Marvel Music

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Marvel Music was a short-lived Marvel Comics imprint published from 1994–1995.[2][1]

Marvel Music
Marvel Music imprint logo.png
Parent company Marvel Comics
Status Discontinued (1995)
Founded 1994
Founder Terry Stewart
Headquarters location New York City
Key people
  • Mort Todd (Editor)
  • Karl Bollers
  • (assistant editor)[1]
Publication types Comics
Fiction genres Rock and roll


Marvel had previous done some music based comics. The premiere issue of Marvel Comics Super Special, dated simply 1977, featured the rock band Kiss in a 40-page fictional adventure written by Steve Gerber, penciled by John Romita Jr., Alan Weiss, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, and Sal Buscema, which saw the quartet battling Marvel supervillains Mephisto and Doctor Doom.[3] Issue 50 of Marvel Premiere (stand date of October 1979) featured a story, "From the Inside", with Alice Cooper.[1]

Marvel looking in 1979 for inventive ideas to increase sales came up with a singing super hero character. The character would star in a comic book while simultaneously being a real life singer, similar to Archie Comic's Archies band with its “Sugar, Sugar” pop hit. With Kiss at Casablanca Records and Marvel having done the Kiss comics, Marvel approached Casablanca about the project. The Dazzler character was created primarily by Jim Shooter, Tom DeFalco and artist John Romita Jr. as a disco singer with sound to light power thus working with her music. After some writing was done, the comic book was the only part of the multi-media project left standing.[4]

Neil Gaiman in 1991 was approached by Epic Records on Cooper's behalf to design a "concept record". Gaiman, recalling the Marvel Premiere with Cooper agreed. This record, The Last Temptation was released in 1994. Revolutionary Comics had Rock 'N' Roll Comics series that put out unauthorized-biography of musicians and bands, over which the company was sued at least twice. But the series did sell as in 1991 such that Comics Value Monthly stated they were “‘the hottest book in recent years that is not a super-hero/science fiction or comedy title.” [1]


Marvel President Terry Stewart was looking to expand Marvel beyond the usual superhero fare, "Bible comics, kids comics, comics geared towards girls" were considered. Stewart went with music doing two test runs in 1990 with Cheap Trick: Busted and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E: Coming to Yaa. With the Rock 'N' Roll Comics series statement by Comics Value Monthly in 1991 and the successful test runs, Stewart decided to go ahead with Marvel Music. Then he hired[1] Editor Mort Todd as the imprint's first and only editor.[2] The imprint was launched with Alice Cooper's "The Last Temptation" in June 1994 after Marvel approach Cooper and Gaiman.[2]

Todd check with the marketing department and found that they did not market the graphic novel well, as the original plan was to have the bands sell them at their shows, thus the imprint was not making money. The one exception to that plan Marty Stuart: Marty Party In Space as Stuart had sold his comics at his concerts and was one of the top selling book. Another top seller was Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge. He was infuriated that he let his contract lapse. With Marvel heading into bankruptcy, the imprint was discontinued in 1995.[1]


These comics featured the life stories of famous musicians and bands, while some were album-oriented mini-dramas, drawn song lyrics or superhero fantasies. All of these comics were made with the band or singers input.[2] The imprint used the square, bound graphic novels as they were consider better price points for bookstores.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Grossman, David (March 12, 2014). "Marvel Music's Strange, Brief, and Totally Doomed Rock-Comics Revolution". Spin Magazine. SpinMusic. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Considine, J.D. (July 10, 1994). "Comics That Rock -- It's Not The New Music Video - Yet - But The Comic Book Has Become A Hot Marketing Tool For Top Names In Rock,". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  3. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 180. ISBN 978-0756641238. Marvel Super Special #1 featured the rock band Kiss as super heroes battling Mephisto and Doctor Doom, aided by the Avengers, the Defenders, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four.
  4. ^ Cronin, Brian (June 24, 2017). "Get to Know Dazzler Before Her Debut in X-Men: Dark Phoenix". CBR. Retrieved November 16, 2017.

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