In the world of
December 13th, Marvel
Comics held their bi-weekly conference call to discuss various
Marvel president Bill Jemas, who opened by stating that sales wise, January 2001 would improve upon the numbers for the same time period last year. He also said that Ultimate X-Men #1 would bow as the number one title for December, headed the conference.
items of note:
Plans to make the ‘Ultimate Captain America an African
American “it seemed to make more sense that the government might
experiment on black soldiers” were scrapped, but Jemas said the
creators had ‘a much better idea’ for the Ultimate Cap origin.
Asked if Marvel had any plans to work with Alan Moore,Frank
Millar, or Stan Lee, Jemas
said the "door is always open" to them, and although Quesada
is in contact with those creators on a personal level, there are no
Jemas confirmed the rumor that Brian Azzarello would be
coming to work for Marvel.
Jemas revealed that they are looking closely at on-line
technology such as CD-ROMs, and have spoken with two of the three top
e-book distributors about putting out the entire catalog of Marvel books
as electronic material, Jemas said he would be surprised if things were
not rolling by the end of the first quarter of 2001.
A bit more news on the Mature-Readers/Creator owned line.
Jemas reported that a good deal of the line will be
creator-shared/creator-owned, though he went on to say the Mature
Readers line won’t necessarily be all creator-owned. This is an
opportunity that allows them to do more adult work than established
Marvel properties allow. It would allow them much more creative freedom.
On the future of the Ultimate line: The
plan is to have four Ultimate books, one a week, but a fifth could be
considered depending on factors such as a new Marvel property being
developed into a movie. The Ultimate Magazine, launching on
January 16, will be monthly. The first issue will contain issues
one and two of Ultimate Spider-Man, the next will add issue one of
Ultimate X-Men. .
Jemas said depending on reader reaction, there could be a
second monthly Ultimate Magazine in 2001. With the upcoming
‘Spider-Man Team-up’ title by Brian Michael Bendis, and Mark
Millar’s secret fourth Ultimate title, it’s possible two magazines
could eventually be published, one featuring Bendis’ stories, the
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