US publisher Marvel has announced that artist Stuart Immonen, one of the guests at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, will replace John Cassaday on Marvel’s flagship Star Wars title starting with #8, which ships in July.
Stuart began his comics career in 1988, having worked for most of the industry’s major publishers including Marvel, DC and Image in the quarter-century since.
During his decade-long tenure at DC, in addition to writing and pencilling Adventures of Superman, Stuart illustrated the critically acclaimed miniseries Superman: Secret Identity. For Marvel, in addition to 2011’s Fear Itself event, he has drawn such high-profile series as Ultimate Spider-Man, The Mighty Thor, The Incredible Hulk, The Avengers and the cult favourite Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.
After joining forces with Mark Waid to inaugurate Marvel’s digital Infinite Comics line, in the Marvel NOW! era, Immonen launched All-New X-Men and All-New Captain America.
His creator-owned credits include collaborations with Kurt Busiek on Shockrockets and Superstar, and with Kathryn Immonen on Never As Bad As You Think, Moving Pictures and the recently-completed Russian Olive To Red King.
John Cassaday announced that he was leaving Star Wars after the completion of the first story arc with #6 on Sunday on his Facebook page. A soon-to-be-announced “very special guest artist” will handle the art chores on Star Wars #7.
In conjunction with the announcement, Marvel released a “not-final” look at Immonen’s pencils for the cover of Star Wars #8.
Writer Jason Aaron will remain on the title. “I am on Star Wars for the long haul,” he tweeted. ” There are so many stories I want to tell with these characters.”
Both Stuart and his partner Kathryn will be guests at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Tickets for the Festival are on sale in June.
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