Dalibor Talajić and CM Punk give the martial arts hero a wild day off!

Even a true leader in his field needs a break. Of course, when someone throws on the sweats and hopes to relax, any number of problems can come up. For you and I, thought might mean a plumbing issue or noisy neighbors—but we’re not Shang-Chi!

With MASTER OF KUNG FU #126, writer CM Punk and artist Dalibor Talajić take Shang-Chi from lounger to fighter in one issue. For his part, Talajić drew on previous incarnations of the ferocious fighting hero to help give this more out-there tale a firm base.

We talked with the artist about balancing the wild tone of the story with more grounded art, working with Punk, and taking inspiration from artists like Paul Gulacy and Mike Zeck.

Marvel.com: In the wake of his initial series, Shang-Chi’s been a guest star and team player for the most part. Why do you think it’s important to showcase him in his own book like this?

Dalibor Talajić: Well, times do change. His initial series was during the “Enter The Dragon” Bruce Lee era. And even though Bruce Lee is still considered the king of the martial arts realm, his time did pass. I guess Shang had to redefine himself and find his place under the sun anew.

His own book was also a team book, so naturally various comic book teams wanted to place him within a [group]. So, yes I do believe it is important to give him a chance to breathe on his own—so to speak—even in a story like this, where circumstances are almost ridiculous, one might say to see him on his off side.

Marvel.com: Shang’s always been tough, but in the last few years he’s proven himself on a larger scale by working with the Avengers. Has that changed how he handles himself at all?

Dalibor Talajić: Well, I guess his self-confidence in what he does better than anyone is what places him among the heavy hitters. True, he has no special powers, but his focus, his stamina, and [his] philosophical depth make him a genuine super human.

Yet his philosophical depth is what keeps him constantly questioning both his actions and himself, and thus keeps him down to earth. He won’t allow himself any arrogance. But all these features combined open the doors for his endless growth as a character. This is something that reflects our own lives: the possibility of growth that only needs to be noticed by us. This is why I love this character; he is closest to us, to the best in us.

Marvel.com: What was it like figuring out his look for this series?

Dalibor Talajić: Well, given the nature of the story, I imagined him in his sweatshirt and stuff. You know Sunday afternoon stuff that you wear while watching TV and having a nap. The circumstances take him off guard and he stays dressed like that all the way through. He even loses his sneakers at some point. Here and there, through flashbacks, I would nod to Bruce Lee’s famous yellow jump suit. Or the fact that he ends up topless. But the idea was the everyday Joe looks. As I’ve said—one of us.

Marvel.com: Overall, how’s it been working with CM Punk on this project?

Dalibor Talajić: Well, fun! CM writes very funny dialogue. But the story is a slippery slope. In it’s essence it’s so pulpy that it’s close to ridiculous so I had to be very careful to keep it balanced. If I was leaning to a stronger stylization, as the story might trick you into, it would end up like a flat out crazy cartoon. Instead, I went for “realism” so that ridiculous part would serve as a crazy Bond-like villain comedy.

Marvel.com: How has it been digging into Shang-Chi’s history with this story? Are you looking back at a lot of his other comics for reference or possibly other mediums?

Dalibor Talajić: That was a difficult task. Because initially Shang-Chi is a serious character. So was the art depicting it. [Paul] Gulacy was treating him with an almost noir atmosphere, while I don’t think is possible to make him more badass than [Mike] Zeck did. Even I treated him seriously a few years back in [the] MASTER OF KUNG FU [limited] series. There, I wanted to mimic classic flashy Hong Kong action films.

So I guess I tried to combine all of that a bit and hopefully blend it into something that honors all those beautiful incarnations of the character that were already there long before me. I can only hope I did Shang-Chi justice.

CM Punk and Dalibor Talajić give Shang-Chi a less-than-relaxing day off in MASTER OF KUNG FU #126 on November 8!

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Cullen Bunn kicks off the newest Venom crossover!

The crossover between X-MEN: BLUE and VENOM starts here!

Spinning out of the aftermath of VENOMVERSE, a new threat looms over all that the mutant’s hold dear. In response, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, and Angel must team up with an unlikely ally—Venom! On January 24, Eddie Brock teams up with the Children of the Atom in writer Cullen Bunn and artist Edgar Salazar‘s X-MEN: BLUE ANNUAL #1!

We spoke with Bunn about what to expect from this show-stopping story.

Marvel.com: Where does this Annual fall in the timeline of the current X-MEN: BLUE series?

Cullen Bunn: The “Poison-X” story takes place some time after Thanos discovers our universe in VENOMVERSE. The Poisons have been working quietly, but quickly, making some dastardly preparations. Of course, the X-Men know nothing of this. They are drawn into this adventure because of the Starjammers. Cyclops learns that his father (Corsair) and the rest of the Starjammers have gotten themselves into hot water involving alien symbiotes. That lures the X-Men into space, and that gets them to bring Venom with them as a kind of subject matter expert.

All this, of course, couldn’t come at a worse time. The X-Men have just returned from their home timeline and are reeling from the repercussions of that trip, and they are right in the middle of investigating the Mothervine conspiracy.

Marvel.com: Who are the Poisons and what do they want?

Cullen Bunn: Imagine a weak, fragile creature…a being with no real power whatsoever, a creature at the bottom of the food chain because it’s not that smart and not that strong. Then, it discovers it can be extremely powerful with no real effort! This creature takes that power and uses it to gain more power. All the while, it has this complex because it knows it was always weak and ineffectual, and now it’s angry it ever felt that way in the first place and wants to vent that rage on the rest of the world.

Poisons have discovered that they are the perfect hosts for alien symbiotes. They have also learned that if they take a symbiote that is bonded with a super-powered individual, they gain all those powers as well. Now they’ve been combing time and space, using these symbiotes as weapons to help them gain even more power. They’re bullies and conquerors, but deep down they are terrified of losing what strength they have. That makes them very dangerous.

Marvel.com: And what can you tell us about Mothervine?

Cullen Bunn: Mothervine is already appearing in the pages of X-MEN: BLUE. It is a formula that Miss Sinister discovered in the DNA of mutants from the Ultimate Universe, and it appears to be granting secondary mutations to those exposed to it. There also seem to be some pretty severe side effects. But Miss Sinister—along with Bastion, Havok, and the White Queen—appear to have a plan for Mothervine. We don’t know exactly what they’re doing, but Magneto wants to know in a major way…

Marvel.com: How does Eddie Brock interact with the Blue team—and what problems does this team-up present?

Cullen Bunn: Venom wants nothing to do with the X-Men and their adventures through space. The X-Men, of course, won’t take no for an answer so they do what X-Men do in situations like this: they try to kidnap him.

You could say that Eddie and the X-Men get off on the wrong foot, but over the course of this story, they start to develop an understanding and even a friendship. I feel like Venom and Cyclops will be friends for a long while after this.

Marvel.com: How do the nuances of Edgar Salazar’s style bring this story to life?

Cullen Bunn: Edgar has to balance mystery and horror and symbiotes and science fiction in this Annual. We’re in a full-blown science fiction space opera here, and he does a tremendous job of setting us up! I always loved Cosmic X-Men stories as a reader, so I love seeing what Edgar is doing with that kind of tale.

Marvel.com: What’s it been like to write Venom again?

Cullen Bunn: Writing Venom is always a lot of fun. This time around is a little different for me, though, because we’re getting into the symbiote’s head a lot more than I’ve done before. We have internal symbiote monologue and symbiote dialogue, so that’s interesting for me. And having Eddie interact with characters like the X-Men shows a different side of his personality.

Marvel.com: X-MEN: BLUE and VENOM have very different tones—was it difficult to combine those two worlds for this crossover?

Cullen Bunn: To some degree, yes. There were challenges in making this story true to both Venom and the X-Men. In the end, though, every creative team brings their own tone to these characters. I think I’ve struck the right balance of VENOM story and X-MEN story, but I’m also creating a different tone that works with these characters as a whole.

Marvel.com: Can you give us any hints about what the implications of this storyline will be moving forward?

Cullen Bunn: Wow. I don’t know. Well, VENOMIZED has already been announced, so we now know that the Poisons are coming to Earth. Venom and the X-Men will be involved in that story, so Poison-X serves as a prologue of sorts.

I’ll also say this: this story has some bleak moments and hits the X-Men right where it hurts the worst.

On January 24, go cosmic with Cullen Bunn and artist Edgar Salazar’s X-MEN: BLUE ANNUAL #1!

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Get some vengeance in the hit mobile game!

Robbie Reyes might be new to the whole Ghost Rider thing, but that doesn’t stop him from dishing out righteous punishment to the deserving criminals that cross his path. Equipped with his trusty Hell Charger and the Ghost Rider’s iconic chains, Robbie’s set to take “Marvel Puzzle Quest” by storm. We caught up with D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the newest Ghost Rider and his fiery abilities.

Marvel.com: Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider has been exciting fans ever since he peeled onto the scene a few years ago. What specifically made the team so eager to add him to the roster?

Josh Austin: We’ve wanted to make a stronger Ghost Rider for some time and Robbie Reyes will be a great addition to “Marvel Puzzle Quest” as our latest 5-Star! His art looks great and the Spirit of Vengeance’s abilities were just begging to get upgraded to a 5-Star power level.

Marvel.com: Johnny Blaze is all about covering the board in hellfire and building up to that big damage Penance Stare; what will Robbie’s attack plan be?

Josh Austin: This version of Ghost Rider focuses on creating multiple tiles that deal damage and generate AP. Robbie Reyes also punishes characters who make matches or have dealt the most damage to his team. His 5-Star abilities make him a great hero to have on your team to help bring down a character that the enemy team is relying on to do tons of damage!

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about his abilities. How does Robbie make the bad guys regret their evil deeds?

Josh Austin: Robbie Reyes’ first ability, Hell Ride, costs 9 Green AP. Robbie’s muscle car revs its engines and creates Repeater tiles that, every turn, destroy 3 surrounding Red, Green, or Black tiles. These destroyed tiles give AP and deal more damage depending on the level of the power.

Robbie’s second ability, Chain Whip, costs 7 Red AP. This is a cool looking ability that focuses on his Chain Whips that will stun the enemy and creates a Red Countdown tile that also deals damage to the targeted enemy when they make a match. While that tile is on the board, this power becomes Judgment Day. Judgment Day removes the Chain Whip Countdown tile for 7 Red AP and deals more damage to the targeted enemy, reverting this power to Chain Whip.

His last power is called Damnation. For 10 Black AP this ability focuses on the enemy with the most evil heart and drags them to the Underworld to atone for their sins. This ability does some hefty damage on its own, but will do even more if the target is the enemy that has done the most damage on the enemy team.

Marvel.com: Judgment Day sounds like a dastardly weapon you can use to target specific problematic enemies—maybe a really over-leveled opponent in PvP?

Josh Austin: That’s right! Robbie punishes opponents that do the most damage on the enemy team. He’s a good teammate to try and turn the tide of the battle by swapping to the enemy that’s causing you the most grief.

Marvel.com: What kind of covers are we looking at for Robbie? Right now I’m thinking 3/5/5, just so we can do maximum damage with Judgment Day and Damnation.

Josh Austin: That’s a good choice, focus on the powers that punish an enemy, but 5/3/5 is also a great choice to have his first power generate Red, Green, and Black AP for a team composed of characters that can benefit from this AP generation.

Marvel.com: And his teammates? Are there any particularly good backseat drivers for Robbie?

Josh Austin: He works well with characters that are built around closing off options from the enemy team. Characters like Doctor Strange (Sorcerer Supreme) and his Flames of the Faltine makes the enemy afraid to activate powers. Using Peggy Carter’s Do as Peggy Says can force a targeted enemy to make matches by stunning the other non-target enemies. Yondu’s Yaka Assault can follow-up with Ghost Rider’s assault by focusing on the character with the least amount of health.

Marvel.com: So when do we get a chance to pick Robbie Reyes up?!

Josh Austin: Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes) 5-Star is available January 25! His debut event will be Galactus Hungers that runs from January 25–29, and players can earn tokens to the Engines of Vengeance cover store from the event. Both his limited Vault and special Legendary Store starts on January 25 and runs until January 30.

Go for a ride with Robbie Reyes here and keep an eye on Marvel.com and @MarvelGames for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Celebrating the industry’s top artists to watch!

Marvel is proud to announce the next generation of gifted artists for this year’s Young Guns program!

Originally launched in 2004, each year’s Young Guns selections represent the best and brightest early-career artists in the comic book industry. Previous Young Guns have left their mark through some of Marvel’s greatest heroes, with alumni like Jim Cheung, Steve McNiven, Leinil Yu, Daniel Acuña, David Marquez, Sara Pichelli, and many more drawing some of Marvel’s biggest events and launching groundbreaking new series.

“I still clearly remember the launch of Marvel’s original Young Guns campaign over a decade ago, crafted as an innovative way to recognize and promote the upcoming artists we believed in—and knew would one day be superstars!” says C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel. “From its inception, Young Guns has always been about living up to Marvel’s long legacy of identifying and hiring unique and groundbreaking talent to give our fans the best looking comics on the stands. And here we go again! Introducing the class of 2018, six artists poised for greatness, whose art will grace the pages of some of the coolest comics of the year!”

2018’s Young Guns inductees are:

Starting on January 31, in addition to their regular series, each of the Young Guns will create a special limited exclusive variant cover for six new books, including AVENGERS #678, X-MEN: RED #1, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #3, DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1, BLACK PANTHER #170, and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797! Check your local retailer for variant availability!

More exciting new projects and series from Young Guns 2018 will be announced in the coming months. Read up on the next generation of all-stars below!

Spanish artist Pepe Larraz penciled The Mighty Thor, previously having illustrated stories in anthologies such as Web of Spider-Man, Marvel Adventures Super Heroes and X-Men: To Serve and Protect. A rising star, Larraz pitted ’90s rivals against each other in Deadpool vs. X-Force and worked on Wolverine & the X-Men before venturing into a galaxy far, far away with Kanan—then back to the Marvel Universe again with Uncanny Avengers.

Spanish artist Javier Garrón studied architecture before his work on webcomics and blogs got the attention of the American comics industry. Garrón made his Marvel debut with Cyclops in 2014, which led to work on the “Black Vortex” event crossover between New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy. Future work included Legendary Star-Lord, the IvX event, and the spot of lead artist on Secret Warriors.

Marco Checchetto early contributions to the revival of Marvel Comics Presents revealed him as one of the industry’s top new talents. Checchetto has made his mark on both the Marvel Universe—with runs on Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil and Punisher—and a galaxy far, far away, with Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel, Star Wars: Captain Phasma, and the post-Return of the Jedi thriller Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Shattered Empire.

Artist and writer Aaron Kuder cut his teeth in the comics industry working on the New York Times best-selling book The Armory Wars and Key of Z, both with Claudio Sanchez from Evil Ink Comics. After work at DC on books such as Action Comics, Kuder returned to Marvel for an exclusive agreement in 2016 with work on top-tier titles such as the X-Men-shattering Death of X and All-New Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you’ve read any Marvel series since 2009, chances are it featured a cover from artist Michael Del Mundo at some point. Del Mundo’s artwork has fronted such well-known series as Amazing Spider-Man, Vision, and Invincible Iron Man. After delivering gallery-standard illustrations page after page in Elektra, he brought his unique talents to Secret Wars tie-in Weirdworld and its subsequent All-New, All-Different Marvel relaunch, and Marvel’s flagship title Avengers.

Russell Dauterman is best known as the artist of Marvel’s Thor comics.  Written by Jason Aaron and starring Jane Foster as Thor, the lengthy run has become a best-selling, Eisner-nominated series.  Previous work includes such titles as CyclopsNightwing, and Supurbia.  Russell has also designed characters and created covers for various Marvel, BOOM! Studios, DC, Valiant, and Image titles.  Outside of comics, Russell has illustrated children’s books and worked as a costume illustrator in the film industry, most notably on Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger.  Russell is currently continuing his character-defining run drawing The Mighty Thor.

Congratulations to the 2018 Young Guns!

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Relive T'Challa's historic debut and tag along for his first groundbreaking adventures!

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 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 famous Fantastic Four found themselves amazed by the gift of a technologically advanced flying vessel in 1966’s FANTASTIC FOUR #52, a present from the people Wakanda and an invitation to visit their small African nation. Upon landing in a bio-organic mechanical forest, the super hero family fended off a seeming attack by a black-clad individual, only to discover him as T’Challa, the leader of Wakanda and known as their champion, the Black Panther.

In FANTASTIC FOUR #53, the Panther explained to Reed Richards and the others that his country’s greatest asset, the sound-absorbing metal vibranium, existed only within its borders. He further detailed a recent attempt by the evil Ulysses Klaw to steal the metal, a fact then made all-too clear by Klaw’s attack on T’Challa and the FF. The heroes held the poacher off, and Klaw disappeared into his own sonic device.

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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Hotheaded Johnny Storm wanted to visit his Inhuman girlfriend in FANTASTIC FOUR #54, so T’Challa lent him a Wakandan flying craft to rush to the Hidden Land. There, the Human Torch became embroiled in a dangerous fight against Prestor John and the Evil Eye. T’Challa also gifted Reed with pure vibranium bands in FANTASTIC FOUR #56 to defeat Klaw again and made his first 1967 appearance dealing with yet another flying ship in FANTASTIC FOUR #60 when the team returned to America and Doctor Doom stole the Silver Surfer’s cosmic power to try and take over the world.

Upon an expedition to Panther Island in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #5, the Black Panther and his Wakandan soldiers discovered both the intrepid Inhumans and evidence of the Psycho-Man’s underground headquarters. T’Challa joined with the Fantastic Four soon after to turn the tide against the emotion-controlling villain and send him packing back to the Microverse.

Captain America never expected a summons from far-off exotic Wakanda, but one arrived in 1968’s TALES OF SUSPENSE #97 to bring the Black Panther’s plea for Cap to help him against an invasion by mysterious forces.

Cap’s Wakandan flying craft came under attack on his way to the African country in TALES OF SUSPENSE #98, just the first salvo in T’Challa’s war with Baron Zemo and the villain’s orbiting solar ray projector. It took timely assistance from Agent 13 in TALES OF SUSPENSE #99 to turn the tide against Zemo, but Cap and the Panther still fought hard to win the day in CAPTAIN AMERICA #100.

Tales of Suspense (1959) #98

Tales of Suspense (1959) #98

  • Published: February 10, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2007
  • Penciller: Gene Colan
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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After things settled down a bit, Cap called his fellow Avengers back in the States to strongly suggest they consider T’Challa for membership among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #51. When the Panther flew to their New York headquarters to meet the famous team in AVENGERS #52 he discovered a room full of seemingly deceased heroes. It took being arrested and squaring off against the dreaded Grim Reaper for T’Challa to win his spurs as the newest member of the Avengers.

With little time to settle in, the Black Panther found himself at odds with the Magneto-controlled X-Men in AVENGERS #53 and skirmishes with both Cyclops and the Beast. Once the confusion cleared, he stood with his teammates in battle against his old foe Klaw and the new Masters of Evil in AVENGERS #54, and the revelation of stone-cold Ultron-5 behind the scenes of the attack in AVENGERS #55.

Avengers (1963) #52

Avengers (1963) #52

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The Panther joined with Captain America to travel back in time in AVENGERS #56 to solve the mystery of Cap’s partner Bucky during World War II, but that stood as only an appetizer for the adventure of meeting the synthezoid Vision in AVENGERS #57. Later, T’Challa helped welcome the Vision into the ranks of the team in AVENGERS #58, as well as find himself baffled by the appearance of newcomer Yellowjacket and the disappearance of Hank Pym in AVENGERS #59.

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

Happy Monday, True Believers! Start your week off right with a brand new installment of the official Marvel podcast, This Week in Marvel!

In this episode, Ryan is joined by RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER writer Evan Narcisse to dig into a classic Black Panther story, talk breaking into comics, and share their favorite video games. Also, the team gives you everything you need to know about the latest news and releases from Marvel comics, TV, gaming, and more!

Download episode #325 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! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show!

With new episodes every Friday (or so!), This Week in Marvel delivers all the Marvel discussion and news—from comics to TV to film to video games to toys and beyond! TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Creative Executive of New Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus, Assistant Manager of Social Media Alex Lopez, Marvel.com Editor Eric Goldman, and Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. We want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes, so tweet your questions, comments, and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @tuckermarkus@chrissypedia, @TheEricGoldman, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Ben Reilly takes over as Spider-Man, battling Carnage, Hobgoblin, Lizard, and more.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger swung onto the silver screen once more in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and will do so again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

With Spider-Man in his past, Peter Parker moved to Portland, Oregon, only to encounter the threat called Tendril in SPIDER-MAN: THE FINAL ADVENTURE #1-4. Meanwhile, the new official Spider-Man, Ben Reilly, took a job in a coffee shop in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #0 to make ends meet, while Mysterio planned a comeback. Later, Spidey battled Sandman in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #407, the deadly Poison returned in SPIDER-MAN #64, and a couple of eco-terrorists stirred the pot in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #230.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #407

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #407

  • Published: January 10, 1996
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 20, 2013
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After a hair-raising adventure with the Black Cat in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #11, Ben discovered Mysterio’s new cable network in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #1, took the fight to the master of mysteries in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #408, and won the day in SPIDER-MAN #65. Peter Parker’s other clone Kaine found himself resurrected in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #231, held off an attack by the Rhino in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #2, and joined a cadre of villains against Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #409, knowing that the wallcrawler must die for him to continue to live in SPIDER-MAN #66.

Ben and Peter heard of a skeleton found in a smokestack in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #232, the Burglar’s daughter, Jessica Carradine, entered Ben’s life in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #3, Carnage returned for a rampage in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #410, and the symbiote chose the new webslinger as a host in SPIDER-MAN #67. Spider-Carnage ran amuck in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #233 until Ben resisted the creature’s influence.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #410

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #410

  • Published: April 10, 1996
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 20, 2013
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Jessica learned Spidey’s secret identity in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #4, and Ben and Peter buried the mystery skeleton in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #411. The wallcrawler faced a new and improved Hobgoblin in SPIDER-MAN #68, fell under his assault in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #234, and turned the tables on the criminal in SPIDER-MAN #69. Ben also beat a murder rap in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #12, and witnessed the latest return of the Molten Man in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #5.

Questions concerning a corporation called Multivex attracted Spidey’s curiosity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #412, Mysterio shrunk him down to bug-size in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #413, and the deadly Delilah brought new dangers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #414. Hammerhead vied with Don Fortunato for the Kingpin’s criminal empire in SPIDER-MAN #70, and wound up in the same hospital as a very ill Peter in SPIDER-MAN #41. The Will o’ the Wisp reappeared in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #235 to aid the webslinger versus Dragon Man in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #236.

Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #8

Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #8

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Jessica Carradine became even more conflicted over Ben in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #6, Ben believed Peter’s sickness stemmed from clone degeneration in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #7, and the Looter stole high-tech super villain weaponry to use for himself in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #8. During the Onslaught event, Spidey clashed with Sentinels in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #415 and SPIDER-MAN #72, then pondered a world without its heroes in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #416.

Peter’s condition worsened in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #237, a more monstrous Lizard tore up the landscape in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #238, and the original Lizard arrived in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #239 to put an end to it all. The webslinger teamed up with Luke Cage and Iron Fist in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #13, mixed it up with Swarm in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #9 and SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #10, and once again landed in the middle of battling crimelords in SPIDER-MAN #73 and SPIDER-MAN #74.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #418

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #418

  • Published: December 10, 1996
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 30, 2014
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Recovered from his sickness, Peter donned a spare mask to help Ben versus the Host in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #417, put his head together with his double for a serious talk in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #240, and stood up against Gaunt while Mary Jane went into unexpected labor in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #11. While the two heroes battled Gaunt, the baby sadly arrived stillborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #418, and Peter faced the real culprit behind all of his and Ben’s misery, the long thought dead Norman Osborn, in SPIDER-MAN #75. In that debacle, Peter once more took on the role of Spider-Man when Ben lost his life to Osborn’s treachery.

Later, Peter and Mary Jane dealt with not only the loss of Ben but also their child in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #241 while the Chameleon waited offstage to reveal his next scheme.

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Charles Soule and David Marquez unravel the mystery this April!

Snikt!

The sound rings across the universe…and can only mean one thing: the return of Wolverine!

He’s been popping up in some of your favorite books lately; holding an Infinity Stone, keeping his secrets close. But his return has been an unsolved mystery—until this April, when writer Charles Soule and artist David Marquez reveal the timeline of events that’ll lead to Logan’s shocking return with THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ALPHA #1!

The 40-page issue, featuring a cover by Steve McNiven, begins the twisted tale of Logan’s reemergence. Then, this May, the story evolves into four different tales from different creative teams, each one containing its own distinct genre and mystery: action/adventure (Adamantium Agenda), horror (Claws of the Killer), dark romance (Mystery in Madripoor) and noir/detective (Weapon Lost.) And it’s all being orchestrated by the man that crafted the “Death of Wolverine” in the first place.

Soule recalls, “Steve McNiven and I took on the incredible task of killing Wolverine back in 2014—it was one of my earliest projects at Marvel, and such a huge opportunity. Intimidating, tricky, all of that—but ultimately, I think we created a book (alongside [inker] Jay Leisten, [colorist] Justin Ponsor and [letterer] Chris Eliopolous) that we’re all really proud of.” He continues, “There’s really only one project that could top it—being part of the story that brings Logan back! THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE is just the opening chapters of a mystery that will reach all sorts of cool hidden corners of the Marvel Universe, and will tell a story that will hopefully have us looking at Logan in an entirely new way.”

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how fans start to put the pieces together,” says the scribe. “There’s a big payoff coming down the road, and all the interlocking parts of THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE build to it. The more you read, the more clues you get. It’s really fun—especially since I have a bit of a reputation in X-continuity for knocking off beloved mutants. This time, it’s nice to be part of bringing someone back!”

THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ALPHA #1 begins an epic story that will impact Marvel heroes and X-Men alike—and it culminates this summer in one of the most shocking, daring stories in Wolverine’s history! The journey—and the mystery—begins here, and you’re not going to want to miss your chance to take part in Wolverine’s return.

Writer Charles Soule and artist David Marquez’s THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ALPHA #1 unfolds this April!

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Prep for the new series by looking back at David Haller’s first appearance!

Every Friday, we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place, or object that made waves this week.

While fans have been celebrating David Haller’s return to comics in writer Peter Milligan and artist Wilfredo TorresLEGION #1 (out next week!), the character’s presence hasn’t always prompted such a positive response. In Haller’s first appearance, his arrival wasn’t cheered—it was met with dread.

The young man known as Legion debuted in 1985 on the second-to-last page of writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz’s NEW MUTANTS #25. Presented as an entry in Moira MacTaggert’s notes on the mutant subjects of Muir Island, the reveal not only gave us our first look at Haller, but a wealth of introductory information.

New Mutants (1983) #25

New Mutants (1983) #25

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He looked like a teenager. He’d been catatonic for half of his life. And he possessed telekinetic and telepathic abilities passed onto him by his father…Charles Xavier. Haller’s mother, Gabrielle, was one of Xavier’s patients when he worked as a therapist. And, despite their relationship, the Professor never knew that David was his son.

In the following issue, David lost control of his powers and blew up part of Moira’s facility. Concerned for the well-being of her mutants, MacTaggert called in Professor X for some assistance. Charles came, and brought Banshee, Warlock, Doug Ramsay, Wolfsbane, and Dani Moonstar with him.

New Mutants (1983) #26

New Mutants (1983) #26

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In his inspection of the Island, Xavier began suspecting foul play when he met Gabrielle Haller there. She explained that David was her son, but held back on telling him the father’s identity. In an attempt to quell the chaos, the world’s most prominent telepath then entered Legion’s mind—but found himself, shockingly, ousted from his mental plane.

Haller’s mindscape proved to be an expansive and potent place. When Xavier returned to Legion’s mind, he found himself in an epic Soul War with one of David’s alternate personalities that’d hijacked one of the young man’s mutant powers. During this battle, Charles also learned of his own connection to the boy.

New Mutants (1983) #27

New Mutants (1983) #27

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After resolving the fight and concluding the mindscape adventure, Charles sat down with David in the real world only to discover that three other personalities all still lived inside Haller’s head. Saddled with such a complex and fragile mental state, Legion received word from his father that he would have his support as he grew older. Despite this promise, Charles and David were set for a challenging father-son relationship in the many years ahead.

FLASH FORWARD

A decade after making his first appearance, David Haller changed all of reality in a story called “Legion Quest” that ran through X-FACTOR #109, UNCANNY X-MEN #320#321, X-MEN #40#41 and CABLE #20. In that crossover, David decided that Magneto’s madness was the source of much of the world’s trouble, so he traveled back in time to kill him. Ultimately, however, Haller ended up accidentally killing his father instead, kickstarting the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline in the process. That event eventually led to the X-Men sending Bishop back in time so that he’d stop the wrongful assassination. In the process, Bishop stabbed Legion with his own psi-blade, sending them both spinning into Limbo.

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After 10 years and 189 issues, Slott will move from the adventures of Peter Parker to Tony Stark.

The end of an era is here, as Don Slott will be ending his epic run on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN with issue #801 – as the writer prepares to begin guiding the next chapter of Tony Stark’s life in the pages of IRON MAN.

Slott spoke to Vulture.com about this big change, saying, of his decision to leave AMAZING SPIDER-MAN after a decade of writing the series (and 189 issues!), “I could always see the next furlong, I could always see what was ahead. Like, Get this far and I’ll make it to the next wave of ‘Brand New Day’ writers, then, ‘If I make it this far I get to one out of every five issues of AMAZING [ever published]. If I get it to this far, I get to [issue No.] 700.’ And so on. So I kept having these benchmarks to hit. And then I realized, once you hit ten years and then issue 800, the next benchmarks were way too far away. [Laughs.] So I always knew that was the zone.”

He goes on to explain that he’ll likely need to adjust to not telling Spider-Man stories, because having written the book for so long, “There are days where everything gets seen through the Spider-Man filter first. If I’m walking down the streets in New York and I notice something, I’d go, ‘Oh, how would Spider-Man deal with that?’ It’s a reflex muscle in the back of your head. Or you read a news story. Something happens and you go, ‘How would Spider-Man deal with that? What is that? What if that was Mysterio?’ When you do this for ten years, that’s just the way you’re wired.”

As for his new gig on IRON MAN, Slott tells Vulture, “I’m all excited. They’d asked me to do IRON MAN a while back, but by then I was at [SILVER] SURFER and I had Spidey and I was already overcommitted, so it kept gnawing at me. Like, ‘Oh, man. I really do want to do Iron Man. This would be fun.’ And when that came around again, it was like, ‘Okay, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I want IRON MAN. I want this. I want this really bad.'”

Regarding his thoughts on Tony Stark, Slott explained, “Reed Richards explores the universe. He wants to know everything and go everywhere. Tony Stark builds the future. It’s not that he’s not out to discover the next big thing. But he’s gonna take his own two hands and he’s gonna build where he wants to go, or what he wants to do. He looks at a challenge and goes, ‘How do I machine my way out of this?’”

Slott promises, “There will be a very unique cast in this book of characters: Iron Man characters you love and Marvel characters that you haven’t seen folded into the Iron Man cast.”

For much more of Dan Slott’s observations on wrapping up his run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, his favorite stories he told with the character, and moving to IRON MAN, check out the full interview at Vulture.com!

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