MANILA -- Filipino comic book artist Leinil Francis Yu has been selected to be one of the creators whose work will be featured in the landmark Marvel #1000.
Marvel #1000 which hits the racks of comic book specialty shops all over the world this Wednesday, August 28, is a landmark issue that celebrates the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics.
It will feature 80 creative teams from some of the publishing company’s superstar creators like Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men), Jason Aaron (The Mighty Thor), Peter David (The Incredible Hulk), Gerry Conway (The Amazing Spider-Man), Joe Quesada (Daredevil), as well as guest creators that include basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Taboo of alternative hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, and filmmaking duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse).
Yu is arguably the most successful Filipino artist to work on American comics with his career spanning from the mid-1990s up to today. He has continued to work on high-profile projects as befitting a top name in the industry.
Of his involvement in Marvel Comics #1000, Yu succinctly said: “I’d be heartbroken if I were left out of this monumental issue.”
Yu has worked on every major character in both Marvel and DC Comics’ line as well as for independents that includes The Avengers, Captain America, The Indestructible Hulk, Wolverine, The Uncanny X-Men, Batman/Danger Girl, Superman: Birthright, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to name but a few from his portfolio.
This October, Yu’s latest work will be on the new X-Men comic with acclaimed writer Jonathan Hickman.
Marvel Comics #1000 will look back to its own origin story in Marvel Comics #1 that was first published on August 31, 1939 when the company was known as Timely Comics. The very first panel of Marvel Comics #1000 will reflect a panel from the original first issue and go on to reveal more mysteries of the Marvel Universe, featuring an enigmatic artifact known as the Eternity Mask.
During the recent San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief CB Cebulski also divulged that Darth Vader (Marvel Comics is owned by Disney, which also owns Star Wars) will appear in the landmark issue tying in the Star Wars Universe to Marvel’s.
Marvel’s 80th Anniversary will also be celebrated locally from August 25 to September 1 at the Block Atrium of SM North EDSA and SM Seaside Cebu where Filipina superhero, Wave, will be formally launched.
Marvel Comics #1000 will be available locally through specialty shops such as Comic Odyssey, Filbar’s, Comic Quest, and Planet X.