OK, forgive us for delving into full-title speculation mode — earlier today, Marvel released a teaser image illustrated by Patrick Zircher, featuring five shadowy figures. and asking “Who Are The Mystery Men?” No further details other than “June 2011″ were provided.
Quickly, fans realized that the middle figure looked a lot like the rather distinctive Golden Age character The Fin, who was part of Daring Mystery Comics — key word, “mystery” — released from 1940 to 1942 by Marvel predecessor Timely Comics. Some of the remaining figures in the image also potentially match up with other Timely characters, albeit not as clearly. If the name “Daring Mystery Comics” sounds familiar, it may very well be because novelist and current Black Panther: Man Without Fear writer David Liss wrote a Daring Mystery Comics 70th Anniversary Special in 2009, his Marvel debut. Back on March 25 of last year, Zircher wrote on Brian Michael Bendis’s message board that his next Marvel project was “with a novelist;” four days later on that same board, he started a thread asking fans for “Your Two favorite Comic Characters of the Golden Age (1933 to 1951).” In a September interview with Newsarama, Liss stated that he had “other projects in development at Marvel” beyond Black Panther.
At least year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego in July, Marvel chief creative officer and then-editor-in-chief Joe Quesada stated in a video interview with CBR that Zircher’s next project would be a “super, super secret project” that was “very, very cool.” A Golden Age revival — 12-issue maxiseries, maybe, a la The Twelve? — with one of the most acclaimed historical fiction writers around could very well fit that bill.
Of course, this is ultimately nothing more than educating guessing. Zircher may only be doing covers for whatever this is, or it could be written by someone known for dealing heavily with Marvel’s Golden Age like Ed Brubaker or Jeff Parker — or a billion other possibilities. Might there be something to our thinking? Are we way off? Let us know what you think in the comments, and check out the full teaser image — and the cover of Daring Mystery Comics #8, for comparison’s sake — after the jump.