Marvel Celebrates Its 80th Birthday With Marvel Comics #1000

by James Ferguson

There’s more than one way to reach issue #1000. Sure, you can release 1,000 consecutive titles, or you can just skip a few and jump to the end. Marvel Comics has taken the latter approach with an over-sized one-shot, Marvel Comics #1000. The book features 80 creative teams including names from classic and current titles. It’s all wrapped up in a cover by Alex Ross.

SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort told The New York Times:

This is by far the most complex and complicated and difficult book I’ve ever had to assemble.

Marvel Comics #1000 looks like a victory lap for the publisher, celebrating its 80 year history. It is aimed at new and old readers alike, so anyone even remotely interested can pick this up and dive right in.

Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski also told The New York Times:

Our characters are mentioned in so many different ways and in so many different mediums and we always keep track. Now these distinguished individuals are able to contribute back to the comics they grew up on.

Al Ewing will be the primary writer of Marvel Comics #1000, providing the framework for the overall structure of the book. Other names include Roy Thomas, Peter David, Gerry Conway, Adam Kubert, Saladin Ahmed, Gail Simone, Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Writer Al Ewing told This Week in Marvel:

There are so many threads in this mystery, so many different parts of Marvel you’ll find secret connections. There are a lot of synchronicities and echoes in this, and threads between all of that.

Marvel Comics #1000 is set for release in August 2019.

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