Our First Look at the Newly Restored Miracleman!

by Aaron Einhorn
I wrote about it when they originally announced it, so you shouldn’t be surprised to know that I am terribly excited about Marvel’s reprinting of Miracleman. And now Marvel has given us a look at the first few pages of the comic.

And wow.

See, not only has this comic been out of print forever, but as great as the comic was, I was never thrilled with the final art. The colors were… just off somehow.

This looks as good as my memories of the original comic are (which are better than the actuality).

The full press release from Marvel follows, but if this doesn’t have you excited for the release of this comic come January, I don’t know what will.

The Wait is Over! Your First Look at the Remastered Miracleman #1!

The series that changed comics forever finally returns in 2014, and Marvel is proud to present your first look at the remastered MIRACLEMAN #1! Long out-of-print, these timeless, groundbreaking stories injected a new sophistication into the super hero genre still felt today.

“When these stories were originally colored, the artists were never consulted – and it shows” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “The coloring methods used at the time really hurt the finished product. But through close collaboration with all the artists, we’re proud to now present these stories in a manner that matches their creative vision.”

Working in closely with the original series artists, Miracleman has been remastered using the original artwork in every instance possible – and the most advanced restoration methods available applied to ensure the most authentic reading experience based on the artists’ original visions for the series.

“You’ve never really seen Miracleman, until you’ve seen this Miracleman,” said legendary Miracleman artist Garry Leach.“I’m positive this will rapidly be recognized as the all-time, definitive, Miracleman series. It’s simply looking that ridiculously sharp!”

In addition to material originally published in Warrior Magazine, Miracleman #1 also includes character designs, pencil sketches, original art, an article chronicling the history of Marvelman/Miracleman, an interview with Miracleman creator Mick Anglo, as well as a Mick Anglo’s first Marvelman stories. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the most popular comic few have ever read when Miracleman #1 makes it’s long overdue return to comic shops this January!

Marvel to (Finally) Publish Miracleman!

by Aaron Einhorn
Several years ago at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel announced that they had obtained the rights to Marvelman/Miracleman.

For those not in the know, Marvelman began as a way for Warrior Magazine to continue making Captain Marvel stories after the licensing agreement with Fawcett Comics went kaput. A quick reskin of the character, change “Shazam” into “Kimota,” and voila, all new hero.

But what went from being a Captain Marvel rip-off became a whole new thing in the hands of Alan Moore and company, and then later on, Neil Gaiman.

(This is a horrid oversimplification. Read the full details here.)

I was in the crowd in 2009 when Marvel made that announcement, and I went nuts over it. I had been loaned a copy of the individual issues for Miracleman and loved the story. So, I was eager to see what Marvel would do with the character. After all, used properly, Marvelman could be a powerhouse and an icon on par with Superman. And he even had Marvel’s name in his title.

Of course, the licensing rights to Miracleman are a mess. And so, we got a few reprints of the original Mick Anglo stories, and then… nothing. For years. And most people assumed that the rights would be a part of Marvel/Disney’s portfolio and nothing would happen.

Then during Age of Ultron, it seemed like we would see Marvelman appear at the series’ conclusion. Instead, we got Angela, who Neil Gaiman still owned after creating her for Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. Nothing against Angela as a character, but her inclusion was somewhat anti-climactic to many. In a world without Hellspawn, her existence is confusing at best. It’s not that she can’t be retrofit to work in Marvel Comics, but is she needed?

(For the record? I am reading Guardians of the Galaxy, and I enjoy Angela’s presence there just fine. But I wanted to see Miracleman, dang it.)

Well, now, at least according to what was revealed at NYCC 2013, it seems like Miracleman is finally set to return.

According to a release put out today by Marvel, starting in January, we will see the Warrior/Eclipse comics series of Miracleman reprinted, and just as importantly, we will then see the series finished.

Because the sad truth is that Miracleman #25 was never printed. It was written, it was illustrated and it was ready to go, but it was never seen. And now, if all is to be believed, that final issue will also be printed and available.

Of course, I find it very interesting and curious that Alan Moore’s name is never listed in the press release. Hopefully that just means that Moore’s name can’t be used to promote it, and not that something weird is happening with his writing.

I’m thrilled, personally. I loved reading Miracleman, and am eager to own the issues myself. You can check out the full press release below, following a gallery of some of the covers that will be printed with the reprints.

MIRACLEMAN RETURNS! MARVEL TO PUBLISH GROUND-BREAKING ORIGINAL SERIES AND NEW STORIES BY NEIL GAIMAN!
“[Miracleman’s] heights are highs Watchmen cannot touch. It’s that good. It’s that important.” –Sequart.org

It was the series that changed comics forever. With the utterance of one word, Michael Moran transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary – and Miracleman was born!

Long out of print, Marvel Comics is pleased to announce that the earth-shattering stories that injected new levels of sophistication into the super hero genre will finally see the light of day once again! Starting this January, Marvel will begin publishing the legendary run of Miraclemanby the original creators that began in Warrior Magazine and continued under now defunct publisher Eclipse Comics!

Fans lucky enough to have read these trailblazing stories when they were originally produced have often referred to this legendary run on Miracleman as “the lost Watchmen,” and Marvel is proud to finally bring these incredible comics to an audience that has clamored for them.

“The wait is over,” says Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “Marvel will finally be bringing these timeless, ground-breaking stories to a whole new generation of reader.”

“We’ve been working with the Miracleman artists to obtain original artwork or photostats in every instance possible, and then applying the same painstaking restoration methods and rigorous quality standards that are utilized on the Marvel Masterworks line. The Marvel Special Projects team have even been developing some new techniques specifically for this project. These Miraclemanissues will receive the most advanced restoration possible to ensure the most authentic reading experience,” says SVP of Marvel Publishing David Gabriel. “The art is crisp, clear, and looks as good – if not better than the day it was published! Also, the stories are being completely relettered to meet today’s standards.”

Making these stories available to an entirely new generation is one thing – but following the original groundbreaking run, the epic more than 30 years in the making will reach its cataclysmic conclusion! You heard correctly – Marvel will also be publishing all-new Miraclemanstories from legendary creators Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham! Long left unfinished, Gaiman and Buckingham’s famous storyline will ultimately see the light of day!

“The tragedy of Miracleman was that we published two issues, wrote three and a half – and then it all stopped,” Gaiman said, in an interview with Marvel.com. “And Miracleman #25has been sitting in the darkness – nobody has seen it. It was drawn, it was written, it was lettered over 20 years ago.”

“I love the idea that I will get to finish this story,” added Gaiman.

“That Neil and Bucky can finally finish the story they started, is a great relief to still-gasping fans — myself among them,” says Alonso.

Re-presented in serialized form, each issue of Miracleman features additional content including new art, interviews with the creators as well as new covers from some of the industry’s most legendary artists! Look for Miracleman #1 in print and digital this January!