Wizard's Ultimate Justice League - ORIGINAL 2003 ARTICLE & CONCEPT ART

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Ultimate DC

So once upon a time (back when Ultimate Marvel was the newest, biggest thing and the New 52 wasn’t even a twinkle in creator’s eyes) people wanted to know what an Ultimate line from DC would look like. Wizard Magazine (think pre-net, heavily biased, comic magazine) hired professional artists to make a version of their vision. I have been searching for this online for quite a while. By tracking down a scan of the issue and editing a little, I made it happen. Here is their unique take on an Ultimate DC line.

-https://dorkreformed.tumblr.com/post/126928319882/ultimate-dc-so-once-upon-a-time-back-when

Wizard Magazine #136

January 2003

*****This article came out beforeBatman Begins (2005), Iron Man (2008), and even the original Teen Titans cartoon (July 2003). X2: X-Men United (April/May 2003) and Spider-Man 2 (2004) hadn't come out yet either. It came out afterUltimate Spider-Man (2000), Ultimate X-Men (2001), the Ultimates (2002), the original Justice League cartoon (2001), and Smallville (2001).*****

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The designs were done by Draxhall Jump Entertainment’s Ken Lashley and Christian Zanier.

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As you can see, some costume elements were later used in the New 52 as well as in Batman Begins and Man of Steel. It's also worth noting that both The Dark Knight (2008) and Ultimate Batman drew some inspiration from Se7en (1995). This article may have inspired the Amazon's Attack storyline as well.

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For Those Unfamiliar With Marvel's Ultimate Comics Line:

"Ultimate Spider-Man was the first series to be published in the Ultimate Marvel line. Publisher Bill Jemas wanted to reinvent the Marvel Universe because he felt that, with over 40 years of back-story, it had become inaccessible to new readers, and he wanted to start with a reinvented Spider-Man. Initially, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada was skeptical because 1998's Spider-Man: Chapter One, a previous attempt at re-envisioning Spider-Man's early adventures, had failed both critically and commercially.[4]

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The first several issues were greeted with enthusiasm from fans and critics, sold well, and gave Ultimate Marvel a boost in credibility. After the release of Ultimate Spider-Man (along with Ultimate X-Men), Quesada and Jemas broadened the Ultimate Marvel line with The Ultimates (a re-imagining of the Avengers) and Ultimate Fantastic Four. Ultimate Spider-Man #1 was voted the "ninth-greatest Marvel Comic of All Time" in 2001 by readers of Wizard: The Guide to Comics. In addition to critical success, Ultimate Spider-Man grew to outsell the flagship Spider-Man title, Amazing Spider-Man.[6] Bendis would later describe issue #13, in which Peter tells Mary Jane his secret identity, as his favorite issue because it showed the trust that the Marvel editorial had in him.[7]

As the series progressed within the next two years, reception and sales stayed strong, helped by the fact that Bendis and Bagley quickly found chemistry and enjoyed working together.[4] Over the years, many 'mainstream' characters were introduced, often with different origins, costumes, or personalities."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_Spider-Man

"Upon its debut in February 2001, Ultimate X-Men was the second comic of the Ultimate Marvel line, preceded a few months by its sister title Ultimate Spider-Man. The heads of the Ultimate Universe line, Bill Jemas and Joe Quesada, originally tried to hire Brian Michael Bendis to write the title, but he declined.[dead link][2] Marvel hired Scottish writer Mark Millar, who was best known at the time for his run on The Authority and was largely ignorant of the X-Men franchise. With the first X-Men film as his only reference, Millar reinvented the X-Men.[3] As a result, Millar's original X-Men consisted of telepath Professor X, Cyclops, whose eyes shoot concussive beams, telepathic and telekinetic Jean Grey, weather-manipulating Storm, simian genius Beast, metal-skinned Colossus, and cryokinetic Iceman.

Common to the Millar period was an edgy tone, featuring quick action-driven plots and less moral X-Men. For instance, Wolverine tries to kill Cyclops in "Return of the King" because he is envious of Jean's love. In an interview with Sequential Tart, Millar commented, "You're not competing with Cartoon Network on these books; you're competing with 'Buffy'...Superhero comics aren't adult, but they shouldn't be written for five-year-olds either."[3] Millar shaped Ultimate X-Men into a commercial hit, consistently outselling its sister titles, X-Treme X-Men and Uncanny X-Men and staying just behind Grant Morrison's experimental and popular New X-Men run.[4]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_X-Men

More information regarding the later Ultimate Marvel titles and the line generally at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_Marvel

These comics, particularly The Ultimates, were a large influence on the early Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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