Weirdworld has a long, strange history in the Marvel Universe. The unusual locale first appeared in MARVEL SUPER ACTION before moving over to MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS in the late 1970’s. More recently the plane resurfaced during Secret Wars in a series written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Mike del Mundo.
With the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe in the works, the freaky locale will continue to capture imaginations thanks to a December 16-launching ongoing from Sam Humphries and Del Mundo simply titled WEIRDWORLD.
This time around, the focus of the book will be a young woman named Becca with absolutely no experience in the realms fantastic. That would be difficult enough for anyone transported to a wild new location, but even more so as this new protagonist finds herself up against the infamous Morgan le Fay.
Del Mundo talks about bringing Becca to life, continuing the flow from Secret Wars and putting his own bit of magic on a variety of new and old characters.
Marvel.com: You painted the Secret Wars version of WEIRDWORLD. Are you using any of the same designs or locales this time around?
Mike del Mundo: What makes working on a book like WEIRDWORLD amazing is that it’s constantly changing. Every issue is completely different from the last issue which gives me an opportunity to create everything from scratch. Spoiler Alert: You will see Morgan le Fay’s castle from the previous series. That’s all I can tell you.
Marvel.com: Becca is the star of the book. What was the process like nailing down her physical appearance with Sam?
Mike del Mundo: I was lucky to be working with Sam and we talked a lot of what we would want to incorporate into this story. We started with Becca being a typical teenager and we tried to give meaning to every part of her outfit, especially her red backpack.
In issue #2, we take Becca and give her a Weirdworld Warrior makeover. We dressed her up in a furry blue pullover with pink spikes as if they skinned a Furry Blue Creature of Weirdworld.
Marvel.com: Can you also talk a bit about developing the looks of Ogeode, Goleta, and Cat Beast?
Mike del Mundo: Sam had the initial ideas for all three characters. With Ogeode, Sam wanted to stay away from the typical wizard with pointy hats and magic wands. We thought it would be cool to make him look like a creature you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark forest.
Goleta was really fun. Sam’s description was a tall, strong, full figured Viking woman with Marilyn Monroe hair. We evolved it with little things like a deer antler headpiece, Gundam gauntlets and a G staff. We needed a way for them to get around, so we gave them a Goletamobile to drive in style.
Cat Beast started as a black cat with horns and wings. If that wasn’t cool enough, he breathes fire. You’ll be seeing a lot of Cat Beast.
Marvel.com: Morgan le Fay appears as the book’s main villain. Versions of this character have popped up over the years. Did you take inspiration from any of them when designing yours?
Mike del Mundo: We wanted to stay true to the legacy of Morgan le Fay so we just added a few little things like a crown made from the skeleton of a Weirdworld beast to complete the regal look.
Marvel.com: When Sam talked to Marvel.com about the book he said it’s set in a place where anything can happen. Have you been surprised by some of the elements he included in a script?
Mike del Mundo: When I was working with Jason Aaron on the first series, I didn’t think Weirdworld could get any more crazy but I was wrong. I have been able to read the first couple of scripts and I am very excited to draw what’s coming up. There [are] all sorts of creatures and environments that revisit my childhood of Saturday morning cartoons and Disney movies.
WEIRDWORLD #1 creeps its way into stores thanks to Sam Humphries and Mike del Mundo on December 16.