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by Icefanatic
As we near the 20th anniversary of the 'The Sentry Hoax' - Not to be confused with the first issue of the first Sentry comic, which hit stands almost a year later in July of 2000, I thought I would take a break from our ConspiraXcy - For Whom Eva Bell Tolls thread and take a look back at Marvels other massive conspiracy/hoax.

The Idea

It all started with writer Rick Veitch and artist Paul Jenkins(the following excerpts and art taken from

Paul and I were old buds, having met while he was at Mirage Studios. We worked closely together on BRAT PACK and THE MAXIMORTAL at Tundra. Paul was focused mostly on production and editing back in those days but clearly had potential as a writer. He and I had often discussed a story he wanted to develop concerning an over-the-hill guy, struggling with addiction, who had a tight relationship with his dog. Paul was trying to come up with a way to show the character’s addiction problem as a manifestation of the unconscious. At one point, if I remember correctly, Paul pitched a horror version of this plot to Steve Bissette for TABOO, although nothing came of it.
It was in the late 1990’s that Paul and I came together to try and develop it into a superhero pitch for Marvel. At the time Paul Jenkins and I came together to work up THE SENTRY concept, Marvel Comics was a financial mess. Sales were lousy with the exception of the Marvel Knights line; a side imprint produced outside the Marvel offices by Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palomatti.

Paul had a good connection to Quesada and the plan was to create a brand new character we would pitch to Joe and Jimmy for the Marvel Knights line. Paul saw the character as a guardian type, with a watchtower. We tossed around possible names and initially hit on THE CENTURION which seemed a bit clunky. It was Paul who boiled CENTURION down to SENTRY which sounded so good we couldn’t believe it wasn’t already taken.

What I brought to the table was the retro angle. I’d been involved in two major retro projects (1963 and SUPREME) in which Alan Moore and I had developed a sort of “deadpan” approach to the genre. Then and now, most retro stories you see tend to be over-exaggerated. The dumbness is caricatured; played for laughs in both the writing and art. Alan and I believed such an approach was to be avoided.

It was this close-as-you-can-get-it mimicry approach that I wanted to bring to SENTRY, creating a false history of the character with versions going back to Timely Comics in the 1940’s. Paul liked the idea but wondered how we could explain the character’s absence in sixty years of company continuity. That’s when the light bulb went on. I’m quite sure it was my suggestion that something so horrible happened to THE SENTRY that all memory of the event, and SENTRY himself, had to be wiped out, probably by some Marvel character on the scale of THE WATCHER. Right there Paul and I knew we had it; SENTRY’s quest for a return of his memories and powers, a solution for his absence in Marvel continuity, and motivation for an attack by his own unconscious.

We quickly ran through some of the other Marvel characters, plotting out how they would figure in to a mass amnesia. Most would have their memories erased, but some, like THE HULK, wouldn’t. And a few, like REED RICHARDS and DOCTOR DOOM, would be smart enough to figure out what happened. As Paul and I gleefully riffed on how we would depict THE SENTRY through the various decades, we realized we couldn’t use the names of any real artists or writers. The crux of our scheme was that the character had been around for sixty years, but it wouldn’t be fair to say he’d been written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby, John Romita, Neal Addams, Jim Starlin, Frank Miller or Rob Leifeld. So we decided to create our own nom de plumes.

I’d been playing around with an anagram program on my computer and come up with a variation of my own name that I liked: CHICK RIVET. Paul quickly anagrammed his name and decided he’d be JUAN PINKLES.

The addition of our literary doubles implied how SENTRY had not only been forgotten within Marvel continuity, but by the real world as well. Paul wrote an outline and I did the concept art you’ve been seeing here. We were both excited; Paul was going to get to do his “What if SUPERMAN was real?” bit and I was going to get to play in the Marvel sandbox of characters (and art styles) that had heavily influenced me growing up.

We knew our idea asked a lot of Marvel continuity, but the company was on the skids and that is often the best time to pitch something revolutionary. The Marvel Knights line was proof of that.

Paul set up a meeting with Quesada and took the train down to the city. I waited for Paul’s call letting me know if it was a go or a dud. Now anyone who knows Paul Jenkins knows he can be direct and to the point. And when he called to let me know how THE SENTRY meeting had gone with Joe Quesada he immediately told me he was doing the book with Jae Lee. This set me back on my heels a little bit. I mean you hear about concepts and storylines for existing characters being hijacked by publishers and editors all the time, but not so a completely original concept!

Thing is, bringing in Jae made a lot of sense. He and Paul had done a corker of a job on an INHUMANS mini-series which had even won an Eisner. And I couldn’t fault a publisher, starved for hits, with maximizing box office appeal even if it meant me being thrown under a bus. I had plenty of other projects to keep me going and, more importantly, Paul had been there for me more than once back at Tundra. So I didn’t make a stink.

But when Paul enthusiastically went on about marketing plans being built around “Chick Rivet” I had to gently remind him that he really couldn’t use the anagram of my name and should stick to “Juan Pinkles”. Ultimately he and Marvel decided on “Artie Rosen” as their imaginary artist/creator and even brought Stan Lee in to help perpetuate the hoax. Jenkins and I had envisioned SENTRY as a completely original mid-level superhero, on the level of IRON MAN or DAREDEVIL. In the series he became one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe; pretty much a SUPERMAN clone dressed in the requisite cape and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound etc..

Building A Mystery:

Daredevil (vol.2) #9 (July, 1999) ended its letters column on a somber note. Artist Artie Rosen, said to be instrumental in the formative years of Marvel Comics, was in poor health. Marvel was keeping him and his family in their collective prayers and asked fans to send their get well wishes as well. It's quite touching...

The only problem... Artie Rosen and his family didn't exist!

That didn't stop Artie from passing away the following January, or Wizard Magazine(Wizard: The Guide to Comics was a magazine about comic books, published monthly in the United States from July 1991 to January 2011. It included a price guide, as well as comic book, movie, anime, and collector news, interviews, previews and sometimes even mail-in coupons for special 1/2 issues of current mainstream comic titles. Wizard was huge, with a monthly circulation of more than 100,000 copies) from running an obituary for him some months later.

Not only did the Wizard obit flesh out more of Artie's non-existent career and life, it also added Stan Lee himself to the mix. "We were close, years ago, but I hadn't seen or heard from Artie in so many years, said Stan Lee, who worked with Rosen at Marvel. "It came as a big shock to me."

I'll just bet it did, Stan. :D

more to follow

by Icefanatic
So looking forward to this. I would love to see Ethan Sacks on an ongoing Wolverine book.
by Icefanatic
In 1940, scientists attempted to make a man into the perfect weapon, a Super-Soldier. They failed and made him a legend instead.

Before the turn of the century, they tried again for the tenth time. They failed, making a man into death incarnate.

At long last, writer Ethan Sacks, artist Diogenes Neves, colorist Federico Blee, and inker Adriano Di Benedetto unveil the shadowy connections between Captain America, Wolverine, and more of the world's Super-Soldiers. As more is revealed, one question emerges: Who are the new Weapons?

by Icefanatic
I love how Rosenberg is not only killing off characters en mass that would normally not be killed off, or certainly not in the way that they are... but he's also revealing that bunches of characters that were killed in stories decades ago are all still somehow alive, and no one even seems surprised.


Could it be that this isn't the 616-timeline(like I've been saying for what seems like years now)? ::)
by Icefanatic
Uncanny X-Men #20 Preview
(W) Matthew Rosenberg
(A) Salvador Larroca
(CA) Whilce Portacio
First - learn the truth about the Hellfire Club's involvement in the X-Men's quest. Then, the mutant race faces elimination at the hands of a vaccine erasing the X-Gene from future generations...
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019
by Icefanatic
Rumor has it...
by Icefanatic
by Icefanatic
'House of X' and 'Powers of X' FAQ

It's gearing up to be a big summer for the Children of the Atom as the next big X-event -- HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X -- begins in July. Jonathan Hickman's Earth-shattering new chapter in the X-Men legend is beginning soon... and as a faithful X-fan, you may have some questions. Well, to me, my X-fan! Here are some answers to some questions you may have about HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X.
House of X Powers of X FAQ


Jonathan Hickman is introducing the next era of the X-Men, and the starting point for this experience is the HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X series. These stories will be the foundation for all X-Men stories over the next several years and return the X-Men to their rightful, prominent position in the Marvel Universe.

What is HOUSE OF X about?

HOUSE OF X is a story about a pivotal month in the history of the X-Men where everything changes for mutants on Earth. We can’t tell you more because we’ve all sworn oaths of secrecy.

What is POWERS OF X about?

POWERS OF X is a story about the unknown secret history of mutants in the Marvel Universe. That is all we can say because the above blood oath covers this series as well.

Which series is the main book?

They are both the main book. Although the grammar of that sentence may be incorrect, the answer is not. Each series is equally important as you need to read both to get the full story. And as you delve further into each series, you’ll see how they are connected.

Which series should I read?

I guess you skipped the above question. You should read both series. It works as a series of reveals and revelations where each issue of HOUSE OF X that that follows POWERS OF X – and vice versa – makes you reinterpret the issue you had previously read. And then, obviously, at the end they crash together in a way that propels us forward into a new X-Universe.

Is the name of the series pronounced “powers of X” or “powers of ten”?

That is a good question. It is pronounced “powers of ten.” You’ll understand that when you read the series.

What happens after the HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X series?

Glad you asked. We have the benefit of long-term planning and knowing this will be the direction of the X-books for the next several years. At the conclusion of HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, we’ll be launching an entire new universe of X-books. Some will be traditional fare, some will carry through on ideas presented in HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, and some books are completely new concepts. Hickman will be writing the ongoing flagship X-book.

Are HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X any good?


HOUSE OF X #1, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Pepe Larraz, hits stands on Wednesday, July 24. POWERS OF X #1, written by Hickman with art by R. B. Silva, hits stands on Wednesday, July 31.

More at the link
by Icefanatic

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is taking full advantage of the Disney/20th Century Fox acquisition by not only bringing the X-Men to play with their Avengers buddies, but also Marvel’s First Family itself: The Fantastic Four.

Revealed during Nintendo’s E3 2019 Nintendo Direct, the long awaited sequel will feature Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing as playable characters ... eventually. The Fantastic Four — along with the X-Men, previously confirmed to be included in the game — have been absent from many Marvel-licensed games for many years, due to an internal mandate not to use characters whose movie license belonged to 20th Century Fox.

Now that 20th Century Fox’s film division is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, just like Marvel Entertainment... the Fantastic Four, as well as characters from the Marvel Knights line (generally Marvel’s street-level heroes like the Punisher and Daredevil), will be available as DLC this fall. A slew of additional X-Men will also be a part of that DLC, joining Deadpool, Magneto, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Scarlet Witch, Storm, and Wolverine(already in game). Colossus, Cyclops, and Professor X will also appear as NPCs. All those heroes will be up against Thanos’ Black Order.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will be available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop on July 19, the Friday of San Diego Comic-Con. It’s the first Marvel video game Nintendo is publishing, and is exclusive to the Switch.

by Icefanatic
Covers for Powers of X #4 & #5 / House of X #4 & #5

HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X teaser by Dale Keown