PREVIEW: 'Marvel Mangaverse'

Wed, March 13th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

Hey, True Believer!

While the gang in the Bullpen thinks it's cool when big rollouts like THE

ULTIMATES and CAPTAIN AMERICA light up the scoreboards, we also enjoy what

we call "the little books that could". In this case, we're talking about

MARVEL MANGAVERSE, which started out as a one-week event, but -- due to fan

demand -- has grown into an ongoing series!

In fact, it's not just fans clamoring for more monthly adventures in the

surprise-filled setting, but retailers as well! Here's just a sampling of

comments that ran in the latest issue of Comics & Games Retailer:

Barry Osser of North Coast Role Playing (Eureka, CA): "MARVEL MANGAVERSE

stuff exploded out of here. I ordered 40% over what I expected to sell and

still sold out on the first day."

John Tinkess of Another Dimension (Calgary, Alberta, Canada): "Quick

sellouts of the MARVEL MANGAVERSE titles really took me by surprise."

Jeremy Shorr of Titan Comics (Dallas, TX): "MARVEL MANGAVERSE was an

immediate sell-out."

Darrell Minty of Warp One Comics & Games (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada): "We

underestimated the fan response to the MARVEL MANGAVERSE titles and they

sold out quickly."

Richard Spychalski of Spy Comics & Cards (Federal Way, WA): "Positive

Surprise: MARVEL MANGAVERSE -- didn't expect that."

Bill Williams of Time Warp (Bartlesville, OK): "The MARVEL MANGAVERSE titles

did rather well. I'm glad that Marvel decided to do an ongoing series."

And to give you an advance taste of the action coming your way, feast your

eyes on these full-color pages from the debut issue (which, as item #

FEB021908D4, retailers can still order from Diamond until March 14th)!

"We all knew we had something special on our hands when we launched the

Mangaverse event back in January, but I don't think any of us up here at The

House expected this kind of overwhelming response to our little East Meets

West experiment," admitted editor C.B. Cebulski. "Marvel aims to please

though, and the ongoing series will uphold the standard we set on a monthly

basis! Ben Dunn will not only continue to develop the universe and

characters he introduced in the original story, but also expand it all

beyond our wildest imaginations!"

Cover by Ben Dunn

Ben Dunn & Kevin Gunstone (W)/ Ben Dunn (P & I)

* THE SCOOP: Because you clamored for it, The House proudly announces the

return of the Marvel Mangaverse as its own monthly title!

* THE STORY: Meet Marvin Elwood, timid teenager... and possible savior of

Earth! Heir to alien Kree technology and the awesome Nega Bands, Marvin must

face his legacy as -- Captain Marvel! But can even this cosmic crusader save

the world from the gigantic threat of Galactus? Guest-starring the Megascale

Metatalent Response Team Fantastic Four!

* THE CREATOR: You thought his MARVEL MANGAVERSE book-ends rocked... now see

what writer/artist Ben Dunn can do when allowed to really cut loose!

* THE FORMAT: The debut issue of this ongoing monthly series is 32 pages,

with ads.

'Nuff Said!

Bill Rosemann

Marketing Communications Manager

Marvel Comics

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