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HEROES CON 2015 PAYS HOMAGE TO SECRET WARS (1984) #8 WITH NEW SECRET WARS COVER (2015) #1 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:00:06 +0000 30 years ago my friend and long time comic art collaborator, Mike Zeck and I were asked by then Marvel Comics EIC, Jim Shooter to jump off the artwork on Captain America and take on a new 12 issue series that he [ Shooter ] was writing.

Mike and I both were enjoying our run on Cap and it was hard to leave him, but in the end we took a chance on this “new” project. The idea was to use most of the Marvel Universe characters to develop a story of epic proportions.


Beyond the success of the series, probably in my opinion and many others, the most exciting thing to happen was the re-design of Spider-Man’s costume from blue and red to “black” by Zeck. This new look appeared first in issue #8, which has now become a highly collectable issue of the series.

Secret Wars #8 (1984) Marvel Comics

Over the years, and now decades, both Mike and I have heard from many fans that Secret Wars either got them back to reading comics or got them started reading comics.

It’s nice to hear that something I had the luck to work on has lived this long and built a legacy in the world of comic book culture.

So much has Secret Wars held it’s place in history, Marvel is using the “title” to re-launch their 2015 books.

Read About: Secret Wars 2015

Replay the live press conference announcing Secret Wars 2015 – From

And now, this:
Secret Wars #8 Homage by: Mike Zeck and John Beatty for HeroesCon 2015
Friend and owner of both the comic shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find and the convention, Heroes Con, Shelton Drum approached Mike about having us redo our cover to the 1984 Secret Wars cover for the launch of the 2015 Secret Wars #1.

Over the years, the look of most, if not all characters have changed, so it was new territory for both Mike and I to work on these new characters appearing on the cover above.

The book is a HeroesCon exclusive and only available thru the store or at the show this year!

Mike Zeck and myself will both be guests’ at Heroes Con this year and will probably be kept very busy signing this “new” book.

We will also be signing our original run on Secret Wars, among other series we’ve done together, which include, Captain America, The Punisher Mini-Series and The Punisher Graphic Novel -“Return to Big Nothing”, among many other smaller projects, such as cover art done in the 80’s for various comic books.

The Heroes Con dates are June 19-20-21, 2015

Thanks everyone who made this cover possible, especially Mike Zeck, Shelton Drum and Marvel Comics!

*Post Notes*

- Link to original Secret Wars #8: SECRET WARS (1984) #8 – MARVEL.COM

- Color credit on new cover: Rico Renzi

- Heroes Online Blog: Making of the variant cover

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