AVENGERS: THE KORVAC SAGA
ISBN: ISBN 0-87135-760-7
Date: Jan 1991
- AVENGERS #167, AVENGERS #168, AVENGERS #170, AVENGERS #171, AVENGERS #172, AVENGERS #173, AVENGERS #174, AVENGERS #175, AVENGERS #176, and AVENGERS #177, including original covers
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"The Korvac Saga" (181 pages)
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From Movie Poop Shoot
| November 15, 2003 | Comics 101: Avengers Part 2
COMICS 101: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES, PART 2: AVENGERS ASSEMBLED
November 12, 2003
By Scott Tipton
A variety of writers helmed the
Avengers throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Gerry
Conway, David Michelinie, Bill Mantlo, and Marvel’s
then-editor-in-chief Jim Shooter. Consistent (if appearing
sporadically) through all of these writers was the work of artist
George Perez, who was making a name for himself as the Avengers artist,
with his insane attention to detail and ability to deftly handle the
rendering of a large cast.
Some of the high points of Perez’s run
as artist include several excellent Ultron stories and the beginnings
of another of the Avengers’ notable “cosmic” adventures, the Korvac
In “The Korvac Saga,” (appearing in
AVENGERS #167-168 and # 170-177) the Avengers find themselves facing an
almost unbeatable foe in Korvac the Machine Man, a near-omnipotent
being from the 31st century who has retreated to the 20th century home
of his ancestors, determined to use his new power (swiped from the
abandoned home of Galactus) to begin his reign of universal rule. When
the Avengers finally locate him, let’s be charitable and say it doesn’t
From Avengers Comicboard
| April 20, 2003 | Brevoort Answers Questions at AMB
Re: Question for Tom Brevoort: Why was the 4 last pages of the first korvac trade left out of
Posted by Tom Brevoort on Sunday, April 20 2003 at 04:04:10 GMT
> was the 4 last pages of the first Avengers: Korvac Saga trade left out of the newest one?
That epilogue was done years after the
fact, written by the otherwise-saintly Mark Gruenwald, and it basically
revealed that the story you had just read was fundamentally flawed,
that Korvac's plan could never have succeeded based on things Mark had
decided about the Marvel Universe after that story had been done. I
thought it was terribly unnecessary and disrespectful when it first
came out, so given the opportunity to correct it in the current
printing, I asked that it be taken out.
> Are there any other Avengers Legends trades scheduled?
Yes, there's some other stuff in the pipeline.
Re: JLAvengers 5 page preview
Posted by Tom Brevoort on Sunday, April 20 2003 at 00:41:33 GMT
>I can't wait to see it (unless it's just the pages we saw month ago.
Nope. Different stuff. And lettered.
Re: question for MrBrevoort about gap in Avengers tpb's
Posted by Tom Brevoort on Saturday, April 19 2003 at 04:10:58 GMT
> Between the
Collection of the Ultron Story line, and the Kang Dynasty, there are a
lot of Avengers issues that have not been collected into a TPB. Are
there any plans to add those issues to the tpb library?
Probably at some point, yes. It seems
likely that we'll do the next collection of Kurt & George material
to coincide with AVENGERS/JLA.
From Avengers Comicboard
| March 27, 2003 | Korvac Saga, Different Cover
Re: Korvac Saga TPB cover?
Posted by Taxman on Thursday, March 27 2003 at 03:24:43 GMT
I looked at it a little, it does have
glossy paper. The cover is not original, it is a varient of the back
cover of the previous edition, similar to what I have posted below.
Also, the epilouge produced for the previous edition has not been
included in this one.
| March 24, 2003 | Korvac Saga Shipping Mar 26
Shipping This Week: March 26
The following products are expected to ship to comic book
specialty stores this week. Note that this list is tentative
and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for
JAN031605 AVENGERS LEGENDS VOL 2 THE KORVAC SAGA TP $19.95
From Comic Book Resources
December 22, 2002 | March 2003 Relists
HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE TP
THE HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE TP - relist
Written by Marv Wolfman; art by George Pérez and Karl Kesel; painted cover by Alex Ross
March 5. This unusual project, which spun out of the universe-changing
events of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS, is reoffered to coincide with the
release of THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT TP - NEW EDITION.
Narrated by Harbinger (a central figure from CRISIS), HISTORY brings
readers back through time and space to the dawn of creation, and
continues on to the end of recorded history - as Harbinger reveals "the
History of Heroism."
FC, 104 pg. Trade Paperback $9.95
WONDER WOMAN: PARADISE LOST
WONDER WOMAN: PARADISE LOST TP - relist
Written by Phil Jimenez, J.M. DeMatteis, George Pérez, Joe Kelly,
and Devin Grayson; art by Jimenez, Andy Lanning, Pérez, and Cam Smith;
cover by Adam Hughes
March 19. Reoffered to coincide with the release of the WONDER WOMAN:
PARADISE FOUND TP. Reprinting WONDER WOMAN #164-170 and the "Who is
Troia?" story from WONDER WOMAN Secret Files #2, this trade paperback
features the 4-part "Gods Of Gotham" storyline guest-starring Batman,
Nightwing, Robin, Huntress, and others. Plus, an Amazon civil war
nearly destroys Paradise Island, and Lois Lane gets the scoop on Diana
during a "day in the life" of Wonder Woman.
FC, 176 pg. Trade Paperback $14.95
AVENGERS LEGENDS #2: THE KORVAC SAGA
AVENGERS LEGENDS VOL. 2: THE KORVAC SAGA
COVER BY GEORGE PEREZ
JIM SHOOTER, DAVID MICHELINIE & BILL MANTLO (W)
GEORGE PEREZ, SAL BUSCEMA, DAVID WENZEL & TOM MORGAN (A)
Back in Print!
from the unimaginable era the 31st century, Korvac the Machine Man
flees through the timestream, pursued by the futuristic defenders the
Guardians of the Galaxy. Establishing a secret presence on present-day
Earth in the persona of the mysterious unassuming Michael, Korvac
contemplates the elements of a universe he thirsts to command. Yet
despite the subtlety of his machinations, the mighty Avengers discover
his cosmos-conquering scheme, drawing the two titanic forces into
Collecting AVENGERS (Vol.1) #167, 168, 170-177. (RETAILER NOTE: This is
a resolicitation and all previous orders have been cancelled).
192 PGS./FC/MARVEL PG.....$19.95
AVENGERS: CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
AVENGERS: CLEAR & PRESENT DANGERS
COVER BY GEORGE PEREZ
KURT BUSIEK (W)/GEORGE PEREZ (P)
208 PGS./FC/MARVEL PG.....$19.95
INFINITY GAUNTLET (2000)
COVER BY GEORGE PEREZ
JIM STARLIN (w)/ GEORGE PEREZ, RON LIM (p)
The mad Titan, Thanos, seeks to reshape the universe in the visage
of his true love, death. Only the combined forces of Earth's heroes and
villains stand in the way.
256 PGS./FC/MARVEL PG.....$24.95
| September 30, 2002 |
Korvac Saga Available Again
According to Amazon.com: AVENGERS: KORVAC SAGAwill
be (re)published in June 2003. I know this has been out of print for a
while, so this is good news for those fans who don't already own the
original trade paperback.
From Wonder Man: Cooler Than Superman (note: java)
| June 18, 2002 |
Jim Shooter Interview
THE JIM SHOOTER AVENGERS INTERVIEW
--A WONDER MAN: COOLER THAN SUPERMAN EXCLUSIVE--
9-In Avengers 160
Wonder Man's costume gets trashed by the Reaper's scythe. Instead of
getting it back the next issue he is sporting a new one made by the
Beast (George Pérez). Why the change in costume?
Because George wanted to do it, and George is both irrepressible and too talented to argue with.
13-I thought it was
great the way you had Ultron use Hank & Jan, his "parents" in a
very Frankenstein monster way to create a bride for himself. The way
you had the Wasp dialogue throughout the creation of Ultron’s
mechanical bride start coming from Jan and end up coming out of the
metallic female robot next to her was wonderful and creepy at the same
time. When you created Ultron’s bride, Jocasta, did you intended her to
be a one story character or you were planning on making her an Avenger
all along. Was George responsible for the "Metropolis" look on Jocasta
or was it something you had specified? Were you happy with George’s
I thought Jocasta could be a significant character. George did the
design for the character with no more direction than that she should be
appealing. George is great.
25-Going back to
your Nefaria story, did you enjoy working with John Byrne? Was Nefaria
a fun villain to write? What motivated you to write this story? Have
you read what we could call a sequel to your story by Busiek &
Perez in volume 3?
John was, believe it or not, still learning the craft in those
days. His draftsmanship was great, but his storytelling wasn’t top
notch. Soon afterward, he immersed himself in Kirby stuff, got the
essence of communicating in comics format and made the leap to
hyperspace. To answer your question directly, yes I loved working with
John. Like Miller, he was a guy you could watch developing page by
page. His stuff was exciting even before he’d learned all the basics.
He’s an amazing talent. Nefaria was a hoot to write-such a baaaad bad
guy. I haven’t read the Busiek and Pérez sequel.
35-Something I’ve always wanted to know is why didn’t George Perez
finished the entire Korvac Saga since he is well known to be great at
doing this type of story with lots of characters, also George seemed to
be able to do one monthly book maybe more at the time.
George was a contract artist for Marvel at that time, meaning he
had a monthly quota of pages to draw. He had personal problems that
interfered with his work. Also, DC, trying to steal him away, offered
him the Justice League right about then. George wrote me a letter of
apology, telling me that drawing the JLA was a childhood dream. He went
to DC partly to get a clean start and partly because of the chance to
draw the JLA. That left me scrambling for artists to finish what George
got me into.
[ Read more on Wonder Man: Cooler Than Superman ]
(Vu: For some reason, the 3rd page of
this interview does not load up on Netscape 7 - and presumeably all
previous version of Netscape, but it works fine in IE6. I viewed the
source and I think it is just a bad table code. Also, George was
mentioned numerous time, I have only include the most informative bit.)
From Comics Continuum
| February 1, 2002 |
Marvel April Listing
AVENGERS: THE KORVAC SAGA
Written by various, cover by George Perez.
From the minds of Jim Shooter, George
Perez and more comes the time-spanning story of Korvac. Fleeing through
the timestream from the futuristic Guardians of the Galaxy, Korvac has
established a secret presence on Earth as the mysterious Michael. When
the Avengers catch wind of his scheme to dominate the universe, they
must find him before the Guardians - or risk certain annihilation!
Featuring the work of David Michelinie, Bill Mantlo, Sal Buscema, David
Wenzel and Tom Morgan. Reprinting Avengers (Vol. 1) #167, #168, #170 -
192 pages, $19.95.
| November 5, 2001 |
CBM #86 Reviewed
CBM: How did "The Korvac Saga" come about?
Pérez: Well that was Jim's and my desire to do a big, epic Avengers
storyline. I mean, they're going to have to rise from the dead to win
this battle! And the guardians of the Galaxy? "Hey, these are
characters I haven't drawn! More costumes, more characters! Hey, this
is going to be fun!"
He wanted to do it in order to use me as best he could. I guess that
was as close to drawing as many characters as Legion had, that he'd be
doing on The Avengers.
And then I had to double-cross him by going through personal hassles
and everything else - my marriage was falling apart - and I ended up
not even finishing the saga that Jim started with the intention of it
being a big magnum opus from the team of Shooter and Perez. And I was
gone. And that was the big regret [for me about] that story - like,
unfortunately, too many stories in my career - I started off with all
maximum strength, some of the best I could do, but for one reason or
another, I just could not finish it. And that was my regret because I
think Jim and I were doing some really, really kick ass on that.