Word Balloons: Marvel to celebrate 80 years with all-star one-shot
Marvel Comics is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019, and the company has announced an all-star 80-page issue to be released as part of that celebration: “Marvel Comics” #1000.
Fans may note that there haven’t been issues say, #998 or #999 of a title called “Marvel Comics,” and this is true. The number is largely to grab attention and celebrate Marvel’s history.
Tom Brevoort, Marvel’s senior vice president of publishing and executive editor, said in an interview with The New York Times that the number was “symbolic.”
Also, the best-selling nature of competitor DC Comics’ “Action Comics” #1000 and “Detective Comics” #1000, featuring Superman and Batman respectively, can’t have gone unnoticed.
While the company now called Marvel Comics once celebrated its birth with “Fantastic Four” #1 in 1961, the company now instead traces its roots back to a comic titled “Marvel Comics” #1 in 1939, featuring the first appearances of the original Human Torch and Namor, the Sub-Mariner.
In 2019, the 80-page one-shot “Marvel Comics” #1000 features a painted cover by Alex Ross and work from a wide variety of luminaries inside.
Al Ewing, “Immortal Hulk” writer, is the primary architect of “Marvel Comics” #1000. But creators also include longtime Marvel Comics veterans Roy Thomas and Peter David, and celebrity comic fans including filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“This is by far the most complex and complicated and difficult book I’ve ever had to assemble,” Brevoort told The New York Times.
“Marvel Comics” #1000 is set for an August release. All told, 97 creators will be credited on the book as 80 different creative teams tackle the comic’s 80 pages. The book is set to celebrate the company’s history as well as introduce some new characters. Mysteries of the Marvel Universe will be revealed, according to a company release at Marvel.com, featuring an “enigmatic artifact known as the Eternity Mask.”
Matthew Price is an award-winning journalist who has written about the comics industry for more than two decades. He is the co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .