Posted by G-Man (30625 posts) - - Show Bio

It's hard to believe that Sweden never really had its own superhero. There was a character called Dotty Whirlwind in 1945-1945 but she never carried her own book. It wasn't until 2011, when writer/artist Mikael Bergkvist brought Agent Marc Saunders to comic book life.

Agent Marc Saunders is said to be a cross between James Bond and Doc Savage. He's a super-powered agent working for the American government. He's aided by a team of allies, including the beautiful media tycoon Marion Gold.

Issue #1 of the American version comes out in April from Ardden Entertainment and is available for order through Diamond Comics. It also features a cover by Neal Adams.

Has anyone around here read or heard of Agent Marc Saunders?

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#1 Posted by The Impersonator (4994 posts) - - Show Bio
Has anyone around here read or heard of Agent Marc Saunders?

Hmmmm. Nope. Never been to Sweden actually. =P

#2 Posted by Billy Batson (57751 posts) - - Show Bio

of course someone like has heard about this.

BB

#3 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (32654 posts) - - Show Bio

That lass is pretty skilful with a handgun 

#4 Posted by fesak (7031 posts) - - Show Bio

There's plenty of swedish super-heroes, well maybe not plenty, but a handful.
In any case it's a strange way of advertising a comic.

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#5 Posted by EugeneSaxe (227 posts) - - Show Bio

Did Tintin teach them nothing? America isn't overly thrilled with out-of-country comics unless tentacle rape is involved.

#6 Posted by CookieVonDoom (32 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm Swedish and I have never heard about this, until now. Sure, I don't really keep track of Swedish comic books but I do hang around in comic book shops quite a lot (which says a bit of promotion of our own comics I guess) and to find out about this on here is both surprising and kind of sad -- don't get me wrong, it's awesome that CV posts about it, but it would be even more awesome if someone who lives here had a clue.

The logotype looks horrible by the way. And why use a supporting character on the cover of the first issue, when, at the same time the main character is male and sports his name as the name of the book? Talk about confusing first time readers.

#7 Posted by BlackArmor (6134 posts) - - Show Bio

@EugeneSaxe said:

Did Tintin teach them nothing? America isn't overly thrilled with out-of-country comics unless tentacle rape is involved.

...you win at the internet

#8 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Can honestly say I've never heard of this superhero. Still, despite how unoriginal he seems, I'll check more of him out.

#9 Posted by NightFang (9866 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Impersonator said:

Has anyone around here read or heard of Agent Marc Saunders?

Hmmmm. Nope. Never been to Sweden actually. =P

#10 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

Never heard of him but I might pick up an issue or two

#11 Posted by Renee (10289 posts) - - Show Bio

Nope, but yay for Sweden.

#12 Edited by KRYPTON (1891 posts) - - Show Bio

If it is a Sweeden character shouldn't the character stay in Sweeden? I am talking about the character, if it is an agent of sweeden should be fighting villains in sweeden, that is what i am saying

#13 Posted by pikahyper (11484 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks cheap o.o

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#14 Posted by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

Marc Saunders is the first swedish superhero to have his own title in sweden, and has been published since early 2011. He's american. It's not unlike Blueberry, who's a french character who's also american. It's an interesting country you have.

#15 Posted by RigorMortis (87 posts) - - Show Bio

Either the central character in this image is not Marc Saunders or he has some nice cans.

#16 Posted by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

The artist - me - is online on facebook here, http://www.facebook.com/artofamikael, and there will be associated art and sneak peaks there every now and again. :-/

#17 Posted by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

The first cover in sweden, inked by Joe Rubinstein, the inker of the series.

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/225993_221007407915667_167199353296473_1046030_324156_n.jpg

#18 Posted by dondasch (926 posts) - - Show Bio

bork bork bork ?

#19 Posted by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

We're keeping him a bit under wraps because he's a bit of a surprise we think, and him not being on the cover of issue one is a conscious decision. We can only hope that readers will enjoy the surprise when they finally come to meet the 'real' Marc Saunders. Of course, you never know if these high-concept things will work as expected, but as mystery-men goes, we have some hope he'll be a fun ride.

#20 Posted by Izaiah (5166 posts) - - Show Bio
@The Impersonator said:
Has anyone around here read or heard of Agent Marc Saunders?

Hmmmm. Nope. Never been to Sweden actually. =P

I live here, but I haven't ever heard of him either...
#21 Edited by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

It's only a year old, but it has grown fast.

http://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bergkvist_mikael.htm

#22 Posted by lokiofmidgaard (332 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man said:

It's hard to believe that Sweden never really had its own superhero. There was a character called Dotty Whirlwind in 1945-1945 but she never carried her own book.

Not hard to believe. Just plain incorrect to believe it. Apart from Dotty Virvelvind, you could argue Pippi Långstrump (aka Pippi Longstocking) - she's got powers, fought criminals and had her own series. If her lack of costume and alter ego rule her out as being a superhero, then Agent Marc Saunders has a similar problem if he is "a cross between James Bond and Doc Savage." Kapten Sverige, a traditional superhero character, debuted in 1990, though not in his own series, and there's been several superheroes showcased in Svenska Superserier

http://www.svenskasuperserier.se/index_2.html

So quite a few prior superheroes. If we're claiming "first with his own series" and discounting Pippi, then Kapten Stofil had his own series back in 1999; no costume but then neither it appears has Agent Saunders. No powers, just gadgets, but again, neither it appears has Agent Saunders. Done tongue in cheek though, so Agent Marc Saunders might be able to claim the first seriously-done Swedish superhero in his own title. I still wish the series success, but claims of first Swedish superhero? Not by a long way.

#23 Edited by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

Just noting that the character debuted in "Wardmaster" 1984, and also in a publication of its own later that year, on the same terms as 'svenska superseriers' publications today. Also, though Marc Saunders has superpowers, basically invulnerability and super strength, it's his true nature which is the fun part. The suit is there too, but it's not apparent. :)

And counting Pippi Longstocking as a superhero is just plain weird, to be perfectly honest..

#24 Posted by BKole (497 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, if the comic comes out over in here in the UK I'll defo pick it up. There's something interesting about characters who're controlled by their creators, there's a certain freedom to it, and frankly, if we didn't try something new then the comics market would be a right state of just a couple of big publishers throwing around 70 year old characters across multiple titles.

Oh, hang on.

#25 Posted by THEBlaqueBasterd (384 posts) - - Show Bio

a swedish star who works for an american agency &has a random big boobed wonder on the cover... yeh..this doesnt sound lame AT ALL

#26 Posted by HombreMan (101 posts) - - Show Bio

The only character of Sweden I care about is Lisbeth Fucking Salander:

#27 Posted by iLLituracy (13537 posts) - - Show Bio

What's Sweden?

#28 Posted by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

The random big boobed is his girlfriend, so there's a lot more of her.

#29 Posted by Mr Mofo (354 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't see the need to discriminate against a big boobed girlfriend.

#30 Posted by cosmo111687 (1489 posts) - - Show Bio

Sweden's first superhero is and always will be Pippi Longstocking.

Pippi lifting her horse.
#31 Posted by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

With that being the definition, I concede. She wasn't even the first if so, there were several ones before her too.

If the definition is a comic book hero, which is seriously meant to work as such, I think it still stands though.

He debuted back in -84.

The first episode of Marc Saunders (license to kill) got some early reactions..

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/374656_321043887912018_167199353296473_1515324_934107495_n.jpg

#32 Posted by TerryMcC (305 posts) - - Show Bio

So why is he an American and not Swedish?  
 
Also what's the deal with popular European action heroes, like Lazarus Led in Italy, and Tex Willer in Italy and German being American?

#33 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (7576 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool.

#34 Posted by Iron Apollo (2191 posts) - - Show Bio

They make good furniture why not a good comic?!

#35 Posted by amikael (9 posts) - - Show Bio

As an answer to why he's american - I love american comics, and to have a cover by Neal Adams, and be inked by Joe Rubinstein is like a dream come true to me. :)

#36 Posted by Gylan Thomas (2727 posts) - - Show Bio

Call me crazyt but that look like a woman on the cover. Not a guy called Marc.

#37 Posted by CATPANEXE (9368 posts) - - Show Bio

I ordered this, though I'll pick it up really late like everything else. But, I do appreciate you covering vague things like this G-Man, it's the kind of stuff I want to read about here. Those odd ones under rock that I probably wouldn't know about otherwise. More like this please, not that I don't appreciate reviews of Superman and Spider-man, nor understand your obligation to the high selling books, but I do already know what they are and whats going on there as well.