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Learn How to Create Comics the Marvel Way in new revival of the classic guide

How to Create Comics the Marvel Way
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

30-year veteran Mark Waid has worn pretty much every hat a creator in comic books can wear, and he's worn them at almost all of the industry's major publishers (and some not-so-major ones too). 

Now he's putting on his Marvel hat for How to Create Comics the Marvel Way, a new collaboration between the comics publisher and Simon & Schuster that aims to provide an all-new inside look at the unique Marvel storytelling methodology behind its success and the industry's current approach to producing comic books.

Featuring an original cover by Humberto Ramos, the instructional guide goes on sale July 5, 2022, and according to Marvel features its characters through every stage of the production process - from pencil roughs to inks, to colors, to modern advances in digital/desktop technology.

Drawing from his own experiences, Waid not only goes under the hood of the technical side of comics creation but also teaches the "Marvel Method," its signature approach to graphic fiction, which Marvel calls a "masterclass that can be enjoyed by aspiring comics creators and new Marvel readers alike."

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

"Putting a book like this together is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and it's thrilling," says Waid in the book's announcement. "My goal was to write the kind of how-to I wish I'd had when I first started out. No matter what discipline is calling to you - writing, art, coloring, lettering, or all of the above - you'll come away from How to Create Comics the Marvel Way with the tools and guidance you'll need to bring your favorite heroes and villains to life on the page."

The new How to Create Comics the Marvel Way is the second iteration of the guide. In 1984 Marvel legend Stan Lee and artist John Buscema co-created the original iconic version

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I'm not just the Newsarama founder and editor-in-chief, I'm also a reader. And that reference is just a little bit older than the beginning of my Newsarama journey. I founded what would become the comic book news site in 1996, and except for a brief sojourn at Marvel Comics as its marketing and communications manager in 2003, I've been writing about new comic book titles, creative changes, and occasionally offering my perspective on important industry events and developments for the 25 years since. Despite many changes to Newsarama, my passion for the medium of comic books and the characters makes the last quarter-century (it's crazy to see that in writing) time spent doing what I love most.