Marvel celebrates its 75th anniversary with new anthology issue

June 23, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.
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Marvel plans to issue a special "Avengers" 100th anniversary issue this summer -- part of a limited series that's a vision of how the publisher's comics will look in 2061, a century after the Marvel Universe launched with "Fantastic Four" No. 1. (Marvel)

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Marvel plans to issue a special "Fantastic Four" 100th anniversary issue this summer. (Marvel)

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Marvel plans to issue a special "Guardians of the Galaxy" 100th anniversary issue this summer. (Marvel)

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Marvel plans to issue a special "X-Men" 100th anniversary issue this summer. (Marvel)

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Marvel plans to issue a special "Spider-Man" 100th anniversary issue this summer. (Marvel)

In October 1939, Marvel Comics (then known as Timely Comics) was born in New York City, from pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman. This year, the little comics outlier will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a myth-making powerhouse.

To commemorate the occasion, Marvel Entertainment will publish the “Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration” No. 1, a new anthology issue coming to comic shops and digital devices this October.

An image of the cover created by Paolo Rivera. (Marvel)

An image of the cover created by Paolo Rivera. (Marvel)

The oversized collection will feature cover art from Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera, who collaborated with his inker-father Joe Rivera on “Daredevil.” Inside, the collection continues to boast some of Marvel’s biggest names, including James Robinson and Chris Samnee, who will take readers back to the day when the Fantastic Four was born.

Emmy- and Eisner-winning storyteller Bruce Timm will adapt “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge,”  the very first Marvel Comics story from the legendary Stan Lee. The original text-only story from the former Marvel president was published in “Captain America Comics” No. 3 in 1941 when Lee was an office lackey.

Other Marvel creative minds include Tom DeFalco, the former Marvel editor in chief who also wrote on Spider-Man titles in the ’80s and ’90s. He will join Stan Goldberg and Scott Hanna for a classic tale starring Peter Parker. Len Wein and Paul Gulacy will breathe new life into Wolverine, who Wein co-created, while writer Brian Michael Bendis teams with a variety of Marvel artists on a series of covers devoted to the comics Marvel never published.

This won’t be the only special project coming from Marvel Comics in the next several months. The comics giant will release a limited run of five 100th Anniversary Special issues of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Fantastic Four,” “The Avengers,” “The X-Men” and “Spider-Man.” The one-shot issues will arrive weekly in July, hypothesizing what shape the characters’ adventures will take in the year 2061. Take a look at some of the images in the gallery above.

“We thought that it would be a really fun idea to …  almost treat these like time capsules from the future,” said Marvel editor Nick Lowe in an interview with Hero Complex. “We were talking about how we’d just been through a bunch of 50th anniversaries — we had the 50th anniversary of the Fantastic Four a few years ago, we had the 50th anniversary of the Avengers and the X-Men last year — we thought that would be a really [good] idea to go after, a 100th anniversary thing.”

But for now, how about a 75th year bash? Read more about the 64-page anniversary special at the Marvel website.

– Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler

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