We come together to look back on the evolution of the podcast plus our favorite moments!

To celebrate our 150th podcast, hosts Judy Stephens, Sana Amanat, Lorraine Cink, and Christina Harrington look back over the last two years, plus flash back to our favorite podcasts!

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 150 now!

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The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Assistant Editor Christina Harrington.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfM

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The tyrannical rule of Emperor Palpatine begins…

We all know that the first Star Wars film changed the face of pop culture forever when it hit theaters 40 years ago—but it’s not just the movie that’s celebrating that milestone in 2017. Star Wars comics arrived with force in 1977, and hundreds of issues later, they’re more popular now than ever.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, we’re looking back at our 40 favorite moments from the history of comics from a galaxy far, far away—one day at a time.

“I’m sorry, Senator Braxis,” a familiar out-of-frame character states at the beginning of STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #1. “The Imperial throne cannot interfere in local politics.” In one single opening panel, the tone is set for the 17-issue series to follow, as the Emperor refuses to assist a planet in need. On the same page, Palpatine’s associates inform him that anti-Imperial sentiments have been rounded up and eliminated, and that other planets in turmoil are being put in their place. It’s clear that optimism has no place in this new era for the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars: Dark Times (2006) #1

Star Wars: Dark Times (2006) #1

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Beginning shortly after the end of “Revenge of the Sith,” the very title of STAR WARS: DARK TIMES should immediately resonate with Star Wars fans, per an Obi-Wan Kenobi quote about the glory days of the Jedi Knights from “A New Hope”: “Before the dark times. Before the Empire.” Picking up after STAR WARS: PURGE, DARK TIMES serves as a direct continuation of STAR WARS: REPUBLIC, offering numerous story arcs with new and established characters as they adapt to the new galactic order.

Most of issue #1 focuses on a battle of natives versus Imperial forces on New Plympto. Not only do we see the hopeless struggle of the Triceratops-like Nosaurians, we also get a inside the heads of the clone troopers: “When the fighting ends, what then for men bred only to be soldiers?” we’re asked. “What future is there for men of action when peace breaks out?” Anyone familiar with what becomes of the clones comes to realize the phrase “dark times” extends to more than just the good guys…

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The contest is now open and runs through August 31.

Marvel and fast-retail brand UNIQLO are teaming up for the 2018 UNIQLO T-Shirt (UT) Grand Prix, an annual T-shirt design competition UNIQLO has been hosting since 2005. The theme for the 2018 UTGP is Marvel, which has championed heroism for people around the world with iconic characters and epic storytelling.

The competition, which encourages people to express their creativity through T-shirt graphics and messages, is now live and open to anyone around the world. All submissions are due by August 31.

For more information on the UT Grand Prix 2018, please visit: uniqlo.com/utgp/2018/

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Tune in for our annual panel from San Diego Comic-Con!

We are LIVE from San Diego Comic-Con with Judy Stephens, Sana Amanat, Lorraine Cink, Margaret Stohl, Rainbow Rowell, Christina Strain, Mariko Tamaki and Alanna Smith!

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 149 now!

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The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Assistant Editor Christina Harrington.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfM

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Black Panther, Kids Costumes and more from SDCC!

Photography by Nicole Ciaramella, Pat Loika and AJ Grier.

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Thor: Ragnarok, Defenders and Costume Contest from SDCC!

Photography by Nicole Ciaramella, Pat Loika and AJ Grier.

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Defenders, Black Eye Peas, Cosplay and more from SDCC!

Photography by Nicole Ciaramella, Pat Loika and AJ Grier.

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Inhumans, Video Games, Cosplay and more from SDCC!

Photography by Nicole Ciaramella, Pat Loika and AJ Grier.

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Check out the first Marvel gallery from SDCC!

Dive into the photos from Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, featuring licensees, exclusives and events! Photography by Nicole Ciaramella.

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Add Spider-Man, the Avengers, and more to your online invites!

You know what they say–ain’t no party like a Marvel party. And anyone who’s ever hosted or attended a social gathering of pretty much any kind knows that online invitations make the whole process way easier. With online invitations, you can completely customize your invite and easily track and manage your RSVPs online, making party planning a blast!

And now, Punchbowl, the company behind the critically acclaimed technology platform for online invitations, is rolling out The Marvel Online Invitation Collection, featuring dozens of characters like Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy (because nothing says “good time” like Peter Quill’s amazing playlists).

“Marvel characters are immensely popular as kids’ birthday party themes,” said Matt Douglas, CEO of Punchbowl. “We’re thrilled to work with Marvel to create a bold, dynamic collection of online invitations for parents planning parties for millions of young fans.”

But truthfully, we think The Marvel Online Invitation Collection is great for adult parties, too. Would you turn down a Baby Groot themed birthday bash or a Spider-Man themed Halloween party? Didn’t think so. Neither would we.

The online invitation collection from Punchbowl offers over 40 designs, which can be created and sent from any device. Some designs offer users the ability to add their own photos, as well.

A few of the highlights of the collection include:

  • Dozens of online invitations starring your favorite Marvel characters from Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Branded designs that are perfect for birthday parties, movie viewings, and more!
  • Matching digital envelope liners, postage stamps and greetings that feature your favorite themes and characters.
  • The option to add a photo next to the character on the invite.
  • Invitations can be easily shared via email or social media right from your computer, tablet, or phone!

Punchbowl also offers invitation collections featuring characters from Disney, Sanrio, Activision, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Penguin Books, Scholastic, Sesame Street, and WWE. But let’s be honest, the Marvel ones are the best.

The invitations were officially released on July 17.

To browse the The Marvel Online Invitation Collection, click here. And to read more about Punchbowl, click here.

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