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Watch: MTV At Marvel Comics Headquarters From 1992

Check out a flash from the past!

Former Marvel employee Jared Osborn uploaded footage from when MTV visited the offices of Marvel Comics back in 1992.

We get an inside look back then at the process of creating comics as well as interviews with X-Men editor Bob Harras and senior executive editor Mark Gruenwald who talks about Captain America.

We also see X-Men was #1 at the time. 

(via CBR)

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Todd McFarlane’s Quasar #14 Original Cover & Thoughts

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One of my all-time favorite Quasar covers is Todd McFarlane’s #14 which depicts Wendell in cosmic action.

I remember getting this, and at the time, I didn’t even know who Todd McFarlane was or his work on Spider-Man or Hulk.

Great cover.

Todd took to his Facebook page stating that he found the original art work, and he also gives his thoughts behind it.

Check it out!

ORIGINAL ARTWORK FROM MY MARVEL COMICS DAYS!

I was cleaning up my office today after getting home from playing baseball, not softball, baseball (had a single, triple and four runs scored). As I was going through some of the boxes I ran across some old original artwork from my days of drawing for Marvel Comics. I will be showing some of those pieces in the coming weeks as well as walking you through some of the process of why that particular page/cover came to be. I’ll be showing some Spider-Man artwork, The Incredible Hulk pages and some various other images I came across.

I will even show you some of the rejection letters I received while I was in college trying to break into the comic book industry. 

The artwork you see below was from a comic titled Quasar. He was a relatively unknown character, whose book was selling below average compared to some of the mainstay character’s titles. In an effort to help prop up sales for this book, the editor at the time was asking around to see if anyone wanted to help pitch in a cover. The idea was that maybe if a string of artists would do some of the covers that would help spark things on the sales end. Since I had a good relationship with the editor (a gentleman named Mark Gruenwald), I said “Sure, why not!” This piece was done in the middle of my run on The Amazing Spider-Man comic so I asked if I could just make some high octane looking cover. To which Mr. Gruenwald said “Have as much fun on it as you want.”

So here was my thinking…

The book and character were very average, I thought. when I looked at the book, there didn’t seem to be a lot of BIG action or ENERGY on the pages. In fact, I remember noticing that there were a bunch of small panels on every page and it limited the idea of a guy out in the infinite area called space. I mean if you’re going to be out in space why not open it up a little (ask George Lucas how that little story of Star Wars worked out). So the concept I wanted to tackle was this Quasar dude flying through the cosmos at a million miles an hour, like a meteor, with his power amulets crackling with Jack Kirby like energy effects, with space and planets way off in the distance. Though in the final coloring of the piece they made space purple not black. An odd choice I thought.

The last piece was to add the face in the bottom right of the page, which was the villain of that issue. I had basically drawn this cover to be as cool as possible , then figured out how to add the continuity of the book in later. Not the best approach, but in this case it worked out well. When I handed the cover in the editor called me and said he was actually surprised that someone could make this character this exciting. A few covers later with other artists on them help show people that no matter who the character is you can always find a way to make them exciting (ask Frank Miller about the villain Bullseye from Daredevil.

The other images are just close ups of the art so that you can see some of the detail of the page. At my end, I was always proud of this piece because it forced me have to think about how I could add something to a character I knew little about, and I only had one shot/picture to let it all out.

Enjoy. TODD

P.S.- To answer the question to my previous post: YES! Stan Lee is a super hero with REAL super powers. Here’s how I know…usually I work really hard to do a post here that is seen by over 100,000 people. But my last post barely passed that mark when Stan, himself decided to share it with his followers. And BOOM! in the matter of an hour my post jumped up to 250,000 views and is now at just over 400,000. And all because Stan told folks to take a look. I am going to call that super mutation skill the PIED PIPER POWER. Thanks, Stan

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Mark Gruenwald’s Squadron Supreme Gets A New TPB Printing

April will see Marvel print a new TPB copy for Mark Gruenwald’s Squadron Supreme.

If you have never read this, now is your time as it’s a great book.

SQUADRON SUPREME TPB (NEW PRINTING)

Written by MARK GRUENWALD
Penciled by BOB HALL, PAUL RYAN, JOHN BUSCEMA & PAUL NEARY
Cover by ALEX ROSS
On an Earth much like our own, the world’s greatest superhuman champions are confronted by a society in ruins. Faced with the possibility of a new dark age for mankind, they choose the only course available to them — and take control of the world’s governments themselves! Now, they have one year in which to completely restructure human society. Can their plan succeed? Will a renegade member bring about their downfall? And what will happen when this Earth’s mightiest heroes find themselves becoming instead its all-powerful, totalitarian overlords? Before Watchmen, before MARVELS, before Kingdom Come — there was Squadron Supreme, a deconstructionist parable of the super-hero paradigm in a real-world setting considered by many to be the late Mark Gruenwald’s finest work. Collecting SQUADRON SUPREME (1985) #1-12 and CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #314.
352 PGS./Rated T …$34.99
ISBN: 978-0-7851-8469-0

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Avengers #9 Confirms New Universe & Features Star Brand (Hickman)

As we previously thought from the last batch of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers covers, we now have confirmation that the New Universe will return and we also see the Star Brand on the cover of April’s Avengers #9.

I wonder if Hickman will touch upon the fact that the Living Tribunal sealed off the Star Brand from the Marvel 616 universe during Gruenwald’s Quasar run as Wendell Vaughn’s girlfriend, Kayla Ballantine, found herself with the Star Brand and trapped on a world that was eventually quarantined from the rest of the universe?

Of course that was back in the 90s, has there been anything regarding the Star-Brand in the 616 since?

AVENGERS #9

JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • DUSTIN WEAVER (A/C)
MANY ARMORS OF IRON MAN VARIANT BY Joe Quinones
“NEW UNIVERSE”
• Watch as the most dangerous weapon in the Universe is unleashed.
• Two Universal SYSTEMS collide.
• What good is a White Event if only leads to the destruction of the planet it was meant to transform?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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AVENGERS #10
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • MIKE DEODATO (A)
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
50th Anniversary Variant by Daniel ACUÑA
“VALIDATOR”
• We learn that the Canadian super team Omega Flight got lost in a Garden Origin Site.
• Discover what happens when the Avengers go in to rescue them.
• Learn why ADAPTATION is the scariest word in the Marvel Universe.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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Jonathan Hickman Brings Back The New Universe To Avengers

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Back in 1986, Jim Shooter launched the “realistic” New Universe that featured the likes of Mark Gruenwald, Archie Goodwin, Eliot R. Brown, John Morelli, and Tom DeFalco.

I’m more familiar with Star Brand, as it crossed into Gruenwald’s Quasar and have DP7 (which was similar to Shooter’s Harbinger), but there was a relaunch by Warren Ellis, which I never got into. Maybe Byron can give us the low-down on that?

Anyway, it appears as if the New Universe is getting a resurgence in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers as Hickman’s co-writer on The Ultimates, Sam Humphries, let loose the following tweet:

A round of applause for @JHickman for his spectacular run on ULTIMATES! Thanks for everything and best of luck with the DP7 reboot.

In addition to that tidbit, there’s the similar looking covers for Hickman’s Avengers #7 (right) and the New Universe (below), as well as the solicit for New Avengers #7:

To prevent the collision of our universe with another, the Illuminati, led by the Black Panther, must assemble NOW! It’s the most powerful and brilliant team in the Marvel Universe–The Black Panther, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner and The Beast–against an infinite legion of parallel realities.

(Via Bleeding Cool)

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Brew’s Crew: Makkari

(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with cosmic comics and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CosmicBookNews.com. He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)

 

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Thanks to the late great Mark Gruenwald, not Jack Kirby this time around, I will always love Makkari, the speediest Eternal. Guenwald took Kirby’s creation and paired him for a long time with Quasar in a memorable series of adventures that to this day offers great reading for the Marvel Cosmic fan.

Makkari is the son of Veronaand Mara, born in Olympia, capital city of the Eternals of Earth. He is a member of the Eternals’ Technologist’s Guild and is skilled at designing and building high-speed vehicles.

Makkari has involved himself in Earth’s affairs more often than most Eternals. Under the name Thoth, he taught writing to the Egyptians. He was taught philosophy by Plato. He rescued Sersi from “Nero’s big bonfire,” and spent some time as the charioteer of Darius I of Persia. He witnessed the Trojan War, the reign of Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) … and the Alamo!

In the 1940s, he worked on Earth, per Zuras’ request, under the aliases “Hurricane” and “Mercury” (an example of retcon; these Golden Age characters were not originally supposed to be related), and fought Warlord Kro and Deviant Mutates alongside the Monster Hunters, a team he formed using his identity as National Security Agent Jake Curtiss.

In more recent times, Makkari accompanied Ikaris on his mission to assemble the Eternals to wage war against the Deviants. Makkari then encountered Lord Ghaur. Makkari accompanied the other Eternals to Lemuria to battle the Deviants and battled Ghaur alongside the Eternals, Thor and the West Coast Avengers, and participated in the defeat of Ghaur.

Makkari was later rescued by Quasar when he began running rampant, literally. He revealed that he had traded his other Eternal abilities for greater speed and endurance. He became friends with Quasar when he enlisted Quasar to go to Lemuria to help him save Master Elo, who was tutoring Makkari in how to channel his cosmic energy into more speed. He then accompanied Quasar to the Stranger’s Labworld. There, he encountered the Star-Dancer and battled Trikon, the Whizzer and Gorr. Makkari later worked in Quasar’s office under the alias “Mike Khary.” He participated in a marathon to the Moon (a great story arc!) sponsored by the Runner, and nearly won; he bested Quicksilver, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Whizzer, Speed Demon, Black Racer and Super-Sabre, only to lose the race in the last moments to an amnesiac, dimensions-spanning human being called Buried Alien (a thinly-disguised homage to DC’s Flash and Barry Allen).

Makkari then became Quasar’s roommate. He was killed when his heart was stopped by Maelstrom, but returned to life as part of an agreement struck between Eternity, Death, Infinity and Oblivion. However, he soon found he had become so fast that he could no longer move in synch with the rest of the universe. Maelstrom later attempted to seize more power by draining the kinetic energy from Makkari, but Maelstrom was ultimately defeated by the other Eternals.

In a later Eternals limited series, the Eternals were the victims of memory and reality manipulation by Sprite, and have forgotten their true identities. Makkari believed himself to be a medicine student named Mark Curry. By issues #2 and #3, he finally begins to experience his powers of super-speed. However, Sprite tricks Curry into opening a passageway to the long-dormant “Dreaming” Celestial underneath San Francisco, and in doing so incapacitates Curry. During this time, the Dreaming Celestial and Makkari began to talk in his dreams. By the end of the series he has become the Dreaming Celestial’s prophet.

When it is time to gather the speedsters of the MarvelU.or the Eternals, or if Quaze should ever get another mag, I hope Makkari is part of any or all.

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