Marvel Comics to Implode — End of a Fifty-Plus Year Era

Art by John Buscema and Joe Sinnot.

Art by John Buscema and Joe Sinnot.

By James H. Burns: One of the greatest fantasy universes ever created, the complex and enchanting worlds found within Marvel Comics, are coming to an end. The vast storylines initiated by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Simon, Carl Burgos, Bill Everett, Don Heck, John Romita and Roy Thomas, and myriad other talented writers and artists, is to be imploded

During a live “Secret Wars Kick-Off” press event at New York City’s Midtown Comics, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort confirmed that the upcoming eight-issue limited series Secret Wars will represent the end of both the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe.

Saying that the mainstream Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe would “smash together” during the upcoming Secret Wars crossover event, Alonso and Brevoort went on to elaborate that, by the time Secret Wars #1 hits the stands in May, every world in Marvel’s multiverse will be destroyed, with pieces of each forming Battleworld, the staging ground for the Secret Wars storyline

“Once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld,” Brevoort said.

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3 thoughts on “Marvel Comics to Implode — End of a Fifty-Plus Year Era


    As if DC’s “New 52” wasn’t bad enough. [sigh] The Stan Lee-styled “House of Ideas” is not supposed to play Follow The Leader. What would Frederico Fellini (whose liking for Marvel Mr. Lee always Goshwow!ed about) have to say about this?

    From “MARVEL UNIVERSE, 1961-2015 — An Obituary“:

    “The universe is survived by its Uncle Walt, eight upcoming issues of Secret Wars (collect ’em all!), a smart comic store or three that will actually do clever funeral and/or Irish Wake promotions, and a bunch of inveterate nerds who are going to scream, ‘You killed my childhood!’ at no one in particular.”

    That interior quotation sums up what will be the loudest fan reaction pretty well.

    Me? I miss Classics Illustrated.

  2. If Jack Kirby were alive today, he would express disappointment — as he did often during his life — that people were still rehashing and tinkering with old characters he and Stan worked on fifty years ago instead of creating their own new creations. The fault for this lies with corporations who want to monetize the properties they already own rather than devote any effort to promoting and selling new concepts they would have to share with the creators. And since those corporations have all the money, that’s where the talent is forced to go.

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