Marvel Comics Turns 81 Monday: Here’s What They Have Planned

August 31, Marvel will celebrate its 81st birthday with new comics, collectibles, apparel, games, videos, and more. To kick off the celebration, Marvel revealed an original commemorative piece of art by legendary comic book artist Ron Lim and colorist Israel Silva, which comic book retailers will receive as a surprise variant for MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #18 on sale next week.


Where are the classic characters?

On August 31, 1939, MARVEL COMICS #1 opened the doors to the Marvel Universe for the first time ever, creating a tapestry of Super Heroes and stories that have gone on to shape pop culture for generations of fans around the world. Join other fans online for special segments celebrating the day on This Week in Marvel, Women of Marvel, Marvel’s Pull List, Marvel’s How to Draw LIVE, and Marvel’s Let’s Play, and tune in all week to hear from some of your favorite creators and editors celebrating 81 years of Marvel.

Comic fans will also be able to celebrate the House of Ideas’ birthday through a new tale of Marvel’s First Family in the just-released FANTASTIC FOUR: ANTITHESIS #1, written by Mark Waid and drawn by Neal Adams – marking the industry legend’s first-ever, full-length, high-stakes take on the Fantastic Four.

At the end of the week, the Marvel’s Avengers videogame will go on sale September 4 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC. The long delayed game will feature an original story with single-player and co-operative gameplay in the definitive Avengers gaming experience. Fans of Kamala Khan will probably enjoy it. To learn more about it, tune in to the next Marvel’s Avengers War Table on September 1.

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