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Published October 15, 2020

Marvel's Voices Highlights the Powers and Possibilities of the Marvel Universe

Spotlighting artists, writers, and journalists of color in a brand new Marvel's Voices essay series!

The initial release of MARVEL'S VOICES #1 seems like a lifetime ago. An incredible anthology of amazing stories written, drawn, and celebrating BIPOC artists, Marvel's Voices was the first time we saw a Marvel podcast jump from audio to the comic book page.

MARVEL’S VOICES #1 also featured a collection of essays from creatives and cultural journalists discussing their favorite Marvel characters, stories, and comic book eras. Each piece took an in-depth look at comic book and comic book adjacent cultural history written from the author’s or journalist’s unique perspective, presenting a diverse range of topics and themes.

“Comics have always been a passion of mine in one form or another, but the cards helped lead me toward creating my own characters and stories. They taught me the importance of character design and development, each card having known to little-known details about the character or storyline on each one. I will always be grateful for that and for how they cultivated my desire to become a comic book creator.” - Regine Sawyer Marvel's Voices

 

From Regine Sawyer’s memories about her Marvel trading cards to Yona Harvey’s beautiful story about her time working on BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW, these essays serve to illustrate the value of comic books as both creators and consumers of culture.

“Many comic book and graphic novel readers attest to the influence of Greek, Roman, Norse and African mythology that inform many a fantastical tale—not to mention current politics, music and poetry. These kinds of influences echo throughout the pages of BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW.” - Yona Harvey Marvel's Voices

 

It all shows how we as fans are interconnected. David Betancourt describes seeing himself for the first time in a character like Miles Morales, a young Afro-Puerto Rican teenager from Brooklyn, New York (who happens to be Spider-Man). He speaks for so many of us and our love for Miles. These essays brought to life the tangible impact that comic books and their characters have on everyday people. It also started a very important conversation.

“One of my first big-time interviews was talking to Bendis about his co-creation of Miles Morales. At the end of our chat I asked Bendis where Miles’ mother Rio was from. When he told me she was Puerto Rican, I Thwipped my fingers in the air and rejoiced. There was a Boricua under that mask. When I told Bendis I had a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother, he said something that still brings a smile to my face to this day: “Wow,” he said. “You are Miles.” - David Betancourt Marvel's Voices

 

These eight essays, each with their unique perspective, celebrated not only the first ever MARVEL'S VOICES comic but also highlighted the impact and importance of some of our favorite characters from some of our favorite writers and artists, like Karama Horne, John Jennings, and Don McGregor, giving a new dimension to how we look at the Marvel Universe.

That is why I am excited to announce that, in anticipation of season three of the Marvel’s Voices podcast and as an extension of the first set of Marvel’s Voices essays, Marvel.com will be launching a brand-new essay series, “Marvel’s Voices: Powers and Possibilities.”

Each month, starting this October, we have invited a BIPOC writer or journalist to talk about the powers and possibilities of the Marvel Universe. Writers like Alexis Sanchez from Latinx Geeks, journalist David Betancourt, and writer, actor, host Baron Vaughn from The New Negroes will explore what representation means to them, and how the Marvel Universe influenced each of them as a writer, a person, and a fan.

We hope that these essays will not only provide a platform for Marvel fans to highlight their individual perspectives and love of comics, but broaden the conversation about our favorite characters, story arcs, writers, and Marvel History. 

Needless to say, I am excited for you to read all these incredible essays. Pick up Marvel Voice’s Indigenous Voices #1 in November, and listen to the upcoming third season of the Marvel’s Voices podcast series. I also encourage you to listen to the Marvel’s Voices podcast and learn more about some of these incredible writers and artists at Marvel.com/Voices.

Read these incredible essays and more on Marvel's Voices, available exclusively on Marvel.com! Plus, prepare for the new printing of MARVEL'S VOICES #1, featuring this brand-new cover by Khary Randolph!

Marvel's Voices #1

Pre-order with your local comic shop today, then read it on November 11!

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