"The Secret Origin of Mystery Men: About two or three years ago, during one of Marvel's infamous editorial retreats, we discussed what sort of genres, characters and books we weren't currently publishing. As a longtime fan of pulp and noir, I started imagining what sort of spin the House of Ideas would have put on characters from the '30s. But to make this truly special-to make this count-to give back to the 'toy box' that we often take so much from, we had to set this fedora-deep in established Marvel U continuity.
After bouncing the idea off my sensei Tom Brevoort, I called up award-winning historical fiction novelist David Liss, who I had recently invited to join Marvel to write a Phantom Reporter one-shot (which was part of our Timely salute). After tons of brainstorming, we then reached out to the awesome Patrick Zircher, who blew us completely away with his character designs. The Mystery Men lived!
Now readers are invited to explore the mean streets of 1930s Manhattan to meet the first generation of urban costumed vigilantes! David and Patrick have hidden Marvel U Easter Eggs throughout the story, but they've also crafted a completely new-reader-friendly story that welcomes all those who just dig pulp, noir and super heroes.
This one has it all: A twisted murder mystery, beautiful architecture & clothes & cars, tough guys & daring dames & femme fatales, trail blazing costumed hi-jinks, a chilling conspiracy, some of the best writing & art this (or any year), a real impact on continuity...and zeppelins!
Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/06/07/mystery-men-marvel-preview-liss-zircher/#ixzz1OizDwCGA"
Annnndddd.... I think I have a new favourite comic.