WATER FESTIVAL OF THE INHUMANS
Instigator: Royal Family of the Inhumans (Black Bolt, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Luna, Medusa, Triton)
Purpose: To celebrate life
Allies: Avengers (Black Panther (T’Challa), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Crystal, Quicksilver, Sersi, She-Hulk (Jen Walters), Thor (Thor Odinson), Thunderstrike (Eric Masterson), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)), Betty Banner, Banshee (Sean Cassidy), Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Boomer (Tabitha Smith), Colossus (Piotr Rasputin), Doc Samson (Leonard Samson), Force Works (Iron Man (Tony Stark), Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff), Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Wonder Man (Simon Williams)), Hulk (Bruce Banner), Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Infinity Watch (Drax the Destroyer (Arthur Douglas), Gamora, Maxam, Moondragon (Heather Douglas), Pip the Troll, Adam Warlock), Inhumans (many unidentified), Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), Moira MacTaggert, Elektra Natchios, New Warriors (Silhouette Chord, Firestar (Angelica Jones), Kymaera (Namorita Prentiss), Nova (Rich Rider)), Northstar (Jean-Paul Beaubier), Polaris (Lorna Dane), the Recorder, Silver Sable (Silver Sablinova), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Siryn (Theresa Cassidy), Vincent Stevens, Thing (Ben Grimm), Typhoid Mary, Uatu the Watcher, Mary Jane Watson, White Queen (Emma Frost), X-Men (Archangel (Warren Worthington III), Beast (Hank McCoy), Lucas Bishop, Cyclops (Scott Summers), Forge, Gambit (Remy LeBeau), Iceman (Bobby Drake), Phoenix (Jean Grey Summers), Psylocke (Betsy Braddock), Rogue (Anna Marie), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Wolverine (Logan/James Howlett))
Opposition: Bullseye (in the sense that he joined in the Festival uninvited)
Location: The Blue Area of the Moon
First Appearance: Marvel Swimsuit Special#3 (1994)
(Marvel Swimsuit Special #3) – To celebrate the centennial Water Festival of the Inhumans, the Royal Family of the Inhumans invited many of the Earth's heroes and friends to celebrate the holiday of life with them on the Blue Area of the Moon. Drawn to the mass of Earth heroes, the Watcher viewed the festivities with a Rigellian Recorder. As the heroes (and one or two villains) enjoyed the festivities, the Watcher noted that the assassin Bullseye had arrived without invitation, only to take in the festivities himself. The X-Men enjoyed a game of “Chicken Fight” while Gorgon and a group of Inhumans tossed X-Force’s Boomer into the air as a joke. Many of the heroes enjoyed the quiet time, including the X-Men’s Storm and Forge, the Avengers’ Quicksilver and Crystal, Gambit and Rogue, Hulk and Betty Banner, Nova and Kymaera, and Cyclops and Phoenix. Both Tony Stark and magical construct Vincent Stevens enjoyed the Inhuman women as Thunderstrike took to moon rock-climbing and She-Hulk co-opted the teleporting Inhuman Lockjaw to travel the world in 80 minutes. Banshee and Siryn performed a duet, much to the chagrin of Moira MacTaggert. As the festivities came to a close, the Watcher noted that the variety of lives in the world were like ripples in a body of water as the Silver Surfer passed by the Earth’s moon.
Comments: Created by Rob Tokar and a slew of artists.
Like the previous Marvel Swimsuit Specials, the issue was written as if it was a magazine published within Earth-616, meaning that the creative team involved would have Earth-616 counterparts. The creative team listed in the issue were: Steven Butler, Tom Smith, Joe Phillips, John Dell, Jung Choi, Chris Wozniak, John Lowe, Scott Benefiel, Jasen Rodriguez, Salvador Larroca, Sergio Melina, Steve Lightle, Scott McDaniel, Aron Wiesenfeld, Klaus Janson, John Wellington, Tom Raney, Steve Epting, John Stracuzzi, Bret Blevins, Jan Duursema, Greg Wright, Lou Harrison, Dan Lawliss, Jeff Albrecht, Kerry Gammill, Mike Kraiger, Tom Morgan, Gary Frank, Mark Farmer, Paul Mounts, Greg Hildebrandt, Tim Hildebrandt, Adam Hughes, Jeff Johnson, Dan Panosian, Carl Potts, Sergio Melia, Jason Pearson, James Fry, Harry Candelario, Rick Mays, Brian Stelfreeze, Darick Robertson, Larry Mahlstedt, Steve Geiger, Claudio Castellini, Al Williams, Joe Madureira, Terry Austin, P. Craig Russell, Gary Barker, John Cebollero, Stan Lee, Tom DeFalco, Mark Gruenwald, Bobbie Chase, John Romita, Sr., Virginia Romita, Gene Durante, Alison Gil, Chris Ebel, Chris Cooper, Dawn Geiger, Rob Tokar, John Rozum, Sarra Mossoff, Steve Bunche, Jack Abel, Claire Putsche, Flo Steinberg, Robbie Carosella, Jesus Gonzalez, Irwin Baum, Scott Elmer, Yancey Labat, Richard Perrotta, Terry Stewart, Michael Z. Hobson, Robert L. Losey, Robert J. Riscica, Paul E. Shapiro, Matt Ragone and Jim Sokolowski.
Of course, if the magazine was actually published on Earth-616 then the Watcher broke his vow of silence to report the Water Festival to Marvel’s Swimsuit Special. Then again, he was seen with a Rigellian Recorder so perhaps the Recorder only transcribed the Watcher’s words and reported the Festival to the magazine ... or I guess one of the heroes could have, especially considering that Wasp was a contributor of the first Marvel Swimsuit Illustrated magazine.
There were several previously unseen Inhumans in this issue, none of whom were identified.
Profile by Proto-Man.
The Water Festival of the Inhumans has no known connections to
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Marvel Swimsuit Special#3, p2-3, splash page (Inhumans welcoming heroes to the Water Festival, main image)
Marvel Swimsuit Special#3, p1, splash page (Watcher & the Recorder)
Marvel Swimsuit Special#3 (1994) – Rob Tokar (writer), Steven Butler, Joe Phillips, Chris Wozniak, Scott Benefiel, Salvador Larroca, Steve Lightle, Scott McDaniel, Aron Wiesenfeld, Tom Raney, Steve Epting, Bret Blevins, Jan Duursema, Lou Harrison, Dan Lawliss, Kerry Gammill, Tom Morgan, Gary Frank, Greg Hildebrandt, Tim Hildebrandt, Adam Hughes, Jeff Johnson, Carl Potts, Jason Pearson, James Fry, Rick Mays, Brian Stelfreeze, Darick Robertson, Steve Geiger, Claudio Castellini, Dan Panosian, Joe Madureira, P. Craig Russell, Gary Barker (pencils), Steven Butler, John Dell, John Lowe, Jasen Rodriguez, Sergio Melia, Steve Lightle, Scott McDaniel, Klaus Janson, Tom Raney, Steve Epting, Bret Blevins, Jan Duursema, Jeff Albrecht, Mike Kraiger, Tom Morgan, Mark Farmer, Dan Panosian, Carl Potts, Jason Pearson, Harry Candelario, Rick Mays, Larry Mahlstedt, Steve Geiger, Al Williams, Terry Austin, P. Craig Russell (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
Last updated: 10/01/12.
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