“It is an honor to work with Mick Anglo to bring his creation to a larger audience than ever before,” said Dan Buckley, CEO & Publisher, Print, Animation & Digital Media, Marvel Entertainment Inc. “Fans are in for something special as they discover just what makes Marvelman such an important character in comic book history.”
For those not in the know, the Marvelman comics have been out of print and included some ground breaking runs by the likes of Alan Moore, Alan Davis and Neil Gaiman, before the creators were hits here in the U.S. The character was originally created by Mick Anglo in 1954 and published in the United Kingdom’s Fawcett Comics. The comic revolved around a reporter named Micky Moran who when he utters the word “Kimota” it bestows powers of superhuman strength, invulnerability, and force energy blasts.
If you’re not at all familiar with the character, and that’s not so hard to believe, because the character hasn’t been seen in print for a while and has been in the center of a raging legal battle over who owns the character. Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane were locked in a battle over the rights to the character, but only recently did Anglo come out and say that he always owned the rights to the character, and Fawcett (the original publishers) never owned it. So, that’s my short way of saying it was Anglo’s right to sell the character to Marvel.
Regardless, what’s past is past as they say, and now Marvel has the character and is celebrating that fact. With a limited edition poster (see above) and a t-shirt. Mr. Ayers, you may wanna hop on that train asap.