Douglas Mason, Getty Images Ziggy Marley believes reggae will never be what…
- Posted on Feb 4th 2011 1:00PM by Brian Voerding
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Reggae star Ziggy Marley announced Thursday that his creation will be the latest superhero introduced to the comic-book lexicon.
According to a release from Image Comics, the company that's putting out the book, Marijuanaman is a "noble extraterrestrial champion, who has arrived on Earth to deliver an important message and at the same time save his own planet."
It's not clear exactly what kind of specific superpowers Marijuanaman will have, though, and both Marley and his collaborators have said that fans shouldn't expect any obvious cliches from the graphic novel.
The book was written Joe Casey and illustrated by Jim Mahfood, who each have dozens of comics to their names and have worked for Marvel and DC Comics, among others. The two longtime friends worked closely with Marley on the project, and both praised Marley's concept and work ethic.
"Ziggy Marley is a visionary," Mahfood said. "He's involved in every step, but he's also been cool enough to let Joe and I cut loose and really spread our artistic wings on this project."
The 48-page, full-color book will be released on -- when else? -- April 20.