Marvel Comics plans to commemorate its 80th anniversary with a new anthology titled Marvel Comics #1000. The story will include 80 stories from 80 different creative teams.
The publisher began teasing the anthology earlier this week, with ads in comics featuring a variety of different creative teams, the date of August 2019 and backgrounds filled with historic covers from Marvel's 80 years of publishing. Each of the 80 creative teams will tell a one-page story in the comic.
“This is by far the most complex and complicated and difficult book I’ve ever had to assemble,” Executive Editor Tom Breevort told the New York Times. The way Marvel decided on the creators for the comic came down to paying close attention to which stars in other forms of entertainment shared their love for Marvel, with names including Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and more.
“Our characters are mentioned in so many different ways and in so many different mediums and we always keep track,” Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski said. “Now these distinguished individuals are able to contribute back to the comics they grew up on.”
Marvel Comics #1000 will start from 1939 and work its way to the present day, with each page correlating to one year in Marvel's history. Along with celebrity contributors are also names from Marvel's storied past -- George Perez, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kurt Busiek, Walter Simonson and more.
Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing is credited as helping to conceive the massive project after he gained some experience working on an intricate comic in the choose-your-own-adventure title, You Are Deadpool. “This is the kind of honor that doesn’t really come that often,” Ewing added.
As for the numbering choice of Marvel Comics #1000, Breevort said, “More than anything, it was a symbolic thing.” After undergoing some name changes -- Marvel Comics to Marvel Mystery Comics to Marvel Tales -- the comic ultimately ended at issue #159.
Marvel Comics #1000 goes on sale in August from Marvel Comics.