Confessions of a Comic Book Guy is a weekly column by Steve Bennett of Super-Fly Comics and Games in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This week, Bennett shares his joy at the announcement of an upcoming comic book cookbook from Marvel Comics.

In August 2016 (see “Food For Thought”), I wrote about my disappointment that although there is a lot of manga on the subject, there have never been so many American food and cooking comics . Oh, there’s probably been more than you think, starting with graphic novels Get Jiro and Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi by the late legendary author/chef Anthony Bourdain. As well as a handful of titles like Hungry, Chew, Space Battle Lunchtime, Ravenous, and Brave Chief Brianna, but there weren’t enough for my taste (sorry).

There have been plenty of superhero cookbooks. I was well aware Stan Lee Presents Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook and DC Super Hero Cookbook, but until I started googling “superhero cookbook” I had absolutely no idea how many of them there were. I’ve come across literally dozens of them, most of them from a fairly recent vintage. They included The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook: 60+ Simple, Tasty recipes for growing superheroes, DC Super Hero Girls Cookbook: The Complete Cooking 20 Recipes Dc Super Hero Girls Wellness and Healing, Wonder Woman: The Official Cookbook: Over Fifty Recipes Inspired by DC’s Iconic Super Hero, Marvel Vs Dc Cookbook: Simple Recipes To Enjoy Together, Avengers Campus: The Official Cookbook: Recipes from Pym’s Test Kitchen and Beyond, Marvel Comics: Cooking with Deadpool, Marvel’s Black Panther The Official Wakanda Cookbook, Marvel Eat the Universe: The Official Cookbook, and Marvel Cookbook: A fascinating book that gives you many Marvel recipes and images.

But neither Marvel nor DC has done a cooking comic before, and I honestly never thought I’d see one. Then, at this year’s SDCC, Marvel Comics Editor CB Cebulski announced that on August 8, Marvel Unlimited would launch Infinity Comic. Test kitchen which, with “comic book action required, each installment will include a recipe”. Cebulski is quoted as saying, “A comic like Test kitchenwhich features both stories and recipes, will hopefully appeal to a different type of viewer/reader than we traditionally reach at Marvel.”

Written by chef Paul Eschbach and illustrated by artist EJ Su, the comic focuses on Anna Ameyama, a cook who operates a food truck and is unfortunate enough to see Iron Man crash into it. But after tasting his food, Tony Stark immediately hires him to work at Stark Enterprises. Cebulski also said:

“As Marvel has continued to expand our efforts in the culinary space – from our original food and comic book panels; to developing our food-centric brand, products and content ; to the culinary concepts you see in places like Avengers Campus – creating an in-universe character to be at the forefront of all of these endeavors only made more sense,”

Back in June (see “Where are the eyeballs”), I got heaps of praise for the Marvel Infinity comic It’s Jeff! by Kelly Thompson and Gurihiru. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a mostly textless pantomime strip that follows the sweet and simple adventures of the lovable silent shark dog, Jeff. It seems to have been a hit, given the number of other comics featuring Marvel pantomime funny animals (Lucky the pizza dog, wonder meowand Alligator Loki) who followed him. And the fact that Marvel just announced season 2 of It’s Jeff! by the same creative team, arrives in September.

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