All-New OHOTMU A-Z 2006 #1

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All-New OHOTMU A-Z 2006 #1

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Historical text from Comixfan originally posted Jul 23, 2005, 12:34 am

As announced @ San Diego, the original Official Handbook of The Marvel Universe series will be collected in Essential format as a lead-in to a brand-spankin' new A-Z Handbook series which will be later collected into trades!

Here's the solicitation copy & cover from Marvel's January previews...

ALL-NEW OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE A TO Z #1
Written by JEFF CHRISTIANSEN, ERIC J. MOREELS, SEAN MCQUAID, MICHAEL HOSKIN, RONALD BYRD, MARK O’ENGLISH, ANTHONY FLAMINI, BARRY REESE, MIKE FICHERA, STUART VANDAL, BILL LENTZ, MADISON CARTER & CHRIS BIGGS
Cover by KEU CHA

Continuing the success of the 2004-2005 Official Handbooks of the Marvel Universe, 2006 will feature the return of the Handbook from A to Z! While the Handbooks of the past two years focused on specific themes, this twelve-issue monthly series will extend the coverage to all Marvel’s characters, teams, objects, events, and places–plus past, future and alternate Earths. The spotlight will fall on more than 600 profiles–including new characters, characters who never received a profile and those needing major updates. As an added bonus, there will be special themed Handbooks covering more than 250 characters throughout the year.

64 PGS./Rated T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$3.99

So what's everyone think? What characters would you want to see in a new A-Z series?
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Re: All-New OHOTMU A-Z 2006 #1

Postby Michael Regan » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:45 pm

Lia Brown wrote:Jul 23, 2005, 04:05 am

A new A-Z series? Woot! :thumb:

Well, I'd like to see many of the characters who haven't had entries in modern times (and are still alive, much as I'd love to clamour for fave deceased characters -- poor Stonewall has never ever had any entry).

My special votes go to: Avalanche, Blob, Unus, Phantazia, and Ursa Major :blush:


Uncanny X-Factor wrote:Jul 23, 2005, 07:34 pm

A-Z for Marvel or X-Men?

Anyway, I'm very excited about this!


shame bear wrote:Jul 23, 2005, 07:53 pm

so will the OHOTMU Horror be the last one before they start the new A-Z version?


Stuart V wrote:Jul 23, 2005, 10:25 pm

shame bear wrote:so will the OHOTMU Horror be the last one before they start the new A-Z version?


Nope, two more Handbooks due after that, before the new A-Z version starts.


Anand Khatri wrote:Jul 23, 2005, 10:32 pm

:dance: This is good news!


BadMotives wrote:Jul 23, 2005, 10:42 pm

Absolutely loved this. When I got into comics and the late 80's, I found the Handbooks a great tool to read up on the history of characters. The current format is bothersome becasue it leaves out so many characters.


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Jul 25, 2005, 12:04 pm

BadMotives wrote:The current format is bothersome becasue it leaves out so many characters.


Any of the past Handbook incarnations have left out characters simply because of the limitations of the format. The Master Edition probably did the best job at including so many characters; unfortunately the format was severely lacking in comparison with other editions.


Uncanny X-Factor wrote:Jul 25, 2005, 03:31 pm


Okay, I'm confused.

So this A-Z version is just the past handbooks put together in A-Z format? Or is this a revival of the Encyclopedia, but updated and ordered A-Z?


Stuart V wrote:Jul 25, 2005, 04:06 pm

Uncanny X-Factor wrote:Okay, I'm confused.

So this A-Z version is just the past handbooks put together in A-Z format? Or is this a revival of the Encyclopedia, but updated and ordered A-Z?


This will be new profiles, complementing and complemented by the recent themed series, but in non-themed, A-Z order.


Uncanny X-Factor wrote:Jul 25, 2005, 05:05 pm

Oh okay, thanks clearing that up.

Could Revanche be included pretty pretty please?


Stuart V wrote:Jul 25, 2005, 06:48 pm

Uncanny X-Factor wrote:Oh okay, thanks clearing that up.

Could Revanche be included pretty pretty please?


We'll try and cover as many characters as space permits, so long as the series lasts, but no promises as to specific individuals.


jannepie wrote:Jul 26, 2005, 02:47 pm

Eric J. Moreels wrote:So what's everyone think? What characters would you want to see in a new A-Z series?


Lovin' it! Any idea how many issues it will be?

I really can't which characters I want to see more than the others. More of those not-so-often used characters, if possible. Maybe then creators would become interested to use them.


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Jul 26, 2005, 11:18 pm

jannepie wrote:Lovin' it! Any idea how many issues it will be?


Not as yet. Ideally we'll have 12 triple-sized issues so that we can include every character deserving of an entry!


Chris Parti wrote:Jul 27, 2005, 11:28 pm

Will this include just 616 characters or will it look at Ultimate characters, too? I've been debating going through all my Ultimate back issues and starting up a continuity/character database web site just for the Ultimate characters, but if Marvel's looking into adding them to this handbook... I won't even bother.


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Jul 27, 2005, 11:36 pm

Chris Parti wrote:Will this include just 616 characters or will it look at Ultimate characters, too? I've been debating going through all my Ultimate back issues and starting up a continuity/character database web site just for the Ultimate characters, but if Marvel's looking into adding them to this handbook... I won't even bother.


Not sure whether they'll be in this new series, however there is an Ultimate Spider-Man & FF Handbook coming out next month...

Ultimate OHOTMU Spider-Man & FF 2005 (http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/sho ... hp?t=33803)


Batai wrote:Aug 3, 2005, 07:53 pm


This is great news!
I have been a fan since the first printing of the first series and have collected ever since.

Although the formatting of the new themed series makes more sense, and is argueably easier to reference... I hold the classic a-z format close to my heart!

I, for one, can't wait!
Subscription, here I come!


Corey Blake wrote:Aug 6, 2005, 01:32 am

What great news! I totally missed this at San Diego. Of course, actually being at San Diego is a bit like being in the middle of a hurricane storm. You tend to miss everything else around you just so you can make it to the end.

Congratulations, guys! Sounds like the series got a promotion of sorts!


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 7, 2005, 06:14 am

Corey Blake wrote:Sounds like the series got a promotion of sorts!


Guess so, thanks! I know myself and my fellow writers are all excited about the prospects. We're also very interested in who you, our readers, want to see in the series. Anything to help guarantee sales, since that means more Handbook goodness!


Dylan McKay wrote:Aug 7, 2005, 06:21 am

Personally, I want characters I wouldn't have thought of, more educational.

That said, timely characters (Not as in Marvel's original name.) are always a must, case in point, Next Wave. The team has established but lesser known characters, getting those characters in handbooks leading up to #1 and the next couple of months would be smart and have my interest.

Come on Eric, you know you want to write an entry for Tabitha... !


DrGoodwrench wrote:Aug 7, 2005, 07:14 am


I would like to see the following characters get entries:

Atlas, Nebula, Century, Dr Goodwrench, Arabian Knight, and Motormouth.

Also, if the new A-Z is going to redo characters from the themed books, it would be nice if agility were added to the power grid.


Crimson wrote:Aug 7, 2005, 08:21 am

What happens though if in a years time (when your on N for example) what if a new character has popped up who's name begins with B?

Does that mean he's missed his chance at a profile?


DrGoodwrench wrote:Aug 7, 2005, 10:15 am

I assume that this is the main weakness of this format. The thing I liked about the Master Edition was that it could theoretically have gone on forever. Certain things about it were annoying. You had to keep them all in a binder rather than in with your comic boxes and I had to re-punch all of the entries because I couldn't find a folder they would fit in. I guess with the new Marvel A-Z they will have to choose all of the entries before it starts.


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 7, 2005, 11:00 am

BadMotives wrote:The current format is bothersome becasue it leaves out so many characters.


For the most part, characters neglected in the modern handbooks to date were ones who didn't happen to fit in with the themes of the various theme-driven handbooks (Speedball, Nighthawk, MACH-4, etc.). The 2006 A-Z edition will cover many such characters who fell through the thematic cracks, plus many who fit the themes but were left out due to limited space.

Taken together, the modern handbook run (2004-2006) will probably cover more characters in total than any other version of the series.

-Sean


Corey Blake wrote:Aug 7, 2005, 02:29 pm

I'm definitely glad to see Speedball mentioned because that certainly answers Eric's question about characters I want to see - New Warriors.

Okay, I know that's an obvious answer coming from me, but it's the truth.

I'd also like to see Agility added to the bar code things.


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 02:36 am

timely characters (Not as in Marvel's original name.) are always a must, case in point, Next Wave. The team has established but lesser known characters, getting those characters in handbooks leading up to #1 and the next couple of months would be smart and have my interest.

Pulsar (Monica Rambeau) just got an entry in the latest Avengers handbook, and Elsa Bloodstone is getting one in the upcoming Horror handbook (plus she's featured in another pre-Nextwave project we can't talk about yet)---though that doesn't necessarily mean neither of them might get updated entries down the road. As for the other Nextwave characters, they all sound like good candidates for profiles, though we can't verify any specific character's inclusion in the future handbooks yet.

-Sean


Dylan McKay wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 05:28 am

Sean McQuaid wrote:Pulsar (Monica Rambeau) just got an entry in the latest Avengers handbook, and Elsa Bloodstone got one in the Women handbook (plus she's featured in another pre-Nextwave project we can't talk about yet)---though that doesn't necessarily mean neither of them might get updated entries down the road. As for the other Nextwave characters, they all sound like good candidates for profiles, though we can't verify any specific character's inclusion in the future handbooks yet.
-Sean


Really, I don't recall Elsa in the womens book? Might just be forgetting...

And I'm fully aware that they can't be announced yet. Even after solicitation, actual character announcements are few and far between. Just saying they'd be a great addition.


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 11:52 am

Dylan McKay wrote:Really, I don't recall Elsa in the womens book? Might just be forgetting...


Actually, memory's playing tricks on me--I've got it right here, and she's not there. Had her on the brain a bit of late, as she's also heavily featured in an upcoming project other than Nextwave. She isn't covered in the Women handbook, but *will* be covered in the Horror handbook (as seen on its cover)...

-Sean


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 11:56 am

DrGoodwrench wrote:Also, if the new A-Z is going to redo characters from the themed books, it would be nice if agility were added to the power grid.


At this point, we figure relatively few of the characters from the recent 2004-2005 handbooks will get additional coverage in the 2006 line (though there wil certainly be some exceptions here and there, like characters especially in need of expanded coverage or updates). 2004-2006 being a more or less continuous run of material, we're trying to avoid excessive duplication.

As for agility, that's up to Marvel editorial; the power grids are mandated and maintained by editorial, though we get to suggest ratings for each character when we submit our profiles.

-Sean


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 12:02 pm

Crimson wrote:What happens though if in a years time (when your on N for example) what if a new character has popped up who's name begins with B? Does that mean he's missed his chance at a profile?


Maybe, but that's been the same with previous A-Z profile runs, too--there are always going to be a few characters who fall victim to bad timing. Perhaps there will be subsequent supplemental updates, like the 1989 update that followed the Deluxe Edition--but it's too early to say, really.

The A-Z format isn't perfect, but it's the original handbook format, and we've gotten a LOT of requests for it in recent times (and a lot of complaints over the recent handbooks not following the general-interest A-Z pattern). It's easy to organize (for the reader), easy to follow, and makes it easier to plan for and obtain approval for a set number of issues with particular content, as opposed to starting an open-ended run of relatively random content (like the Master Edition) and not knowing when low sales might pull the plug.

-Sean


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 12:29 pm

DrGoodwrench wrote:The thing I liked about the Master Edition was that it could theoretically have gone on forever.


A definite plus, yes. But practically everything that gets published these days only gets approved or guaranteed by management in finite multi-issue chunks, so one-shots and limited series are more practical under current circumstances.

DrGoodwrench wrote:Certain things about it were annoying. You had to keep them all in a binder rather than in with your comic boxes and I had to re-punch all of the entries because I couldn't find a folder they would fit in.


I didn't have any trouble finding binders that fit my OHOTMUME pages, but the series certainly did have its drawbacks--notably the lack of much real text (almost everything was point-form or stats), and a relentlessly dull tone in both the words and pictures. That being said, I think the looseleaf format remains the ideal, the gold standard, for these sorts of projects (only with a different presentation style than the ME used); but it's a more expensive format, and in the current shrunken market we probably can't afford to make a niche product like the handbooks any harder to buy. I'd love to see a return to looseleaf someday, though, if done well...

DrGoodwrench wrote:I guess with the new Marvel A-Z they will have to choose all of the entries before it starts.


We're in the process of putting together an A-Z master list of entries right now, which is part of why Eric's soliciting suggestions. I imagine that list will change repeatedly during the year ahead, but yes, much of it will have to be determined before the series starts...

-Sean


Viva La Risque wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 12:53 pm

Some suggestions of entires (basing if off of who wasn't in the Encyclopedia)

Eve of Destruction/Jean's Interim Team
Wraith / Hector Rendoza
Omerta / Paulie Provezano

X-Force ally
Risque / Gloria Munoz

X-Factor/X.U.E.
Shard
Fixx
Greystone
Archer

Deceased X-Man
Revanche / Kwannon

X-Factor
Strong Guy / Guido Carosella

Excalibur
Micromax / Scott Wright
Kylun / Colin McCay
Feron

Generation X
Gaia
Mondo

-NEW-
Excalibur 2.0
Wicked
Freakshow
Shola Inkosi
Karima Shapandar
Hub

X-Men ally
Sketch


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 05:38 pm

Corey Blake wrote:I'm definitely glad to see Speedball mentioned because that certainly answers Eric's question about characters I want to see - New Warriors.


This won't come as much of a surprise let alone a spoiler, but there are definitely multiple New Warriors characters tentatively slated for inclusion at this point.

-Sean


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 8, 2005, 05:43 pm

Sean McQuaid wrote:Actually, memory's playing tricks on me--I've got it right here, and she's not there.


Just figured out why I remember reading a handbook entry for Elsa--she's getting an entry in the upcoming Horror handbook (not a spoiler since she's prominently featured on the cover). So Pulsar's in the latest Avengers handbook, Elsa will be in the Horror handbook (and another project besides), and the rest of the Nextwave crowd will presumably have to wait for coverage in the A-Z run.

-Sean


jubesfan wrote:Aug 10, 2005, 01:06 pm

This is great! I love the Handbooks especially when I want to catch up on characters that are featured in books I don't purchase.
Here is my list of characters I would love to see in the new series:
1. JUBILEE (THIS IS A MUST!!!)
Chamber
M
Mondo
Husk
Penance
Emplate
Gaia
M-Plate(If there is enough to say about her)
Revanche
Siryn
Cannonball
Sunspot
Rictor
Warpath
Meltdown
Feral
Caliban
Callisto (did she have an entry?)
The Phoenix Force (not Jean Grey but the actual thing)
Every member of the New Mutants (old and new)
Every member of the Hellions
Every member of the New Warriors
Every member of the New Thunderbolts
Same for the new Excalibur team
Longshot
Marrow
Cecilia Reyes
X-23 (she's included with the New Mutants now I guess)
Xorn
Exodus
Acolytes
Marauders
Nasty Boys
Every member of the X-MEN and X-Nation 2099
Powerpax (from that old 90s X-MEN crossover)
Powerpack (individual entries)
And the Runaways
Apocalypse
Mr. Sinister
The Neo

Plus more Marvel faves, but these are who I would love tosee have their own entries. One question, will this new series have new artwork like the original or will it have established artwork?


Riding Ghost wrote:Aug 10, 2005, 04:24 pm

What what WHAT?

More Elsa? great news Sean!
Will there be monsters involved? Will she be the Elsa we (well, I) know and love or will it be the brain dead twit (according to what I took from the solicits) from Nextwave?

Thanks for the news!

RG


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 10, 2005, 09:17 pm

Riding Ghost wrote:More Elsa? great news Sean!


Glad you're glad.

Riding Ghost wrote:Will there be monsters involved?


I can neither confirm nor deny the involvement of monsters, though the next round of Marvel solicitations may well answer this question...

Riding Ghost wrote:Will she be the Elsa we (well, I) know and love or will it be the brain dead twit (according to what I took from the solicits) from Nextwave?


I'm keeping an optimistically open mind about Nextwave and will try to judge it by what ultimately sees print as opposed to stuff I've heard in advance publicity; but that being said, you don't need to worry in this particular case regardless--the as-yet-unannounced Elsa-related project I mentioned was undertaken before the Nextwave news broke and isn't influenced by the upcoming Nextwave take on the character.

Riding Ghost wrote:Thanks for the news!


You're welcome.

-Sean


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 10, 2005, 09:28 pm

jubesfan wrote:Plus more Marvel faves, but these are who I would love tosee have their own entries.


While it's still early days yet, I can say that a lot of the characters you've mentioned have been discussed as potential inclusions in the '06 A-Z series.

jubesfan wrote:One question, will this new series have new artwork like the original or will it have established artwork?


Again, early days, so that's still to be determined.


DarkstarFan101 wrote:Aug 10, 2005, 09:46 pm

Well if it is new artwork, Leinil Yu's recently exclusive contract would be put into great use for this project IMO. Though Salvador [Larocca] is also always a favorite.


DrGoodwrench wrote:Aug 11, 2005, 02:00 pm

Sean McQuaid wrote:I'm keeping an optimistically open mind about Nextwave and will try to judge it by what ultimately sees print as opposed to stuff I've heard in advance publicity; but that being said, you don't need to worry in this particular case regardless--the as-yet-unannounced Elsa-related project I mentioned was undertaken before the Nextwave news broke and isn't influenced by the upcoming Nextwave take on the character.

For some very overexcited discussion of Nextwave's take on Elsa and other characters please see the exchange of messages on the subject to be found on Newsarama. They're really horrid to each other!

Also, I know I've already suggested some characters, but I'd also like to see: The High Evolutionary
Thena
Defensor
Sea-Leopard


steve2275 wrote:Aug 13, 2005, 02:54 pm

whats the cost


Stuart V wrote:Aug 13, 2005, 04:14 pm

steve2275 wrote:whats the cost


We don't know yet.


Hotknife86 wrote:Aug 14, 2005, 08:38 am

BadMotives wrote:Absolutely loved this. When I got into comics and the late 80's, I found the Handbooks a great tool to read up on the history of characters. The current format is bothersome becasue it leaves out so many characters.


I agree 110%. I loved the series of the 80s, both the original and the updated one. This current one leaves me cold. Not as detailed and somewhat disjointed. Maybe if they do a good job of explaining origins this time around, Joe Q won't be so afraid of people being afraid of continuity. If it could help me understand the whole Jean Grey/Phoenix thing back in first grade, I don't see why it wouldn't do the same for everyone else...


Rayeye wrote:Aug 15, 2005, 11:41 am

A new Handbook serie from A to Z? I think it's cool, although I hope Marvel will release a Handbook about New X-Men or X-Men (2005) before the A-Z series start.
And I hope these A-Z series do not include only the big characters but also minor/less known characters.
However, the following characters/teams I'd like to see making an appearance in the A-Z handbooks:
- Aurora
- Jesse Bedlam
- Callisto
- Cerise
- Clan Destine
- Diamond Lil
- D'Spayre
- Feron
- Gamora
- Halloween Jack
- Hellfire Club
- Hope (Esparanza Ling)
- Kylun
- Lorelei (Asgardian)
- Mesmero
- Micromax
- Motormouth
- Nekra
- Northstar
- Psimon
- Cecilia Reyes
- Risque
- Saturnyne
- Sat-yr-9
- Selene
- Sinister
- Skids
- Speedball
- Spiral
- Stacy X
- Strong Guy
- the Technet
- Threnody
- Unus
- Warlock
- Wiz Kid
- Wolfsbane
- X-Men 2099
- X-Nation 2099
- Zodiac

Rayeye (who is a big fan of the Handbooks!)


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 16, 2005, 08:15 am

Rayeye wrote:However, the following characters/teams I'd like to see making an appearance in the A-Z handbooks:


A lot of those you mentioned are being seriously considered for an entry in the 2006 series.

Rayeye wrote:(who is a big fan of the Handbooks!)


Cool, we have fans


jubileefan19 wrote:Aug 16, 2005, 11:00 am

Jubilee


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 16, 2005, 11:18 am

jubileefan19 wrote:Jubilee


She's in the X-Men 2005 Handbook due out in November


RVcousin wrote:Aug 19, 2005, 06:55 am

When will the serie starts ?

In january ?

In december will it be another themed-handbook ? (It would logical to have one about the ultimate x-men & the ultimates, no ?)


Stuart V wrote:Aug 19, 2005, 04:53 pm

RVcousin wrote:When will the serie starts ?

In january ?


Yes, the new series starts in January.

RVcousin wrote:
In december will it be another themed-handbook ? (It would logical to have one about the ultimate x-men & the ultimates, no ?)


There will be one last themed Handbook in December. As to what it covers, I'm not allowed to speculate or hint.


Playmobil wrote:Aug 21, 2005, 01:25 pm

There was those All-New, All-Deadly X-Men from Uncanny #360 (circa 1998) we fondly forgot. I've never seen them on any Encyclopedia or OHOTMU, so I wonder if they will be on the new A-Z format.


Rayeye wrote:Aug 21, 2005, 06:34 pm

Does this new A-Z series mean that every issue is a different letter (issue A, issue B, etc.), or does each issue contains random characters from A to Z?

Rayeye


Sean McQuaid wrote:Aug 21, 2005, 06:58 pm

Rayeye wrote:Does this new A-Z series mean that every issue is a different letter (issue A, issue B, etc.), or does each issue contains random characters from A to Z?


It's slated to run 12 issues, so that pretty much rules out a letter per issue. It'll be like the original, Deluxe and Update 89 runs in the sense that the whole series runs from A-Z, starting with the A's in issue 1 and ending with the Z's in issue 12. So issue 1, for instance, might cover Aardvark Lass through Beryllium Boy or something like that, and issue 12 might be Weeping Willow through Zesty Pete (none of these are real character names here mind you, I'm just using them as alphabetical examples). I imagine just about every issue will span two or more letters of the alphabet.

-Sean


Zach Kinkead wrote:Aug 22, 2005, 01:25 am

The Prowler. The poor guy never manages to get more than a footnote in a handbook but he's far more important to Spider-Man history than, say, Morlin


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 24, 2005, 11:29 am

Zach Kinkead wrote:The Prowler. The poor guy never manages to get more than a footnote in a handbook but he's far more important to Spider-Man history than, say, Morlin


He's a possibility for sure.


Clay Olsen wrote:Aug 26, 2005, 09:35 am

Adam Warlock
Thanos (Think he was covered)
Drax the Destroyer
Mentor
Elysius
Phyla
Pip
Gammora
Maxam
Buried Alien (or fast forward is his name now... i preferred his first though)
Moon Dragon (though i think she was covered)
High Evolutionary
Kismet/Her
InBetweener
Eternity
Infinity
Death
Net Prophet
Thanatos
Thor Corps (ok not really [img]file:///C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\02\%20clip_image008.png[/img])
Squdron Supreme


Corey Blake wrote:Aug 26, 2005, 03:12 pm

Do the lists of characters people are posting in any way influence the decision process of who will get profiles? Not that I expect every suggestion to get a profile, but could it sway the decision one way or the other over a character that might be on the fence?

Just curious...


Stuart V wrote:Aug 26, 2005, 06:20 pm

Corey Blake wrote:Do the lists of characters people are posting in any way influence the decision process of who will get profiles? Not that I expect every suggestion to get a profile, but could it sway the decision one way or the other over a character that might be on the fence?

Just curious...


Potentially yes, though it's not a certainty.


Corey Blake wrote:Aug 26, 2005, 06:41 pm

Okay good, so it's not completely useless. I might have to work up a New Warriors list just for fun.


Rayeye wrote:Aug 27, 2005, 06:55 am

Then I suggest:
Cerebra (2099)
Krystalin
La Lunática
Mondo
Rusty Collins
Serpentina
Sketch
Skullfire
Theatre of Pain
Wulff

Rayeye


Cerebro wrote:Aug 28, 2005, 12:00 pm

Looking forward the the alphabetical series. My only suggestion is in regard to team entries. My biggest disappointment with the Teams handbook was that all of the rosters were listed alphabetically. Personally, I prefer that my rosters be chronological (Ideally with headshots, like the old school handbooks. Though I'd understand if space might prohibit such a thing.). At the very least, though, I'd be nice to see members noted in the order in which they joined their respective teams. I'm looking forward to seeing the X-Men roster in it's proper configuration in a few months.


DarkstarFan101 wrote:Aug 28, 2005, 02:37 pm

Has there been any proposals for a new X-Men Encyclopedia?


Scratchy wrote:Aug 28, 2005, 08:01 pm
Box, Feedback, Witchfire, Windshear, Zuzha Yu, Nemesis, Ghost Girl, Shinobi Shaw...


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 28, 2005, 11:55 pm

Scratchy wrote:Box, Feedback, Witchfire, Windshear, Zuzha Yu, Nemesis, Ghost Girl, Shinobi Shaw...


Zuzha and Nemesis were both in the Women of Marvel 2005 Handbook. The rest are good suggestions, some of which are under consideration


Playmobil wrote:Aug 29, 2005, 07:01 pm

How will dead characters be dealt with? I personally prefer they'd be listed in the A-Z order, with the other characters, and not in a appendix.


Playmobil wrote:Aug 29, 2005, 07:01 pm

Has a page count been decided?


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 29, 2005, 08:31 pm

Playmobil wrote:How will dead characters be dealt with? I personally prefer they'd be listed in the A-Z order, with the other characters, and not in a appendix.

Has a page count been decided?


That's all still being discussed.


Nyssane wrote:Aug 30, 2005, 02:13 pm

Characters I would like to see:

Avalanche, Blob, Phantazia, Unus the Untouchable, Mastermind II, War I, Famine I, Frenzy, Amelia Voght, Scanner, the Kleinstocks, Stunner, Diamondback, Asp, Black Mamba, Anaconda, Acqueduct, Shinobi Shaw, Cottonmouth, Arclight, the Wrecking Crew...okay, I'm drawing a blank. I'll think of more later.


Arescenia Navidad wrote:Aug 30, 2005, 06:07 pm

Yeah...those plus Neophyte, Unuscione, Revanche, Shard, Fixx, Greystone, Archer, Link, Catseye, Tarot, Roulette, Empath, Bevatron, Beef, Firestar, Risque, Darkstar, Matsu'o, Vanguard, Selene, Ms. Steed, Wraith, Omerta, and Sunpyre..


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 31, 2005, 12:58 am

Nyssane wrote:Avalanche, Blob, Phantazia, Unus the Untouchable, Mastermind II, War I, Famine I, Frenzy, Amelia Voght, Scanner, the Kleinstocks, Stunner, Diamondback, Asp, Black Mamba, Anaconda, Acqueduct, Shinobi Shaw, Cottonmouth, Arclight, the Wrecking Crew...okay, I'm drawing a blank. I'll think of more later.


Some cool choices there, and many are under consideration.

Arescenia Navidad wrote:Yeah...those plus Neophyte, Unuscione, Revanche, Shard, Fixx, Greystone, Archer, Link, Catseye, Tarot, Roulette, Empath, Bevatron, Beef, Firestar, Risque, Darkstar, Matsu'o, Vanguard, Selene, Ms. Steed, Wraith, Omerta, and Sunpyre..


Firestar was in the OHOTMU Women of Marvel 2005 back in January, and Matsu'o was in the OHOTMU Wolverine 2004. The rest are all under consideration as well


Arescenia Navidad wrote:Aug 31, 2005, 01:02 am

Will there any be like huge compilations or another Encyclopedia (like DarkstarFan said) or such like there was a couple years back?


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Aug 31, 2005, 01:14 am

Arescenia Navidad wrote:Will there any be like huge compilations or another Encyclopedia (like DarkstarFan said) or such like there was a couple years back?


While I can't say with any certainty, as I'm not privy to Marvel's publishing schedule, the focus seems to be on the Handbooks for the near future.


thundershot wrote:Sep 3, 2005, 10:56 am

Just a few suggestions:

Keep the Ultimate characters out, as they have their own book (assuming there'll be an Ultimates/Ultimate X-Men volume).

Teams: Definitely at least put headshots of them like the old style. People love seeing the X-Men or Avengers in the order of membership with a face to match the name.

Make sure that all of the current books characters are accounted for, even if they had an entry previously. Some people who skipped the themed handbooks may get this instead.

Make a good use of older characters that haven't been used in a while, but it's probably best for space purposes not to include the ones that have already appeared in the theme books.

Assuming you're able to go past 12 issues, just have an "update" limited series every year. "Update 2007, etc."

Some characters that I (and I'm sure others) enjoyed, but haven't been heard of from recently should have inclusion: Cerise, Feron, Micromax, Kylun, Widget, Revanche, Major Domo, Minor Domo, Mojo 2 The Sequel, Quark, Gog and Gog N'magag, Phantazia and other Brotherhood characters that never see the light of day anymore, Tempo, Forearm, Wildside, Reaver, and the other members of the MLF. An actual list of Magneto's acolytes would be nice as well...

Thanks
Chris


Arescenia Navidad wrote:Sep 3, 2005, 12:44 pm

thundershot wrote:Teams: Definitely at least put headshots of them like the old style. People love seeing the X-Men or Avengers in the order of membership with a face to match the name.


ITA. Something yeabook-style perhaps? And speaking of teams, will teams be covered in the next wave of Handbooks? Or is that gone with the themes?


DrGoodwrench wrote:Sep 4, 2005, 12:09 pm

thundershot wrote:An actual list of Magneto's acolytes would be nice as well...


Yes! Especially Barnacle and Vindaloo. Although in a list I guess "especially" is a bit meaningless (if something can be a bit meaningless).


Rayeye wrote:Sep 4, 2005, 12:12 pm

If teams/organizations/races are included, I'd like to see:

- Eternals
- Clan Destine
- Crazy Gang
- Generation X
- Hellfire Club
- Hellions I
- Phalanx
- Starjammers
- Technet
- Warpies
- W.H.O.

Rayeye


Arescenia Navidad wrote:Sep 4, 2005, 12:30 pm

Also, I think we need focus on the orignal NM. In Teams 05 it seemed to focus on the new guys more (not a bad thing, but I think the orig. deserved their own page).

X-Corporation
X-Terminators
MLF
Acolytes
Special Class

P.S. Rayeye, even though I can't understand the language, I love your site!


Playmobil wrote:Sep 5, 2005, 08:03 pm


Eric, do you think Marvel would be willing to release an Encyclopedia/Handbook on the movies characters? With some many movies (Blade, Daredevil, Elektra, Fantastic Four, Man-Thing, Punisher, Spider-Man, X-Men and soon Ghost Rider) it would be interesting to combine all the characters from these movies into one volume. I'd like to hear other people thoughts on that.


Playmobil wrote:Sep 5, 2005, 08:05 pm

Will the new A-Z format include technology like Iron Man's armor and Spider-Man's web shooters or will it concentrate on characters? Maybe there could be an Official Technical Journal to the Marvel Universe.


steve2275 wrote:Sep 6, 2005, 08:12 am

Clay Olsen wrote:Adam Warlock
Thanos (Think he was covered)
Drax the Destroyer
Mentor
Elysius
Phyla
Pip
Gammora
Maxam
Moon Dragon (though i think she was covered)
High Evolutionary
Kismet/Her
InBetweener
Eternity
Infinity
Death
Net Prophet
Thanatos
Thor Corps
Squdron Supreme


kool


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Oct 18, 2005, 12:22 pm


I've just updated the first post of this thread with the solicitation copy & cover from Marvel's January previews.

Enjoy!


PaxHouse wrote:Oct 18, 2005, 12:56 pm

Eric J. Moreels wrote:I've just updated the first post of this thread with the solicitation copy & cover from Marvel's January previews.

Enjoy!


Thanks for the "After Christmas" Gift..... :dance:

Especially since the first Issue will focus on the A's & B's of the MU Characters....

Can't wait to {hopefully} see the entries {updated} on RUNAWAYS, EXCELSIOR, NEW WARRIORS {As well as for the individual ones with said Teams} & more within the rest of the A-Z HANDBOOK {the "current" POWER PACK Minis should've been included within the Alternate Universe Handbook (unless there's a MARVEL ADVENTURES Handbook being planned, of course) }....


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Oct 18, 2005, 01:02 pm

PaxHouse wrote:Can't wait to {hopefully} see the entries {updated} on RUNAWAYS, EXCELSIOR, NEW WARRIORS {As well as for the individual ones with said Teams} & more within the rest of the A-Z HANDBOOK


The new series will stick to the general rule of the previous '04/'05 one-shots in that there won't be any updated profiles. There's a wealth of characters that we just didn't have room for in the themed books that will finally get their chance to shine in this series

{the "current" POWER PACK Minis should've been included within the Alternate Universe Handbook (unless there's a MARVEL ADVENTURES Handbook being planned, of course) }....

There's lots of alterniverses that "should've" been included, but again, the space limitations inherent with the themed format prevented that.

As for a Marvel Adventures Handbook, haven't heard of anything like that in the near future but you never know!


Corey Blake wrote:Oct 18, 2005, 02:56 pm

Awesome!

Of course they couldn't give us an idea of what characters are covered in the first issue. Guess we'll have to speculate based off the cover:

Albert & Elsie Dee
Alkhema
Arsenic & Old Lace
Atlas
Banshee
Baron Mordo
Baron Zemo

I'm blanking on the others.


Corey Blake wrote:Oct 18, 2005, 02:58 pm

Eric J. Moreels wrote:The new series will stick to the general rule of the previous '04/'05 one-shots in that there won't be any updated profiles. There's a wealth of characters that we just didn't have room for in the themed books that will finally get their chance to shine in this series


So are you saying that there won't be a new Spider-Man profile? Or new profiles of slightly less popular characters that have already been profiled - like Firestar, Namorita, and Cloak & Dagger?


Madison Carter wrote:Oct 18, 2005, 08:24 pm

For the most part, no. Many of these characters just had profiles in the themed books. There will be some that get another shot, simply due to how much their history has changed since their last Handbook appearance. Most of the characters that you mentioned, while they have made appearances, have not had any real change to the status quo.


Zach Kinkead wrote:Oct 18, 2005, 11:25 pm


Zemo, Atlas, Gert, and Banshee are LONG overdue for entries.

Anarchist is a surprise (didn’t the X-Statix all die?) as are the Barons Strucker (didn’t he just die?) and Mordo (how many years has it been since he’s been used?).

The inclusion of Awesome Andy is unexpected and, well, awesome.

I don’t recognize a lot of the characters (robot Wolverine and the little girl for example) but I think a lot of that is just the art. I can’t hardly make out any details on the figures in the back (is that supposed to be Alchema? Wasn’t she just in the Avengers book?). Plus some of them are made to look way too generic (the one that may be Indiana Jones and Lara Croft’s lovechild looks a lot like the woman to the left of her but with different clothing and a different skin color).

Where’s the Answer? He just popped up in the breakout so I’d expect him to get some exposure here.


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Oct 18, 2005, 11:29 pm

Corey Blake wrote:So are you saying that there won't be a new Spider-Man profile? Or new profiles of slightly less popular characters that have already been profiled - like Firestar, Namorita, and Cloak & Dagger?
My previous statement may have been slightly misleading, as there are always exceptions to the no repeat rule, though it's rare for such an exception to occur.


As to your more specific question, as with past Handbooks, we're unable to confirm what characters are included apart from those mentioned in the solicitations/shown on the covers, sorry.


Rayeye wrote:Oct 19, 2005, 06:22 am

Corey Blake wrote:Awesome!

Of course they couldn't give us an idea of what characters are covered in the first issue. Guess we'll have to speculate based off the cover:

Albert & Elsie Dee
Alkhema
Arsenic & Old Lace
Atlas
Banshee
Baron Mordo
Baron Zemo

I'm blanking on the others.


The others are:
Abraxas
Ahab
Albion
Anarchist
Aurora
Awesome Andy

Only the woman with the gun and the native american (perhaps American Eagle?) are unknown to me.

I'm glad to see Ahab, Albion, Aurora, Banshee and even Awesome Andy are in it!

Rayeye


jannepie wrote:Oct 19, 2005, 08:33 am

Sounds interesting.

Eric, will the handbooks be released in a trade or two afterwards? So far I haven't seen any for the themed issues.


DragynWulf wrote:Oct 19, 2005, 08:58 am

After already being mentioned in five Handbooks:
-Avengers 2004 (Ant-man II Entry/Significant Issues)
-Avengers 2005 (Avengers Entry/Significant Issues and Jocasta Entry)
-Book of the Dead 2004 (Ant-man II Entry/Significant Issues)
-Wolverine 2004 (Deadpool Entry)
-Teams 2005 (Frightful Four Entry)

Taskmaster should definatly get an entry. Hopefully showing both his original and new costume.


shame bear wrote:Oct 19, 2005, 04:24 pm

I hope Chamber's on the cover to C-D...


nova64 wrote:Oct 20, 2005, 10:07 am

I loved the original handbooks and have really enjoyed the new ones.

I'd like to see entries for:

Nova (Rich Rider)
Sphinx (both male and female)
Condor
Diamondhead
Xandar
SuperNova

And the following, either as a New Champions/Champions of Xandar entry or as individuals:

Powerhouse
Comet
Crimebuster
Protector
Nova Prime (Tanak Valt)

Thank you for letting us share our thoughts for the new Handbook series!

Doug
Nova Prime Page
http://www.novaprimepage.com


Playmobil wrote:Oct 20, 2005, 11:42 am

The robot Wolverine is called Albert and the little girl is his partner, Elsie Dee, or something close to that. Can anyone tell me who Awsome Andy is?


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Oct 20, 2005, 11:44 am

Playmobil wrote:The robot Wolverine is called Albert and the little girl is his partner, Elsie Dee, or something close to that.


You got it exactly

Playmobil wrote:Can anyone tell me who Awsome Andy is?


IIRC, the Mad Thinker's Awesome Android.


Playmobil wrote:Oct 20, 2005, 11:46 am

Eric, can you disclosure whether deceased characters will be listed apart or not?


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Oct 20, 2005, 11:48 am

Playmobil wrote:Eric, can you disclosure whether deceased characters will be listed apart or not?


All I can really say is that it's an A-Z listing with no appendices.


Sean McQuaid wrote:Oct 23, 2005, 09:01 am

PaxHouse wrote:Can't wait to {hopefully} see the entries {updated} on RUNAWAYS, EXCELSIOR, NEW WARRIORS {As well as for the individual ones with said Teams} & more within the rest of the A-Z HANDBOOK....


With a few exceptions, we mostly won't be updating 2004-2005 handbook entries in the 2006 run--though if we do more handbooks in 2007, I'd say there's a good chance of more updating by then. For now, the many subjects that didn't get covered in the 2004-2005 theme books are our top priority.

Meaning, for instance (while I can't confirm or deny anything), that Excelsior (which has never had an entry) is much more likely to get 2006 coverage than Runaways (which got an entry in 2005).

That being said, there are many individual members of these and other teams--characters from Runaways, New Warriors, Thunderbolts, Defenders and more--who never got 2004-2005 entries even though their teams did. So I'd say they stand a pretty good chance of 2006 coverage...

-Sean


Sean McQuaid wrote:Oct 23, 2005, 09:12 am

Zach Kinkead wrote:Zemo, Atlas, Gert, and Banshee are LONG overdue for entries.


Agreed.

Zach Kinkead wrote:Anarchist is a surprise (didn’t the X-Statix all die?) as are the Barons Strucker (didn’t he just die?) and Mordo (how many years has it been since he’s been used?).


We're casting a very wide net with this series--there's going to be a little bit of everything in this run.

Zach Kinkead wrote:Where’s the Answer? He just popped up in the breakout so I’d expect him to get some exposure here.


This isn't a spoiler since it's been mentioned in the promos, but Answer gets profiled in the NEW AVENGERS: MOST WANTED FILES one-shot due out in December.

-Sean


Sean McQuaid wrote:Oct 23, 2005, 09:14 am

jannepie wrote:Eric, will the handbooks be released in a trade or two afterwards? So far I haven't seen any for the themed issues.


No official word on that yet, but the strongest vote for TPBs would be solid sales for the individual Handbook issues...

-Sean


Sean McQuaid wrote:Oct 23, 2005, 09:21 am

nova64 wrote:I loved the original handbooks and have really enjoyed the new ones.



Glad to hear it.

nova64 wrote:I'd like to see entries for:

Nova (Rich Rider)
Sphinx (both male and female)
Condor
Diamondhead
Xandar
SuperNova


More than one of those subjects will definitely be in the A-Z mix.

nova64 wrote:And the following, either as a New Champions/Champions of Xandar entry or as individuals:

Powerhouse
Comet
Crimebuster
Protector
Nova Prime (Tanak Valt)


This is less likely--the Champs (favourites of mine) are all relatively minor characters, they've almost all been dead & gone since the 1980s, and they recently got an updated group entry in the Teams 2005 handbook. So they don't seem real likely--though personally, I'd love to see individual entries for Powerhouse, Comet and Crimebuster someday...

-Sean


TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:Oct 24, 2005, 10:07 am


I'm almost going to miss the themed volumes, if only for the more specialized compilations like the Golden Age, Alternate Universes and Teams. But, A-Z should give me that special feeling of scope that the older ones did--I cut my teeth as a young comics fan on these things. Hopefully we will continue to see Golden Age entries, other realities, 50's stuff, and Marvel UK (I wasn't even sure that that was in continuity until I saw some of the previous handbook entries--not like you ever saw Dark Angel fighting in the Infinity War or anything). I have to partially agree with the people who want expanded entries for previously profiled characters--the apparent change in philosophy for text length has left us with such odd occurences as Blade now having a longer entry than Iron Man or Cap. I can wait a year, though.

General thumbs way up. I can imagine that after the comics boom of the 90's and the greater awareness of rarer material, the sheer amount of necessary inclusions must make this a logistic nightmare ten times worse than any previous handbook compilers must have had to deal with.

Oh, since everyone else is naming fav's, here's some of mine:

Demogoblin
Superpro (if copyrights aren't an issue)
The Living Tribunal
The Celestials
Nightwatch


jannepie wrote:Oct 24, 2005, 10:35 am

Sean McQuaid wrote:No official word on that yet, but the strongest vote for TPBs would be solid sales for the individual Handbook issues...

-Sean


I did pre-order the whole series, so there goes my plans of saving some money.


Sean McQuaid wrote:Oct 25, 2005, 12:59 am

TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:I'm almost going to miss the themed volumes, if only for the more specialized compilations like the Golden Age, Alternate Universes and Teams.


Those niches have their charms, to be sure--though for what it's worth, the A-Z will feature stuff from just about every category, including some never-before-profiled Golden Age characters, lots of teams and more.

TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:But, A-Z should give me that special feeling of scope that the older ones did--I cut my teeth as a young comics fan on these things.


The 1980s handbooks helped addict me to the info-comics genre back when I was a youngster; and with the A-Z, we're definitely doing our best to recapture that sense of scope and scale, covering all aspects of the Marvel Universe in its near-infinite variety.

TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:Hopefully we will continue to see Golden Age entries, other realities, 50's stuff, and Marvel UK (I wasn't even sure that that was in continuity until I saw some of the previous handbook entries--not like you ever saw Dark Angel fighting in the Infinity War or anything).


There should be a little bit of everything in the A-Z run, including more Marvel UK. One of the areas where the modern handbooks are breaking new ground is the inclusion of so much foreign-publication content...I enjoy that a lot myself, as it's one of the few areas of the Handbooks where I get to learn lots of new-to-me stuff. The modern Handbooks cast a wider net than their predecessors in general--just about any Marvel material from any source could potentially get included.

TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:I have to partially agree with the people who want expanded entries for previously profiled characters--the apparent change in philosophy for text length has left us with such odd occurences as Blade now having a longer entry than Iron Man or Cap. I can wait a year, though.


Believe me, nobody wants bigger entries more than the Handbook writers--it's often harder to do a short entry since so much editing and cutting and compacting has to be done to the average history to make it fit, and we get paid more for longer entries regardless.

Profile length has been evolving over the past two years, mostly from shorter to longer, but the theme book format meant that just about every issue had at least a few characters being squeezed into a smaller space than we'd prefer--partly because we didn't know until recently that we were getting an A-Z run, so we tried to cover as many characters in the theme books as possible since that might have been their only chance for a handbook entry.

For every Black Knight or Justice who got more or less ideal length, there was a Firebird or a Hellcat who got only a fraction of the space they could have filled, though we did our best to capture the essentials of each subject in the space available. We'd love to revisit assorted 2004-2005 entries with expansions, revisions, corrections and updates as soon as we can (perhaps as soon as 2007 if sales permit, though nothing is officially planned at this point).

For now, though, the top priority in 2006 is covering stuff we didn't cover in 2004-2005.

TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:General thumbs way up.


Thanks kindly.

TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:I can imagine that after the comics boom of the 90's and the greater awareness of rarer material, the sheer amount of necessary inclusions must make this a logistic nightmare ten times worse than any previous handbook compilers must have had to deal with.


You've pretty much hit the nail on the head there--the bar's been raised over older editions in terms of how inclusive these handbooks can be (more genres, more eras, more imprints, more oddities and obscurities, plus all the mainstream stuff the handbooks have always covered); and there's many more years of comics and continuity in the mix now than there were back when the older handbooks debuted, what with time marching on. So yeah, the logistics are huge--it's taken months of compilation and debate and revision to assemble a contents list for the 2006 A-Z run, and there's no end of further tweaks required as new complications pop up. It's fun, but exhausting.

TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:Oh, since everyone else is naming fav's, here's some of mine:
Demogoblin
Superpro (if copyrights aren't an issue)
The Living Tribunal
The Celestials
Nightwatch


You'll be seeing at least some of the above in 2006...

-Sean


Playmobil wrote:Oct 28, 2005, 12:16 pm

Sean McQuaid wrote:The 1980s handbooks helped addict me to the info-comics genre back when I was a youngster; and with the A-Z, we're definitely doing our best to recapture that sense of scope and scale, covering all aspects of the Marvel Universe in its near-infinite variety.


Other good point I see in the Handbooks is that they may make writers aware of long forgotten characters and bring them back.


Playmobil wrote:Oct 28, 2005, 12:22 pm

Sean McQuaid wrote:Believe me, nobody wants bigger entries more than the Handbook writers--it's often harder to do a short entry since so much editing and cutting and compacting has to be done to the average history to make it fit, and we get paid more for longer entries regardless.


I believe the best case scenario is having continous A-Z series. So, after the 2006, there would be a new A-Z series in 2007 updating major characters and including those who weren't in 2006. Then another in 2008 and so forth. Of course it will depend on the sales.


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Oct 29, 2005, 01:31 am

Playmobil wrote:I believe the best case scenario is having continous A-Z series. So, after the 2006, there would be a new A-Z series in 2007 updating major characters and including those who weren't in 2006. Then another in 2008 and so forth. Of course it will depend on the sales.


That's the ideal goal, but you're right, it's very much dependant on sales of the 2006 series!


clawsofwolverine wrote:Jan 19, 2006, 09:26 am

Just got an advanced copy of the A-Z #1 and I am impressed! When my shop owner handed it to me I nearly dropped it on the floor I was used to weight of the themed editions but this is much heavier! Looking through it I was impressed to see so many entries, most of which are completely new. Very few characters from the original or deluxe edition are included but they are a few here and there.

At first I was dissapointed there was no bibliography but the inside cover does let you know where you can find that information online. I also enjoyed the first page letting readers know who will be included in the handbook and how a bio is done, it says something about a writer reading through a characters every appearance, how people have time to read through every Wolverine and Spider-Man appearance I do not know, but it was interesting to read. I used to like how Mark Gruenwald in the deluxe edition had a page letting you know what was going on in the process and this echoed that so I hope we can see more of this type of thing.

While I think it's great not to shortchange those of us who already bought the themed editions by repeating bios I do question the business sense of not including major characters, as I think with this new handbook that would have guaranteed sales for next year but I think this will do well.

In closing let me say this is the closest I've seen to the mighty deluxe edition since "Update '89" and coming from me and my high praise of said edition, that is high praise!

Also heres some characters I'd like to see covered

Jean Grey (she only got one page, flippin' Rachel got two!)
Howard The Duck
Mister Sinister

Also DC need's to hire you guys to write some handbooks for them too!


Playmobil wrote:Jan 19, 2006, 03:08 pm

clawsofwolverine wrote:Just got an advanced copy of the A-Z #1 and I am impressed! When my shop owner handed it to me I nearly dropped it on the floor I was used to weight of the themed editions but this is much heavier! Looking through it I was impressed to see so many entries, most of which are completely new. Very few characters from the original or deluxe edition are included but they are a few here and there


Good to know. I believe that was the point all along, to bring new material for the fans. And since many characters published in the themed editions don't have much aditional info, it would be pointless to cover them again. But I'd still like a TPB edition of the themed books.


Stuart V wrote:Jan 19, 2006, 06:43 pm

Playmobil wrote:Other good point I see in the Handbooks is that they may make writers aware of long forgotten characters and bring them back.


I'm not sure that's why its happening, but it does seem to happen a lot - we plan to cover someone no one has seen in years, and then BEFORE the Handbook comes out we find out a writer is reviving them!

Playmobil wrote:I believe the best case scenario is having continous A-Z series. So, after the 2006, there would be a new A-Z series in 2007 updating major characters and including those who weren't in 2006. Then another in 2008 and so forth. Of course it will depend on the sales.


Exactly right on all counts.

clawsofwolverine wrote:Just got an advanced copy of the A-Z #1 and I am impressed! When my shop owner handed it to me I nearly dropped it on the floor I was used to weight of the themed editions but this is much heavier! Looking through it I was impressed to see so many entries, most of which are completely new. Very few characters from the original or deluxe edition are included but they are a few here and there.

A lot of the biggies we covered in the last 18 months; time to cover some new people.

clawsofwolverine wrote:At first I was dissapointed there was no bibliography but the inside cover does let you know where you can find that information online.


Cut the bibliography, get more characters covered. We like to maximise our coverage.

clawsofwolverine wrote:I also enjoyed the first page letting readers know who will be included in the handbook and how a bio is done,


It's been on the FAQ page a while, but a lot of people don't seem to have read that, and we do get people speculating online how we go about putting profiles together - it seemed a good idea to go over it.

clawsofwolverine wrote:it says something about a writer reading through a characters every appearance, how people have time to read through every Wolverine and Spider-Man appearance I do not know,


It's not easy for someone like those guys, believe me. Luckily our head writer long ago (well before he started writing for Marvel) put together a Master List tracking pretty much every characters' every appearance.

clawsofwolverine wrote:but it was interesting to read. I used to like how Mark Gruenwald in the deluxe edition had a page letting you know what was going on in the process and this echoed that so I hope we can see more of this type of thing.

While I think it's great not to shortchange those of us who already bought the themed editions by repeating bios I do question the business sense of not including major characters, as I think with this new handbook that would have guaranteed sales for next year but I think this will do well.


We did have a lot of debate about that, as we had that concern too - leave out the usual suspects and you might lose sales. However we felt that we should be fair on those who bought the other recent issues, and that those wanting a profile on Spidey could still track down his themed Handbooks - also, if we did cover the same guys again in a twelve issue A-Z, then (bearing in mind we've had around 18 themed issues), where would we find space to cover ANY new characters? And then, if we got a 2007 run, and we'd included Wolverine etc in 2006 (again), what would we do to help sales in 2007? Cover Wolverine AGAIN?

clawsofwolverine wrote:In closing let me say this is the closest I've seen to the mighty deluxe edition since "Update '89" and coming from me and my high praise of said edition, that is high praise!


Many thanks.

clawsofwolverine wrote:Also heres some characters I'd like to see covered

Jean Grey (she only got one page, flippin' Rachel got two!)
Howard The Duck
Mister Sinister


I don't think you will be entirely disappointed in your hopes there.

clawsofwolverine wrote:Also DC need's to hire you guys to write some handbooks for them too!


While I wouldn't say no, I'm sure that if they decided to do another Who's Who, they'd probably want their own people on board, the ones who currently write the Secret Files.

Playmobil wrote:Good to know. I believe that was the point all along, to bring new material for the fans. And since many characters published in the themed editions don't have much aditional info, it would be pointless to cover them again. But I'd still like a TPB edition of the themed books.


Tell Marvel you want them! Enough people ask for them, then there's a chance you'll get them.


clawsofwolverine wrote:Jan 20, 2006, 11:21 am

oh yes a bio on Queen's Vengeance would be useful, I know nothing about them save they are composed of a lot of Avengers.

As for covering Wolverine AGAIN, no complaints from me.

It appears soon that his latest bio will be outdated anyhow.Thats the thing about Wolverine though, his status quo is ALWAYS changing , check his past handbook bios

Guess I better e-mail DC about my desire for another Who's Who series....


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Jan 21, 2006, 05:57 am

For those interested in getting a sneak peek at the issue before it ships next week, Mile High Comics have a first look preview at the cover and four pages. Click here to check 'em out! (http://www.milehighcomics.com/firstlook ... d1cvr.html)


Rayeye wrote:Jan 21, 2006, 08:46 am

Eric J. Moreels wrote:For those interested in getting a sneak peek at the issue before it ships next week, Mile High Comics have a first look preview at the cover and four pages. Click here to check 'em out! (http://www.milehighcomics.com/firstlook ... d1cvr.html)


Wow, Abyss and the Acolytes!

Although I don't want to spoil anything concerning the Acolytes profile, I have a question about the Acolyte membership (the preview doesn't reveal their membership yet): The first roster of the Acolytes included Fabian and Anne-Marie Cortez, Delgado and Chrome. But their was also another woman, who seemed not to be used in combat.
I was wondering, was this woman called Nance (there was some S.H.I.E.L.D.-woman called Nance in that issue) and if so, was she count as a member of the Acolytes or simply their prisoner?


Corey Blake wrote:Jan 21, 2006, 02:18 pm

I've always thought Abyss was such a cool and creepy looking villain. I can't believe he isn't used more. Kudos for including him!

Looking forward to this.


Chris Day wrote:Jan 22, 2006, 07:15 pm

I haven't seen issue 1 yet, but will Baron Strucker's entry be current to the latest issue of New Thunderbolts?

it's just that Baron Strucker was in hiding after his last appearance in New Thunderbolts and the skinny old guy who died in Wolverine #25 wasn't really him...

if the first A-Z handbook isn't up to date, will there be an official web page or something where important statements like this can be found if something published is contradicted?


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Jan 22, 2006, 08:15 pm

Chris Day wrote:I haven't seen issue 1 yet, but will Baron Strucker's entry be current to the latest issue of New Thunderbolts?

it's just that Baron Strucker was in hiding after his last appearance in New Thunderbolts and the skinny old guy who died in Wolverine #25 wasn't really him...

if the first A-Z handbook isn't up to date, will there be an official web page or something where important statements like this can be found if something published is contradicted?


It'll be up-to-date


Chris Day wrote:Jan 22, 2006, 08:46 pm

Eric J. Moreels wrote:It'll be up-to-date


good, I was a bit worried there...

those preview pages look nice...


Sean McQuaid wrote:Jan 23, 2006, 01:12 pm

clawsofwolverine wrote:Just got an advanced copy of the A-Z #1 and I am impressed!


Glad to hear it, sir, and thanks.

clawsofwolverine wrote:When my shop owner handed it to me I nearly dropped it on the floor I was used to weight of the themed editions but this is much heavier! Looking through it I was impressed to see so many entries, most of which are completely new.


It's one of the better bargains on the stands, in its current form--basically a triple-sized comic with no ads for only a dollar more than a standard comic; and like the title says, it's all-new material.

clawsofwolverine wrote:Very few characters from the original or deluxe edition are included but they are a few here and there.


We tried to include as much all-new material as possible--Original/Deluxe characters tended to get included here if they weren't featured in the recent theme books, or if there were major/unique new developments since the Original/Deluxe days, or both. Banshee, for instance, is a fairly significant character who didn't get included in the theme books and has gone through a lot of change since the Original/Deluxe days, so he gets a jumbo entry in the new A-Z.

clawsofwolverine wrote:At first I was dissapointed there was no bibliography but the inside cover does let you know where you can find that information online.


Putting the biblio online makes more room for profiles, so we figured it was an okay trade-off; and the online biblio--written by the Handbook writers, compiled by Eric Moreels and designed by the brilliant Mike Fichera--is a pretty nifty wad of source material. Lots of back issues for avid readers to track down...

clawsofwolverine wrote:I also enjoyed the first page letting readers know who will be included in the handbook and how a bio is done


Glad to hear it.

clawsofwolverine wrote:While I think it's great not to shortchange those of us who already bought the themed editions by repeating bios I do question the business sense of not including major characters, as I think with this new handbook that would have guaranteed sales for next year but I think this will do well.


We really, really hope the 2006 A-Z run will do well, sales-wise. Placing less of an emphasis on major characters is a bit of a gamble, but we're hoping the infocomics audience will support this kind of book even without the biggest Marvel stars in the mix--and we do have some fairly significant second-tier stars in the mix, and even a few arguably first-tier stars coming in later issues.

clawsofwolverine wrote:In closing let me say this is the closest I've seen to the mighty deluxe edition since "Update '89" and coming from me and my high praise of said edition, that is high praise!


High praise indeed--we love the old-time Handbooks, too, so it's really gratifying to be compared to them in a favourable way. Thanks for that.

clawsofwolverine wrote:Also heres some characters I'd like to see covered
Jean Grey (she only got one page, flippin' Rachel got two!)
Howard The Duck
Mister Sinister


At least two of those characters are slated for BIG new profiles in the year ahead...

-Sean


Sean McQuaid wrote:Jan 23, 2006, 01:14 pm

Playmobil wrote:Good to know. I believe that was the point all along, to bring new material for the fans. And since many characters published in the themed editions don't have much aditional info, it would be pointless to cover them again. But I'd still like a TPB edition of the themed books.


I'd like that, too. Heck, if the A-Z run sells well enough and completes its projected 12-issue span, I'd love to see it and the theme books smooshed together in one big TPB and/or hardcover set someday. That would be nifty...

-Sean


Chris Day wrote:Jan 23, 2006, 03:37 pm

Sean McQuaid wrote:At least two of those characters are slated for BIG new profiles in the year ahead...

-Sean


I'm hoping that some important of these characters get BIG new profiles...
The Shadow King
Immortus (and his successor Kang the Immortal)
Amanda Mueller (Black Womb)
Baron Helmut Zemo


Playmobil wrote:Jan 23, 2006, 03:59 pm


If the first A-Z handbook isn't up to date, will there be an official web page or something where important statements like this can be found if something published is contradicted?
That's the major problem with printed material, they're written, reviewed, proofed some months before hitting the shops, so by the time they're released, they're already a bit out of date.


Playmobil wrote:Jan 23, 2006, 04:03 pm

Sean McQuaid wrote:We really, really hope the 2006 A-Z run will do well, sales-wise.


Speaking of that, I know it's a bit premature now, but how soon can Marvel have the figures to greenlight a 2007 series?


Playmobil wrote:Jan 23, 2006, 04:06 pm

Sean McQuaid wrote:I'd like that, too. Heck, if the A-Z run sells well enough and completes its projected 12-issue span, I'd love to see it and the theme books smooshed together in one big TPB and/or hardcover set someday. That would be nifty...


Do you believe sending e-mails to Marvel asking for a TPB of the themed books could really have an impact?


Stuart V wrote:Jan 23, 2006, 04:22 pm

Playmobil wrote:That's the major problem with printed material, they're written, reviewed, proofed some months before hitting the shops, so by the time they're released, they're already a bit out of date.


Not as much as you think - we did final proofs on this Handbook last week. It's about three weeks from final proofs and corrections to hitting the shops.

Playmobil wrote:Speaking of that, I know it's a bit premature now, but how soon can Marvel have the figures to greenlight a 2007 series?


No idea.

Playmobil wrote:Do you believe sending e-mails to Marvel asking for a TPB of the themed books could really have an impact?


Yes, though sales will also help.


Playmobil wrote:Jan 23, 2006, 04:41 pm

Stuart V wrote:Not as much as you think - we did final proofs on this Handbook last week. It's about three weeks from final proofs and corrections to hitting the shops.


Great to know that.


Sean McQuaid wrote:Jan 24, 2006, 12:13 pm

Chris Day wrote:I'm hoping that some important of these characters get BIG new profiles...
The Shadow King
Immortus (and his successor Kang the Immortal)
Amanda Mueller (Black Womb)
Baron Helmut Zemo


At least some of what you're looking for is slated to get A-Z coverage...

-Sean


Gaara of the Sand wrote:Jan 26, 2006, 01:18 am

Come on, where was Apocalypse?

I saw characters there I had never seen nor heard of, and some guys I wish I hadn't heard of.

I mean, come on, Abraxas, a one arc villain, gets an entry, whereas Apocalypse, the driving point for 90% of X-Stuff in the 90's gets shafted...AGAIN!

Oh well, I suppose having no entry is better than a repeat of the Encyclopedia one...no energy projection :scared:


Eric J. Moreels wrote:





Jan 26, 2006, 01:28 am

Gaara of the Sand wrote:Come on, where was Apocalypse?


In the OHOTMU: X-Men 2005, released two months ago.

Gaara of the Sand wrote:I mean, come on, Abraxas, a one arc villain, gets an entry, whereas Apocalypse, the driving point for 90% of X-Stuff in the 90's gets shafted...AGAIN!


He didn't get "shafted" at all. Again, see the X-Men 2005 Handbook for a comprehensive 2-page profile and bibliography.

Gaara of the Sand wrote:Oh well, I suppose having no entry is better than a repeat of the Encyclopedia one...no energy projection :scared:


He does have an entry, a recent one at that, just not in this new Handbook series. Given that his last Handbook entry was so recent, there was no way to include him in this series without his profile being verbatim from the X-Men 2005 Handbook, so rather than short-change fans that bought that book as well, we opted to list other characters who've never been covered before instead.


Gaara of the Sand wrote:Jan 26, 2006, 12:16 pm

Eric J. Moreels wrote:In the OHOTMU: X-Men 2005, released two months ago.


Crap, now I have to go digging through back issues! Put the guy on the cover next time! :omg:

Eric J. Moreels wrote:He does have an entry, a recent one at that, just not in this new Handbook series. Given that his last Handbook entry was so recent, there was no way to include him in this series without his profile being verbatim from the X-Men 2005 Handbook, so rather than short-change fans that bought that book as well, we opted to list other characters who've never been covered before instead.

KK, I shall investigate!

I do recall wanting to get that Handbook when you guys said you were updating the X-Men Handbook for 05 and he'd probably be in there...oh well, thems the breaks.

Sorry to get jumpy ^_^


Gaara of the Sand wrote:Jan 26, 2006, 03:46 pm

Well, thankfully my local comic shop had a copy of the X-Men Handbook.

I was actually pleasently surprised with Apocalpse's entry.

Good bio, got most of it down, just about all the major stuff. Since it wasn't mentioned, I'm just curious, what is Marvel's stance on Apocalypse's fight with Prime Eternal Ikaris in New Eternals 1?

Overall the powers were well done too. Couple questions:

1. Does his speed take into account teleporting?

2. At first I was upset about the energy projection, but then remembered that the 1-7 doesn't always denote power. I am curious though, is telepathy taken into account here? And what type does he use? It normally seems like standard "laser/concussive force" stuff, but one time it did travel through Ice Man's ice constructs (hinting at electricity of some kind) and in his origin he projected light.

3. Well, not so much as quesiton as a comment on the fighting skills. He was trained, for the first 17 years of his adult life, to fight, and fought mostly hand-to-hand before finding Ship across Asia, so I just thought he deserved more than "Some training."

4. You talk about how his energies burn out the "host bodies" and such, but does this really go beyond what his atomic control can handle?

Only real complaint was about the whole "bio-armor" thing. I never liked that stuff since up until "The 12" arc, it was always his body shifted to look like a suit. Was this retcon due to the events of X-Men 97 (think that's when Jean tore open the "suit")? Also, some of the powers that were said to be from the suit, he demonstrated before finding Ship. Such as growth, shapeshifting, and increasing his stregnth...even hinting at his atomic control.

Thanks


TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:Jan 26, 2006, 03:48 pm

Just got the issue! My comments:

Nice selection overall. You captured a lot of recent guys, a western character, a Golden Age villian, alt. universe team, Atlantis, all other manner of obscure and prominent characters. I would have liked to see Avalanche (because I never did hear the circumstances behind his "resurrection"), but I'm willing to wait.

The absence of Asgard, Balder, and particularly Ares was conspicuous. You wouldn't happen to be planning a special for the Gods, maybe timed around a Thor revival, would you? :hmmm:

I really like that all the teams got roster listings in the fashion of the recent X-Men one, and I'm most pleased with the inclusion of full-body pics for half-page entries, as this was absent in past half-pagers. Also much appreciated was the inclusion of various different costumes for long-lived characters. Finally, I'm glad you included the intro page and the listings for the other A's and appropriate B's from past handbooks.

Looking forward to the rest!


Lia Brown wrote:Jan 28, 2006, 05:02 am

TheMetalMetrosexual wrote:JI would have liked to see Avalanche (because I never did hear the circumstances behind his "resurrection"), but I'm willing to wait.


I would have liked to have seen him too, but he's never been dead or even believed dead.

However, I opted not to buy the issue because he was not in it.


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Jan 28, 2006, 06:05 am

Lia Brown wrote:However, I opted not to buy the issue because he was not in it.


Ah, that's a shame. See, we're dependent on good sales of this 2006 series to ensure we get a 2007 series, when Avalanche will be a great candidate for a new profile.

So if you're favourites aren't in a particular issue, don't let that detract you from picking it up because then you'll be contributing to a hopeful 2007 series. Hopefully we'll be able to poll fandom for suggestions of characters to include as well.


Playmobil wrote:Jan 28, 2006, 08:51 am

The absence of Asgard, Balder, and particularly Ares was conspicuous. You wouldn't happen to be planning a special for the Gods, maybe timed around a Thor revival, would you?
I see a "we can't comment on that" comming.


Chris Day wrote:Feb 6, 2006, 10:23 pm

I'm just wondering... in the Acolytes, are Rakkus and Seamus Mellencamp two different characters? I always assumed that that image of Rakkus was in fact Mellencamp... some information regarding this would be nice...


Eric J. Moreels wrote:Feb 7, 2006, 01:02 am

Chris Day wrote:I'm just wondering... in the Acolytes, are Rakkus and Seamus Mellencamp two different characters? I always assumed that that image of Rakkus was in fact Mellencamp... some information regarding this would be nice...


That's correct... an image of Mellencamp was mistakenly used as the image for Rakkus. Our apologies for any confusion that's arisen because of that.

If it helps, find attached an image of Rakkus you can print out, cut out and paste over the top of the incorrect pic!


Corey Blake wrote:Feb 7, 2006, 02:09 am

I love how hearty and obscure this thing was! Well done to all involved!

As a New Warriors fan, thank you for the inclusion of Aegis and Bandit, which I was not expecting AT ALL! And also, Animus/Hate-Monger. I didn't know about all of the Hulk and Nomad appearances. I haven't read the Atlantis profile yet but that looks good too.

The only thing I would've liked to have seen was a legend/key thing for the power grid levels.

And I'm kind of surprised that Marvel.com doesn't host all of the online content for the Handbook. Not every comic fan is online all the time like us. It just seems like one more way to make things cohesive and official-looking.

But these are minor points. This is a great looking and very informative package.

(Great choice on the pic for Bandit.)


Andy E. Nystrom wrote:Apr 7, 2010, 10:48 pm

List of Changes in hardcovers

Because of the alphabetical placement, everyone in this volume is in Hardcover Volume 1 unless otherwise noted.

Treat “None” as “None significant” below. I ignore typo corrections and minor formatting changes.

Aside from the normal reformatting and the addition of changes info for Arsenic/Old Lace and Bandit, my old lists of changes show definite signs of growing pains, as this was my first attempt at this. Consequently I’ve reworded these more than most to avoid terminology like “tagged” that I never used again (instead using more common terms like "captioned"), to clarify/correct a few points, and also to reflect the greater weight on captions than my first go had.

Abraxas
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Abyss
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Final History paragraph. New line added to end of Abilities/Accessories. Speed on Power Grid revised.
Graphic Changes: None.

Achebe
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: New captioned secondary illo.

Acolytes
Page Count: unchanged at 3
Text Changes: Final History sentence replaced with new one, and then new paragraph added.
Graphic Changes: For Headshots: A largely expanded Abilities replaces Powers; Joanna Cargill listed as Frenzy (with Cargill first appearance omitted), new illo of Vindaloo, Random & Tempo added, black bars removed

Aegis
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: final History sentence removed, then new paragraph added
Graphic Changes: New secondary illo.

Aged Genghis
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: New illo of diary

Agent
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Known relatives revised. New paragraph added to end of History
Graphic Changes: None

Agent X
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Last paragraph in History greatly expanded
Graphic Changes: Old secondary illo removed, two new captioned secondary illos added

Akhenaten
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Albert/Elsie-Dee
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Albion
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: Old illo removed; new main illo and 2 new secondary illos

Alkhema
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Alpha the Ultimate Mutant
Page Count: unchanged at ½
Text Changes: New sentence added to Abilities/Accessories. Power Grid now Power Numbers
Graphic Changes: None

Americop
Page Count: increased from ½ to 1
Text Changes: Old History paragraph slightly expanded, then new paragraph added, Abilties/Accessories greatly expanded. Strength on power Grid revised
Graphic Changes: 2 new secondary illos (1 captioned)

Amphibion
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: new secondary illo added

Anachronauts
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Anarchist
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Occupation revised. History greatly expanded. Durability on Power Grid revised.
Graphic Changes: Main illo reversed, 2 new secondary illo added

Angel
Hardcover Volume: 11
Now Listed As: Tempest
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Vital Statistics revused. History and AbiliteséAccessories greatly revised/expanded. Speed and Energy Projection on Power Grid revisedé
Graphic Changes: Old illo now captioned secondary illo. New main illo and 2 new secondary illos

Animus
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Anti-Cap
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: New secondary illo added

Apache Kid
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Arabian Knight
Now Listed As: Arabian Knight (Qamar)
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Energy Projection on Power Grid revised
Graphic Changes: New secondary illo added

Arides
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: 1 secondary illo a lot larger

Arranger
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Arsenal
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Arsenic/Old Lace
Split Into: Old Lace, Gertrude Yorkes
Hardcover Volume: 8 (Old Lace), 13 (Yorkes)
Page Count: Originally 1, now ½ (Old Lace), 1 (Yorkes)
Text Changes: Old Lace: Vital Statistics beyond First Appearance added, History and Abilities/Accessories completely rewritten/expanded, Power Grid converted to Power Numbers, with Intelligence revised. Yorkes: Alises revised. Final History sentence revised, then final paragraph greatly expanded. Abililites/Accessories revised
Graphic Changes: Old Lace: New main illo (old one removed, but see Yorkes). Yorkes: newmain illo (old one now captioned secondary)

Asbestos Lady
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: New secondary illo

Ashcan
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: New Note below Abilities/Accessories
Graphic Changes: New secondary illo

Atlantis
Page Count: Increased from 2 to 5
Text Changes: History substantially revised, First Appearance added, text only list of first appearances of lesser Atlanteans added
Graphic Changes: 1 illo captioned, 1 removed, 2 added; 42 new headshots with Deceased (if applicable), Occupation, First Appearance added

Atlas
Page Count: Increased from 3 to 4
Text Changes: Vital Statistics a bit rewritten, History expanded at end, Abilities/Accessories expanded
Graphic Changes: 5 new secondary illos (3 captioned), Smuggler illo more detailed

Atleza
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Aurora
Page Count: unchanged at 2
Text Changes: Last sentence of History replaced with new sentence plus new paragraph, Abilities/Accessories rewritten/abridged
Graphic Changes: New main illo (old one now secondary); 3 new secondary illos (1 captioned)

Authority
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: New secondary illo

Avengers (MC2)
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Current and Former Members added; History has new large final paragraph
Graphic Changes: Caption removed from main illo. Headshots: Black bars and Powers removed. Jubilee removed, Sabreclaw and Warp added

Awesome Andy
Page Count: Increased from 1 to 2
Now Listed As: Awesome Android
Text Changes: Vital Statistics revised, History and Abilities/Accessories completely rewritten/expanded. Power Grid revised
Graphic Changes: New main illo (old one now secondary)

Avengers (MC2)
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Current and Former Members added; History has new large final paragraph
Graphic Changes: Caption removed from main illo. Headshots: Black bars and Powers removed. Jubilee removed, Sabreclaw and Warp added

Axis Mundi
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: Headshots: Abilities added, black bars removed

Amun
Page Count: unchanged at ½
Text Changes: History expanded. Power Grid replaced with Power Numbers
Graphic Changes: None

Batwing
Page Count: Increased from ½ to 1
Text Changes: History mostly revised/expanded. Abilities/Accessories completely rewritten/expanded
Graphic Changes: 2 new secondary illos (1 captioned)

Axum
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: New captioned secondary illo

Ba’al
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text/Graphic Changes: None

Sunset Bain
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: Final History paragraph split in 2, and second half revised
Graphic Changes: Secondary illo now captioned.

Band of the Bland
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: New captioned secondary illo

Bandit
Hardcover Volume: 8
Now Listed As: Night Thrasher (Donyell Taylor)
Page Count: Increased from 1 to 2
Text Changes: Vital Statistics revised. History and Abilities/Accessories completely rewritten/expanded.
Graphic Changes: New main illo (old one now captioned secondary); 3 new secondary illos (2 captioned)

Banshee
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: new sentence at end of History
Graphic Changes: All old illos now captioned; new captioned secondary illo

Baron Mordo
Page Count: unchanged at 3
Text Changes: History a little revised
Graphic Changes: None

Baron Strucker
Page Count: unchanged at 3
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: 1 secondary illo less cropped

Baron Zemo
Page Count: Increased from 1 to 3
Now Listed As: Baron Zemo (Helmut)
Text Changes: Vital Statistics and History revised/expanded, Distinguishing Features removed, Abilities/Accessories revised
Graphic Changes: New main illo (old one removed); old secondary illos now captioned; 3 new captioned secondary illos

Baroness
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: None
Graphic Changes: 2 new secondary illos

Bastion
Page Count: unchanged at 1
Text Changes: First Appearance expanded
Graphic Changes: None

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