Marvel 1602 #1

MARVEL 1602 #1 [of 8] (Neil Gaiman/Andy Kubert/Richard Isanove) It wasn't meant to be a secret I get it all the time now. I just arrived in Portugal, in Lisbon, to promote Coraline, and the first question I was asked, in the car from the airport to the hotel was So, can you tell me anything about 1602? And I said, It's drawn by Andy Kubert, coloured by Richard Isanove, lettered by Todd Klein, covers by Scott McKowen and I saw a photocopy of the first issue and it looks pretty good. Yes, but the story . What's it about? Oh, you know, I said. Stuff. Well, is it the Marvel characters? Or characters you invented yourself? Yes, I said. That's pretty much it. But how long is it? I think it'll be eight issues. It was meant to be six, but I'm writing episode 5 right now, and there's a lot of story to tell. So why is it such a secret...? It got to be a secret because the idea of 1602 was fairly straightforward, and really fun, and I hated the idea of people being familiar with it, even bored of it, by the time it came out. So I asked Joe Quesada if he'd mind if we didn't make a big announcement at the start. But the more people asked me, buttonholed me, pleaded with me, the more I liked the fact that only a tiny handful of people at Marvel and I had even seen Andy's amazing pencils or Richard's colours. This was starting to be a genuinely fun secret - like not telling someone what their birthday present is until it's time to unwrap it. What am I going to tell you? It's really fun. It's set in the Marvel Universe. It looks gorgeous. You may even like it. There are sixteen hundred & two good reasons for telling you all about it, and I'm not saying a word. Think of it as your birthday present. Neil Gaiman, May 2003. Cardstock cover by Scott McKowen. 40 pp.

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Marvel 1602 #1