MGM’s ‘Creed’ Franchise to Become Comic Books

Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society and Chartoff-Winkler team with creatives at BOOM! Studios for the deal; Jordan to serve as creative director.

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May 3, 2023

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Cover of the first “Creed” comic book.
Cover of the first “Creed” comic book.BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios, under license by MGM and in collaboration with Michael B. Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society, and Chartoff-Winkler has announced an upcoming four-issue limited comic book series based on the “Creed” film franchise. The announcement comes following the theatrical release of MGM’s “Creed III.” 

The “Creed” comic book series begins ten years after the events of “Creed III.” Adonis Creed is out of the ring but not out of the game as he and his manager-wife, Bianca train the next champion – his daughter Amara, now an amateur boxer. Adonis and Bianca are reluctant to pit their daughter against more dangerous opponents, Amara feels like her career is at a standstill, and she’s hungry for more. Amara seeks another trainer, someone who’s not afraid of defying Adonis but still knows how to teach her to fight like a Creed.  

The first issue features cover art by artists, Mateus Manhanini, Valentine de Landro, Paris Alleyne and more. 

LaToya Morgan, who will write the series, has been a writer on “Shameless,” “Parenthood,” “Complications,” “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” “Into the Badlands” and “The Walking Dead.” She is currently the showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming HBO Max series, “Duster,” which she co-created with JJ Abrams. She’s written several comic books, including the Boom! Studios series, “Dark Blood.” 

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“I couldn’t say no at the opportunity to dive deeper into Adonis’ story – the story of the Creed dynasty,” says Morgan. “As a super fan of the Rocky and Creed franchises, this is a dream come true! I’m so excited for fellow fans to dive into this comic book goodness.” 

Jai Jamison is a writer/director based in Los Angeles who will also work on the story. He’s currently an executive story editor on “Superman & Lois” and will direct an episode of Season 3. In addition to his television and feature film work, Jai co-wrote “Earth Prime: Superman & Lois #2” for DC Comics. 

“It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime to play in the sandbox with such an iconic franchise filled with incredible and complex characters,” says Jamison. “The art I’ve seen from Wilton has blown my mind. And to top it all off, I get to collaborate with my longtime friend and mentor, LaToya. I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve got planned.”  

Wilton Santos, an artist and Brazilian native also working on the project, has worked on numerous titles for Marvel Comics. He is also the co-creator of “Break Out” at Dark Horse Comics.  

“When I was invited to work on this story, I was beyond excited,” says Santos. “Rocky and Creed are so iconic, and some of my favorite films. I hope the fans are just as excited to see what we’ve made.” 

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The upcoming series marks the next release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint. 

“As a huge fan of Rocky and Creed, this series is a dream project come to life with an absolute all-star team of creators and talent,” says Matt Gagnon, head, creative BOOM! Studios. “It’s humbling to be a part of the ongoing legacy, and we can’t wait for fans to discover what’s in store for the next generation of legendary champions.” 

Page from the upcoming “Creed” comic.

Print copies of the first issue will be available for sale in June 2023 exclusively at comic book shops (use to find the nearest comic book shop) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from comiXology, iBooks, Google Play and Kindle.  

“As you can see from the recent box office debut of ‘Creed III,’ the franchise is only getting hotter and hotter, and fans are looking for exciting new ways to interact with the property beyond the roll of the closing credits,” says Robert Marick, head, consumer products, MGM. “The collaboration with BOOM! Studios on this new, limited comic book series enables fans to continue on with Adonis in this new Creed under the creative direction of Michael B. Jordan and a lineup of truly brilliant writers and illustrators.” 

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