Face front, True Believers! Marvel is making its big Legacy announcement and its a series of covers that homage great Marvel covers of the past, from the Silver Age to the brief Auteur Era. The Legacy relaunch will follow a 50 page one shot. The revamped Marvel line-up will include reverting to old numbers on books and the return of traditional characters in their traditional roles.
A cynical observer who just wrote a big think piece dissing Bronze Age nostalgia might see this as more of the same…or a reassuring pat to Marvel readers of many ages that Marvel still has what made it great. Or as Axel Alonso put it:
“A new initiative that will take things back to our iconic history, with a firm eye on the future, MARVEL LEGACY will present stories that remind everyone — newcomers and longtime fans alike — why Marvel stands as the premier name in fiction,” said Editor in Chief Axel Alonso. “Our titles will unearth gems from Marvel’s rich history, remind readers of connections between characters, and usher in the return of some major characters who’ve been missed. Above all else, we want to inject our comics with a massive dose of fun!”
The covers have been posted in gif format that helps you see just how close these homages are. Also, cover artists are clearly credited, which is nice!
- Incredible Hulk – Mike Deodato (gorgeous)
- America – Benjamin Caldwell
- X-Men: Blue – David Lopez
- Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur – Felipe Smith
- Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows – Khary Randolph
- Astonishing X-Men: John Cassaday
US Avengers (cover artist: Christian Ward)
Hawkeye (cover artist: Greg Smallwood)
Jessica Jones (cover artist: Daniel Mora)
Champions (cover artist: Daniel Mora)
Spider-Man vs. Deadpool (cover artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli)
Guardians (cover artist: Ron Lim)
Iceman by Michael Ryan
Alan Davis pays homage to Invincible Iron Man #150.
Dave Johnson give an update to Luke Cage: Hero for Hire #1.
Old Man Logan by Cameron Stewart.
Secret Warriors Dave Johnson
Avengers vs Champions by Mike Allred
Cable by Robert Liefeld
Despicable Deadpool by Salvador Espin
Moon Knight by Bill Sienkiewicz
The Punisher by Tim Bradstreet
Royals by Juan Doe “This Issue Everybody Lives” – haw.
Black Panther (artist not given – shame on you Nerdist!)
Captain Marvel (artist not given)
Daredevil (artist not given)
Doctor Strange (artist not given)
Genx (artist not given)
Squirrel-Girl (artist not given)
So whadday think? Are you all excited for Legacy?