Ted McKeever drawing Wolverine, Tomm Coker on Master of Kung Fu, Dr. Strange by Kieron Gillen and Frazier Irving? All in glorious black and white. Sign us up!
While this sounds like some cool, beatnik Marvel anthology comic, Don McPherson explains it is really a little-noted or promoted Marvel project: two black and white comics magazines that were released last year to no fanfare, Marvel Super Special and Marvel Super Action. McPherson guesses that this is some kind of Disney-inspired inventory cleaning:
The recent announcement that Marvel will publish 15 Love — a tennis-themed soap opera of a comic that’s been sitting in a drawer at Marvel Comics for almost a decade — makes me wonder if these new black-and-white Marvel magazines are meant as a way to clear out the stores of unpublished material that’s been accumulating in its offices over the years. Some have speculated that Disney’s recent acquisition of the comics publisher is directly connected to older, forgotten, unpublished material seeing the light of day once again. Some of the material in these mags is clearly more recent in their creation; the incarnation of Ares that’s featured is the same one that was a member of the Avengers in the last few years, for example. But other stories are clearly using older character designs or concepts; the Bob Layton-era Iron Man is definitely depicted in Howard Chaykin’s story in Marvel Super Special, for example, and the 1970s/’80s Iron Man design is on the cover.
Also noteworthy: Both titles are remnants of Marvel’s long ago magazine programs, back in the ’80s when there were newsstands, so maybe it’s a trademark thing.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.