News: Marvel Announces Round of Writer Exclusives posted July 23, 2004
July 23 -- Although Marvel Comics' strategy in recent years seems to have included saving important series announcement for the Wizard World conventions, news of a few key writer signings slipped out during Comic-Con International. The signings indicate some of the general thrust of Marvel's line outside of the Brian Bendis/Mark Millar titles as the company moves into the meat of the Joe Quesada/Dan Buckley era.
Warren Ellis has signed a two-year exclusive with Marvel that includes a turn at notorious mid-level seller yet potentially lucrative movie franchise Iron Man, a potential title for the creator-controlled ICON line, and exempts his DC/Wildstorm title Planetary and a pair of other DC titles so that it can be finished. Ellis will also be able to launch newly created work for whomever he wants during the agreement.
Robert Kirkman secured a similar exemption for the titles that launched his career, the zombie The Walking Dead and the superhero series Invincible. Playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, whose hiring to replace Mark Waid as principal writer on Fantastic Four led to a separate series being launched, will also work exclusively for the House that Jack Built.