Marvel Comics has announced Marvel Comics #1000, an August one-shot celebrating the publisher's 80-year history which kicked off with October 1939's Marvel Comics #1.
As announced in the New York Times, Marvel Comics #1000 will be 80 pages in length, with each page assembled by a different creative team - announced in a string of teasers earlier this week. This one-shot appears to be the "idea" Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski was referring to when he declared his plans to sell a million copies of a comic book.
“This is by far the most complex and complicated and difficult book I’ve ever had to assemble,” said Marvel Comics Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.
“Our characters are mentioned in so many different ways and in so many different mediums and we always keep track," added Cebulski. “Now these distinguished individuals are able to contribute back to the comics they grew up on."
Al Ewing will write multiple pages of the one-shot, which is described as an "intricate jigsaw puzzle," and was one of the architects of the issue's overarching story, which involves an artifact called the "Eternity Mask."
“This is the kind of honor that doesn’t really come that often,” said Ewing.
The "Eternity Mask" does not appear to be a previously mentioned aspect of Marvel lore, though the cosmic being Eternity has played a key role in stories throughout Marvel history.
Marvel Comics #1 debuted in October 1939, and its title was quickly changed to Marvel Mystery Comics with the second issue. With issue #93, the title was changed again to Marvel Tales, and the series ultimately ended in 1957 with Marvel Tales #93. The titles Marvel Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics, and Marvel Tales, have been brought back intermittently over the decades for one-shots and short runs.
Marvel has not shown their 'math' for the one-shot's "#1000" numbering, but according to Brevoort, the title is "symbolic."
“More than anything, it was a symbolic thing,” he explained.
The #1000 numbering seems based on the recent successes of DC's Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000.
Marvel Comics #1000 is due out in August.