East Coast’s First Black, Female Comic Bookstore Owner Lands Cover Of ‘Invincible Iron Man’

At the center of Arielle Johnson’s career stands coveted comic books in her charming Philly-based Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc. With various editions that she’s been collecting for over a decade, Marvel’s forthcoming variant cover of “Invincible Iron Man #1″ might be her most treasured book yet.

According to ABC News, Johnson will appear on the cover of the aforementioned comic book alongside their new superhero, RiRi Williams. The feat was achieved with the help of Randy Green, who formed the idea for the cover, and is known as Johnson’s colleague.

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“When the email went out about potential variants for stores, he was really excited and took it upon himself to work out the [details]. It was really his hard work,” Johnson shared with the news site. “I knew what it was supposed to look like, but having the actual art in front of you is so much different. It’s really exciting.”

Johnson also touched on the significance of seeing another black woman superhero on the cover of a comic book, and the impact the character Storm had on her growing up.

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“To think I made it a decade-plus and I had never seen a black, woman superhero is crazy because little white boys have so many [with whom they identify]: ‘I want to be Iron Man!’ ‘I want to be Batman!’ ‘I want to be Superman.’ ‘I want to be Han Solo!’ When you are a person of color, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone you can identify with,” she said. “I always felt like I was watching other people’s adventures. Being introduced to Storm was a pivotal moment for me because had I not come across her, I might have grown out of my love for [comics].”

The comic book will hit shelves in November.