Marvel Comics News Update 10/24 – 10/28/16 Featuring Free Comics and Monsters Unleashed

Just in time for Halloween is this week’s set of news from Marvel Comics.  Included are some Monsters Unleashed, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and some free comics that will be available today at various shops.  Also here are some previews of Venom and Ultimates 2.  Be sure to check out all the merch available for the upcoming Dr. Strange film release!

Marvel Brings Four Free Titles to Halloween ComicFest 2016!

New York, NY—October 27th, 2016 — It’s that time of year again. Black cats, Jack-o-Lanterns, legions of monsters and, most importantly Halloween Comic Fest! Marvel is returning to comic stores this weekend for another exciting celebration of Halloween and comics!


“Just like Free Comic Book Day, Halloween ComicFest is a great way for fans to support their stores and publishers to support retailers,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “This year, we’re offering four exciting titles to whet fans appetites and get a taste of some of the great things happening in the Marvel Universe!”


Your local comic shop is the place to be this Saturday, October 29th to get your hands on 4 exciting FREE titles from the House of Ideas! Don’t know where your nearest comic shop is? Don’t worry! Head over to to find a participating store near you! Head to your local comic shop this Saturday to get your hands on free copies of SPIDEY #1 HCF EDITION, THE HAUNTED MANSION #1 HCF EDITION, STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 HCF EDITION and THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: YOU CHOOSE THE STORY #1 HCF EDITION while supplies last!


Want to be the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? What about relive the thrilling first appearance of Doctor Aphra? Are you ready to enter the Haunted Mansion? This Halloween, celebrate at your local comic shop by with free comics and fun activities. Don’t miss Halloween ComicFest, happening at participating stores this Saturday – October 29th!

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange Makes Mystical Merchandise Debut


Glendale, Calif. (October 26, 2016) –Ahead of the upcoming November 4th theatrical debut of Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme is set to receive a heroic retail welcome. Led by Hasbro, LEGO, Funko, Mad Engine, Marvel Comics, and more, Doctor Strange merchandise will be available with exciting offerings for kids and collectors of all ages. Select highlights include:


• LEGO Doctor Strange Sanctum Sanctorum

• Funko POP! Vinyl Doctor Strange Assortment

• Mad Engine Doctor Strange Fan Apparel

• Hasbro Doctor Strange 6” Legends Figure Assortment

• Marvel’s Color Your Own Doctor Strange

• Marvel’s Doctor Strange Vol. 1: The Way of the Weird


“The origin film for Doctor Strange is going to be a mysterious, action-packed adventure and we are excited to debut a merchandising program that successfully captures the mystical nature of the franchise,” said Paul Gitter, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Marvel at Disney Consumer Products. “Fans of the Sorcerer Supreme will have an array of options to choose from including apparel and accessories to toys and collectibles, perfect for showcasing their love of Marvel’s Doctor Strange.”


Just in time for Halloween, fans can dress their destiny with costumes from Rubies or Doctor Strange inspired wearable gear from C-Life, Freeze, Mighty Fine, and Hybrid. Available accessories from Bioworld, Sprayground, Berkshire, New Era, and Salesone add extra mystery to fans sorcery sense of style.


Marvel’s Doctor Strange collections are now available at major retailers including Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, Amazon, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Hot Topic, and Disney Store.

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ULTIMATES 2 #1 Brings the Heavy Hitters to Marvel NOW!

New York, NY—October 27th, 2016 — Big threats require bigger heroes, and ultimate problems require an ultimate solution. This November, the biggest of the Marvel Universe’s big guns are reunited and reforged in ULTIMATES 2 #1! Blockbuster writer Al Ewing enters the next stage in his epic cosmic saga with a fresh jumping on point and new series artist Travel Foreman (Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man)! Who – or what – is the Cosmic Jailer? What being is powerful enough to shackle Eternity itself? Galactus the Lifebringer seeks answers – before it’s too late. To save the Omniverse, he’ll call upon the group that helped cure his insatiable hunger. Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Blue Marvel, Spectrum and Miss America Chavez. Together, they are the Ultimates. But now they are something more – the newest heralds of Galactus! They are the ultimate super team, solving the problems no one else is capable of solving – and they’re coming to you on November 23rd in the all-new ULTIMATES 2 #1!  


ULTIMATES 2 #1 (SEP160937)

Written by AL EWING


Variant Cover by CHRISTIAN WARD (SEP160940)

Teaser Variant by MIKE DEODATO (SEP160941)

Hip-Hop Variant Cover by RISA HULETT (SEP160939)

Action Figure Wraparound Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160940)

FOC – 10/31/16, On-Sale – 11/23/16

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It’s Good to Be Bad – Your New Look at VENOM #1!

New York, NY—October 25th, 2016 — This November, it’s good to be bad. From the far reaches of space the symbiote returns to the choked alleys and darkened streets of New York City in the all-new VENOM #1! Fan-Favorite creators Mike Costa (Web Warriors) and Gerardo Sandoval (New Avengers) spin an iconic new Venom tale for Marvel NOW!. No more “Agent of the Cosmos”, no more “Lethal Protector”. It’s time for a new Venom. But the question remains, who’s under the mask? More importantly – who’s in control? Find out as Venom begins anew on November 23rd in the highly anticipated debut of VENOM #1!


VENOM #1 (SEP160951)

Written by MIKE COSTA


Variant Covers by RON LIM (SEP160952) and RICK LEONARDI (SEP160953)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160955)

Hip-Hop Variant by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (SEP160954)

Top Secret Artist Variant by TODD MCFARLANE (AUG168725)

Blank Cover Also Available (SEP160956)

FOC – 10/31/16, On-Sale – 11/23/16

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“The Smartest There Is” Starts NOW! Your First Look at

New York, NY—October 28th, 2016 —  Her brain is the only super power she’ll ever need! But having a 30-foot tall dinosaur by your side never hurts. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #13 – the first chapter of “The Smartest There Is”! Fan-fave creators Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare and Natacha Bustos bring Lunella Lafayette and her prehistoric pal into Marvel NOW! with a brand-new story arc and a startling revelation. Moon Girl is the smartest person in the Marvel Universe?! That’s right – Amadeus Cho, Victor Von Doom, T’Challa and Reed Richards all have one thing in common: they aren’t smarter than a 4th grader! But now it’s time to put that intellect to the test against a horde of subterranean monsters! Thankfully the Hulk and her buddy Devil Dinosaur are backing her up. Plus – what is the secret of…MOON WOMAN?! Find out when the exciting new story arc “The Smartest There Is” kicks off in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #13 – on sale November 23rd!






Variant Covers by SANFORD GREENE (SEP160980), PASQUAL FERRY (SEP160981)


Story Thus Far Variant by NATACHA BUSTOS (SEP160983)

Steam Variant Cover by JOYCE CHIN (SEP160984)

FOC – 10/31/16, On-Sale – 11/23/16

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MONSTERS UNLEASHED to Let Loose Six New Monsters in 2017!

Top Artists to Create New Marvel Monsters for Monsters Unleashed

New York, NY—October 28th, 2016 – Run if you can! Hide if you must! Nothing can prepare you for MONSTERS UNLEASHED! As massive monsters rain from the skies, rise from the seas and pour from the center of the very Earth –  the table is set epic battle fans have been waiting for! It’s all happening this January as Cullen Bunn and some of today’s biggest artists bring you the next thrilling Marvel Universe epic. Gargantuan beasts from across Marvel’s long and storied history have risen up, intent on destroying the planet. But they’re not the alone! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce six brand new creatures invading the Marvel Universe!


“Everything about this story is massive – the scope, the stakes and, of course, those incredible monsters,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “Five action-packed issues celebrate Marvel’s past, present and future, as one new, unforgettable character and several brand-new monsters – created and designed by Cullen Bunn, the five artists and a few surprise guest artists – arrive to leave an indelible mark on the Marvel Universe.”


Look for these giants to make their grand appearance in the pages of Monsters Unleashed – and make a monster-sized footprint on the Marvel Universe to come!


1.       SLIZZIK by Steve McNiven

2.       SCRAAG by Greg Land

3.       MEKRA by Leinil Francis Yu

4.       AEGIS by Salvador Larroca

5.       HI-VO by Adam Kubert

6.       FIRECLAW by Art Adams


“Monsters Unleashed is a love letter to Marvel’s history,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “So we wanted to do something fun for our six new monsters. Being the massive Marvel fan that he is, Cullen had already come up with statistics, power rankings and factoids about all of them. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to create some fan-favorite Marvel Universe trading cards for the big reveal!”


It’s all hands on deck as the Avengers, the Champions, the Guardians, the X-Men the Inhumans and more make their desperate stand against armies of towering beasts of destruction! With 6 powerful new monsters standing in their way, do they stand a chance? Something big is coming to the Marvel Universe – and it’s happening in MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 – smashing in to comic shops everywhere on January 18th 2017!



Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

Variant Cover by KEN NIIMURA (NOV160746)

50s Movie Poster Variant Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA (NOV160747)

Video Game Variant by JEEHYUNG LEE (NOV160748)

New Monster Variant by STEVE MCNIVEN (NOV160749)

Monster vs. Hero Variant by MIKE MIGNOLA (NOV160750)

Teaser Variant by GEOFF DARROW (NOV160751)

Hip Hop Variant by MIKE DEODATO (NOV160752)

FOC – 12/19/16, On-Sale 1/18/17



Heroes Battle Monsters For Epic MONSTERS UNLEASHED VARIANTS!

Hero vs. Monster Variants From Top Artists Coming to All 5 Issues!

New York, NY—October 25th, 2016 — Raining down from the skies, rising from the depths of the oceans and emerging from beneath the very Earth itself – monsters are invading, destroying everyone and everything in their path! The only thing that stands in their way is an army of the strongest super heroes in the Marvel Universe! But even they may not be enough to stop these towering titans! It’s all happening in MONSTERS UNLEASHED as the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Champions, the X-Men, the Inhumans and more band together to stop complete and total annihilation!


Blockbuster writer Cullen Bunn and some of the industry’s greatest artists – Steve McNiven, Greg Land, Leinil Yu, Salvador Larroca and Adam Kubert – bring you an epic 5-part story beginning in January’s Monsters Unleashed #1! But these five artists aren’t the only ones getting in on the monster fighting action! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce five Monster Versus Marvel Hero Variants from blockbuster artists coming to each issue of the series!


1.       Vision vs. Insect Man by Mike Mignola (Monsters Unleashed #1)

2.       Ms. Marvel vs Rorgg by Art Adams (Monsters Unleashed #2)

3.       Spider-Man vs. Devil Dinosaur by Ed McGuinness (Monsters Unleashed #3)

4.       Totally Awesome Hulk vs. Magog by Bill Sienkewicz (Monsters Unleashed #4)

5.       Thor vs. The Stone Men by Sara Pichelli (Monsters Unleashed #5)


It’s all hands on deck as heroes everywhere must put aside their differences or face extinction! Yet even their full strength may not be enough to stop an endless horde of skyscraper-sized beasts. Will the planet Earth crack and crumble under their might? Find out when Monsters Unleashed #1 makes landfall on January 18th, 2017. Plus, don’t miss these mammoth Monster Versus Marvel Hero Variants for each issue!



Monster vs. Marvel Hero Variant by MIKE MIGNOLA (NOV160750)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

FOC – 12/19/16, On-Sale 1/18/17



Monster vs. Marvel Hero Variant by ART ADAMS

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by GREG LAND

On Sale in February!



Monster vs. Marvel Hero Variant by ED MCGUINNESS

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by LEINIL YU

On Sale in February!



Monster vs. Marvel Hero Variant by BILL SIENKEWICZ

Written by CULLEN BUNN


On Sale in March!



Monster vs. Marvel Hero Variant by SARA PICHELLI

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art & Cover by ADAM KUBERT

On Sale in March!

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