The publishing company behind “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” is marking its 80th Anniversary this year with a newly-announced epic comic book celebrating the legacy of the Marvel Universe, called Marvel Comics #1000.
Featuring 80 creative teams with luminaries from both classic and current comic books (and beyond), Marvel Comics #1000 is an oversized one-shot packed with pages spanning across generations of Marvel’s iconic Super Heroes, including cover art from legendary artist Alex Ross.
Al Ewing, writer of the critically-acclaimed Immortal Hulk series, will be the primary writer of Marvel Comics #1000, framing the overall structure of the book.
“There are so many threads in this mystery, so many different parts of Marvel you’ll find secret connections,” Ewing told the This Week In Marvel podcast. “There are a lot of synchronicities and echoes in this, and threads between all of that.”
“This is by far the most complex and complicated and difficult book I’ve ever had to assemble,” SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort told The New York Times.
Also speaking with the Times, Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski described how the creative teams were cast – especially with talents outside of comics: “Our characters are mentioned in so many different ways and in so many different mediums and we always keep track. Now these distinguished individuals are able to contribute back to the comics they grew up on.”
Among those individuals, some of whom teased the project on social media this week, are long-time Marvel Comics veterans — including Roy Thomas, Peter David, Gerry Conway, and Adam Kubert — and current creators — including Saladin Ahmed, Gail Simone, Chip Zdarsky, and Kris Anka — as well as talents outside of comics, like filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, and basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Marvel Comics #1000 is scheduled for release this August. For more information, visit Marvel.com, and watch these videos for more Marvel fun: