Marvel Scores Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for Marvel #1000 Anthology

Marvel is really upping their game when it comes to bringing in creators for its August extravaganza. Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the latest name teased by the publisher, alongside writer Raymond Obstfeld and artist Mattia De Iulis. So what’s this all about?

Last week, Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski announced plans to sell a million issues of a single comic, referencing the last time Marvel did that with the launch of Star Wars #1. And when new comics hit stores on Wednesday, featuring teaser adds for creative teams that included the return of some big names to Marvel, Bleeding Cool told you that this was all for Marvel Comics #1000, Marvel’s attempt to replicate the success of books from the Distinguished Competition such as Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000, anthologies featuring creative teams working on short stories as small as a single page. Is it enough star power to drive sales of a million issues?

Andul-Jabbar and Obstefeld have teamed up before for the 2017 Mycroft Holmes mini-series published by Titan Comics. You may recognize De Iulis from Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Blind Spot digital original with writer Kelly Thompson.

If you want to look through them yourself, you can see a full listing of all the tweets we’ve found so far, though we’ll continue to break out any we find particularly surprising (or likely to garner clicks) as we continue to parse them. To read all about this ongoing story, follow our Marvel August Visitors tag page.

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