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Credit: David Finch (Marvel Comics)
Credit: David Finch (Marvel Comics)

Artist Mike Deodato has announced that following his upcoming run on Savage Avengers , he will depart Marvel Comics, the publisher for whom he's worked for 24 years.

Deodato issued a statement on leaving Marvel on his Twitter, saying he plans to branch into creator-owned comic books. 

"When I was a boy I dreamt to one day become a Marvel artist. I grew up reading Avengers, Captain America, Spider-Man and, since my father was already an artist in Brazil, I decided I would do the same, but drawing the heroes that made my childhood so great," Deodato's statement reads. "I succeeded. And I've been living my dream with those characters for 24 years! I've loved every second of it. Now I'm 56 and I have a new dream: to be a creator-owned artist. I wanna dedicate my full time to create my own books and characters."

Deodato's statement goes on to say that Marvel has become like a family to him, and when he informed them of his impending departure a year ago, they were supportive of his choice.

"Marvel, I love you and always will. Thanks for everything," concludes the statement.

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