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SDCC ’10 | Marvel announces Strange Tales II [UPDATED]

Strange Tales II #1 by Rafael Grampa

Strange Tales II #1 by Rafael Grampa

Strange days indeed! At today’s Mondo Marvel panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel officially announced the October launch Strange Tales II. Like the original Strange Tales anthology, the sequel will be three giant-sized issues’ worth of alternative, underground, indie, and web cartoonists putting their stamp on Marvel’s characters. The line-up this time around includes Alex Robinson, Dash Shaw, David Heatley, Dean Haspiel, Edu Medeiros, Farel Dalrymple, Frank Santoro, Gene Yang, Gilbert Hernandez, Harvey Pekar, Jaime Hernandez, Jeff Lemire, Jeffrey Brown, Jhonen Vasquez, Jillian Tamaki, Jon Vermilyea, Kate Beaton, Nick Gurewitch, Paul Hornschemeier, Paul Maybury, Rafael Grampa (that’s his cover above), Shannon Wheeler, Terry Moore, Tim Hamilton, Tony Millionaire, and the proverbial “and more.”

UPDATE: Just added to the roster: Benjamin Marra, Sheldon Vella, and Ty Templeton. Dang!

The project has been rumored pretty much since the first issue of Strange Tales I hit stands, with many of its contributors enthusiastically leaking news of its creation and posting images on their websites. Heck, Santoro even scanned his Spider-Man-branded paycheck for his Silver Surfer contribution.

Over at I interviewed editor Jody LeHeup about the project. [UPDATE: Link added. Thanks, Ben Morse!] LeHeup gives the scoop on a few of the first volume’s more controversial pieces from Jim Rugg, Brian Maruca, Max Cannon, and Peter Bagge, and in my favorite part of the interview he talks about the book’s impact on traditional Marvel readers:

Actually I’ve read several responses from fans of Marvel comics who weren’t necessarily fans of “indie” comics that really got a lot out of the book. So much so that some wonder why we don’t have more stories like this as backups in our more traditional issues. And many have expressed a desire to check out more works by the creators in question. So while I doubt we were successful in broadening the horizons of every Marvel fan, the answer is a definite yes, and in my mind, that makes this book a win.

Please put me on the record as a vote for altcomix backups in mainstream Marvel books. “Avengers, by Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Gilbert Hernandez”? Sure, I’ll eat it!



I want that cover for a poster!!!
Damn, these independence artists, Rafael Grampa and Juan Jose Ryp is the new “Paul Pope”!

Harvey Pekar? Really, REALLY interested.




Up next: R. Crumb Wolverine?

Stranger things HAVE happened.




Jason Michael

July 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I really enjoyed the first series, and this looks to be as good a line-up of talent.
But I vote “NO!” on continuing this by having it run as back ups in mainstream Marvel books. I like having them in their own title. Because I don’t actually buy many regular Marvel titles anymore. It’s easier to get the stuff I’m interested in this way.

Excellent line-up again this time!

That is one hell of a lineup. Looking very forward to this.

Floppies and trade: sold and sold.

If Jon Vermilyea doesn’t do Man-Thing I’ll be PISSED!

Rafael Grampa MUST draw The Avengers, period!!!

I didn’t think I’d ever see Alex Robinson working for Marvel, pleased that he will though. AND Kate Beaton AND Ty Templeton, both great choices for this.

I have the first in flop and Hardcover……I need the new one. Love that they are doing another. So Many Great Indy Artist. Rafael Grampa’s Cover needs to be a POSTER!!!!!!

Wow-wie……A sequel, eh..??

And it appears that the readers will get a chance to see one of Pekar’s first & final work for Marvel (unless he did before within the 1st STRANGE TALES Anthologies.

Love the cover; loved the first set. Looking forward to this one.

“Please put me on the record as a vote for altcomix backups in mainstream Marvel books. “Avengers, by Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita Jr., and Gilbert Hernandez”? Sure, I’ll eat it!”

I was pleasantly surprised recently to find that Bart Simpson appears to be going this route — they’ve got a regular Aragones backup, and I picked one up the other week that had a Dorkin story.

Beto did one of the Treehouse of Horror anthologies a few years back, and I think he did a story in Simpsons Comics after that (though that might have been Bart Simpson too).

Rafael Grampa=New KING OF COMICS!

I’d like this even more if Michael DeForge was a contributor!!!

“Jhonen Vasquez”? Hell yes. Can anyone imagine this sick muther fucker writing for Spider-Man and Venom, or the Hulk!? Bow down to greatness, I shall.

Sweeeeeeet….Holy crap O_O……I’d love to be a part of something like this sometime, a girl can dream ^_^

Jhonen Vasquez! Yes!

kate beatonnnnnnnn
and some other people.

Kate Beaton AND Tony Millionaire!

Kate Beaton!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nope, Jhonen is in. He did MODOK.

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