'Ultimate FF' launches with 200k issues

Official Press Release

Now just two days from its long-anticipated launch, Marvel wants to thankreaders and retailers for making ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #1 the highestordered new ongoing series debut this decade, with a print run of over 200kissues!

"This is the first time in years that a new, ongoing series has launched soimpressively," said Diamond Comic Distributors President and CEO SteveGeppi. "It's a win-win situation for everyone from Marvel to the retailersto the fans. Congratulations to Marvel and the creative team of UltimateFantastic Four on their achievement."

"The early critical response and attention the series has received - withmentions in publications like this month's ESQUIRE and Sunday's WASHINGTONPOST - has been especially gratifying, and the response by retailers hasbeen extraordinary," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "And withcreative team like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar & Adam Kubert (and acover assist by Bryan Hitch), comic book retailers AND readers will berichly rewarded for their show of faith! What a great way to kick off theNew Year for comics' fans! This is just the start of a VERY BIG 2004 atMarvel!"

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #1 goes on sale Friday, January 2nd. "This iseverything that a first issue should be; beautifully illustrated andexpertly faithful to the script," reads Comics Buyer's Guide review of theissue. "These are top creators at the top of their game obviously workingwith characters that they care for, and all the joy and discovery and thesense of wonder that the Fantastic Four should engender are here. I can'twait for the next issue."

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #2 [NOV031487] goes on sale 1/28 and retailers arereminded its Final Order Cut-off [FOC] is Thursday, 1/8. Readers, ask yourlocal comic book retailer to reserve your copies today!

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