Anderson Cooper Visits Black Widow -- Exclusive First Look
(Thu, 23 Oct 2014)
On November 19, Black Widow comes under fire from an unexpected source: CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper.
We spoke to BLACK WIDOW writer Nathan Edmondson about Cooper's appearance in issue #12 a few months back, and now we've got an exclusive sneak peek at artist Phil Noto's interior work on the story. Will Cooper
uncover the secrets Natasha has worked so hard to hide? How will the Avengers react?
Find out November 19 in BLACK WIDOW #12!
BLACK WIDOW #12
Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON
Art & cover by PHIL NOTO
• Black Widow teams up with the Howling Commandos for a mission in Afghanistan.
• But back home a special report by Anderson Cooper questions her allegiances.
• What will the Avengers do when they learn how Natasha has been spending her days off?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
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Get the Marvel Comics App Update for 10/22/14
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
Want more comics in the Marvel Comics App for iOS and Android? Your search is over! Check out these comics that just hit the Marvel Comics App and keep coming back every week for new additions to the growing library! That's
right, we add new books every week to feed your need for super-heroic entertainment! Don't have the Marvel Comics App? What are you waiting for?! Download it for iOS and Android! Here's your official list of comic books hitting the Marvel Comics app today!
Digital Comics On-Sale This Week
ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #8
ALL-NEW INVADERS #11
ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #15
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8
AMAZING X-MEN #12
AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #3
AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1
DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #2
NEW WARRIORS #11
SECRET AVENGERS #9
Also On Sale
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #415
AVENGERS (1963) #285-304
DAREDEVIL ANNUAL (2007) #1
EXCALIBUR (1988) #100
GHOST RIDER ANNUAL (2007) #2
GREEN GOBLIN (1995) #12
PUNISHER (1995) #11
SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN (1996) #8
SPIDER-MAN (1990) #72
WOLVERINE (1988) #104
X-FACTOR (1986) #125-126
X-FORCE (1991) #57
X-MAN (1995) #18
Collections On-Sale This Week
AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE: DREAMS & NIGHTMARES
BLADE VOL. 1: UNDEAD AGAIN
DAREDEVIL: HELL TO PAY VOL. 2
GHOST RIDER VOL. 3: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
HULK VOL. 1: BANNER DOA
IRON PATRIOT: UNBREAKABLE
MARVEL 100TH ANNIVERSARY
ORIGINAL SIN: HULK VS. IRON MAN
SECRET AVENGERS VOL. 1: LET'S HAVE A PROBLEM
SILVER SURFER VOL. 1: NEW DAWN
ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL. 17: SENTINELS
UNCANNY X-MEN: FEAR ITSELF
X-MEN: THE COMPLETE ONSLAUGHT EPIC BOOK 2
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The Razor-Bats Fly in 90's By the Numbers With Hobgoblin
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
It's time to face facts, true believers – the '90s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages
caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!
With that in mind, we've pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one most excellent fact at a time! This week we're singling out AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #337 by David Michelinie and Erik Larsen. Here's "Rites and Wrongs" by the numbers!
39 "feathers" on Vulture's winged harness
22 visible framed pictures of Mary Jane in her stalker's creepy lair
21 teeth getting knocked around in Hobgoblin's head
8 razor-bats and 2 pumpkin bombs
6 members of the Sinister Six
5 lasers shooting out of Hobgoblin's hand
2 security guards that definitely don't get paid enough to deal with Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin flies solo today in AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1!
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Watch Marvel's The Watcher 2014 - Episode 37
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
Get tackled by our host, Lorraine Cink, as she unveils all of the greatest news out of New York Comic Con 2014! Get a first glimpse at the mega event
Secret Wars, "Marvel's Daredevil" coming exclusively to Netflix, and new Original Graphic Novels on Marvel Unlimited. Plus learn about new titles and events coming in 2015 like Ant-Man, Operation
S.I.N., Night of the Living Deadpool, Spider-Gwen, Silk, Gamora, a new Star Wars title, and more!
The newest edition of The Watcher is here!The Watcher is Marvel.com's official news and comedy video series covering comics, movies, TV, games, gear and all
things Marvel. Tune in weekly for new episodes.
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Marvel 75: Avengers in Leather
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
In the 90’s, leather reigned supreme.
Yes, it would be another 10 years or so before the Children of the Atom strutted onto the pages of NEW X-MEN bedecked, one
and all, in cow skin, but for the rest of the Marvel Universe, the 90’s represent peak-leather.
Why it happened that way, exactly, remains elusive. Perhaps we all just felt colder back then?
Regardless, no other fashion choice—besides perhaps armor—defined the super hero decade of the 1990’s at
Marvel as much as the addition of a leather jacket to your ensemble. And the Avengers became the team to most exemplify the trend.
Long-defined by an individualistic streak, Avengers members eschewed any sort of singular costuming vision. Differing from their mutant counterparts in the various X-teams, Earth’s Mightiest
Heroes had never matched one another in motif, color, or aesthetic. Even the more “free to be me” X-Men of the 90’s tended to at least boast a fairly prominent X-symbol somewhere on their
ensemble. Avengers, on the other hand, basically rolled out of bed and threw on whatever costume they had worn the night before to defeat Titanium Man, Loki, or the Serpent Society.
Until the leather jacket.
Suddenly, Avengers looked like one another. Sersi, Crystal, Black Knight, Thunderstrike, even Black Widow and Hercules slipped into matching black and brown bombers emblazoned with the signature
“A.” During what proved to be an ironically fractured time in the team’s history, it seemed as though the members collectively concluded “No matter the internal strife, at least we can rally
around our accessories.”
Not only did the leather bond Avenger to Avenger but it also represented a sort of invitation to friendship and team-up to other heroes and anti-heroes not so lucky to have ever carried a
membership card or communicator. An X-Man might see the Avengers on television tangling with Proctor and notice that Rogue and Crystal’s jackets shared certain similarities. A phone call or two
later and the teams hit the outlets, trading leather care advice—a silicon polymer spray, frequent rubbing, and an occasional once-over with a damp cloth, obviously. Viola! The case for human and
mutant-kind in harmony takes a leap forward.
Or perhaps you live your days as an angry young man and your nights as a vengeful Spirit of Vengeance? You might feel there exists no way a team of do-gooders like the Avengers could understand
you and thus, Ghost Rider must ride alone. But then—in your doctor’s office one day, perhaps—you read that cover story about Black Knight because, hey, he likes a nice leather jacket too. You
find out he labors under a curse just like you and suddenly, a support group starts to form.
Then again, maybe the temperature simply did feel a bit brisk for an entire decade.
Celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary at marvel.com/75
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She is Worthy! Your First Look at Thor #2
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
This November, bring the thunder and summon the lightning as the new Thor tests her mettle against an army of Frost Giants in THOR
#2, the highly anticipated second issue!
Writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman continue the epic tale of the new God of Thunder, and her unworthy predecessor. An army of massive Frost Giants have invaded Midgard, leaving
destruction and chaos in their wake. The Odinson lays battered and broken at the hands of Malekith the Accursed, unable to wield his mighty hammer. To save us all, a new Thor will rise. And she
may be the world’s only hope. Can she stave off the darkness? Or will she be consumed by it? On the bellow of thunder and the crack of lightning, a new Thor is born. See her in action for the
first time this November in the highly anticipated THOR #2!
Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AvengersNOW and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!
THOR #2 (SEP140857)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
Variant Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE (SEP140859)
Design Variant by ESAD RIBIC (SEP140858)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by JAMES STOKOE (SEP140860)
On-Sale – 11/12/14
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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 27
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014)
In 1964, Marvel premiered one of its enduring and exciting super heroes, Daredevil. Whether in his secret identity as blind lawyer Matt Murdock or using his enhanced radar senses, DD stood out
from the crowd as an unrelenting crusader for justice.
To celebrate 75 years of Marvel, 50 years of the Man Without Fear and the upcoming debut of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix in
2015, we look back on the hero of Hell’s Kitchen’s remarkable history!
After literally going straight to Hell in 1990, the Man Without Fear found little room to complain about the other sundry problems that plagued him throughout the year.
DD kicked off his year still in direct opposition to the evil robot Ultron, who coveted the enhanced human Number Nine as his bride in DAREDEVIL #276. The relative calm of a case involving a
psychologist and his wife in DAREDEVIL #277 proved to be the quiet before the storm when our hero faced far greater evil ahead of him.
Daredevil’s foe Bullseye faced off against a weakened Captain America in CAPTAIN AMERICA #374 while a drug war raged
across the city. That conflagration sucked Daredevil into its tumult in CAPTAIN AMERICA #375 when he held off an erratic
Sentinel of Liberty. Matt Murdock won the day long enough to turn Cap’s attentions to the greater war between The Kingpin and Red Skull over the new street drug Ice. Cap later helped Matt with an
inventor who dreamed his inventions into reality in DAREDEVIL #283.
Mephisto’s son Blackheart sought a sly way to sow dissent among Matt and his compatriots, the Inhumans and Number Nine, in DAREDEVIL #278, but failing that brought about an earthquake in
DAREDEVIL #279 that swallowed up not only DD and his allies, but the newly-discovered son of Black Bolt, Pope.
The dark crack in the earth led directly to Mephisto’s fiery realm, a situation in DAREDEVIL #280 that forced Murdock and company forward, not back, along a path that took them deeper into Hell
in DAREDEVIL #281. Fortunately for them, The Silver Surfer, long an opponent of Mephisto, caught wind of a disturbance in the old devil’s domain and rushed in to help Hornhead at the heart of
Hell in DAREDEVIL #282. This great show of teamwork helped tip the scales in Matt’s favor and he managed to bring his friends and Pope back to Earth.
Though he’d returned from Mephisto’s kingdom, the Man Without Fear found he’d lost his memory from the arduous journey in DAREDEVIL #284, prompting him to create the identity of “Jack Murdock.”
Bullseye filled the gap of the loss of Daredevil by adopting the name and costume himself in DAREDEVIL #285 and then used them to commit crimes in DAREDEVIL #286, while “Jack” learned thievery
and took up a career as a boxer.
The “new” Daredevil tried to walk the path of a hero in DAREDEVIL #287, not fully realizing that the true Daredevil fought in the boxing ring—a scenario that caught the attention of the Kingpin.
Read more DAREDEVIL (1964) on Marvel Unlimited
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See the Star Wars Variant Covers Coming in January 2015
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014)
STAR WARS #1
Written by JASON AARON
Art and cover by JOHN CASSADAY (A/C)
Variant covers by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, JOHN CASSADAY, BOB MCLEOD, JOE QUESADA, ALEX ROSS, SARA PICHELLI, SKOTTIE YOUNG, JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER & More!
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL!
Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet—the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star.
But the Empire’s not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom
against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, The Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron with art by John Cassaday, this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it!
48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
*See upcoming MARVEL MAILERS for details on how to qualify for the STAR WARS #1 LAUNCH PARTY!
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Total Carnage: 5 Depraved Acts by Cletus Kasady
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014)
By Rick Laprade
Serial killer, career criminal, lunatic, major league jerk—not exactly textbook qualities of a super hero, but don’t tell that to Cletus Kasady.
In the pages of AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS and AXIS:
CARNAGE, Carnage turns the definition of “good guy” on its head. But before we start celebrating National Carnage Day, let’s take a look back at some of his less-than-heroic acts.
A Chance Encounter (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #345)
While Eddie Brock served time for his crimes committed as Venom, he roomed with a psychopath that made him look like a cheerful boy scout. Before Cletus Kasady could kill his cellmate, the Venom
symbiote showed up to make the save and break Eddie free. It left a little present for Kasady however, and thus birthed the monster we now know as Carnage.
Victim Numero Uno (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #359)
Kasady’s escape from prison flew under the radar for a bit and gave this lunatic a head start on his killing spree. With Spider-Man tied up with Cardiac, Kasady and his new partner in crime
started their coming out party. Carnage’s first victim became indicative of this maniac’s long history of, well, carnage. After Cletus picked his name at random from the phone book, Gunther Stein
would become the first in a long list of innocent lives snuffed out by the spawn of Venom. This murder embodied Carnage in a nutshell: sinister, unpredictable, and without motive.
Carnage Throws a Baby Out of a Window (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #362)
As the title indicates, Carnage indeed threw an infant out of a window. With Spider-Man and his uneasy ally Venom leading the charge, they corner the mad villain in an apartment. Carnage then
breaks the floor beneath to stifle the noise complaints of a downstairs tenant. By "stifle," of course we mean, “grab the poor woman’s baby and throw it out of the window!” Both Spider-Man and
Venom sprang into action and saved the child, but allowed Carnage to escape in the wake. Kasady’s devilish distraction worked to a tee.
Maximum Carnage (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #378)
Not satisfied with the casualties he could accomplish solo, Carnage formed a gang to further perpetuate his reign of blood. With baddies such as Doppelganger, Demogoblin, and his
on-again-off-again lady Shriek, the group carried out a path of destruction. Carnage and Shriek butted heads, but would ultimately make up after a lover’s quarrel and repair their relationship
the only way they knew how: by murdering a bunch of strangers. Spider-Man, Cloak, Dagger, and a more-upset-than-usual Venom would pull out all the stops to defeat them, but not before the body
count got swiftly out of hand.
Carnage Goes West (CARNAGE, U.S.A #1)
Carnage took his crazy-pants ways and traveled to the American heartland in order to enslave and activate an entire town. The psychotic symbiote moved to Doverton, Colorado and swiftly spreads
his spawn amongst the citizens—and the Avengers. With a small army of possessed folks behind him, Carnage made one of his greatest plays, though ultimately Spider-Man and Venom brought him down
Need a little Carnage in your life? Check him out on October 29 in AXIS: CARNAGE #1!
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Living the Logan Legacy: James Tynion IV & Mystique
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014)
As a savvy strategist, Mystique plans for every eventuality—except for a world without Wolverine.
While taken by surprise, Logan’s passing enables Mystique to pursue an agenda to reshape the world, since the one person who always succeeded at stopping her can no longer stymie her ambitions.
Those aspirations may be on the cusp of coming to fruition in December’s DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #6, but writer James Tynion IV explains to Marvel.com what destiny lies ahead in his
new collaboration with artist Andy Clarke!
Marvel.com: Where do readers find Mystique at the opening of this story, given that she is a character who is always in the shadows seemingly working her way into interesting places?
James Tynion IV: We’re in a very interesting moment in Mystique’s life, where she’s basically wrestled control of Madripoor, and is using it as the basis of operations for her new
Brotherhood. It’s a major move for Mystique, who we know best as someone who sneaks through the undercurrents of the world, rather than stepping into center stage on such a global level. But at
the same time, in some of her earliest appearances, we would see her and Destiny talk about their desires to engineer the future on a massive scale. It was something that really defined her from
her inception. She has such a fascinating placement in the Marvel Universe as one of a handful of characters who more or less do not age. She’s been around for the entire 20th Century. She’s had
huge plans to shape the world, and here we have her in a position of power that she might have at some points in her life thought unfeasible. That’s where this begins.
Marvel.com: Mystique and Logan had a rich history, dating back to as early as the 1920’s; I imagine his death will still take her by surprise on some level—am I right?
James Tynion IV: Absolutely, and that’s the heart of this issue. When you’re one of the timeless, ageless figures wandering the world, and you’ve developed relationships with people who
are in the same boat, you end up feeling like it’s impossible that they’ll ever really go away. Raven has believed that Wolverine would never die for years and years, and we’ll see in this issue
how that’s shaped her own path through the decades since they first met. The way the whole landscape of her life changes in the moment of his death will set the stage for a whole new era of
Mystique in the Marvel Universe.
Marvel.com: What interested you most about getting to write an installment in this critical post-Death of Wolverine limited series, THE LOGAN LEGACY, which also serves to set the stage for the WOLVERINES weekly series?
James Tynion IV: To be honest, it was simply the chance to write one of my favorite characters of all time. Mystique has always captivated my mind, from her power set, to her incredible
personality. It’s fun to get a chance to play with this figure [that] I’ve read and loved as a fan since I was a young child
Marvel.com: I was excited to learn you are working with Andy Clarke on this story; how enthused were you to learn he'd be collaborating with you?
James Tynion IV: I’ve worked with Andy a number of times over at DC Comics on the Batman books, and he’s helped me craft a number of stories that are still some of the favorite things that
I’ve ever worked on. It’s been an absolute blast to team up with him again and have him explore a whole different universe.
Marvel.com: What dynamics about Mystique do you most enjoy getting to explore in this story?
James Tynion IV: The key piece to this issue, and one of my favorite elements of Mystique as a character, has always been her relationship to Irene Adler, Destiny. Irene is perhaps the
only person Raven has ever loved or cared for, and her role as her partner is an element that we haven’t really seen explored in the comics since Irene’s death. That was one of my first ideas for
the comic, trying to draw out what that relationship still means to her in the present day, and the way the two of them operated together in moments in their shared history with Wolverine.
Marvel.com: You are a writer who operates successfully in a variety of comic universes; what storytelling opportunities are afforded you when you get to work in the Marvel Universe?
James Tynion IV: Honestly, I’ve been able to play with some of the best toy boxes in comics over at DC, but the biggest toy box I haven’t been able to explore has been that of the X-Men. I
was a total X-Kid growing up, an obsessive reader and collector, and to this day, they are some of my favorite characters in all of comics. Getting a chance to come over to Marvel and play around
with characters I’ve loved since I was a child for the very first time has been absolutely thrilling—a literal dream come true.
Marvel.com: You have a rich history of collaborating with editors Mike Marts and Katie Kubert—what is the best part of getting to team with them on a project like this?
James Tynion IV: Mike Marts was the guy who hired me onto my first ever published comic book, and I’ve known Katie since I was just a lowly intern in the offices of Vertigo. It’s always
great to have the comfort of a long-standing work relationship where you know you can rely on your editors backwards and forwards, particularly when it comes to a project of this scale. It’s been
an absolute pleasure to get to work with them again.
Marvel.com: Borrowing from the story's title, how do you think this installment pays honor to Logan's legacy?
James Tynion IV: Logan was a man whose every action helped define the last hundred years of the Marvel Universe; this issue helps show what happens when a force for good like that is
ripped away suddenly, and players who he managed to keep at bay for decades are finally unleashed. Mystique is going to be a major player in everything these stories set up, and I can’t
wait to see it all unfold.
Pick up DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY, on sale now!
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Get Together with Mineral for Episode 155.5 of This Week in Marvel
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014)
The band Mineral recently swung by the Marvel offices to have a conversation with Blake and Ben covering their first tour in 17 years, stories from
the road, growing up with classic Marvel television and much more!
Pick up tickets for Mineral's tour at their official web site!
Download episode #155.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the TWiM RSS
feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode!This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games
to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan
"Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris and Editor Marc Strom.
We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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Be Superior! Presenting Superior Iron Man #1
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014)
He will make you smarter. He will make you beautiful. He will make you healthy. All this could be yours with the new EXTREMIS 3.0. And the Superior Iron Man is ready to give them to you – for the
Marvel is proud to present SUPERIOR IRON MAN, the brand new ongoing series launching as part of Avengers NOW!
The new creative team of writer Tom Taylor and artist Yildiray Cinar make their Marvel debuts for a Tony Stark like you’ve never seen him before!
“This is a Tony we haven’t seen since before that fateful heart injury that turned him into one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” says Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “The smug, over-confident
quintessential capitalist is back…and readers are going to get a real kick out of it. Even the most loyal Iron Man fans will find this a guilty pleasure.”
Spinning directly out of the events of the blockbuster Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the Tony Stark of old is back! More stylish, more
confident, more cunning and more ruthless than ever before. And he’s ready to lead the world into the future – starting with San Francisco! How far would you go for beauty? Power? Immortality?
Tony Stark will give it to you, for a terrible cost. Extremis 3.0 has been unleashed upon San Francisco, transforming the City by the Bay into a gleaming metropolis with the “perfect” society.
Only not all is golden this side of the Golden Gate. Daredevil isn’t down with Stark’s new vision of the future, and he’s going to stop at nothing to end this new threat to the city he calls
“Tony Stark’s idea of Utopia isn’t everyone’s idea of perfection,” says writer Tom Taylor in an interview with
Marvel.com. “…and even a blind man can see the cracks in Tony’s Brave New World.”
He’ll make you better. He’ll take away the pain. He’ll make you…SUPERIOR! And he’ll stop at nothing to do it. But just how far will he go? Will he save the world, or pull it apart at the seams?
Good or bad, it doesn’t matter – he’s superior. And he’s coming to comic shops in November for SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1!
Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AvengersNOW and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel!
SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 (SEP140798)
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art by YILDIRAY CINAR
Cover by MIKE CHOI
Variant Covers by YILDIRAY CINAR (SEP140799)
SARA PICHELLI (SEP140800) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP140801)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by TOM FOWLER (SEP140804)
75th Anniversary Variant by ALEX ROSS (SEP140803)
75th Anniversary Sketch Variant Also Available
On-Sale – 11/12/14
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Go Back to Work With Doctor Doom!
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014)
It's Monday, and that means that you've had to find the strength to shake off the after effects of a weekend well spent just to get back into shape for the weekday work-athon. It's tough, sure,
but it's a fact of life–one that isn't lost on super humans either. Yep, Mondays mean back to work for super heroes too, as they trade in their uniforms for something more business
Doctor Doom may be known as the most ruthless super villain in the Marvel Universe, but that's not the case
in his home country of Latveria.
Yes, he can be temperamental and he does keep his Doombots on constant patrol of the country's streets, but that only keeps Latveria's crime rates way down! In fact, the Balkan country has
actually had worse rulers than Doctor Doom – a fact that does not go unnoticed by longtime residents of Latveria.
Just because Doctor Doom's an unrelenting terror to the rest of the globe doesn't mean he subjects his homeland to his megalomaniacal menace.
As the absolute ruler of Latveria, Doom cannot even find solace when he returns home. Super heroes and fearful foreign governments watch his every move when he leaves his home country, and his
citizens cannot help but stare at him – and sometimes cower in fear - when he sets foot back on his home soil. Of course, Doom might draw considerably less attention if he didn't choose to
strut around Latveria's streets in full body armor and a flowing green cape.
However bad of a reputation Doom might have to the rest of the world, the guy's kinda beloved in Latveria. During his rule, the surprisingly good doctor ensured that every one of his citizens had
all they could desire. The villagers learned to appreciate Doctor Doom's rule when a tyrant named Zorba took over Latveria and oppressed his newfound kingdom.
Considering Doom's volatile reputation, though, it should come as no surprise to learn that Latveria has suffered its fair share of destruction during his reign. Recently the ruler tried to level
up and become Doom the Annihilating Conqueror, thus drawing fire from some of Marvel's heaviest hitters and causing a lot of collateral damage.
Doom takes control of his own Avengers team in AVENGERS WORLD #15 this November!
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Exclusive: Open Rich Ellis' Operation S.I.N. Sketchbook
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014)
In preparation for OPERATION S.I.N.—the five-issue limited series starring Peggy Carter that launches January
2015—artist Rich Ellis shares with Marvel.com his designs for the cast, as well as an exclusive sneak peek with four pages of pulse-pounding 1950’s era action against the forces of
Marvel.com: Looking at some of the text you wrote next to your sketches, one cannot help but be interested in Peggy Carter. How much of your take on Peggy came about from early discussions you
had with writer Kathryn Immonen about the story?
Rich Ellis: Most of it, Kathryn and I had some really helpful back and forth when I was attached to the project. We clicked really early about the direction of Peggy especially. It took me
a little while to settle into a design that conveyed just the right amount of bad-ass; though Kathryn had a bunch of brilliant reference that gave me a really great starting point.
Marvel.com: Can you talk about your philosophy in designing Peggy’s period attire? How much research was involved and getting the 1950’s look of the story?
Rich Ellis: Dressing Peggy did take a fair amount of specific reference [research]. I wanted to strike the right balance between the fashion of the time—which is simply gorgeous—and some
very practical clothes. If things are working right, you should get the sense that even when Peggy is wearing a high fashion dress, she’s made enough sensible alterations that she could still
knock you out cold.
I’ve done a couple period pieces before, and I find that I gather the same amount of reference either way. I’m always looking at reference; the main difference I've found is that everything from
cars to coats made in the 1950’s just looks cooler!
Marvel.com: While in some ways Howard Stark is like his son Tony, they are not the same person in many respects. How did you go about defining the look of Howard to make him stand out and not
seem like Tony Stark Sr.? Also, the note about inventions---will OPERATION S.I.N. afford you the chance to draw some of Howard Stark’s inventions?
Rich Ellis: Setting Howard apart from his progeny is a subtle balance; I’m solidly aiming in a “Mad Men” direction for Howard’s tone. As for drawing his inventions, they will be plentiful
Marvel.com: Please discuss your approach toward designing the look for Woody McCord in OPERATION S.I.N. Also how exciting is it to get to flesh out a pivotal character like Woodrow McCord, who
was just revealed in ORIGINAL SIN #5, but who clearly is important to the Marvel Universe?
Rich Ellis: My designs for Woody are story appropriate. When Woody comes in, he's been undercover in Russia for a while. Later on we get to see him cut loose and hop into an outfit closer
to what he was wearing when we were introduced to him in Original Sin. I'm really excited about what Kathryn has planned for
Marvel.com: This is early in the life of Ursa Major, given that he is only 16. Indeed his changes in body types are drastic; what prompted you to make him grow more than a foot from human form
to his grumpier form?
Rich Ellis: Ursa Major is a powerhouse; as an adult, he has gone toe to toe with The Hulk multiple times. I love drawing animals, and bears are awesome. I made Ursa’s bear form so large
because I like the contrast it creates in the design. The real trick for me was finding a balance between an actual bear and the bear monster man of some of his earlier designs.
Marvel.com: The reader POV on panel 2 allows a glimpse from another room into the bathroom, how much did you try to map out the layout of Peggy’s place and how it might be decorated before
drawing this scene?
Rich Ellis: In these first few pages I knew it was important to set the scene for the time period. I never sat down and drew out a floor plan, but I did take time to make a checklist of
the character’s past that I wanted to hint at in the background. I really wanted her place to feel like it’s been lived in, and I made the conscious decision to put most of the war memorabilia
At this point in Peggy’s personal story the war is over, and Peg lost a lot of friends in the process. I thought it would be a good visual symbol of her trying to put those behind her.
Marvel.com: How much fun was it to sneak in Easter eggs into this scene, such as the items hanging over her nightstand?
Rich Ellis: I really took time to drop in some nods to Peg’s long history in the Marvel Universe. I love it. Peg is an old soldier with a long past. I only got to hint at it, before we
blow it up, but I think it adds something to her narrative.
Marvel.com: The first two pages for the most part conveyed a level of home life tranquility; was that partially done to counterpoint the jarring ferocity of the home invasion that follows?
Also, can you discuss when or how you realized that a character like Peggy would sleep with her boots by her bed—ready to quickly access for situations such as this?
Rich Ellis: The juxtaposition was absolutely intentional as was the destruction of a wall of war memorabilia and Peg’s uniform. Kathryn and I love Peg’s history, but this story is very
much about a new start. Peg’s boots under her bed was a character point from the start. I would point out that going for the boots was her second choice, but apparently she doesn’t keep anything
under her pillow anymore.
Marvel.com: The maneuver in which Peggy slides under her bed to get the jump on her attacker—did Kathryn ask for that in the script, or was that action choreography you suggested for the
Rich Ellis: I wish I could take credit for that brilliant idea, or the visual of Peg in bed clothes and combat boots. Kathryn knows what she’s doing, and she’s been setting up some great
stuff for me. I’m just drawing as hard as I can and adding as much magic as I can!
See Peggy Carter in OPERATION S.I.N. by Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis beginning in January 2015, as well as on ABC in “Marvel’s
Agent Carter” the same month!
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Submit to Inversion! Your First Look at Avengers & X-Men: Axis #5
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014)
This November, the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe stand on the edge of a knife, and the world faces annihilation in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5! Blockbuster writer Rick Remender is joined by chart-topping artist Terry Dodson as Act
II: Inversion gives rise to a new world DISORDER! Heroes will be broken, eyes will be opened, and a universe will tilt on its AXIS.
Splintered and alienated, the forces of Avengers and X-Men stand on opposing sides. The Red Skull has been released from his holding cell in Avengers Tower. Someone aided him. Someone who was
present on Genosha. But whom? And why are the heroes and villains acting so strangely?
Narrowly escaping with their lives, Spider-Man and Nova are enlisted by Steve Rogers for a daring mission that could determine the fate of us all. The new Sorceress Supreme finally gains her
revenge against the benevolent Doctor Doom. The Superior Iron Man battles Daredevil for the fate of an Extremis infected San Francisco. And in the name of survival of the fittest, the X-Men claim
their new home.
The tide is rising, and the Axis of Evil will spread. And the world will tremble in fear. Don’t miss AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5 on sale in November!
Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelAXIS and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!
AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5 (SEP140774)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by TERRY DODSON
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Inversion Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (SEP140775)
Young Guns Variant by SARA PICHELLI (SEP140776)
FOC – 10/20/14, On-Sale – 11/12/14
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From the Ashes: Uncanny Avengers
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014)
Coming in January...UNCANNY AVENGERS #1
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art & Cover by DANIEL ACUNA
Variant Covers by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO, DANIEL ACUNA & SKOTTIE YOUNG
COUNTER-EVOLUTIONARY PART 1
• From the ashes of AXIS an all-new, all different Avengers assemble!
• The tragedy at the end of AXIS has left the Uncanny Avengers vulnerable, and someone is taking advantage of it.
• One of the Avengers' oldest foes returns with a terrible secret that will, all hyperbole aside, shatter the lives of two members of the squad.
• What is Counter-Earth? What terrible secrets does it house?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
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Lorraine Cink Visits the Women of Marvel
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014)
Join hosts Adri Cowan and Judy Stephens for the latest episode of the Women of Marvel podcast!
In this installment, the host of Marvel's The Watcher, Lorraine Cink, stops by for a
chat with Adri and Judy!!
Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 16 now!
The Women of Marvel podcast will assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released monthly, every third Friday (or so), co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media
Group Social Media Manager Adri Cowan and Marvel.com Associate Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel Comic Editors Sana Amanat and Jeanine Schaefer. We also want your feedback, as well as
questions for us to answer on future episodes!
Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about Women of Marvel to @AdriCowan, @Omg_Dj_Judy,
@MiniB622, @J9Schaefer or @Marvel with the
And join in on the Women of Marvel podcast's book club! Each episode, the hosts will chat about a current female-led book and answer the Qs you send via Twitter (with the hashtag #WOMReads)
and email – and ask you to join in on the talk with them. 25 first come, first served digital codes for each comic will be given away per episode, so make sure to listen to find out how to get
yours and join in on the discussion!
Visit the Women of Marvel Podcasts' Tumblr page, where they'll post extra info and more:
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The Marvel Life: Wayne Coyne
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014)
Wayne Coyne is a busy man.
If fronting the psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips didn’t keep him busy enough, he recently started a new group with Lips drummer Steven Drozd entitled Electric Wurms. And on top of all that,
he’s writing and illustrating a comic called “The Sun Is Sick” with issue #2 out now.
We recently spoke with Wayne about why he wanted to make a comic, working with Miley Cyrus on the band’s new record, growing up with Spider-Man, and much more!
Marvel.com: I’m going to throw out some super heroes and I want you to give me your first memory of them. Okay, Spider-Man.
Wayne Coyne: I think that my older brothers. I [think] that they had the very first issue. We would look at it all the time. Peter Parker, he’s kinda shy. He’s kind of a dork and his uncle
gets killed which isn’t the way that people play comics out now. You know, it’s all fantastical [expletive]. We were so young and so to think that our family or someone in our family is killed—I
remember all that sticking with us like “That’s why he’s a super hero!” Because he’s getting this vengeance and it really seemed like a cool thing for a young dorky guy like that to do. Of
course, you don’t know what you’re really up to. You can’t really be a Spider-Man. You know, it’s not real. There was a time that when you thought that when we got older we would be Spider-Man,
Spider-Man-type dudes. And we’d go out and beat people up in our weird costumes. We love Spider-Man. He’s a teenager. He’s a dork.
Marvel.com: What about any of the Avengers like Thor or Captain America or Hulk?
Wayne Coyne: Yeah. Love them. I love Thor. I like that’s like battling God or something; God with a cool looking helmet on. He always had some galactic thing that he had to make right. You
can do a lot with that [expletive] hammer. I love that. All those drawings and stuff are very psychedelic. There’s always some galaxy exploding or something.
Marvel.com: You have the second issue of your new comic “The Sun Is Sick” out now. What is that like?
Wayne Coyne: I like the idea like “Oh it’s continuing a story” which I have no [expletive] idea where it’s going. So like the way I did the second one, I would just make anything up that I
thought was four or five pages. It has nothing to do with anything. And then, if I can, I’ll connect it into the ongoing story and the second one I thought was...I really like that it goes these
other places and it’s not just following the character down the road. It’s like suddenly we jump into the future and this happens but it ties into this. I love having the freedom of time. Time is
whatever I want it to be. We can jump into the future. We can jump backwards. We can jump sideways. It just doesn’t matter. Sometimes working in that panic of “What am I going to do?” is the best
thing; because you go “Oh, I don’t know so I won’t do anything. I’ll just start drawing something that I like.” And there’s been somewhere I’ll draw four or five pages and then never really find
a way to fit it in. I don’t worry about it too much.
Marvel.com: Tell us about Electric Wurms.
Wayne Coyne: With Electric Wurms, it was probably well over a year ago that Steve [Drozd] and I sort of decided that we would have another thing that would not have to be so “Wayne-ish.”
It wasn’t Steven that was saying it. I think we both agreed that we would try things that didn’t have to keep the themes and the ideas and the identity of the Flaming Lips and just see where that
took us. We had no desire to not be in the Flaming Lips. But sometimes you start shaping a song and you feel the light or the tug of another song that you’ve done and it pulls you or whatever.
And I think we were just trying to be like “what if we didn’t have any of that baggage, good or bad, and just said we’re going to be another group?” And that’s what it is. I think it still sounds
a little bit like both of us. But we’re hoping that it just sounds like music that you can listen to and say “Oh what is that? That’s cool.” And you could say “That’s the Electric Wurms.” And
they say “Oh, cool.” That would be the end of it and then like a year later you’d find out that “oh, it’s those guys from the Flaming Lips. Oh, now I don’t like it.” We do so much weirdo
recording that it’s just like “let’s do this other thing.” And it’s just fun. You know? It’s fun. To me, it’s a little bit like I get to have another character that isn’t me. I get to think about
this group, the Electric Wurms, and what do they do? And what’s their trip? It’s fun.
Marvel.com: You’re also doing the tribute to “Sgt. Pepper’s” on top of this. How do you have the time to do all of this stuff? And how did you get involved in wanting to do this tribute
Wayne Coyne: Well, you don’t know that you can make the time. You just sort of do it and because we’ve already done almost 16 or 17 records you go “Well, we probably can do it if we just
say we’re gonna do it and we start to do it.” Music and art is like that. Some things you do them and you think it’s going to take you an afternoon and it takes you a year and other things you
think are going to take a year and they just take an afternoon. It’s really always wide open as to how long and how much of your energy and everything is going to be needed. I would say that I
never think about that. If something comes up and I want to do it, I just do it. We were always considering that we would do another record. We’ve done the Pink Floyd one and the King Crimson one
and the Stone Roses and we’re always [expletive] around with something. We just have so many friends coming around to the studio. We hadn’t really decided that we would do anything and then we
did the museum show last year and we did a big John Lennon Beatles set in the middle of a bigger show. And that got us working on “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” which was like the best one of
that batch. Then we played that. We had a couple of shows around New Year’s Eve and we played that and it really got a great response. We had a big light show and all that sort of stuff. And so I
think people started to think of us as a group that does “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” as something. Then we did it on the David Letterman show and that pushed it a little further that the
Flaming Lips do “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
Then we ran into Miley Cyrus. That just sounds like the beginning of a Coen Brothers movie: “Then we ran into Miley Cyrus and next thing I know...here we are.” So we’d been doing some things with
Miley and we just became friends. She had been a fan for a while and you know; she’s crazy and funny and cool. When you’re around Miley Cyrus, I sort of compare it to being around Damien Hearst.
You know, if you’re around her, you’re going to do music. That’s what she does. And if you’re around me, you’re going to do some music and you’ll do some freaky [expletive]. It was pretty good
together and we started to do some shows together. Then on her day off after one of these shows, we did some recording together and we recorded quite a bit of stuff. But one of them was the “Lucy
in the Sky with Diamonds” track and the “Day in the Life” track. They just were stellar. We already had a great sounding arrangement and then her singing sort of put it to the next level and then
Dave Fridmann really loved all the stuff. And he really set to doing something really insane with the sound and the dynamics of the whole thing. So we walked out of that with this really great
track which sort of made us think “what are we gonna do? We’ve got a great track with Miley Cyrus on it.” Then we did this awards show with her, the Billboard Awards in England, and it just was
kind of ballistic. It was a great performance. We did it in front of an audience like one of her giant concerts and we did it four or five times and people just loved it. I wore this weird
costume and all kinds of [expletive]. And then it just sort of became a thing and that made us think that we should just see if we can make this a whole record. We didn’t know what to do. But I
knew quite a few people and I had already asked some people. I talked to Jim James in My Morning Jacket. Before we knew, we had three or four tracks that were already really good and that pushed
us along to get through the ones that would be more difficult. But it started with “Lucy in the Sky.”
Marvel.com: What, besides all this, do you have upcoming that fans can check out?
Wayne Coyne: The Electric Wurms, which is brand new; we’ve only played two shows. Then there’s this Beatles thing. I can’t imagine that anyone would want anything more to do with us
really. But I do love the comic book. I love talking to you about that. I really do. It’s like one of the only things that I do that I just do by myself. So I love it. In-between all the things
that have to have someone else involved—I need them or want them or whatever; sometimes it’s just like 10 minutes and I just draw a little picture and I add it into the story and I color it and
[expletive] and it’s awesome. Everybody should have a comic book.
You can keep up with Wayne on Twitter @waynecoyne and pick up his comic at flaminglips.com. The band’s
upcoming album “With a Little Help from My Fwends” will be out October 28.
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Follow the History of Deadpool Pt. 3
(Wed, 29 May 2013)
By Brett White
After making a bloody splash as an X-Force villain just over 20 years ago, Deadpool has grown from a cult favorite second banana to Marvel's most notorious leading mercenary.
On June 25, 2013, comic book fans everywhere will get to experience life in the red and black tights when Deadpool's first ever video game breaks its way into stores. This marks Wade Wilson's first time headlining a game after appearing in other titles like “Marvel: Ultimate
Alliance” and the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're giving you an in-depth look at Deadpool's history, from his humble beginnings as X-Force's snarkiest foe all the way to today.
Be sure to visit the Marvel Digital Comics Shop and Marvel Digital comics Unlimited to brush up on your 'Pool history!
What's a merc to do when the object of his affection needs breaking out of a mental institution? In X-FORCE #47, Deadpool answered Siryn's call for help after a failed mission landed her in the
Weisman Institute for the Criminally Insane. But just as Wade busted X-Force's field leader out, he got left behind with all memory of his involvement removed from Siryn's mind by the
manipulative Gamesmaster. When her memories returned in X-FORCE #56, Theresa went back to rescue Deadpool. With both halves of this odd couple finally free, 'Pool paid his rescuer back with a
kiss which…didn't really please her. Better luck next time?
1997's DEADPOOL #1—kicking off DP’s first ongoing series—shoved a lot of Wilson's skeletons out of their cozy
closet. The issue gave readers an unobstructed look at Deadpool's home life in a quaint San Francisco home with his elderly live-in prisoner, the cantankerous and feisty Blind Al.
Wade took a mission to destroy a science outpost in Antarctica. Not a problem—until Deadpool discovered that Dr. Walter Langkowski—better known as Alpha Flight's Sasquatch—ran the outpost. The
ensuing fight—because of course there was a fight—damaged the outpost's gamma core and threatened to irradiate half of Earth. Wade did the unthinkable to prevent a global catastrophe: he dove
into the gamma core to fix it, saving the day and exhausting his healing factor.
The intergalactic holding company Landau, Luckman and Lake claimed responsibility for DP's Antarctic mission, claiming they set him up to find out if he could be the hero their in-house prophets
had said he would be. Wilson laughed off their offer to become a working good guy.
With his healing factor broken, Deadpool tracked down Dr. Killebrew with Siryn's help. The former Weapon X geneticist wished to atone for the unspeakable horrors he did to Wade, so the doctor
cured the merc's gamma irradiated healing factor with a healthy dose of Hulk-blood procured via impalement in DEADPOOL
#4. This freed Wilson up to murder Killebrew, but Siryn convinced him otherwise, thus setting Deadpool on the heroic path that LL&L saw in his future.
The path to true heroism included a few nasty pit stops. Getting involved in a bloody relationship with the deranged Typhoid Mary didn't help in DAREDEVIL/DEADPOOL ANNUAL. Temporarily posing as Spider-Man in the hero's early days and
scaring Aunt May nearly to death didn't show great care for the time stream in DEADPOOL #11. Throwing Weasel and Blind Al in a dark room filled with knives, buzzsaws and razor blades just because the two communicated behind his back did demonstrate much heroism,
and rushing headfirst into a battle with the psychopath T-Ray nearly got ‘Pool killed in DEADPOOL #14.
All of those setbacks proved necessary to push Deadpool towards accepting LL&L's offer when agent Zoe Culloden pulled his broken body out of the snow. In DEADPOOL #17, the Merc with a Mouth learned his destiny as the Mithras with a mouth, a being charged with shepherding in
After coming to terms with his fate, Wilson prepared himself for his job, which turned out to just involve gutting an alien messiah-killer named Tiamat. The prediction became less than clear,
though, as the messiah Deadpool pledged to protect turned out to be a celestial entity that robbed civilizations of their free will. After learning the truth in DEADPOOL #25, Wade turned against his mission and killed both his adversaries and the being he had been meant to
safeguard. The world lost a "messiah" and gained continued free will.
With his destiny destroyed and his entire support group gone, Wade fled San Francisco permanently. As far as he ran, though, his past came back in the physical form of ex-wife, Mercedes. Although
he didn't initially remember being married, Deadpool’s memories of their life together and tragic end came back slowly. Mercedes had been murdered by T-Ray after the naive Wilsons took him in, an
act that threatened to be repeated after T-Ray showed up again on DP's doorstep.
DEADPOOL #33 dropped a bomb on the merc's backstory, as T-Ray revealed Mercedes to actually be his wife, Wade
Wilson his true name, and the man who ruined their lives—Deadpool. T-Ray's magic left Wilson on the brink of death, and the reunited Wilson couple left Wade to rot and recuperate in hell.
But does this revelation shake Deadpool's core sense of self? Not one bit! After all, no one should trust a psychopath with a band-aid for a nose like T-Ray!
Check out DEADPOOL (1997) in the Marvel
Digital Comics Shop, plus on Marvel Unlimited.
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