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Saturday, August 6, 2005


ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Marvel Comics announced at its Cup O' Joe Panel on Friday that writer Jeph Loeb is returning as an exclusive to the publisher and that he will be teaming with the returning Joe Madureira on a project.

Loeb's exclusive -- for an undisclosed time period -- begins Sept. 1.

Loeb said half the reason for the move from DC Comics was to write different characters and the other half was because of his friendship with Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada and publisher Dan Buckley.

Loeb's run on Superman/Batman will end with #25 as previously planned. Through what he called cooperation with both DC and Marvel, he will continue on the just-launching Supergirl.

"I will not leave an unmade bed," Loeb said.

Although Marvel released a promotion image of Madureira's art, it did not reveal what the project would entail.

"I want to get my stuff out there so people won't be complimenting on art I did five or six years ago," said Madureira, who has been working in the video-game industry. "I've learned a lot of new tricks and have gotten better and wanted a chance to do these characters."

In other highlights from the panel:

* Quesada said to look for "a slew of new characters" in Amazing Fantasy #15, which features the writing of Robert Kirkman, Greg Pak, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Dan Slott and Daniel Way.

* Nextwave is Warren Ellis' new series, drawn by Stuart Immonen. The book features Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Machine Man, Bloodstone, Boom-Boom and The Captain, who are hired by H.A.T.E., what they thought was an anti-terrorist group. They then discovers H.A.T.E. are actually terrorists.

* A member of the X-Men joins Exiles with #75 in January.

* Quesada said that Daniel Way's Ant-Man series will see print.

* Fantastic Four: First Family, by Joe Casey and Chris Weston, begins in January.

* Doc Samson, by Paul D. Fillipo and Fabrizio Fiorentino, launches in December.

* Daniel Way and Keu Cha are the new creative team on the Incredible Hulk, beginning with #88.

* Daredevil and the Hulk are among those to be infused with Captain Universe's powers. The Hulk turns blue.

* Marvel displayed art from Marvel Team-Up #14, which teams Spider-Man with Kirkman's Invincible.

* Marvel unveiled Paolo Rivera's painted art from Mythos, featuring the X-Men. The book is written by Paul Jenkins.

* Spinning out of GLA, the GLX Christmas Special is slated for December.

* Quesada said "there's talk" about a second X-23 series.

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