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Strange Tales MAX to debut in September

Strange Tales Max #1

Strange Tales Max #1

This one’s been in the making for quite a while, and now just in time for MoCCA, Marvel has released details on its upcoming anthology of independent comics creators. Announced by Heidi at The Beat earlier today, Strange Tales MAX is a three-issue miniseries that kicks off in September. Contributors to the first issue include Paul Pope (who is doing the cover), Peter Bagge, Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, Junko Mizuno, Dash Shaw, James Kochalka, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Nick Bertozzi, Nicholas Gurewich and Jason.

Other creators whose work has been previewed in past months, like Paul Hornschemeier and Jim Rugg, must be contributing to subsequent issues.

You can get a glimpse of Shaw’s “Dr. Strange vs. Nightmare,” and read the full press release, after the break:

"Dr. Strange," by Dash Shaw

"Dr. Strange vs. Nightmare," by Dash Shaw

Marvel Comics is proud to announce the release of Strange Tales MAX #1 (of 3) in September 2009, featuring the most acclaimed creators in independent comics today! This landmark three issue limited series, overflowing with 48 pages of all new stories, features your favorite Marvel heroes—from Spider-Man to the Hulk—like you’ve never seem them before! Paul Pope, Peter Bagge, Molly Crabapple &John Leavitt, Junko Mizuno, Dash Shaw, James Kochalka, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Nick Bertozzi, Nicholas Gurewich, Jason and more unite for the all-new Strange Tales MAX!

Just what does Peter Bagge have planned in “The Incorrigible Hulk,” a story so incredible that we had to serialize it over all three issues? Will Spider-Man make it out alive of Jason’s thrilling story? This first issue comes wrapped in a marvel-ous cover by Paul Pope and Jose Villarubia!

“Flat out, this is the apex of human artistic achievement. This is it. The end. The crowning result of tens of millions of years of evolution, right here, in three packed-to-the-gills issues,” said Editor John Barber. “The philosophy of the book was to have these creators from ‘indy’ or ‘alternative’ or “literary” or ‘art’ comics come in and do what they do best. I think Marvel readers will really dig seeing radically different versions of their favorite characters, and the fans of these cartoonists will get to see the creators work in a milieu they never thought they’d get to see. It’s win-win. It’s really the best of both worlds.”

Editor Jody LeHeup added, “This book is a metric ton of solid gold awesome. The talent we’ve got lined up are without hyperbole some of the greatest creative minds working in comics today. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read a Spider-Man story by Jason? Or an Iron Man story by Tony Millionaire? Or anything by any of the contributors we’ve got attached to the project? I’ve been reading independent comics my whole life and I’ve always wanted to see what those creators could do with Marvel characters if they were given free reign to tell their stories. Well, now that vision’s becoming a reality and I can’t tell you what an incredibly special thing it is to see the final result. If you’re a fan of comics of any school, do yourself a favor and pick this up.”

Now’s your chance to experience the Marvel Universe through the eyes of the best and brightest indie talents! Don’t miss Strange Tales MAX #1 in stores this fall!

STRANGE TALES MAX #1 (of 3)
Written and Drawn by: PAUL POPE, PETER BAGGE, MOLLY CRABAPPLE &JOHN LEAVITT, JUNKO MIZUNO, DASH SHAW, JAMES KOCHALKA, JOHNNY RYAN, MICHAEL KUPPERMAN, NICK BERTOZZI, NICHOLAS GUREWICH, AND JASON
Cover by PAUL POPE
Explicit Content …$3.99
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Intriguing, though not enough to make me buy it off the rack. Love the Pope cover though. Will probably pick it up in the bargain bins or at a half price sale in the future.

“I think Marvel readers will really dig seeing radically different versions of their favorite characters, and the fans of these cartoonists will get to see the creators work in a milieu they never thought they’d get to see. It’s win-win. It’s really the best of both worlds.”

Uh, I think everyone will love it EXCEPT Marvel readers. Can’t see many people with X-FORCE on their pull-list digging this. But the fact it’s coming out through Max gives me a modicum of hope that a creator like Johnny Ryan can do his thing without pulling any punches.

Jason drawing Spider-Man?! Yes! Yes! Yes! *Swoon* Dreams do come true!

“Uh, I think everyone will love it EXCEPT Marvel readers”

Uh, I am a Marvel reader and I can’t wait for this. True, not all Marvel fans read independent work but to say all is a gross overstatement. Jason’s Spider-Man, Peter Bagge’s The Incorrigible Hulk…this can’t arrive soon enough.

@Mark Kardwell: It seems like this is Marvel’s answer to Wednesday Comics. I agree that both of these are most likely terrible ideas in terms of sales, but shhh, let’s not clue them into that fact. But really, who knows? Maybe projects like these will begin to inch popular tastes to something more artistically palatable.

Well I was going to say something super-positive and whatnot, but apparently the mood has been set, and yet another win for cynical fanboy B.S.! Yays!

Ummmmm….the frequent and repetitive use of the upper-case MAX makes this seem like it’s an adults-only book and nothing in the press release says either way. So, is it?

Ah, I noticed the solicit info at the bottom says Explicit Content. I guess that answers my question.

Holy crap…the Incorrigible Hulk. They’re actually going to publish it.

And this can’t really be said to be Marvel’s answer to Wednesday Comics since this was first announced ages ago, well before WC. And the sentiment is different; this harkens to the indy comics while WC draws from newspaper comic strips.

Can’t see many people with X-FORCE on their pull-list digging this.

The Milligan/Allred comic? :)

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Re the Wednesday Comics comparison: ah, how soon they forget! It was a while back, but still one of the best things DC ever published:

http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=3765

Paul Pope should be drawing Spider-Woman comics as a full time gig.

I really have absolutely no idea who they are making this comic for…. other than ME! and really, that’s good enough for me. I think this one sounds awesome, and the fact that it gives me something to look forward to around the time Wednesday Comics (another book I am very much looking forward to) will be ending is just a nice little bonus. It does of course remind me of Bizarro Comics, as well as the underground Coober Skeeber Marvel benefit book, but that’s also fine with me because I loved those as well.

This actually sounds like a cool concept and something Marvel should do more often; Ultimate Marvel Team-Up and Spider-Man’s Tangled Web almost got it right. But it’s a bit much for me to get all three issues blindly. I’ll trade wait for this one and hope Marvel doesn’t take it personally.

“Re the Wednesday Comics comparison: ah, how soon they forget! It was a while back, but still one of the best things DC ever published:

http://www.dccomics.com/dcu/graphic_novels/?gn=3765

Bwahaha, that’s kind of funny since in some sites people are calling this innovative.

It’s less of a response to Wednesday Comics than it is to Bizzaro Comics. That first book was great, and I hope this is too, though sometimes the indys can be a little too cute for their own good. I’m not a “wait for trade” kind of reader, but I do think I’d prefer this as one.

I was just happy about Bagge’s “Hulk” finally getting out there, but this is a real gem with Pope, Jason, Kochalka, and the rest of these folks in the mix. I don’t understand why they’d solicit this monthly though as it pretty much IS the direct equivalent of DC’s “Bizarro” anthologies… But hey, at least they’re giving fans more content for that 3.99 price tag… I tell you what’d be interesting to try with this book given the whole “Pure Comics Fan” (in which case, superheroes are read, but aren’t the only game in town and are strongly read by preference of creator) vs “Marvel Drone” (you can’t even call them Marvel Zombies anymore…Ugh…) dynamic this brings to mind. Put a “Dark Reign” logo on the cover and see what happens sales-wise. I can almost guarantee some of these drones would buy every issue, but complain every step of the way just like they did with Milligan & Allred’s “X-Force/Statix” (Seriously, they were getting hatemail 2 years after the fact!) run… To conclude though, this is an absolute dream cme true for all of us “Pure Comics Fans” and of course, for Bill Jemas (He’s smiling somewhere).

Good move Marvel! ( for once).
This book looks great and maybe some Marvel zombies (pardon the pun) will get into some of the indie guys / girls from this.
I have found as you get older and really start to love the art form of comics, you can’t help getting into the indie stuff both old and new.
I can see how people at first would not be into these guys and or their styles, in my younger years, I would not of liked someone like Paul Pope or Jason.
Then again I liked Liefield when I was 14, so things change, sometimes for the better.

BTW.. Jason’s Spider-Man makes me wish for a Spider-Ham issue done by my favorite Norwegian cartoonist.

This book is going to be awesome. I can’t stop staring at the Paul Pope cover and I’m hoping the interiors have the same effect on me as well.

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