Chip Zdarsky, whose legendary “Marvel Ideas Journal” mysteriously disappeared from the internet the minute any of those stories became a realistic possibility, was announced as Marvel’s most recent creator exclusive.
“I’m thrilled to be with Marvel,” Zdarsky shared. “This deal means I get to do whatever I want with whatever characters I want and nobody can stop me, which is great. I feel reinvigorated, like someone slapped a new #1 on me and, honestly? I couldn’t be happier.”
Zdarsky has risen over the past decade from perverted indie alter ego to a National Post illustrator and fake advice columnist to secretly the best writer working for Marvel. His current slate of books includes Peter Parker: Spider-Manwith artist Andy Kubert, which captures Peter’s voice better than any Spidey comic since at least the Big Time relaunch and has featured sarcasm, note-perfect one liners, and a staggering amount of genuine tension and emotion for a book where that is not expected; and Marvel Two-in-One, the Fantastic Four stealth relaunch that features the best Thing since that panel in Fantastic Four#587 where his powers come on on the other side of the Negative Zone gate from a dying Johnny.
He’s also worked on Star Lordand wrote a love letter to Steve Gerber in a recent Howard the Duckrelaunch. On the creator owned side, he is famous for his detailed art on Sex Criminals,and will hopefully return someday to the book he created with studio-mate Kagan McLeod, Kaptara about naked wizards and cat tanks.
When announcing Zdarsky’s exclusive, Marvel also announced his art partners for Two-in-Oneand Spider-Man annuals coming in June: Declan Shalvey and Mike Allred, respectively. You can see the covers to each below.
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