Marvel Entertainment has reached a deal with Tsuburaya Productions for Marvel to produce new comics and graphic novels based on Ultraman, a powerhouse Japanese property since the 1960s.  The announcement was made at Tokyo Comic Con this weekend. 

The new Marvel stories will be based on the first generation of Ultraman TV shows from the 1960s. TV series have continued until the present day, with 100s of episodes.  There are also dozens of feature films and video games based on the property.

Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski described the property.  “As one of the world’s most popular franchises, Ultraman has brought together some of the most passionate fandoms in pop culture today, and we can’t wait to bring his story to even more fans around the globe,” he said. “Like Marvel, Ultraman captivated generations by telling spectacular stories grounded in the real world, and it continues to be a beloved classic through its television shows, movies, toys, games, comics, and more.”