Grant Morrison has talked a few times about the Kid Marvelman story he was asked to write for Warrior Magazine back in the day, after they'd fallen on bad terms with Alan Moore, only to get a note from Alan Moore asking him please not to.
Well, there's no one to stop him now.
We'd previously told you that Marvel would be publishing two comic books for New Years Eve. One would be the new Mark Waid penned Agents Of SHIELD series. The other is the Miracleman Annual. Which will feature that story from thirty years ago by Grant Morrison, drawn by Marvel EIC Joe Quesada, and more stories besides.
Vulture reports on how that came about, with Quesada telling them,
"Grant said something like, 'I'm sure I have the script somewhere, maybe I'll dig it up and just post it online for the fans, just for the fun of it…. Several things came to mind. One was, Oh my God, this actually happened. Another was, Oh my God, he may have the actual script. Another was, Please don't put it out for free yet!"
Morrison agreed to give Marvel the script, but under the condition that Quesada — who hasn't drawn a full comics story in years — draw it himself. It's a short, meditative tale about Miracleman sidekick turned nemesis Johnny Bates, set before the apocalyptic events of Miracleman No. 15.
It will be the first new Miracleman/Marvelman story officially published since the last published issue of the Eclipse run by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham.
Depending on whether you count those issues of Spawn with Michael Moran and the Man Of Miracles, of course.
The annual will also contain a new story by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred; and covers by Gabriele Dell'Otto and and Jeff Smith.
There's Quesada art below… and he seems to have been taking in Steve McNiven and Frank Quitely in recent influence, doesn't he?