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Thu, May 17th, 2001 at 12:00am PDT

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Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

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MARVEL BIDS FAREWELL TO THE COMICS CODE AUTHORITY,
REVEALS THE ORIGIN OF WOLVERINE

[Wolverine: The Origin]
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Note: The following story contains language that would not get Comics Code Authority approval.

To the surprise of, well, no one, Marvel Comics announced Wednesday that they would be abandoning the decades-old Comics Code Authority rating system in favor of their own comic rating system.

Perhaps a bit more surprising was a brief story in USA Today's Life section on Wednesday that Wolverine would be getting his origin told this September, in a six issue miniseries entitled, simply enough, "Origin." No creative team for the book was announced, although Marvel editor in chief Joe Quesada drew the cover of the first issue at least.

The code decision was announced at Wednesday's semi-regular press conference. Quesada noted at the outset of the conference that Marvel president Bill Jemas' comments would still be submitted to the CCA. Presumably, he wouldn't be receiving their seal of approval for his comments at the press conference.

"The current standards are ... inappropriate ... for the 21st century," Jemas said. The move is a "voluntary initiative which we believe is necessary as we continue to grow and expand our business."

Leaving the CCA doesn't suddenly mean the House of Ideas will be turning into the House of Naughty Ideas, however. Most of Marvel's books will still be appropriate for readers of all ages. All of the books will get labeled based on readers the content will be suitable for.

"There's something wrong with this current system, where if the book does not bear the stamp ... then there's something wrong with the book," Jemas said. "That's bullshit."

IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN:

OSTRANDER WRAPS UP LOOSE END IN FINAL 'MARTIAN MANHUNTER'

[Martian Manhunter #1000000]If you read DC Comics' "Martian Manhunter" #1,000,000 during the company's DC One Million crossover event, you may recall that Kyle "Green Lantern" Rayner is destined to play an important role in the life of the Martian Manhunter, delivering an important message to him when the Martian is at his lowest point.

And it's not his title getting cancelled, wise guy.

Series writer John Ostrander hasn't forgotten that dangling plot thread, which will be addressed "in the final issue," he told the Comic Wire on Tuesday.

"Final script is completed. We'd said that J'Onn is given the message from his future self after 'the worst day of his life.' That's what he gets. What shape does it take? Who is behind it? Ah, that would be telling ..."

"Martian Manhunter" ends with #36. Artist Jamal Igle will be filling in for regular artist Tom Mandrake.

JEWEL OF THE COMIC BRIEF

Here's what's news and press releases in CBR's Comic Brief:

  • CrossGen overships Sigil #12

  • Marvel Comics solicitations for product shipping August, 2001 with covers

  • Oni takes an experimental direction with a new creator for Kissing Chaos

  • Bob Layton goes on-line, .com style

  • Butch Guice joins CrossGen officially

  • Butch Guice to go exclusive with CrossGen

And last time in the Comic Wire:

  • DeCarlo Loses Out to Archie Again in "Sabrina" Counter-Suit

  • Johns Offers Some Fast "Flash" Facts

  • Carls Speed McNeil Shoots for the Eisner by Giving "Finder" #19 Away

AND FINALLY ...

Thanks to Augie de Blieck.

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