â€œIâ€™m proud to announce that after an exhausting and grueling hunt, Marvel Comics has captured the rare and elusive Ed McGuinness,â€ says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. â€œWe promise that his cage will be a comfortable one, that he will receive three square meals a day, and most importantly, that he will get to work on some of the greatest comic book characters ever created.â€
Marvel Comics took the fan world by storm when they reported that ultra-fan favorite artist Ed McGuinness had agreed to sign an exclusive contract with them. McGuinness, well-known for his unique pencils on DEADPOOL, INCREDIBLE HULK, SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, MR. MAJESTIC, and THUNDERCATS, is thrilled beyond reason by the turn of events.
â€œI am extremely excited about the whole thing,â€ says the artist. â€œItâ€™s going to be the creative shot in the arm I’ve been yearning for. The characters are the best …and itâ€™s going to be so fun to play with all these new toys.â€
â€œI grew up a Marvel zombie!â€
McGuinnessâ€™ star has risen swiftly in the past few years, resulting in much critical acclaim, a healthy fan-following and even his own line of action figures.
One of the perks of the artistâ€™s new gig at the House of Ideas is the chance to be reunited with his SUPERMAN comrade-in-arms, Jeph Loeb (himself a recent Marvel exclusive creator). The duo will be jumping right into a super-secret but soon-to-be-announced Marvel project.
â€œJeph is a great writer but more importantly a friend and a partner,â€ remarks McGuinness. â€œI wouldnâ€™t be where I am today without his caring guidance and willingness to put up with a lunk like meâ€¦lol.â€
â€œHe makes the job I have to do fun. He listens to input and writes what he thinks will get the best out of my abilities. He’s the best in the biz for a reason…as far as possible projects with him…the bigger the better.â€
When asked which Marvel creations might best suit said abilities, McGuinness ponders the question. â€œThe Hulk comes to mind first. There are so many that I want to do though
that Jeph might just have to write a book called “The Marvel Universe” to satisfy my appetite for these characters!â€
Though the future is bright, the artist is also very cognizant of his past output and what it means to him and his fans. â€œThe work that I am the most proud of is my first run on SUPERMAN/BATMAN. Those six issues where so fun and the deadlines weren’t as constrictive as they were as the series went on. I remember getting my comps for the trade, looking at them, and calling Jeph to thank him for such a good time. It was the first time (and hopefully not the last) that I’ve looked at my work and thought, â€˜thatâ€™s a cool comicâ€™â€.