Marvel Comics’ second Ultraman 5-issue miniseries, The Trials of Ultraman, continues this month with the spectacular third issue! The creative team of writers Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom and artist Francesco Manna are back with the latest chapter in Ultraman’s Marvel adventures, as Ultraman and the USP recruit a mysterious new ally to deal with a widespread and well-organized foe.
The Trials of Ultraman #3 arrived at comic shops everywhere Wednesday, May 19, 2021! This issue will have again three incredible covers for fans to choose from. Let’s take a look at them all!
The main cover for The Trials of Ultraman #3, depicting a man on the street’s view through his smartphone of Ultraman battling Aboras, is again drawn by Arthur Adams. Aboras first appeared in the Ultraman TV series Episode 19 “Demons Rise Again” and the popular Kaiju has appeared in various series several times since. Adams has been one of the most popular artists in the industry for more than 30 years and has been a major fan of Japanese tokusatsu film and television. He was finally able to do his first official Ultraman artwork was a kaiju-packed variant cover for The Rise of Ultraman #2. Adams was then tapped as the lead cover artist for The Trials of Ultraman series. The cover colors are by Rachelle Rosenberg, whose credits include Captain Marvel, the Spider-Man and Star Wars titles, and Adams’ covers for the first two issues of The Trials of Ultraman.
ARTHUR ADAMS KAIJU VARIANT
Last year’s cover for The Rise of Ultraman #2 inspired Arthur Adams to begin drawing more classic Ultraman Kaiju for his own enjoyment. That series of illustrations are now being used for the interconnected The Trials of Ultraman variant covers, each focused on a favorite monster or alien from the 1966 Ultraman television series. The first two variants not-so-coincidentally featured the Space Monster Bemular and the Space Ninja Alien Baltan, the first two villains from the Ultraman show. Issue #3 continues that trend with the Transparent Monster Neronga from Ultraman Episode 3: “Science Patrol, Move Out!” This cover is once again colored by Jason Keith, who previously collaborated with Adams on the other kaiju variant covers as well the one for The Rise of Ultraman #2. Only 1 in every 25 copies will use this cover, making it the rarest of the variant covers this issue, so if you see it, don’t miss out!
The final variant for The Trials of Ultraman #3 is a photo cover using a publicity still from the original Ultraman television series. Taken from Episode 8, “The Monster Anarchy Zone,” this cover depicts Ultraman facing off with the Underground Monster Magula—one of the rare monsters the Giant of Light never directly clashed with on the show. This file photo came from the archives of Tsuburaya Productions and was lovingly restored for its Marvel Comics appearance by Starlight Runner’s own Creative Director, Chrysoula Artemis. Only 1 in every 10 copies will use this cover. To see the episode that this cover is taken from, as well as any of the episodes referenced in this article, fans can pick up Ultraman: The Complete Series from Mill Creek Entertainment! [https://www.millcreekent.com/collections/the-ultra-verse]
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The Trials of Ultraman #3 goes on sale on May 19, 2021, at comic shops everywhere. Make sure to pick it up, and keep your eyes glued to UltramanGalaxy.com for more news from Tsuburaya Productions and Marvel Entertainment!