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FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009


SAN DIEGO -- The acquistion of Marvelman World War Hulks and a new Deathlok series were announced at Marvel Comics' Cup o' Joe panel, featuring editor-in-chief Joe Quesada, at Comic-Con International on Friday.

Panelists included Jim McCann, Jeph Loeb, Dan Buckley, C.B. Cebulski and Steve Wacker.

Following are highlights:

* Bob Gale will be writing in continuity Spider-Man stories for Marvel online.

* Charlie Huston and Lan Medina are teaming on a seven-issue Deathlok Marvel Knights series that begins in November.

* Marvel introduced the Red She-Hulk, who will debut in Ocotber's Hulk #16, and allowed Jeph Loeb to explain the developments.

*At the end of Incredible Hulk #600, Bruce Banner can never become the Hulk again, Loeb said. Banner will work with his son in Incredible Hulk, while the Red Hulk story will continue in Hulk.

Loeb said the identity of Red Hulk will be revealed, leading into World War Hulks in December. World War Hulks Gamma will be Loeb and John Romita Jr. and will feature a "major death in the Hulk mythos."

"If you thought World War Hulk was big, this is bigger," Loeb said.

* Opening the floor to questions, Loeb explained the numbering system of the Hulk books and that The Incredible Hercules will continue.

* Quesada declined to comment on if Marvel Studios would pick up the Kick-Ass movie.

* Quesada said work continues on The Twelve, and Jon Favreau is working on Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas.

* Asked about pricing, publishing Dan Buckley said that Marvel's approach is "how we look at the value at what we're producing." Buckley said Marvel is looking at extra content, but that's not to rationalize his approach.

* McCann said the second issue of Captain America; Reborn will answer questions and will create more.

* Quesada polled the audience on who should be Cap: Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes. The response to Bucky was slightly larger.

* Quesada said that he would not reveal the new writer of Thor. He praised Oliver Coipel's design for Thor's costume and that it will be used in animation.

* McCann said there will be "lots of cosmos use" in the next six weeks.

* Buckley said that the Ultimate line will average 4-5 books a month beginning in January.

* Quesada said Thor will be Marvel's next breakout character, leading into the Thor movie.

* Quesada said he is "proud" of the increased popularity, pointing on the attendees dressed as the Deadpool.

Loeb said Red Hulk will fight Deadpool in August, with Ed McGuinness returning to the character on the cover.

* Quesada said Dark Reign will continue through the end of the year.

* Marvel has purchased the rights to Marvelman, Quesada said. "It is arruably the J.D. Salinger of comics," Quesada said.

Buckley said he doesn't have much to reveal about a publishing plan, but there will be books next year. Marvel is talking to various creators of the character.

* Quesada said Sentry will face "some battles of a lifetime" before the end of the year.

* Wacker said there will be a Lizard in February by Zeb Wells and Chris Bachalo.

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