Marvel Preview: ‘Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel’
Marvel Comics released the cover and preview pages to Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel, due on sale November 5.
Writer Kevin Grevioux (New Warriors) and Mat Broome (The End League), penciller and cover artist, produce the six-issue miniseries that introduces a new character, the Blue Marvel.
The Blue Marvel operated in the 1960s, after the Agents of Atlas’ time and before the arrival of the Fantastic Four around 2000 (following Marvel’s subjective timeline).
A release proclaims, “Once the greatest hero of the 1960s, the Blue Marvel existed during a time of political and racial turmoil. Now, as New York City is overrun by the rampaging Anti-Man, and not even the Avengers can take this monster down, it falls to the Blue Marvel to make a stand once again. But what is the secret behind the return of this Golden-Age hero?”
This is perhaps the first time the 1960s was referred to as the Golden Age.
Over at Wizard, Grevioux said producing the series in the time frame was not an issue. “That was the easy part since there was no real Marvel continuity at the time in which he appears. So I didn’t really run into too many problems. Plus the fact that he had been asked to retire simply means that he was doing other things.
“About 30 to 40 percent in the past and 60 to 70 percent in the present day.
“most universities, couldn’t eat in most restaurants, couldn’t drink from most water fountains, that was the way it was. You had to abide by the rules. I had a friend of mine who grew up in North Carolina where if you were black, you couldn’t laugh in public. That you had to find a trash can and stick your head in so whites wouldn’t be offended. And this was in the ’70s!”
Artist Broome described his involvement this way: “I got a pitch from Kevin about this book he was doing with Marvel and Kevin says to me " I want to do a book that I think is timely about a Black super hero, but I don’t want the book to be all about him being black just a part of the sub plot". When I heard him say that and being a fan of Kevin’s movie and comic work I was immediately curious. Kevin followed up the pitch with 20 plus pages of research and to me the book read much in the scale of Millar’s Ultimate run with Hitch. Its just amazing how Kevin keeps the story moving and builds up the scale at the same time. Great story and working with The Avengers I was all in at that point.”