UPDATED: KRIS ANKA Clarifies 'MARVEL SWIMSUIT' Book Was Never A Marvel Project

Ghost Rider illustration by Kevin Wada
Ghost Rider illustration by Kevin Wada
Credit: Kevin Wada

Update 6:38 P.M. January 14, 2015: After news of this project circulated online, Kris Anka made a subsequent post to clarify the "false picture" the original post portrayed.

"The sketches I posted were not for an official project to be published by Marvel," Anka states. "They were for an artists’ sketchbook that Kevin Wada and myself were going to pitch to Marvel for approval.  Kevin and I decided to pull the plug on this project, not Marvel.  We were proud of our work so far, so we wanted to share what we had done. The wording of my previous post painted a false picture of the situation."
 

 

Gambit illustration by Kevin Wada
Gambit illustration by Kevin Wada
Credit: Kevin Wada

Original Story: Add one more to the list of comic projects you'll never see. Kris Anka has revealed on Tumblr that he and Kevin Wada had been working for several months on a series of illustrations for a book akin to the Marvel Swimsuit Special books.

"I write to you today with the somber news that after a few months back and forth with the powers-that-be, circumstances have arisen that have forced us to stop production on this project," Anka said.

It's not clear if the book was officially approved by Marvel and changed, or if Anka and Wada were simply working on pieces during discussions about the book project being approved. When asked by Newsarama about this, Marvel declined to comment.

Hellion illustration by Kris Anka
Hellion illustration by Kris Anka
Credit: Kris Anka

According to Anka, the book would have included 52 illustrations by he and Wada, split evenly amongst male and female characters from across the Marvel Universe. The duo had already completed several pieces for the book such as the Ghost Rider, Gambit and Hellion pieces shown here, and also mentioned preliminary work on illustrations for Storm, Captain Marvel and Mystique.

"While we are both disappointed that we can no longer work on this, there was no malice behind this decision. It is what it is," Anka continued. " Although on the plus side, this now free’s Kevin and I up to some new things potentially this year, so who knows."

Anka said they are "looking into some way to salvage" some of the work they've done on this project, and he's said some of his pieces will be sold as original art later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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