Marvel Women of the 80's: Elektra
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
Almost a year after Dazzler and She-Hulk debuted in early 1980, an all-new character emerged from the shadows, embodying the darkest parts of the
decade. Elektra debuted in DAREDEVIL #168, an issue cover dated January 1981, and would go on to change the Marvel Universe
forever with just a handful of appearances.
Frank Miller introduced the assassin in his very first issue as writer and artist of DAREDEVIL, forever tying the
character to his legendary run and his specific creative vision. Outside of a handful of one-panel flashbacks to her tragic demise, no other creator would write Elektra during the entire decade
of the 1980’s. Miller based Elektra’s appearance on bodybuilder Lisa Lyons, thus giving the character a unique blend of beauty and brute physicality that had rarely been seen in Marvel Comics.
When Elektra kicked criminals in the stomach, readers felt it.
DAREDEVIL #168 introduced Elektra as a chaotic element in Matt Murdock's life. While chasing down a group of mob enforcers, the butt end of a sai crashed into his skull. Elektra had arrived to
collect her bounty. “There is a bounty out in Europe for Alarich Wallenquist Bilge—a bounty I intend to collect,” she bluntly told a shocked Daredevil. “You are going to help me capture him, or I
am going to kill you. It is as simple as that.” The blind super hero immediately identified the voice as that of Elektra Natchios—his college girlfriend.
The details of young Murdock’s romance with Natchios unfolded over the next seven pages. The young woman had relocated to New York City from Greece along with her father, the Greek ambassador to
the United States. Her bodyguards followed her to every one of her classes at Columbia, preventing her from making any friends—until Matt Murdock. A year later, a group of criminals kidnapped
Elektra and murdered her father in front of her. The incident changed her permanently, and she left America a disillusioned and hardened woman.
The former lovers reunited as adults operating on opposing sides of the law—and Daredevil could not make himself bring the bounty hunter to justice. After surviving a skirmish with a half dozen
mob brawlers, Matt slyly revealed his identity to Elektra with a kiss, shocking the deadly assassin into silence.
“I think Elektra became so important [to DAREDEVIL] because Frank Miller was constantly revealing new facets of the character,” says current ELEKTRA writer Haden Blackman when asked about the character’s quick rise to prominence. “Initially, she is interesting because
she is, in many ways, Daredevil’s equal as a foe. Her ninja training, her connections to the Kingpin, and her seeming detachment make her a real threat. But as we learn more about her, we
discover her tragic backstory, her previous relationship with Matt Murdock—which makes her even more dangerous—and the fact that she is struggling with her mission.”
Miller had intended issue #168 to be a one-off tale, but Elektra returned for one page in the following issue. She snuck into
Murdock’s apartment and found his girlfriend at the time, Heather Glenn, sleeping in his bed. Last issue Elektra felt shock, this issue she felt jealousy.
Elektra became a major character in DAREDEVIL in the late summer of 1981. DAREDEVIL #174 reintroduced the character alongside
the mystical ninja clan known as the Hand. Elektra learned of the Hand’s mission to murder Murdock and rushed back to New York City to save his life. The two teamed up against the ninjas, thus
drawing the attention of the criminal mastermind called the Kingpin. Once he saw Elektra’s handiwork—she had, after all, single-handedly killed 11 highly trained ninja assassins—he sought to find
her and hire her for his own purposes. The Kingpin made his offer in DAREDEVIL #178 in a note positioned at the end of an
apartment filled with street toughs:
If you are alive to read this, you are as deadly an assassin as I have been told. I should like to discuss with you employment opportunities in my organization.
Under the Kingpin’s orders, she menaced both Daredevil and reporter Ben Urich before taking on what would be her final mission for the crime boss: assassinating Matt Murdock’s closest and oldest
friend, Foggy Nelson. She hesitated the instant he recognized her as Matt’s college girlfriend, and in that moment of hesitation, Bullseye struck.
The master marksman and psychopath dueled with Elektra in a parking garage, with Natchios scoring a number of key blows against the Kingpin’s former prized employee. But for all her training,
Elektra could not best Bullseye. He ran her through with her own sai, leaving her to die in Matt Murdock's arms. Elektra perished in April 1982’s DAREDEVIL #181.
Frank Miller and Klaus Janson toyed with the idea of bringing Elektra back in the penultimate installment of their DAREDEVIL run. Issue #190 focused on both Elektra’s past—specifically her journey from college student to martial arts master—and her potential
resurrection at the hands of the Hand. Daredevil and Black Widow prevented the evil ninjas from turning Elektra into their weapon. Frank Miller’s run had concluded, and readers assumed that
Elektra’s story had also come to an end.
Unlike She-Hulk and Dazzler, who had been used in other series by other creators after their debut, Elektra had become synonymous with Frank Miller. Her only appearance outside of DAREDEVIL up to
the time of her death had been in BIZARRE ADVENTURES #28 in October 1981. Miller had contributed a black and white story detailing one of Elektra’s assassination jobs prior to her reunion with
Matt. Despite being dead, Elektra’s popularity continued to rise. Marvel reprinted every one of her appearances in a four issue limited series titled THE ELEKTRA SAGA throughout the first half of
This growing popularity led to her receiving a limited series of original material in 1986. Written by Frank Miller with art by Bill Sienkiewicz, ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN established the character as a
Marvel mainstay in the making, as well as a character perfectly suited for creators wishing to cut loose and experiment. Due to ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN’s incredibly dark and mature subject matter, the
eight-issue limited series had to be put out through Epic Comics. Unlike Marvel Comics’ usual output, comics released through Epic were sold exclusively in comic book stores and did not have to
comply with the Comics Code Authority. Prior to ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN, Epic had not published comics featuring Marvel Universe characters.
ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN—most likely a prequel to the character’s debut in DAREDEVIL, although it’s never explicitly stated—follows the title character as she stalks a villain named The Beast in an
attempt to stop the creature’s plans at taking over the presidency through a human puppet named Ken Wind. The series allowed Miller to explore the most disturbing corners of Elektra's psyche and
history, and it gave Sienkiewicz the space to experiment with panel layouts in pages that mixed different art styles to brutally beautiful–and at times intentionally disorienting—effect.
“ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN has been a huge influence on me,” reveals Blackman. “When I first read it, I was amazed at how it just continued to expand what I thought I knew about Elektra—and what could be
done in comic books. As a result of that, I don’t have much interest in a story where Elektra isn’t introspective, isn’t revealing more about who she is through her actions or thoughts. I think
that [current ELEKTRA artist] Mike Del Mundo does a fantastic job helping us get into Elektra’s head. There is a section in issue #5 when our villain is overrun by Elektra’s memories, and that is
definitely a bit of a love letter to ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN.”
ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN #8 shipped at the beginning of 1987, and it marked the character’s final appearance in the 1980’s. It did not, however, mean the end of Miller’s association with the character.
He released the graphic novel ELEKTRA LIVES AGAIN in 1990, and explored more of her backstory with John Romita Jr. in the DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR limited series. The character remained dead for the first half of the 90’s, though,
and did not return to the land of the living until DAREDEVIL #324, part of the “Fall from Grace” story arc.
Since returning from the dead, Elektra has gone on to star in a number of limited and ongoing series, becoming one of the most popular characters and anti-heroes in Marvel history. She
appeared in barely two-dozen comic books in her first decade of existence, but—like an expert assassin—Elektra made every one of those hits count.
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Marvel 75: Howard the Duck's Greatest Hits Pt. 2
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
If you missed out on the first installment of this two-part look at Howard the Duck’s most important moments of the 1970’s and 1980’s, head on back and read about his first appearance, bid for the presidency and brief stints as a
comic strip and magazine star.
Part two examines the talking fowl’s flight to the big screen and the variety of other mediums it allowed him to infiltrate.
THE BIG PICTURE SHOW
13 years after making his comic book debut, Howard leapt to the big screen thanks to a film produced by George Lucas. The movie, penned by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, found Howard accidentally
transported to Earth from Duckworld. The Huyck-directed production included familiar comic book elements like the Cleveland locale and Beverly—played by Lea Thompson—but pitted him against a new
enemy in the form of the Dark Overlord. Tim Robbins and Jeffrey Jones also starred in the picture with Chip Zien voicing Howard.
Originally intended as an animated feature, “Howard the Duck” went the live action route, becoming the very first feature film
based on a Marvel Comics property in the process. It also incorporated a variety of impressive special effects from Industrial Light and Magic, the company that played the same role on the Star
Misunderstood by many upon its August 1, 1986 release, “Howard the Duck” did not fare very well at the box office, but has amassed a solid following after the fact that lead to the Special
Edition DVD complete with interviews featuring Katz, Huyck, Thompson and more.
With Howard’s silver screen adventure came a few new offerings in the comic book format. The original HOWARD THE
DUCK comic series returned for two issues in 1986. Steven Grant wrote #32 with UNCANNY X-MEN artist Paul Smith while #33 came from
Christopher Stager and Val Mayerik. That same year a three-part comic book adaptation of the film written by Danny Fingeroth and drawn by Kyle Baker launched.
ADVENTURE ON VOLCANO ISLAND
Ever since the video game industry invaded our homes, it has had a strong relationship with films. It just makes sense that, if people like a film, they’d want to continue that experience by
playing as the lead character on their consoles. So, with game-movie popularity moving right along, it made sense for Activision to team up with Marvel and Lucasfilm to create a game called
“Howard the Duck: Adventure on Volcano Island” for the Commodore 64 in 1986.
The game acts as s a kind of sequel to the film. A new Dark Overlord pops up and kidnaps Bev, whisking her off to Volcano Island. Howard shows up to fight his way through a variety of thugs, fly
through the air and then launch rockets at his enemy. The game suffered from unresponsive controls and an unsatisfying ending, but did boast high quality Commodore 64 visuals and sound for the
Between the run at the presidency and a major motion picture, Howard the Duck found his way onto a good deal of products during the 70’s and 80’s. We already mentioned the campaign buttons Gerber
sold through the original comic series, but campaign photos and official Howard T-shirts also became available.
Howard's mug also appeared on a 7-11 cup in a series of glasses featuring Marvel's finest. Those who attended the opening of the movie in 1986 were even treated to bubblegum cigars.
In more recent years, a classic-looking Howard the Duck came packaged with the Silver Surfer Marvel Legends action figure. Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant also produced a Howard statue based
on his Marvel MAX limited series in 2002.
THE MODERN MALLARD
Howard the Duck may not have starred in his own ongoing series since the 80’s, but he still appears here and there throughout the Marvel Universe including the aforementioned MAX six-issue
limited series written by Gerber with artwork by Phil Winslade. Unfortunately, Gerber passed away on February 10, 2008, so this marked his last outing with Howard.
The mighty Marvel mallard continues to pop up including a major role in MARVEL ZOMBIES 5, a 2007 four-issue limited series by Ty Templeton and Juan Bobillo and, of course, that appearance back on the big screen in
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
For fans looking to go back and see what all the fuss regarding this talking mallard is about, the
HOWARD THE DUCK OMNIBUS will make its way back to bookstores and comic shops in October, thanks to a timely reprint.
For more on the 75th anniversary of Marvel, visit marvel.com/75
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Watch Avengers & X-Men: AXIS - The Story So Far
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
On October 8, the Red Skull declares World War Hate in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1, and it will take all of Earth's Mightiest Heroes
and the Children of the Atom to stop him!
But before the Red Supremacy begins, take a look back at how we got here with the video below and catch up on the rest of the story with UNCANNY AVENGERS!AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS begins on October 8!
Visit the official hub page for the latest news and join the conversation on Twitter with the hash tag #MarvelAXIS
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Listen to the Women of Marvel at San Diego Comic-Con
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
It's the latest episode of the Women of Marvel podcast!
In this installment, travel to San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and hear the full Women of Marvel panel, featuring Judy Stephens, Lorraine Cink, Adri Cowan,
Victoria Alonso, Alexis Audtiore, Katie Cook, Rachelle Rosenberg, Erica Schultz, Joanna Estep, Marguerite Bennet and Axel Alonso!
Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 10 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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Join the Party and Wish the West Coast Avengers a Happy 30th Birthday
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
Considering the size of the Earth and the number of super-powered threats that menace it on the regular, a super team located anywhere other than New York City actually makes a lot of sense.
For a decade, the West Coast Avengers protected everything west of the Rockies from big deal bad guys—and they adventured across the globe and into outer space as well. With Hawkeye at the helm, this Avengers squad grew from a kooky quintet to a powerhouse super team.
The West Coast Avengers first appeared in WEST COAST AVENGERS #1 by Roger Stern and Bob Hall. The
ball really got rolling in AVENGERS #243 when Vision, the newly appointed Avengers chairperson, recognized the need for a second team—and gave Hawkeye the job of getting it off the ground. Hawkeye and his wife Mockingbird relocated to Los Angeles and purchased a 15-acre estate from an old silent film star in AVENGERS #246. The team's proper debut started with two Avengers and an empty compound.
A quick check-in with the Vision revealed that the synthezoid had already sent out the call to potential members. First up: Greer Grant Nelson, a.k.a. Tigra. Vision's call came just as the feline heroine finished up a stint working for Jessica Drew.
Tigra then left Jessica's office in a hurry without answering any questions, leaving the former Spider-Woman worried about her friend's safety.
Hollywood stunt man Simon Williams became the next hero to heed the Vision's call.
The super-strong super hero rocketed away from the movie set, flying as fast as his belt-jets could carry him. James Rhodes answered the call next and used his Iron Man suit to fly down to Los Angeles from Tony Stark's newly acquired Silicon Valley headquarters. Iron Man and Tigra
arrived at the compound first—along with an uninvited guest.
With two potential recruits gathered, Hawkeye began his sales pitch. The team would operate much like the New York one, with a chairperson—Hawkeye—heading up a group of six heroes. Hawkeye,
Mockingbird, Iron Man, and Tigra made four—just two more to recruit. But before anything could be finalized, the compound's security systems went on alert.
Mockingbird and Hawkeye encountered the intruder first, but the mystery man escaped by turning into a black mist. He ran into Iron Man next, followed by the just-landed Wonder Man. But before
Simon could knock the shrouded figure out for good, Tigra leapt into action.
The figure turned out to be the Shroud, a super powered individual hired by Jessica Drew to make sure Tigra hadn't gotten into trouble. With an empty spot to fill on the roster, Hawkeye extended
membership to the vigilante.
Shroud turned it down, saying that joining the Avengers would negate his reputation as a criminal—a reputation that he frequently used to stop criminals from inside their organizations.
If you want to see the team take on the super villain Graviton—or find out if the WCA ever got a sixth member—you can read the team's debut limited series on Marvel Unlimited!
For more spin-off Avengers action, be sure to check out MIGHTY AVENGERS!
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Explore the Origins of the Marvel Universe with Marvel Famous Firsts
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014)
In celebration of Marvel Comics’ 75th Anniversary, Marvel proudly presents a deluxe collection of its 10 mightiest Masterworks hardcovers, plus the all-new, long-in-demand NOT BRAND ECHH VOL. 1
and the AVENGERS 75TH ANNIVERSARY BY ALEX ROSS POSTER signed by none other than Stan "The Man" Lee!
“This is one of the most epic collections Marvel has ever compiled. Not only do these Masterworks retell the origins of Marvel’s iconic heroes, but they are collected and presented in a gorgeous
slipcase built to resemble the historic Avengers Mansion,” says David Gabriel, SVP Sales and Marketing. “If that wasn’t enough, this collection is coupled with a beautiful poster signed by Stan
Lee. It doesn’t get grander then this!”
Each titanic tome in this limited-edition boxed set features a newly designed cover treatment and interlocking spine artwork, and the slipcase itself is patterned after stately Avengers
MARVEL FAMOUS FIRSTS: 75TH ANNIVERSARY MASTERWORKS SLIPCASE SET arrives in local comic book retailers September 3 and contains the following monumental Marvel collected moments:
CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1 HC
264 pgs. - collecting Tales of Suspense #59-81
DAREDEVIL VOL. 1 HC 256 pgs. - collecting Daredevil #1-11
DOCTOR STRANGE VOL. 1 HC 328 pgs. - collecting Strange Tales #110-111 and #114 - 141, and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2
NOT BRAND ECHH VOL. 1 HC 456 pgs. - collecting Not Brand Echh #1-13; and material from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5, Avengers Annual #2, Daredevil Annual
#1, Fantastic Four Annual #5 and Sgt. Fury Annual #4.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1 HC 272 pgs. – collecting Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #1-10.
THE AVENGERS VOL. 1 HC 248 pgs. - collecting Avengers #1-10
THE FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1 HC 272 pgs. - collecting Fantastic Four #1-10
THE INCREDIBLE HULK VOL. 1 HC 176 pgs. - collecting Hulk #1-6
THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN VOL. 1 HC 208 pgs. - collecting Tales of Suspense #39-50
THE MIGHTY THOR VOL. 1 HC 280 pgs. - collecting Journey into Mystery #83-100
THE X-MEN VOL. 1 HC 248 pgs. - collecting X-Men #1-10
For more on Marvel’s 75th Anniversary, please visit marvel.com/75, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/marvel and join in the conversation on Twitter with #marvel and don’t forget to follow us at @marvel.
Hardcover: 3,016 pages
Product Dimensions: 19 x 16.8 x 13.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 33.4 pounds
On Sale: September, 3
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Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Coming in 2015
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014)
Earlier this summer, New York Times-bestselling author Dan Abnett delivered “Rocket Raccoon & Groot: Steal the Galaxy!,” Marvel’s first original prose novel. Now he’s hard at work on another
novel for next year, starring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and every nefarious villain he can throw at them, from A.I.M and the High Evolutionary to the machinations of Ultron.
The globe-spanning adventure has the appropriate title of “Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and it’s headed your way in April of 2015.
“When Marvel suggested writing a Guardians or Rocket related novel to coincide with the movie, it appealed,” Abnett recalls of the first novel. “But I realized that it would be a far more
interesting challenge and the result might be better if I gave them an original story. Far more freeing. A story you write for a comic strip is specifically designed to fit into a comic strip.
There were things that I wanted to do with a novel that suited that form better. Marvel thought it was a good idea. It was one of the most fun jobs I can remember in a long time, with that
combination of action and humor and Marvel lore—referencing continuity and Easter-egging. So, I really enjoyed it and it seems to have gone down really well. Marvel was so pleased they’ve come
back to me for more.
“The Avengers are my favorite Marvel team,” continues the writer, “So that helped enormously. The idea was to do a great big, epic story that represented the Avengers at their best, doing what
they do best, taking on planet-threatening monstrosities. The main guide Marvel gave me to begin with was to start from that core team roster from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’ve added to
that a bit. Then I gave them an Earth-shaking, staggering threat, which I hope won’t be too much for them to deal with. It’s got to be big. Without the artwork of comics to give you the fun and
games, you need the fun and games to be present there in the prose for it to be big and expansive. It needed to be ambitious.”
That plot sees the team scattered to the far reaches of the globe, with Captain America grappling with the forces of Hydra in Berlin and Black Widow and Hawkeye on a mission in the Savage Land.
Meanwhile, Thor does battle with an entire army in Siberia, the Hulk and Nick Fury team up in Mangapore, and Iron Man battles Ultron in Washington.
“The Avengers aren’t just taking on one of their classic foes, which would make a great novel in itself,” says Abnett. “They’re taking on multiple classic foes at the same time in a desperate
scramble. They have to sub-divide to meet these threats, threats they’d normally have to stand together to deal with. And while they’re contending with Hydra and A.I.M, they’re sort of going,
‘Why is all this happening at once?’ Everyone seems to be making this mad grab for the Earth, and of course, that’s the point. There is something at stake, something motivating all these
villainous entities to act at the same time.”
It doesn’t take too long before the far-flung teammates realize that their individual crises share a connection, and that’s when they do that thing they do so well.
“Let’s face it,” Abnett laughs, “One of the things the Avengers do better than anybody else is assemble.
“It’s a big techno-thriller that just happens to have super-powered people in the middle of it. It’s a way of translating what’s spectacular on the page in an Avengers comic, where you can see
Thor lifting a bulldozer or Cap hurling his shield—all that epic power, speed, excitement, action—in a novel format.”
Abnett likens the task of capturing such larger than life heroes in the more grounded medium of prose to the challenge of depicting nine-foot-tall space marines in his extensive work chronicling
the grimdark mythos of Warhammer 40K.
“I feel extremely lucky that I’m getting a chance to have a go at that,” says the writer of lending real-world gravity to such heightened characters, “But also to use some of the biggest toys in
the industry. It’s not just inventing super heroes and writing about them, but taking some of the most famous heroes in the world and presenting them in that format.”
Of course, Abnett tackles this prose adventure in parallel to his latest comics project, a return to the realm of Marvel Cosmic, this time in the distant future. Zeroing in on the exploits of
GUARDIANS 3000, the writer at once looks to tomorrow while celebrating the team that carried the banner before Rocket, Star-Lord, Gamora and the rest of that ragtag crew. This new ongoing series
showcases the adventures of the original lineup of Charlie-27, Vance Astro, Martinex, Starhawk, and Yondu.
“It’s enormously good fun,” he says. “I’ve set myself various challenges there. These characters aren’t particularly well known, though that shouldn’t be an obstacle given that that was also the
case with my previous Guardians book. It’s a matter of bringing beloved, but half-forgotten characters back into the fore. I’m not literally going back to 1968 and starting again, but that’s the
continuum that we’re in. The Badoon Brotherhood is overrunning the universe and the Guardians serve as the vanguard freedom fighters battling them off, trying to save not only humanity but other
species from their wrath.”
“This is one thousand years in the future. That dislocates them from the Marvel Universe. One of the things about that previous run and the sandbox Brian Michael Bendis is working in now is that
there’s very strong connective tissue to the Marvel Universe, which helps support them. I am sticking to the idea that this is one thousand years on, so I have to build a new universe. Or
extrapolate a universe from the one we know now. What does the Marvel Universe look like in the year 3000? Are any familiar faces still going to be around, or their descendants, or new versions
of them? What’s the political map like?”
As an added conflict, there’s something wrong with time. “There is a fault,” explains Abnett. “Time is dislocating and replaying. It’s as if they’ve been at war with the Badoon forever, and every
time they win, time resets and starts over and they’re back where they’d started.”
Combine that with some sociopolitical tensions on an intergalactic scale, and the going gets pretty tough for the Guardians of the year 3000. Hopefully they relish a challenge as much as Abnett
himself, who seems to thrive on testing his own limits and offering complex stories for hungry readers.
“Avengers: Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” hits bookstores in April 2015, while GUARDIANS 3000 debuts this October!
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Commemorate Jack Kirby's 97th Birthday
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014)
By Kiel Phegley
97 years ago, a cosmic force in comics was born.
That’s because today marks 97 years since the birth of Jack “King” Kirby, one of the greatest artists of all time and a driving force countless Marvel heroes and villains. During his unbeatable
run with Marvel in the 1960’s, Kirby helped define characters ranging from the Avengers to the X-Men to the Fantastic Four and beyond. But aside from his titanic run during that first major
“Marvel Age,” Kirby also made his Marvelous mark during the Golden Age of Captain America and later on in the 1970’s as well.
To celebrate the everlasting impact “The King” had on the Marvel Universe, enjoy 10 can’t miss Kirby-drawn comic books you can read right now as part of the Marvel Unlimited digital comics platform!
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
Start where the legend began! Kirby’s first work for Marvel saw the groundbreaking introduction of Captain America and Bucky in this patriotic powerhouse of the Golden Age. Created alongside
legendary writer/artist/editor Joe Simon, Kirby’s smashing work on the first Cap comic had all the rough-and-tumble, Nazi-smashing earmarks of the legend that Steve Rogers would become.
TALES TO ASTONISH #13
Before he declared himself a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the alien plant known as Groot made his debut in this Kirby-drawn monster comic from Marvel’s fabulous Atlas Era. See how great
the artist could be exploring the anxiety of the atomic age as his unforgettable design of Groot stomps over the earth on its way to Marvel immortality.
FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #5
One of the very best early issues of Kirby and Stan “The Man” Lee’s epic run with Marvel’s First Family, this story serves up some can’t miss Kirby moments. Not only does it mark the very first
appearance of arch villain Doctor Doom in all his metallic Latverian glory, it also features the FF traveling through time as The Thing dresses the part of Blackbeard the pirate. These stunning
Kirby pages—ably inked by the great Joe Sinnott—offer a terrific glimpse at what would come across the next 100 issues from the FF’s creative fathers.
FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #67
For a more mind-bending taste of what FANTASTIC FOUR evolved into, readers can take a walk on the wild side with this
later Lee/Kirby tale. When the FF gets whisked away to the Citadel of Science in search of Alicia Masters, the team encounters the “Is he a savior…or a destroyer?” anti-hero known as HIM. Later,
the character would take his place in the Marvel pantheon as Adam Warlock. Aside from showing off his cosmic muscles, Kirby’s work here proves that even his strangest designs could form the
building blocks of Marvel’s biggest hits.
THOR: TALES OF ASGARD
The mythological origins of Thor’s world never looked better than when Kirby rendered the early days of the Thunder God and his Norse pantheon. For years, this tale could only be found as a
back-up to Thor’s main adventures. But with the recent collected edition, the full might of Kirby’s lavish designs and intensive battle illustrations got the spotlight they deserved. Read the
first three issues of this re-mastered Marvel gem now.
AVENGERS (1963) #8
During his Marvel tenure, Kirby left his mark on almost every hero in the company’s stable including Iron Man, Hulk and more. But few things helped define the Marvel Universe better than the way
Kirby could place all of the big guns on one stage in the pages of AVENGERS. Here you can witness the birth of one of the
team’s greatest foes—Kang the Conqueror—in a time-bending tale bursting with the personality and power of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at their best.
UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #17
And don’t miss the stranger side of classic Kirby as the master turned up both the teen angst and the social commentary in the earliest X-Men stories. Here, Kirby gives his farewell to the First
Class of Marvel mutants with a story featuring the hateful, hunting Sentinels and the master of magnetism Magneto, all under a cover that can chill to the bone even decades later.
BLACK PANTHER (1976) #5
Kirby helped introduce the landmark Marvel icon known as the Black Panther during his FANTASTIC FOUR days, but the story of T’Challa really came into its own during this solo run in the 70’s.
Kirby’s signature science fiction stylings clash with old school monster action as the Wakandan King takes on a yeti in a tale not to be missed.
ETERNALS (1976) #1
Kirby continued to innovate in his later years at Marvel by introducing waves of wild new heroes such as the hidden royalty known as the Eternals. Continue his birthday celebration with the start
of one of his last full epics as “The King” introduces the likes of Ikaris, Makkari and Sersi and their strange Celestial overlords.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #193
Everything comes full circle with Kirby’s 1970’s return to CAPTAIN AMERICA. Here you can read a fast-paced adventure
bristling with the energy and dynamism of the King’s best work as Cap and his partner Falcon fight against the force of the Mad Bomb. Cap’s greatest villain, the Red Skill, lurks just on the
edges of this story which helped celebrate America’s Bicentennial as only Kirby could!
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Get To Know The Guardians 3000
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014)
With GUARDIANS 3000 #1 landing in October, there's a new team of Guardians in
town—and they're actually the old team of Guardians, who just so happen to be the future team of Guardians.
You catch all that?
The all-new ongoing series by Dan Abnett and Gerardo Sandoval will push the original lineup—a team of alien super heroes from the year 3000—back to the forefront in a big way. Since most of the
characters might be new to comic book fans familiar with the lineup currently crusading through the modern Marvel cosmos, we've assembled a list of comics for you to read in order to get a grip
on the original Guardians!
Meet the founding Guardians in this, their classic debut from Marvel's Silver Age! Major Vance Astro,
Charlie-27, Martinex, and Yondu—four characters you'll see in GUARDIANS 3000—all band together against the warlike aliens called the Badoon, setting the stage for many adventures to come.
The original Guardians, plus new additions Starhawk and Nikki, travel to the modern day Marvel
Universe to team-up with the Avengers. Together the two teams had to put a stop to the threat posed by the time traveling cosmic being known as Korvac!
After two decades of guest starring in other heroes' books, the original Guardians finally got their own ongoing series. Firelord, a former herald of Galactus, joined their ranks as they
continued guarding the 31st century from threats even more terrifying than the Badoon!
The modern day team interacted with the originals when a temporal error threatened to destroy the 31st century. With the fate of their future in the balance, only the all-knowing Starhawk—both a
presence on the present and future team—possessed the solution to stop the annihilation!
Dan Abnett and Gerardo Sandoval have already given readers a taste of what's to come in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3000. This back-up story in the recent giant-sized issue reintroduces the crew to
readers both old and new!
GUARDIANS 3000 arrives in our solar system this October!
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Get the Marvel Comics App Update for 8/27/14
(Wed, 27 Aug 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 INVADERS (2014) #9
ALL-NEW ULTIMATES (2014) #7
ALL-NEW X-MEN (2012) #31
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #1.4
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER (2014) #9
AVENGERS (2012) #34
CYCLOPS (2014) #4
FANTASTIC FOUR (2014) #9
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #18
INHUMAN (2014) #4
ORIGINAL SIN: THOR & LOKI (2014) #4
SAVAGE HULK (2014) #3
SILVER SURFER (2014) #5
THUNDERBOLTS (2012) #30
UNCANNY AVENGERS (2012) #23
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2014) #8
WOLVERINE (2014) #12
Also On Sale
AVENGERS (1963) #51-52, #54-70
IRON MAN (1968) #204, #210, #236-238
Collections On-Sale This Week
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER VOL. 1: DESCENT
DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE
FANTASTIC FOUR BY MARK WAID AND MIKE WIERINGO ULTIMATE COLLECTION BOOK 2
FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1: THE FALL OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR
MS. MARVEL VOL. 8: WAR OF THE MARVELS
NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION
NEW WARRIORS VOL. 1: THE KIDS ARE ALL FIGHT
UNCANNY X-MEN VOL. 1: HOPE
X-FACTOR VOL. 15: THEY KEEP KILLING MADROX
X-FORCE VOL. 1: DIRTY/TRICKS
X-MEN: OPERATION ZERO TOLERANCE
The Marvel Comics App is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and all Android devices, and is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.
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Doctor Doom Serves Dinner in 90's By the Numbers
(Wed, 27 Aug 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 primo fact at a time! This week we're singling out FANTASTIC FOUR #380 by Tom DeFalco and Paul Ryan. Here's "Comes the Hunger!" by the numbers!
37 rivets on Doctor Doom’s mask
8 plates of food in Doom’s dining hall
7 Castle Doom tech officers
6 monitors in Doom’s torture chamber
4 good guys writhing in pain—Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Lyja, and Thing
2 iron masks
1 ignorant clod
Doctor Doom and the rest of Marvel's villains take center stage in AXIS #1 this fall!
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Marvel Women of the 80's: Dazzler
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014)
As Jennifer Walters Hulked out for the first time in February 1980, another heroine made her grand
debut. Alison Blaire, a mutant lightshow better known by the stage name Dazzler, made her attention-grabbing first appearance in UNCANNY X-MEN #130. Her introduction into the Marvel Universe, and indeed her very creation, came about in a completely unique
Disco ruled the pop charts and dance floors in the late 70’s. Wishing to capitalize on the phenomenon, Marvel and Casablanca Records began creating an all-new character with multimedia success
encoded directly into her DNA—along with her super powers. The record label had already accomplished similar success with KISS, a glam rock band that had gone from packing stadiums to starring in
Marvel comic books. One could view their debut in HOWARD THE DUCK #12 as the first step towards Dazzler’s creation. This
new character, the Disco Queen, would debut in a Marvel Comics series. Casablanca would then release a record from a singer playing the part, and a major motion picture produced by Casablanca’s
film division, Filmworks, would round out the big launch.
To get the ball rolling, Marvel turned to an artist in touch with the real world scene that the fictional Disco Queen would rule over: the 23-year-old John Romita Jr. To inspire his design, he
looked to Grace Jones, a Jamaican model/singer/actress that had taken the American club scene by storm. Her strong, enigmatic, and confident personality—in addition to her complex and fashion
forward stage look—seemed tailor-made for a super hero. Romita Jr. completed the first images of the Disco Queen, which featured a Grace Jones-like, empowered and statuesque leading lady sporting
a sleeveless and silver cat suit with a plunging neckline and oversized collar. He even gave the character blue face makeup in homage to KISS.
The Disco Queen’s character received significant contributions from a pair of writers as well. Tom DeFalco suggested that she have light-based powers. Off of that suggestion, Roger Stern changed
her name to Dazzler. With these elements in place, alongside Romita Jr.’s design, the character seemed ready to go—except for one change made by Filmworks. Instead of modeling Dazzler off of
Grace Jones, Filmworks wanted to use the new character to court actress Bo Derek for the feature film. Derek had just finished a career-defining turn in the comedy “10,” and Filmworks wanted to
get into business with Bo. With that note, Dazzler changed into a blonde bombshell.
The decision to change Dazzler’s inspiration proved to be a hasty one; the disco phenomenon quickly died in the waning days of the 70’s and the deal ultimately fell through. While there would
never be a Dazzler record or feature film, her comic book appearances went on just as scheduled.
The Bo Derek-ized Dazzler appeared loud and proud on the cover of UNCANNY X-MEN #130, her first appearance and the second chapter in “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” In the issue, Cyclops and Phoenix
traveled to Lower Manhattan to find a powerful new mutant. They entered the nondescript nightclub, surprised by the crumbling walls and radically dressed clientele. Cyclops turned to his partner
and asked, “Is this where old discos go to die?” When Dazzler took the stage a few pages later, she proved that no—disco still thrived in that club.
Dazzler used her power to transform sound into light to thrill the audience, but a group of armored Hellfire Club goons cut the show short. “Chuckles, I had one dy-no-mite debut goin’, till you
jokers crashed the gate,” yelled Dazzler. “Now it’s ruined. And for that, sucker, you gonna pay!” She then demonstrated that her powers could be used for more than just entertainment. Dazzler
helped half of the X-Men rescue the rest of the team from the clutches of the White Queen. She showed a natural aptitude for action, but declined Professor Xavier’s offer to join the group. “I
appreciate the offer, Prof—but world-savin’ ain’t my style. I prefer the excitement I get on stage, singin’ my heart out to an audience that really digs me.”
Unfortunately for the fledgling pop star, Marvel’s plan to create a sensation would keep her deep in super heroics. Alison Blaire spent April 1980 appearing in both FANTASTIC FOUR #217 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #203.
The former featured Johnny Storm trying—and failing—to chat up Dazzler at a nightclub, and then Spider-Man had to save the newcomer from being brainwashed by Light-Master in the latter.
Despite her big splash, Dazzler failed to make any more waves for nearly a year. Marvel tried to launch DAZZLER #1 on a number of occasions throughout 1980 and 1981, but each time the series
faced cancellations and postponements. The book finally saw print and made history in the process. DAZZLER became the first
comic book delivered exclusively to comic shops, and it sold over 400,000 copies in the process—a surprise success considering how hard it had been to get the issue made.
DAZZLER #1, by Tom DeFalco and John Romita Jr., presented Alison Blaire as a totally new type of Marvel hero. Alison’s main
conflict came in the form of pressure placed on her to be something other than a singer. A flashback revealed that her father wanted her to be a lawyer, and Blaire fulfilled his dreams right up
through graduating magna cum laude from a pre-law program. She drew the line at attending the law school of his choosing. “For too many years I've been split between law and music, your dream and
my own! I must be true to myself.” With that, Dazzler’s destiny became clear—and her father abandoned her.
Even though most of the primary plots in DAZZLER dealt with the lead’s struggling singing career and social life, a number of heavy-hitting Marvel characters showed up in guest roles. Doctor
Doom, Beast, Human Torch, Hulk, Klaw, and Galactus all appeared in the first year. The series had also found a regular creative team in writer Danny Fingeroth and artist Frank Springer, one that
would stick around until 1983.
The series underwent a number of changes as it began its third year. Dazzler’s long lost half-sister Lois London—a mutant with a death touch—debuted in DAZZLER #22 and changed the direction. To
keep her sister safe, Dazzler relocated with Lois to Los Angeles. At this time, DAZZLER became a bi-monthly publication and featured eye-catching painted covers by legend in the making Bill
“The covers by Bill were always so captivating,” says Brian Michael Bendis, Dazzler's current writer in the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN. “They filled my head with stories about her in a way beyond even the comics themselves.”
DAZZLER #27-35 paved the way for the biggest change in the heroine’s life, which occurred in the 1984 graphic novel DAZZLER: THE MOVIE. In an attempt to get her acting career off the ground and
temper growing prejudice, Alison publicly came out as a mutant. The decision backfired, though, and derailed her career. Her ongoing series later came to a close with DAZZLER #42 in March
Just because DAZZLER the series had ended didn't mean that Dazzler the character had as well. She became a member of interstellar rock star Lila Cheney's backing band for a brief period of time.
Then, seven years after Professor X initially made the offer, Dazzler joined the X-Men in February 1987’s UNCANNY X-MEN
#214. The team had fallen on much harder times than when she had first met them. Only Storm and Wolverine remained on the lineup, with new members Psylocke and Rogue—a former foe of
Dazzler’s—rounding out the team. Longshot, a charming freedom fighter from another dimension, joined in the following issue, thus sparking the definitive romance of Dazzler’s life.
For all the hesitancy she initially showed towards the super hero lifestyle, Dazzler stuck it out with the X-Men through some incredibly dark times. She stood by their side during their last
stand against the Adversary and their battle with the anti-mutant government on Genosha. Dazzler didn't leave the team until UNCANNY X-MEN #251 in 1989, when the team effectively disbanded.
Dazzler left the 1980’s as both a survivor of disco and the X-Men. Her strong-will and determination have most recently come into play again in Brian Michael Bendis’ UNCANNY X-MEN. Despite
initially being tied to a passing music fad, the character has remained incredibly popular and—surprisingly—timeless.
“If you think about it, all popular music is disco,” says Bendis. “So by that math, Dazzler is the heart of all popular things. Really, it’s not the disco—it’s the character. Her character, when
done right, is crazy relatable.”
Come back later this week to relive the birth of Elektra, plus see more on the 75th anniversary of Marvel at marvel.com/75 and join
the conversation on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
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Hear David Marquez's Story on This Week in Marvel NOW!
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014)
Each week on This Week in Marvel NOW!, we'll speak with the creative minds behind the top characters and hottest books in comics!
In the first of a series of podcasts chronicling the All-New Young Guns, Ben and Ryan talk to MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN artist David Marquez. Get
in-depth insight into how he broke into comics, his first Marvel assignments, working on high profile characters, creative partnerships and much more!
Download This Week in Marvel NOW! - David Marquez from Marvel.com!
This Week in Marvel NOW! focuses on delivering all the info on the latest comics being produced by Marvel! New episodes will be released every Wednesday co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media
Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse.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 #TWiMMarvelNOW!
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Share Your Universe with All-Ages Comics
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014)
This November, the most popular super heroes in the world leap off the screen and land on the page for two new ongoing series based on the all-new animated series’ premiering this fall on Disney
XD! Marvel is proud to announce two new all-ages comic titles as part of the Marvel Universe line – MARVEL UNIVERSE: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS and MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS
ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO! Adapted by premiere all-ages writer Joe Caramagna and packed with bonus content, including brand new all-ages stories featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Nova and
more, these two exciting new series are perfect jumping on points for new fans!
It all starts in MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #1! Twice the action, twice the danger! Earth’s Mightiest Heroes including Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black
Widow and more return for another season of smashing evil! When the Red Skull seeks refuge on Earth from an even greater villain, the Avengers must face their greatest foe yet – Thanos of
Titan! A new chapter in the story of the Avengers begins here – don’t miss it, true believers!
Then, swing in to an all-new era of adventure, as Spider-Man teams up with some of the Marvel Universes’ greatest heroes in MARVEL UNIVERSE: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS
#1! Spidey joins the one-and-only Captain America for a daring raid on the impenetrable fortress of Dr. Doom! Their mission: recover Cap’s shield! What could go wrong?
The biggest Super Heroes, the biggest action and the biggest stories you can imagine all collide in all ages excitement when the extra-sized MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO
#1 and MARVEL UNIVERSE: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS #1 burst on to the scene with can’t miss first issues this November!
And don’t forget to Share Your Universe every Sunday morning this fall inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD with "Marvel’s
Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors" premiering on 8/31 and season two of "Marvel’s Avengers
Assemble," premiering on 9/28!
Start your mail-order subscription today for MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #1 and MARVEL UNIVERSE: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS
#1by visiting www.subscriptions.marvel.com/kids.
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS #1
Adapted by JOE CARAMAGNA
On-Sale This November!
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #1
Adapted by JOE CARAMAGNA
On-Sale This November!
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Announcing the Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1 Launch Party
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014)
Marvel is making sure all comic book stores worldwide are armed and ready for the biggest comics event of the year as Avengers & X-Men:
AXIS explodes onto comic stands on October 8! In addition to being among the first to purchase AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1, fans will also be able to receive special items
exclusive to these parties at participating retail stores.
To ensure these parties are the biggest sales success of 2014, each retailer opting into the event will receive a Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Party Kit from Marvel, containing exclusive
promotional materials. Check your Marvel Mailer for more information on how to opt-in by 9/1 to ensure your store has these AXIS promo items and exclusives.
“An event like Avengers & X-Men: AXIS deserves the red carpet treatment,” says David Gabriel, Marvel SVP, Sales & Marketing. “Escalating the conflict that began in Avengers vs.
X-Men to new heights, we’re backing retailers with the biggest incentives you’ve ever seen with these launch parties. Whether it’s promotional materials, limited edition variant covers or
special giveaway items, Marvel is committed to making sure fans are buzzing about this event. Each of our valued retail partners will have exactly what they need to entice their regular customers
and new fans to check out the biggest event of the year and make AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 their top seller for 2014.”
All qualifying retailers will receive the following as part of the Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Party Kit:
-Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Invitational Postcards
-Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Inversion Looper Promo
-Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Skottie Young Lithographs
-Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1 Exclusive Zdarsky Deadpool Party Sketch Variant
-Mass media promotion around the launch of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1 and the associated parties
-Promotion of parties to Marvel fan base via Marvel.com, Twitter and Facebook.
But that’s not all! Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order the AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 Deadpool Party Variant. From Chip Zdarsky, take a humorous look at the events of
Avengers & X-Men: AXIS through the eyes of Deadpool in this hilarious cover spoof. This one-of-a-kind variant you can only get at the launch parties should not be missed!
Retailers, please check the Marvel Mailer or Diamond Daily for regular updates about the Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Launch Parties.
Prepare yourself for the marquee comic event of the fall, as Rick Remender and co. explore the fine line between good and evil. Find out just how thin this October in AVENGERS & X-MEN:
Each issue of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices and in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. Additionally, each
issue of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add
value to your reading experience at no additional cost.
AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 (JUL140597)
AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (AUG140723)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by ADAM KUBERT
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Inversion Variant by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (JUL140598)
Deadpool Party Variant by CHIP ZDARSKY (AUG140724)
Deadpool Party Sketch Variant by CHIP ZDARSKY
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG140719)
Variant Cover by Milo Manara (AUG140720)
Young Guns Variant by Mahmud Asrar, Nick Bradshaw, Dave Marquez,
Sara Pichelli, Valerio Schiti & Ryan Stegman (JUL140601)
FOC – 09/01/14, On-Sale 10/08/14
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Follow the History of Daredevil Pt. 19
(Tue, 26 Aug 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!
What depths might a man descend to when consumed by grief? The year 1982 tested Matt Murdock to his limits when the floor dropped out from beneath him and not even friends and allies could
assuage his pain.
Concerned over Matt’s involvement with the Kingpin, Foggy Nelson hired Power Man and Iron Fist as his bodyguards in DAREDEVIL
#178, an act which complicated our hero’s plight to protect a young man named Sheldon who held evidence against mayoral candidate Cherryh. Daredevil solved his problems after clashing with
the Heroes for Hire and helped them out in turn on a case in POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #77.
DD also aided the Defenders in their battle with the insane August Masters in DEFENDERS #106, even flying off with the non-team to Masters’ compound in Colorado to end his scheme to destroy
Russia with World War III. Matt then attended the funerals of Nighthawk and Valkyrie in DEFENDERS #107, both casualties of Masters’ deviltry. Little did our hero realize that death lurked even
closer to him…
The Kingpin warned reporter Ben Urich to stay away from Cherryh in DAREDEVIL #179, and sent his new employee Elektra to
reinforce the warning. This put her in direct confrontation with Daredevil, and Ben directly in the path of the assassin’s weapons. In DAREDEVIL #180,
Cherryh won the mayoral election, and the Kingpin ordered Elektra to kill Foggy for all his interference during the campaign.
brought everything to a boiling point: an escaped Bullseye, crazed with a lust for revenge on Daredevil, discovered his secret identity and went for the jugular in the form of Matt’s great love,
Elektra. In a fight with the assassin, Bullseye impaled Elektra on her own sai, killing her. Overcome with grief and inconsolable, Matt decided to dig up Elektra’s body from her grave in DAREDEVIL #182, only to find that someone had beaten him to it.
The Punisher escaped from prison to join Daredevil on the hunt for a vicious drug dealer in DAREDEVIL #183 after Matt proposed
marriage to longtime girlfriend Heather Glenn. The team-up fell apart when the two men strongly disagreed on methods of dealing with criminals in DAREDEVIL #184, prompting Murdock to shoot the infamous vigilante with his own gun.
Foggy Nelson began investigating Heather’s company, much to the chagrin of the Kingpin, in DAREDEVIL #185, and the Man Without
Fear, still reeling from Elektra’s death, found himself caught in a massive explosion which distorted his renowned radar sense. Later, Matt himself took on Glenn Industries despite his senses
going haywire, and then pressured Heather into accepting his proposal in DAREDEVIL #186. Unsure of what to do and slowly going
crazy, he sought out his old teacher Stick in DAREDEVIL #187 for help, while Matt’s old love the Black Widow fought the band
of Ninjas known as the Hand.
Poisoned in her battle with the Hand, the Widow sought out Matt for a solution in DAREDEVIL #188, but he stood locked in an
isolation chamber by Stick to achieve equilibrium once more for his heightened senses. The Black Widow died from the poison in DAREDEVIL #189, only to be resurrected by Stone of the Hand, which lead to a battle between a renewed Daredevil and the ninjas. In
that clash’s aftermath, Stick died, Heather broke off her engagement to Matt and the horrible plan by Stone to resurrect Elektra became known.
Daredevil ended his landmark year by aiding Spider-Man in battling Solarr in MARVEL TEAM-UP #123.
Read more DAREDEVIL (1964) on Marvel Unlimited
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Original Sin #7 Chat with Tom Brevoort
(Tue, 26 Aug 2014)
On September 3, all secrets surrounding the Watcher's death and more will stand revealed in ORIGINAL SIN #8! But
before the final chapter begins, we got series editor Tom Brevoort to once again answer your questions and share exclusive insight. Replay the
Live Blog Original Sin #7 chat with Tom Brevoort
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Marvel Women of the 80's: She-Hulk
(Tue, 26 Aug 2014)
At the start of the 1980’s, female heroes had taken the spotlight in team books like UNCANNY X-MEN. That series kicked off
the 80’s with an epic centered on Jean Grey and then dove headfirst into the Kitty Pryde-centric “Days of Future Past.” But on the matter of solo heroines, though, Spider-Woman remained the lone
survivor following the cancellation of MS. MARVEL. Thankfully for Jessica Drew, the same impetus that led to her creation
ensured that she would not remain the sole female hero in Marvel’s lineup.
Concerned that the studio behind the “Incredible Hulk” television series would introduce a female version of the green goliath before Marvel and thus snatch up the copyright to any “she” version
of the character, Stan Lee decided to beat the competition with SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1. Lee, John Buscema, and Chic Stone
turned out the “The She-Hulk Lives,” a 17-page origin story for the new heroine, in a hurry. But however rushed the creators may have been, they infused the new character with indelible traits
that would lead to Jennifer Walters becoming one of the most prominent heroes of the 1980’s. Throughout the entire decade, only five months would pass without an appearance by She-Hulk in a
SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1 introduced readers to Jennifer Walters, a lawyer working in Los Angeles and, also, the cousin of the Incredible Hulk. The fugitive Bruce Banner came seeking help, but he soon
found out that his “kid cousin” already had problems of her own.
“Jen—I've got to warn you,” said Bruce. “There may be danger!”
“Danger, cousin?,” retorted Jen. "The lady’s a criminal lawyer! I live with danger!”
Walters had chosen to defend a hood named Monkton, who had been framed for murder by his old mob boss. Jen didn't flinch in the face of the mob, leading the criminals to put a hit out on her. Jen
took a bullet for her bravado, forcing Bruce to give her a gamma irradiated blood transfusion right then and there. When Jennifer woke up in a hospital, the hit men returned to chloroform the
seemingly helpless attorney. They didn't reckon on her undergoing a savage transformation.
“Now let’s see how tough you are—against me!" yelled the new super strong super being. A terrified hit man then gave her a new name: “It's like—she’s some kind’a
Unlike her cousin Bruce, Jennifer coped with her new alter ego almost immediately. “The blood transfusion must have caused it! I've become a gamma-ray monster—like
poor doc! But I'll learn to live with it! From now on, whatever Jennifer Walters can't handle—the She-Hulk will do!”
And the She-Hulk did for the next two years. Writer David Anthony Kraft and artist Mike Vosburg introduced the world to Shulkie’s might by turning out an unbroken streak of 24
pulse-pounding adventures. They gave her a supporting cast—Sheriff Morris Walters, Buck Bukowski, Zapper Ridge—and her own rogues’ gallery: Nick Trask, The Word, Gemini. A-list characters like
Iron Man dropped by for visits, as did more offbeat Marvel characters like Man-Thing, Morbius, Man-Wolf, and Hellcat. The final issue, SAVAGE SHE-HULK #25, arrived in February 1982—but Jennifer
Walters’ story didn't end there.
Other creators took an interest in the character, ensuring that she would not fade into obscurity. Current SHE-HULK
scribe Charles Soule explains why he thought Jen proved irresistible to writers after her series’ initial cancellation:
“I think it's her optimism about her status as a super-powered person. There’s no grim and gritty to She-Hulk—while she faces her share of challenges, she does so with a sense of humor and grace
that was pretty unique when she started up.”
She-Hulk entered the wider Marvel Universe during the summer of 1981 thanks to a guest spot in MARVEL TEAM-UP #107. She reappeared just two months after her final solo issue in DAZZLER #14,
informally passing the torch to Marvel’s newest headlining heroine. Then, barely half a year after the end of her ongoing series, She-Hulk joined Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in July 1982's AVENGERS #221.
Jim Shooter, David Michelinie, and Bob Hall brought Walters into Marvel’s major leagues in a team shake-up issue that highlighted many of Marvel’s heroines. The Wasp invited Black Widow,
Spider-Woman, Dazzler, and the Invisible Girl along with She-Hulk to join the team, but only Jen proved to be able to commit. Dressed in a killer purple pantsuit and white tuxedo shirt, She-Hulk
proudly entered Avengers Mansion and shook hands with Captain America.
She-Hulk served as an Avenger for the next two years, helping them fight off the menace of the Wizard and enduring the emotional taxation of Hank Pym’s trial. Her status in the Marvel Universe
only increased thanks to one of the seismic shifts at the end of SECRET WARS. Walters left Earth to fight in that battle
as a member of the Avengers, but she returned as a member of Marvel’s first family—the Fantastic Four. She-Hulk replaced the Thing in FANTASTIC FOUR #265. During her three years with the FF, where she helped the team fight off everyone from Doctor Doom to
Psycho-Man, writer and artist John Byrne took a strong liking to the character. His association with She-Hulk would not end with FANTASTIC FOUR #293, his final issue, but Jen had another stretch of adventures to survive before the two would be reunited.
With the Thing back to active duty in the Fantastic Four, She-Hulk immediately rejoined her old pals in AVENGERS #278, where
she would remain for another year and a half. She-Hulk’s streak as a team player ended in late 1988 when AVENGERS #297 landed
in spinner racks. She-Hulk had spent nearly six and a half straight years playing a headline role in two of Marvel’s most prominent teams. Very few heroes can claim to be essential members of
both the Fantastic Four and Avengers; She-Hulk could make that claim after just a few years of existence.
The ex-Avenger and FF member exited the 1980’s as she entered it: a solo super hero. John Byrne had a lot more left to say about She-Hulk, and he got to say it in 1989’s SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK
#1-8. While her debut series may have flown under the radar a bit, the cover to SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK #1 heralded the heroine's return with the confidence and swagger often associated with the
“Okay, now,” says She-Hulk on the issue’s cover. “This is your second chance. If you don’t buy my book this time, I’m gonna come to your house and rip up all your X-Men.”
That self-aware attitude permeated every page of Byrne’s 1989 run. The lead character broke the fourth wall on a regular basis, and Byrne pulled offbeat characters like the Toad Men and Xemnu out
of limbo for comedic effect. The series also turned She-Hulk into a thoroughly modern—at the time—fashion icon.
“The 80’s SHE-HULK, the SENSATIONAL run under the pen of John Byrne, feels like a snapshot of the late 80’s—particularly in the fashion choices, which still manage to look good on Jen despite the
shoulder pads and so on,” says Soule. “However, it doesn't feel dated, exactly, which is probably why people still read it today.”
She-Hulk debuted in February 1980 as a quick solution to an impending copyright problem, but she left the decade a Marvel legend with two dynamically different ongoing series and three fan
favorite stints on two hugely important teams added to her resume. Her popularity continues to this day, as writer Charles Soule and artist Javier Pulido continue to put both Jennifer’s super
hero and lawyer skills to the test in the pages of SHE-HULK.
“She was always a rich character,” says Soule when asked about the character’s growth over the decades. “The clothes might be different, but she's still the smart, sassy, powerful gal she always
was, and that's why I love writing her book.”
Come back later this week to relive the birth of Dazzler, plus see more on the 75th anniversary of Marvel at marvel.com/75 and join the
conversation on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
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If They Be Worthy: 5 Replacement Thors
(Tue, 26 Aug 2014)
Spinning out of the cataclysmic events of ORIGINAL SIN, Thor will be deemed unworthy to lift his prized hammer Mjolnir. With access to his full powers cut off, the Asgardian will be Thor no
more—and a new hero will take his place! In THOR #1 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman,
readers will be introduced to an all-new Thor, one worthy to lift the hammer and claim the title for herself!
But this mystery woman won't be the first person to make a grab for Thor's hammer. In fact, she'll be the latest in a long line of substitute Thors! Here's a list of five such characters to get
you up to speed on the Thors that came before.
1. Beta Ray Bill
Who says you have to be of Midgard to be worthy? As one of the last members of the alien race called the Korbinites, Beta Ray Bill underwent genetic engineering in order to become the survivors'
primary protector. Bill came into conflict with Thor when the sentient Korbinite ship Skutlebutt passed through Earth's solar system. The vessel mistakenly presumed Thor to be a hostile alien and
pulled Bill out of suspended animation to combat the Asgardian. Things took a surprising turn when Beta Ray Bill successfully lifted Mjolnir, thus proving his purity of heart and strength of
2. Eric Masterson
Human architect Eric Masterson originally served as a friend of Thor's alter ego Sigurd Jarlson. The two became more than friends when Odin placed Thor's essence in Masterson's mind in order to
keep the architect alive. The two remained merged for a stretch of time until Thor became unworthy of his powers and had himself banished from Asgard. The God of Thunder's powers, and his hammer,
then went to Masterson—the (then) all-new Thor!
3. Roger Norvell
Documentary filmmaker Roger "Red" Norvell traveled to Asgard along with his crew and left with a lot more than just great footage. While there, Norvell fell in love with Sif and had Thor's Iron
Gauntlets and Belt of Strength bestowed upon him by Loki. Norvell then bested Thor in combat, thus becoming Asgard's new protector. Norvell remained unaware that Odin had set those events in
motion to create a replacement Thor, one that he could sacrifice in the upcoming Ragnarok.
4. Thor Girl
Following in Beta Ray Bill's footsteps, the cosmic entity called Tarene became an ally to the God of Thunder by transforming herself into an Asgardian goddess. Using the name Thor Girl, Tarene
used her Thor-like powers to battle such heavy hitters as Gladiator and Surtur. Following the super hero civil war, she increased her profile following by signing up for the Initiative. Her current whereabouts, however, remain unknown.
This cyborg clone of Thor caused trouble for Captain America's resistance force during the super hero Civil War and went on to serve as one of Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers. But while the quasi-Asgardian may possess most of Thor's powers, he does not possess an enchanted hammer.
Ragnarok's weapon of choice can be lifted by anyone, not just the worthy, although it's pretty heavy thanks to its vibranium/adamantium constitution.
Mjolnir gets a new master this October in THOR #1!
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Marvel 75: Howard the Duck's Greatest Hits Pt. 1
(Mon, 25 Aug 2014)
Howard the Duck might have made his triumphant return to the big screen this summer thanks to Marvel’s “Guardians of the
Galaxy,” but the inter-dimensional mallard is no stranger to fame. In addition to being one of the most beloved characters created by Steve Gerber, Howard starred in his own comic book, film,
newspaper strip and much more.
Gerber himself felt a strong connection to the character, a sentiment he documented in the introduction to the HOWARD THE DUCK OMNIBUS, which he penned a month before passing away.
“He was my voice--my alter ego,” Gerber wrote on January 16, 2008. “He was the conduit for my political views, my wacky sociological theories, my outrage at society’s ills, and my
all-too-frequent confusion about the intricacies of personal relationships.”
These elements not only appealed to Gerber, but also the legions of fans and readers who felt such a strong connection to Howard that they made him a wildly successful comic book character and
even wrote him in as a candidate in the 1976 presidential election.
This two-part look at Howard’s history in the 70’s and 80’s will chronicle Marvel’s favorite fowl from his comic roots on through his cinematic debut with a few looks at what he's been up to
THE MAN-THING CONNECTION
Howard first appeared in the pages of 1973’s ADVENTURES INTO FEAR #19 thanks to writer Gerber and artist Val Mayerik. The book, which began life as a horror and sci-fi reprint series, became the
home of Man-Thing with #10, but the swamp-dweller exited with #19 to move into MAN-THING #1 the next month. Howard joined him on the ride.
In those fateful issues, readers met a cigar-chomping anthropomorphic talking duck who strolled out of Man-Thing’s swamp to introduce himself to a fellow inter-dimensional traveler by the name of
Korrek; this unconventional trio teleported to a mystic dimension with Dakimh the Enchanter. While on their way to the Congress of Realities, Howard unfortunately tumbled off a floating step and
fell into the ether. He didn’t surface again until 1975’s GIANT SIZE MAN-THING #4 when he landed in Cleveland.
Mere moments after touching down, our feathered hero befriended a pair of kids who he later protected from the menace of Garko, the Man-Frog. It would be the first of many offbeat enemies joining
Howard’s rogues gallery. Speaking of which, Howard saved the Ohio city again in GIANT-SIZED MAN-THING #5, this time from the menace of the vampiric Hellcow.
THE ORIGINAL SERIES
HOWARD THE DUCK #1 launched in 1976 and ran for 33 issues and an Annual until the book’s 1979 conclusion. For most of the
run, Steve Gerber steered the ship, though he left after #29 over creative differences. Along for the ride were a series of stellar artists like Gene Colan, Frank Brunner and even Mayerik who
popped back in on a few occasions.
The first issue found a dejected Howard looking to end it all by leaping from a huge tower that happened to house his soon-to-be best friend and roommate Beverly Switzler as well as the evil
financial wizard Pro-Rata. Luckily for everyone, Spider-Man showed up to save their feathered and non-feathered butts.
From there, Howard tangled with the likes of The Deadly Space Turnip, Doctor Bong, Count Macho, Le Beaver and even the Circus of Crime. With each issue, Gerber crafted a deft social satire or
parody of existing pop culture all the while keeping Howard the same old cantankerous, yet heroic fowl.
As Gerber wrote in the OMNIBUS introduction, “Howard railed against kung-fu films at the height of their popularity. Howard made
merciless fun of bogus cult leaders and their doe-eyed followers. Howard ridiculed the bodice-ripping romance novel fan when publishers everywhere were attempting to imitate it. In America’s
Bicentennial Year, Howard took the political parties, their cookie-cutter candidates, the media, and willfully ignorant voters to task for the way our leaders were chosen.”
Not technically being a citizen of the United State didn’t stop Howard from finding his way onto the presidential ballot in 1976. The storyline kicked off in HOWARDTHE DUCK #7 which featured a party called Get Down America encouraging and backing our hero’s bid for the White House.
Before that, in the pages of the previous issue, a bulletin ran with information on how to order an actual button with “Get Down America!” and “Vote Howard The Duck In ‘76” emblazoned on the
When asked by Gerber why he wanted to become President in the pages of the MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #12, Howard answered simply and honestly: “All the standard reasons. Your power. Your
fame. Your niche in history. But mostly it’s the salary. See, I'm currently unemployed, and 200 grand a year would fill the void nicely. Especially with four years’ free rent tossed in to sweeten
Rumor has it that the gag didn’t just take place in the pages of the comics, though, but in the real world as well. While the actual numbers have never been officially released, it is
believed that Howard received a number of write-in votes that year in the election between Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. Carter, of course, won the election. You can bet Howard never made a
Back in the pages of the comic book, fiction mirrored reality as Howard lost the election. In addition to a number of assassination attempts, a “Daily Bugle” cover story featuring a picture
of Howard and Bev in a bubbly bathtub together under the headline “Scandal Plucks Duck” put several nails in his political coffin. With presidential aspirations behind him, Howard had time to
focus on more important things.
One major focus for Howard became the daily newspaper comic strip that ran for over a year between June 1977 and October 1978. Steve Gerber kicked the series off along with artist Gene Colan, but
the latter eventually left the project with Val Mayerik filling in. Before long Gerber and Mayerik both stopped working on the strip, replaced by Marv Wolfman and Alan Kupperberg who would both
go on to write their own Howard comic stories in HOWARD THE DUCK #28 and MARVEL TEAM-UP #96 respectively. Unfortunately, the strip proved nowhere near as popular as the comic and soon went the way of
After Howard's first and longest running comic series came to a conclusion in 1979, he moved over to the pages of HOWARD THE DUCK MAGAZINE, a black and white offering that ran for nine
issues from 1979 to 1981. All of the adventures found in these issues were penned by Bill Mantlo with artwork by the likes of Michael Golden, Gene Colan, John Buscema, Klaus Janson and Marshall
Rogers. Much like the monthly series before it, the stories within took shots at everything from hardboiled detective stories and Christmas tales to Dracula and voodoo thrillers. Howard even got
to return home to his planet in issue #6.
For more Howard the Duck history come back later this week to read about his entries into the world of film, video games and more! And for more on the 75th anniversary of Marvel,
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Get Captain America: Army of Tomorrow
(Mon, 25 Aug 2014)
On sale this week, make sure to get "Captain America: Army of Tomorrow," a new Marvel Chapter Book!
Here's the official description:
"Steve Rogers woke up in the 21st century and to a world full of new modern technology and changes. He’s still not comfortable about his new life except when he is Captain America.
When S.H.I.E.L.D. learns HYDRA agents are on the rise and threatening the world’s safety, Nick Fury calls on Steve to suit up and put an end to HYDRA’s evil plans. But even the courageous
Captain America isn’t ready for HYDRA’s new leader, Armin Zola, Cap’s old foe resurrected as a powerful robot, and his plan to build a robotic army of Super-Soliders known as The Tomorrow Army to
take over the world and destroy Captain America and SHEILD once and for all. Outmatched, Steve must now rely on help from others-namely Black Widow and Hawkeye-to face the thing he doesn’t
understand: a techno-villain who is twisting modern technology to his own evil purposes. The world’s only hope is the courageous Captain America! Marvel chapter books are the perfect next steps
for readers who have grown up on our World of Reading titles. These stories are character-driven tales in which much of the action-packed scenes unfold in colorful, fully-illustrated sequences,
while the character and story development is conveyed in the clean, simple exposition that’s perfect for young readers."
Order your copy now!
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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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