As yesterday unfolded, creators across the comic book industry began dropping teasers of upcoming projects at Marvel on Twitter. This teaser showed blue collaged backgrounds and what seemingly was creative teams of sorts advertising something big coming about. Creators such as Donny Cates, David F Walker, Kelly Sue DeConnick and more all Assemble together as today we have been given a look at what is coming down the pipeline August as Marvel celebrates it’s 80th anniversary.
An 80-page comic book with each page displaying work from these 80 different creative teams with each page said to connect to each different year of the publisher’s long-running history when it comes to storytelling and groundbreaking artwork. Artist Alex Ross is set to paint the first page of this. “This is by far the most complex and complicated and difficult book I’ve ever had to assemble,” Tom Brevoort, Marvel’s executive editor, and senior VP, said in a conference call with C.B. Cebulski, Marvel’s current Editor-In-Chief.
Al Ewing, writer of titles such as Ultimates, Royals, and the current Immortal Hulk, was noted yesterday to be the creator with the most teaser images as Marvel rolled these out from each creator with #marvelcomics. We now know that Ewing is one of the architects of this anniversary issue. “This is the kind of honor that doesn’t really come that often,” Ewing said in regards to the subject.
With folks like current EIC Cebulski recently saying that he would like to return to the days of comic books selling 1 million issues, this might be what he hinted at in a tweet recently:
The last comic to sell a million copies was Star Wars #1. Which was almost five years ago. I feel it's about time we publish another title that sells over seven figures. And I think I have an idea…
— C.B. Cebulski (@CBCebulski) May 3, 2019
Is this a turning point in comics with Marvel at the helm? Is this going to lead to a relaunch? We will be anxious to see what happens as Marvel Comics #1000 arrives this August.