tim Seeley and Image Comics’ Publisher Eric Stephenson, this benefit includes contributions from Skottie Young, Mirka Andolfo, Howard Chaykin, Justin Greenwood, Geoffo, Ryan Browne, Wook-Jin Clarke, David Rubín, Martin Morazzo, Mark Torres, Danny Luckert, and Seeley himself.

“Comics have been uniquely affected by censorship since the very beginning,” said Seeley. “I wanted to do something with my fellow Image creators to call attention to the problem, and to raise money for CBLDF to help their efforts to fight back. They own the Comics Code Seal of Approval, the censorship stamp that used to govern almost all comics until that organization died in 2011. We thought we’d bring back the Code for one month, to show how ham-fisted those censorship attempts were while having some fun making money for the CBLDF’s important work.”

Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics, added: “Freedom of expression is a core value at Image Comics. Image has been a proud corporate member of the Fund for more than a decade. Their work ensures that the comics we make can reach their audiences through retailers, libraries, and online without local authorities interfering. CBLDF is constantly fighting book bans, helping creators and librarians behind the scenes in big and small ways, as well as keeping an eye out to challenge unconstitutional laws that would affect free expression. We’re grateful for their work and proud to support it.”

Proceeds from this campaign will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund legal work on behalf of comic creators, retailers, educators, and readers. Each title will feature two versions of the variant – one censored and the other uncensored.

Available in stores on Wednesday, September 5th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, August 13th):
  • BULLY WARS #1 by Skottie Young & Aaron Conley, Cover D CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Young) – JUN188581
  • BULLY WARS #1 by Skottie Young & Aaron Conley, Cover E CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Young) – JUN188582
  • LAST SIEGE #4 by Landry Q. Walker & Justin Greenwood, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Greenwood) – MAY188978
  • LAST SIEGE #4 by Landry Q. Walker & Justin Greenwood, Cover D CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Greenwood) – MAY188979
  • UNNATURAL #3 by Mirka Andolfo, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Andolfo) – JUN188801
  • UNNATURAL #3 by Mirka Andolfo, Cover D CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Andolfo) – JUN188802
Available in stores on Wednesday, September 12th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, August 20th):
  • HEY KIDS COMICS #2 by Howard Chaykin, Cover B CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Chaykin) – JUN188989
  • HEY KIDS COMICS #2 by Howard Chaykin, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Chaykin) – JUN188990

Available in stores on Wednesday, September 19th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, August 27th):
  • BURNOUTS #1 by Dennis Culver & Geoffo, Cover B CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Geoffo) – MAY188964
  • BURNOUTS #1 by Dennis Culver & Geoffo, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Geoffo) – MAY188965
  • CURSE WORDS #16 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, Cover D CBLDF Charity Variant VAR CENSORED (Browne) – MAY188968
  • CURSE WORDS #16 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, Cover E CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Browne) – MAY188969
  • FLAVOR #5 by Joseph Keatinge & Wook-Jin Clark, Cover B CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Clark) – MAY188976
  • FLAVOR #5 by Joseph Keatinge & Wook-Jin Clark, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Clark) – MAY188977
  • Tim Seeley’s HACK SLASH RESURRECTION #11 by Tini Howard & Celor, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Seeley) – MAY188974
  • Tim Seeley’s HACK SLASH RESURRECTION #11 by Tini Howard & Celor, Cover D CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSOR (Seeley) – MAY188975
  • ICE CREAM MAN #7 by W. Maxwell Prince & Martin Morazzo, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Morazzo) – MAY188970
  • ICE CREAM MAN #7 by W. Maxwell Prince & Martin Morazzo, Cover D CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Morazzo) – MAY188971
  • RUMBLE #7 by John Arcudi & David Rubín, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Rubín) – MAY188962
  • RUMBLE #7 by John Arcudi & David Rubín, Cover D CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Rubín) – MAY188963
Available in stores on Wednesday, September 26th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, September 3rd):
  • COLD SPOTS #2 by Cullen Bunn & Mark Torres, Cover B CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Torres) – MAY188966
  • COLD SPOTS #2 by Cullen Bunn & Mark Torres, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Torres) – MAY188967
  • REGRESSION #11 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, Cover B CBLDF Charity Variant CENSORED (Luckert) – MAY188972
  • REGRESSION #11 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, Cover C CBLDF Charity Variant UNCENSORED (Luckert) – MAY188973

via Image Comics

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