"Marvel announces "Fantastic Four" #554 sell out, second printing

Tue, February 19th, 2008 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Marvel is pleased to announce that the hotly anticipated Fantastic Four #554 has sold out at Diamond (though copies may be available at the retail level). The acclaimed dream team that changed superhero comics with Ultimates, writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch, present "World's Greatest," a storyline that takes the FF to places you've never seen before! To meet the overwhelming demand for this issue, Marvel is going back to press with Fantastic Four #554 Second Printing Variant, featuring Hitch's stunning interior art on the new cover!

"First off, a great big thanks," said Millar. "Our friends all pointed at us and laughed when we said we wanted to put FF back in the top ten, but we love this book. We have always believed in it and are both just delighted to see our naive, slightly deranged enthusiasm reach other people and translate into great sales. A huge thanks from both Scotland and England to everyone who got out there and supported us. We were really, really happy with the numbers, but to hear that the book sold out in a day is just nuts. We promise this is only the beginning and the fun has only begun!"

Bryan Hitch exclaimed, "For my part I'm amazed and delighted. We had hope for a solid sales hike and a confident seller but this has take us completely by surprise, especially as it's such a low-key and quiet start to the run as a whole. I'm currently pencilling the ninth issue and am on the last pages of what may well become a super-sized Christmas special, which if included in the run would make me on issue eleven by now. What's so exciting about the reaction to our first issue is that the best is still to come. I know it's said often enough as hyperbole but having seen the completed eight issues and Christmas special I can really say that the best we have is coming."

Marvel urges readers to check their orders on all issues of Fantastic Four, with a quick sell out of #554 and Millar & Hitch continuing to draw rave reviews from all corners. Don't miss Fantastic Four #554 Second Printing Variant, as two of the world's greatest creators present the world's greatest comic magazine like never before!

FANTASTIC FOUR #554 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JAN088033)

Written by MARK MILLAR

Pencils & Cover by BRYAN HITCH & PAUL NEARY

Colored by PAUL MOUNTS

Rated A…$2.99

FOC-2/28/08, On-Sale-3/19/08

FANTASTIC FOUR #555 (JAN082143)

Written by MARK MILLAR

Pencils & Cover by BRYAN HITCH & PAUL NEARY

Colored by PAUL MOUNTS

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC-2/21/08, On-Sale-3/12/08

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