Gaiman on Marvelman: ‘Obviously I’d like to finish the story I started’
Although he admits he’s uncertain what will happen with the property, Neil Gaiman says he’s “delighted” that Marvel has acquired the rights to Marvelman, and would like to complete the story he began nearly two decades ago.
Gaiman succeeded Alan Moore as writer on the series, then called Miracleman because of trademark concerns, with 1990’s Issue 17. He collaborated with artist Mark Buckingham through Issue 25, which was never published because of the collapse of Eclipse Comics. That issue would have reintroduced Kid Miracleman.
“Right now I’m not entirely sure what’s going to happen,” Gaiman writes this morning on his website, “and Mark Buckingham and I haven’t signed anything, but I’m really hopeful that Marvel will bring Alan Moore’s stories back into print, and the work I did with Mark Buckingham (Miracleman 25 was finished, ready for printing, 16 years ago. It’s still in Mark Buckingham’s possession, although some of the lettering balloons have gone a bit yellow.) I’m not entirely sure what Marvel’s plans are for the character at this point — obviously I’d like to finish the story I started.”
Gaiman elaborates a little more in this brief interview with Matthew Surridge for the Montreal Gazette: “… To be honest, I’m just delighted that Marvel have acquired the rights legally, and are talking right now with us about reprinting the work, bringing the work back ethically. Which is a lot more than – you know, [Canadian comics creator] Todd McFarlane [who] … announced that he was going to be reprinting it without paying us. Things are definitely in a better place.”
For more on the complicated history of Mick Anglo’s Marvelman/Miracleman, be sure to check out Chris Mautner’s overiew.