In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, find out if Marvel reprinted an Italian comic book starring Silver Surfer, Galactus, and Thanos.
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Marvel reprinted a Silver Surfer story that was originally produced in Italy.
False Enough for a False, because the story is much more complicated than that.
In 1995, Marvel Panini launched a new series called Marvel Top, which brought together longer works, like yearbooks reprinted for the first issue (that was 112 pages) …
However, for a series that has almost ONLY published reprints, the third issue, exceptionally, released in the fall of 1995, featured an all-new Black and White Silver Surfer story from American Marvel writer Ron Marz and the Italian artist, Claudio. Castellini …
Almost a year later, in June 1996, Marvel apparently reprinted the story in a one-shot, Silver Surfer: Dangerous Artifacts …
The concept of the series was that a mysterious comet with a super powerful energy source was discovered somewhere and Galactus sent Silver Surfer as a proxy to find and acquire this energy source …
Thanos, meanwhile, hired a mercenary known as White Raven for the same purpose …
Look at the amazing Castellini double page where Surfer finds out where the power source is …
Of course, it turns out the power source was some sort of demonic being that Surfer couldn’t let go of …
Ultimately, after Surfer risks his life to protect her, mercenary White Raven surprises everyone involved by sacrificing his ship to take down the demon …
It was therefore essentially a link between Galactus and Thanos, via their proxies, but the universe won by the entity being prevented from escaping.
Okay, so why did Marvel reprint an Italian Marvel comic like this? The answer, in layman’s terms, is that they don’t … well, not really.
Ron Marz used to write a column for CBR and he detailed the story in one of his old columns.
He explained: “During my tenure on the monthly title [Silver Surfer], my editor, Craig Anderson, called me and asked if I would be interested in writing a surfer story for an Italian artist that editor Tom DeFalco met on a trip to Italy. The artist’s name was Claudio Castellini, and Craig told me that Claudio worshiped the shrine of John Buscema, patron saint of Silver Surfer artists. Claudio’s dearest wish was to draw a surfer story, but Marvel wanted something special, not just another issue in the series.
It was before the Internet. International artists, with the exception of those from the UK, were a relative rarity in the US market. Craig FedEx sent me a box with copies of Claudio’s European work, including Bonelli’s “Nathan Never” series. The art was magnificent; obviously heavily influenced by the graceful and flowing lines of Buscema, but more delicate, more detailed.
Of course, I immediately said yes. Any writer with a functioning brainstem would have said yes. The editorial gave no parameters for the story; the job was just to write a Silver Surfer tale. So I did my best to make it an artistic playground for Claudio, giving him ample opportunity to draw the technology he was good at, as well as usual suspects like the Kree, Skrulls, and Galacti. Especially Galactus. “
However, Castellini put so much time into the project that by the time he finished DeFalco was at Marvel, and Bob Harras wasn’t as interested in the project and certainly wasn’t willing to give it the super setup. special that DeFalco was planning. Marvel dragged its legs on it for so long that Marvel Panini ended up releasing it first, because Marvel didn’t seem to want to.
Marz noted that Castellini was so worried about the safety of the project that “When Claudio finally finished the pages, he refused to turn the originals over to FedEx care. So he personally flew the pages to New York from Rome, taking them with him in a wallet. . The pages were hand-delivered to Marvel’s offices. And even then, Claudio didn’t stop taking care of them: adding details here, redrawing something there, endlessly noodling on the pages. The job wasn’t “finished” until the editorial literally took the pages from it, locked them in a flat file and said to Claudio: “You have to stop now.” “
As Marz notes in the column, I wish it could be reprinted in an oversized format, or at least as a black and white comic book. He also noted: “If I could send a project from my career back to press, it would be ‘Dangerous Artifacts’, recolored from scratch and properly cropped. When the movie ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’ was imminent ( I’m on the DVD extras, take a look) I had a discussion with a Marvel editor and suggested a Surfer hardcover containing Stan and Jack Surfer’s original graphic novel, Stan’s “Parable” and Moebius and the work of Castellini. of it, unfortunately. “
Interestingly, 1996 also saw Marz and Castellini do DC vs Marvel together. At least it didn’t collapse!
Many thanks to Ron Marz for the fascinating information!
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