Skybound announced the kickoff of its year-long 20th anniversary celebration of Invincible, the groundbreaking comic series from Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker & Ryan Ottley that has become the most successful new superhero franchise of the century. The series follows teenager Mark Grayson discovering that having his father’s superpowers and being a hero isn’t what he expected!
Created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker, Invincible #1 debuted to critical acclaim on January 22, 2003. Soon after, they were joined by artist and contributing creator Ryan Ottley. Throughout its fifteen-year run, Invincible not only continued for a historic 144-issues but also spawned multiple spin-off series’ and even an inter-company crossover with a certain friendly neighborhood superhero. In 2021, the Invincible animated series arrived on Amazon Prime and quickly became one of the most popular new streaming series of the year, earning praise worldwide for its fresh storytelling. With a second season set on the horizon and new comic book projects to be announced, Invincible remains a cornerstone of the pop culture landscape that continues to grow in popularity every year.
“Wow, twenty years! I can’t believe it,” said Robert Kirkman. “Invincible is something that Cory, Ryan and I have devoted a large portion of our lives to. Now that it’s being discovered by an infinitely larger audience it’s really great to see it live on in so many different forms. It’s so gratifying to know that people will be falling in love with Invincible for years to come.”
“I’m not one to usually get excited, but 2023 is going to be the biggest year for Invincible yet, with so many crazy and unexpected things on the way!” said Cory Walker. “I’d say Invincible fans should get ready but there’s really nothing you can do to prepare for all that awesome that’s coming.”
“Invincible is turning 20?! Happy Birthday, Markus Sebastian Grayson!” said Ryan Ottley. “I’m so happy to see so many new viewers and readers jump in and experience our series for the first time, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what’s next!”
The 20th Anniversary drops begin in January 2023, as Invincible #1 returns with an all-new facsimile edition reprinting the highly sought-after first issue to give fans one more chance to own this piece of entertainment history.
Plus, get ready to experience Invincible Undeluxe #1 one-shot, follow Mark Grayson’s journey again, from the very beginning, but this time in STUNNING BLACK & WHITE! This undeluxe version will feature a memorable array of variant covers as well as an installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,” featuring ROBERT KIRKMAN’s original handwritten plot and commentary. This undeluxe, not quite definitive presentation of the story in thrilling black & white color will NOT be collected any time soon!
And, on the same day, you can get your hands on the Invincible Compendium Vol.1 HC, a brand-new hardcover collecting issues #0-47 of your favorite super hero comic. This will be exclusive to comic shops in honor of their support from day one for Mark Grayson, Omni-Man and all your other favorite characters in the Invincible Universe.
Then, in Summer 2023, fans will discover Invincible Vol.1 (New Edition), collecting the Invincible comic book series from the very beginning in an all-new 6”x9” graphic novel format with stunning new covers from Cory Walker & Dave McCaig.
Plus, discover more of this exciting world with the Invincible Universe Compendium, collecting Invincible Presents: Atom Eve #1-2, Invincible Presents: Atom Eve & Rex Splode #1-3, Guarding The Globe (Vol 1) #1-6, Guarding The Globe (Vol. 2) #1-6, and Invincible Universe #1-12 in an all-new format. This is your chance to go beyond the adventures of Invincible and Omni-Man to learn about your favorite – or soon to be favorite – superheroes in a single edition.
Skybound will also soon announce new Invincible drops featuring apparel, collectibles, tabletop games, video games and more! After all, the Best Superhero Comic in The Universe deserves The Best Anniversary in The Universe!
“There are few comic books I love more than Invincible, and I’ll always remember Robert walking into my office, telling me that the series was ending,” said Sean Mackiewicz, SVP/Publisher, Skybound Entertainment. “Now, all these years later, the Invincible fanbase is stronger than ever, and we’re celebrating this anniversary across every division of Skybound to ensure that fans can experience the thrill of Mark, Nolan, Eve, and the whole Invincible Universe in ways they never imagined. Is this where I say my favorite character is Battle Beast?”
Invincible #1 Facsimile Edition and Invincible Undeluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.