Marvel Strange Tales II #3 Preview…

Man I wish comics were more like this more regularly.  Let me just go on record as saying that I would buy Marvel’s Strange Tales II monthly…forever…I’d even buy it weekly forever.  It’s true that anthologies are always a bit of a mixed bag, because every story is not equal, at the same time while my favorite piece may be a Kate Beaton piece, someone else may prefer something completely different, so there’s also room in an anthology for everyone to find something to fall really in love with.  The price tag on these is high ($4.99) but it’s 48 pages and the first two issues this year were some of the most enjoyable comics reading I’ve done all year…and that’s worth quite a bit to me.

Check out a few preview pages here, if you doubt me.  And you can see more pages, and a longer write up here.

By Michael DeForge

Written by Nick Gurewitch and illustrated by Kate Beaton

By Eduardo Medeiros

And of course the great Ivan Brunetti Cover, so you know what to look out for. Strange Tales II #3 releases on December 8th, 2010.  Don’t forget to ask for it at your shop.

By Ivan Brunetti

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  1. Puckett’s avatar

    I LOVE the solicit text, especially this bit:

    “The best, most exciting cartoonists working today re-imagine Marvel’s greatest characters in three giant-sized issues!”

    Can you think of any other solicits in which a company says that the FREELANCERS who contributed something to an anthology are the BEST people available? Not the team on the Avengers or Fantastic Four or Spider-Man or Superman or Batman or Wonder Woman … the group of people they brought together for one-off stories is the BEST TALENT … NOT the people they already have on staff.


  2. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    @Puckett: Wow, that’s hilarious. I hadn’t even noticed it!

    Also…the most honest thing ever said by a big corporation! 😉

  3. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    @ross: I KNOW. Why don’t you have a story in this book?

    Yet another bit of evidence for my continuing argument that “you need an agent”.

    You would have been an awesome inclusion in this.

  4. ross’s avatar

    i contacted the editor who puts these together, courtesy of a couple guys who did Strange Tales stuff, they put in a good word for me and everything, but i have yet to hear back. :(

  5. Ben Cohen’s avatar

    This stinks! I was really hoping this would be around long enough to become a contributed some day. Now I have to go underground with my marvel aspersions once again. People be crazy not to read this!

  6. Nick Marino’s avatar

    i feel like this book would be a much more attractive package as an OGN anthology. not saying i have a really good reason for that, i’d just be more likely to pick it up that way. i mean, i bought the first ish of II and it was decent, but the experience of these super quick vignettes didn’t convince me to snag the second one.

    @Ross: you’re not underground enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  7. ross’s avatar

    Nick: yeah, i wonder if that’s part of the problem. i usually think of myself as too indie for mainstream and too mainstream for indie, but maybe in this case i’m not indie enough for mainstream/too mainstream for mainstream. :(

  8. Adam Greene’s avatar

    That Spider-Man looks awesome.

  9. 1979semifinalist’s avatar

    @ross: Well then hopefully you’re on their minds for the next iteration.

    @Ben Cohen: maybe it will be? I think this is the second volume…who is to say there won’t be a third, fourth, fifth, etc.?

    @Nick Marino: I can see that…maybe they’ll collect it? At 48 pages and three issues, it wouldn’t be a bad size for a trade etc.


    I don’t think you’re too mainstream for this…maybe I guess…but I think if you had a story/idea and are a bit out there more and Marvel/DC know you’re interested in this kind of thing I definitely think you’d be considered – and that you’d nail it. Again, I say…AGENT. :)

    @Adam: it ALL looks awesome.

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