IDW, Marvel Team for New Line of 'Middle-Grade' Comics

Marvel Entertainment and IDW Publishing are launching a brand new partnership this November.

As part of a new publishing agreement, Marvel and IDW will begin publishing middle-grade comics intended for younger readers with Marvel's library of iconic superheroes being licensed to IDW for all-age friendly monthly comics and trade paperback collections available through the direct market and bookstores around the country.

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The new line of family-friendly comic books launches with a new Spider-Man series in November starring Peter Parker and Miles Morales. This will be followed by an Avengers series in December and a Black Panther series in January 2019. Creative teams and story details for the three new series will be announced at a later date.

"From Iron Man to Captain Marvel, from the Hulk to Shuri — the Marvel pantheon has something for everyone," declared IDW editor-in-chief John Barber in a prepared statement. "With this team-up, Marvel and IDW aim to bring exciting, all-new comics to a generation growing up in a Marvel world."

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Last year, LucasFilm and IDW Publishing entered a partnership publishing all-age friendly Star Wars comics after working with Disney Licensed Publishing on previous projects. With this new deal, IDW expands their working relationship with Disney to include the extensive Marvel Universe.

"Marvel is excited to work with IDW to share these brand-new stories with our younger fans," announced Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski. "Characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Avengers inspire us through their strength and determination, but they resonate with readers because of the struggles they face and the challenges they overcome. We want to share their journeys with our younger fans first-hand."

"This partnership reflects the true spirit of collaboration at work," added IDW President and Publisher Greg Goldstein. "As comic book publishers, IDW and Marvel are able to produce high-quality visual storytelling experiences for fans both young and old. By combining our efforts, along with Marvel’s ever-increasing presence in popular culture, the results will be spectacular."

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