Junji Ito's artwork featured in the Magic October Superdrop

Junji Ito Secret Lair Coming As Part of Magic October Superdrop

October 14, 2022 3:43 PM

By: Tyler Chancey

 

Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast showcased their Magic October Superdrop. This event contained a string of announcements regarding upcoming Secret Lairs for the widely popular collectible card games. Among those Secret Lairs, one of them will feature the gruesome artwork of Japanese horror artist, Junji Ito.

The Magic October Superdrop announcements

The announcements for the Magic October Superdrop were made on the official Magic Twitch channel as part of their Weekly MTG broadcast. The first Secret Lair that debuted was the If Looks Could Kill set. This set features Jack Hughes' artwork and his own personal spin on Asami, Lady of Scrolls, Reflector Mage, Lilianna of the Dark Realms, and Adaptive Automaton.

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Featured artwork of the Post Malone Secret Lair from the Magic October Superdrop
From fan to spokesman to Legendary Creature.

Next were two Secret Lairs featuring the music celebrity Post Malone. First, there was Post Malone: Backstage Pass which featured alternate versions of certain cards just with Malone's likeness. The changed cards are as follows:

  • Post, Son of Rich is K'rrik Son of Yawgmoth
  • Post's Sigil is Leshrac's Sigil
  • Post's Citadel is Bolas Citadel

The second Post Malone Secret Lair is simply titled Post Malone: The Lands. These feature alternate artwork of basic land cards, some of which are drawn and signed by Malone.

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Next were three Secret Lairs that all feature characters from Games Workshop's miniature war franchises. First was Warhammer 40,000 Orks, which showcases the green-skinned warriors from the grimdark sci-fi universe with alternate versions of certain Magic cards. Those cards are as follows:

  • Da Vulcha is Skysovereign, Consul Flagship
  • Ork Commando is Merciless Executioner
  • Makari, the Lucky Grot is Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
  • Ghasghkull, Prophet of the Waaugh! is Zurgo Helmsmasher

 Next was a Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Secret Lair. This release brings certain Magic cards into the Mortal Realms and Games Workshop's fantasy tabletop miniatures game. Those cards are:

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  • Archaeon The Everchosen is Najeela, the Blade Blossom
  • Ghal Maraz The Great Shatterer is Loxodon Warhammer
  • Neave Blacktalon is Danitha, Capashen Paragon
  • Stardrake is Scourge of the Throne

The third and final Games Workshop Secret Lair features Blood Bowl. This is the hyperviolent fantasy football franchise that Games Workshop has produced. The featured cards are:

  • Perfect Defense is Defense of the Heart
  • The Ball is Fellwar Stone
  • Touchdown! is Approach of the Second Sun
  • Re-Roll is Rewind
  • Both Down is Bone Splinters
  • Throw Team-Mate is Fling
The Junji Ito Secret Lair from the Magic October Superdrop
How does black and white art make your skin crawl? Junji Ito finds a way.

After that, the Magic October Superdrop reveals a Secret Lair featuring artwork by Junji Ito. This horror manga creator is most well known for his disturbing body horror artwork in series. In series such as Uzumaki and Hellstar Remina. That same black and white style will now be featured on four cards in this Secret Lair: Thoughtseize, Doomsday, Carrion Feeder, and Plaguecrafter. This Secret Lair will be available in both English and Japanese.

The Yoji Shinkawa Secret Lair featured in the Magic October Superdrop
From Metal Gear to Magic.

Junji Ito isn't the only Japanese artist being showcased in this superdrop. Yoji Shinkawa, most recognizable for his work on the Metal Gear franchise, also has a Secret Lair. His minimal yet expressive art style will be featured on Tezzeret The Seeker, Solemn Simulacrum, Skullclamp, and Phyrexian Metamorph. This Secret Lair will also be available in English and Japanese.

Finally, the Magic October Superdrop announced three Secret Lairs focusing on several beloved elements of Magic's lore. The Weirdest Pets in the Multiverse showcases fan-favorite creatures: Laboratory Maniac, Stitcher's Supplier, Beast Whisperer, Vizier of the Menagerie, and Wood Elves. The Space Beyond The Stars provides an alternate astrological look for Imprisoned On The Moon, Stasis, Prismatic Omen, and Wheel of Sun and Moon. Lastly, Totally Spaced Out provides galaxy foil versions of Strip Mine, Ash Barrens, Fabled Passage, and Command Beacon.

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All of the Secret Lairs showcased in the Magic October Superdrop will be available October 17. Each one can be bought in foil for $39.99 and non-foil for $29.99. Alternatively, there is the Big Foil Bundle for $258.99 and Big Non-Foil Bundle for $168.99 which will collect most of the Secret Lairs into one convenient package. If you want everything, you will need to buy the Post Malone Bundle, which collects both foil and non-foil versions of The Lands and Backstage Pass for $108.99, as well as the Warhammer Bundle which collects the foil and non-foil versions of all Games Workshop Secret Lairs for $168.99.

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Author: Tyler Chancey | Staff Writer
Ever since he was small, Tyler Chancey has had a deep, abiding love for video games and a tendency to think and overanalyze everything he enjoyed. This passion continued into his adulthood as he… Read More