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Was There Almost an Ultraverse Relaunch?

COMIC LEGEND:

Steve Englehart was hired to do a pitch on an Ultraverse relaunch at Marvel..

STATUS:

True

A while back, I did a Comic Book Legends Revealed about Marvel’s purchase of Malibu Comics and specifically their Ultraverse line of superhero comic books. That piece was about debunking the legends about why Marvel purchased the Ultraverse.

One thing that I have never been able to state definitively, and something that I doubt I’ll ever be able to state definitively (because I Suspect it is connected to contract terms that would never become public under normal circumstances) is why Marvel has never done a reboot or relaunch of the Ultraverse, despite owning all of these characters. So don’t bother asking about that one for future legends.

However, while Marvel doesn’t look like they’ll ever do a relaunch of a reboot in the future, they actually DID consider doing one in the past! And it was going to be done by one of the original Ultraverse creators, the great Steve Englehart, who created “The Strangers” for the Ultraverse…


And this new project would ALSO be called “The Strangers,” only it wouldn’t be like his original series (which was about a group of strangers who gained powers at the same time on a trolley in San Francisco), but rather a mixture of some of the most notable characters from the Ultraverse.

Englehart explained it on his website:


“Bring back the Ultraverse” was my only directive, but I decided to get at least one character by every Founding Father into the mix.* I used the name THE STRANGERS because it was even more descriptive of this concept than the original one – literally, nobody in the Marvel Universe knew these guys – but it included HARDCASE, CHOICE, MANTRA, PRIME, SLUDGE, RUNE, and LORD PUMPKIN, along with LADY KILLER, THE NIGHT MAN, RHIANNON, and ATOM BOB. With that many characters, and my usual need to give them all character depth, I decided to do what I’d done with the JUSTICE LEAGUE, and asked for a monthly, double-sized book. Marvel was dubious of that idea from the start, maintaining that a double-sized monthly could not be done these days – while I maintained that doing the entire Ultraverse in a regular-sized book could not be done.

But we never resolved that question because they decided not to resurrect the Ultraverse after all. The Ultraverse had been the last successful – and the most successful – character-group launch in comics history, but Marvel decided to follow its own path.



http://www.cbr.com/ultraverse-marvel-relaunch-steve-englehart/

#Ultraverse #comic #books #comicbooks #Englehart



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Cartoons From The ‘80s

15. M.A.S.K.

14. Silverhawks

13. Robocop

12. Dino-Riders

11. Bravestarr

10. Defenders of the Earth

9. The Legend of Zelda

8. Snorks

7. Challenge of the GoBots

6. Popples

5. Mister T.

4. Denver the Last Dinosaur

3. COPS

2. The Centurions

1. Dinosaucers



http://www.cbr.com/amazing-forgotten-1980s-cartoons/


#Saturday #morning #cartoons #animation #1980s #nostalgia #gobots



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The Eye In Team: What Do We Lose When A Comic Doesn’t Have Its Own Artist?

Recently, the subject of rotating art teams in superhero comics reached a tipping point, and people have started to wonder if the concept does more harm than good in the long run. With double-shipping in superhero comics becoming more prevalent, and artists’ contributions being seen as interchangeable, it’s important to stop and ask: Are rotating artistic creative teams good for comics in the long-run, or does it start us down a path of recognizing the writer’s contributions as inherently more important to the finished product?

This week, Marvel Comics announced the artists for its upcoming relaunch of Astonishing X-Men, penned by Charles Soule. Or rather, the publisher revealed that there is no artist; the series will be drawn by a succession of some of the industry’s best talents, including Jim Cheung, Phil Noto and ACO. However, the announcement drew some criticism for not valuing the contributions of the artist as much as the contributions of the writer, and raised a larger point about the positive and negative effects of rotating art teams in general.


Read More: What Do We Lose When A Comic Doesn't Have Its Own Artist? | http://comicsalliance.com/rotating-art-teams-superhero-comics/?trackback=tsmclip


More in the link:


http://comicsalliance.com/rotating-art-teams-superhero-comics/


#news #comic #book #comicbooks #artist #art #question



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