It took some time (and presumably some hefty legal fees), but Marvel Comics is finally ready to publish new Miracleman material after a 20-year dry spell.
According to Vulture Thursday morning, not only is Marvel ready to publish new Miracleman stories, but among them will be a tale by superstar writer Grant Morrison, written nearly 30 years ago, and drawn by Marvel Entertainment's chief creative officer, Joe Quesada.
Miracleman Annual #1, which is scheduled for release on December 31st, will also have a new stories by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred, with a cover by Italian artist Gabriele Dell'Otto and a variant by Bone cartoonist Jeff Smith.
Quesada hyped the importance of the issue by stating: "People talk about comics like Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns, but Miracleman affected modern comics as much as them, if not more so. This is gonna be part of the historical tapestry of the character."
The release of the Annual comes after Marvel announced in 2009 that it had bought the rights to the property, then this year began reprinting the long out-of-print Miracleman comics written by Alan Moore (although Moore's name is being left out of the reprints and publicity for the series, presumably for legal reasons). The reprint initiative also features Neil Gaiman-written issues of Miracleman, including his and Mark Buckingham's Miracleman #25, which was never published at all.
Now Morrison's previously unseen Miracleman work will also finally be released in December. As Vulture notes, Morrison had told interviewers that his story hadn't been published because of a letter Moore sent him, telling him to "back off."
Quesada saw Morrison's interview and contacted Morrison to try to obtain the script for publication. "[In the interview,] Grant said something like, 'I'm sure I have the script somewhere, maybe I'll dig it up and just post it online for the fans, just for the fun of it," Quesada told Vulture. "Several things came to mind. One was, Oh my God, this actually happened. Another was, Oh my God, he may have the actual script. Another was, Please don't put it out for free yet!"
Morrison's agreement with Marvel included the stipulation that Quesada himself draw the script.