With the revealed cover to Siege: Fallen igniting a frenzy of rumors about the supposedly impending death of The Sentry,” CBR’s Comic Book Legends Revealed decided to spotlight the super secret origin of the character. He was created by Paul Jenkins and artist Rick Veitch. He was originally meant to be an over the hill mid-level superhero with an addiction problem and a long backstory dating back to 50s before becoming a “forgotten” hero. Since he was supposed to have had adventures that touched many eras, Veitch designed a number of looks for the character, each reflecting the costumes of the time.
The pair created not only a fictional history for the Sentry within the Marvel Universe, but also a fictional publication history in the “real world.” They had planned on crediting the fictional “old time” comic book artists Chick Rivet and Juan Pinkles (anagrams of their names) as the Sentry’s creators.
The concept and creative team for the Sentry experienced some shake-ups once it got to the pitch stage. Veitch was replaced by Jae Lee (hot off his Inhumans mini). The Sentry’s power level was SIGNIFICANTLY increased. The addiction element of the character was shelved until the recent revelation that he was addicted to a serum that gives him his powers.
When the time FINALLY came to credit someone with the “long ago” creation of this “forgotten” character, Marvel promoted The Sentry limited series as the first appearance of an unknown Stan Lee Silver Age hero. Marvel received help in perpetrating the hoax from comic book magazine Wizard: The Guide to Comics when they reported the discovery of “lost” Sentry sketches by a forgotten artist named “Artie Rosen” (a nod to letterers Artie Simek and Sam Rosen who designed most of the Marvel mastheads of their era).
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