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THE UNTOLD STORY

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"A WILD-RIDE ACCOUNT" —The Hollywood Reporter
"EPIC" —The New York Times
"INDISPENSABLE" —Los Angeles Times
"DEFINITIVE" —The Wall Street Journal
"SCINTILLATING" —Publishers Weekly
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    Creator credits for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY characters:
Rocket Racoon created by BILL MANTLO and KEITH GIFFENDrax the Destroyer, Gamora and Thanos created by JIM STARLIN
With Special Thanks toARNOLD DRAKE • GENE COLAN • PAUL PELLETIER • TIMOTHY GREEN II • ROGER STERN • JOHN BUSCEMA • SAL BUSCEMA • STAN LEE • DON HECK • JACK KIRBY • MIKE FRIEDRICH • STEVE ENGLEHART • STEVE GAN • MARKO DJURDJEVIC • MARV WOLFMAN

    Creator credits for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY characters:

    Rocket Racoon created by BILL MANTLO and KEITH GIFFEN
    Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Thanos created by JIM STARLIN

    With Special Thanks to
    ARNOLD DRAKE • GENE COLAN • PAUL PELLETIER • TIMOTHY GREEN II • ROGER STERN • JOHN BUSCEMA • SAL BUSCEMA • STAN LEE • DON HECK • JACK KIRBY • MIKE FRIEDRICH • STEVE ENGLEHART • STEVE GAN • MARKO DJURDJEVIC • MARV WOLFMAN

    — 1 month ago with 734 notes
    #Arnold Drake  #Gene Colan  #paul pelletier  #timothy green ii  #roger stern  #john buscema  #sal buscema  #stan lee  #don heck  #jack kirby  #mike friedrich  #steve englehart  #steve gan  #marko djurdjevic  #marv wolfman  #bill mantlo  #keith giffen  #jim starlin  #Guardians of the Galaxy  #Rocket Raccoon  #drax the destroyer  #gamora  #thanos 
    Can someone please explain to me what is going on in that last panel?Vision and the Scarlet Witch #8, 1986. Art by Richard Howell and Frank Springer. Words by Steve Englehart.

    Can someone please explain to me what is going on in that last panel?

    Vision and the Scarlet Witch #8, 1986. Art by Richard Howell and Frank Springer. Words by Steve Englehart.

    — 8 months ago with 33 notes
    #vision  #scarlet witch  #luke cage  #quicksilver  #mlk  #Steve Englehart  #richard howell  #frank springer  #insane panels 
    Vision and the Scarlet Witch #8, 1986. Art by Richard Howell and Frank Springer. Words by Steve Englehart.

    Vision and the Scarlet Witch #8, 1986. Art by Richard Howell and Frank Springer. Words by Steve Englehart.

    — 8 months ago with 32 notes
    #vision  #luke cage  #mlk  #steve englehart  #richard howell  #frank springer 
    themarvelageofcomics:

Illustrated letter sent to Jim Shooter concerning his authorship of AVENGERS by Fred Hembeck

    themarvelageofcomics:

    Illustrated letter sent to Jim Shooter concerning his authorship of AVENGERS by Fred Hembeck

    — 8 months ago with 47 notes
    #Jim Shooter  #fred hembeck  #avengers  #daredevil  #ghost rider  #steve englehart  #marv wolfman  #gerry conway 
    One of my favorite pictures of Marvel creators.Jim Starlin, Tom Orzechowski, Heather Devitt, and Steve Englehart at a costume party in California, 1974. If you’ve read this part of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, this picture won’t surprise you too much.

    One of my favorite pictures of Marvel creators.

    Jim Starlin, Tom Orzechowski, Heather Devitt, and Steve Englehart at a costume party in California, 1974.

    If you’ve read this part of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, this picture won’t surprise you too much.

    — 1 year ago with 126 notes
    #jim starlin  #Tom Orzechowski  #Steve Englehart  #marvel  #marvel comics  #doctor strange  #shang-chi  #captain marvel 
    Rick Jones, rock & roller.
Captain Marvel #40, September 1975. Art by Al Milgrom and Al McWilliams. Words by Steve Englehart.

    Rick Jones, rock & roller.

    Captain Marvel #40, September 1975. Art by Al Milgrom and Al McWilliams. Words by Steve Englehart.

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    — 1 year ago with 66 notes
    #rick jones  #captain marvel  #al milgrom  #steve englehart 
    Steve Englehart, 1980. Photograph by Michael Catron.

    Steve Englehart, 1980. Photograph by Michael Catron.

    — 1 year ago with 7 notes
    #Steve Englehart  #photos 
    Doctor Strange #9, August 1975. Art by Gene Colan and Frank Chiarmonte; Words by Steve Englehart.

    Doctor Strange #9, August 1975. Art by Gene Colan and Frank Chiarmonte; Words by Steve Englehart.

    — 1 year ago with 16 notes
    #Doctor Strange  #Gene Colan  #Frank Chiarmonte  #Steve Englehart 
    "The grating voice becomes Mick Jagger’s!" The Sorcerer Supreme vs. Satan, from DOCTOR STRANGE #16, July 1976. Art by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. Words by Steve Englehart.

    "The grating voice becomes Mick Jagger’s!" The Sorcerer Supreme vs. Satan, from DOCTOR STRANGE #16, July 1976. Art by Gene Colan and Tom Palmer. Words by Steve Englehart.

    — 1 year ago with 21 notes
    #Doctor Strange  #Gene Colan  #Mick Jagger  #Satan  #Steve Englehart  #Tom Palmer 
    Then there was the time Rick Jones dosed himself in the Negative Zone. Captain Marvel #37 (March 1975). Art by Al Milgrom. Words by Steve Englehart.



Captain Marvel’s struggling-musician sidekick Rick Jones was getting hip, too. In Englehart’s Captain Marvel #37, Jones’s tourmate Dandy hands him a capsule, which she coyly refers to as “Vitamin C”: “a present, in case your ‘personal thing’ gets boring!” Rick Jones’s ‘personal thing’ at this point was that he would switch places with Captain Marvel every time he banged together the metal “Nega-Bands” on his wrists; this meant he spent a lot of time biding time in the Negative Zone, where one of them had to remain at all times. The next time Jones is floating idly in the Negative Zone, he pops the pill and begins hallucinating about his childhood in the suburbs; meanwhile, Captain Marvel’s jaw starts tingling, his head pulses, and his surroundings take on the properties of an Escher drawing. When the Watcher shows up and attacks Captain Marvel, our hero breaks out in a cold sweat; fortunately, by the next issue, he and Rick both have their bearings. Captain Marvel lauds Rick for the growth of his mind. 



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    Then there was the time Rick Jones dosed himself in the Negative Zone. Captain Marvel #37 (March 1975). Art by Al Milgrom. Words by Steve Englehart.

    Captain Marvel’s struggling-musician sidekick Rick Jones was getting hip, too. In Englehart’s Captain Marvel #37, Jones’s tourmate Dandy hands him a capsule, which she coyly refers to as “Vitamin C”: “a present, in case your ‘personal thing’ gets boring!” Rick Jones’s ‘personal thing’ at this point was that he would switch places with Captain Marvel every time he banged together the metal “Nega-Bands” on his wrists; this meant he spent a lot of time biding time in the Negative Zone, where one of them had to remain at all times. The next time Jones is floating idly in the Negative Zone, he pops the pill and begins hallucinating about his childhood in the suburbs; meanwhile, Captain Marvel’s jaw starts tingling, his head pulses, and his surroundings take on the properties of an Escher drawing. When the Watcher shows up and attacks Captain Marvel, our hero breaks out in a cold sweat; fortunately, by the next issue, he and Rick both have their bearings. Captain Marvel lauds Rick for the growth of his mind.

    — 1 year ago with 15 notes
    #captain marvel  #escher  #insane panels  #negative zone  #rick jones  #tingling jaw  #trips  #vitamin c  #watcher  #Steve Englehart  #Al Milgrom 

    Malibu Ultraverse commercials, circa 1993.

    — 1 year ago with 28 notes
    #Malibu  #Steve Gerber  #Steve Englehart 
    Other disgruntled Marvel creators began working for Malibu, which, fearful of putting all its eggs in the Image basket, was putting together plans for a shared universe—an “Ultraverse”—of its own characters. At a Scottsdale, Arizona, resort hotel, seven creators—including Steve Gerber and Steve Englehart—brainstormed in conference rooms, by tennis courts, and next to the swimming pool. They wouldn’t own the characters they created for Malibu, but they’d get a bigger share of profits than they would from Marvel. Even more important, they could follow their imaginations to the limit, creating comics about, say, a superhero who needed alcohol to manifest his powers, or a corrupt cop who was reincarnated as a sentient mass of sewage. Gerber and Englehart had grown frustrated with the thirty years of backstory baggage involved in writing Marvel characters, with having to ask editors for permission every time they wrote a line of dialogue. Walking around the complex at the end of the weekend, Gerber turned to Englehart. “This is what Marvel used to be like.” 
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    Other disgruntled Marvel creators began working for Malibu, which, fearful of putting all its eggs in the Image basket, was putting together plans for a shared universe—an “Ultraverse”—of its own characters. At a Scottsdale, Arizona, resort hotel, seven creators—including Steve Gerber and Steve Englehart—brainstormed in conference rooms, by tennis courts, and next to the swimming pool. They wouldn’t own the characters they created for Malibu, but they’d get a bigger share of profits than they would from Marvel. Even more important, they could follow their imaginations to the limit, creating comics about, say, a superhero who needed alcohol to manifest his powers, or a corrupt cop who was reincarnated as a sentient mass of sewage. Gerber and Englehart had grown frustrated with the thirty years of backstory baggage involved in writing Marvel characters, with having to ask editors for permission every time they wrote a line of dialogue. Walking around the complex at the end of the weekend, Gerber turned to Englehart. “This is what Marvel used to be like.”

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    — 1 year ago with 22 notes
    #Exiles  #Malibu  #Ultraverse  #Steve Gerber  #Steve Englehart 
    Captain Marvel #40, September 1975. Art by Al Milgrom and Al McWilliams. Words by Steve Englehart.

    Captain Marvel #40, September 1975. Art by Al Milgrom and Al McWilliams. Words by Steve Englehart.

    — 2 years ago with 66 notes
    #comics  #hecklers  #rick jones  #captain marvel  #oddly shaped guitars  #boa  #al milgrom  #Steve Englehart