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Wizard's X-Men Special (III) (Wizard Publication) (2002) Save link
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BkCr:AsoEd-Justin Aclin, Robert Bricken, Adam Patyk   ManEd-Zach Oat   Ed-Douglas Goldstein   E-i-C-Patrick McCallum   ArtDir-Arlene So   CreaDir-Steve Blackwell   Dsgn-Jacqueline Bencic, Mickey Bencic, Darren Cruz, Kenny Martinez, Kristin Sorra   RsrchAsi-Mike Dolce, Judy Westhoff
Rm:A tribute to the comic book industry's hottest superhero team; See Features.
Front coverFrank Quitely, Hi-Fi Design1
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FrontispieceBeast, Emma Frost, Cyclops, Wolverine, Jean Grey (art of cover of New X-Men (I) #130)Ethan Van Sciver1
Text with art/photosI was a teenage mutantDouglas Goldstein½
Text with art/photosX-Men 101 (Facts about Marvel's merry mutants) (full page art from cover of New X-Men (I) #126)Mike Cotton, Frank Quitely, Tim Townsend2
Text with art/photosTen things we love about muties (full page art from cover of New X-Men (I) #128)Chris Lawrence, Tim Townsend
Text with art/photosThe man without a face (Chamber)Chris Lawrence¼
Text with art/photosClaw city (Wolverine)Chris Lawrence¼
Text with art/photosLast X-team standing (X-Men vs. Ultimate X-Men, full page art of the fight)Tom Root2
Text with art/photosCall of the mutants - What the favorite X-creators love about the X-Men (full page pin-up of Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler)James Busbee5
Text with art/photosCharacter profile: Northstar?½
Infos and statsVital stats: Chuck Austen, Chris Claremont, Ron Garney, Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely?1
Text with art/photosCandid uncannyJames Busbee¼
Text with art/photosNew and improvedJames Busbee¼
Text with art/photosGenerations X - A gallery of the X-Men's greatest eras (intro)?1
Text with art/photosSchool days (X-Men (I) #1-66)Steve Rude1
Text with art/photosThe foreign legion (Giant-Size X-Men #1, X-Men (I) #94-143)Steve Sadowski, Andrew Pepoy, Atomic Paintbrush1
Text with art/photosA family affair (Uncanny X-Men (I) #144-211)Scott Kolins, Daniel Panosian1
Text with art/photosOutback outlaws (Uncanny X-Men (I) #227-253)Leinil Francis Yu, Gerardo Alanguilan, Atomic Paintbrush1
Text with art/photosStrike force (X-Men (II) #1-11, Uncanny X-Men (I) #281-291)Chraistian Zanier, A. Zevedo, Parkin1
Text with art/photosThe new wave (New X-Men (I) #114-present)Ethan Van Sciver1
Text with art/photosX-cellent sequel (About the movie X2, full page photo of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine)Mike Cotton3
Text with art/photosMeet the new classDouglas Goldstein
Text with art/photosX-Men 2 kills (Claremont's "God loves, man kills" (Marvel Graphic Novel #5) - the inspiration for X-Men 2)Mike Cotton
Text with art/photosX-Men revolution (About the animated X-Men Evolution, full page art of the animated X-Men)Craig Shutt¾
Text with art/photosX-tinct toons - The evolution of animated X-MenCraig Shutt¼
Pin-up/PosterJean Grey, Emma FrostAdam Hughes2
Text with art/photosBattle royale! (A slugfest of the mutants, winners are marked with *; full page art of cover of New X-Men (I) #123)
1) Beast vs. Cyclops*
2) Cyclops vs. Wolverine*
3) Wolverine vs. White Queen*
4) White Queen vs. Phoenix*
5) Phoenix vs. Professor X*
Jennifer Contino, Tony Harris, Ray Snyder, J. D. Mettler5
Text with art/photosX-treme sketches (A peek into the sketchbook of Phil Jimenez)Matthew Saunders
Text with art/photosPhil-ing the gapMatthew Saunders, Douglas Goldstein¼
Text with art/photosWelcome to the world of X! (Full page art from cover of Wolverine (II) #181)James Busbee, Esad Ribic4⅓
Text with art/photosThe boneyard (The members of X-Force (X-Statix) who've met their maker)James Busbee
Text with art/photosYou don't know Chris?! (Chris Claremont's must-have work)James Busbee
Text with art/photosUlti-Mates (Full page art of Ultimate Wolverine)Jake Rossen, Adam Kubert, Richard J. Isanove3
Text with art/photosMeet the peeps - The merry man behind Ultimate X-Men?
Text with art/photosMirror, mirror (The differences between the X-Men and the Ultimate X-Men)?
Text with art/photosTrue Hollywood stories (Ex-X-Men and their post-X-Men lives)Tom Root, Brian Douglas Ahern4
Text with art/photosThe X-Men price guide (art are mostly photos of busts)?11
TextAdvanced field survival 505 (Wolverine's plans for his students)?1
Wizard: The Comic Magazine (Wizard Publication) (2004-2006) Save link

This is not supposed to be a complete listing of Wizard issues, but of Marvel-related articles.

1512004/05  
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In an interview about Avengers Disassembled the "Chaos" storyarc is given (twice) as being five issues and not four (thus Avengers (IV) was planned to end with issue #504). Also, it was stated that Avengers Disassembled will cross over into Thor (II), Iron Man (III), Spectacular Spider-Man (II) and The Pulse. But there was not "Pulse Disassembled".

Bryan Singer (along with X2 screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris) was supposed to be the author for 12 issues of Ultimate X-Men (I).

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It was rumored that there would be a Thor relaunch after Avengers Disassembled, possibly written by Neil Gaiman. Any case, past Marvel 1602 there were plans to keep Gaiman at Marvel. More about Avengers Disassembled: The lentgh of the "Chaos" storyarc is given as four issues.

Talking about the eight Spider-Man projects, Sins Past is mentioned as being "a three-issue arc with issue #509" (it turned out to be six issues). Arana at this point is called "the all-new Spider-Girl".

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PreviewPreview of Astonishing X-Men (III) #1Joss Whedon, John Cassaday5
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A preview about X-Men: ReLoad claims Starjammers (II) by Kevin J Anderson was planned to be ongoing.

An interview about J. Michael Straczynski enlists forthcoming Spider-Man projects, claiming this time Sins Past to be planned a five-issue arc.

In a side-note for Iron Fist (IV) it is mentioned that "the first arc wraps with August's issue #6" which suggests Marvel had not planned to axe it at that point.

A sidebar about John Romita Jr claims that he drew the cover of Marvel/DC Collection Crossover Classics TPB (DC Comics / Marvel) #2, or at least, he drew Superman and Batman on it.

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PreviewPreview of Avengers (IV) #500Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch, Danny K. Miki6
1542004/08  
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Ultimate Nightmare was planned as a four-issue mini (it had five issues).

The Buzz Bin mentions that X-Men: ReLoad will also have separate series starring X-Force (X-Force (II)), Jubilee (Jubilee), Gambit (Gambit (IV)), Nightcrawler (Nightcrawler (II)) and even the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The last one was never written/published.

Tomb of Dracula (III) is stated to be a six issue series. (It only reached #4).

1552004/09  
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An article about Ellis' Extremis arc on Iron Man claims that it starts with issue #90, so at that point Marvel probably had not planned to relaunch it as Iron Man (IV).

J. Michael Straczynski' Strange (I) miniseries is referred to as "Dr Strange: Beginnings and Endings"

An article about Brubaker's planned run on Captain America claims it starts with issue #33, so most likely Marvel had not planned the relaunch as Captain America (V) in this case either.

Steranko is stated to have created over 150 unprecedented narrative devices and techniques.

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Cover galleryWizard World Philadelphia sketch cover edition of Daredevil: Father #1?1
1562004/10  
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Issue lists five photo covers from Marvel: The Amazing Spider-Man (I) #262, Spider-Woman (I) #50, Dazzler (I) #21, Daredevil (I) #45, Marvel Team-Up (I) #128.

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PreviewPreview of Wolverine (III) #20Mark Millar, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson5
1572004/11  
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This issue had three hommage covers: one by Steve McNiven (based on Wolverine (I) #1 by Frank Miller), one by John Cassaday (based on X-Men (I) #141 by John Byrne) and the third by Joe Quesad (based on The Incredible Hulk (II) #340 by Bob Wiacek).

Hulk: Tempest Fugit was supposed to be not an arc but a six-issue mini. Also, this story was originally pitched for an Ultimate Hulk launch.

Phoenix: Endgame is mentioned the first time -- as a five-issue Dark Phoenix miniseries.

In an interview Frank Cho mentions that if the Shanna, the She-Devil (II) series sells well, there will be a Director's Cut "Rated R" MAX version (including the breast shots which were covered). Obviously, the series didn't sell well enough.

1582004/12  
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One of the three covers by John Cassaday is based on Giant-Size X-Men #1 (by Gil Kane/Dave Cockrum).

1602005/02  
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A Q&A about Bryan Singer claims that he, Dougherty and Harris had already submitted scripts for the planned 12-issue run on Ultimate X-Men (I).

At this point the creative team of the Thor relaunch was supposed to be Mark Millar and Greg Land, based on a pitch of Neil Gaiman and a spin by J. Michael Straczynski. It was supposed to focus on the idea that after Ragnarok pieces of Asgard are falling on Earth as a form of powerful artifacts, while an evil corporation builds a base around the Mjölnir in Iowa. A group of teens gather the artifacts, setting up their transformations into the gods of Asgard.

1612005/03  
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There is an exclusive offer: Ultimate Spider-Man Wizard Ace Edition (Wizard Publication) #1. Intro by Bendis, new cover by Bagley.

It was revealed the reason that Millar and Land passed on the Thor relaunch was to start their run on Ultimate Fantastic Four.

Venom: Lethal Protector #1 has a "black error edition" -- a printing error where the black ink was put on top of the metallic red foil.

1622005/04  
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PreviewPreview of House of M (I) #1Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel, Tim Townsend4
1642005/06  
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There was released a "The Mighty Marvel Superheroes' Cookbook" in 1977 (from which three recipes are mentioned here, along with a similar book launched by DC in 1981).

1652005/07  
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In an interview Joss Whedon reveals that he would want to do a S.W.O.R.D. series and has already outlined the first arc and first issue. (No real idea how official this one is with Marvel).

Bryan Singer's run on Ultimate X-Men (I) is promised to start December 2005.

There were also plans for a "Fantastic Four: Invulnerable" mini (five issues, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Manual Garcia, in which Reed and Ben defend a future Earth devastated by alien menace).

1662005/08  
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Nick Fury's Howling Commandos is mentioned being a five-parter mini. (It lasted six issues.)

The Omega the Unknown revival is heralded to take place in 2006 (happened in December 2007, obviously).

Daredevil: Father was planned to be a five-issues mini. (It had six issues, with publishing dates closer to annuals.)

1672005/09  
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Steve McNiven is recruited for Singer's Ultimate X-Men (I) run.

There is word about a six-issue Silver Surfer mini by J. Michael Straczynski/Esad Ribic. This was published as the four-issue Silver Surfer: Requiem.

Alex Ross mentions that there were plans for a prequel to Earth X and also a run on X-Men with Jim Krueger.

1682005/10  
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It seems there was a top secret six-issue project for Michael Turner in 2007, which it seems, never took off.

There were plans for a new Spider-Woman ongoing series by Bendis/Maleev (a spy series in the tradition of the Bourne Identity or James Bond -- a S.H.I.E.L.D. book) Was supposed to come out straight after Spider-Woman: Origin finished.

The revival of Moon Knight by Charles Huston was planned to be only a six-issue mini (see Moon Knight (V)).

Ultimates 3 is analyzed in a Q&A with Jeph Loeb, also, Joe Madureira's sketches to it were shown. At that point there were at least two arcs planned, so most likely they had not planned it as a five-issues mini.

1692005/11  
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PreviewPreview of X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1Ed Brubaker, Trevor Hairsine, Kris Justice5
1702005/12  
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In an article related to New Avengers: Illuminati (I) and the forth-coming top secret big event Bendis "pointed out that The Pulse will continue even without him at the helm, saying a new writer -- who will be announced shortly -- picks up where Bendis leaves the series." So most likely Marvel had not planned to axe The Pulse yet.

Bryan Singer's run on Ultimate X-Men (I) is delayed -- that is the reason the two-parter Ultimate X-Men/Ultimate Fantastic Four crossover was commissioned.

The Mythos series is announced as eight oneshots -- beside X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, Punisher and the Fantastic Four are mentioned. This means the last two not published yet (2008/10) should be Daredevil and Punisher.

On an Ultimate fan Q&A Bendis identifies the arc what later became The Clone Saga in Ultimate Spider-Man (I) as "The Parker Legacy".

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At this point it seems, Stephen King was supposed to write Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born (which is introduced as a six-issue one here and finally had seven issue).

Spider-Woman: Origin seems to have been planned as a six-issue mini (lasted only five issue).

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Again, Singer's Ultimate X-Men (I) run is pushed back, but he still was committed to do it: "We've got the entire year mapped out and now we're deep into the first few issues. Steve McNiven is very good. I'm very excited about it."

Wolverine (III) #36's variant cover is mentioned and is by Joe Quesada. It shows Wolverine looking mean and popping claws. So it is not the published one, which shares the motive of Wolverine: The Origin #1.

Again, Marvel was so sure King would write his own Dark Tower mini, that they even showcased a #1 cover of it (titled "The Dark Tower" only), where King, Lee and Isanove are listed as the creative team.

Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears is introduced first as "Spirits of Vengeance".