The writer details the new iteration of Earth's Mightiest Team!

Written by Jess Harrold

The old order changeth once again—for a bold new era! And it doesn’t come much bolder than the creative team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness putting together one of the mightiest Avengers rosters ever seen! Here, Aaron talks about his plans for the book—including building on ideas he introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1.

Marvel: So with you writing, the incredible Ed McGuinness on art and a spectacular lineup, there’s no doubt about it: this is one blockbuster book! What can fans expect?

Jason Aaron: Coming into this, we wanted it to feel big and epic—like a huge Marvel event, every arc. So I wanted a lineup of all big, iconic characters. Some of them you’ve seen as Avengers—like Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor Odinson—but for the first time in years, the “big three” are back together. There’s also some characters we’re not used to seeing. Ghost Rider, I guess, is the big surprise, and it’s cool for me getting back to writing Ghost Rider again.

Marvel: And Captain Marvel and Black Panther make for a big five! There’s been a lot of conflict between these characters in recent years. How well are they all going to cope with working together again?

Jason Aaron: Well it’s not necessarily a “snap your fingers, and it’s done” kind of thing. The first arc is really about the hardships of putting that band back together. It’s very much a team drawn together for very specific reasons, instead of just Steve Rogers calling people in his Rolodex. The circumstances of this threat are really what bring these characters together. They are drawn into this battle for very specific reasons, which only become evident as that arc rolls on—and then continue to play a part going forward. Some of that clearly links back to the prehistoric Avengers introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1. You will see them again in this arc, and they will be a part of the series going forward.

Marvel: Will you be adopting a similar multi-timeline approach to the one we’ve seen in your THOR run?

Jason Aaron: Yep, absolutely. In this first arc, the roots of the Celestial threat the Avengers are facing go back to those prehistoric days with Odin. But we will come back between arcs and do issues focusing on that group and those prehistoric characters. We will learn more about them as we go forward, get to see them in action in the past and see the ways their adventures connect to the present day.

Marvel: Another stalwart Avenger on the roster is Jennifer Walters—but is she She-Hulk or Hulk? And what can fans expect from her on the team?

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I’ve just been calling her “Hulk” in the book. It is the same Jen Walters we’ve seen in recent issues of her own series so we definitely continue on from that. But this story also changes things for her and takes her in a bit of a different direction. We switch around her powers a little bit and try to differentiate her more from her cousin. What is exciting me is to see Ed McGuiness draw the Hulk again!

Marvel: As for the new guy you mentioned—we know you know a thing or two about Ghost Riders, but what do you like about Robbie Reyes?

Jason Aaron: He’s a great entry-level character for the Avengers; he is still very much a new kid on the block. He doesn’t really know these characters and has not been a part of something quite like this. You know his life has been pretty crazy in its own right since he became the Ghost Rider, but this really takes things up a notch. We get to see him level up in terms of his power. He is unlike any of the previous Ghost Riders so we will continue to explore what that means and exactly what he is capable of. Also, the more I write it, the more I love the idea of having a guy in the Avengers who drives a car. He just goes driving into battle in the Hell Charger. I love that, and I love the way Ed’s drawing him.

Marvel: Another character you have history with is Doctor Strange, who is on the team at least to begin with, right?

Jason Aaron: He pops up initially in a different sort of team-up. He and Black Panther are investigating something that pulls him into this bigger mystery. Strange plays a big part of this first arc, but you kind of have to wait and see after that who sticks around. I don’t want to specifically have a cast too large, but I think we will have at least one slot rotating—have a character join for a couple of arcs, and then somebody else takes the pledge. There’ll be some old familiar faces and some we’re not used to seeing in the pages of an Avengers comic.

Marvel: You mentioned the Celestial threat, the ominously named Final Host—they seem like a great fit for Ed’s bombastic style.

Jason Aaron: Absolutely. We see a lot of different Celestials over the course of the story—some classic ones, some all-new designed by Ed, which look amazing. Ed is also so great at conveying the feel of something like this: our Avengers against giant space gods who are thousands of feet tall. How can the Avengers go toe-to-toe with characters who are that powerful? That’s the challenge they face right there out of the gate.

Marvel: And it all begins with a Free Comic Book Day issue featuring another stellar artist, Sara Pichelli, correct?

Jason Aaron: Yes, it’s sort of a direct lead in to AVENGERS #1. It’s mostly a story about Black Panther and Odin—a meeting of the king of Wakanda and the All-Father of Asgard, which again kind of stretches back to those prehistoric Avengers and plants the seeds for the Celestial threats the Avengers will face. And it’s free!

Marvel: And from there, the main series is set to really blow everyone’s socks off.

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I want this to be a book that issue to issue gives you a look at the entire Marvel Universe. So we will travel the globe, we will cross the galaxies, we will go to all the different hot spots of the MU. If you are only reading one Marvel Comic—not that you should just read one Marvel Comic—this book will give you an idea of what the entire breadth of the Marvel Universe looks like right now at this moment in time.

AVENGERS #1 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness is on sale May 2!

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As we wrap up our look at T'Challa's past, the Panther teams with the Crew, the Ultimates, and more.

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

We’re wrapping up our look at Black Panther’s impressive history with this final installment, focused on 2017. So let’s jump into the notable events that occurred for T’Challa last year!

Black Panther and the Crew (2017) #3

Black Panther and the Crew (2017) #3

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Black Panther arrived in New York in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #3 to address the death of activist Ezra Keith, a man who’d tried to contact him previously. In his temporary secret identity as “Luke Charles,” T’Challa joined with his former queen Storm to begin the investigation.

Luke Cage, something of a student of Keith’s, entered the picture in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #4 to get answers to his questions, and the teleporter Manifold also offered his help in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #5. T’Challa and his new associates clashed with the real culprits behind everything. Hydra, in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #6.

Black Panther and the Crew (2017) #6

Black Panther and the Crew (2017) #6

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Panther allied himself with heroes Blue Marvel, Ms. America, Spectrum, and Captain Marvel in ULTIMATES 2 #1 to investigate strange events on the edge of the universe. In ULTIMATES 2 #2 the team ran up against the ghost of the Shaper of Worlds, Master Order, and Lord Chaos, who subsequently merged with the In-Betweener to create a new being called Logos in ULTIMATES 2 #3.

The dreaded devourer of worlds took notice of Black Panther and his team’s activities in ULTIMATES 2 #4 and on Earth, government agent Philip Vogt and his Troubleshooters began to suspect the Ultimates of shadowy operations in ULTIMATES 2 #5. Out in space, T’Challa’s compatriots discovered the Cosmic Jailer and the origins of the cosmos in ULTIMATES 2 #6.

Black Panther (2016) #9

Black Panther (2016) #9

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Back in Wakanda, the Panther and Manifold crossed the threshold of death itself to contact T’Challa’s late sister Shuri in BLACK PANTHER #8. Shuri returned to the land of the living after a learning sojourn in the hereafter in BLACK PANTHER #9, and exhibited her new powers in BLACK PANTHER #10 while her brother confronted the firebrand Changamire about a rebellion brewing in Wakanda.

T’Challa, Shuri, Manifold, and Wakandan security forces clashed with the leaders of the rebellion, Tetu and Zenzi, in BLACK PANTHER #11, and when the dust cleared after the battle, Wakanda became a republic to encompass all its people and their respective areas of the country. In BLACK PANTHER #12, the Panther sought the cooperation of the Midnight Angels, who’d previously opposed him.

Black Panther (2016) #12

Black Panther (2016) #12

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Wakandan gods seemed to no longer exist in BLACK PANTHER #13, allowing weird creatures to enter the land through mystical chaos and attack citizens. Meanwhile, a new criminal alliance between Dr. Faustus, Zenzi, Zeke Stane, and the Fenris twins sowed chaos for T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER #14, forcing the Panther to seek wisdom from his departed ancestors.

In BLACK PANTHER #15, Storm arrived in Wakanda at her ex-husband’s request, while at the same time the so-called Originators, the original Wakandan non-human denizens, returned to the land. The Black Panther invaded the exclusive Super Villain Fenris Club in BLACK PANTHER #16 to confront the criminal scientist Thunderball with the error of his wicked ways.

Black Panther (2016) #17

Black Panther (2016) #17

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Storm helped turn the tide of trouble in Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #17, but the appearance of instigator Ras the Exhorter and a new deity caused further chaos. T’Challa convinced the Midnight Angels of the depth of his need for aid in BLACK PANTHER #18, and the Panther’s old foe Klaw made his presence known again in BLACK PANTHER #166, as the series claimed its legacy issue numbering.

Thanks for joining us for the History of Black Panther! Missed any installments? You can find them all at the links below!

The History of the Black Panther: 1966-1968

The History of the Black Panther: 1969-1970

The History of the Black Panther: 1971-1972

The History of the Black Panther: 1973-1974

The History of the Black Panther: 1975-1976

The History of the Black Panther: 1977-1978

The History of the Black Panther: 1979-1980

The History of the Black Panther: 1981-1982

The History of the Black Panther: 1983-1988

The History of the Black Panther: 1989-1990

The History of the Black Panther: 1991-1992

The History of the Black Panther: 1993-1994

The History of the Black Panther: 1995-1996

The History of the Black Panther: 1997-1998

The History of the Black Panther: 1999-2000

The History of the Black Panther: 2001-2002

The History of the Black Panther: 2003-2004

The History of the Black Panther: 2005-2006

The History of the Black Panther: 2007-2008

The History of the Black Panther: 2009-2010

The History of the Black Panther: 2011-2012

The History of the Black Panther: 2013-2014

The History of the Black Panther: 2015-2016

The History of the Black Panther: 2017

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Check out the bite-sized podcast preview of this week's new Marvel Comics!

Enjoy a taste of all the comics in-store on Wednesday with Marvel’s The Pull List!

Ryan and Tucker give you bite-sized previews of April 18’s new comic releases, including DAREDEVIL, INFINITY COUNTDOWN, STAR WARS: POE DAMERON, TALES OF SUSPENSE, and all the other books that will be waiting for you on New Comic Book Day!

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


  • AVENGERS #689
  • CABLE #156
  • DAREDEVIL #601
  • IRON FIST #80
  • MS. MARVEL #29
  • VENOMIZED #3 (OF 5)
  • WEAPON H #2
  • WEAPON X #16
  • X-MEN GOLD #26






  • FORCE WORKS (1994) #16-22
  • MASTER OF KUNG FU (1974) #40-49
  • WAR MACHINE (1994) #20-25




  • DEFENDERS #7, 12-14, 17-25, 30, 62-64, 92-94
  • FALCON #1
  • HULK #11
  • MS. MARVEL #23
  • ROCKET #6
  • WEAPON X #9
  • X-MEN: BLUE #13

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Editor Alanna Smith interviews the writer about Quicksilver: No Surrender!

On May 16, writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Eric Nguyen team up for a psychedelic sprint alongside Pietro Maximoff in QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER #1!

Quicksilver’s super-speed and abrasive personality have always isolated him, but he’s never been truly alone…until now. Spinning out of the pages of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, Pietro finds himself trapped beyond the perception of friends, family and allies, waging a one-man guerrilla war against a monster that he’s not even sure is real in order to save a world that he may never be a part of again.

To prepare for this new adventure, we called upon series editor Alanna Smith to join Saladin for a deep dive into their shared love for Marvel’s greatest speedster.

Alanna Smith: In the first phone call we had about this project, I remember you asking me what I liked so much about Quicksilver. Now that we’re further along, I’d be curious to hear your answer to that question—what do you like so much about Quicksilver?

Saladin Ahmed: I think the things I’ve come to love about Pietro in writing him are sort of flip sides to the things that readers have long hated about him. I’ve come to see his standoffishness as a powerful story about living out of pace with other people. I’ve come to see his arrogance as a sort of dry old-world skepticism toward American super hero pluck.

Alanna: Coming off a book with a more straight-laced character like Black Bolt, is a bit liberating to be writing someone who’s, uh…kind of a tool?

Saladin: Well, a big part of BLACK BOLT was his coming to terms with what a tool he’s been! Pietro has a rep as one of the Marvel Universe’s hero-jerks, but honestly most Marvel heroes have deeply jerky sides. What is immensely fun after BLACK BOLT is writing an iconic character who likes the sound of his own voice.

Alanna: When we were still brainstorming, you called me up to say that the more you thought about Quicksilver’s impatience with the world and other people, it felt more like anxiety than anything else (which made me think, “Dang, guess I picked the right writer!”). How has that realization played into the story you’re telling here?

Saladin: Many of us who’ve suffered from serious, weapons-grade anxiety or manic episodes know this set of familiar physical & mental symptoms—racing heartbeat, sleeplessness, racing thoughts. Fury at everything moving so slowly around you. Having to stand in line or sit to get your hair cut can fill you with this surging terror but also this absolute rage at the tiniest inconvenience. Peter David touched on a version of this 25 years ago in a incredible bit where Pietro’s being analyzed by Doc Sampson. But where David saw super-speed breeding a contempt for other people in Pietro, I see it as having bred a fear of them.

Alanna: One of the things I love about Quicksilver is that his temperament really isn’t suited to being a super hero, but he does it anyway. Have you formed any theories about why that is?

Saladin: Well, one thing I hope to show in this series is that Pietro’s temperament might not be quite what we think it is. Pietro will spend a lot of time alone in this book and we’ll get deeper into his head than we’ve been in decades. What readers will find is not a cruel man. They’ll meet a man who literally rescued a kitten from other boys when he was a kid, but was then made hard by life.

Alanna: And most importantly—how do you think his hair does that thing? Does he sculpt those antenna bits with gel or is it some secondary super power? How?

Saladin: Gel. Lots of gel.

Read QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER, by Saladin Ahmed and Eric Nguyen, on May 16!

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Black Panther: World of Wakanda was one of three Marvel finalists!

On Thursday, fans of Marvel Comics’ BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA continued to celebrate its inclusivity and impact in pop culture! As one of ten nominees for Outstanding Comic Book at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, the book was announced as the winning recipient of the award. Two other Marvel books, AMERICA and ICEMAN, were also nominated for their stories and contributions to inclusive representation

Here is the full list of credits including Marvel’s winner and nominees:

  • BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert BrowneAlitha E. Martinez, Manny Mederos, Joe Bennett, Afua Richardson, Roberto Poggi, Tamra Bonvillain, Rachelle Rosenberg, Virtual Calligraphy, Joe Sabino (WINNER)
  • AMERICAby Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, Stacey Lee, Ramon Villalobos, Walden Wong, Jen Bartel, Annie Wu, Aud Koch, Flaviano, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera, José Villarrubia, Jordan Gibson, Tamra Bonvillain, Brittany Peer, Rachelle Rosenberg, Travis Lanham
  • ICEMAN, by Sina Grace, Alessandro Vitti, Ibraim Roberson, Edgar Salazar, Edgar E. Tadeo, Robert Gill, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Sabino

To find out more about how BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA came to be created, listen to winner Roxane Gay’s 2016 appearance on Women of Marvel here!

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives. 

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T'Challa faces the challenges of both Secret Wars and the second Super Hero Civil War!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

The Panther explained to all assembled in NEW AVENGERS #29 that the final incursion drew nearer and the Illuminati felt stymied to stop it. Just then, Hank Pym appeared and in NEW AVENGERS #30 related his tale of discovering a group of near-omnipotent beings called the Beyonders stood behind the incursions. Together with Black Bolt of the Inhumans, T’Challa confronted Namor in AVENGERS #41 and believed he and his villainous Cabal perished.

The Black Panther and the Illuminati began to construct a lifeboat in AVENGERS #42, a way to save individuals to rebuild after the final incursion. The Galactic Council arrived at Earth in AVENGERS #43, announcing their intention to destroy the planet and halt the incursion. T’Challa met with the President of the United States in AVENGERS #44 to tell him that the Earth would be gone in six hours.

Avengers (2012) #43

Avengers (2012) #43

  • Published: April 01, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 21, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Reed Richards and the Panther piloted the lifeboat with their assembled braintrust aboard in SECRET WARS #1, but when they headed toward the point of collision between universes, a breach occurred that tore the craft in two. The mask of Doctor Doom appeared for a moment before them, but in an explosion of light they lost consciousness.

T’Challa awoke from stasis in SECRET WARS #3 to hear his old friend Doctor Strange explain that he and others slumbered for eight years and that Doom now ruled the world as its god-king. In SECRET WARS #4, Strange took the Panther to a battle between Doom and the Cabal, but when things turned sour, the magician teleported everyone away to save them from the god-king’s wrath.

The Panther and his old rival Namor found themselves in a land called Egyptia in SECRET WARS #5, but in SECRET WARS #6 they traveled to another area of Doom’s world to uncover a cache of powerful artifacts—including an Infinity Gauntlet—hidden from Doom by Doctor Strange.

On Doctor Doom’s artificial Battleworld, The Black Panther organized the legions of the dead in SECRET WARS #7 to go with him to fight the god-king. They arrived together in the middle of the final battle between Doom and his opponents in SECRET WARS #8, and T’Challa used an Infinity Gauntlet to attempt to take the tyrant down. Having distracted the demigod, the Panther stood back while Reed Richards confronted Doom for the last time in SECRET WARS #9.

Ultimates (2015) #1

Ultimates (2015) #1

  • Published: November 11, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 16, 2016
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Al Ewing
  • Cover Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
What is Marvel Unlimited?

On the newly recreated Prime Earth, T’Challa joined with a band of heroes in ULTIMATES #1 to address larger cosmic concerns, such as the threat of the world-devourer Galactus and out-of-control time travel. After aiding the world’s champions versus a celestial destructor in CIVIL WAR II #1, the Panther learned of a new Inhuman named Ulysses who possessed the power of future-visions, and the death of Tony Stark’s dearest friend James Rhodes.

The Ultimates tried to stand between the Inhumans and Iron Man in CIVIL WAR II #2 when Tony’s rage over Rhodey’s death brought him to blows with the royal family. T’Challa aided in the tracking of Stark after he kidnapped Ulysses, but when confronting Iron Man, the young Inhuman revealed a terrifying new vision of The Hulk killing all the super heroes. Hawkeye assassinated Bruce Banner shortly thereafter, and the Panther watched the archer’s trial from Ultimates headquarters in CIVIL WAR II #3.

Tony Stark threw himself into identifying the exact nature of Ulysses’ power in CIVIL WAR II #4, while The Black Panther worked with Captain Marvel in arresting a suspect from one of the Inhuman’s visions. Stark confronted the Ultimates and Marvel with his theories, but tempers soared when he and the captain angrily disagreed on the matter. Ultimately, T’Challa stood alongside Captain Marvel, the Inhumans, and the Guardians of the Galaxy in CIVIL WAR II #5 to battle Iron Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men.

Black Panther (2016) #1

Black Panther (2016) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Back in Wakanda, unrest among the populace grew in BLACK PANTHER #1, and an anarchist named Tetu fomented insurrection. Furthermore, two of T’Challa’s loyal guard betrayed him and flew off to start their own resistance movement.

The Black Panther traveled to Wakanda’s border with Niganda in BLACK PANTHER #2 to confront Tetu’s associate Zenzi. There, he battled against her power to influence men’s minds, and withdrew when she amplified his guilt over his lost sister Shuri. In BLACK PANTHER #3, T’Challa faced off against Tetu himself, but the rebel leader escaped the monarch’s wrath.

In BLACK PANTHER #4, the Panther’s council announced the troubles as revolution, and after he consulted his mother Ramonda on what to do, a terrorist bombing raid on the capital city nearly killed the woman. Angered, T’Challa called in help from former Avenger Manifold in BLACK PANTHER #5, as well as sought advice from a collection of wily members of the world’s various intelligence leaders. Tetu enlisted Zeke Stane to help him in BLACK PANTHER #6, and together with the Fenris Twins, the villain captured the Panther during a raid on Tetu’s base. In BLACK PANTHER #7, T’Challa’s friends the Crew rescued him and helped him break through his enemy’s troops.

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Watch a clip of the mutant reveal in this very special episode!

The latest installment of This Week in Marvel has no shortage of huge announcements!

Watch the clip above for some exciting X-Men news, then listen to the full episode below to get the scoop on a big update to the podcast, as well as the usual news on the latest comics, TV, movies, games, events, and everything else Marvel!

That’s right—on July 4, the Reavers are back, and they have a new weapon that only Havok knows about. It’s going to take a ragtag group of X-Men to save a world that hates and fears them! But after his villainous turn, can any of the X-Men really trust him? Can he blame them? Havok! Beast! Dazzler! Warpath! Colossus! It’s an all-new, all-different kind of ASTONISHING X-MEN story from the minds of writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Greg Land!

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With new episodes every Friday, This Week in Marvel delivers all the latest Marvel discussion and news about comics, TV, movies, games, toys, and beyond! Tweet your questions and comments about the show to @AgentM, @jamiefrevele, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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It was a Brand New Day for Spidey, as he faced new foes like Mister Negative.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger will swing onto the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” this May! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

Peter and Mary Jane Parker weighed the demon Mephisto’s offer to save Aunt May’s life but wipe away their marriage in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #545, finally deciding to accept it, and when Peter awoke the next morning he found himself single and poor again, and his aunt very much alive and well.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #545

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #545

What is Marvel Unlimited?

A crook in a Spider-Man mask mugged Peter in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546, and he later literally gave J. Jonah Jameson a heart attack when he told his boss off. A new villain called Mister Negative appeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #547 while Jameson’s wife Marla accepted an offer to buy The Daily Bugle. Later, Negative killed off a rival crime family in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #548, and Dexter Bennett took possession of Jameson’s precious newspaper business and building without his knowledge.

A new, officially registered heroine called Jackpot hit the scene in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #549 and battled a new menace who looked a lot like the Green Goblin. Spidey and Jackpot teamed up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #550 to clash with Menace, while across town a serial killer began leaving the webslinger’s spider-tracers on his victims. Back at the super hero battle, Jackpot accidentally caused a civilian’s death in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #551, and later the Daily Bugle accused Spidey of being the Spider-Tracer Killer.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #549

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #549

What is Marvel Unlimited?

A lowlife criminal named Freak transformed into a real freak from a stolen, experimental drug in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #552 and invaded a mayoral election event in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #553 to cause trouble for the wallcrawler. Spidey managed to swing candidate Randall Crowne to safety, though, in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #554 and gifted Jameson with another heart attack by telling him about Marla’s sale of the Bugle.

A snowstorm hit New York in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #555, making it difficult for Spidey and Wolverine to fight the Mayan warriors who haunted the streets. The webslinger moved fast to save a doctor and his coworkers from a strange, godlike creature in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #556, but when it tried to bond with the doctor and make a sacrifice out of Peter’s new friend Carlie Cooper in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #557, he moved even faster.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #557

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #557

  • Published: April 16, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 10, 2008
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Zeb Wells
  • Cover Artist: Chris Bachalo
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Menace reappeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #558 to attack a press conference, and Spidey got help from Dr. Curt Connors to hold off Freak. An internet-addicted crook named Screwball took Spidey for a wild ride in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #559, and Peter accepted a well-paying gig from his new boss to take paparazzi pics of actor Bobby Carr. What he received instead in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #560 answered to the name Paperdoll, an obsessed fan of Carr’s with weird powers who got even weirder in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #561 when she tried to kill the actor’s latest girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson.

Peter wound up on Dexter Bennett’s “list” as unreliable in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #562, swung off to Coney Island in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #563, and threw down again with Overdrive, a crook on Mister Negative’s payroll in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #564. Daredevil lent a hand to Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #565 versus Fracture, while back at Peter’s apartment Ana Kravinoff kidnapped his roommate Vin believing him to be Spider-Man.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #565

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #565

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The wallcrawler borrowed a Daredevil costume from the Man Without Fear in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #566 to track down Ana and Vin, and wound up fighting Vermin instead. Incredibly, Vermin then attacked Ana and defeated her in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #567 to send her running back to her mother with her tail tucked between her legs. Menace kept right on menacing candidate Crowne, so in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #568 he asked Norman Osborn and the Thunderbolts to address the situation. Meanwhile, Aunt May’s mysterious food kitchen partner Li laid his “healing” hands on former Venom host Eddie Brock.

The Thunderbolts roughed Peter up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #569, Eddie became Anti-Venom, and Spidey confronted Osborn. Venom, using Mac Gargan as a host, tussled with Eddie in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #570, and Spidey and the Thunderbolts entered the fray soon after. At the same time, Osborn discovered Peter’s camera and figured out a way to use it to track the webslinger in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #571. Later, using a captured Venom, Osborn recreated the Scorpion using Gargan and donned the costume of the Green Goblin himself in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #572 to kickoff a sprawling brouhaha with Spidey, the Thunderbolts, and Anti-Venom in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #573.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #573

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #573

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Flash Thompson prepared to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #574, and Hammerhead became one of Mister Negative’s new enforcers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #575.

Spidey jetted off to the Savage Land with the Avengers to investigate a downed Skrull spaceship in SECRET INVASION #1, battled Super Hero Skrull look-alikes in SECRET INVASION #2, met up with Ka-Zar and Shanna in NEW AVENGERS #41, returned to his teammates in SECRET INVASION #5, returned with them to New York in SECRET INVASION #6, and entered into one of the biggest alien wars the city had ever seen in SECRET INVASION #7.

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Learn how to create comics in the latest episode!

Live from last weekend’s C2E2, Judy is joined by Marvel Comics Senior Editor Jen Grünwald as well as comic creators Jen Bartel, Katie Cook, and Rachelle Rosenberg to share how they stay true to their personal styles when creating comics!

Look through the full slideshow from the show below!

The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every other Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel VP, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Producer Judy Stephens, along with Talent & Senior Creative Producer Lorraine Cink.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel!

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Mark Waid tells a new story with original artwork from Jack Kirby!

The main story in CAPTAIN AMERICA #700, by storytellers Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, colorist Matthew Wilson, and letterer Joe Caramagna, serves as a powerful culmination of this creative team’s run alongside the Sentinel of Liberty. But these all-star artists aren’t the only ones getting in on the landmark issue action! The Cap’s co-creator, Jack “King” Kirby himself, contributes to the action as well in a special bonus story written by Waid with colors by Wilson!

In the back of issue #700, Mark Waid took on the mammoth task of repurposing original Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia art from TALES OF SUSPENSE with a brand-new Steve Rogers story. To get the all the details, we caught up with the writer to ask how he went about creating this cross-generational collaboration. How did you come up with the idea for this one-of-a-kind story?

Mark Waid: I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long, long time. In the earliest days of the MARVEL ESSENTIALS black-and-white volumes, I came to realize just how many Silver Age and Bronze Age comics artists produced consistent and reliable work in an old-fashioned six-panel grid. To be honest, there weren’t that many who did huge, long, hundreds-of-pages uninterrupted runs in the 1960s and 1970s—John Buscema, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Gene Colan, a few others. But I’d always wondered what it would be like to redialogue their material to create new stories—especially if I could pick-and-choose specific panels to build brand-new pages. Can you tell us what your process was like?

Mark Waid: Way more complicated than you’d think.

STEP ONE: I had to pick a character, but that was a gimme seeing as how this was going to be for CAPTAIN AMERICA #700.

STEP TWO: Before I even began choosing the artwork, I had to settle on one and only one penciller/inker team for visual consistency. This immediately winnowed down the number of available Captain America pages pretty substantially—inkers like Syd Shores and Dick Ayers were fine craftsmen, but their work was either too sparse (comparatively) or too centered on very specific scenes (say, World War II battle scenes) that would be difficult to weave into a modern narrative. In the end, based on the volume of collaboration as much as anything, I opted to pull from the Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia stories from TALES OF SUSPENSE.

STEP THREE: I had to narrow the available Kirby/Giacoia artwork down even further, in search of panels that had word balloons and captions that didn’t hide important background art and thus wouldn’t require much if any retouching by the production department. I didn’t want to simply “white out” existing balloons and replace that dialogue—that would mean having not only to write dialogue but then to fit it within specific spaces on the page, with almost no margin for error. What I’d already set out to do would be hard enough. Moreover, I needed panels that would fit into a Silver Age-style six-panel grid—panels of wildly differing sizes would be impossible to jigsaw-puzzle together.

STEP FOUR: I had to look over all the existing pages and, while making detailed notes, get a sense of what kind of story might be told with the artwork at hand. There were a lot of pages of Cap simply fighting modern-day villains in the streets and buildings of New York City. Suppose Cap were racing across Manhattan, facing some sort of gantlet put before him by the Red Skull? If so, why? There were some panels I could use of scientists in a lab. Perhaps Cap was struggling to get something to them? How would the menaces he’d face connect to be part of a cohesive story?

STEP FIVE: All of this left me with roughly 150 pages of artwork from which I could choose panels. I’m pretty versatile in Photoshop and could have begun cutting and pasting on the computer—but at this stage, it was just easier and faster to stay old-school. I printed every page out with my inkjet printer, got out scissors, X-Acto knives, and a cutting mat and built a deck of panels to play with, moving them around constantly in search of building some continuity.

STEP SIX: A rough narrative began to take shape. Here’s a good sequence with Cap fighting the Super-Adaptoid, but I can’t imagine a way to put that villain in the middle of a story and not see him defeated; out it goes. Here’s a run of panels showing Cap fighting a soldier with a raygun back in World War II—is there anything specific in the artwork that locked it into the 1940s? No? Can those panels be incorporated and juggled?

STEP SEVEN: The selection of potential panels grows smaller. Repetitive action poses? Out. Random gunmen just appearing and then disappearing? Out. But I’m finally zooming in on around 50 panels that could tell a story about Cap racing across New York to get to an injured S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in a lab. Hey, look! Here’s the only usable panel that might show such an agent. It’s from much later in the Captain America run, meaning the linework was a little bolder but not uncomfortably so, that’ll fit nicely. Huh—I have a dozen Red Skull panels here—which two or three would make him a presence in the story without having to have him confront Cap directly?

STEP EIGHT: The rough-draft paste-up was done with scissors and tape to arrange the panels into a Silver Age-style grid. I scanned the pages for the Marvel production offices to use as a guide, providing them also with identification as to where each and every panel came from, specifically.

STEP NINE: Production’s ten dialogue-and-caption-free pages come back for dialoguing, and I finally get to work with The King.

Overall, the project took about three days—one to go over the material, one to think up a story, and one to do the actual physical production. It was much more difficult to do than I’d dreamed—but with the right artist (Steve Ditko? Jim Aparo?), it might be fun to take another swing at it down the road.

Read the full story in CAPTAIN AMERICA #700, by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee—out today!

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