Marvel Comics News Digest 12/5 – 12/9/16 Featuring RL Stine and A Gift Guide

Marvel Comics Welcomes R.L. Stine to Helm New MAN-THING Series!

Acclaimed Author Teams With Marvel for New Comic Series

New York, NY—December 9th, 2016 — Marvel is thrilled to announce that legendary author R.L. Stine is coming to the publisher this March! As revealed today via The New York Times, the world renowned scribe of the Goosebumps & Fear Street novels will put his iconic stamp on one of Marvel’s most monstrous creations as he writes an all-new MAN-THING series – alongside artist German Peralta (Moon Knight, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and a bevy of comics rising stars!


“R.L. Stine in the Marvel Universe – that’s an event in and of itself,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  “And is there a Marvel character more perfectly suited to his sensibilities than the monstrous Man-Thing?  Stine and artist German Peralta are spinning a tale full of action, horror, humor and heart – one that’s sure to please R.L. Stine fans, Man-Thing fans, and new fans.”


Attempting to recreate the formula that produced Captain America, biochemist Ted Sallis was transformed into the shambling creature known only as MAN-THING! Now, having recently regained his ability to speak, Man-Thing sets out on a journey to leave the swamps once and for all. But when an ancient and mysterious danger threatens reality, he will have to choose between his new life and the place he once called home!


Plus, each issue of MAN-THING will feature a unique, bone-chilling horror short – written by R.L. Stine himself and illustrated by a rotating crew of incomparable artists. In the first issue, prepare for terror on the high seas as Daniel Warren Johnson illustrates a back-up tale that’s sure to leave you seasick!


Join us in 2017 as we take a spine-tingling journey from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the muck and grime of the swamps. Don’t miss the debut of MAN-THING #1 – coming to you this March from R.L. Stine, German Peralta and more!


MAN-THING #1 (of 5)

Written by R.L. STINE





Rated T+

ISBN: 978-1-302-90200-1

Issue #1 On Sale This March!

SPIDER-MAN #12 Ignites a Webslinging Romance – Your First Look!

New York, NY—December 8th, 2016 — Gwen and Miles sittin’ in a tree…you know the rest! What you don’t know is the twists and turns that await you inside this brand-new 4-part crossover between Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside SPIDER-MAN #12 – the first chapter of “Sitting in a Tree”! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the kiss heard round the world as love is in the air for Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. These two webslinging lovebirds collide for an adventure in Gwen’s universe that’s going to rock their respective worlds. It’s all happening when “Sitting in a Tree” kicks off in SPIDER-MAN #12 – coming to comic shops and digital devices on January 11th! Plus, don’t miss the continuing adventures of Gwen and Miles in Spider-Gwen #16 – part 2 of the crossover – also coming in January!


SPIDER-MAN #12 (NOV160769)



Variant Cover by RICHARD ISANOVE (NOV160770)

Classic Artist Variant by BOB MCLEOD (NOV160771)

Story Thus Far Variant by DAVID MARQUEZ (NOV160772)

FOC – 12/19/16, On-Sale – 01/11/16

ASSEMBLE! Presenting a Special Launch Trailer For AVENGERS!

Mark Waid & Mike Del Mundo Bring You a New Team of Avengers!


New York, NY—December 7th, 2016 — Reborn, reforged and reassembled. A new day dawns as a new team of Avengers band together to fight the foes no single hero can withstand! This is the Avengers…NOW! Today, Marvel is pleased to present a special launch trailer for the series just in time for the release of AVENGERS #2 – available today!

Watch the AVENGERS Trailer Now


Eisner Award winning writer Mark Waid and blockbuster artist Mike Del Mundo team up to bring you the next thrilling chapter for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Their ranks have been shattered and divided by Civil War II. But the world still faces incredible threats. And Spider-Man, Captain America, the Mighty Thor, the Unstoppable Wasp, Hercules and the Vision will charge into battle to meet them! War with the time travelling Kang the Conqueror is imminent. Can this new team of Avengers put a stop to an army of Kangs from across time? Or are they doomed to be erased from existence?


AVENGERS #2 is available on 12/7 digitally through the Marvel Digital Comic Shop and at all local comic book retailers. To find a comic shop near you, visit or call 1-888-comicbook. 

IRON FIST #1 Packs a Deadly Punch This March!

New York, NY—December 8th, 2016 — This March, prepare for a hard-hitting, fist-flying, punch-throwing kung-fu epic as Danny Rand returns for a new ongoing series! Today, Marvel is pleased to present the first details of IRON FIST #1 – the new series from creators Ed Brisson (Bullseye) and Mike Perkins (Deathlok)!


Danny Rand has always straddled two worlds – Earth and the mystical realm of K’un Lun. Now, with K’un Lun in ruins, he’ll question his place in both worlds more than ever.  The chi fueling his fists is wavering. Danny will push himself to his breaking point, finding fights to prove his worth. But a bigger fight than he can handle may have found him first. When he is transported to the mysterious island of Liu-Shi, he’ll come face-to-face with the fight of his life! What powers and secrets do the island and the Seven Masters protecting it possess?


“Danny is going up against seven masters who all seem to have a personal vendetta against Danny,” says writer Ed Brisson, in an interview with “Even those who don’t, they’ve got their own reasons for wanting to see Danny fail. Each is a master of Kung Fu, though they’ve each brought in other influences. Some have dabbled in mystical enhancements or elemental powers. Danny has never faced off against so many skilled combatants.”


The fists & feet will fly this March! Don’t miss the high-octane new beginning when IRON FIST #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!



Written by ED BRISSON



On Sale This March!

Available in Print at Local Comic Shops on January 4


New York, NY—December 6th, 2016 — Monsters Unleashed #1 is set to rampage across your nearest comic shop on January 18th, but fans eager to get the inside scoop on Marvel’s next blockbuster epic won’t have to wait that long! We’re giving fan an advance look, and you can read the full MONSTERS UNLEASHED PREVIEWS digitally right now! Plus, don’t miss the print version available at your local comic retailer in early 2017!




A free 40-page standalone book, inside you’ll be treated to creator interviews, character designs, previews of the main series plus select tie-in issues and much more! Try out all the monster madness before it hits stores throughout the first few months of 2017! The heroes of the Marvel Universe unite as the Avengers, Champions, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, Inhumans and more band together to fight off wave after wave of towering beasts! But do they stand a chance?


Those answers and more await you True Believer inside Monsters Unleashed #1. But before that, get and advance look Marvel’s next epic inside the MONSTERS UNLEASHED PREVIEWS SAMPLER!

CABLE #1 Breaks Out the Big Guns This Spring!

New Series Launching as Part of ResurrXion

New York, NY—December 8th, 2016 — Lock and load, True Believer – Cable is back, and better than ever! Brand new mission, brand new creators, non-stop action! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce the all-new CABLE #1 – coming at you this Spring from Eisner Award-winning writer James Robinson (Scarlet Witch, Squadron Supreme) and blockbuster artist Carlos Pacheco (Occupy Avengers, Captain America)!


With all of time hanging in the balance, there’s only one man with the skills to save it. A new foe has emerged, bending time and manipulating history to his own sinister ends. Picking up a threat to the time-stream and the universe itself, Cable sets off on a high octane, history-spanning chase to save reality as we know it! From a six-gun duel at high noon to a swordfight in Feudal Japan, Cable must fight to keep history from unraveling!


“One of the things about Cable is he’s a ‘time warrior’”, says writer James Robinson in an interview with “Time travel is part of his make-up in almost every aspect of his history – no pun intended. This series will be Cable on a race against time to fix time. And in the course of Cable’s mission, we’ll see him in a lot of great time periods like 15th century Japan, WWI, the Stone Age, Victorian England and on and on, with those time periods made more crazy and sci-fi by time being fractured by the villain of our series.”


This Spring, walk softly…and carry a big gun! The chase through the time-stream is on when CABLE #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere!






On Sale This Spring!


Celebrate the Holidays with Marvel Gifts Found in your Local Comic Shop and Online


New York, NY – December 9th, 2016 – Season’s greetings, True Believers! The holidays are here! If you’re still deciding what to get for the Marvel fans on your holiday gift list – look no further than your local comic shop retailer and! Marvel’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide is here to help with a bevy of unique and special gift ideas that are sure to make anyone on your list yell “Excelsior!”


With an awesome array of movies, games, comics, toys, gear and more, we’ve made shopping for the Marvelites in your life easier than picking up a pair of purple pants for Bruce Banner—and no risk of a Hulk SMASH moment.


The presents you’ll want to give this year are all here! Take a look at our picks for the gifts you’ve been looking for from and make the trip to your local comic shop for even more amazing Marvel gift ideas!


Head over to for your suggested Marvel gift guide and don’t forget that your local Marvel Comics retailer has hundreds of additional gifts for everyone on your list.


Happy holidays from Marvel!

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