Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams guide the Inhumans' exploits in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURE

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society. Dig into the history of the Inhumans with these Marvel Unlimited comics in preparation for “Marvel’s Inhumans” heading to IMAX and ABC this fall!

The Inhumans continued to make their presence felt almost immediately after first debuting FANTASTIC FOUR #4548. Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Crystal and Triton appeared in that book on a semi-regular basis as well as in THOR back-ups running from #146-152. However, they scored their first starring role in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURES which also featured Black Widow solo stories.  

Jack Kirby wrote and drew the first three issues of the series which took place at a time when Crystal had left Attilan in favor of hanging out with Johnny Storm and the Fantastic Four. Black Bolt had also exiled Maximus which lead to the main thrust of this story as Maximus tried to frame the Fantastic Four for attempting to blow the Great Refuge up with a missile.

While most of the Royal Family tussled with the FF, Triton swam off to Maximus’ island and stopped the bad guy. He then signaled his compatriots to stop their attack on the World’s Greatest Heroes. After a Kirby-created battle with Mandarin in #3 and 4, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams took over until #10 which proved the last Inhumans entry in AMAZING ADVENTURES.

Thomas and Adams dove right into a melodramatic story that saw Gorgon and Karnak assuming that Black Bolt intended to kill Maximus because of a powerful cylindrical prison he placed his brother in. Worried that the king took the punishment too far, they freed him which once again lead into the mad one’s evil plans.

Meanwhile, Black Bolt had been flying around New York City when his cousins freed Maximus. The psychic backlash left the king with no memory of his past or the incredible power of his voice.

As Maximus took over Attilan, Black Bolt found himself in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. His presence roused the attention of the Avengers who planned on intervening until Thor said that he would go alone. The battle brought the thunder and lightning and dispersed the crowd.

The Inhumans remained in the city for a time in AMAZING ADVENTURES #9 and 10 which took up the entire issue and also featured the creative talents of Gerry Conway and Mike Sekowsky. This time, the down-on-their-luck tangled with Magneto. This final Inhumans tale fully reunited Black Bolt with the rest of his family, setting them up to take over Atillan once more.  

That story took place in AVENGERS #95 by Roy Thomas and Neal Adams right in the middle of the Kree-Skrull War story. Triton literally came out of the water and bumbled his way into a fight between the World’s Greatest Heroes and a group of Mandroids. He explained the Inhumans’ recent problems and a faction of the team traveled with him to Attilan where they helped dethrone Maximus!  

THE INHUMAN CONDITION

Five years after their star turn in AMAZING ADVENTURES, the Royal Family took center stage in the first ever volume of INHUMANS. The series, not currently on Marvel Unlimited, featured the talents of Doug Moench, George Perez, Gil Kane, and Keith Pollard. The book continued to build on the mythology originally established by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby while also pitting the family against the likes of Blastaar, Maximus and even the Hulk! Quicksilver also appeared as he and Crystal married in the pages of 1974’s FANTASTIC FOUR #150.

Next time we jump ahead several years to see the Inhumans star in the Marvel Knights 12 issue series by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee.

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Wolverine & Daken take sibling rivalry to a whole new level in Orphans of X!

When it comes to families, complications naturally follow. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “standard nuclear” version or the kind revolving around claws and being the best there is at what you do.

With Logan as a patriarch, you can imagine that big holidays would prove about as non-traditional as possible especially when it comes to his son Daken and clone Laura, currently known as Wolverine.

The two “siblings” will come together once again in the pages of ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25 as Tom Taylor and Juann Cabal kick off the new “Orphans of X” story, a title that not only refers in a sense to Laura and Daken, but also specifically to a new group looking to cause trouble. We talk to both creators about this unique family dynamic, the Legacy idea and working with other to put all of that and more on the page!

Marvel.com: Tom, how does “Orphans of X” fit into the overall idea of Marvel Legacy?

Tom Taylor: Orphans of X deals with Legacy everywhere. The core cast are Laura, Gabby and Daken–Logan’s Legacy. And Logan, Laura and Daken’s pasts are all converging to haunt them in a big way.

Marvel.com: Juann, Daken and Laura are pretty different in a lot of ways, but what unites them in their physicality and the way they literally attack a problem?

Juann Cabal: I’m going for the obvious: The claws, period. From here the interest, in my opinion, is to depict the contrasts between them. We’re focusing on showing their different body languages, in boldly contrasting their fighting styles–how the work can be done differently despite having (almost) the same tools. I think it’s very challenging and, most important, fun! And about attacking a problem I think they both are like Logan, they want the problem solved and they want it solved NOW.

Marvel.com: Tom, what drives Laura to save Daken as this story kicks off?

Tom Taylor: They’ve had some rocky moments in their relationship, but Laura is one of the few people Daken is genuinely close to. “Orphans of X” is all about family. And Laura and Daken are family. Sure, they may have tried to kill each other a few times, but what families haven’t?

Marvel.com: It might be a stretch to say that Daken and Laura are siblings, but the connection could be made. Does a traditional sibling vibe come into play at all when these two are together?

Tom Taylor: I wouldn’t call anything about Daken “traditional,” and there are some pretty shocking moments coming for everyone in this series. Yes, they’re close. And we will see this a bit. But, at the end of this arc, it’s hard to say whether their relationship will be stronger or completely torn apart. I won’t even confirm everyone survives this.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the Orphans of X and what they want with our leads?

Tom Taylor: The Orphans of X are a complete mystery. But one thing is clear, they are wide-reaching, resourceful, and intent on Laura and Daken’s destruction. And they have the means to destroy them.

Marvel.com: Juann, what was the design process like for the Orphans of X?

Juann Cabal: You know, the Orphans of X are a mystery even for me! Christina Harrington sent me a line of script and a tiny reference from a previous issue and said, “Here you go.” I just revamped their masks to look a bit leathery and more creepy. I also added some subtle lodge-esque motifs to their environment.

Marvel.com: How has it been working with each other on this project so far?

Tom Taylor: Juann is incredible. He’s a great visual storyteller, and he’s adding so much to this along with colorist Nolan Woodard. I’ve been floored by some of their pages and, honestly, I’m having to lift my game to keep up with them. As a creative team, we’re really jamming, and it feels good. We’re a far more functional (storytelling) family than Logan’s offspring.

Juann Cabal: It’s been an absolute delight so far. His scripts are so enjoyable. He’s got a great sense of pacing and suspense. But above all, his characterization and dialogue are pure gold. He makes you fall in love with the characters from page one. From the visual point of view he’s given me total freedom which has developed in an amazing feedback. I’m positive readers are going to notice it.

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Get a tease of what's in store!

All the cool kids read Secret Empire–where the action’s at in the Marvel Universe these days. So of course, we had plenty to chat about during the Secret Empire panel at San Diego Comic-Con last Friday. For those of you who couldn’t attend, check out this recap of all the latest news.

Secret Empire #7

This week’s SECRET EMPIRE #7 will continue the super dramatic events we’ve seen unfold over the last year. And you really, really need to read it for one important reason. Remember way back in Civil War II when Ulysses had a vision of Miles Morales killing Steve Rogers? That finally comes to fruition in this issue, so true believers should definitely check it out.

Secret Empire (2017) #7

Secret Empire (2017) #7

Captain America

As we know, Steve Rogers finds himself at the center of Secret Empire, and this has totally blown up the Cap corner of the Marvel Universe! If you plan to read one Secret Empire tie-in, make it the upcoming CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 to see how Steve’s saga continues to develop.

Secret Empire Omega

When Secret Empire wraps up, we’ll have an epilogue that ties up the loose ends in SECRET EMPIRE OMEGA. This oversized issue will serve as an important finale, allowing the story to come to a close in a way that’s exciting and emotionally satisfying for readers who have followed the story since the beginning.

Avengers

As a major event in the Marvel U., Secret EmpireE has plenty of tie-ins. AVENGERS has given us a look at a team we think of as, in a sense, the “Dark Avengers”–the team Steve Rogers has put together in his current, Hydra-influenced state. The team includes Scarlet Witch, Thor Odinson, Vision, Black Ant, Deadpool, Taskmaster, and Superior Octapus. Lots of interesting character dynamics here–particularly between Ock and Wade!

Champions

We’ve seen the Champions getting involved in the Secret Empire storyline in some pretty significant ways, and that will continue with the upcoming issue. After Civil War II, we saw the young heroes strike out on their own, hoping to serve the public in their own way. Now, they have to reunite with the old guard in order to help take down Hydra.

Secret Warriors

The Champions aren’t the only group pooling their efforts to fight Hydra. The Inhumans Quake, Karnak, Moon Girl, Ms. Marvel, and Inferno also put their plans into action in order to fight the villains. But unlike the Champions, these characters don’t necessarily see themselves as a “team.” They’ve got different agendas and different approaches to accomplishing their goals. The pragmatic Quake and the idealistic Kamala clash frequently, and Karnak has started doing his own thing, too (though we don’t know why yet–stay tuned!).

Amazing Spider-Man

The Secret Empire story has ramifications for Peter Parker, as well. In the upcoming AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31, we’ll see the story continue to play out. How could it not, with Superior Octopus in the mix? Parker Industries, headed by Peter, has built some pretty awesome spider equipment, which played an important role recently in overthrowing an actual government! If that equipment gets into the hands of someone like Ock, bad things would definitely happen–especially now that he has jumped on board with Hydra!

U.S. Avengers

Plenty of drama going on for the U.S. Avengers as a result of Secret Empire! Toni finds herself trapped in a cell with a dying Roberto, and she’ll have some important decisions to make (will she follow in her father’s footsteps??). Also, Squirrel Girl and Enigma go to Europe and have delightful adventures in Paris! Check it out in the upcoming issue #9.

Doctor Strange

When it comes to formidable Marvel U baddies, we’d consider Baron Mordo pretty near the top of the list (you know, maybe not at the Galactus level, but still). Now, Mordo has taken over the Sanctum Santorum–definitely not a good thing! How will that play out? In the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE #25, we’ll get to see our favorite sorcerer take on his foe and team up with Spider-Woman.

Deadpool

Another character whose story has been pretty profoundly impacted by Secret Empire. On orders from Steve Rogers, Deadpool has killed one of the sweethearts of the Marvel Universe – Phil Coulson! To see how this impacts the fate of the Merc with a Mouth, pick up the next issue, DEADPOOL #35.

Mighty Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers has found herself at the center of the Secret Empire action–and things certainly haven’t always gone well for her. As we’ve seen, Steve trapped Carol and her team outside the shield that now surrounds the Earth, introduced by Maria Hill and intended to protect the planet from hostile aliens. As a result, they’ve had to fight of wave after wave of Chitauri invaders. To catch the latest in Carol’s story, check out MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #8.

Big Announcement!

It wouldn’t be a Comic Con panel without a big announcement! Secret Empire will come to a close relatively soon, but the story of Steve Rogers will continue. And here’s the amazing news–Marvel has tapped writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee to bring Steve into the next chapter of CAPTAIN AMERICA! The story will feel, in a lot of ways, like a return home to the Cap we know and love, and it will explore Steve’s identity and role in the Marvel U. after the events of Secret Empire. As Mark Waid explained during the panel, “Steve is tired of being the couch surfer of the Marvel Universe. He’s hasn’t had a place that he’d call his own, except for Avengers Mansion, for a long time.” We’ll see Steve trying to figure out where he belongs–and with these two at the helm, the story won’t disappoint!

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Marvel Legacy continues!

You know their powers. You know their origins. This fall, Marvel is proud to introduce Trading Card Variant Covers for select Legacy titles. These covers contain all the facts of your favorite Marvel characters, carefully catalogued in a way that’s fun and informative – including a list of their key comic appearances throughout the years!

These variant covers feature a stunning and all-new design from the imagination of John Tyler Christopher, who created the successful line of action figure variant covers.

“There is kind of a funny story about my relationship to Marvel Trading Cards,” explains the artist. To properly announce these variant covers, Marvel is proud to share this story below:

I’ve said this before, but all I ever wanted to do since I was a kid was draw. Growing up in a small town in Indiana, I was constantly met with people who told me I could never do it. Outside of my parents, virtually no adult figure in my life encouraged me to pursue my passion. It was a really crushing feeling at such a critical time in a kid’s life. However, one of those critical moments in a person’s life was about to happen. My buddy Mike and I were nerding out in eigth grade science class. We were looking at the Marvel Masterpiece series 1 by Joe Jusko.

They were our first encounter with the Marvel Universe in a more realistic, painterly stye. You have to keep in mind, we’re ’90s kids, so we were used to the more “hatchy” style of art, with all the glorious pouches and super crazy anatomy. So to see Mr. Jusko’s work was just mind blowing to us! It was a crossing of my love for comics, with my love of art, and it had a huge impact on me. I don’t want to say it validated comics as a legitimate art form, but rather it showed me the possibility of what this medium was capable of. It took these characters and in one iconic image made them feel alive and real.

So as Mike and I were having our minds blown by this book of nine-grid sheets of plastic–and not the atomic weight of Strontium–our teacher, Mr. Douglas came over to see what we were talking about. We were really terrified that we were going to get in trouble, but to our shock, he was super into the card’s art. He asked us questions about the characters, and it was one of the first times an adult, authority figure (outside of art teachers) showed any interest in comics as a legit form of art. It had a huge impact on me, but it paled in comparison to what came next. He knew I liked to draw, so he asked if I would be interested in doing a piece of art for him based on the Psylocke card. He even offered to pay me! It was the first time anyone ever offered to pay me for art, and my jaw just hit the floor. Here was someone I respected, offering to give me money to do the one thing everyone told me I would never get paid to do. It was the opportunity of a lifetime!

Needless to say, I tried to knock that piece out of the park (in a middle school kind of way). I rarely ever used colored pencils, but I tried to create blending and gradients with them to best match Mr. Jusko’s style. I tried to get the shadows and even the shine on her swords down perfectly.

It’s surreal to think that my first piece of “professional” art was a Psylocke card; and George, not knowing this story, assigned the first card for this line as her as well. It’s really come full circle.

I’ll never forget that piece, or that card. It truly empowered me to continue trying to do art in my life. But more importantly, I’ll never forget my eigth grade science teacher offering me my first gig. In a young boy’s world of “you can’t do this,” it was the first “yes, you can.” I wouldn’t be were I am today without a 2.5” x 3.5” picture of a mutant ninja, and a teacher who believed in me. Thank you Mr. Douglas, I hope I’ve made you proud.

Don’t miss your chance to collect your own Trading Card Variant Covers for these select Marvel Legacy titles:

Marvel Legacy #1
All-New Wolverine #25
Champions #13
Falcon #1
Invincible Iron Man #593
Jessica Jones #13
Luke Cage #166
Mighty Thor #700
Royals #9
Spider-Gwen #25
Spirits of Vengeance #1
Uncanny Avengers #28
Venom #155
X-Men Gold #13

Coming to your local comic shop this October!

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Celebrating the contributions of a key member of the original Marvel bullpen!

Marvel Comics salutes “Fabulous” Florence “Flo” Steinberg, one of the first two full-time employees of Marvel in the 1960s and an all-important figure in building the vast fan community the House of Ideas has enjoyed since its beginnings.

Born near Boston, Steinberg grew up with a mother and father who made sure she attended college, graduating from UMass Amherst in 1960. After some time with New England Telephone and Ted Kennedy’s first Senatorial campaign, she pulled up stakes and moved to New York City where she would quickly take her place in the history of Marvel Comics.

As Stan Lee’s secretary, Flo assumed the task of taking care of the ever increasing piles of fan mail and Marvel Merry Marching Society memberships. Although the company began to grow with some speed, she remained in charge of this for five years, crafting Marvel’s unique connection to its fans and—to hear freelancers tell it—creating a welcome atmosphere for all who came through the offices in person.

After five years, Fabulous Flo found herself ready to move on. While initially taking a brief detour to work in fossil fuels, Steinberg quickly re-entered the comics industry, working with Warren Publishing before coming back to New York City in 1975 to publish one of the cornerstones in the history of independent comics: Big Apple Comix.

Finally, in the 90s, Steinberg returned to where it all began—albeit at a different address. Gone were the days of the two-person office; Marvel had expanded exponentially in the years since she helped spark the revolution that made it one of the largest comic publishers in the United States. As a proofreader, “Fabulous Flo” remained with the company for the rest of her life, helping not only with what unfolded on the pages of Marvel Comics but, once again, brightening the days of those around her. She established a unique and profound connection with every member of the Marvel staff fortunate enough to encounter her, in particular the growing ranks of women working in the industry.

While the likes of Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and more may have been responsible for the unique sensibilities on display within the pages of the House of Ideas’ books, Steinberg helped solidify the community that those comics inspired in its readers. With San Diego Comic-Con unfolding at this moment, it takes little imagination to draw a straight line from her attitude and commitment in those early days to the vast network of comic book fans that gather at conventions and online to talk about their love of the characters and stories of Marvel Comics.

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The House of Ideas says goodbye to one of its most beloved members.

Statement from Marvel:

“We are incredibly saddened to hear of Flo Steinberg’s passing and send our deepest condolences to her friends and family. Flo has always been the heart of Marvel and a legend in her own right. She will be forever missed and always loved by all of us here at Marvel.”

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Enjoy the latest episode of the official Marvel podcast, with comics, movies, TV, games, and more!

True Believers, it’s time for a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast! We’re one episode away from our milestone 300th episode – can you believe it!

For those of you who aren’t at San Diego Comic-Con, and for those of you who are, catch all things Marvel happening here at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 or Marvel’s YouTube channel.

Now, onto this episode — Alex and Cam are back at home base making sure you get the scoop on all of this week’s hottest comics including SECRET EMPIRE, ASTONISHING X-MEN, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, and tons more! A lot can happen in a week, so head on over to the West Coast, where Ryan, Marc and Christine give you the rundown on what’s happening in the world of movies, TV and games, including what they saw last week at D23 and what they’ve seen so far at SDCC. We close everything out with your questions and comments!

Download episode #299 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode! We are now also on Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel!

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh, and Manager of Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes!  Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse@chrissypedia or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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1924-2017

Marvel Comics salutes late artist Sam Glanzman, whose impeccable eye for authentic detail and fine storytelling brought to life stories for several companies and enriched comics from the Golden Age to the modern industry.

Inspired by two older brothers who tackled the comics business, Glanzman dove into their world in 1939 and after just a few short years he’d created indelible characters such as Fly-Man for Harvey Comics, as well as illustrated many other titles. When World War II broke out, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy, but took a detour after war’s end to work at different jobs. Comics remained in his blood, though, and by 1950 he’d returned to not only the industry but also the publishing arena in children’s books.

Charlton Comics published Glanzman’s first war stories in the late 1950s, a genre that would blossom into a subject he’d become known for. The artist also made a mark in the 1960s with a Hercules series for Charlton, one that he poured many of his fine art visions into and drafted into a book a cut above the rest. DC Comics later brought him onboard to shore up their own war comics line and he stayed with the company throughout the 1970s.

In the halls of Marvel Comics, Glanzman produced a stunning work called “A Sailor’s Story” in 1986 for MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #30. The tale followed his own Navy career during the war and became so popular that the artist offered up a sequel, A SAILOR’S STORY: WINDS, DREAMS, AND DRAGONS.

He continued to work in the industry throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium with both webcomics and traditional projects. Glanzman also saw reprints of many of his past works from the different companies he’d drawn for.

Legendary artist Walt Simonson counts himself among the man’s admirers and sees him as a unique voice in comics over the decades since their birth.

“Sam Glanzmann was an artist who brought his signature style to everything he did,” he says. “His work was easily recognizable. Grounded in his experience, Sam drew worlds full of authenticity, in which violence was neither overstated nor sugarcoated, and the drama was always clearly presented. Although all his work was honest, he was a sailor and his stories of the sea had the tang of salt air about them and a truth that made them moving and deeply felt.”

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Speaking from the stage included Kevin Smith, Clark Gregg, Chadwick Boseman, and more.

Stan Lee became the latest Star to receive the exclusive honor of being cemented in the Iconic Forecourt at the Famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX (the former Grauman’s Chinese) since 1927. Take a look at the gallery above!

“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan.

”Now, WE, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”

Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously.

According to his autobiography, Excelsior, “Lee put the human in the superhuman.”

A huge supporter of fandom throughout his career, Lee was immediately drawn to Legion M’s unique model as the first fan-owned entertainment company, and has been supportive since its launch in 2016. Legion M organizing and rallying fans, celebrities, companies and anyone who has been positively impacted by Stan’s creative contributions to pay this heartfelt, historic and overdue tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has exerted his influence over the entire entertainment industry leaving an indelible mark on the comic book industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized comic characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a lifeline of box office success to the entertainment industry, toy industry.

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The pro football player stops by Marvel HQ to talk about comics and more!

Pro football player Martellus Bennett stops by Marvel HQ to talk comics, his favorite super heroes and much more!

Download episode #296.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel including our latest episode!

This Week in Marvel focuses on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production: Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @BenJMorse, @blakegarris or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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