Del Rey, Marvel to Collaborate on X-Men, Wolverine

posted on by Zac Bertschy
One series described as "X-Men meets Fruits Basket"

Representatives from Del Rey Manga and Marvel Comics announced today at the New York Anime Festival that the two companies will collaborate on two of Marvel's most popular franchises, X-Men and Wolverine.

The first, X-Men, was described as a shōjo title — "X-Men meets Fruits Basket or Ouran High School Host Club" according to one panelist — features Xavier's Institute for Higher Learning as an all-boys' school, with the only female student being Kitty Pryde. The work will be aimed at a manga audience; while the characters will be based on famous X-Men heroes, the manga will not require any prior knowledge of the original X-Men comics. The manga is scripted by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman, with art by Indonesia-based artist Anzu.

Early concept sketches of Jean Grey, Magneto, and others were shown, although it was stated that none of these characters were guaranteed to appear in the final work.

Also announced was a collaborative series centered on the self-healing fan-favorite X-Men character Wolverine; details were sparse. Anthony Johnston will handle writing duties, and no artist for the title was announced.

Both titles were given a tentative publication date of Spring 2009.

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