'Ultimate FF' launches with 200k issues

Wed, December 31st, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

Now just two days from its long-anticipated launch, Marvel wants to thank

readers and retailers for making ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #1 the highest

ordered new ongoing series debut this decade, with a print run of over 200k


"This is the first time in years that a new, ongoing series has launched so

impressively," said Diamond Comic Distributors President and CEO Steve

Geppi. "It's a win-win situation for everyone from Marvel to the retailers

to the fans. Congratulations to Marvel and the creative team of Ultimate

Fantastic Four on their achievement."

"The early critical response and attention the series has received - with

mentions in publications like this month's ESQUIRE and Sunday's WASHINGTON

POST - has been especially gratifying, and the response by retailers has

been extraordinary," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "And with

creative team like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar & Adam Kubert (and a

cover assist by Bryan Hitch), comic book retailers AND readers will be

richly rewarded for their show of faith! What a great way to kick off the

New Year for comics' fans! This is just the start of a VERY BIG 2004 at


ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #1 goes on sale Friday, January 2nd. "This is

everything that a first issue should be; beautifully illustrated and

expertly faithful to the script," reads Comics Buyer's Guide review of the

issue. "These are top creators at the top of their game obviously working

with characters that they care for, and all the joy and discovery and the

sense of wonder that the Fantastic Four should engender are here. I can't

wait for the next issue."

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #2 [NOV031487] goes on sale 1/28 and retailers are

reminded its Final Order Cut-off [FOC] is Thursday, 1/8. Readers, ask your

local comic book retailer to reserve your copies today!

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