a mar­vel­lous mile­stone

Ster­anko, Kirby and Lee join birth­day cel­e­bra­tion

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

ABoUT To CELEBRATE ITS 50Th an­niver­sary with a spe­cial over­sized is­sue, Marvel’s cen­tral es­pi­onage or­gan­i­sa­tion SHIELD, which first ap­peared in Au­gust 1965’ s Strange Tales # 135, finds it­self more pop­u­lar than ever thanks to its prom­i­nent role in films like The Avengers. how­ever, ac­cord­ing to Mark Waid, who pens Marvel’s SHIELD book, the cin­e­matic suc­cess of Agent Coul­son and co hasn’t in­flu­enced their comic book in­car­na­tions.

“We have the free­dom in comics to adapt from the TV show and the movies with­out sac­ri­fic­ing 50 years of con­ti­nu­ity,” he tells Red Alert. “The goal is al­ways to make those fans welcome while still em­brac­ing Marvel history.”

Also fea­tur­ing con­tri­bu­tions from Al Ewing and Stan Lee, SHIELD # 9 will see Waid “col­lab­o­rat­ing ” with none other than Jack Kirby and Jim Ster­anko on a pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished three- page se­quence. “I’m lucky enough to be di­a­logu­ing over art that they pro­duced in the 1960s that has never seen print be­fore,” he says. “And it’s all folded into the main story for a seam­less read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Il­lus­trated by Lee Fer­gu­son, “The Man of DEATH” in­tro­duces a new vil­lain, who dates back to SHIELD’s for­ma­tive days. “The ti­tle comes from Jack Kirby’s orig­i­nal pitch for what be­came SHIELD in 1965,” re­veals Waid. “So he’s a char­ac­ter who is si­mul­ta­ne­ously brand- new, 50 years old and 550 years old.”

With the na­ture of ter­ror­ism and in­ter­na­tional crime hav­ing changed sig­nif­i­cantly, the threats that SHIELD now faces have also been up­dated. “The sto­ry­lines are ab­so­lutely in­flu­enced by real- world events,” says Waid. “A good ex­am­ple of that is SHIELD # 11’ s guest- star­ring of a sur­prise long- time Marvel char­ac­ter.”

The new comic uses some orig­i­nal ’ 60s art­work.

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