Marvel Comics’ 2022 Miracleman Plans Are Taking Shape


Bleeding Cool gets the word that Mark Buckingham has completed four new issues of Miracleman, written by Neil Gaimantaking them to the conclusion of the Miracleman: The Silver Age scenario and beyond in Miracleman: The Dark Ages. And that’s why Marvel Comics is confident enough to begin republishing the series in 2022, even though Buckingham is also busy on new ones. Fables comics with Bill Willinghamand Neil Gaiman has two ongoing TV series, with Sand seller and good omens.

Marvel Comics’ Miracleman Plans For 2022

But like yesterday Timeless Teaser #1 Revealed, Marvel Comics has more plans than just releasing the conclusion of the series’ original plans, when it was first published by Quality Communications in the ’80s and then Eclipse Comics in the 1980s. 80s and 90s. Miracleman will play a larger role in the Marvel Universe as a whole. This isn’t the first time this kind of thing has happened, Miracleman also appeared in the total eclipse series crossover alongside everyone from Airboy to the cast of bean world. But there are two things we can learn from this.

Donny Cates bought the cover of Miracleman #1

The first is that, obviously, whatever new Miracleman Marvel Comics releases, Donny Cates will write it. He made that desire known and maybe that’s why he’s still working for Marvel Comics, even though his creator-owned series is gaining huge popularity at Image Comics, with TV and movies branching off from his Substack’s work and funding. a large part. Lately he’s been shelling out huge sums of money for what he thought was original miracle man work, and threw references to Miracleman in his crossing comics.

Marvel Comics' 2022 Miracleman Plans Are Taking Shape

The second is that someone, somewhere is considering a movie. With Marvel Studios split from the Multiverse, Marvel Comics has more opportunities to tell stories separate from their usual line of continuity. And an adaptation of the original Alan Moore/Garry Leach/Alan Davis/Chuck Austen/Rick Veitch/John Totleben The Marvelman/Miracleman race seems to be on the cards. Just maps for now, but the possibility is very real right now. And the people who have to sign such a project are… let’s say, they think about it. A world-changing superhero story more than any has ever been told on screen before, the closest example may be something like dolls house, which has a small change in technology completely remakes the world around it into something so different and unrecognizable. Perhaps forty years after the comic book was first published, this story can now be told on a larger screen that has only ever told smaller stories.

Miracleman, originally known as Marvelman, was a superhero comic created by Mick Anglo for publisher L. Miller & Son in the UK in 1954, when they ran out of Captain Marvel strips to publish, when DC Comics won their case against Fawcett for trademark similarities to Superman. The series ran until 1963 and was revived by Dez Skinnit’s Warrior magazine of Quality Communications in 1982, written by Alan Moore and originally designed by Garry Leaching so what Alan Davis. This story was later reprinted and continued by Eclipse Comics in the United States, renamed Miracleman, with artists Chuck Austen, Rick Veitch, and John Totleben, then continued beyond its conclusion by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham until Eclipse folded. What rights to Miracleman and Marvelman were in dispute and Todd McFarlane, which bought the assets of Eclipse planned to publish Miracleman comics, which ended up in court. Marvel Comics was supposed to have bought all possible rights, reprinted previously published stories as well as classic fifties stories. Now, thirteen years after that purchase, Marvel will finally complete the story that began forty years ago.

Marvelman was originally a young journalist named Micky Moran who meets an astrophysicist, who gives him superpowers based on atomic energy instead of magic. To transform into Marvelman, he says the word “Kimota”, and was later joined by teenage messenger-turned-Young Marvelman Dicky Dauntless and young Johnny Bates-turned-Kid Marvelman. their two magic words were “Marvelman”.

In the first issue of Warrior Magazine, Michael Moran is presented as married, plagued by migraines, having dreams of flying, and unable to remember a word that had such meaning in his dreams. In his first set of Marvelman stories, Moore touches on many themes from his later work, including the superhero as a source of terror, the likable villain, and exploring the mythology of an established fictional character. Previous Marvelman stories were revealed to be fiction created by Dr. Garguanza, to explain to Mike Moran why he gained superpowers, rather than genetic experimentation inspired by alien contact. Eventually alien contact becomes the central plot of the series, after superhero battles of such a destructive nature never seen in such stories before, and the world is remade as a result of such contact.

In August 1985, Eclipse began reprinting Warrior’s Marvelman stories, colored and scaled. Gaiman and Buckingham resumed the series at No. 17, which was published in June 1990. Three volumes were planned, consisting of six issues each: The golden age, the silver age and The Dark Ages. Golden age showed the world a few years later: a utopia gradually transformed by alien technologies and benevolently ruled by Miracleman and other parahumans, though he has nagging doubts about whether he did the right thing by taking the power. Gaiman’s accent in Golden age is less the heroes themselves than the people who live in this new world, including a lonely man who becomes one of Miraclewoman’s lovers, a former spy (whose story is reminiscent of JG Ballardthe little story war fever), and several duplicates of Andy Warhol. Two numbers of silver age appeared, which sees Young Miracleman brought back to life, but Eclipse went bankrupt in 1994, ceasing publication of miracle man with issue 24. Issue 25 was completed but never released.

Looks like 2022 will finally bring that, and the rest of Miracleman, to publication.

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Lisa M. Horner