Marvel Snap adds full creator credits to all card art

Colossus Marvel Snap card art with credits
Colossus Marvel Snap card art with credits (Image credit: Second Dinner)

It may seem like a simple idea, but the importance of crediting all the people who work on a comic book - especially creators such as inkers, colorists, letterers, and often even editors - is still a growing concern for the comic book industry.

In that vein, starting on January 10, the digital cards of the digital collectible card game Marvel Snap will feature the full artistic credits for the art on the card, as announced on Twitter by Marvel Snap senior producer Nicki Broderick.

"So excited to share our updated artist credits in Marvel Snap!" reads Broderick's tweet. "The team worked super hard on this and I’m stoked it’s finally live." 

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Broderick's announcement includes an example of how fans can view the full artistic credits for a given card, using two shots of the card for Colossus of the X-Men as an example.

Now, when Marvel Snap collectors tap the character's nameplate, they're shown the credits above the image itself as it appears on the card. In the case of Colossus, that means penciler Dave Wilkins, inker Jomaro Kindred, and colorist Ryan Kinnaird are all credited directly above the art alongside emblems denoting what role each artist played in the creation of the image.

The idea of crediting creators at all was an addition to the comic industry in the '50s and '60s, driven in part by then Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Stan Lee's use of creative nicknames and apocryphal anecdotes in his Stan's Soapbox column to play up Marvel creators as personalities to be followed alongside the actual characters whose adventures they were responsible for creating.

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George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)