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NYCC: Marvel going retro for 80th anniversary blow out

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Jul 19, 2019, 5:01 PM EDT (Updated)

Getting ready to hit the big 8-0, Marvel Comics confirmed plans for its upcoming anniversary, along with other new projects, at New York Comic Con on Saturday during its "Next Big Thing" panel.

As first reported Friday, Marvel will roll out one-shots to celebrate 80 years of comics publishing in January, including a pair of superhero adventures set in the 1940s. Marvel Comics Presents (from writers Charles Soule, Ann Nocenti and Greg Pak and art by Paulo Siqueira and others) is a team-up between Wolverine, Captain America, and Namor the Sub-Mariner. Also coming is Invaders, written by Chip Zdarsky with art from Carlos Magno and Butch Guice.

Also part of the anniversary will be a series of one-shots based on classic genre titles from Marvel's early years: Crypt of Shadows, Journey Into Unknown Worlds, War is Hell, Love Romances, Ziggy the Silly Seal, and Gunhawks.

Among the other announcements were Feburary's Savage Sword of Conan, from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Ron Garney, with covers by Alex Ross. (This is in addition to Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar's Conan the Barbarian series, bowing in January.)

January will also see Champions #1 from the team of writer Jim Zub and artist Steven Cummings. Champions will feature Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, and "every damn hero I can get my hands on," Zub said, jokingly referring to the team as a "legion of superheroes."

The 700th overall issue of Avengers (it's actually #10 on the current series) will feature, among other things, a talking Russian bear, according to Aaron. The writer also teased "the debut of our next new Avenger."

Dan Slott promised that Ben and Alicia will indeed walk down the aisle in Fantastic Four. "The real wedding, it will happen," the writer said, taking a subtle dig at recent comic nuptials that fizzled out. "There will be no last minute baits and switches. You will get your dang wedding."

And in the closing moments of the panel the company teased another big event, War of the Realms, coming in April. "I've been building this for six years," Aaron, who is writing the Thor-centric story, told the crowd.

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