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Quote of the Day | Joe Quesada on ‘Miracleman’ vs. ‘Marvelman’

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“After much thought and internal discussion, we felt that between the two, ‘Miracleman’ was the coolest name for the project. I wish I had a more scientific answer for you, but that’s kind of how it went down. A bunch of us sat around at the editorial meeting and talked about it. We all remember it fondly as ‘Miracleman’ and just felt that the name was by far better than Marvelman. That’s not to say that the name Marvelman isn’t in play for something else down the line some day, but when asked to choose between the two, well …”

– Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, in an interview with Comic Book Resources, explaining why the company chose to go with the name “Miracleman” over the original “Marvelman”

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I had been wondering about this myself. My assumption was that it came down to the issue of content: that is one thing to publish graphically mature content, but is another thing to publish that content under the banner of a name that shares the name with your, in part, family-friendly company. Marvelman is a name that could very well be expected, by those not aware of the history of the character, to portray a safe, flagship type character.

But Quesada is correct. When anyone thinks of the mythic thing these particular stories became, Miracleman is the name that jumps most to mind.

They still have a live trademark on Marvelman, so we’ll see if that pops up somewhere.

“When anyone thinks of the mythic thing these particular stories became, Miracleman is the name that jumps most to mind.”

Only for Americans.

So… jumps most to mind… for most who read these particular stories.
I kid.
But, you have a fair point

My first thought when it was announced they were sticking with the Miracleman name was that they’d use that to reprint the old NSFM (Not Safe For Marvel) material, then maybe use Marvelman for a safer version of the same character that they then fold into the regular 616 continuity.

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