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Writer John Arcudi talks about tearing it up with the Destroyer in the USA COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

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By Jim Beard Skulls? Check. Guns? Check. Attitude? Check! So, we're talking the Punisher, right? Think again, True Believer—it's the Destroyer and he's coming to kick Nazi butt! Before the Marvel Comics we know and love today there existed Timely Comics, and before the no-nonsense Frank Castle ever wore a skull and took down the bad guys there trod the equally no-nonsense Destroyer. Marvel pays tribute to this Golden Age great in the USA COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, heading your way July 1. Writer John Arcudi, no stranger to dark tales and weird goings-on, weaves a new Destroyer yarn set during the very dark days of World War II and maintains a secrecy that'd make this shadowy super hero proud.

Preview art by
Steve Ellis

"Without giving too much away, this story gets at the heart of who the Destroyer is," he says of the one-shot. "Not so much an origin tale, but an insight into why the Destroyer does what he does." The Destroyer did what he did throughout many of Timely's thrilling series of the 1940's, including MYSTIC COMICS, ALL WINNERS COMICS and, of course, USA COMICS. Created by none other than, Stan Lee himself, the hero sported a distinctive costume and operated along similar lines to that of the legendary Captain America. But unlike Cap, Destroyer had no teen side-kick and fought on his own as a one-man army behind enemy lines. When talk of the Punisher arises, though, Arcudi's quick to point out both differences and similarities between the modern-day vigilante and his Golden Age "ancestor." "He's just as ruthless, I'll tell you that, but as for differences, I'd say the Destroyer is a lot more focused," the writer notes. "He's after only Nazis. Criminals are small-fry to his way of thinking. He's out to abolish an entire

Preview art by
Steve Ellis

political philosophy—or rather, what disguises as a political philosophy. And when we got Nazis, in my experience it never gets much darker than that!" Though never grabbing the amount of limelight as Timely's war-era Big Three—Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner—the Destroyer's unique name and odd choice in costume always guaranteed him a prominent spot in readers' interest of the times. "They almost all had kinda odd costumes back then," Arcudi comments. "But certainly the name [the Destroyer] is more ominous than, oh, say, 'The Whizzer' and that's in keeping with his mission statement, as it were, which is: destroy all Nazis!" After his Golden Age career, the Destroyer found revival in such series as the classic INVADERS, THUNDERBOLTS and CITIZEN V & THE V-BATTALION. He most recently appeared in the retro AGE OF SENTRY series and his own Marvel MAX limited series this year.

Preview art by
Steve Ellis

The USA COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL also features a vintage reprint of a 1941 Destroyer tale. Incredibly, until now only one of this character's stories has found life past its original 1940's printing, making this truly a special event for Marvel fans everywhere. Arcudi's joined on his all-new Destroyer adventure by artist Steve Ellis, whose visuals lend itself to the fog-shrouded night the hero throws himself into to defend his country at a time of world war. "The first page he nailed," says the writer of Ellis. "It gives you the sense of the battling-on-top-of-a-train feel I was going for." Join the Destroyer on his nerve-wracking mission to accomplish what lesser man cannot in the pages of the USA COMICS 70th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on July! Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now! Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" now on iTunes!

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      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      If I remember the various documentaries I have seen on the Nazi Death Camp/Concentration Camps correctly,political prisoners were in the Camps first and then came the Jews and Gypsies.So in the MARVEL UNIVERSE the Nazis disappearing an American reporter in a Concentration Camp is possible.

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      The DESTROYER is not a Golden Age PUNISHER,these are TIMELY COMICS' Punishers:LAUGHING MASK[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/laughing.html ]/PURPLE MASK[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/purple.html ]--he might have been turned into a different character in THE TWELVE;PHANTOM BULLET[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/bullet.html ];and the CHALLENGER[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/challenger.html ]. Having a SKULL doesn't make one a PUNISHER,otherwise ever hero with a skull would be a Punisher---SKULL THE SLAYER( on his belt buckle ),BLAZING SKULL[ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/skull.html ].

      fightingamerican
      fightingamerican

      I thought this was a GREAT issue... and I loved it.I'm hoping that THIS DESTROYER comes back... in his own book... and joins the Marvel Universe.This was something I've been hoping for ...for years. THIS LOOK to the Mighty DESTROYER, Keen Marlow,... this is how he should look...and act. Powerful, relentless,.... This is THE DESTROYER as he should be.Now, I hope we see more of him...by this writer and artist. They seem to know what they're doing with THE DESTROYER.!! Other attempts have been less successful. Not this one.Oh, and by the way,.... Nice Cover!!

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      The REAL DESTROYER( Keen Marlow )[ http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/d/destroyer.htm ][ http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/destroyer.html ] as far as I know has yet to appear in modern MARVEL COMICS.The Destroyers in the Invaders series and the Destroyer in the THUNDERBOLTS vol.1 series is not the TIMELY COMICS hero( for one thing he is taller than ROGER AUBREY--who is 5' 4" tall ).Plus the DESTROYER is strong enough to punch through a brick wall[ http://www.atlastales.com/sI/730 ]--Complete Comics#2( win/1944)"Tokio's Toll Of Death".

      John_Holstein
      John_Holstein

      The REAL DESTROYER[ http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/d/destroyer.htm ][http://www.geocities.com/jjnevins/destroyer.html ] as far as I know has yet to appear in modern MARVEL COMICS.The Destroyers in the Invaders series and the Destroyer in the THUNDERBOLTS vol.1 series is not the TIMELY COMICS hero( for one thing he is taller than ROGER AUBREY--who is 5' 4" tall ).Plus the DESTROYER is strong enough to punch through a brick wall[ http://www.atlastales.com/sI/730 ]--Complete Comics#2( win/1944)"Tokio's Toll Of Death".

      DARTHCLAW100
      DARTHCLAW100

      this book looks very good punisher/ skrull cool can't wait

      SPNWareZ
      SPNWareZ

      This looks blady awesome.

      anotherdeadhero74
      anotherdeadhero74

      I also want to pick this up! I love the look of the character and kinda wish some of the old WWII stuff could be brought back or new stories about that time period could be written.

      theshock621
      theshock621

      This looks pretty cool! I think I'll be picking this one up!