Updated on 16 October, 2021
This year marks the 80th Anniversary of Marvel Comics? To commemorate this event, they introduced a special commemorative anniversary comic. The Marvel Comic volume # 1000 will contain 80 pages of superb comic art. Various creative teams are working on a single issue each month. Below we look at some of the spectacular artists who are contributing to this project.
First up is Stan Lee, one of the most legendary comics creators of all time. He created not just the Fantastic Four series, but also the X-Men and Spiderman, which has now expanded into a comprehensive franchise. Many of his greatest storylines have appeared in the modern era of comics, including his classic "ayer" story, and the story of the spider hero, Electroider. Other amazing pencil sketches by Stan Lee include "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "odiac" and "Old Dogs". You can really see the influence of his Spiderman run on Amazing Spiderman.
Tom Wrecking-Kenny is a pencil artist who is best known for his Incredible Hulk Annuals, but he has also created some excellent storylines. These storylines include the classic "Hulk Versus Hulk" storyline and "The Kang Dynasty" with Al Gosson. In the "Kang Dynasty" story, Kang the Conqueror makes a deal with the Kang Empire to conquer Earth. In "Hulk Versus Hulk", Hulk gets angry when he learns that the Kree have made an treaty with the United States to not attack each other. This is an amazing assortment of talent that is sure to be an absolute classic.
Most of the late great Marvel writers worked on some incredible stories. One of those would have to be the classic Incredible Hulk story "Wolverine" which takes place between the events of the classic Hulk vs. Hulk fight in the comics. Incredible Hulk trivia will show that this was the first time that Bruce Banner was featured as the Hulk, and it marked the first time that Sam Raimi wrote a screenplay featuring the character. No other author has written the best storylines of the Fantastic Four since Bill Finger and this makes "Hulk" one of the best comics that the company has ever put out.
One of the early X-Men of the 'past decade' was written by Christopher Golden. His run on the title was an absolute classic, and he took the book to the next level with the Uncanny X-Men series. He featured many new X-Men not featured in the comics at the time, and he did a good job of making them memorable. It was obvious that he had a huge amount of faith in the X-Men, and this led to the team being featured in multiple bestselling novels and series. Even though the 'ending' of the run was unsatisfactory, it still managed to be one of the best storylines of the past decade.
Brian Bendis is probably the most recognized X-Men writer of the last 20 years. He co-created the comic with Stan Lee, and over the course of the last ten years has proven that his creativity is second to none. Bendis has written some of the best X-Men stories, and continues to be a favorite of both readers and writers alike. The Ultimate Wolverine storyline was written by Bendis and illustrated by James Parks, who is perhaps the best in the business at this point. The long time running ongoing series featuring Cyclops and Wolverine is also done by Bendis, and is currently going well into its second decade.
Perhaps the most important superhero comic of recent years is Spider-Man. Peter Parker has become an icon, drawing huge amounts of support from readers and those who enjoy the comic. Every Spider-Man story is a classic that can be enjoyed by anyone, and a top ten best starter comics list would include every comic that has been written by Sam Raimi, Robert Downey Jr, and Spider-Man himself.
The X-Men have also had a massive impact on modern comic book storytelling. Whether you like the comic or not, there are plenty of fantastic X-Men stories that you should take a look at. These are the best storylines in the history of the X-Men franchise, and definitely recommend that if you are a fan of these characters and the characters depicted in these comics, you seek them out and read them for yourself.