Marvel and IDW to Create New Comic Books for the Next Generation of Readers

Marvel and IDW to Create New Comic Books for the Next Generation of Readers

Jay Cochran - July 17, 2018
Marvel Entertainment and IDW Publishing announced today that the two companies will develop middle-grade comic books designed for younger readers. Featuring some of Marvel’s most popular characters, the monthly issues and trade paperback collections, published by IDW, will be available for sale at local comic book shops and book retailers across the country, expanding opportunities for the next generation of Super Heroes to experience the Marvel Universe.

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

Launching in November 2018, the Marvel and IDW collaboration will kick off with a Spider-Man series featuring both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, followed by an Avengers series beginning in December and a Black Panther series in January 2019. Each of these titles will serve as an easily-accessible jumping-on point for younger readers to follow the adventures of their favorite characters.

“Marvel is excited to work with IDW to share these brand-new stories with our younger fans,” said C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel. “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.”

“Marvel is committed to delivering unique and accessible content for our younger audiences and fans,” said Sven Larsen, director, licensed publishing of Marvel. “As one of our most valued partners, IDW is the right fit to help us feature some of our most popular characters and publish stories created especially for the next generation of Super Heroes.”

“This partnership reflects the true spirit of collaboration at work,” said Greg Goldstein, president and publisher of IDW. “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.”

Story details and creative teams for the new line of middle-grade comic books will be announced at a later date.
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swede4444 - 2018-07-19 @ 5:02 am
On 7/17/2018 at 12:17 PM, mako said:

Wait, so Marvel is basically giving IDW license to publish comic books based on Marvel properties? That's the stup... wait...

Actually, given Marvel's record of late, that's a pretty good idea.

So true... They get the movies right, but have forgotten how to make comics. I finally stopped reading them (after decades) in 2013, but kept buying out of hope and habit into 2014. Nothing I've seen since has tempted me to come back.

FASVB - 2018-07-18 @ 1:54 am

This looks like the marvel cartoons translated into comic books.

mako - 2018-07-18 @ 12:06 am

Sounds like somebody may have remembered what comics were originally meant to be. If so, I'm all for it.

Bring 'em on!

MLUK2018 - 2018-07-17 @ 10:55 pm

Wow, I would have loved these when I was younger. I think it is a great idea to get kids into comic books especially marvel comics and to introduce them to well known marvel characters with fun stories. A great step forward for Marvel Comics!

anthonywayne - 2018-07-17 @ 9:54 pm
5 hours ago, mako said:

Wait, so Marvel is basically giving IDW license to publish comic books based on Marvel properties? That's the stup... wait...

Actually, given Marvel's record of late, that's a pretty good idea.

Agreed. I don't know why Marvel can't just do this themselves, but if the books end up being good, I should care who does them.

newcollector24680 - 2018-07-17 @ 9:52 pm

I thought it was silly enough for superheroes to wear undies over their costumes, but now Spidey's got SOCKS! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

newcollector24680 - 2018-07-17 @ 9:50 pm

I just couldn't help but notice thatthe Spider-Man on thiscover has blue feet. It looks weird and for some reason it just really bothers me. IT LOOKS SO WEIRD!!! :huh:

sXeblues - 2018-07-17 @ 7:52 pm

Id say this is a pretty good idea... Anything that simultaneously promotes reading at all but especially, reading comic books, is definitely a good thing!

BURNT_TOAST - 2018-07-17 @ 7:30 pm

So, like the Marvel Adventures Series?

GojiBill - 2018-07-17 @ 7:01 pm

This is great, my kids have been wanting more Marvel comics at their level. Hope this works out.

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