Marvel Launches 75th Anniversary Anthology With Bruce Timm, Brian Bendis, Paolo Rivera, Stan Lee And More
Comics have been pretty big on celebrating their 75th Anniversary celebrations lately. Last year it was Superman’s debut in Action Comics #1 that got the nod and this year it’s Batman and his first appearance in Detective Comics #27, but there’s one more that’s coming up, so prepare to strap on your party hats and cut the cake: This October marks 75 years since the debut of Marvel Comics #1.
To mark the occasion, Marvel is putting together an anthology called Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1, featuring creators like Stan Lee, Bruce Timm, Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Samnee, Stan Goldberg and more taking a look back at various eras from the company’s history, wrapped up in a cover by Paolo Rivera.
Among the new stories in 75th Anniversary will be “Captain America Foils The Traitor’s Revenge,” an adaptation by legendary animator and comics artist Bruce Timm of a text story from Captain America Comics #3 that was written by Stan Lee as his first work for Marvel Comics. Current Fantastic Four writer James Robinson and artist Chris Samnee will also be doing their take on the original Fantastic Four #1, the story that kicked off the modern-day Marvel Universe.
Perhaps most notable of the entire lineup, Brian Bendis and Michael Gaydos will be returning to the character they created in Alias, Jessica Jones, for a story where she “investigates cases with connections to the history of the Marvel Universe.” Given that Jones has become both a fan-favorite character and is set to star in one of Marvel’s Netflix original shows, that’s a pretty interesting way to combine the past and future of the company.
Other creators involved include Len Wein, Paul Gulacy, and Stan Goldberg, who, in a career that began in 1949, has actually worked in every era of Marvel’s existence, starting in the Golden Age and helping to define the look of Marvel’s Silver Age rebirth as a colorist.
Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1 will be out this October, matching the cover date of Marvel Comics #1.