Happy Birthday, Marvel!
Marvel will celebrate its 81st birthday on August 31, 2020! To mark the occasion, Marvel will introduce new comics, apparel, videos, baking competitions and much more.
A History Worth Celebrating
Marvel Comics #1 was released on August 21, 1939. The issue introduced the world to early Marvel heroes, such as The Human Torch, the Angel, the Sub-Mariner, the Masked Raider, and Ka-Zar.
The comic itself served as inspiration for what would ultimately become the Marvel Universe. As the cover promises, “action,” “mystery” and “adventure” were the very beginning of all the stories yet to come.
Today, the Marvel Universe is filled with thousands of characters, along with the originals from this issue. Furthermore, new worlds, galaxies and realities have all been introduced. This interconnected universe has shaped pop culture for generations.
Kicking Off the Celebration
The first commemorative piece of art designed to celebrate Marvel’s 81st birthday has already been released. Comic book artist Ron Lim and colorist Israel Silva created a special, surprise variation of Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18. It will be available for purchase through comic book retailers beginning next week.
Moreover, fans of Lim’s birthday art will also be able to order limited-edition shirts and apparel beginning on August 31. These specially created pieces will feature Power Man, Nova, Bombshell, Spider-Man, Ironheart, Ms. Marvel, and Brawn. If you would like to purchase any of these items, they will be available in the Marvel Design Vault on Amazon, or via key retailers’ e-commerce sites.
Marvel will also release new and highlight existing Eat the Universe kitchen items from Box Lunch, birthday card and cake decorating accessories, and brand-new graphic tees by Junk Food.
A Sweet Celebration
Furthermore, fans who love their treats (this one included!) may tune in to Marvel’s social media channels throughout the week and indulge their super sweet teeth! Marvel will post top choices from its latest #MarvelMission, which calls upon fans to share their favorite Marvel-inspired birthday treats.
For now, we recommend you start following the hashtags “MarvelMission and #HappyBirthdayMarvel to view all the inspiring, fan-made confections!
THIS WEEK'S MISSION: Make a Marvel-inspired birthday treat. Cake, cookies, pie, you name it! 🎉
You have one week to complete your task. Post your photo or video here with #MarvelMission and #HappyBirthdayMarvel for the chance to be featured in our round-up of favorites! pic.twitter.com/TiexMWYbaq
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) August 13, 2020
New Comic Release
Fans of the Fantastic Four will celebrate with a brand new story about Marvel’s First Family. The newly-released comic, Fantastic Four: Antithesis #1, marks “the first-ever, full-length, high-stakes take on the Fantastic Four.”
The comic was written by Mark Wait and drawn by Neal Adams. In the new issue, an unstoppable meteor erupts from hyperspace and the Fantastic Four must find a way to prevent it from hitting Manhattan before it kills millions.
Additionally, True Believers may tune in to special online programming celebrating Marvel’s birthday. An array of podcasts or YouTube channel programming will be available for download.
Podcasts celebrating will include This Week in Marvel, Women of Marvel and Marvel’s Pull List. YouTube programs, including Marvel’s How to Draw LIVE and Marvel’s Let’s Play, will feature special programming to celebrate the comic giant’s 81st birthday.
A New Video Game
Finally, gamers worldwide are incredibly excited for the widely anticipated new game, aptly titled Marvel’s Avengers. The game will become available on Friday, September 4, but will be available only on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC.
The new game combines an original story with co-operative and single-player gaming modes. In gaming circles, it has become known as “the definitive Avengers gaming experience.”
In conclusion, Marvel has a lot planned to celebrate it’s 81st birthday next week! For more information on all of the comic giant’s plans, visit Marvel.com.
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