Awkward! Marvel to Plan It’s Own 80th Birthday Party for August 31st

Normally, we rely on our friends and loved ones to plan our birthday celebrations, but Marvel Comics is taking matters into their own hands, sending out a press release announcing that they will plan their own birthday party on August 31st. That’s the same week that Marvel Comics #1000 hits stores, but it was August 31st 1939 when Marvel Comics #1 was originally released, and thus the start of Marvel Comics… more or less[1].

In any case, Marvel promises to act really surprised when they show up for the big event, which will feature a weeklong celebration at various retailers. “Oh, guys, you didn’t have to do all this,” they’ll probably say. “There’s no need to make a fuss over us.”

Sure, Marvel. Like you didn’t want this.

Check out the press release below for more details.


August 31 marks the anniversary debut of Marvel Comics #1 – and the extraordinary beginning of the Marvel Universe.

New York, NY—July 26, 2019— On August 31, 1939, Marvel Comics #1 opened the doors to the Marvel Universe for the first time ever, creating a tapestry of Super Heroes and stories that have gone on to shape pop culture for generations of fans around the world. As Marvel continues to celebrate its 80th anniversary this year, join fans everywhere to celebrate MARVEL’S BIRTHDAY on August 31 – starting with an all-new commemorative piece of art by comic book legend Adam Kubert!

“Going back to Marvel’s inception in 1939, Marvel Comics #1 was the spark that led to the Marvel Universe we know today,” said Dan Buckley, President of Marvel Entertainment. “As one of the most influential milestones in Marvel history, August 31 is the perfect day to officially honor Marvel’s birthday.”

Marvel will be celebrating its birthday with a week of festivities and events at various retailers and Marvel exhibitions & experiences, including the historic debut of MARVEL COMICS #1000!

“For myself and almost every other comic book fan around the world, Marvel’s beloved comics and characters have been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. But it all started with the Human Torch.” said C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel. “As we salute Marvel’s 80th anniversary this year, we’re excited to celebrate Marvel’s official birthday!”

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