From Black Panther to Miles Morales, follow Marvel's black heroes with DMC, Pete Rock, MF Grimm, Ron Wimberly & Axel Alonso

In 1966, in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR #52 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the FF travelled to the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda where they met, fought, and inevitably teamed up with that nation’s ruler, a great warrior named T’Challa, the Black Panther.

It proved a landmark moment.

"Seeing black super heroes made me say, ‘I knew it! There has to be Black, Asian, Latino and other heroes from all races," says Darryl McDaniels, best known as D.M.C. of legendary hip hop group Run-D.M.C.

Black Panther not only stands out as an amazing character in his own right; he also claims the title of the world’s first black super hero. For the previous 30 years almost all the major super heroes had been white, even when they were robots or aliens. The exceptions might have orange skin or green, but never black.

Soldier Gabe Jones, in the pages of NICK FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOES, represented a rare example of a black character, but even he couldn’t be called a super hero. As the Civil Rights Movement reached its peak in the mid-60’s, the time for America to have a black super hero had more than come.

Black Panther answered that call and would be one of three era-defining black heroes that first appeared in the Marvel Universe between 1966 and 1972. The winged Falcon followed in 1969 in the pages of CAPTAIN AMERICA, the first African-American super hero. Luke Cage, Power Man, debuted in HERO FOR HIRE #1 in 1972 as the first African-American super hero with his own series.

Fantastic Four (1961) #52

Fantastic Four (1961) #52

  • Published: July 10, 1966
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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For many young black readers the introduction of these characters opened up a new world.

“Seeing black super heroes made me say, ‘I knew it! There has to be Black, Asian, Latino and other heroes from all races,” says Darryl McDaniels, best known as D.M.C. of legendary hip hop group Run-D.M.C. “It showed at the time that black people were not just pimps, pushers, and in street gangs! It showed we were good too!”

“[These characters] meant a lot; they meant everything,” says DJ and rapper Pete Rock. “After seeing black super heroes like Luke Cage or Black Panther, it felt like we were a part of something. Mostly when you look at comic books you see the heroes and villains are white. Seeing the black ones felt like some sort of a unification. That’s what attracted me to Marvel.”

For current Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, the creation of these three characters represents one of Marvel’s great strengths.

“Marvel’s core philosophy is that stories should reflect the world outside our window, in all its diversity,” Alonso explains. “In the mid-‘60’s, the Black Panther stepped onto the stage as the first black super hero, capable of going toe-to-toe with none other than the Fantastic Four. In the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, the Falcon provided Captain America with both a worthy sidekick and a tour guide through the themes of the day, most notably the Civil Rights Movement. And in the early ‘70’s, Luke Cage erupted from the cinematic tradition known as Blaxploitation to bring a new brand of super hero onto the stage, a more flawed, street-level hero. All three are very different and very unique.”

"[These characters] meant a lot; they meant everything," says DJ and rapper Pete Rock. "After seeing black super heroes like Luke Cage or Black Panther, it felt like we were a part of something."

Like many ‘60’s Marvel characters, Black Panther drew inspiration from the adventure comics of the time, specifically JUNGLE TALES, a creation of Marvel’s predecessor Atlas. JUNGLE TALES actually introduced the very first regular black lead character, Waku, Prince of the Bantu, in 1954.

As Alonso says, Falcon and Luke Cage drew on more contemporary ideas. They represented the civil rights struggles of their time.

Storm

Storm

“You had so many things going on in real life,” notes Rock, “Comics took those [events] and made great stories out of them.” Rock sees Luke Cage’s bulletproof skin as a powerful symbol: “He was determined to get the job done without taking a fall.”

With the first black super heroes came other black characters. Robbie Robertson joined the cast of Spider-Man in 1967, the first African-American character in a supporting role in a super hero book. In 1968, Nick Fury faced Centurius, one of the first black super villains, in the pages of NICK FURY AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. In 1969, Spider-Man faced the anti-hero the Prowler, a brilliant young black man who turned to crime out of desperation.

The Blaxploitation era of the 1970’s created a Golden Age for Marvel’s black heroes. Following Luke Cage in 1972, the horror-themed heroes Blade and Brother Voodoo debuted in 1973 in TOMB OF DRACULA #10 and STRANGE TALES #169 respectively; the scientist Bill Foster took on the mantel Black Goliath in 1975 in POWER MAN #24; and that same year, Marvel introduced the world to its first two black female heroes; Misty Knight and Storm.

"Blade paved the way for the [Marvel Cinematic Universe]," says artist Ron Wimberly. "Without ‘Blade,’ there’d be no ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’"

Misty and Iron Fist formed super hero comics’ first interracial couple; they shared their first on-panel kiss in the pages of MARVEL TEAM-UP #65 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in December 1977. Storm debuted a few months after Misty in GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, but she had a bigger impact as the first black female super hero to star in an ongoing title. Storm remains a major part of the X-Men to this day.

For rapper and producer MF Grimm, the impact of these early black super heroes can’t be overstated:

“As the first few to be created and acknowledged by the public in a racially charged time and medium, they paved the way for so many more, as well as [for] black creators to find their voice in the industry,” he notes. “They have become symbolic of what we all strive to be, with attributes such as power and perseverance, as shown by Luke Cage, or the beauty and strength associated with Storm; and they illustrate a connection to heritage and pride of one’s roots, culture, and family, as with the Black Panther.”

Blade

Blade

One of Marvel’s 70’s heroes played another important role in Marvel history. The vampire hunter Blade starred in three hit movies from 1998 and 2004.

“Blade paved the way for the [Marvel Cinematic Universe],” says artist Ron Wimberly, whose work includes covers for MIGHTY AVENGERS and SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN. “[‘Blade’] ushered in a new age of super-hero cinema. Without ‘Blade,’ there’d be no ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’”

Wimberly hails Blade as his favorite black super hero.

“[T]he idea of Blade speaks to my personal experience,” he says. “Blade has to deal with family dysfunction; the curbing of his own power/privilege while suffering from prejudice from others with privilege; his own internalized racism, self-loathing; Blade deals with cultural bi-polarism; Blade has to deal with economic and temporal class rifts!”

D.M.C. proudly calls Luke Cage his favorite, and name checks him in his song, “None Higher”: “Like Luke Cage I’m a hero for hire. Raised in the age of the vinyl record buyer.”

Luke Cage Master

Luke Cage Master

Grimm says Cage resonates with his life: “We have had similar trials and tribulations throughout our lives, and we both have had to overcome that struggle.  However, at the end of the day, we have become stronger for it. Loyalty, honor, family, and respect are ideals that I hold as sacred, and those are some of the cornerstones that make Luke Cage who he is.”

For Rock, he considers the best black Marvel hero to be James Rhodes aka War Machine and currently Iron Patriot, “because of all the cool gadgets he has—he’s a one-man army!”

War Machine followed Blade to the big screen in the Iron Man movies, but he first appeared in comics as combat pilot James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the late 70’s. In 1983 he reinvented himself as one of the first black characters to assume an established hero identity when he replaced Tony Stark as Iron Man.

"During my childhood, the heroes of color in the Marvel universe symbolized strength and courage," remembers MF Grimm. "They also showed me that people of color could be acknowledged as powerful, iconic figures who were the equal to their white counterparts."

Other black heroes that made their debut in the early 1980’s include Cloak, of Cloak and Dagger, who first appeared in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, and Monica Rambeau, the current Spectrum and former Captain Marvel, who first appeared in an AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL in 1982. Black Panther has the honor of being the first black Avenger but Rambeau actually led the team. For a time during the late 80’s both the X-Men and the Avengers had black women in charge with Monica Rambeau and Storm.

The level of respect paid to these characters mattered enormously.

“During my childhood, the heroes of color in the Marvel universe symbolized strength and courage,” remembers Grimm. “They also showed me that people of color could be acknowledged as powerful, iconic figures who were the equal to their white counterparts.”

Falcon by Brad Walker

Falcon by Brad Walker

The ranks of Marvel’s black heroes continued to grow through the 90’s and 00’s, with the likes of young martial artist Night Thrasher, super-strong Avengers recruit Rage, time-tossed mutant Bishop, powerhouse perfectionist Monet St Croix, brilliant former mutant Prodigy and more. More recent black heroes include extra-dimensional bruiser Miss America Chavez, new Captain Universe host Tamara Devoux, S.H.I.E.L.D. super-spy Nick Fury Jr., new NEW WARRIORS recruit Sun Girl, chi-powered new Power Man, Victor Alvarez, and scientific super-genius Adam Brashear, aka the Blue Marvel. Both Power Man and Blue Marvel now serve on the MIGHTY AVENGERS, a new team largely made up of non-white heroes led by Luke Cage.

“I commend writers and artists for attempting to create a Marvel Universe that reflects the diversity of our actual world,” says Wimberly. “I would like to believe that seeing black characters could normalize the image of black people for the readership, but I suppose that has a lot to do with whether the characters are written properly or not.”

As with any new characters, some of these heroes may eventually slip into obscurity, but others will become major players in the Marvel Universe. Some will also follow Blade, Storm and James Rhodes onto the screen. Falcon makes his first live action appearance this year in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” while Luke Cage will star in one of Marvel’s upcoming Netflix original series.

Perhaps no other hero who debuted in the past few years can be considered more important than Miles Morales, who took on the mantle of Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe. Putting a black hero behind the mask of such an iconic character provides a new generation with heroes to identify with, just as Black Panther, Falcon, and Luke Cage stood as heroes for black readers a generation ago.

Spider-Man (Miles Morales)

Spider-Man (Miles Morales)

“[T]hese black heroes inspire us,” says Rock. “The comic book world had a tremendous impact on my life and I think on lots of other people’s lives as well.”

Grimm notes that seeing these heroes in the pages of Marvel comics, “reinforced the ideology that I could do whatever I put my mind to, and that there were no limitations unless I set them myself.”

Axel Alonso understands the importance of this legacy.

“This is modern mythology, and we’re the latest caretakers,” he says. “Marvel is all about racial diversity—and you can see it from T’Challa to Shang Chi to Storm to Miles Morales to Kamala Khan—but there is always room for improvement, and we will improve.”

Continue to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Marvel all year-long on marvel.com/75 and share your thoughts with us on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75

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The PlayStation 4 game’s main character will be seen in SPIDERGEDDON #0 and on variant covers.

This September, the star of an epic blockbuster video game will make his way to the pages of a comic book, when the new web slinger from Marvel’s Spider-Man makes his Marvel Comics in-continuity debut in Spidergeddon #0!

On top of that, to celebrate the launch of the highly anticipated game — which will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 on September 7 — the game’s version of the wall-crawler will be showcased in a set of five variant covers.

How will the star of one of the most anticipated video games of 2018 enter the Marvel Universe, and what role will he play? All will be revealed on September 26 by writer Christos Gage – who not only is the scribe of SPIDERGEDDON #0 but is also one of the co-writers of Marvel’s Spider-Man – and acclaimed artist Clayton Crain.

SPIDERGEDDON #0

The Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Variant cover program is illustrated by Insomniac Games artists Dennis Chan, Daryl Mandryk, Eve Ventrue and Sing Ji, and Marvel Games’ own Art Director Tim Tsang, and all five covers pay homage to classic Amazing Spider-Man comic covers!

Look for Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Variant covers on these select titles in September:

1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by DENNIS CHAN (homage to Amazing Spider-Man #546 by Steve McNiven)

2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by DARYL MANDRYK (homage to Amazing Spider-Man #46 by John Romita)

3. AVENGERS #7 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by EVE VENTRUE (homage to Dark Reign: Mister Negative Issue #1 by Jae Lee)

4. SPIDERGEDDON #0 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by SING JI (homage to Amazing Spider-Man #671 by Humberto Ramos)

5. WEST COAST AVENGERS #2 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by TIM TSANG (homage to Amazing Spider-Man #151 by John Romita)

You can see all five variant covers in the gallery below.

“Growing up as lifelong fans of the web-slinger, everyone on the Marvel Games, Insomniac Games and PlayStation teams are honored and thrilled that characters from Marvel’s Spider-Man are not only gracing all-new variant covers, but are also starring in an in-continuity Marvel Comics event,” said Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann. “While making the game we poured through hundreds of Spidey’s comics, which inspired our take on his many famous friends, foes, costumes and moments. For the creative process to come full circle and see our version of the characters now appear in the web-slinger’s latest comic book saga is a dream come true for these True Believers.”

“It’s been such an honor for all of us at Insomniac Games to bring the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler to the PlayStation 4, but to see our version of Spider-Man now swing to the pages of a Marvel comic and be featured in SPIDERGEDDON is something we could have never imagined,” said Insomniac Games creative director Bryan Intihar. “We’re all web heads and super excited for the upcoming comics.”

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Artist Christian Ward joins writer Jason Aaron for Thor's futuristic journey!

At the very end of THOR #1 was a promise that the All-Grandfather’s cosmic adventure would continue in THOR #5, which will go on sale September 19. While there will be plenty of Thor to hold readers over until then, THOR #5 will not just continue writer Jason Aaron’s epic tale, it will also carry on Christian Ward’s amazing artwork! Marvel.com asked Aaron about what we can expect from the upcoming story, and Ward shared his creative inspirations and what it’s like to draw Thor as an aging god.

If you’ve read THOR #1, you know that a very famous mutant made a surprise appearance at the very end. Wolverine, also as an old man, and also possessed by the Phoenix Force, showed up while Thor was sailing through the dying universe. But Jason Aaron’s plans for Thor and Old Man Logan’s new incarnation may not be what you’re expecting — and they certainly won’t be alone:

“When [Thor] goes looking for answers and runs into his old friend Wolverine, a very, very Old Man Logan who’s now in possession of the Phoenix force, Thor figures he’s found an ally in his quest to save creation. But it’s not quite that simple. By reigniting the fires of life on Earth, Thor has drawn the attention of some dark cosmic forces. If you thought Old Man Phoenix was wild, just wait until you see who else is about to join the party.”

While creating a look for THOR, Christian Ward drew inspiration from a number of sources from “1970s rock album cover artwork” to other comic artists including Moebius, Frank Quietly, and Bill Sienkiewicz. He also cited “illustrators like Roger Dean but equally fine artists like Gustav Klimt.” He added: “I used to be more of a fine art painter, and one of the things I love about space scenes is that they feel more like big canvas paintings with masses of swirling colors and layers of textures.” Citing his past work on BLACK BOLT, Ward said Jack Kirby was also a big inspiration since he “wanted the universe to feel huge with endless color and possibility.” To capture not just an older Thor but an older universe, he wanted the latter to seem “dead and empty yet still interesting” and used oil and rust for color themes.

As for drawing an elderly Thor, Ward said that “[d]rawing old faces is always easier. Lines in someones face tell their story.” He added that with this part of Thor’s story taking place “untold eons from now,” that is a very long story. Ward continued: “Beyond just being old, Thor’s tired so I wanted him to feel heavy. (His armor is a great way to emphasis that too!) But at the same time he’s more powerful than he’s ever been, so all that power’s built up in him like a powder keg. We’re going to see some of that explosive power in #5 and it’s been really good fun to bring it crackling to life.”

With the appearance by a Phoenix-possessed Wolverine at the end of THOR #1, THOR #5 promises to be a tale of galactic proportions!

THOR #5, written by Jason Aaron with art by Christian Ward, goes on sale September 19! Contact your local comic shop to pre-order your copy!

 

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Visit a comic book shop near you for Marvel’s Father's Day Spectacular with comics and giveaways!

This Father’s Day, share your love of reading and comics with the next generation of Super Heroes as you celebrate with new Marvel books and special giveaways!

On June 17, fans of all ages can collect an exclusive free Marvel bookmark and jump into the Marvel Universe alongside Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, and Marvel’s next generation of heroes with MARVEL RISING #0 and MARVEL RISING: ALPHA #1!

Marvel Super Hero Adventures early chapter books are perfect for preschoolers and young readers who want to explore the Marvel Universe with their favorite characters through stories that touch upon aspirational themes of friendship, helping others, and heroism, so be sure to check out MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES SAND TRAP!, MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES DECK THE MALLS!, MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN AND THE STOLEN VIBRANIUM #1, MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: THE SPIDER-DOCTOR #1, and MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES BUGGIN’ OUT!

And be sure to pick up a free Marvel Coloring Poster to create your very own father-son or father-daughter work of art with a few of your favorite Marvel characters.

Pick up the perfect comic trades, early chapter books, and digests for all ages and share with your family this Father’s Day!

Find your local comic book shop right here! Then visit your local shop for more details about celebrating Marvel’s Father’s Day Spectacular this weekend with these special Marvel stories.

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Donny Cates, Gerry Duggan, and Brian Level connect "Thanos Wins" with Infinity Wars!

“Things are about to get brutal again.”

On September 5, “Thanos Wins” writer Donny Cates joins Gerry Duggan and artist Brian Level for the latest chapter in the mind-bending saga of the most vicious villain in the Marvel Universe. Prepare to witness the madness of the Titan in THANOS LEGACY #1!

Thanos Legacy #1 cover by Geoff Shaw

Editor Jordan D. White offers a few insights on what to expect from this massive one-shot: “Donny is cooking up a 20 page story that answers the questions you’re definitely going to have regarding the mind-blowing events of INFINITY WARS PRIME…while Gerry Duggan is writing a story about the connection between Thanos and Requiem. Both shine new lights on the villain of INFINITY WARS and how the story comes from what came before.”

As Duggan explores Thanos’ link to Requiem, Cates returns to answer how the Mad Titan’s journey back from the future in “Thanos Wins” will impact the world-shattering events of INFINITY WARS. And the latter offers an ominous tease of the story to come… “THANOS LEGACY is a kind of thematic sequel to the ‘Thanos Wins’ storyline that Geoff Shaw and I created. It follows the missing time from the end of Thanos’ journey at the end of everything to…well, you’ll see,” explains Cates. “It’s an absolute blast to step back into the Mad Titan’s story and to give voice to my favorite monster again. If you dug ‘Thanos Wins’, this is a story you won’t want to miss! Things are about to get brutal again.”

Read the calamitous cosmic action in THANOS LEGACY #1, by Donny Cates, Gerry Duggan, and Brian Level, on September 5!

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Marvel's C.B. Cebulski and Tom Brevoort talk about Bruce Banner's return!

THE IMMORTAL HULK #1 hit stores on June 6, and the return of Bruce Banner has Hulk fans ready for more! The new run with writer Al Ewing and artist Joe Bennett is promising to be a real battle between Banner’s monstrous super powers and his conflicted conscience, and this classic Super Hero is heading into some very dark territory. The video above has a look at the issues to come and some insight from Marvel Comics.

Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said THE IMMORTAL HULK was somewhat of a return to form, calling this run “so different, and yet so true to the essence of the character.” Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski went into more detail about the Hulk’s dark direction, pointing out that “fans love the dark corners of the Marvel Universe.” He added: “While there are so many characters who play in that area of the Marvel Universe, riding the line between good and evil, the Hulk has been a character that you’ve never really seen in this situation.”

Writer Al Ewing also revealed that he wanted to treat THE IMMORTAL HULK like a “horror book,” which took inspiration from early Hulk comics and Bruce Banner’s struggle between being the good guy and the “big guy.”

THE IMMORTAL HULK #1 is on sale now in the Marvel Comics Shop and your local comic book store! Contact your store for information about upcoming issues!

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Writer Sina Grace and artist Nathan Stockman present a brand-new Iceman series!

Iceman is back!

Following the groundbreaking 2017 series beloved by readers and critics alike, Bobby Drake is set to make his ongoing solo series return on September 12! Written by Sina Grace with art by Nathan Stockman, the new series kicks off a reenergized chapter in the life and times of the mutant hero.

It’s good timing too, because someone is hunting the Morlocks for sport. And it’s up to Bobby Drake to prevent another potential Mutant Massacre. But who’s behind this horrific hunt? You wouldn’t believe it if we told you! Guest-starring Bishop, get ready for more ICEMAN!

We spoke to Grace about the power of fandom, the greatness of Bobby Drake, and what to expect from the new series.

Marvel.com: What’s it like knowing that readers connected with your Bobby Drake on such a profound level?

Sina Grace: I’m amazed that the series connected with an audience so much that we defied odds and got another arc. The whole process of writing the first one, I was focused on doing my best work and crafting a series that sat well as a standalone…I had blinders on. Apathy is such a huge force in this world, so when the letters kept coming after the final issue—in my DMs, on Tumblr, to the Marvel offices, at comic conventions—that was when I had to ask, “Is this the impact other Super Hero books have on their readers?”

My heart warmed when gay Twitter stood by my choice to have Bobby irrationally want to move across the country for a guy—they saw that same insane puppy love in themselves. When the New York Times article hit, that’s when I was like, “Oh, we did something special, and people took notice. Tight.”

TL; DR: It feels pretty chill.

Marvel.com: Similarly, why do you connect so deeply to Iceman?

Sina Grace: I fell in love with Iceman because he’s incredibly powerful and loved by his peers, and he just seems to get in his way more than anything—that’s completely relatable. He and I both use comedy to deflect. My friend described Ryan Reynolds as, like, teetering on annoying and endearing at all times; Bobby seems like a more benign and adorable version of that.

I’m not calling myself Ryan Reynolds-hot by the way, unless half-Persian guys with thinning hair is your jam. But Bobby is that hot, and I connect to him in the sense that we’ve both been guilty of hiding our light to make others more comfortable.

Marvel.com: As a mutant, a hero, and a person, Bobby Drake represents a lot. What do you see as his defining characteristics?

Sina Grace: Temper tantrums and a sense of humor…bahahaha!

I’d say that his relentless optimism, candor, and inability to see personality flaws that exist right under his nose—those things make up Bobby Drake to me. Similarly, I love that he’s so ultra powerful and kind of relegated to the back of the scene. That’s something we only lightly explored towards the end of the original run. Bobby’s a lot more self-confident and comfortable in his skin this time around, so I’m here to flex those muscles of his and show off some real bad-ass moments with his powers. We may even unlock some new ones along the way? You gotta read to find out.

Marvel.com: Where will we find Iceman at the start of this new series? Will readers see some familiar supporting faces?

Sina Grace: Iceman got to try his hand being a leader in the pages of X-MEN: GOLD. While he’s fine enough running a team, he knows it’s not where his strengths are best put to use. He’s still sorting out how he fits in this world when he discovers that Morlocks are disappearing in the sewers. What he uncovers in the catacombs is far more terrifying than he could have imagined. From there? Things get really bad.

Readers can expect to see more relationship evolution with Kitty Pryde. They are not always gonna be on the same side of an argument. For anyone who had read interviews with me answering the question of who I’d really want to play with…just you wait for the cover unveil for issue #2!

Oh, and Jubilee makes a cute cameo at the end of issue #1. Am I allowed to share that?

Marvel.com: Bishop teams up with Bobby at the start of the new book—what do he and Bobby have in common? What makes their dynamic unique?

Sina Grace: They’ve been teammates in various iterations through the years, and in this first issue, Bobby is leading Bishop on their mission. Is Bishop cool with that? Is Bobby capable of telling Bishop what to do? Are there subtext issues to address? It’s gonna be lit.

I think they’re gonna fun to have next to each other given Bobby’s new context. Exploring identity is a huge theme in this series, and Bishop’s a perfect character to have bounce off Bobby…not only ‘cuz he’s kind of more straight-laced than Iceman, but because he’s also this guy trying to establish himself in a world he’s not from. That’s something Bobby can relate to after having to come out to every single human being in his life.

Marvel.com: A great hallmark of your Iceman stories is emotional honesty—something that can be really difficult thing to pull off visually in a comic. To that end, what are your thoughts on Nathan Stockman’s work so far? How have you enjoyed working with him?

Sina Grace: I’m vibing super hard with Nathan! Each ICEMAN artist brought different strengths, with Nate readers will see all of the dynamism of the previous arcs with an added layer of levity. To me, this arc is a reward—a celebration. We are going to have fun. All that being said, because Nathan’s so gosh-darned versatile, expect no end to the deeply personal and emotional beats that folks appreciated in the first run. Like, from the layout stages he has made me do a literal LOL and also given me chills on a page with the reveal of [REDACTED]. Nathan’s character designs are also super bold and unique…It’s like if his pages of SPIDEY had a baby with his work on X-MEN: BLUE and the baby also was born with omega-level powers. Love him.

Pre-order ICEMAN, by Sina Grace and Nathan Stockman, with your local comic shop ahead of the new series’ launch on September 12!

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Preview this week's new Marvel Comics!

Rejoice! Marvel’s The Pull List is here!

Celebrate THOR #1 with a new episode of the podcast, in which Tucker and guest-host Jamie Frevele preview June 13’s new comic releases including THOR, DOMINO, EXILES, VENOM, and all the other books that’ll be waiting for you in stores on New Comic Book Day!

Watch the video version of Marvel’s The Pull List above, then dive into the full audio episode below.

Check out the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (6/13/18)
• DARTH VADER #17
• DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #1
• DOMINO #3
• EXILES #4
• HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #2
• INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DARKHAWK #2
• MARVEL 2-IN-ONE ANNUAL #1
• MARVEL RISING: ALPHA #1
• NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #4
• OLD MAN LOGAN #41
• PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #305
• THE PUNISHER #226
• QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #2
• S.H.I.E.L.D. BY HICKMAN & WEAVER #6
• SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #34
• STAR WARS: THRAWN #5
• THOR #1
• THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #33
• VENOM #2
• X-MEN: BLUE #29
• TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART #1
• TRUE BELIEVERS: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP – ON THE TRAIL OF THE SPIDER-MAN #1

COLLECTIONS
• THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
• DAKOTA NORTH: DESIGN FOR DYING
• DEFENDERS VOL. 2: KINGPINS OF NEW YORK
• INVINCIBLE IRON MAN: IRONHEART VOL. 2 – CHOICES
• MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ANT-MAN/GIANT-MAN VOL. 3 (HC)
• MIGHTY THOR VOL. 5: THE DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR (HC)
• MS. MARVEL VOL. 4 (HC)
• THOR EPIC COLLECTION: WORLDENGINE

ON THE MARVEL APP
• BLACK GOLIATH (1976) #2-5
• DAKOTA NORTH (1986) #1-5
• MARVEL FEATURE (1971) #4-9
• AVENGERS/SQUADRON SUPREME ANNUAL ’98 #1

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS 
• AVENGERS: THE CONTEST
• FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: WALT SIMONSON VOL. 1
• FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: WALT SIMONSON VOL. 2
• FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: WALT SIMONSON VOL. 3
• THOR: THE WARRIORS THREE

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED
• AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. ALPHA #1
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You asked for it, you got it! Here are Jeremy Whitley's and Gurihiru's plans for Nadia van Dyne!

Marvel Comics fans have been hoping for a return of the latest woman wearing the Wasp costume — Nadia van Dyne! Back by popular demand, the young Super Hero is making a buzzworthy return written by Jeremy Whitley with art by Gurihiru. Nadia will be teaming up with her Agents of G.I.R.L. as well as her stepmother, Janet van Dyne AKA the original Wasp, to uncover a mysterious connection between A.I.M. and Nadia’s father, Hank Pym. THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1, the first in an ongoing series, will fly into stores on October 3, but we have an inside look at Nadia’s new adventures and some previews of the art!

Marvel.com: What kinds of adventures is Nadia going to be having this time around, and how will her “hive” of friends be involved?

Jeremy Whitley: They’re science ladies having science adventures! All of our Agents of G.I.R.L. are back, and they’re all on the same mission: to change the world through science. They’re also going to be Nadia’s back-up in the field in ways that are new to this volume. It’s always useful to have four of the smartest scientists in the world in your earpiece, but we’ve got a few other ways for them to get in on the action.

So much of the first volume was about assembling the team and saving Ying — this will be one of our first real chances to see G.I.R.L. in action out in the world.  We’re gonna have so much fun!

Marvel.com: We’re all excited to see Nadia shine on her own, but will any familiar faces be giving her a helping hand?

Whitley: Our goal with the adventures Nadia has are, as in the first volume, to combine the young and vibrant part of the current Marvel Universe with the heritage and fun of the Marvel Universe that she inherits from her family tree. Between Janet, Hank, Scott, Cassie, and Jarvis, Nadia has a ton of Avengers history around her. Also, Mockingbird’s sticking around as a mentor in the lab, so count on some killer chemistry and things getting hit with sticks!

Marvel.com: Can you discuss the villains and challenges Nadia will face? Will there be anyone we’ll recognize?

Whitley: I think we’ll have some surprising returns from the first volume, as we not only deal with some of Nadia’s history in the Red Room, but with the revitalization of A.I.M. under a familiar face that Nadia last saw inside of a giant robot. Beyond that, we want to bring in some family classics and some new blood as well. Nothing is quite as much fun as making new villains to plague the Marvel Universe.

Marvel.com: Will we learn more about Nadia’s past with the Red Room?

Whitley: “Absolutely…” he says coyly, “but I can’t tell you here.  They might be listening.”

Marvel.com: What kind of arc will Nadia experience throughout her series? Did your plotting and writing go the way you’d planned, or did you change direction along the way?

Whitley: I think we’re going to see a lot more of the Nadia we got to know in the last two issues of the first volume, one who doesn’t have all of the answers. It wasn’t so long ago that Nadia was a part-time Avenger with very few social obligations. Now she’s a Champion, has responsibilities with G.I.R.L., and has a lot more people in her life than she ever has before. A lot of this first story is going to be about how Nadia reacts to having so many more commitments in her life. We’re also going to deal a lot more with what she’s inherited from Hank, both in her civilian life and as the Wasp.  Hank’s had more than his fair share of enemies — and right now, he’s off making more.

Marvel.com: How will Nadia get to show off her science and technology skills in addition to her Super Hero skills? Do all of her skills work hand-in-hand or do they ever cause her to feel some sort of conflict? (Meaning, would a teenage girl with a scientific mind ever overthink a Super Hero mission?)

Whitley: I think Nadia considers herself a scientist first, and her superheroics are an extension of that. I like to think of her as coming from the same school as characters like Mr. Fantastic and Ant-Man, where what makes them super has as much to do with what’s in the brain as anything else.

The other component to this when it comes to Nadia is that, when possible, she prefers to settle things nonviolently. If she can talk to or make friends with someone that she’s supposed to be fighting, she absolutely will. So, I would say, Nadia’s brain IS what makes her a Super Hero, even when she’s not using science to solve the problem.

Marvel.com: Gurihiru is doing the art for THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP – how did you work with them to create Nadia’s new look and how do you think the artwork sets the tone for the series?

Whitley: I had the immense pleasure of working with Gurihiru once before on the first project I ever work on for SECRET WARS: SECRET LOVE. I learned that Gurihiru have an amazing sense of style and that the project will probably be served best by me telling them what I need and letting them fill in the blanks. We went back and forth on the designs just a little, but only to get them finely attuned. I credit them with looking at Elsa’s work on the first volume and seeing how they could make those looks fresh and new.  I think they’ve done a tremendous job.

THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP #1, written by Jeremy Whitley with art by Gurihiru, will go on sale October 3! Check in with your local comic book shop to pre-order your copy!

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Run down a list of Marvel's greatest hairless heroes!

Grab your sheep shearers and a fresh pack of razor blades, folks—it’s Marvel’s Top 10 Bald Heroes!

For this Top 10 episode, the Marvel.com team dove into the Marvel Unlimited library to find the roundest, smoothest heads from across the Marvel Universe. And from BLACK PANTHER‘s Dora Milaje, to the Regeneratin’ Degenerate dome of DEADPOOL, to the clean-shaven cranium of the UNCANNY X-MEN‘s Professor X, we found the most excellent eggheads in all of Marvel Comics.

Watch Marvel’s Top 10 Bald Heroes above, then check out the superbly smooth stories that they’re sourced from on Marvel Unlimited!

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