It may seem hard to believe, but R.L. Stine has never written a comic book at any point during his very long and successful career. That is all about to change though, because Marvel has recruited him to write a new series. The Goosebumps author recently made the announcement, but unfortunately he couldn't say exactly what the series will be.
The famed children's horror author recently did an AMA on Reddit. During the course of the the AMA, a fan asked R.L. Stine if he had ever considered writing a comic book. He's not just considering it, he's actually doing it! Here is what he had to say about it.
"I'm writing a series of comic books for Marvel, my first comics ever. But I'm not allowed to talk about them yet."
R.L. Stine has been writing prominently for decades and has written literally hundreds of books. So it is kind of amazing that at the age of 73 he is just now writing his very first comic book series, but better late than never, especially in this case. As for what exactly the series will be? All we can do is speculate because he wasn't able to give any solid details about the project. We do know it is with Marvel, which seems fitting. Beyond that, it could be any number of things. Given that R.L. Stine has a knack for horror themed stuff, we can guess that this mysterious new Marvel comic may fall under that umbrella, but he also could be looking to change things up a bit. After all, one of his writing credits is Spaceballs: The Book.
Marvel seems to be making something of a habit lately of taking non-comic book writers and turning them into comic book writers. The publisher also did this with Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is now writing the critically acclaimed current Black Panther run, as well as author Chelsea Cain, who is now writing the bestselling Mockingbird series, which has also received a fair amount of praise. That doesn't mean that R.L. Stine will also be tackling a superhero series, but that would be interesting. Marvel has done adaptations of Stephen King novels over the years and R.L. Stine has been called the "Stephn King of Children's literature," so maybe it is something Goosebumps related? Again, it is really hard to know.
The news, even if it is a bit vague and mysterious at the moment, should be welcomed by both fans of R.L. Stine and of Marvel Comics. Even though he has never written a comic book before, his books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, so he clearly knows what he is doing. Be on the lookout at your local comic book shop for R.L. Stine's Marvel comic book series, whenever it drops.