The iconic Japanese superhero Ultraman has resurged in the Marvel universe, with the final cover art of the first comic book issue, illustrated by the American comic book Artist Alex Ross, unveiled.
"The Rise of Ultraman" is the first collaboration between Tsuburaya Productions Co. and Marvel Entertainment LLC, which was announced during the Tokyo Comic Con 2019 in late November.
The series will be written by the American comic book writer and film director Kyle Higgins (Winter Soldier), and Australian writer Matt Groom (Self/Made), while the art will be produced by artists Francesco Manna (Avengers, Fantastic Four), Gurihiru (The Unstoppable Wasp), and Michael Cho (Captain America) to collectively expand on the current Ultraman multiverse.
“Across the globe, Ultraman is as iconic and well-recognized a character as Spider-Man or Iron Man, so when the opportunity arose for us to introduce his mythos to a new generation, as seen through the Marvel lens, we didn’t take that responsibility lightly,” said Marvel’s executive editor Tom Brevoort.
“For fans of the classic 1966 series, there’ll be plenty of Easter eggs that you’ll recognize. But for those who’ve never experienced an Ultraman story before, this series will start at square one—launching an epic showdown fit for the modern age,” Brevoort added.
The Ultraman series, which was created by Japanese special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya, first premiered on Japanese television in 1966. Although the original series ran for less than a year, there have been multiple iterations of the franchise.