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Hey, gang, before getting into this weeks business and announcements, I wanted to take a moment to speak about a great loss that the world of comics and the world in general suffered last week.
I'm sure most of you have become aware of the untimely passing of Mike Turner. The truth of the matter is that words just cannot say enough about Mike, about his talent and what a true gentlemen he was. Mike, I know you're out there listening and I just wanted to say from all of us here at Marvel and myself, we're going to miss you and it was truly an honor and a pleasure to have worked with you.
Mike Turner was one in a billion and we were all graced simply by knowing him.
If you want to make a charitable donation in Mike's name, please go to:
The American Cancer Society
The Make-A-Wish Foundation
Well, it's that time of year again. So, before heading off on vacation this week which is followed immediately by a trip to Marvel Studios in Los Angeles and then the insanity that is San Diego Comic Con, I jammed on as many of your fan questions as humanly possible. We also put together a special feature which I'm calling MyCup Of Joe Video Letters. What's MyCup Of Joe Video Letters? Well, come back next week and find out!
The Zombie Dude asks:
Hey Joe, is there going to be any major Spider-Man event after "One More Day?"
Zombie, we have some pretty crazy stuff coming up in the world of Spider-Man. The next major Spidey storyline, "New Ways To Die," begins in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #568. Here's some art and a cover!
STEVE WACKER (Spider-Man Editor):
Sorry, I gotta interrupt. Joe's been so focused on MARVEL APES these past few weeks that he's gotten too distracted to remember some of the big Spidey plans coming up later this year and next as we ramp up to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600 next July. It's the first Marvel book to reach that lofty number and we're already working on making it one of the thickest comics you read all year.
Before we get there though we have this summer's big story "New Ways to Die," featuring the debut of Anti-Venom, the return of Norman Osborn to Pete's life, and a big welcome home to artist John Romita, Jr. Plus there's this year's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL by Guggenheim and McKone spilling the dirty secrets behind Jackpot.
Plus as the year rolls on, the New York City mayoral election heats up, the ongoing mysteries of the Spider-Tracer killer and the identity of that malevolent man-mockery Menace reach dramatic turning points, and we've also got Joe Kelly and Mark Waid jumping into the Spider-Man fold.
Cover of AMAZING
John Romita, Sr.
Joe when is the Wasp going to wear a different costume, it feels like forever since she had something other that the Avengers Forever suit on.
Are there any other projects lined up for Joe Maduiera after ULTIMATES 3?
#568 Alex Ross
Steeley, the Wasp is a very complicated person and she takes her fashion seriously. While I'm sure we'll see her eventually change her clothing, I can't guarantee that you're going to dig her next new outfit.
As for Joe Mad, we'd love to have him do as much stuff as he'd like to do, he's brilliant, but he also has a day job outside of comics. The dude is a big time video game design mogul.
My question is simple. If a guy had a dream of writing for Marvel, how would he get started? What would be a good first step towards entering that world when you are currently so far removed from it? I refuse to believe that any dream is unattainable, but I can't even imagine how to begin that journey, short of travelling to New York and banging on the front door until someone lets me in! Thanks for taking the time!
I wish there was one simple answer to this Rodeo, but everyone has their own unique path. If I was in your shoes today I would take advantage of all the things available to me in today's world. Today, thanks to the net, the ability for amateur artists and writers to hook up or to show off their talents has greatly increased. Knowing that, the best thing you can do is write. Write and get published or publish your own stuff. Do it in print or do it on the net it doesn't matter.
Brian Bendis is the best example of this, nothing was going to stop him from getting published, not even the fact that he's a really bad artist. Bendy, with little drawing skill but a head full of genius and little hair, facilitated his magnificent writing talents by drawing his own comics and getting them published by a small indie publisher.
So, step number one is, as you say, refusing to believe that your dream is unattainable, but now you need to ask yourself, what are you doing to attain it? What actions will you take, in short, what's your plan?
There's no right or wrong plan, find the one that will work for you. The only wrong plan is not having one at all.
Hello again Joe. Two questions.
1. Why does Bendis hate the Vision so much. He's killed him twice now. Geez.
2. Any plans for Clayton Crain after his run on X-FORCE? The first four issues have been amazing, probably the best X-title I've read in 4 years, but a lot of it has to do with his art.
What's going on, NLW?
Actually, Brian's only killed the Vision once - the Young Avengers' Vision survived that blast to the head in SECRET INVASION #3, as you'll soon see.
How about some more X-FORCE? Mike Choi and Sonia Oback are drawing the "Old Ghosts" story from X-FORCE #7-10, but Clayton is right back after that. Clayton's having a great time, and we couldn't be happier with what he's doing, so why mess with a good thing? But don't miss his DEADPOOL covers, if you're loving Clayton's work.
The Bringer asks:
I'm a big fan of BLACK PANTHER and I appreciate that you've stuck with the title this long despite some recent lackluster sales. However, I'd like the book to be around a long time and I'm wondering if Marvel will be doing anything to bring more attention to the title. Keep in mind that titles starring green-skinned characters outnumber titles starring African-American characters in the comics industry currently.
Hey, Bringer, I think you'll be happy to know that we've got big plans for BLACK PANTHER and sales are far from what we consider from lackluster for a character like Black Panther who isn't up there yet with the likes of Spidey and Wolvie, though we're working on it. The reason for this is because Reggie and Editor Axel Alonso have been very shrewd about making sure that T'Challa and company are always in the thick of the big Marvel events thus bringing constant focus to Black Panther and one of the books that we all enjoy here at Marvel. Just wait till you see what the Skrulls have planned for T'Challa!
Shea Hennum asks:
Hey Joe. I'm really enjoying alot of the stuff Marvel was doing, and I think Mark Millar's "Old Man Logan" story arc kicked off with a really great first issue. I also think that Millar and Hitch's current run on Marvel's first family is really great, and that Millar's 1985 with Tommy Lee Edwards is a thrilling concept. Anyways, my question for you is about Millar's villain that is supposedly pulling the strings behind the scenes in all Millar's books. Is this a villain we've seen before, or is this a completely original villain that Mark has created?
Thanks for all of these wonderful Mark Millar comments, Shea, or should I say Mark
You're just going to have to wait and see how it all turns out.
Hi Joe. I've heard Allan Heinberg's name mentioned over and over again the past few months. Are there any more hints you can give us about what he's up to?
Allan is working on a top secret project for us, Michael , but it's waaayyyyyyy too early to talk about it.
Joe is it true that comic prices are increasing? If so what will the new prices be and when will they replace the current ones?
Wasim, we're always analyzing our pricing structure as it relates to the industry as a whole. The direct market will not be seeing price increases for as long as we can manage in these tough times, but these are certainly rough economic waters and so far we've been doing a decent job stemming back the tide.
Yo Joe. There have been a lot of great new ongoing titles released in the past year or so like AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE, CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI: 13, SKAAR: SON OF HULK and INCREDIBLE HERCULES, just to name a few. Yet, Marvel still doesn't offer subscriptions for these and a few other new titles. Do you know why this is so, or know if Marvel plans on offering these titles in the future?
Spidey, while we offer some of our titles as subscriptions, we don't offer all
of them. We like that fans continue to go to their local comic shop and offering every Marvel title across the board as a subscription would certainly impede upon that in one way or another.
Hey Mr. Q,
Hope your having a good vakay. I just recently got back from my vacation in Vegas. The one thing its missing is an awesome Marvel casino. That would complete the strip. My question is, Where is Wolverine headed in WOLVERINE: ORIGINS? It seems he keeps hitting roadblocks along the way and people are more concerned with killing him than Wolv is with tracking people down. Also, is there a chance of one last throw down between Wolverine and Omega Red? They always have the greatest battles. Thanks for your time and all the work you have put in to making these great new series.
Anthony, I don't think Vegas needs any more of anything, I would consider it full.
As for WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, as you probably saw at the end of the Deadpool arc, Wolverine's neglected son, Daken, was finally captured by Logan, as part of a large-scale effort Wolverine had put into place. So, that story was a case where while it looked
like somebody was out to kill Wolverine, it was really a case of Wolverine setting that up so he could track down his son. In the current arc, "Son of X," we finally get the whole story behind Daken...and when ORIGINS crosses over with X-MEN: LEGACY, you'll get even more of Wolverine tracking down his past.
And hopefully you saw UNCANNY X-MEN #498 and #499 with a throw-down between Wolverine and Omega Red, but that battle was just a teaser for what's sure to be their ultimate battle...in WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, sometime in the future...
Ok, I asked this before, and it didn't get answered, so I am asking again in the hopes that during the two week "answer fans questions" hiatus, someone can be forthcoming with an answer.
Murdock is by far my favorite character, and I was wondering why he is hardly ever involved in the big crossovers. I know he's "street level" if you will, but surely he can be fit in. It worked in 1602 very nicely. He was touched upon in SECRET WARS #2, and Danny did a nice job filling in during CIVIL WAR, but it never really was explained why. He was one of the integral characters in Fury's Secret War, and he has a history with Elektra that tells me he might've been the one to pick up on the switch. His friendship with Peter and Reed, and his respect for Cap (see "Born Again") leads me to believe he is excluded purposefully. I know that Bendis loves DD, so is it a directive from higher to continually exclude him? Don't get me wrong, I love Brubaker's run, but I just think that Matt is important enough to be fit into the bigger picture in better ways. Worst case scenario, let us find out Milla Donavan is a skrull, I can't stand her. Thanks in advance.
The simple answer Steve is that we don't want to shoe horn in a character simply for the sake of shoe horning him in. We do our best to make sure that our big events have some logical basis within them that fits our universe and characters. So far there hasn't been an event that has felt like a natural fit for DD. Sure it would have been easy to jam him into a story, it would have made sales on his title skyrocket, but ultimately it would have done more damage than good and it would have been a cheat for you the reader. If we're not feeling it here internally and on the creative level, trust me, you ain't gonna feel it from the reader standpoint. That said, there are some things coming down the road that DD may just be a part of, stay tuned.
Ho down in a Bar town asks:
Hello, Joe. You may remember me as Kazekun. You've answered a few of my questions before. I have a few new questions for ya I'd like to ask:
1. I saw MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS not listed on the September solicits. And since that's a month after issue #12, I was wondering does this mean the series is cancelled? Or is it just taking a month off? What's the deal?
2. Any chance of a Silver Surfer/Stardust series? Maybe a mini-series at least?
3. Whatever happened to Bug after ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST? He was last seen sitting at Mantis' side when she was in the hospital after the war.
4. Are there any future projects lined up for Joe Madureira after ULTIMATES 3?
1-MCP is taking a little more than a month off, but less than six months. We'll be re-launching shortly with a new "season" of the series. This might not be the biggest blockbuster book we have, but it's a great place to do unusual stories like the Ivan Brandon/Niko Henrichon MACHINE MAN story that's been running recently. Season Two of MCP will have a wilder, more freewheeling spirit than the first - it'll be a place where you won't be able to guess what'll be coming next.
2- If you pick up NOVA #13 - #15, you'll see the Silver Surfer - now once again the herald of Galactus - back in action. Stardust didn't appear in the story, as rumor has it he was off scouting more planets for the Big G to chow down on. As for a mini starring both heralds, we don't have any plans for that now, but one never knows what will happen next in Marvel's cosmic playground!
3- You know, I asked writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning that very same questions, and they just laughed maniacally and pointed to a can of Raid. But something tells me you haven't seen the last of - tik - Bug, so keep watching the pages of - tik - Guardians of the Galaxy.
4- No, currently we don't have any future plans but if Joe wants to do some more with us, we're certainly game.
What do you say to the fans who hate that you allowed Captain America to be killed? You know the ones who bought Marvel for years but don't any more.
dear marvel your comics are awesome. I also cannot afford them. there for i request you donate everything you can to the salt lake city library in Utah so that i can read them. Mkay thanks in advance.
Make mine marvel...for free!
Hey, Phillipeb, get a job! What, next thing you're going to tell me is that you're parents are putting you through school or something.
What is up with all these college kids crying poverty?
I wanted to thank you for all you have done with the Marvel Universe. I had gotten a bit out of comics while I was in the Army. Thanks to all that you and your staff have done, I am back into it and I have a 6 year old son that is as into it as I am (whenever I make him mad, he says I'm a Skrull). Here's the questions.
1) I'm also a huge fan of "The Colbert Report." My question is, who is he running against in the Marvel Universe? Is he a Republican, Democrat, Green, Independent etc...? He hasn't made any mention of it on his show since last time you were on the show and informed him that he was the big candidate in the Marvel Universe. Is there gonna be an election on Marvel. com?
2) On the X-Men side of things, it's been sort of fishy to me how in the last year or so Cyclops has taken it upon himself to just kill people. Sending X-Force to take out the Purifiers (not that I disagree on that one), sending Wolverine to take out Mystique, and now with these Young X-Men. I'm pretty convinced that something's not right with him. Is it possible that our good friend Emma Frost has really never stepped out of the White Queen role?
3) Just a thought on the Skrull side of things. What's the deal with Jessica Jones and Baby Cage? I have a very good feeling that good ol Jess might be a dirty ol' Skrull. If that is the case (which I'm sure you could neither confirm or deny) do you think that Luke would raise the half Skrull baby on his own? Maybe he can hang out with Cable.
4) How do you feel about what the Mets did to Willy? I'm a Yankee fan (not a Met hater) and thought it was a pretty low class move.
Thanks for everything Joe.
Thanks for the kind words, Mahgninnuc.
Obama and McCain and I assume he's running either as a Libertarian or for the Truthiness Party. Stay tuned for election news and updates on Marvel.com
at the Stephen Colbert for President hub
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Anything's possible in the Marvel Universe, especially when the Editor in Chief is really a Skrull, BWAHAHAHAHA- Hack- coff- hack! Keep reading.
Yes, if that were the case I could absolutely see Luke raising the baby.
We don't know what was going on behind the scenes so I'll reserve my comments on it. At first blush, knowing what we know, I think Omar Minaya (General Manager) hesitated making the call because he and Willie had a bond and he was emotionally distraught over it and couldn't pull the trigger. I'd like to believe that and give Omar the benefit of the doubt. He went to my high school and is a good ol' Queens kid like me, so I'm pulling for him. I think Willie did a decent job but had a tough time of it as of late, so I'm not a Willie hater, he's a class act. But for him to say he was surprised by his firing just seemed silly to me when you he was at the helm at the time of the greatest collapse in baseball history. What Willie should have been surprised with was every day that he was allowed to manage beyond that.
Hometown Comics asks:
In these hard economic times, why are you sticking a shiny cover on a comic with 22 pages of content and charging $1 more? Not everyone has the disposable income to not notice. Customers notice. Retailers notice.
KING SIZE HULK #1: 8 pages of awesome Loeb/Adams, 8 pages of awesome Loeb/Cho, 8 pages of awesome Loeb/Trimpe. Then 4 pages of Adams pencils, 8 pages of hype for what happened before and issue #4, then yet another reprint of HULK #180 & #181. Last and certainly least a reprint of AVENGERS #83 that has absolutely no connection to the earlier stories. Personally, I'd have preferred that you did a reprint of STRANGE TALES #135. I have no idea what happened in STRANGE TALES #135, but, I'm certain it has as much relevance being in K.S. HULK #1 as AVENGERS #83. Why, Joe? Why are you asking comic fans to choke down a $4.99 comic with only 24 pages of actual new content.
Joe, do you want to make every Marvel fan, comic retailer and Marvel shareholder happy? If so, announce that there will be no more delays on the first 10 issues of any new ongoing series. How do you do that, you ask? Do not solicit any issue #1 until the first 5 issues are "in the can" or near completion. If a creative team is in trouble, call in someone who can finish the job. HULK and ULTIMATES 3 are still waiting on their 4th issues. Both of those titles issue #1's should have come out this month. Then #2, #3, #4 & #5 could have come out on a regular monthly basis. You do realize that you lose customers when your books don't come out for a few months, don't you?
On a positive note, Whoever is making Marvel movies look like Marvel, tell them, thank you.
Hometown, lets start with your first question or issue. This Hulk book was a Special and those are usually more expensive, also because it's a special, we consider it more of a boutique or non-essential Hulk item in the sense that it's not within the actual run of the Hulk title. Look at the history of Specials and Annuals throughout the history of Marvel and comics in general. They all have back up material and in most cases they're reprint and or bonus stuff. Also, as with all books like this, no one is twisting your arm to buy it, if it's too expensive, we completely understand, pass on it if you need to.
By the way, let me add that AVENGERS #83 does indeed have relevance to the HULK series so keep on reading.
As for shipping issues, we make shipping on the majority of our books and for more than ten issues of months consecutively, so while we're not out there boasting or guaranteeing it, we do it most of the time. There will always be books from time to time that get bumped, but here's why, comics are produced by humans and not machines and until the day the entire process of art and writing become fully automated, there will always be late books here and there until the end of time. And yes, in many cases we do wait until we have a significant number of issues of many of our titles before we solicit them, but 5 months is very difficult to do on monthly titles when there are so many moving pieces and connective tissue within the universe. Every once in a while we'll have a project like MARVELS 2: EYE OF THE CAMERA which has been worked on now for nearly four years which you'll finally see hopefully by year's end. Since this book wasn't hinging on current continuity, we could take our time with it.
Also, if you look at the Marvel catalog, we've done a very good job making sure that if we know in advance that a book is going to miss shipping, not to solicit it.
Finally, while replacing a creative team is possible from time to time, in many cases this is a rose colored lens point of view. Because while many say it's the way to do things, our experience has been in many cases that sometimes replacing a top team with a fill in team just to get it out, has done more damage to a title and it's future than missing by a month.
All I wanna know is...
Where is my sword-slashin, blender-blastin, explosive-tossin, hippy-hatin, dolphin-kickin, wise-crackin merc with a mouth? And is he going to have a part in smackin up these Skrulls or what?
Deadpool will be back in his own monthly series starting in September, courtesy of Daniel Way and Paco Medina. His first mission? Well, let's just say it involves those pesky Skrulls and, as usual, Wade's coming at the problem from an angle you'd never, ever be able to guess. So look for lots of sword-slashin', blender-blastin', explosive-tossin', hippy-hatin' fun and lots and lots of blood - mostly green.Merc with a Mouth asks:
Hey Joe, I have a couple X related questions.
Since X-Force is the black ops X team any chance of having Shatterstar or Domino around in the near future since they both don't really have any problems taking people out for the count? Especially since Shatterstar really hasn't been seen since the 198 mini-series.
Any chance that maybe the Black Panther takes an active role on the team since he is married to Storm?
Thanks and make mine Marvel!
Don't look for Black Panther anytime soon on the X-Force team, Merc. He's got problems of his own to deal with. But you never know if he might cross paths with another Merc with a Mouth...
As for Shatterstar and Domino-let's just say the "Old Ghost" arc will make you at least halfway happy...
Hey Joe, Whats up with Northstar these days? Will we see him get some development as a character beyond appearing once, saying a line and the disappearing for a year or two?
By the way, I'm loving the new AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE team. Will we being seeing the old initiative recruits sometime soon?
Michael, funny you should mention Northstar as we've been talking about him quite a lot these days. Near the end of this month we're having a big X-Men creative summit in Los Angeles and I have a strong feeling that his name will be coming up there as well.
The graduated Initiative recruits haven't left the series, Michael - they'll continue to be featured regularly in the book, and will all be contributing to the fight against the Skrull Invasion in the SECRET INVASION tie-in issues.
I just wanted to ask did the "Back in Black" storyline ever happen because of "BND" or was it done in another version. Is it going to be explained soon.
Saul, yes and yes.
Light asks: How come SPIDER-MAN: INDIA was only a four-part series? I thought it was really good :)
SPIDER-MAN: INDIA was done thru a partnership with another publisher and they only had the 4 issues they wanted to do with us.
That's it for this week. Keep your eyes open as next week I continue with fan questions and Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort makes a little guest appearance to talk to you about SECRET INVASION #4.
See ya in the funnybooks,
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