Starting this week, Oakland comic book store Cape & Cowl will be the only place in the world you can buy an exclusive edition of Marvel’s newest "Black Panther" comic book.
What's so special about it? It has an Oakland-themed variant cover, designed by artist Jamal Campbell.
Fans of the blockbuster "Black Panther" movie know it starts -- and ends –- with scenes in Oakland. The city is also the hometown of director Ryan Coogler.
So when Marvel offered stores the chance to commission special covers for certain comic books, Cape & Cowl jumped at the chance. The shop ordered 3,000 copies of Marvel's new "Black Panther #1" with the Oakland-themed variant cover.
“Along the right-hand side, we’ve got the cranes from the Port of Oakland," says Cape & Cowl owner Eitan Manhoff, describing the special cover. "Down at the bottom, we’ve got the ‘Welcome to Oakland’ sign. Front and center is Black Panther on this futuristic Wakandan ski-do thing, and right there with him is Storm from the 'X-Men.' "