Author Archives: Jim Zub

GameFan Skullkickers Interview From December 2011

A fun throwback I found while reorganizing things in my office – Here’s a Skullkickers interview from the December 2011 issue of GameFan Magazine:

Making Comics – Dialogue Order and Page Thumbnails

In this new tutorial video I go over one of the most common problems I see with new writers and in new comic artist portfolios – setting up clear dialogue order. In my demonstrations I use page artwork by Cory Smith and Max Dunbar, with lettering by Travis Lanham and Neil Uyetake.

Give it a watch and, if you enjoy it and find it useful, please share it as well.

Zub Patreon Q&A #1

I asked my Patreon supporters for their questions about writing comics and working in the industry and then shot this video covering the answers.
Watch and maybe it’ll answer questions you have about the process too:

If you want to ask me questions I might answer in a future video, join my Patreon! For the price of a coffee you can dig through more than 250 scripts and pitches to learn how comics are made.

Conan the Barbarian #22 Reviews

Blake’s Buzz: “This entire arc has been incredibly strong, and the tension refuses to let up. No matter how many foes he slays, or women he beds, Conan can’t help but fall into weirdness, and Zub’s Conan run celebrates this. Longtime fans, and new ones like me, are in for one hell of a ride through Khitai!”

Comic Book.com: “Just when I was starting to think that this arc had run out of steam, Jim Zub and company found a way to keep me intrigued. “

The Pullbox: 9.2/10 “Fans of epic fantasy action, readers who like their heroes stoic & terse, anyone interested in seeing where the ‘swords & sandals’ sub-genre came from, get thee to the nearest comic book shop and pick this one up. “

Avengers Tech-On Toys – Part 1


Bandai Spirits and Marvel Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski unveiled IRON MAN from TECH-ON AVENGERS, along with other glimpses at the toys and comic.


Armor design and comic cover by Eiichi Shimizu.
Story by Jim Zub.
Comic art by Jeffrey Cruz.

The S.H.Figuarts action figures look so great! Can’t wait to show off more in the weeks ahead.





Young Squadron Reviews

AIPT: 8.5/10 “…a great example of how tie-in books to an event can have fun, inform readers on the larger universe, and tell a smaller story within the boundaries of a specific premise.”

But Why Tho?: “Zub does a good job of writing the characters in the panel-to-panel interactions. These characters feel like the familiar personalities we know, but with a twist.”

Comic Book.com: 8/10 “The ambitious series is slow to start with exposition, but the debut issue will end with you invested in some familiar faces. And when the truth comes to life about this world’s top heroes, you’ll be left rooting for these little guys!”

Comic Crusaders: “This is a solid, enjoyable book helped greatly by the inclusion of Deadpool who adds a massive injection of classic Zub humor even while allowing the story to move quickly without too much angst and exposition. This is a team and setup which would truly be fun to revisit which is rare in any modern crossover. “

ComicXSF: “Cummings then delivers a few striking, yet characteristically fun visuals from there. Each panel always keeps the kids centered and their powers and blocking secondary, which allows a clear focus for the reader on the characters so they don’t get lost in the action.”

Comics the Gathering: “The art team does an excellent job of modulating this journey into darkness. Steven Cummings puts together a satisfying kid-hero story while also debuting perfectly appealing new character designs.”

Major Spoilers: 8/10 “…manages to walk the line between a fun romp that’s typical with younger hero based books and something darker with a message to say. The way that the gleeful, naïve, and understatedly concerned way the Young Squadron approach the violence of their world is both silly and startling.”

Marvel Blog: “…this issue really excels because it understands how important meta characters like Deadpool and Quinn can be to a story.”

The Real Manos: “The storytelling here is very economical. It doesn’t feel too rushed, too quick or that you’re missing something.”

One More Comic: 10/10 “…the perfect balance between the innocence of youth with horror and suspense.”

Interview With Perch

I spoke to Perch and Joe Corallo about starting my creative career, breaking into mainstream comics, and some of my past projects. We cover quite a bit of material in this interview. Check it out.

Young Squadron Interview on Newsarama

I spoke to Kat Calamia at Newsarama all about Young Squadron, the Champions transformation happening during Marvel’s Heroes Reborn event.

How are Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, and Sam Alexander transformed?
How does this tie into Jason Aaron’s world-warping event?

Read on and find out, along with exclusive preview pages from Steven Cummings and Erick Arcinega.

Zub Marvel Comics Arriving August 2021


AVENGERS: TECH-ON #1 (OF 6)
JIM ZUB (W) • CHAMBA (A)
Cover by EIICHI SHIMIZU
Variant Cover by CHAMBA
VARIANT COVER BY JAMES STOKOE
Variant Cover by PEACH MOMOKO
TOY VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

When the Red Skull wields a strange new power that strips heroes of their powers and threatens the entire world, the Avengers turn to Tony Stark’s experimental new technology to save us all. Here come the Iron Avengers — Avengers Tech-On!

Sleek high-tech power suits bristling with energy and amped-up attack power face off against super villains enhanced to match. It’s mechs and mayhem in the Marvel Mighty Manner!

Avengers Tech-On is a sentai-inspired action-adventure series produced in partnership with Bandai Namco of Japan, written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter)!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99


CONAN THE BARBARIAN #24
JIM ZUB (W) • CORY SMITH (A) • Cover by GEOFF SHAW
Variant Cover by Jeffrey VereGge

A PERFECT STORM!

CONAN sails home from his adventures in Khitai…but crossing the sea will prove to be his deadliest experience yet!

If the crew is to survive, they’ll need to pull together against the forces of nature…but is there something else at play? And who can Conan trust?

It all leads up to the landmark 300th issue next month and a shocking return to a fan-favorite Conan era!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
© 2021 Conan Properties International LLC


HEROES REBORN: AMERICA’S MIGHTIEST HEROES COMPANION VOL. 1 TPB
Written by RYAN CADY, MARC BERNARDIN,
STEVE ORLANDO, JIM ZUB & CODY ZIGLAR
Penciled by MICHELE BANDINI, STEPHEN BYRNE,
RAFAEL DE LATORRE, BERNARD CHANG, STEVEN CUMMINGS & PACO MEDINA
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW

Stories from a world without Avengers!

• The teenage Hyperion and his friends in the Shi’ar Imperial Guard find horror and agony in the Negative Zone!
• Peter Parker is the world’s biggest Hyperion fan — and he also just happens to be chummy with his favorite hero thanks to a photography gig at the Daily Bugle!
• Years after his kind were massacred, Magneto gathers his Mutant Force for a deadly rescue mission!
• Kid Spectrum (Sam Alexander), Girl Power (Kamala Khan) and the all-new Falcon (Miles Morales) are the Young Squadron!
• And Baron Zemo leads Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Scott Lang and Victor Creed in an assault on Earth’s supreme heroes!

Collecting HEROES REBORN: HYPERION & THE IMPERIAL GUARD; HEROES REBORN: PETER PARKER, THE AMAZING SHUTTERBUG; HEROES REBORN: MAGNETO & THE MUTANT FORCE; HEROES REBORN: YOUNG SQUADRON and HEROES REBORN: SIEGE SOCIETY.

168 PGS./Rated T+ …$19.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-93113-1
Trim size: 6-5/8 x 10-3/16

Tech-On Avengers Launches in August!

In partnership with BANDAI SPIRITS of Japan, Marvel Comics will release a brand-new Avengers comic series this August: TECH-ON AVENGERS!

Check out the initial details here on MARVEL.COM!

BANDAI SPIRITS will also be releasing a new S.H.Figuarts action figure line in coordination with the series. Stay tuned this June for more details!

TECH-ON AVENGERS #1 (OF 6)
Written JIM ZUB
Art by CHAMBA
Cover by EIICHI SHIMIZU
On Sale 8/11

When the Red Skull wields a strange new power that strips heroes of their powers and threatens the entire world, the Avengers turn to Tony Stark’s experimental new technology to save us all. Here come the Iron Avengers — TECH ON AVENGERS! Sleek high-tech power suits bristling with energy and amped-up attack power face off against Super Villains enhanced to match. It’s mechs and mayhem in the Marvel Mighty Manner!

This thrilling collaboration will blend classic Marvel storytelling with the innovative creativity of BANDAI SPIRITS resulting in an Avengers saga like never before. Written by Jim Zub (Uncanny Avengers, Champions) and illustrated by Jeff “Chamba” Cruz (Venom: The End, Street Fighter), TECH-ON AVENGERS is a tokusatsu-inspired action-adventure comic series featuring stellar new armor designs for some of Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains.