An 80-year Marvel history tour…
As announced a couple weeks ago, Marvel’s got a big ol’ special one-shot coming in August that celebrates the publisher’s 80th anniversary. About a jillion creators — from luminaries like Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and George Perez to pretty much any major creator currently working on a Marvel book — will be contributing to the rather cheekily titled Marvel Comics #1000:
You can click here for the details, but Marvel officially solicited it this week and, as expected, the book will come with a whole passel of variants, including a run of decade-by-decade covers a la DC’s Detective Comics #1000 (click here) and Action Comics #1000 (click here).
Best I’ve seen so far? This magnificent collage cover by artist Mr Garcin:
I’m not sure whether the cover will include trade dress or not, but at least you can spend an hour or three here checking out the unencumbered image.
And damn if that doesn’t deserve to be a poster. In fact, it will be! It’s due out Aug. 7 — three weeks before the issue itself comes out Aug. 28.
(UPDATED: Turns out the cover has an image from DC Comics in it (!). On the middle right, next to the A vs X logo is Alan Scott kissing his partner. Marvel says it will be removing the image, from Earth 2 #2, before the cover is released, Newsarama reports.)
Oh, and while we’re at it, take a look at the other covers released so far:
— Marvel to Celebrate 80 Years With MARVEL COMICS #1000. Click here.
— 80 FOR 80: MARVEL to Publish Greatest Images in Oversized Format. Click here.