Secret Wars is still considered one of the greatest comic book crossover events of all-time, and even Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have expressed a desire to bring the iconic tale to the big screen. Pitting the Marvel Universe’s heroes and villains against each other, it sold a lot of copies, and an awful lot of action figures!
Now, Marvel Comics Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort has taken to Twitter to share some unused covers for Secret Wars by artist Mike Zeck.
He doesn’t explain why they were rejected, but the first cover depicts a formidable group of classic villains charging into battle, while the second features a helpless Captain America watching on as many of his fellow heroes fall around him. Something tells us that was a little too dark for a series which mostly existed to sell a new line of toys at the time.
Secret Wars was a blast, though, and ran for twelve issues in the mid-1980s.
There have been follow-ups, and even a whole new Secret Wars from writer Jonathan Hickman a few years back, but none of them have been able to gain the icon status of the original story.
Check out the covers below:
A pair of used covers from issues of Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars by Mike Zeck. pic.twitter.com/pNX3VO9ZUa
— Tom Brevoort (@TomBrevoort) April 3, 2020