S.H.I.E.L.D. #9 answers a question half a century in the making. A mystery that lies at the heart of the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D. – who is the “Man Called D.E.A.T.H.”?! Written by Mark Waid with art by Lee Ferguson – this special, oversized anniversary issue features a never before published S.H.I.E.L.D. sequence penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by Jim Steranko! Plus – Al Ewing brings you a second story featuring the return of Dum Dum Dugan and the birth of the new Howling Commandos! Along with the very first S.H.I.E.L.D. story from 1965 and the original sequence that inspired S.H.I.E.L.D.’s creation.
Also on the horizon from Marvel this September are a S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection trade paperback and the S.H.I.E.L.D.: Complete Collection Omnibus.
Speaking of Stan: The 92-year-old comics creator is collaborating with Colleen Doran (creator of the independent sci-fi series "A Distant Soil") on a graphic novel format autobiography. Writer Peter David is also helping. The book is set for October release.
Comics historian Arlen Schumer pays tribute to legendary DC Comics designer/letterer Irwin Schnapp.
See more than 100 examples of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth-inspired art.
Roy Thomas tells his local paper about creating Ultron, the Vision and his take on the new Avengers movie.
Thomas has enjoyed the recent Marvel character movies and gives “Age of Ultron” a thumbs-up review. It’s slightly less accessible than the first Avengers movie because it has so many character, he said, but “I always love a good movie, and this is one.”