Meet Marvel Comics' New Character Find Of 2014 – Stafford

The Original Sin Annual out today is all about Woodrow McCord, the original man on the wall, defending the world from the universe with a single shot. The role that Nick Fury then inherited. And then Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier after him.

Except it really isn't. Oh sure, the story Woodrow McCord who appeared first in Original Sin and then died pretty much instantly, is explored in full, from a young lad to and older man, learning the truth about the world, the universe and the steps necessary to maintain peace and order through doing some very bad things.

But he's nothing to the Man On The Wall who came before him, Stafford.

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Who is, to be frank, a hell of a lot cooler than Woodrow.

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And also has a much better, fuller beard. Aside from that he's also a bit like the lead in Starlight. Which seems to get references…

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Who is very much like Flash Gordon. And that's kinda who Stafford is, the man who went to space to save us all. Save every one of us.

He's not the lead, but he kinda is. He has not been mentioned in solicitations, interviews, or previews for this comic, He's been rather buried.

But it's not Woodrow's past adventures I want to read now. It's Stafford's…

For now I'll have to make to with the work of Mark Stafford instead.

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Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Hosting a Jeff Smith signing on Monday from 5pm, and exhibiting a new Pre-Code Horror exhibition including the work of Alison SampsonAndy BelangerColin LorimerHamish SteeleJason AtomicJessica MartinOwen Michael JohnsonRyan JenkynsShaky Kane & more!

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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