His books restcomfortably at the top of the sales charts each month and the stories he weavesin them get the fans talking! The current list of Marvel projects Bendis isinvolved with and the creators he is collaborating with is weighty andfar-flung: _HOUSE OF M_with Olivier Coipel, _ULTIMATESPIDER-MAN_ with Mark Bagley, _DAREDEVIL_ with Alex Maleev, _NEW AVENGERS _with DavidFinch, _SECRET WAR _withGabriele Dell'Otto, and of course, his very own special masterpiece, _POWERS_ with MichaelAvon Oeming.
One might wonder whatthese characters and situations have come to mean to Bendis, and which of themhe's grown closest to.
"Well, obviously,those would be the ones I am lucky enough to be writing," says thescribe. "Spider-man, Daredevil, the New Avengers, Jessica Jones, Icould go on and on. But also, the greatest supporting casts- Foggy Nelson, MaryJane Watson, Jarvis...
"That is one of the big reasons my life withMarvel has been so fortunate. I have been given the amazing opportunity tochronicle these characters that mean so much to all of us, with the artistswho's work I think is the best comics has ever seen, and do all of itunder the supervision of one of the best editorial staffs that has ever sat inthe mighty Bullpen."
And Bendis doesn'tforget the fans when thinking back over favorites. "They mean everythingin the world. Honestly, I know I sound like a corndog on a stick, but we're thefirst generation of comic creators to get instant worldwide feedback from ourreaders. That's why I think comics, overall, have gotten so good, because thereader is out there and we know it."
"My readers have been so open to the variety ofideas and projects we've tried and its impossible to thank them enough. Thebest thing I can do is stay with the company who I think makes the best kind ofcomics, the kind of comics I need to make, with the best characters in thehistory of modern fiction. Its my true honor to stick to the commitment I madeto the people who have supported these books."
Marvel Editor-In-ChiefJoe Quesada is obviously very happy that Bendis will continue his good works atthe House of Ideas. "Brian's a true professional, a good guy, andone heckuva talented writer. When it comes right down to it, what more couldMarvel ask for? He's opened up new vistas for our fictional stars andsingle-handedly created a fanbase that's truly overwhelming.Brian's is, no doubt about it, Da Man to End All Mans!"
The sentiments for MarvelComics and its staff are reciprocated by Bendis, giving us an idea of the goodfeelings and creativity that has become a cornerstone of the comics giant."I just want to publicly thank Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, Avi Arad, IkePerlmutter, Alan Fine, and the entire editorial staff at Marvel for creating atrusting and supportive environment for me and the creative community."
Bendis fans can hear allthe latest developments of his career with Marvel at Marvel.com.
With a library of over 5,000 proprietary characters,Marvel Enterprises, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-basedentertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused in four areas: entertainment(Marvel Studios), licensing, comic book publishing and toys (Toy Biz). Marvelfacilitates the creation of entertainment projects, including feature films,DVD/home video, video games and television based on its characters and alsolicenses its characters for use in a wide range of consumer products andservices including apparel, collectibles, snack foods and promotions. Marvel'scharacters and plot lines are created by its comic book division whichcontinues to expand its leadership position in the U.S. and worldwide while alsoserving as an invaluable source of intellectual property.