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Ultraman Is Marvel Comics’ Newest Superhero

The series is titled ‘The Rise of Ultraman’
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ILLUSTRATOR Ed McGuinness and Matthew Wilson
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Ultraman, one of the most beloved Japanese superheroes, is coming to the Marvel universe. The series is titled The Rise of Ultraman and was revealed during the Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing presentation at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo or C2E2.

The Rise of Ultraman will be written by Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom, and illustrated by Francesco Manna, according to Marvel

Ultraman as Pop Culture Icon

Ultraman is a historic pop culture icon because it was the first live-action series superhero launched by the Ultra Series and Japan’s Tsuburaya Productions. It was launched in 1966 and ran only 39 episodes. In 1967, Ultra Seven aired.

In the 1960s show, the setting of the Ultraman series takes place in a future earth that is constantly attacked by aliens. In response, earth’s Terrestrial Defense Force sets up the Ultra Garrison, which is composed of a team that uses high-tech weaponry to fight giant aliens. When their weapons fail, Ultraman comes to the rescue and transforms into his true form as a giant alien hero to fight the extraterrestrial Kaijus.

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Rumors flew late last year about an Ultraman collaboration between Marvel Comics and Tsuburaya Productions when the two companies inked a deal regarding a project. The Marvel-Tsuburaya Ultraman comics that will come out this year is considered canon, and will have fresh stories based on the titular character's 1960s TV series. The Rise of Ultraman will be released later in 2020.

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