Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tales To Astonish #2 (January 1980)

Title: Cry...Triton!
Cover: John Buscema, Frank Giacoia
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: John Buscema
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Artie Smek
Editor: Stan Lee
Reprint Editor: Danny Fingeroth
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Tales To Astonish #2 reprints Sub-Mariner #2 (June 1968).  The issue opens with the Sub-Mariner destroying the Arctic Circle base of his foe Destiny following their battle in the previous issue. Namor departs to pursue the escaped villain, wondering if he can draw upon his uneasy truce with the Fantastic Four for assistance in finding Destiny. Elsewhere, Plant Man curses his luck as he spots Black Bolt flying over his submarine.  The Inhuman's monarch joins Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon and Triton on the shore of a nearby island and they set out to investigate the suspicious submarine.  Triton dives beneath the surface and Plant Man manages to provoke a fight between the aquatic Inhuman and the Sub-Mariner.  They go blow-for-blow at length, but just as Namor is about to beat Triton, the two are are captured by Plant Man who escapes the rest of the Inhumans in his submarine and sets a course for London, England where he plans to unleash his next attack.  During an interlude in this issue, Lady Dorma agonizes over whether Prince Namor is actually dead while the citizens of Atlantis start to evacuate their destroyed city.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Star Wars #31 (January 1980)

Title: Return to Tatooine!
Cover: Carmine Infantino, Bob Wiacek
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Penciler: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Bob Wiacek
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Letterer: Jim Novak
Editor: Jim Shooter
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Luke Skywalker returns to Tatooine to recruit blockade runner pilots to help the Rebel Alliance. While on his home planet for the first time since the beginning of the Star Wars, Luke uncovers clues to a secret Empire plot, but not enough to find out exactly what is afoot. He goes to Mos Eisley to continue his original mission, and reunites with Han Solo and Chewbacca in the same cantina where they originally met. However, the reunion is cut short as Fixer arrives to warn Luke that the Empire is aware that the young Rebel is on Tatooine and actively searching for him.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wikia, Wookieepedia

Spidey Super Stories #44 (January 1980)

Title: Spidey And The Vision Meet Dr. Time!
Cover: Marie Severin
Writers: Alan Kupperberg, Michael Siporin
Penciler: Winslow Mortimer
Inker: Ricardo Villamonte
Editor: Deborah November
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Spidey Super Stories #44 runs 36 pages with no ads and has three feature stories. In Time for Trouble, an unknown force is making time speed up. When Spider-Man investigates, he finds that Doctor Time is behind the trouble and teams up with Vision to take on the villain. In The Wizard is Odd, the Wall Crawler has a strange Wizard of Oz-like dream that contains all of his friends from the Electric Company. In, No News is Bad News!, Spidey teams up with the Butterfly to stop Doc Ock, who is trying to sabotage the Daily Bugle.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Comic Collector Live, Comic Vine, Marvel Wikia

Spider-Woman #22 (January 1980)

Title: Bring On…The Clown!
Cover: Marie Severin, Mike Esposito
Writer: Michael Fleischer
Penciler: Frank Springer
Inker: Mike Esposito
Colorist: Ben Sean
Letterer: Clem Robins
Editor: Jim Shooter
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Spider-Woman tracks a serial killer dubbed the Killer Clown who has been preying on young women in the Los Angeles area. The heroine sees the Clown pick up a hitchhiker while she is on patrol and manages to stop the madman before he kills the girl. The hitchhiker is injured, so Spider-Woman has to take her to the hospital and the Killer Clown is able to make his escape. The murderer follows Spider-Woman away from the hospital to Lindsay McCabe’s home, breaking into the house that evening and attacking Lindsay under the mistaken belief that she is Spider-Woman. Jessica returns in the nick of time and the Clown escapes again, but they lure him out of hiding with news reports that Lindsay survived his attack.  Spider-Woman ambushes the Clown when he tries to finish the job with Lindsay at the hospital and chases him to the old abandoned circus ground where she defeats the deranged man.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Shogun Warriors #12 (January 1980)

Title: The Moon Menace!
Cover: Walt Simonson
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Mike Esposito
Colorist: George Bell
Letterers: Jim Novak
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Kenji flies Combatra to Los Angeles to visit her fellow Shogun Richard, interrupting and further fueling a lover's quarrel between her teammate and his girlfriend Deena when she asks to stay with the couple until she straightens things out with the authorities back in Japan. At the Shogun Sanctuary, a meteor is suddenly detected and their computer models project an utter catastrophe for the Earth, so they summon the Shogun Warriors. The team flies into space and destroys the meteor, but just as they are reveling in their victory, they discover a new threat: A space station hiding on the dark side of the Moon! As they fly to investigate, the station blasts them with an energy beam, hurtling three of the Shoguns into deep space and Dangard Ace to the surface of the moon. The fate of the team will be revealed next issue in The Demonicus Scheme!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Monday, November 28, 2011

Savage Sword of Conan #48 (January 1980)

Title: A Wind Blows From Stygia!
Cover: Nestor Redondo
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: John Buscema
Inker: Klaus Janson
Letterers: John Costanza
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $1.25
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  Savage Sword of Conan #48 features Part One of Marvel's adaptation of Conan The Liberator, a novel written by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero. It was first published in paperback by Bantam Books in February 1979.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wikia, Wikipedia

ROM #2 (January 1980)

Title: Second Coming!
Cover: Al Milgrom
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Inker: Sal Buscema
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterers: John Costanza
Editor: Joe Duffy
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Mobster Archie Stryker breaks into the Laserium Corp. to rob the company's vault, but is thwarted by ROM. "I come seeking evil! I come to exact revenge!" says ROM as he bursts into the building. ROM kills a Dire Wraith who is collaborating with Stryker's gang in a human disguise, further fueling the fear and mistrust of ROM as an apparent killer of humans. ROM returns to Clairton, West Virginia, where he visits Brandy, but the two are interrupted when her boyfriend calls in the local police. ROM battles the police and slays Chief Rogers, who he discovers is another Dire Wraith, further solidifying the increasingly widespread belief that he is a murderous robot.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Spectacular Spider-Man #38 (January 1980)

Title: Curse of the Living Vampire!
Cover: Al Milgrom
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Inker: Chic Stone
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterer: Diana Albers
Editor: Jim Shooter
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Desperate for human blood, Morbius attacks a group of three teenagers and nearly drains the girl before one of the two boys intervenes.  The next day is Halloween and Peter Parker visits Aunt May in the hospital, stops by The Globe to drop off some photos, and then heads to Empire State University for his first day of graduate school as a teaching assistant.  That night at an ESU Halloween costume party, Morbius appears again and Spider-Man engages him in battle.  Just as he bites Spider-Man, the Living Vampire is struck by lightning and knocked unconscious, but appapparently cured either by Spider-Man's blood or the lightning...or the combination of the two.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Micronauts #13 (January 1980)

Title: Be It Ever So Deadly!
Cover: Michael Golden
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Howard Chaykin
Inker: Al Milgrom
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Less than a day has passed since the combined forces of the Microverse overthrew the tyranny of Baron Karza.  Bug awakens surprised to be back on his home planet of Kaliklak, but soon restores ties with his old gang in order to lead a rebellion to take back control of his planet from the Colonial Governor and Baron Karza's Dog Soldiers. On Homeworld, Arcturus Rann grows bored with rest and recuperation and uncomfortable with the adulation after their great victory, deciding that he wants to reassemble the Micronauts to explore the Microverse.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wikia

Master of Kung Fu #84 Page 30 Art

"It ends.  The Leopard Cultists are still...But the waters are not." Master of Kung Fu #84 closes with a dramatic stand off as Shang-Shi and Black Jack Tarr face a critical decision of whether to fight the deadly Jaguar Men on shore or retreat and face the menacing crocodiles in the river.

Source: Heritage Comics

Master of Kung Fu #84 (January 1980)

Title: The Bull and The Dragon!
Cover: Mike Zeck, Gene Day
Writer: Doug Moench
Penciler: Mike Zeck
Inker: Gene Day
Colorist: George Roussos
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: The Bull and The Dragon is part two of the seven-part Warriors of the Golden Dawn saga. In this issue, Shang-Chi and Black Jack Tarr venture into the South American jungle in search of the Master of Kung Fu's evil father Fu Manchu. What they find instead is a cadre of deadly Jaguar Men. The comic ends in a dramatic stand off as Shang-Shi and Tarr face a mortal decision of whether to fight the Jaguar Men on shore or retreat and face the crocodiles in the river.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Lonestar ComicsMarvel Wikia, Mike Zeck

Marvel ROM House Ad

He strikes from outer space...Cleaving through the sky like a fiery sword of justice...Hurtling earthward on his dread mission of cosmic vengeance!  Nothing can stop him!!  Find him...Before he finds you!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mego Elastic Super Heroes Ad

Mego introduced a series of elastic super hero toys in the fall of 1979 and this ad for the Hulk and Spider-Man appeared in Marvel Comics cover dated January 1980. I don't think that these elastic heroes were very successful since I don't recall seeing subsequent ads for them over time. The fine print at the bottom of the ad is a reminder of the fact that the term "Super Heros" is a trademark jointly owned by Marvel Comics and DC Comics.  I'm not sure how Marvel and DC managed that one, but it seems like a great way to box out potential competition in the super hero comic business.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Kenner Star Wars Toy Ad

Kenner filled the double-page centerfold spread in Marvel Comics cover dated January 1980 with an ad that showcased an amazing lineup of Star Wars action figures and other toys. Star Wars was still white hot more than two years after the May 1977 debut of the original movie, so this ad would have been well placed ahead of the holiday shopping season since these comics hit newsstands in October 1979.  Wow, the nine year-old in me still aches for some of these toys!  Click on the image below to see a high-resolution scan of the full double-page spread.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Friday, November 25, 2011

Marvel's Greatest Comics #84 (January 1980)

Title: Our World--Enslaved!
Cover: John Romita, Sr.
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: John Romita, Sr.
Inker: John Verpoorten
Letterer: Artie Simek
Editor: Stan Lee
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Marvel's Greatest Comics #84 reprints Fantastic Four #104 (November 1970) in which the Fantastic Four team with the Sub-Mariner to battle Magneto. Magneto has captured both the Invisible Girl and Prince Namor's love Lady Dorma in an attempt to force the Sub-Mariner to assist him with his invasion of New York City and the entire Earth! Namor pretends to side with Magneto and ultimately assists the Fantastic Four in a dramatic surprise attack on the Great Lawn in Central Park that frees the women and defeats the Master of Magnetism. The cover to this reprint uses John Romita, Sr.'s original art with a tweak to the background color scheme and the removal of the regal red tapestry behind the containment cylinders in order to reveal the New York skyline.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Marvel Two-In-One #59 (January 1980)

Title: Trial and Error!
Cover: Bob Budiansky, Chic Stone
Writers: Ralph Macchio, Marv Wolfman
Penciler: Chic Stone
Inker: Al Gordon
Colorist: Ben Sean
Letterer: Irving Watanabe
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: The Thing and The Human Torch team up in this offbeat tale that has them in the middle of the misadventures of a man named Norman Dunsell who is trying to finish off a list of achievements (i.e., ride a horse, be a fireman, be a detective, etc.) that he wants to do before turning 30 and getting married.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Marvel Treasury Edition #24 (January 1980)

Title: The Rampaging Hulk
Cover: Bob Budiansky, Bob Wiacek
Writers: Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Tony Isabella
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Jack Abel
Colorists: Petra Goldberg, Linda Lessmann
Letterers: Artie Simek, Alan Kupperberg
Editor: Roy Thomas
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $2.00
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  Marvel Treasury Edition #24 reprints Incredible Hulk #175-178 (May-August 1974) plus a 6-page Hercules solo story. The Hulk stories include Man-Brute in the Hidden Land!, Crisis on Counter Earth!, Peril of the Plural Planet!, and Triumph on Terra-Two! This over-sized edition features a fantastic new wraparound cover by Bob Budiansky and Bob Wiacek with Adam Warlock on the front and the Inhumans on the back.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wikia, MyComicShop.com, Treasury Comics

Marvel Team-Up #89 (January 1980)

Title: Shoot Out Over Center Ring!
Cover: Rich Buckler, Joe Rubinstein
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Michael Nasser, Rich Buckler
Inker: Joe Rubinstein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Letterer: Clem Robins
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Nighcrawler's vacation plans with Amanda Sefton are cut short when he sees Arcade's private 747 on the tarmac at JFK airport.  Investigating the plane, Nightcrawler overhears an argument between Arcade and a circus promoter Amos Jardine who is plotting to kill Spider-Man.  Forgoing the opportunity to avenge the X-Men's recent near-death experience at Arcade's Murderworld, Nightcrawler follows Jardine to New York City to intervene in his plot.  At Jardine's circus, Nightcrawler flushes out the assassin Cutthroat and partners with the Wall Crawler to bring both the hired killer and Jardine to justice with a bit of unexpected help from Arcade, who was embittered that Jardine hired Cuthroat for the contract instead of him.  In a period of time before the X-Men hit it big and had multiple titles, these Marvel Team-Up appearances of characters from the team were a real treat for any X-Fan, especially when written by Chris Claremont.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Marvel Tales #111 (January 1980)

Title: Danger is a Man named...Tarantula!
Cover: John Romita, Sr.
Writer: Gerry Conway
Penciler: Ross Andru
Inkers: Frank Giacoia, David Hunt
Colorist: Linda Lessmann
Letterer: Artie Simek
Editor: Roy Thomas
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Marvel Tales #111 reprints Amazing Spider-Man #134 (July 1974). A cruise with Flash Thompson, Mary Jane Watson, and Liz Allan in New York harbor goes awry when the Tarantula hijacks the ship with the plan of ransoming the passengers for $1 million. Jumping overboard to rescue members of the crew, Spider-Man has to return to his apartment to replenish his supply of web fluid where his roommate Harry Osborn spies him in disguise and learns his secret identity. Spidey returns to the ship to fight the Tarantula and soon finds the situation complicated by the appearance of the Punisher.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Marvel Super-Heroes #86 (January 1980)

Title: Among Us Walks...The Golem!
Cover: Herb Trimpe
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Inker: John Buscema
Colorist: Ben Sean
Letterer: Artie Simek
Editor: Stan Lee
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  Marvel Super-Heroes #86 reprints Incredible Hulk #134 (December 1970).  The Jade Giant finds himself embroiled in a civil war in the Eastern European dictatorship of Morvania where freedom fighters mistake him for The Golem who was created as their people's defender.  This reprint features a new cover by Herb Trimpel.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Marvel Super Action #15 (January 1980)

Title: Death Be Not Proud!
Cover: John Buscema
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: John Buscema
Inker: George Klein
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Editor: Stan Lee
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  Marvel Super Action #15 reprints Avengers #56 (September 1968). The Avengers travel to the past via Dr. Doom's time machine and face Barron Zemo as Captain America revisits the final mission that led to Bucky's death.  The issue features a slightly revised cover by John Buscema may simply be a copy, flip, paste of Bucky's unconscious figure along with a new color scheme.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Marvel Spotlight #4 (January 1980)

Title: Shadow Doom!
Cover: Steve Ditko
Writer: Archie Goodwin
Penciler: Steve Ditko
Inker: Steve Ditko
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Captain Marvel is attacked by his own shadow and transported to another dimension by a man named Dr. Lyman Shaw, who turns out to be the Primus of a society besieged by the evil Soul Masters. Mar-Vell agrees to train the group and leads an assault on the Citadel of the Soul Masters. Captain Marvel and Primus emerge victorious, but at a high cost as their ranks are decimated and the mate of Primus has her soul stolen during the attack. Primus is dealt a mortal blow in the final conflict with the Soul Masters, but manages to return Captain Marvel to Earth, his last act before facing oblivion alongside his people.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Man-Thing #2 Splash Page Art

The splash page to Man-Thing #2 has an incredible rendering of the shambling, muck-encrusted mockery of a man as stalks through the swamp. Artist Jim Mooney really captures the size and scale of Man-Thing as well as his ridged and almost pained motion in this fantastic piece of original art.

Source: ComicArtFans gallery of Andrew Van Embden

Man-Thing #2 (January 1980)

Title: Himalayan Nightmare!
Cover: Bob Wiacek
Writer: Michael Fleischer
Penciler: Jim Mooney
Inker: Bob Wiacek
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Man-Thing is transported to the Himalayas in a moment of panic by two scientists testing a teleportation device in the Everglades. The Muck Monster encounters an explorer named Russell who has been separated from his wife and colleagues, rescuing him from a bear attack before the man falls unconscious. Russell and Man-Thing make their way back to camp while the man's wife grieves and fends off the unwanted advances of Roger, another man in their group. The issues ends with a cliff hanger as Roger shoots Russell and Man-Thing upon their return to camp, triggering an avalanche that threatens to bury them all!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Iron Man #160 Page 6 Art

Iron Man #130 is most memorable for Bob Layton's classic art that was the hallmark of the title during the 1980s.  Page 6 features a great scene with Tony Stark suiting up in his Iron Man armor to fight the Digital Devil.  "For while Tony Stark may be helpless against this awesome monstrosity -- He knows that such limitations don't apply to his gold-and-crimson creation: The metal mesh avenger called -- Iron Man!"

Iron Man #130 (January 1980)

Title: The Digital Devil!
Cover: Bob Layton
Writer: David Micheline
Co-Plotters: David Micheline, Bob Layton
Penciler: Bob Layton
Inker: Bob Layton
Colorist: Ben Sean
Letterer: Jim Novak
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Tony Stark visits Hong Kong to investigate a situation at Stark International's experimental computer center and learns that four scientists have been killed under bizarre circumstances. The culprit is a shape-changing digital monster created by an embittered employee in a mix of mad science and sorcery. Stark enlists the aid of a Hong Kong-based employee and her father, who was once a priest of a disbanded mystical sect, to fight the monster and win the day.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Incredible Hulk #243 (January 1980)

Title: Death--and Destiny!
Cover: Al Milgrom
Writers: Roger Stern
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Inker: Sal Buscema
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Hulk triumphs in battle with Tyrannus and is transported back to New York from El Dorado while pursuing Goldbug. Goldbug eludes the Green Goliath, but is caught by Power Man and Iron Fist in a convenient cameo.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ghost Rider #40 Coverage Homage

The Covered web site features a great homage to Bob Budiansky's cover of Ghost Rider #40 by artist Gabe Ostley who was inspired after reading two volumes of Marvel's Essential Ghost Rider and set to work on rendering his own version of the classic.

Source: Covered, Gabe Ostley

Ghost Rider #40 (January 1980)

Title: The Menace of the Nuclear Man!
Cover: Bob Budiansky
Writer: Michael Fleisher
Penciler: Don Perlin
Inker: Al Gordon
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterer: Diana Albers
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  Johnny Blaze is hit by a drunk driver in a pickup truck while wandering the streets of Wichita, KS on a dark rainy night.  He is taken into a nearby house by a man who turns out to be the prominent nuclear scientist Thurgood Vance where Blaze learns the scientist's dark family secrets that led to his disgrace and imprisonment.  After being released from prison, Vance built a nuclear powered suit of armor, ostensibly to demonstrate the destructive potential of even low-yield radioactivity.  But as he is showing the suit to Blaze, criminals burst in and kidnap Vance and his daughter, blackmailing the scientist into robbing a bank for them with his nuclear suit.  Vance eventually overpowers the criminals and vows to destroy the Wichita-Karcinoma nuclear power plant.  His daughter tries to stop him, but he kills her by accident and then attempts to fly a helicopter into the cooling tower of the nuclear plant in a fit of rage. Blaze turns into Ghost Rider and stops the mad scientist, dispatching him to to a fiery end.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Marvel Subscription Form (January 1980)

Marvel's subscription form in comics cover dated January 1980 featured an awesome Christmas wreath decorated with hero head ornaments.  Marvel had 30 comics in its line up available for subscription at this point, pretty much the full publishing roster with the exception of its magazines and special editions.  These subscription ads have proven to be very useful for tracking the months that comics were actually released since the cover dates are typically at least three months ahead.  This ad is dated October 1979, which is a pretty good proxy for when the comic would have been on newsstands.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Saturday, November 19, 2011

ROM Electronic Action Toy Ad

Marvel was fully on the ROM The Spaceknight bandwagon in 1980 and all the issues published in January included ads for the Parker Brothers electronic action toy as well as house ads for Marvel's own ROM monthly title.  Licensed properties were a big part of the Marvel line-up in 1980, which also included Battlestar Galactica, Conan, Micronauts and Shogun Warriors alongside ROM.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fun and Games #5 (January 1980)

Title: Fun and Games Magazine
Written, Drawn and Edited by Owen McCarron
Cover Price: $0.50
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1980
Synopsis:  Puzzles!  Mazes!  Fun, Fun, Fun!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fantasy Masterpieces #2 (January 1980)

Title: When Lands The Saucer!
Cover: John Buscema
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: John Buscema
Inker: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.75
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Reprints Silver Surfer #2 (October 1968) in which the Sentinel of the Spaceways fights the alien Badoon. The only material revision was the change the background of the cover to red from the original blue.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wiki

Fantastic Four #214 Page 30 Art

Fantastic Four #214 ends on a very satisfying high note as Johnny Storm successfully rejuvenates Ben, Reed and Sue from the effects of the Skrull Aging Ray. They emerge from their stasis chambers younger and stronger than ever, which may be the first ever re-set of the clock for a team that had been around since 1961 and help explain their relative youth and vigor over the years.  Look out world!! The Fantastic Four are Back!!

Source: ComicArtFans Gallery of Beta Ray Benny

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fantastic Four #214 (January 1980)

Title: ...And Then There Was - One!
Cover: John Byrne, Joe Sinnott
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Joe Sinnott
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Letterers: John Costanza
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Johnny Storm works frantically to save his teammates from the effects of the Skrull Aging Ray that left them weakened and unconscious after defeating Galactus at the end of Fantastic Four #213. The Human Torch wins possession of the Aging Ray (Metabolic Booster) after he is attacked in the Baxter Building's laboratory by Skrull X and is remarkably able to reverse the effects of the Skrull weapon to restore his teammates who emerge from their stasis chambers "younger, stronger -- more vital than ever!"

Source: Kraalo Archives, John Byrne Forum, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wiki

Defenders #79 Cover Art

Penciled by Rich Buckler and inked by Bob McLeod, the cover for Defenders #79 shows Dr. Strange, the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner unconscious with the winged Aeroika standing over them and watching the Unnameable approaching with his hordes from afar. I’m willing to bet that if Marvel published this issue today that the cover would highlight the other storyline in this issue with Hellcat, Valkyrie, and Wasp fighting Fem-Force in a full-on cheesecake extravaganza. I’m not complaining about the current status quo, mind you, just pointing out how things have changed since the early 1980s.  It's also interesting to note that the original cover art has the Still Only 35 Cents price burst as opposed to the 40 Cents cover price that is shown in the cover scan below.  I wonder if Marvel printed any comics with the lower price.  Have I just discovered a new variant?

Source: ComicArtFans gallery of Weng Keong Tam

Monday, November 14, 2011

Defenders #79 (January 1980)

Title: Chains of Love!
Cover: Rich Buckler, Bob McLeod
Writer: Ed Hannigan
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Mike Esposito
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Letterer: Clem Robins
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Dr. Strange, the Hulk and Sub-Mariner face terror in the distant Tunnelworld. Back on Earth, Hellcat, Valkyrie, and the Wasp battle against Fem-Force but find themselves outmatched as the marauding Mandrill joins the fray and enslaves the heroines with his pheromones!

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wiki

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Daredevil #162 (January 1980)

Title: Requiem for a Pug!
Cover: Steve Ditko
Writer: Michael Fleisher
Penciler: Steve Ditko
Inker: Steve Ditko
Colorist: Petra Goldberg
Letterers: Jim Novak
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  Matt Murdock loses consciousness in an alley shortly after preventing a nuclear meltdown at a laboratory in New York as his alter-ego Daredevil.  The Man Without Fear awakes with no memory or knowledge of who he is, but soon prevents a jewelry store robbery, impressing a small-time crime boss with his fighting skills, who convinces the amnesiac Murdock to become a boxer. In a story that plays out along the lines of Daredevil #1(1964), Murdock refuses to take a dive when his boss fixes the fight and his trainer is shot by a bullet meant as a reprisal for the hero.  Murdock regains his memory at that traumatic moment and justice is soon served for the thugs.  This issue is notable for its classic artwork by Steve Ditko who channels his early Spider-Man style in a showing that compares favorably with much of his other 1980s-vintage work.  Of note, this issue is included in the Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko hardcover alongside some of his definitive work for Marvel.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Crazy Magazine #58 (January 1980)

Title: Crazy Super Special
Cover Price: $1.25
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Crazy Super Special was a reprint issue that included Crazy Vol. 2 #1 (February 1973) plus an additional 80 pages of material from recent editions of Crazy Magazine.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wiki

Conan The Barbarian #106 (January 1980)

Title: Chaos in the Land Called Kush!
Cover: John Buscema, Bob Layton
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chan
Colorist: Roger Slifer
Letterers: Joe Rosen
Editor: Roy Thomas
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Conan battles for survival in the land of Kush against the villanous Lord Aahmes and his hordes. This issue features Marvel's adaptation of the story The Snout in the Dark by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter that was based on an unfinished work by Robert E. Howard from the 1930s.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wiki, Comic Book Religion

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Captain America #241 (January 1980)

Title: Fear Grows in Brooklyn!
Cover: Frank Miller, Bob McLeod
Writer: Mike Barr
Penciler: Frank Springer
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Colorist: George Roussos
Letterers: John Costanza
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Captain America spars with the Punisher as the lethal vigilante tries to ambush a meeting of two rival mob bosses in Brooklyn.  Cap notes, "We're...very much alike, the Punisher and I...Each of us are fighting a very personal war.  But he's got to be stopped if we should meet again..."  In his civilian life, Steve Rogers interviews for and wins a freelance art assignment at Non-Parallel Publications, which is a nod to one of Marvel's earliest publishers.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Battlestar Galactica #11 (January 1980)

Title: Scavenge World
Cover: Walt Simonson, Klaus Janson
Plot: Roger McKenzie, Walt Simonson
Script: Roger McKenzie
Penciler: Walt Simonson
Inker: Klaus Janson
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterers: Jim Novak
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  As the fleet continues to drift, lost in a seemingly endless void between the stars, Starbuck, Athena and Boomer are lured to Scavenge World.  Starbuck gambles his way into a position of power and negotiates to have the inhabitants of Scavenge World help get the fleet out of the void....at a price.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Avengers #191 (January 1980)

Title: Back to the Stone Age
Cover: George Perez, Sal Buscema
Writer: David Michelinie
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterers: John Costanza
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis:  The Avengers battle the Grey Gargoyle in this classic 1980s comic featuring cover art by George Perez and interior art by John Byrne.  Guest starring Daredevil, although he's frozen in stone for the entire issue!

Sources: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Amazing Spider-Man #200 (January 1980)

Title: The Spider and the Burglar...A Sequel
Cover: John Romita, Sr.
Writers: Marv Wolfman, Stan Lee
Penciler: Keith Pollard
Inker: Jim Mooney
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterers: John Costanza
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.75
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Spider-Man copes with loss of his powers after being injected with a chemical depressant by Mysterio in issue #199 and faces off against the burglar responsible for killing his Uncle Ben in the immortal classic Amazing Fantasy #15.  A solid double-sized anniversary issue that revisits Spider-Man's origin, his motivation for being a hero, and above all the notion that with great power comes great responsibility. Highlights of this issue are the great cover by John Romita, Sr. and the single page written by Stan Lee that recaps the Web Slinger's origin.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Friday, November 11, 2011

Amazing Adventures #2 Splash Page Art

One of the fun things about the 1980s reprints of classic Marvel titles is the new content that was created, primarily the new covers as well as the new pages to bridge stories that were divided into multiple issues.  Amazing Adventures #2 featured a fantastic new cover by Bob Budiansky and this great splash page by Al Milgrom showing a menacing Magneto as he presses his attack on Cape Citadel from the original X-Men #1 (1963).

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Amazing Adventures #2 (January 1980)

Title: When Mutants Clash!
Cover: Bob Budiansky
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Jack Kirby
Inker: Paul Reinman
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Editor: Danny Fingeroth
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: January 1980
Release Date: October 1979
Synopsis: Reprints the second part of the X-Men's historic first Battle with Magneto from X-Men #1 (1963) and the second part of the origin of Cyclops from X-Men #39 (1967).

Source: Kraalo Archives

Bullpen Bulletins (January 1980)

Bullpen Bulletins in January 1980 included the checklist for most – but not all – of the comics and magazines published by Marvel this month. Missing from the list are a few magazines cover dated January 1980, including Crazy Magazine #58 and Savage Sword of Conan #48. Stan’s Soapbox is awash with Hollywood hype as the recently relocated Stan plugs the Spider-Woman cartoon on ABC and talks about big show biz plans for Captain America, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Spider-Man and Thor. Bullpen Bulletins also notes January 24, 1980 as the release date for the first issue of Epic Illustrated, which is useful since specific release dates are tough to come by in this era.  Click the image below to view it in glorious high-resolution!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Marvel Checklist (January 1980)

Marvel published 34 comics and 2 magazines for a total of 36 issues cover dated January 1980.  These issues would have been on the newsstands in October 1979 based on the convention of three-month advance cover dating in order to avoid the appearance of out-dated periodicals. There were lots of gems published by Marvel this month, but Uncanny X-Men #129 particularly stands out as the beginning of what would become known as the Dark Phoenix Saga as well as the first appearances of Kitty Pryde and the Hellfire Club’s White Queen Emma Frost. The 200th issue of Amazing Spider-Man is another important Marvel milestone issue published in January 1980.

AMAZING ADVENTURES #2 MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #86
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #200  MARVEL TALES #111 
AVENGERS #191  MARVEL TEAM-UP #89
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #11  MARVEL TREASURY #24
CAPTAIN AMERICA #241  MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #59 
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #106  MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #84
CRAZY MAGAZINE #58 MASTER OF KUNG FU #84
DAREDEVIL #162  MICRONAUTS #13 
DEFENDERS #79 PETER PARKER #38
FANTASTIC FOUR #214  ROM SPACEKNIGHT #2
FANTASY MASTERPIECES #2 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #48
FUN AND GAMES #5  SHOGUN WARRIORS #12 
GHOST RIDER #40 SPIDER-WOMAN #22 
INCREDIBLE HULK #243  SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #44 
IRON MAN #130  STAR WARS #31
MAN-THING #2 TALES TO ASTONISH #2
MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #4 THOR #291 
MARVEL SUPER ACTION #15 X-MEN #129 

Marvel Calendar (January 1980)

The Marvel Comics Calendar 1980: The Occult World of Doctor Strange has a fantastic piece for January by Al Milgrom entitled "Master of Black Magic" featuring Doctor Strange and The Ancient One.  Of note, the month of January is chock full of birthdays for legendary Marvel creators, including Keith Pollard, Klaus Janson, John Romita, Sr., and Sal Buscema.


Source: Kraalo Archives

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Mystical Message from Stan the Man

What better way to kick off our journey through 1980 than with Stan Lee's fantastically fun and heroically hyperbolic introduction to the Marvel Comics Calendar 1980: The Occult World of Doctor Strange?

By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, the time has finally come!  No longer need you grope in darkness or stumble in blind confusion while seeking the day and date.  Now, thanks to the eternal Vishanti (hallowed be their name), you hold in your own two trembling hands the first fabulous calendar totally devoted to the magic, the magnificence, and the majestically mystifying mythos of Dr. Strange, enchanted Master of the Mystic Arts!

Who among you has not thrilled to the electrifyng exploits of the world's greatest magician?  Who amongst you has not felt your pulse quicken, your heart beat faster, as Stephen Strange challenges the evil powers of the Dread Dormammu, the bloodthirsty Baron Mordo, the inhuman Nightmare, and all the demonic denizens of the worlds beyond?  Not a single one of you?  Hey, that's just what I thought!

Y'know, when artists Steve Ditko and I first bestowed the awesome adventures of Stephen Strange upon a grateful and responsive reading public, little did we dream that he was destined to be come the most famous, best-selling Lord of the Occult in all of contemporary literature!  Little did we suspect that he renown would spread to the network television, books, toys, games, and calendars!

But, we should have known.  We should have guessed.  After all, everyone is fascinated by the supernatural; everyone loves to speculate about what lies beyond our own three-dimensional universe.  And, most important of all, everyone loves a far-out, phantasmagoric, frightening story!

So, this is our wondrous way of thanking you for making Dr. Strange the most spectacular smash success since Merlin's last shave.  Out of the sheer goodness of our happy little hearts, we hereby bequeath to thee this colorful calendar; breathtaking in its beauty and dazzling in its design!

And now, by the Crimson Rings of Cyttorak, we leave thee with this imperishable incantation, "May the Ancient One ever smile upon thy countenance, and may thine amulet never blink!"

Excelsior!

Stan sure could turn a phrase back in the day and it's hard not to smile while reading his purple prose!  Check out the cover to Marvel's 1980 calendar by Dave Cockrum and Tom Palmer.  A great start to a year!

Source: Kraalo Archives
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