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al group of superhero
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es that appear in comic book
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s published by Marvel Comics
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. The team was created by writer Mark Millar
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and artist Bryan Hitch
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, and first appeared in The Ultimates
The Ultimates (comic book)
The Ultimates is a thirteen-issue comic book limited series written by Mark Millar with art by Bryan Hitch. The series introduces the superhero team the Ultimates and was published by the Ultimate Marvel imprint of Marvel Comics.-Publication history:...
#1 (March 2002), as part of the company's Ultimate Marvel
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imprint. The team is a modern reimagining of the superhero team the Avengers
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The first volume of the Ultimates, written by Millar and illustrated by Hitch, was published in limited series format and ran for thirteen issues with production delays from March 2002 until April 2004.