THANOS: SON OF TITAN by Joe Keatinge & Richard Elson Announced

The parade of news from Marvel Comics continued today as in the pages of USA Today they announced a 5 issue miniseries focusing on the origin of Thanos.  Written by Joe Keatinge (Hell Yeah!, Glory) with art by Richard Elson (Journey Into Mystery), this mini-series will add to the backstory of the cosmic villain made famous by the work of Jim Starlin.

After the success of Marvel’s The Avengers in movie theaters [SPOILER WARNING] many fans were delighted to see Thanos in a cameo at the end of the film, during the mid credits sequence, suggesting that the rumors of future Marvel movies leaping into the cosmic line of comics may come true.  Then Thanos appeared in the pages of Avengers Assemble, as Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley brought the villain back to the comics pages. Now with this mini-series, it seems as if Marvel is adding to the library of The Infinity Gauntlet to bring more Thanos stories to print.

Keatinge and Elson will be teaming up to write and draw the 5 issue series which promises to take the reader through Thanos’ upbringing, with events that pre-date even the landmark Fantastic Four #1 in the early days of the Marvel Universe.  Keatinge told USA Today:

“It is about how Thanos came to be..I don’t go Forrest Gump on it, but aspects of the Marvel Universe have been born that directly turn Thanos into who he is.”

Thanos: Son of Titan starts this October from Marvel Comics.


  1. awesome. I’ve been digging Glory – and I’m in for this. Don’t recall if I’ve seen Elson’s art – so to google I go!

  2. awesome. haven’t been too impressed with thanos stories here of late. hopefully this will be interesting. wonder why they don’t get starlin to do it?

    • I agree. With Marvel’s forays into the galactic there is one element that’s been missing and that’s Starlin. Abnett and Lanning are a close second to Starlin on that front. I am excited for anything Thanos though and anything GotG.

    • You will most likely never see Starlin work with Marvel again.

    • Is there a certain run of Sterlin’s I should read? I have read the Infinity Gauntlet mini-series and found it pretty awful but people always talk about how his cosmic is great, so which ones should I read?

    • @gkb444
      i would suggest Thanos Quest, Rebirth of Thanos, Infinity Abyss and The Infinity War, but if you don’t like The Infinity Gauntlet it might be pointless.
      i love all of these stories.

  3. Joe Keatinge? Richard Elson ? Those are like two of my favorite things!

  4. Loving Joe Keatinge’s work on Glory lately, so I have high hopes. The last big story to feature Thanos (written by DnA) was pretty damn impressive, so hopefully this will be just as good.

  5. Personally I am not a fan of Elson’s work on JiM, he is too realistic to me, sci-fi doesn’t really seem his shtick. I’ll at least check it out from a friend before I decide to purchase or not.

    • “sci-fi doesn’t really seem his shtick”

      I’m cracking up over here. Elson has spent the better part of a decade drawing science fiction comics for 2000 AD. From Judge Dredd to Low Life to Kingdom to Atavar to A.H.A.B. Sci-Fi is pretty much his entire ‘shtick’.

  6. Love marvel cosmic. I’ll definitely get the first issue and check it out. I’ll be very interested to see how much they’ll keep from his original origin and how much they’ll tweak when he appears in theaters probably in the next Avengers movie.

    Although that’s not related to the comic, it got me thinking of that.

  7. Sure hope Joe and Richard have better luck on that title than I did.