The Super Hero’s Journey Is a Love Letter to Silver Age Marvel

The Super Hero’s Journey is a new graphic novel that serves as a true love letter to the classic Marvel Comics stories of the 1960’s. It uses artwork from that era to tell a brand new story about the power of hope and the need for human connection.

With The Super Hero’s Journey now in stores, IGN can exclusively debut a new preview of the book. Check it out in the slideshow gallery below:

The Super Hero’s Journey: Graphic Novel Preview

The Super Hero’s Journey is created by Patrick McDonnell, best known for the syndicated comic strip Mutts. The book features classic artwork from notable Marvel artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, and Vince Colletta. The book is published by Abrams ComicArts in association with Marvel Comics.

Here’s the official description for The Super Hero’s Journey:

We begin with the Watcher—a being who exists outside the planes of space and time, who sees every moment that has happened, will happen, or is happening throughout the cosmos—as he observes Earth and the inner burdens of the Marvel Super Heroes. As the Watcher observes the villainous plans of Doctor Doom, who is harnessing the power of the Negative Zone and slowly spreading its negativity across our planet and destroying the human spirit, Mr. Fantastic is led on a meta journey that takes him through the pages of classic comic books and across scenes familiar and unexpected. Ultimately, our heroes discover a Zen solution in an unexpected fashion—one that aligns this book with the inspiring messages of McDonnell’s other beloved and award-winning books—leaving readers with a renewed sense of love, hope, and redemption.

“The Super Hero’s Journey is my graphic novel love letter to the groundbreaking Silver Age Marvel Comics and their brilliant creators,” McDonnell tells IGN. “Working with the legendary characters and artists that helped shape my life was a dream come true. My goal was to capture the magic, fun and cosmic energy of that timeless work, and recreate the joy and wonder I had as a child discovering the Marvel Universe. This book is a mashup of my art, combined with the classic panels and pages of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Together, it tells a new story in a new way, a story of the inner journey of finding the super being inside us all.”

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Abrams and Marvel previously collaborated on 2022’s Fantastic Four: Full Circle. That graphic novel wound up being nominated for our Best Comic Book or Original Graphic Novel of 2022 award.

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