EXCLUSIVE: Marvel announces STRANGE TALES MAX for September

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Spider-Man by Jason. The lost Peter Bagge Incorrigible Hulk story. Iron Man by Tony Millionaire. Are such ideas just the fevered dreams of an overactive imagination as we go into MoCCA…or reality? Happily, it’s REAL, as Marvel has finally announced their “indie” anthology featuring the best cartoonists of the day working on Marvel’s icons. The book has been in the works for a few years under several editors, but bits and pieces have drifted out, such as a Dash Shaw-penned Dr., Strange tale. The book is finally on the schedule, and fittingly, it’s been given the name STRANGE TALES, a Marvel title that goes back to the Silver Age and hosted memorable work by Ditko, Kirby, and Steranko.

The three issue limited series will debut in September as part of the MAX line, with 48 pages of stories by in each issue. More PR below:

Paul Pope, Peter Bagge, Molly Crabapple &John Leavitt, Junko Mizuno, Dash Shaw, James Kochalka, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Nick Bertozzi, Nicholas Gurewich, Jason and more unite for the all-new Strange Tales MAX!

Just what does Peter Bagge have planned in “The Incorrigible Hulk”, a story so incredible that we had to serialize it over all three issues? Will Spider-Man make it out alive of Jason’s thrilling story? This first issue comes wrapped in a marvel-ous cover by Paul Pope and Jose Villarubia!

“Flat out, this is the apex of human artistic achievement. This is it. The end. The crowning result of tens of millions of years of evolution, right here, in three packed-to-the-gills issues,” said Editor John Barber. “The philosophy of the book was to have these creators from ‘indy’ or ‘alternative’ or “literary” or ‘art’ comics come in and do what they do best. I think Marvel readers will really dig seeing radically different versions of their favorite characters, and the fans of these cartoonists will get to see the creators work in a milieu they never thought they’d get to see. It’s win-win. It’s really the best of both worlds.”

Editor Jody LeHeup added, “This book is a metric ton of solid gold awesome. The talent we’ve got lined up are without hyperbole some of the greatest creative minds working in comics today. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read a Spider-Man story by Jason? Or an Iron man story by Tony Millionaire? Or anything by any of the contributors we’ve got attached to the project? I’ve been reading independent comics my whole life and I’ve always wanted to see what those creators could do with Marvel characters if they were given free reign to tell their stories. Well, now that visions becoming a reality and I can’t tell you what an incredibly special thing it is to see the final result. If you’re a fan of comics of any school, do yourself a favor and pick this up.”

STRANGE TALES MAX #1 (of 3)

Written and Drawn by: PAUL POPE, PETER BAGGE, MOLLY CRABAPPLE &JOHN LEAVITT, JUNKO MIZUNO, DASH SHAW, JAMES KOCHALKA, JOHNNY RYAN, MICHAEL KUPPERMAN, NICK BERTOZZI, NICHOLAS GUREWICH, AND JASON

Cover by PAUL POPE

Explicit Content …$3.99

Comments

  1. “Explicit Content?” And Spider-Man?

    Any early copies you get, keep ‘em safe and dry.

    Safe.

    And dry.

    //Oo/\

  2. I recommend lamination.

  3. Steve Maser says:

    Really? 48 pages for $3.99? For a “MAX” title?

    Maybe that means prices will be coming down in September? Not.

  4. the Freaky Tiki says:

    Is it wrong that the next time Mrs. Tiki and I make love… I’ll be thinking of this comic instead of her?

    ;)

    I love the fact that this is 48 pages of STORY for $3.99 (not ads, but actual creative goodness!). Kudos to Marvel!

    the Tiki

  5. AWESOME.

  6. michael says:

    Sounding very good! :)

  7. Bob Oldman says:

    It’s about time that Peter Bagge Hulk story is seeing print. I’ve been waiting for 6 years to read it – ever since it was solicited and cancelled back in 2003.

  8. Ooooo! I want that!

  9. Wow! A $3.99 Marvel comic that will be worth every penny.

  10. This is a great idea! Frankly, I wish they’d do this with ALL their comic series.

  11. Never thought I’d see the day!

  12. Dennis V. says:

    Great new indeed that the Peter Bagge Hulk story will FINALLY see print! Yay!

  13. Blackeye says:

    Isn’t this the same idea as what DC did with the “Bizarro” books? I think DC’s lineup was far superior. Is this all these two companies do, is steal ideas from each other? Does Marvel have any plan for their version of the “Wednesday Comics?” Maybe DC has something planned like the “Bromance” compilation. Actually, probably not…

  14. James says:

    Yeah! And what’s with all these car companies making hybrid cars? We clearly only need one car company to make hybrids. Using somebody else’s good idea is just stupid.

  15. Chris Duffy says:

    Now I have something to look forward to! : )

  16. I am so getting this!!!!!
    I’d love to see this become popular enough to be an ongoing!
    The Bagge Hulk story at last!

    Blackeye, the Bizarro book was awesome, and this will be for the same reason! Why complain? We need more comics like this!

  17. Andrew Davis says:

    Is this where Stan Sakai’s Hulk story will see print too? I’m hopeful.

  18. Isn’t this the same idea as what DC did with the “Bizarro” books?

    Yeah, except that (Marvel being Marvel), within six months half of these stories will be retroactively proclaimed canonical and be given their own spin-off books.

  19. Hello, Comix Book 2009.

    “This is the apex of human artistic achievement.”

    If indy-flavored Paste Pot Pete comics are the pinnacle of humanity then just kill me now…

  20. Gil Jaysmith says:

    Tony Millionaire does an Iron Man story? Oh, the iron-y.

  21. If Joe Quesada ever decides to step away from Marvel one day, I would nominate Mike Allred as E-I-C and bring back Marvel Pop Art Productions-full steam ahead!

    I’m serious.

  22. I find the fact that “Dash Shaw” and “Doctor Strange” are being used in the same sentence incredibly awesome.

    Linking the hell out of this. I am so buying this comic book.

  23. Ken Raining says:

    It just makes no sense to release this as floppies first. Why does Marvel insist on publishing every damn thing in this format, even if it makes much more sense to just release a graphic novel?

  24. David says:

    This will be the first Marvel comic I’ve bought in over 10 years.

  25. majorjoe23 says:

    “It just makes no sense to release this as floppies first. Why does Marvel insist on publishing every damn thing in this format, even if it makes much more sense to just release a graphic novel? ”

    Because the sale in individual issues helps them recoup their money.

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  1. [...] I AM BUYING THE HELL OUT OF THIS: Finally, that “indie Marvel” project is a go. Strange Tales MAX (interesting it’s coming from the mature readers imprint) is three issues of the best indie creators going nuts on Marvel characters. The biggest news of all is that it’s finally allowing Peter Bagge’s Incorrigible Hulk to see the light of day. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait for the trade on this. Gurewich, Jason, Kupperman, Pope, Shaw, and more. Three issues, 48 pages each, four bucks, September. Sold. [...]

  2. [...] When I read this I nearly fell off my chair. Tony Millionaire, Jason, Paul Pope, and more offer an alt comix take on Marvel characters in the aptly titled, three-issue series  Strange Tales. Finally something from Marvel to get excited about. Although the Jason Aaron/Tony Moore team-up on Ghost Rider is worth praising. [...]

  3. [...] According to Heidi at the Beat, amongst their quirky lineup: Paul Pope, Peter Bagge, Molly Crabapple & John Leavitt, Jinko Mizuno, Dash Shaw, James Kochalka, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Nick Bertozzi, Nicholas Gurewich, and Jason. [...]

  4. [...] Really starting to dig Paul Pope’s art. Here: STRANGE TALES MAX, 3-issue anthology series written and drawn by the best and brightest of the indie comic creators such as PAUL POPE, PETER BAGGE, MOLLY CRABAPPLE &JOHN LEAVITT, JUNKO MIZUNO, DASH SHAW, JAMES KOCHALKA, JOHNNY RYAN, MICHAEL KUPPERMAN, NICK BERTOZZI, NICHOLAS GUREWICH, AND JASON. Out in September. [...]

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