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Marvel, Simon & Schuster, and Mark Waid Want to teach you How to Create Comics the Marvel Way

Marvel Entertainment and Simon & Schuster are collaborating to provide an insider’s look at the unique methods that have made Marvel storytelling an integral part of modern pop culture. Marvel Comics and modern industry legend Mark Waid will take readers on a new journey of creative discovery with the all-new guide for modern comic creators: How to Create Comics the Marvel Way, available July 5, 2022.

The instructional book opens with an original cover from Marvel legend Humberto Ramos and features iconic Marvel characters throughout every stage of the production process from pencil roughs, inking, coloring, as well as how comic book illustration has been revolutionized through advances in digital/desktop technology.

With over 30 years in the comics industry as a writer, editor, publisher, journalist and retailer, no one is more qualified to deconstruct the magic of Marvel storytelling than Mark Waid. Drawing from his own experiences of working with dozens of artists and crafting some of the most beloved Marvel stories of all time, Waid takes readers inside every stage of the collaborative process. Throughout the book, Waid not only explains the technical details of comics creation, but also highlights the unique approach that has made Marvel the favorite publisher of comics readers for over six decades. The result is a graphic fiction masterclass that can be enjoyed by aspiring comics creators and new Marvel readers alike.

How to Create Comics the Marvel Way will serve as the ultimate primer for creators at every level with invaluable advice and an in-depth look at the industry’s current approach to producing comics. Readers and fans can pre-order the book now and get it when it’s available on July 5, 2022!

How to Create Comics the Marvel Way

Preview: Fantastic Four #35

Fantastic Four #35

(W) Dan Slott, Mark Waid (A) John Romita, More (CA) Mark Brooks
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
SRP: $9.99

A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang’s final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surprise guest stars as John Romita Jr. returns to Marvel and joins forces with writer Dan Slott for this celebratory adventure! Marvel’s First Family will literally never be the same again!
Plus: Mark Waid and Paul Renaud deliver dramatic new insights into the origin of the fabulous foursome in an all-new anniversary tale!

Fantastic Four #35

John Romita Jr. Celebrates the Fantastic Four through the years with a Fantastic Four #35 Wraparound Cover

This year, Marvel celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Fantastic Four with a giant-sized issue worthy of the iconic superhero team’s monumental legacy! Joining series writer Dan Slott will be legendary artist John Romita Jr., marking his highly-anticipated return to Marvel with this thrilling issue. In addition to drawing a story within this epic issue, Romita Jr.’s beloved style will also grace the issue in the form of an incredible wraparound cover. Highlighting Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny’s transformation since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first created them, the artwork serves as both a celebration of Fantastic Four’s journey and a teaser of the story inside: a showdown across Fantastic Four history against the master of time travel—Kang the Conqueror! 

Fantastic Four #35 also features Mark Waid and Jason Loo as well as Paul Renaud and Loo on art.

Home to concepts and characters that revolutionized comic book storytelling, the Fantastic Four have enjoyed one of the most memorable sagas in comic book history. Check out John Romita Jr.’s cover below along with some never-before-seen artwork and be there for one of their greatest adventures yet when Fantastic Four #35 hits stands on September 1st.

Preview: Superman: Red & Blue #4

Superman: Red & Blue #4

Written by: Michael Conrad, Robert Venditti, Francis Manapul, Mark Waid
Art by: Audrey Mok, Cully Hamner, Francis Manapul, Alitha Martinez

This month our cover star Bizarro leaves the Red & Blue family by not being in a story all about his very own birthday. Which of course means we definitely have a story in here about Bizarro’s birthday, as well as four more about the Man of Steel himself, including one about a social media star who inspires a very dangerous trend in Metropolis that nearly runs Superman ragged. Also, learn the story of how Jimmy Olsen was able to take what became his very favorite picture of Superman. These fantastic tales feature some of the best writers and artists in the business, only using Superman’s special colors to make them come alive!

Superman: Red & Blue #4

ComiXology Features 13 New Digital Comics including Fantastic Four as well as Gatecrasher from Palmiotti, Waid, and Conner!

It’s a packed Thursday at comiXology with thirteen new digital comics available right now. Start shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paolo Rivera
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #67-70, 500-502.

Doctor Doom, the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known, and the most personal and persistent nemesis the Fantastic Four has ever encountered, rises again! But this time, something is different about the Lord of Latveria, as his strategy strikes at the heart of the first family of super heroes, forcing Reed Richards to contemplate doing…the unthinkable!

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Howard Porter
Cover by Tom Feister, Tony Harris
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #503-508.

It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time: Now that their arch enemy Doctor Doom had seemingly perished, the Fantastic Four would journey into his nation of Latveria, disassemble its war machine and set its oppressed citizens free. But what appeared a black and white situation quickly turns a murky shade of gray, and Reed Richards and his family find themselves besieged on all sides, both by those they thought of as their allies, and by the very people they were trying to save!

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #509-513.

Having embarked on the ultimate journey, Reed, Sue and Johnny must contend with the defenses of the afterlife – and storm the gates of Heaven itself to rescue their fallen teammate. They’ve faced the destroyer of everything, Galactus. Now, they face the creator of everything, as the Fantastic Four are reunited in the Hereafter. Plus: The FF have a lot to answer for in the aftermath of their authoritative action in Latveria – and when you’re trying to regain the trust of cynical New Yorkers, is associating with a certain misunderstood wall-crawler really a wise move?

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Written by Karl Kesel, Mark Waid
Art by Paco Medina, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paco Medina
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #514-519.

Manhattan is cut off from the rest of the world by a fleet of miles-high alien spacecraft -and that’s just the beginning! With the Avengers in disarray, New York reluctantly turns to the disenfranchised Fantastic Four, the only heroes in town, to save them – but where to even start? And which member of the team will make a decision that will radically change the Fantastic Four for some time to come? Plus: Witness the genesis of an all-new, all-twisted Frightful Four!

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Join the galaxy’s newest unique hero as he discovers villains beyond belief, worlds beyond imagination and women beyond his means! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Let other guys duke it out over truth and justice? Gatecrasher’s fighting for the fate of the entire friggin’ UNIVERSE. There’s only one thing our hero can do to save the world?but the permanent cost to both him and the Split-Second Squad will be staggering! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Graduation day, and Alec Wagner wants only one thing. The valedictorian slot? An Honor Society scholarship? A bright future in computer software? Are you kidding? He wants to party like it’s his last day on Earth ? and if certain forces have their way it may well be! Chicks, booze, fast cars, faster women… hey, is the room spinning, or is it just Alec? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Joe Linsner
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Fourth down and half-naked! A showdown on the fifty-yard line and Hazard’s wardrobe is only the first thing to go! Meanwhile, our hero finally learns why everyone in the universe is gunning for him-and the answer will change his life forever! Plus, will ex-girlfriend Mia finally squeeze Alec’s head until it pops? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D’honneur

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Reese est décidée à cacher ses pleurs et à partir sur une note positive. Sur les conseils de sa tante maintenant décédée, Reese est devenue une actrice populaire de soap-opéra. Cependant, dû au fait qu’elle soit tombée éperdument amoureuse d’Alex, l’homme qui l’accompagne à l’écran, elle décide de mettre définitivement terme à sa carrière d’actrice. Peu importe le nombre de fois où ils s’embrassent et s’étreignent, rien ne se passe une fois que les caméras s’arrêtent de tourner. C’est parce qu’Alex a une petite amie secrète. Et de toute façon, Reese sait que les relations entre acteur et actrice ne se finissent jamais bien. Mais, alors qu’elle se prépare à tout laisser derrière elle avec le sourire, Alex l’arrête et lui demande une faveur… Reese sera-t-elle capable de dire non à l’homme qu’elle aime ?

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D'honneur

THE ARGENTINE’S PRICE(colored version)

Written by Maisey Yates
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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Vanessa’s first love, first kiss and first heartbreak all came courtesy of Lazaro Marino. She’s the only daughter of a distinguished family in Boston, and when she was sixteen, she met Lazaro. He worked at her family’s mansion, and she fell in love with him at first sight. He was from South America, and two years older than her, and she was head over heels for him. However, their love did not last long. The night they first kissed, he suddenly vanished. Twelve years later, they’ll meet again, under circumstances she could never have imagined. But was their reunion just the beginning of his revenge?※This work is originally colored.

THE ARGENTINE'S PRICE(colored version)

Tilly Of Tap House

Written by Carol Wood
Art by Satomi Tsuya
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By day, Tilly works diligently at Doctor Tapper’s medical clinic as his assistant, and cares for three orphaned children by night. Her busy life is interrupted one day, when Doctor Tapper’s nephew Harry drops by.

Harry is handsome and capable. As a doctor himself, he takes over the clinic when Doctor Tapper takes ill. His fancy, new-fangled ways don’t sit well with the patients in the poor neighborhood.

As Tilly works closely with Harry, she finds herself torn between tradition and innovation, effectivity and kindness…

Tilly Of Tap House

Greek’s Last Redemption

Written by Caitlin Crews
Art by Karan Dan
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On her travels to Santorini, Holly met a man of unprecedented beautyt – Theo, a man of the Greek shipping industry – and was lovestruck. They fell for each other and got married in a flash, but Holly was tried of living fear of being a dumped by her playboy husband, so she confessed that she had gone to bed with someone else and left him. Now, after four years of separation, she is finally filing for divorce for one reason or another. But then Theo makes an unexpected proposal. She wants to reunite with him in Barcelona, where they spent a hot honeymoon…

Greek's Last Redemption

The Matriarch

Written by Robert Richardson
Art by Robert Richardson
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Career woman. Single mother. Superhero. Sherry Benning knew having a baby would change her life. She didn’t know it would change the world. As Leviathan City’s star super-heroine the Matriarch, Sherry tries to balance work and home-life against a backdrop of friends, foes, and potential love-interests; aggressive alien thoughts made manifest deep within the earth; an entire army of monsters and villains; and a secret so startling it could mean the end of the world as we’ve known it…and the beginning of something entirely new.

The Matriarch

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ComiXology Features Seven New Digital Releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Cinebook

There are seven new digital comics available now on comiXology. You can choose new digital releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Cinebook. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett, Carlos Meglia, Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Elektra (2001) #16-22.

Armed with superior fighting skills and her razor-sharp sais, for years the femme fatale Elektra has offered her killing touch to the highest bidder. Now, after being confronted with the choice to change or die, Elektra chooses to amend her murderous ways … but can she really reach out for help and find a life beyond killing and death? High-speed action mixed with ethical explorations makes this a book packed with explosive excitement and incredible depth.

Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again

Elektra Vol. 3: Relentless

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by Sean Chen
Cover by Rodolfo Migliari
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Collects Elektra (2001) #23-28.

Experience the life of Elektra, the stunning killer-for-hire, from two unique perspectives – through the eyes of the assassin herself, and through the eyes of her latest mark, completing a unique journey ending on a dying man’s last day – if Elektra has her way, that is!

Elektra Vol. 3: Relentless

Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy

Written by Robert Rodi
Art by Will Conrad
Cover by Tom Fleming
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Collects Elektra (2001) #29-34.

The beautiful but deadly assassin is hired to eliminate the leader of a violent guerilla movement in Southeast Asia, but will Elektra’s conscience allow her to fulfill the contract when she learns the insane guerilla leader is just an 8-year-old boy hailed as a prophet by his followers? Plus: What happens when the world’s most lethal woman is felled by… the Flu?!

Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Imaginauts

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mark Buckingham, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #56, 60-66.

As Waid & Wieringo are redefining Doctor Doom in the monthly series, get on board their run from the beginning. Learn the truth behind Mister Fantastic’s decision to turn his friends into the Fantastic Four. See our heroes face off against a sentient mathematical equation driven mad by love, an infestation of insects from another dimension, a cascading wave of molecular instability, and the Thing on a homicidal rampage that only the Human Torch can stop.

Fantastic Four Vol. 1: Imaginauts

L’honneur Des Crighton: Les Crightons

Written by Penny Jordan
Art by Takako Hashimoto
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Les Crighton sont une famille anglaise fortunée et réputée, dont les membres sont avocats de génération en génération. Jonathan et David Crighton sont jumeaux. Étant le plus calme des deux, Jonathan vit dans l’ombre de David depuis des années. Son épouse, Jenny, est même sortie avec son frère avant d’être avec lui. Leur idylle a duré jusqu’au jour où David l’a abandonnée alors qu’elle était enceinte. Jonathan lui a alors demandé sa main, comme pour tenter d’essuyer les erreurs de David. Mais voilà que tout bascule : David est victime d’une crise cardiaque et s’effondre lors de leur cinquantième anniversaire. Après avoir découvert que David avait détourné des fonds à l’insu d’un de ses clients, les Crighton sont plongés dans une crise sans précédent. Les querelles familiales anciennes et latentes resurgissent l’une après l’autre, conduisant David à se demander à qui il peut vraiment se fier.

L’honneur Des Crighton: Les Crightons

Chosen As The Sheikh’s Royal Bride

Written by Jennie Lucas
Art by Satoru Nagasawa
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The bride market… It was a competition where Omar, the handsome king of Samarkala, gathered the most talented and beautiful women from other countries to see which one is worthy of becoming his queen. Beth, who took part in the competition in place of her talented older sister, was convinced that she, an ordinary girl, would never be chosen. She only wanted the large sum of money that she could get as an entry fee to fulfill her own important purposes. But when Omar looked at her with a passionate gaze, he made an unexpected confession. “Beth, I need you,” he said. These words were the beginning of a tumultuous romance that would change Beth’s dull life forever!

Chosen As The Sheikh's Royal Bride

Wanted: Lucky Luke

Written by Matthieu Bonhomme
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Riding peacefully along a western trail, Lucky Luke is suddenly ambushed by an unknown assailant. After a quick gunfight, the cowboy loses his mysterious attacker, but happens upon a lone wagon beset by Apache raiders. Another quick fight later, Luke is surprised to find that the occupants of the wagon are three lovely young women! Three sisters on their way to start a new life, and who all find the lonesome cowboy … quite interesting.

Wanted: Lucky Luke

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Preview: Marvels Snapshots: Captain Marvel

Marvels Snapshots: Captain Marvel

(W) Mark Waid (A) Colleen Doran (CA) Alex Ross
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 24, 2021
SRP: $4.99

A team of heroes fights a stirring battle for the safety of the planet. A young woman struggles with desperation and despair, trying to cope in the modern world. But that’s only the beginning. Superstar creators MARK WAID (Kingdom Come, FANTASTIC FOUR) and COLLEEN DORAN (SPIDER-MAN, A Distant Soil) tell a tale of inspiration within inspiration, as we see how the world’s marvels have inspired others – and how they’ve been inspired themselves. Featuring Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and a few surprises.

Marvels Snapshots: Captain Marvel

Preview: Marvel #5 (of 6)

Marvel #5 (of 6)

(W) Alex Ross, More (A) More (A/CA) Alex Ross
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
SRP: $4.99

The spectacular artist showcase of unbelievable illustrators continues! Gene Ha and Zander Cannon reveal an event-filled day in the life of Doctor Strange’s associate, Wong, Adam Hughes depicts Nick Fury’s final soliloquy at the end of the Second World War, and the Hulk and Wolverine do battle thanks to Mark Waid and Lucio Parrillo! All encapsulated in a larger story by Alex Ross, Kurt Busiek & Steve Darnall! No serious art-lover can afford to miss this series!

Marvel #5 (of 6)

Preview: Marvel #4 (of 6)

Marvel #4 (of 6)

(W) Alex Ross, More (A) More (A/CA) Alex Ross
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $4.99

As Doctor Strange continues to contend with the machinations of Nightmare in the framing story by Alex Ross and Steve Darnall, a bevy of other creators lend their talents to stories from all across the Marvel Universe: Daniel Acuña spins a saga of the Deviants in the world of the future; Doug Rice and Hilary Barta explore the earliest adventures of Doctor Droom during the time of the Marvel monsters; and Mark Waid and Lucio Parillo pit the Hulk against a fighting mad Wolverine in a brutal painted saga!

Marvel #4 (of 6)

Richard Meyer’s Lawsuit Against Mark Waid is Dismissed

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After months of silence, a final update has been released concerning the lawsuit by Richard Meyer against Mark Waid. The suit claiming “tortious interference with contract and defamation” has jointly been decided to end with neither party admitting liability or responsibility. Also, neither party can “claim to have achieved any victory” and both have agreed to assume their own fees and costs.

The first amended complaint of the lawsuit was filed on July 24, 2019.

The lawsuit arose over claims that Waid interfered with the publication of Meyer’s comic Jawbreakers by Antarctic Press. Since then, the comic has been successfully been published. That, along with COVID-19’s impact, and in the “best interests of all concerned and the comic book community at large”, the lawsuit has ended.

Full Disclosure: This site provided a financial donation and other support to Waid’s defense

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