Marvelman Makes His Marvel Debut

Marvelman, which was triumphed in 2009 as returning to Marvel comics, has been absent other than reprints making many to wonder what’s up.  Eagle eyed readers might have noticed in the Defenders #1 Iron Fist reading a comic book with the title of, Marvelman, making me to wonder even more what’s up.

If you look closely the comic is Marvelman Vol. 1 #25, a reference to Neil Gaiman‘s “The Golden Years” story arc which never saw issue 25 printed.  The issue would have seen the return of Kid Miracleman and trouble in brewing in that comic book series.  Dr. Strange says to Iron Fist:

Studying up, then, Daniel?  Limbering up the mind for what weird horrors may await?

Is this a hint at all as to what to expect?

3 comments

  • “If you look closely the comic is Marvelman Vol. 1 #25, a reference to Neil Gaiman‘s “The Golden Years” story arc which never saw issue 25 printed.”

    No, that’s not what the reference is. L Miller & Son had been publishing a UK weekly Captain Marvel comic, but had to stop, due to legal shenanigans between DC and Fawcett in the US. The replaced Captain Marvel with Marvelman, but retained the comic’s numbering. So, the last Captain Marvel comic was #24, followed a week later by the first Marvelman comic, which was #25. What we’re seeing here is meant to be the very fist Marvelman comic, from February 1954.

    Although, having said that, there is a huge coincidence, which I’ve noted myself before now, that the 1950s MM started at #25, whilst the 1980s MM stopped at #24. One of many odd and interesting coincidences that surround the story.

    • Without a clear date on the cover it’s a bit difficult to tell, but it could be. I went with the conversation talking about something foreboding coming and a shift in tone from a Golden Age to Silver Age so felt in the context of the conversation it made more sense for Gaiman’s run.

      But yes, it could also be issue 25 of the series from the 50s where it went from Captain Marvel to Marvelman.

  • If you look at the top left-hand corner of the front cover of the comic, you can see the distinctive triangular logo of L Miller & Son, the British publisher of Marvelman in the 1950s. So, with the number and the logo, I don’t think there’s any real doubt it’s meant to be the first Marvelman comic from February 1954, even in the absence of a visible date.