Marvel Comics News Digest 3/20 – 3/24/17 Featuring Nick Fury and Mary Jane Variant Covers

Like Father, Like Son. Your New Look Inside NICK FURY #1!

New York, NY—March 21st, 2017 — The world is a more dangerous place than ever. It needs dangerous men to keep it safe. That’s where he comes in. When you need a lone agent to infiltrate, capture, uncover or destroy – there’s no one better than Fury! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at NICK FURY #1 – the all-new series bringing the high-octane spy action to your local comic shop on April 19th! Eisner Award-winning writer James Robinson (Scarlet Witch, Cable) joins visionary artist ACO (Squadron Supreme) for a high-octane spy-thriller full of action and dripping with style!

Whether it’s aboard a speeding train, in the underwater city of Atlantis or even the surface of the moon – Fury gets the job done! His first mission? A trip to the beautiful French Riviera! Only this is no vacation. Amid the bright casino lights and beautiful picturesque vistas, there’s something foul at play.

Every issue: New mission. High-tech weapons. Higher stakes espionage. Non-stop action. He’ll dare any danger. He’ll fight any foe. He is…Nick Fury! And he’s exploding into comic shops everywhere in the can’t-miss NICK FURY #1 – on-sale April 19th!

NICK FURY #1 (FEB170811)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art & Cover by ACO
Variant Covers by GREG LAND (FEB170812) and LARRY STROMAN (FEB170813)
Hip-Hop Variant by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (FEB170814)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB170815)
FOC – 03/27/17, On-Sale – 04/19/17

Face It Tiger, You Won’t Want To Miss These Spectacular Variant Covers!
Mary Jane Watson Variants Coming This June!

New York, NY—March, 20th 2017 — Face it, comic book fans – you just hit the jackpot! Your eyes do not deceive, True Believer. Mary Jane Watson is getting a superhero overhaul this June at your local comic shop for a series of MARY JANE WATSON VARIANTS coming to your local comic store! To celebrate the launch of the highly-anticipated new series, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 – one of the most iconic Spider-Man characters ever takes the Marvel Universe by storm and steps into the boots of its most famous heroes!

“Both the Gwen Stacy Variant Program and this month’s Venomized Variant Program were such runaway successes, we couldn’t help but try to top ourselves,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “And with Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert’s new Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man book on the horizon, the timing couldn’t have been better to put the spotlight on fan-favorite Mary Jane Watson.”

What if Mary Jane had been awarded the Eye of Agamotto to become the new Dr. Strange? What if she had taken up the one-woman war on crime as the Punisher? Or became infused with gamma radiation to become the new Incredible Hulk? Well, wonder no longer!

Today, Marvel is pleased to reveal the first set of MARY JANE WATSON VARIANTS coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of June:

  1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #21 by David Lopez
  2. AVENGERS #8 by Mike Allred
  3. CHAMPIONS #9 by Helen Chen
  4. DOCTOR STRANGE #22 by Francisco Herrera
  5. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #17 by David Nakayama
  6. HULK #7 by Rahzzah
  7. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 by Marco Checchetto
  8. IRON FIST #4 by Stephanie Hans
  9. SPIDER-GWEN #21 by Kevin Wada
  10. THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 by Chris Samnee
  11. THE PUNISHER #13 by Dave Williams
  12. VENOM #151 by Francesco Mattina

Look for these additional Mary Jane Watson Variants to grace the covers of these exciting Marvel comics in June:

  1. ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 by TBA
  2. BLACK BOLT #2 by Ryan Stegman
  3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #18 by Paolo Rivera
  4. DAREDEVIL #21 by Humberto Ramos
  5. DEADPOOL #32 by Elizabeth Torque
  6. I AM GROOT #2 by TBA
  7. MIGHTY THOR #20 by Patrick Brown
  8. SECRET WARRIORS #3 by Humberto Ramos
  9. X-MEN BLUE #5 by TBA
  10. X-MEN GOLD #5 by Anthony Piper

Look for more variants to be revealed in the coming weeks, and be sure to stop by your local comic shop to get your hands on these covers throughout the month of June!

SECRET EMPIRE #1 Launch Parties Bring Marvel’s Next
Great Event To Your Local Stores!
United We Stand!

New York, NY—March, 23rd 2017 — The action is heating up as the Marvel Universe races headlong into Secret Empire! It’s all happening on May 3rd, and your local comic shop is the place to be to get your hands on the highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE #1! Nick Spencer (Captain America: Steve Rogers) and Steve McNiven (Civil War) unite Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Champions, Guardians, Inhumans and more as an unwavering front against Hydra’s tyranny!

To coincide with the kickoff to this blockbuster event, Marvel has partnered with participating retail stores to host SECRET EMPIRE LAUNCH PARTIES. In addition to exclusive promotional materials and variant covers, participating retail stores will receive exciting promotional items – including Secret Empire Pins and the brand-new Secret Empire Lenticular Backing Boards – perfect for storing your issues of Secret Empire in style!

“We’re rolling out the red carpet for Secret Empire, and providing retailers with everything they need to get customers in on the ground floor for this story,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “In addition to making sure retailers have the first issue on shelves for Free Comic Book Day, one of their most trafficked days of the year, Marvel will be shipping participating retailers additional materials to help promote Secret Empire in their stores. Posters, postcards, promo items, samplers and more! If your store hasn’t opted in yet, what are you waiting for?!”

All qualifying retailers will receive the following as the part of the SECRET EMPIRE PARTY KIT:

· Secret Empire Invitational Postcards
· Secret Empire Lenticular Backing Board (Bundles of 25)
· Secret Empire Pins (Bundles of 25)
· Secret Empire #1 Nauck Where’s Hydra? Sketch Variant
· Deep Ordering Discounts
· Downloadable Cake Toppers

Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order the SECRET EMPIRE #1 PARTY WHERE’S HYDRA VARIANT. Comic artist Todd Nauck illustrates a massive super hero battle unlike any you’ve ever seen. But there’s a Hydra operative hiding amid the chaos. Can you find him?

Retailers are encouraged to check their Marvel Mailer and Diamond Daily for more information about the SECRET EMPIRE LAUNCH PARTIES and how to opt-in before 4/3. Hydra’s grasp is beginning to tighten around the Marvel Universe. Forged together as one, the heroes of the Marvel Universe stand against a common foe! Are you ready? Run, don’t walk to your local comic shop on May 3rd to get your hands on the highly-anticipated SECRET EMPIRE #1!

SECRET EMPIRE #1 (MAR170901)
SECRET EMPIRE LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (FEB178185)
(Launch Party Opt-In Deadline Is 4/3)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by STEVE MCNIVEN
Cover by MARK BROOKS
Variant Covers by ADI GRANOV (MAR170902), ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR170905),
J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (MAR170903) and DAN MORA (MAR170908)
Party Variant by TODD NAUCK (MAR170905)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR170907)
FOC – 04/10/17, On-Sale – 05/03/17

Meet Marvel’s Newest Heroes – Your First Look at MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1!

New York, NY—March, 24th 2017 — Spinning out of the blockbuster event series comes the first fabulous issue featuring Marvel’s massive monster do-gooders! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 – the new series launching in April from hit writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men Blue, Monsters Unleashed) and fan-favorite artist David Baldeon (Scarlet Spider, Marvel Tsum Tsum)! Smashing their way into the Marvel Universe comes an all-new team of towering monsters looking to protect the planet from disaster! Kid Kaiju, Aegis, Slizzik, Scragg, Hi-Vo and Mekara are here to spring into action, with a little assist from renowned monster-hunter Elsa Bloodstone! However, can a team of giant monster heroes ever truly be accepted in the Marvel Universe? One thing is for certain – the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Damage Control and more will be keeping a close watch. Will they be allowed to help, or are they too dangerous to be left unchecked? The massive monster mayhem begins anew on April 19th as Bunn and Baldeon smash their way into your local comic shop for MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1!

MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 (FEB170816)
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by DAVID BALDEON
Cover by ART ADAMS
Variant Covers by R.B. SILVA (FEB170817) and TBD (FEB170818)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB170820)
Hip-Hop Variant by SANFORD GREENE (FEB170819)
FOC – 03/27/17, On-Sale – 04/19/17

MARVEL COMICS PROUDLY PRESENTS
“BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET – PART ELEVEN”
FEATURING “DON’T FRONT” FROM DREAMVILLE RECORDING ARTIST, BAS

Innovative Marvel Video Series Bridges Marvel Comics with Top Music Talent

New York, NY—March 23, 2017 — Marvel Comics continues to present this year’s breakout Marvel Super Hero – the Black Panther – through a monthly video series that continues to link the world of comics and hip-hop blending animated comics along with commentary from Black Panther writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Additionally, “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet – Part Eleven” incorporates the exclusive debut of the brand new track, “Don’t Front” from Dreamville recording artist, Bas.

Within Marvel Comics’ Black Panther, written by The Atlantic national correspondent and National Book Award winner, Ta-Nehisi Coates, “A Nation Under Our Feet” comes to a close. The dust settles, and peace comes to Wakanda once again. That is, if her political leaders can come to terms….T’Challa finds himself in the last place he ever expected: A republic.

Continuing the excitement surrounding Marvel’s celebrated Super Hero T’Challa, the Black Panther, the latest episode of this revolutionary multi-artist hip-hop-inspired video series samples a brand new track, “Don’t Front” from Dreamville recording artist, Bas.

“I love comics for the themes they deal with. Death, love, regret, sorrow etc. even superheroes deal with, and are often fueled by, human emotions – no one is exempt,” said Bas. “I think my music touches on a lot of those same themes. Much like comic books, my songs have story arcs, and within these stories is a deeper emotion that I try to relay. Much as the magic of comics lies equally in the artwork, the story and the emotion, I like my music to tell a story as much sonically as through my words.”

Watch “Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet – Part Eleven” now!

MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS “MARVEL PLAYBACK”

New Video Series Offers Intimate Interviews with some of Today’s Top Musical Acts
as they Exhibit their Marvel Fandom

New York, NY—March 24, 2017 — Marvel Entertainment has been on the forefront of merging the worlds of comics and music, and starting today, Marvel is proud to introduce MARVEL PLAYBACK. Debuting exclusively with Marvel.com, MARVEL PLAYBACK sits down with some of the biggest names in music as they present and showoff their love of the comic book industry, their local comic shops, and all things Marvel.

Kicking off today, MARVEL PLAYBACK was offered the chance to speak with Pat Carney from The Black Keys and spoke with him about the synergy between music and comics, the timelessness of Marvel Comics, and who first introduced him to the world of comic books. “I got into comics when I was 10 years old,” said Carney. “I remember looking at the old comics that my dad had and they were all 12 cents. I started mowing lawns when I was in 4th grade just to be able to pay for comic books.”

Watch MARVEL PLAYBACK now featuring Pat Carney from The Black Keys

A companion video series to the Marvel Music Spotlight Series, MARVEL PLAYBACK, will continue to offers fans behind-the-scenes interviews available nowhere else that. Available only on Marvel.com, MARVEL PLAYBACK will be released in conjunction with future Marvel Music Spotlight Videos and will further emphasize the natural connectivity between music and comics through the personal stories and anecdotes from some of the biggest names in music and how Marvel comics have helped shaped their unique sound.

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