Based on Cartoon Network's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time, the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises features the fan-favorite character Marshall Lee, the Vampire King. Marshall Lee is the male counterpart of Marceline the Vampire Queen from the hugely popular Fionna and Cake universe.
Framed by a fully painted cover by cartoonist Fábio Moon (Daytripper), the 22-page Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular contains three all-new original Marshall Lee stories and an original song:
- “Not Funny” by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Audrey Mok. The lead story features New York Times bestselling writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Supergirl) with artist Audrey Mok (Josie and the Pussycats) and follows Marshall Lee and his uncontrollable laughter at unfunny things.
- “The Bravest Prince” by Melanie Gillman and artist Trungles. Writer Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies) teams up with artist Trungles (Fresh Romance) for a story in which Prince Gumball witnesses Marshall Lee’s fear of… flowers.
- “Disqualified” by S.M. Vidaurri and artist Asia Kendrick-Horton. Writer S.M. Vidaurri (Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches) joins with artist Asia Kendrick-Horton (Steven Universe) for a story in which Prince Gumball attempts to win a competition by trying to be more villainous than Marshall Lee.
- “It’s Not Hard To Be Bad” Written and drawn by S.M. Vidaurri. Vidaurri closes out the issue by composing a song for Marshall Lee to sing while playing guitar in a spectacular one pager.
"Adventure time attracts the attention of a really wide range of people, from children to adults, and what first caught my attention were creators I admire talking about the show and wanting to contribute to the comic just because they were fans,” said Fabio Moon (Two Brothers, Daytripper), cover artist for the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular. “The characters are weird enough as to be visually interesting to be interpreted in different artistic styles. I started sketching Finn and Jake, but it was great that what they really wanted the cover to focus on was Marshall Lee. Somehow, I related more with the gender-swapped versions of the characters. It's one of the best ideas of the show. I had just watched an episode that focused on Marshall Lee before doing the cover, so it came fairly quick."
"Who doesn't love Adventure Time,” said Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Skim), writer of the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular story “Not Funny.” “I would not like to meet such a person. I would never share a slice of cake with such a person. I love these characters!"
Launched in February 2012, BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Adventure Time comics are based on Cartoon Network’s original animated series created by Pendleton Ward. Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants—and always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. To date, BOOM! Studios has published over 50 issues of the main Adventure Time comic series, eight original graphic novels, several spinoff limited series, and recently launched a new ongoing series called Adventure Time Comics.
“Adventure Time is and always has been, at its core, fun. Marshall Lee and Fionna are the perfect example of a desire to tell fun stories, even if it flips the apple cart,” said S.M Vidaurri (Iron) writer of the Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular story “Disqualified” and writer/illustrator/composer of the story “It’s Not Hard To Be Bad.”
ComiXology Originals is a new program bringing exclusive comic content to comiXology and Kindle. In addition to Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular from BOOM! Studios, the comiXology Originals lineup includes future releases from Valiant Entertainment and the legendary Harvey Kurtzman that are available for pre-order. ComiXology Originals are digital only and exclusively available for comiXology and Kindle customers. Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular is also available free at launch to comiXology Unlimited subscribers and as part of the comiXology Unlimited 30-day free trial.