Marvel Comics has announced today that it will be developing a new project in conjunction with critically acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. The as-of-yet unnamed title, currently under development by both Gaiman and Editor in Chief Joe Quesada and scheduled for a 2002 release, will mark the first time in seven years that the writer and comics' publisher have worked together.
"I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with Joe Quesada and Marvel," says Gaiman. "The Marvel characters have been part of my life for over 30 years, and the opportunity to play in the sandbox that Stan [Lee] and Jack [Kirby] gave us back then is one I find exciting and faintly scary."
Aside from just co-developing the project, Marvel will donate all its profits to Gaiman's Marvels and Miracles, LLC an entity created to help clarify the rather nebulous legal rights surrounding the MIRACLEMAN property.
"I am particularly pleased that Marvel has agreed to donate all their profits from this project to the Marvels and Miracles enterprise, which I formed initially to help clarify the rights to the much-missed MIRACLEMAN, so that ultimately old and new stories can again be put into the hands of MIRACLEMAN readers," says Gaiman. "Once those rights have become clear, I plan to dedicate all of the profits which any MIRACLEMAN publishing might generate, beyond those needed to make sure that the original creators are being properly paid, to comics-related charitable organizations."
Marvel President and COO Bill Jemas adds, "With strong television and movie credits and a bona-fide best-selling novel, Neil is in a position to pick and choose his projects in virtually any media. So it is wonderful that he continues to work with comics and great for Marvel fans that he will be working with us. We were enormously pleased that Neil was receptive to doing a project with Marvel when we first approached him. And given Neil's dedication to our industry, when Ken Levin, who's handling the Marvels and Miracles enterprise for Neil, asked Marvel for an assist with that effort, we were very happy to help."