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  • ATLAS Final Letter Column!

    If you have any short statements about Agents of Atlas for issue 5, leave them here and I may be able to get them in the last issue. Yes, I know it’s a little late to start a letter column, but hey.

    Comments

    Comment from JohnM
    Time: August 23, 2010, 11:57 am

    I recently got into comics and this was one of the best I’ve read. It’s a shame the plug has been pulled. This is the best book out there that nobody reads. Thanks for the five months Mr. Parker.

    Comment from Alex
    Time: August 23, 2010, 12:02 pm

    Hey Jeff! The end of Atlas is very tragic, not to mention premature–but what’s done is done. I was just wondering if you always had a clear endgame in mind for Atlas. I know that you ended this relatively early so that it could finish on your own terms–but was Atlas always meant to be finite? If so, how did you originally plan on ending it? Also, care to share some Atlas plots that we never got to see?

    Comment from Stewart Ryder
    Time: August 23, 2010, 12:15 pm

    Mr Pagulayan, Mr Panosian, Mrs Breitweiser, the other talented artists and letterers who have played thier part and most importantly of all Mr Jeff Parker and Mr Gabriel Hardman…thank you! Thank you for you for bringing us the Agents of Atlas and making them one of the most likeable and interesting teams that we have seen for many a year. Through troubled times within and without the pages of the Atlas comics you have fought for the Agents of Atlas as they have fought the good fight for the Marvel Universe. To take these individual characters from the 1950′s and to form them into a team that has plastered many a smile on a 21st Century reader’s face… well that is something be very proud of indeed.

    Comment from Matt Duarte
    Time: August 23, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Dear Atlas:

    This is not the first time we say goodbye to you. As we all know, this is not your first time in the chopping block, and some have made jokes at your expense. That’s fine, let them have their laugh. While they see a series that keeps getting canceled, we see a series that keeps coming back. It just goes to show you, you can’t keep a good idea down.

    Thanks to Jeff and the incredible assemble of artists that have collaborated (too many to name!), not to mention the oft-forgotten editorial team, and anyone else that made the book possible. Thanks for the good times, and we’ll see you soon!

    - Matt Duarte

    (OK to print)

    Comment from Frank Sarnie
    Time: August 23, 2010, 12:55 pm

    ATLAS had it all. An alien, a gorilla, a robot, a goddess, a queen and more. It had such a vintage feel, but every issue felt like a breath of fresh air at the same time. I’m so sad to see this series go, but I’m excited to see what this amazing creative team can do with HULK.

    Comment from Freddy Pot
    Time: August 23, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Atlas taught me to love gorilla men. Inside they are just like you or me. Beneath the gorilla like exterior was a man. Atlas will be terribly missed by the readers at the bedrock city comic store.

    Comment from Charlie Chu
    Time: August 23, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Jeff Parker, you and your all-star team of artists and collaborators on Agents of Atlas made this the most fun, pulpy, hilarious adventure comic to show up in the stands in a great long while. It is an amazing accomplishment to take something from deep in Marvel’s history and turn it into one of its freshest and best.

    Farewell, Agents of Atlas.

    Long live The Atlas Foundation.

    Comment from TanGent
    Time: August 23, 2010, 1:33 pm

    Agents of Atlas!

    You guys are my favorite comic series EVER! I know you will be back one day so I’m not about to make a big fuss, I just wanted to know what you guys have planned for your vacation time! Oh and don’t forget to send postcards!

    Comment from Michael Hoskin
    Time: August 23, 2010, 2:02 pm

    I never expected the 50s Avengers to appear again, let alone receive their own mini-series…and then an ongoing…several other minis and solo specials for the stars…and then another ongoing! Every moment has been a blessing and I can’t be too sad to see Atlas go, not when there’s bound to be more!

    To all the triumphs of Agents of Atlas, past and future!

    Comment from Chris McAree
    Time: August 23, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Gorillas, girls and guns! Killer robots, goddesses and a de-aged super-spy! A retro feel with a modern sensibility. But push all that to one side; what I really want to say is thanks for the great comics!

    Comment from Phillip Albrecht
    Time: August 23, 2010, 2:50 pm

    Long Island, NY

    I started reading a ton of ongoings when all these big events ended, because it seemed like there were clean slates and I could start fresh. Out of all of them, I definitely always looked forward to Atlas. I plan on picking up all the collections of the past stuff in December, because these characters have endeared themselves so much to me. It saddens me that Atlas is ending so soon, but it’s definitely going out with a bang! I hope, some time soon, there’s another Atlas ongoing, because more people need to read about these guys!

    Comment from Kyle Latino
    Time: August 23, 2010, 4:15 pm

    The thing about Agents of Atlas that set it apart from everything else, is the simple fact that it was never afraid to be a comic book. None of the people involved ever wanted you to loose site of this truth. Atlas is an idea that even if it somehow started as a cartoon, you would still watch it and say “It would make a better comic book”. It’s a clarity of identity that has become so rare in the media today.

    Comment from Scott E. Williams
    Time: August 23, 2010, 6:33 pm

    I am really sorry to hear about this. I work at the best comics shop in Houston (with Freddy Pot!), and every time the new issue of Atlas came out, the only question was whether Freddy or I would get to have it as our pick of the week.

    Since the beginning of the first mini, Atlas has never failed to be among the most imaginative, entertaining (and funny!)comics that ANYONE puts out. Unfortunately, I think the combination of rising single-issue prices and big events has made readers less willing to try anything even slightly off the beaten path, no matter how hard we try to push the good stuff, on a retail level.

    However, Mr. Parker, while we’ll definitely miss Atlas, please know that anything you’re writing is going to continue to be highly recommended.

    Good luck with your upcoming titles, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for the hopeful return of that adorable gorilla, his cuddly, death-ray-spewing robot pal, that wacky esophogus-vomiting Uranian, the cousin-loving water princess, the uber-sexy death siren and the most esteemed Master Woo.

    Comment from J. Zeedrich
    Time: August 23, 2010, 6:54 pm

    Mentor, OH

    I can only hope that Atlas continues to earn respect among true comic fans so that it can get the continued ongoing series that it turly deserves.

    Comment from Gus Miranda
    Time: August 24, 2010, 6:54 am

    I remember first glancing at the covers to “Agents of Atlas” and laughing, thinking to myself “A gorilla with guns?! Why would I even want to read that?” Eventually, I got into “Agents of Atlas” during the whole “Dark Reign” event/saga partly out of curiosity, and also due to the first issue getting a second printing, and rave reviews. I was immediately hooked by the writing and artwork. I also managed to get two casual comic book readers at work to also dig the series, one of them who claimed that it was THE best series Marvel was putting out. He was probably right.

    So, the three of us were very bummed to hear that “Agents of Atlas” was being cancelled (or being put on hold). A few sad Atlas-less months later, we became extremely excited when “The Heroic Age” came about, mostly due to a new “Atlas” series we would be getting. Now, after four bold, epic, amazing, enchanting issues, I’m sad to see “Atlas” and it’s fantastic characters go (again). Hopefully, I can one day enjoy an ongoing “Agents of Atlas” book that lasts 30+ issues. Hats off to Mr. Parker, I will continue enjoying your other books.

    Thank you!

    Gus Miranda
    Miami, FL

    (Okay to print)

    Comment from Lincoln Griffin
    Time: August 24, 2010, 7:17 am

    JEFF PARKER RUINED MARVEL COMICS!!!

    I’ve read Marvel Comics my entire life, worked at comic shops for nearly a decade and for a brief time worked IN comics as a terrible, terrible colorist. During the past 4 years however, I’d taken a break from my life-long love to pursue family life and get out of the cycle of never-ending crossover events many of my favorite books had become…

    I’d just started to ease back into reading comics regularly and then came the Agents of Atlas. Almost instantly I fell back in love with the Marvel Universe and the promise of what it still could be, realizing that I didn’t have to keep reading the same stale characters in all too familiar situations and that there were still stories to be told and characters to explore, not relating to Deadpool.

    And now, as quickly as it arrived, it’s gone. I’ve come to enjoy other books in the Marvel Universe, but there’ll be a giant hole in my life where an ancient dragon, 50′s super-spy, undersea princess, space-man, goddess, killer robot, and monkey-man used to be. (Yes, it’s an odd shaped hole.)

    I only take comfort in the fact that Jeff Parker will still be around, helming Thunderbolts and Hulk – but I’m not sure I can ever view the Marvel Universe with the wonder and excitement I felt with each new issue of Atlas. Thanks for the ride guys, and until M-11 sings the standards of Sinatra, make mine… ATLAS! ATLAS FOREVEEERRRR!!!

    Comment from Scott McBride
    Time: August 24, 2010, 8:44 am

    Jeff,

    Marvel has never had a more creative use for its Pre-Fantastic Four characters. All of the various Atlas mini-series and series have broken the mold, making the heroes of yesterday interesting today. It’s been a pleasure buying and reading all the Atlas stories. I think one of my favorite use of these characters was the constant “cinematic” feel of it all – a robot that LOOKED like a 1950s robot, a spaceman who always wore a space suit and flew an actual “flying saucer,” an asian martial-arts gumshoe, and all of the other classic characters. The recent revelation of handsome Bob’s conversion into an alien straight of a 50s B-flic reminded me of a Twilight-Zone episode – it was an unfortunate change to Marvel Boy’s image, but it fit the Atlas bigger-picture. The “skrull” and “body-snatcher” plots just added to the fun. I really wish I knew what your future plans were — I would have loved to see these characters in a “Buck Rogers,” space-time storyline or have them meet the odd corners of the ancient Marvel Univerise, like the winged-people (Red Raven), the ancient “skull” people (Blazing Skull), or the peaceful (although supposedly dead) people of the Thin Man. Alas, twas not meant to be.

    Good luck with the Hulk, Jeff!

    Scott

    Comment from Bill Schlimme
    Time: August 24, 2010, 9:22 am

    The cancellation of Atlas isn’t helping me with my abandonment issues.

    Oh M-11, I think I’m going to miss you most of all.

    Comment from yeahaw
    Time: August 24, 2010, 1:16 pm

    My condolences to all involved.

    Unfortunately, it’s still true what was written in 1978 (?): the world is not yet ready for the Agents of Atlas (or Avengers as they were called then).
    However, coming back from that time – several times – makes me realise they will always come back;-)
    Thanks Mr. Parker!
    http://www.yeahaw.de

    Comment from David Oakes
    Time: August 24, 2010, 3:11 pm

    Dear Atlas,

    I am a long time reader, but this is my first time writing. In fact, the first Atlas comic book I ever read was the now-classic What If #9, “What if Atlas had formed in the 70s?”. Seeing the parallels with the current team of Beast, Vision, and Thor really gave me a sense of how long these characters had been around, and made me a lifetime reader. And now to return to that storyline in the current arc just seems so right. “What if Atlas had formed in 2010?”?!? An old Jimmy? Venus is a siren? It is the crazy ideas that keep me coming back to Atlas month after month just to see if you guys can top yourselves. And you always do!

    (The less said about “What if Atlas had formed in the 90s?” the better. Are we really suppoed to belive that one little change like not finding Captain America would turn the team into that? Putting Dane on the team made no sense, an obvious attempt to cash in on the Black Knight’s edgy – pardon the pun – fanbase. And Crystal? Just leave her on “The World’s FOURTH Greatest Super Team” where she belongs. I still can’t believe that a promising second-string villain like Kang was wasted to bring us “Age of Atlas”.)

    I have really been enjoying seeing the resurected Bucky leading super-villains on suicide missions in “Agents of Atlas”. And I say this as someone who liked the more political stories with Cap and his Atlas Independant Missions in the earlier incarnation of the book. Atlas Academy has been fun, but I really wish the book had been around when I was younger – rather than just Mutant Misfit reprints – because I think it would have helped me to know that having super powers doesn’t make high school any easier. I realize that the 60th anniversay event is only leading to a weekly book, but I am still somewhat sorry to see them cancelled. (I am glad to see that Hank and Janet have already found a new home. Hopefully they can revive that moribund Spider-franchise. If anyone can, it will be JMS.)

    Not being a Hulk fan, I haven’t read anything by this “Jeff Parker” kid, though I do remember enjoying that “Winter Guard Special” he drew. But if this level of insight and obviopus love for the characters is what he brings to his first arc, I can only hope he will be on the book for the next sixty years. I can’t wait to see what is in store next for the Woo Crew! (And Mr. Parker, if you are listening, let me just say that we haven’t seen the Headmen since Steve Gerber wrapped up his monumental run on “Omega the Unknown” in 2007…)

    Until next time, Always Ask for Atlas!

    David Oakes
    Age 40
    Chandler, AZ

    Comment from Dan Carr
    Time: August 25, 2010, 5:39 am

    I have a very short pull list, and it just got a little shorter. Buy this when it comes out in trade form and show Marvel this should be an on going.

    Comment from Trinity Vaughn
    Time: August 25, 2010, 5:56 am

    Atlas, oh how I love you, let me count the ways

    Venus, I love you because your singing makes me
    Ken, I love you because you shoot guns with your feet
    M-11, I love you because you know how to listen
    Jimmy, I love you because you keep your cool
    Namora, I love you because you can pull off that crown
    and Bob, I love you for being you.

    Can’t wait until you guys show up somewhere.

    Comment from Paul H.
    Time: August 25, 2010, 10:10 am

    Dear Mr. Parker,
    after a long absence from reading Marvel Comics I accidentally stumbled across the collected first mini-series of Agents of Atlas last year and to this day it is one of my favorite things that modern day Marvel has published.

    The adventure-like story, the colorful mix of characters… and Mr. Kirks artwork fit perfectly. Compared to the grim stories and gritty artwork of many other books at that time, this one really stood out. And the story had a beginning, middle and end, which was very satisfying. Even the following series was still very strong.

    But in my humble opinion, bringing back the Agents permanently would require going back to the magic that made the first mini-series so outstanding.

    While I keep my fingers crossed for this to happen, in the meantime I’m really enjoying the Thunderbolts, too. This kind of book is, once again, creative and refreshing, and a rare gem.

    Best, Paul

    Comment from jack marlowe
    Time: August 25, 2010, 11:35 am

    The first time I read Agents of Atlas enjoy a lot. It´s a comic-book different with a true voice and the best of all honest with the characters and the readers.

    For me the clearest forever message of the comic was about friendship: When you have trouble, your friends will come to help. It´s a return of old friends that help another, it´s a possitive message and good story.

    It was 2007 when i read the hardcover, and worth every penny with all the information: interviews, the Internet Game (as I would have liked to have participated) and became a Agents of Atlas fan forever.

    I follow all the appareances of the Agents of Atlas and ever the hard work to get his series (specials, miniseries, ongoing….).

    Jeff Parker created a new world fantastic and the best of all: believable characters. They aren´t for me Marvel Boy, Gorilla-man, Venus, Human Robot, Namora, FBI agent…Their names are Bob, Ken, Venus, M-11, Namora and Jimmy. And the other characters are amazing: Mr. Lao the dragon, Khanata, Suwan….

    I can´t forget either the artists: Leonard Kirk the first penciller of the original mini: a excellent artist with solid bases and emotional drawn, Carlo Pagulayan: the artist painter and amazing and Gabriel Hardman: a solid artist with best pencils.
    All of they fight to make his best pages and pencils. Thanks for this.

    I really would like to read more stories about them always. The series will end but forever stay with me for read and enjoy.

    Thanks Jeff Parker for create a Golden comic-book. Thanks artists for illustrate. And all the people who make possible.

    We are all Agents of Atlas!

    PD: I only miss a Agents of Atlas member card :)

    Comment from King Hulk Marco
    Time: August 25, 2010, 11:37 am

    Dear Atlas,

    What can I add that hasn’t been been said already by everybody here and on sites accross the net?

    One of the most imaginative comics that has come out of Marvel in along time that isn’t connected to any existing franchise. The stories and characters that have kept me and countless others entertained.

    The smart fans got it straight away and realised why this comic was getting all these great reviews and recommendations from all these sites but, sadly that wasn’t enough.

    If life has taught me anything is that nothing is truly wasted, nothing is truly gone. Everything in life eventually comes back.

    My friends, this isn’t the end but the beginning. The Agents of Atlas will rise again, I can guarantee you that. Bigger and better than ever before!

    Jeff my friend, you can be incredibly proud of the body of work you have produced.

    This is Marco De Jesus (aka King Hulk Marco) and secret Agent of Atlas signing off for now!

    Comment from Edward Liu
    Time: August 26, 2010, 6:32 am

    Dear Agents of Atlas,

    I can say without hesitation that “Agents of Atlas” is the best comic book I have ever read starring a revivified 50′s Chinese-American guy leading a killer robot, a talking gorilla, a telepathic human raised on another planet, a would-be goddess, and an Atlantean. I can also say without hesitation (and with my tongue removed from its previous position in my cheek) that “Agents of Atlas” gave me exactly the same blast of fun that got me reading comic books in the first place. It’s got an explosive mixture of high drama, sharp characterization, humor, action, and emotional rollercoaster-dom that lured me as surely as Venus’ voice used to lure sailors to their doom. It’s exactly the kind of book that comic book fans claim they want when they say “comics aren’t fun any more” or “comics are too dark these days,” so I’m still baffled why all those people weren’t buying it.

    I recommended the title to anybody who would listen and although my wallet thanks you, I am deeply saddened at the prospect of the Atlas-sized hole in my comic book lists. Until we meet again, Make Mine Atlas!

    – Ed

    Comment from Butch Mapa
    Time: August 27, 2010, 8:41 pm

    Despite the pulp trappings, Atlas was as modern as comic books can get. In an industry traditionally dominated by super heroic teams, Atlas stood out for presenting these characters as an empire, one whose main task was to police itself! These old characters felt fresh and new, from Namora’s fierce loyalty to the robot, to Bob’s painful loneliness, to Ken’s and Venus’ refreshing acceptance of their pasts. Jimmy’s the only throwback; an old-school force of nature who could inspire anyone under his banner. If there’s a title that ever represented comebacks, this would be it, and I eagerly await their next one!

    Comment from Brenda
    Time: August 28, 2010, 6:20 pm

    We recently sent a care package of comics and stuff to Afghanistan, and I got this letter back from the Lt. in charge:

    “So far we have burned through Batman and Robin and Agents of Atlas. When your LEAST interesting character is a
    big-game-hunter-turned-immortal-talking-gorilla, you’re on to something good.”

    Comment from Parker
    Time: August 28, 2010, 9:19 pm

    That’s great! Thanks Brenda.

    Comment from Scott McBride
    Time: August 31, 2010, 7:55 pm

    If ever there was a What If in the asking, it would be “What if the Atlas Heroes Awoke in the Wizard of Oz?” Ken would be an awesome Lion, M-11 (well, duh) as Tin-Man, I guess Bob’s new Alien body fits the thin (brainless?) Scarecrow, I’d love to see Venus as Dorothy, and imagine if a certain dragon was really the Wizard in disguise???? I can imagine Suwan colored green and flying a broomstick, and Jimmy and Namora as a kindly uncle and aunt. Just thinking about them makes me smile. I realize all of this is silly, but like a previous post said, you treated these folks as friends – true friends – in the craziness of team books in the Marvel Universe. No rivalries, no inner-turmoil between female characters or breast-beating men trying to prove who is better endowed – just friendships. Because of that, I can imagine these characters in silly, fun roles, and lose no respect for them when everyone wakes up in the morning. I am seriously going to miss these characters. Thanks for that, Jeff. I plan on sharing these characters with my young daughters when they are old enough. THESE are heroes.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: August 31, 2010, 9:09 pm

    Thank you, Scott!

    Comment from Doug
    Time: September 1, 2010, 10:34 am

    Others have said it louder, brighter, longer, or more intelligently, but Atlas was the best comic book around. What’s not to love with a talking gorilla, a killer robot, an alien, a mermaid princess, and a fallen goddess?!?

    Parker never let this book become anything it wasn’t, he always made sure it was a great read.

    It will be missed to be certain.

    Comment from King Hulk Marco
    Time: September 11, 2010, 9:12 pm

    Hi Jeff, I hope that this message finds you in good cheer. I had recently sent you an email, I thought I’d check to make sure that you received it ok. Kindest regards! Marco

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 11, 2010, 9:19 pm

    How recently, Marcelino? I don’t see anything…

    Comment from King Hulk Marco
    Time: September 11, 2010, 10:10 pm

    Within the last few weeks Jeff. I sent it to your personal one my friend.

    Comment from King Hulk Marco
    Time: September 11, 2010, 10:18 pm

    I have just quickly double checked. Have a look from 21st August onwards. You are sure to spot it.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 11, 2010, 10:37 pm

    Ah… that gmail address I never check unless I’m doing a giveaway! Thank you Marco, but I have to ask that you not suggest story ideas- I can get in lots of trouble if I do something similar to what someone suggested. Even though they’re great ideas! I think you’ll like what’s coming up, though.
    Looking through the mailing list, I see yours didn’t end up on the one of all the books mailed out. Have patience, I’ll get something to you!

    Comment from King Hulk Marco
    Time: September 11, 2010, 11:10 pm

    Thanks Jeff, as always you are a gentleman. Regarding the ideas front, I can’t take the credit for that. It was down to my awesome amigo Zeno (who you know) and a really nice new guy who goes by the name Maestro Hulk. I won’t do it again Jeff, promise! I have seen the preview pages for Hulk # 25 it looks good. The following issue’s Red Hulk vs Thor (rematch), Red Hulk vs Namor show promise. I hope that Red Hulk doesn’t just become a punching bag for Marvel’s heavy hitters. I hope that he wins more fights than he loses. There is no way he should lose to Iron Man (who as never beaten Jen never mind Bruce). Fighting Namor is a different case. That on land Ross would take it. Undersea the battle goes more in Namor’s favour.

    Comment from King Hulk Marco
    Time: September 11, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Fighting Thor is different. Thor is the God of Thunder, so he should win afew, also Red Hulk should win afew. There should be afew fights that end in a draw or no contest. As the series progresses under your watchful eye, I hope you will answer some questions regarding Red Hulk’s anatomy ie, why is so vulnerable to bladed weapons that even Punisher and Elektra can stab him quite easily. Also since he can absorb other sources of energy to augment his strength, healing, speed etc. Why can’t he do the same with the excess gamma radiation that his body continously produces as heat? Don’t forget he can shoot eye beams too!

    Comment from King Hulk Marco
    Time: September 11, 2010, 11:54 pm

    PS Don’t forget you set it up so that he views Lyra almost as a second daughter (how would Betty feel about that in her current state of mind? Hhmm!). Interaction between the two is a must. As is a confrontation with Skaar and by the looks of a recent Marvel preview the return of one Emil Blonsky aka The original Abomination. Right there you have two of the most eagerly awaited confrontations by fans accross all of Marveldom. You get to do all of this. Damn, it is good to be you!