The Return of Miracleman – The Variant Art Gallery

The big news out of NYCC was that the much-beloved and long out of print series is finally freed from its legal hell.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

 

The story of Miracleman is long and fraught with convoluted legal wranglings, but finally, the book that many fans put on par with the original Watchmen series is returning to print at Marvel, no doubt with help from Disney's fleet of lawyers. The original run that started in Warrior Magazine and continued through Eclipse Comics will be published again, and the storyline that Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham began but never finished will finally reach its conclusion.

“We've been working with the Miracleman artists to obtain original artwork or photostats in every instance possible, and then applying the same painstaking restoration methods and rigorous quality standards that are utilized on the Marvel Masterworks line," said David Gabriel, SVP of Marvel Publishing. "The Marvel Special Projects team have even been developing some new techniques specifically for this project. These Miracleman issues will receive the most advanced restoration possible to ensure the most authentic reading experience. The art is crisp, clear, and looks as good – if not better than the day it was published! Also, the stories are being completely relettered to meet today’s standards.”

For his part, Gaiman is happy to see his story finally coming to fruition. “The tragedy of Miracleman was that we published two issues, wrote three and a half – and then it all stopped,” Gaiman said. “And Miracleman #25 has been sitting in the darkness – nobody has seen it. It was drawn, it was written, it was lettered over 20 years ago. I love the idea that I will get to finish this story.”

Miracleman #1 hits in January, and each issue will feature new artwork and interviews with the creators. Check out a gallery of variant covers for the new Miracleman reprints.