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TGIF: Holiday Shopping

Find out what gifts Mike Carey, Fred Van Lente, Mike Choi and others will be tracking down for their characters this year

If you think you've got it rough with last minute holiday shopping, just imagine if you had to find the perfect gift for a teenage mutant, ornery sea king or thunder god! With the holiday season in full swing, we asked Marvel writers, artists and editors what they'd get for the characters they work or have worked on to show their appreciation. It's Friday, so kick back, relax and enjoy—and have a happy holidays from us here at TGIF and Marvel.com!
JIM MCCANN (writer of NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION): I'd buy a new West Coast Avengers Compound for Clint Barton, Mockingbird, and all their former teammates to go, even if it was to have the occasional pool party and barbeque.


MIKE CHOI (artist of X-FORCE): I'd buy X-23 a copy of "Wall-E." If she doesn't laugh or cry while watching it then she'll know for a fact that she isn't a real human being. Pixar designed "Wall-E" to be the irrefutable litmus test for whether or not you have a soul. NICK LOWE (Marvel editor): I'd give Molly, from RUNAWAYS, a hat rack. MIKE CAREY (writer of X-MEN: LEGACY): A Beatles wig for Professor X, a bottle of Southern Comfort for Rogue, a stress ball for Cyclops, a warm wooly vest for Emma Frost and the sticker fun edition of "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" for Beast. BILL ROSEMANN (Marvel editor): For Nova, some earplugs to drown out Worldmind's nagging. For Rocket Raccoon, a new pair of rocket skates, so we can see him zoom around again! For War Machine, a can of oil for all those hard to reach spots. For the Thunderbolts, more bullets—they're going to need them when they fight Deadpool! For the Marvel Zombies: a cure


for their hunger—think they'd be into vegetarianism? FRED VAN LENTE (co-writer of INCREDIBLE HERCULES): I'd get Hercules a year's supply of fluids to help with all those Olympian hangovers. My personal recommendation: Gatorade. JORDAN WHITE (Marvel assistant editor): I would buy a new outfit for Sage, the poor dear. Ever since she threw together the little ensemble she's been wearing in NEW EXILES, her fans have been sending her in letters giving her no end of grief over it. Plus, seeing as she's one of the Exiles and can actually read her fan mail sent from Earth-1218 over the Omniversal computer network, she actually sees all those jibes the readers sling her way. Fact is, the lady has enough on her plate, what with a split personality, on-again off-again facial tattoos, and the overwhelming memories of the former Guardian of the Omniverse, Roma, running amok in her noggin! She doesn't need to be burdened with being called-out on her fashion issues as well. So, I'd buy her something nice and sleek, more in line with her fashion sense back in X-TREME X-MEN. AXEL ALONSO (Marvel Executive


For Namor, some board-shorts—I mean, c'mon. For Frank Castle, a gift certificate to Domai Bodywork—it's legit, I swear! And for Luke Cage, "Pete Rock & Deda: The Original Baby Pa"—assuming he doesn't already have it on his iPod. BRIAN REED (writer of MS. MARVEL): I would buy Luke Cage a new tiara so he would look pretty for Bendis when they snuggle on Christmas Eve. MIKE PERKINS (artist of THE STAND): I'd buy a six pack of Boddingtons creamy pale ale for Union Jack. It's the Cream of Manchester, y'know. Yummy. MICHAEL HORWITZ (Marvel assistant editor): For Kiden Nixon, the misfit star of NYX: NO WAY HOME, I'm getting a new hat, 'cause I plan on stealing hers. I'm also thinking about getting Arcanna Jones, the clothing-phobic physicist from SQUADRON SUPREME, some long underwear. Apparently being able to alter reality means you don't get cold when you walk around publicly without pants on, but it never works for me. Some people are just born special, I guess.


NICOLE BOOSE (Marvel editor): I would give Deadpool a night on the town with the object of his affections: Bea Arthur! Perhaps, if he were really, really lucky, she would treat him to a performance of her famous musical number from "The Star Wars Holiday Special." PAUL CORNELL (writer of CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13): Captain Britain's getting a new wardrobe together, but I think he still needs a really good suit. I don't anything would make Pete Wisdom feel better, but he appreciates good Scotch. I'd get Spitfire the "Greatest Hits of the Beverley Sisters." I think the Black Knight and Faiza would probably like the same thing, but they have to get it themselves. And for Blade, the destruction of all vampires. Santa frowns and sighs at that one every year. WILLIAM MESSNER-LOEBS (former writer of THOR): I think I'd get Captain America's new address for Thor. They seemed like such good friends back when. Check out the official Marvel Shop for the best mighty Marvel merchandise!


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