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Annuals’ Triumphant Return: “Ultimates Annual #1” Sells Out

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Annuals’ Triumphant Return: “Ultimates Annual #1” Sells Out

Official Press Release

Faster than Quicksilver, “Ultimates Annual #1” has sold out at Diamond and
critics are loving the return of Annuals to Marvel.

Hilary Goldstein of says, “Annuals are finally back and in a big
way! Best comic of the week.”

In a stand-alone story that ties into the monthly title, “Ultimates
Annual #1” features a story of Nick Fury and his (possible) replacement
team of Ultimates. Written by monthly scribe Mark Millar with pencils
by Steve Dillon, this double-sized issue is busting at the seams with
Ultimates action.

“It was important that, although these annuals are stand alone stories,
they tie into the events in the monthly Ultimate titles,” said Editor
Ralph Macchio. “We wanted our annuals to count. And they do.”

Writer Mark Millar had plenty to say when informed of the book’s
sell-out. “Am I happy about this? Of course, but more relieved than
anything else because the orders for this were ridiculously high for a
four dollar book and– I swear to God– my greatest fear was that
retailers had ordered too many and would be feeding these things to pets
and children for years to come. But we sold out! And that’s great. And
what’s even weirder is that there’s a huge re-order activity going on
too which is completely bloody brilliant so cheers for that. I really
should relax more, but I’m more surprised than anyone when this stuff
happens. It’s insane!”

Annuals were once a yearly tradition for all Marvel titles and its
successful return with “Ultimates Annual #1” has fans clamoring for more.
And they’ll get their wish, too as “Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #1” hit
stores this week and “Ultimate X-Men Annual #1” and “Ultimate Fantastic
Four Annual #1” are set for release over the next few weeks.

“This quick sell-out is a strong sign of continuing sales momentum in
the Ultimate line,” says David Gabriel, Marvel’s Director of Sales. “We
urge retailers to increase orders now on the coming annuals to avoid
getting caught short. We are contemplating a quick back to press edition
right now depending on the volume of backorders.”

Be sure to pick up these upcoming Ultimate Annuals:

“Ultimate X-Men Annual #1” (JUN051988)

Written by Brian K Vaughan

Penciled by Tom Raney

Cover by Stuart Immonen


On Sale – 8/24/05

“Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #1” (JUN051987)

Written by Mark Millar

Penciled by Jae Lee

Cover by Greg Land


On Sale – 9/21/05

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