Weirdworld

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Weirdworld
Cover to Marvel Premiere #38 (October 1977)
Art by Dave Cockrum and Rudy Nebres
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Creative team
Created by Doug Moench
Mike Ploog

"Weirdworld" was a fantasy series created by Doug Moench and Mike Ploog for American company Marvel Comics, set in a dimension of magic. A comic book series titled Weirdworld debuted in 2015 as a tie-in to the Secret Wars storyline, followed by a six issue series as a part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel branding.

Publication history[edit]

1970s and 1980s appearances[edit]

"Weirdworld" debuted in the first issue of the black-and-white magazine Marvel Super Action.[1][2] It then was featured in the color comic book Marvel Premiere #38 (Oct. 1977).[3][4] In late 1977 or early 1978, co-creator Ploog left Marvel in a contract dispute while in the midst of drawing a 60-page "Weirdworld" story, written by Moench, that the company had planned to publish as one of its Marvel Comics Super Special series of one-shots. Ploog recalled in 1998 he had "a disagreement with [editor-in-chief] Jim Shooter. I had moved to a farm in Minnesota, and agreed to do a hand-colored 'Weirdworld' story. Marvel backed out of the deal after I had started. I can't remember the details, but it doesn't matter. I think I was ready to move on. Marvel and I were both changing."[5] Rick Marschall, the story's editor, said in 1978 that Ploog had been given four months to complete the art, and when it became evident the deadline would not be met, arranged to publish the story in two 30-page installments, giving Ploog two more months. Ploog sent Marvel photocopies of the first 31 pages, and was paid for them. During this time, Marvel had given work-for-hire contracts to its freelancers, many of whom, including Ploog refused to sign, resulting in cessation of work for Marvel. Ploog "took himself off the project," said Marschall, and retained his original artwork.[6] Moench's script was eventually published as a 106-page story illustrated by penciler John Buscema, inker Rudy Nebres, and airbrush colorist Peter Ledger as the three-part "Warriors of the Shadow Realm" in Marvel Super Special #11–13 (Spring–Fall 1979).[7][8][9] Additional Weirdworld stories were published in several issues of Epic Illustrated in 1981 and 1982.[10][11][12][13]

Ploog returned to draw the first part of a "Weirdworld" trilogy, in Marvel Fanfare #24 (Jan. 1986),[14] with Pat Broderick penciling the two subsequent issues.[15][16]

Characters[edit]

The protagonists were the Elves Tyndall[17] and Velanna,[18] both from the floating ring-shaped island of Klarn, and an irascible Dwarf dubbed Mud-Butt because he tended to land on his backside in a quarrel.

Weirdworld (2015)[edit]

As part of the 2015 Secret Wars storyline, a miniseries titled Weirdworld starring Arkon was released in June 2015 which featured other characters like Morgan le Fay, Skull the Slayer, a variation of Jennifer Kale that is Queen of Weirdworld's Man-Things, and characters from The Saga of Crystar. Weirdworld is featured on the map of the storyline's version of Battleworld as a floating island composed of fragments from many alternate reality magical realms like Polemachus, Crystalium, and Klarn. By the end of the miniseries, Weirdworld manifested on Earth-616 in the Bermuda Triangle.[19]

Weirdworld vol. 2[edit]

In August 2015, it was announced that Weirdworld will remain part of the Marvel Universe post-Secret Wars and will be the new setting of a new volume of Weirdworld.[20]

Rebecca "Becca" Rodriguez was an American teenager who was flying from the United States of America to Mexico on board Flight 789. While traveling through the Bermuda Triangle, the Boeing 747 crashed into Weirdworld where its surviving occupants were rescued by Arkon. Rebecca encountered the Ogeode who stated that he caused the plane to crash with the artifact called the Wuxian Seed. Ogeode was then killed by Goleta the Wizardslayer and the Wuxian Seed falling into Rebecca's possession. Alone in Weirdworld, Rebecca agreed to become Goleta's squire and the two set off together unknowingly being tracked by the Catbeast that had emerged from Ogeode's corpse.[21] While traveling around Weirdworld, Rebecca and Goleta are startled by the Catbeast's sudden appearance and drove off the road. Upon reaching safety, the Catbeast caught up to them and revealed himself to be Ogeode. This forces Becca to step between him and Goleta's axe lest he be killed again before he could send her back to Earth. Ogeode's Catbeast form then explains to get Rebecca back to Earth, they need to travel across the Fang Mountains to retrieve a spare wizard body.[22] Rebecca met Eta the Watcher who urged her not to go to the Fang Mountains or else it would bring a full scale war to all of Weirdworld.[23]

Other appearances[edit]

Weirdworld is also the setting for a new series starring Dane Whitman, the Black Knight.[24] Black Knight fled to Weirdworld after using the Ebony Blade to kill Carnivore.[25] Upon arriving on Weirdworld, he killed King Zaltin Tar to establish New Avalon and built an army with the help of Shield and Spear. Black Knight has the army built in anticipation of the arrival of the Avengers Unity Division who are seeking to bring him to justice.[26]

Collected editions[edit]

  • Weirdworld collects Marvel Premiere #38, Marvel Super Action #1, Marvel Fanfare #24-26, Marvel Super Special #11-13, and Epic Illustrated #9, 11-13, 312 pages, April 2015, ISBN 978-0785162889

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 174. ISBN 978-0756641238. In the tradition of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, the prolific writer Doug Moench and artist Mike Ploog created 'Weirdworld'. 
  2. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Ploog, Mike (p), Ploog, Mike (i). "An Ugly Mirror on Weirdworld" Marvel Super Action 1 (January 1976)
  3. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Ploog, Mike; Niño, Alex (p), Niño, Alex (i). "The Lord of Tyndall's Quest" Marvel Premiere 38 (October 1977)
  4. ^ Brennaman, Chris (April 2014). "Marvel Premiere". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (71): 27–28. 
  5. ^ Cooke, Jon B. (Summer 1998). "The Man Called Ploog: Bronco-busting to Eisner to Frankenstein". Comic Book Artist. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (2). Archived from the original on February 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ploog & Kirby Quit Marvel Over Contract Dispute". The Comics Journal. Fantagraphics Books (44): 11. January 1979. 
  7. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Buscema, John (p), Nebres, Rudy (i). "Part the First" Marvel Super Special 11 (Spring 1979)
  8. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Buscema, John (p), Nebres, Rudy (i). "Part the Second: The Darklens Gems" Marvel Super Special 12 (Summer 1979)
  9. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Buscema, John (p), Nebres, Rudy (i). "Part the Third: The Soul Shrine" Marvel Super Special 13 (Fall 1979)
  10. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Buscema, John (p), Severin, Marie (i). "The Dragonmaster of Klarn: A Game the Gods Play" Epic Illustrated 9 (December 1981)
  11. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Buscema, John (p), Severin, Marie (i). "The Dragonmaster Of Klarn: Journey to Skyhook Mountain (Part 2)" Epic Illustrated 11 (April 1982)
  12. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Buscema, John (p), Severin, Marie (i). "The Dragonmaster Of Klarn: The Dark Stratagem (Part 3)" Epic Illustrated 12 (June 1982)
  13. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Buscema, John (p), Severin, Marie (i). "The Dragonmaster Of Klarn: Conjurations of Crystal (Part 4)" Epic Illustrated 13 (August 1982)
  14. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Ploog, Mike (p), Russell, P. Craig (i). "The Were-Men of Lord Raven!" Marvel Fanfare 24 (January 1986)
  15. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Broderick, Pat (p), Breeding, Brett (i). "Raven's Dark Sorcery" Marvel Fanfare 25 (March 1986)
  16. ^ Moench, Doug (w), Broderick, Pat (p), Akin, Ian; Garvey, Brian (i). "The Goblin Spree" Marvel Fanfare 26 (May 1986)
  17. ^ Christiansen, Jeff (November 26, 2006). "Tyndall of Klarn". Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. 
  18. ^ Christiansen, Jeff (November 26, 2006). "Velanna". Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ Truitt, Brian (March 3, 2015). "Weirdworld brings strange to Secret Wars". USA Today. Archived from the original on October 12, 2015. 
  20. ^ Spry, Jeff (September 3, 2015). "Marvel's Secret Wars spinoff Weirdworld scores an All-New, All Different series". Blastr. Archived from the original on September 27, 2015. 
  21. ^ Humphries, Sam (w), del Mundo, Mike (p), del Mundo, Mike (i). "Where the Lost Can Be Found" Weirdworld v2, 1 (February 2016)
  22. ^ Humphries, Sam (w), del Mundo, Mike (p), del Mundo, Mike (i). "Belly of the Catbeast" Weirdworld v2, 2 (March 2016)
  23. ^ Humphries, Sam (w), del Mundo, Mike (p), del Mundo, Mike (i). "In the Forge of the Grand Mechanic" Weirdworld v2, 3 (April 2016)
  24. ^ Arrant, Chris (July 31, 2015). "Black Knight Returns In All-New All-Different Marvel Series". Newsarama. Archived from the original on September 27, 2015. 
  25. ^ Tieri, Frank (w), Pizzari, Luca (p), Pizzari, Luca (i). "Dark Knight Part One" Black Knight v4, 1 (January 2016)
  26. ^ Tieri, Frank (w), Pizzari, Luca (p), Pizzari, Luca (i). "Dark Knight Part Two" Black Knight v4, 2 (February 2016)

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