Saturday, March 10, 2012

Amazing Adventures #4 Splash Page (March 1980)

Amazing Adventures #4 features a new opening splash page with Marvel Girl's Danger Room session from X-Men #2 (November 1963). The artist is not listed in the credits of the reprint, but I would guess that it may be Al Milgrom who also did the new splash page for Amazing Adventures #2.

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Amazing Adventures #4 (March 1980)

Title: The Gentleman Vanishes!
Cover: Jack Kirby
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciler: Jack Kirby
Inker: Paul Reinman
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Reprint Editor: Danny Fingeroth
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Amazing Adventures #4 reprints the second part of the X-Men's initial encounter with the Vanisher from X-Men #2 (November 1963) and the fourth part of the origin of Cyclops from X-Men #41 (February 1968). The reprint has the original cover art from X-Men #2 with the X-Men facing off against the Vanisher on the lawn of the White House. The reprint was completely re-colored from the original, including the change in the Vanisher's color scheme from his original red to green.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bullpen Bulletins (March 1980)

Marvel's Bullpen Bulletins page for March 1980 included Stan's Soapbox, The Mighty Marvel Checklist and a cool house ad for Conan The Barbarian. Stan Lee wrote about the second live action Captain America TV movie that was set to air on CBS. IMDB shows Captain America II: Death Too Soon as being released on November 23, 1979, so I wonder if Stan's promo came a bit too late. The Mighty Marvel Checklist is pretty much on target, but does include a few errors and omissions. For example, Crazy Magazine #59 was published in February 1980, so March would have seen issue #60. Howard the Duck Magazine #3 and Tomb of Dracula Magazine #3 are also both listed here when they were published in prior months. Reconciling this list with the Marvel titles that actually have a March 1980 cover date is a painstaking process and they're probably not 100% correct, but our checklists are definitely more accurate than Marvel's originals. Click on the scan below to see Bullpen Bulletins in high-definition!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Marvel Checklist (March 1980)

Marvel Published 36 comics and 5 magazines for a total of 41 issues in March 1980. Among the highlights of the month was the debut of Epic Illustrated, Marvel's answer to Heavy Metal that it had been hyping for almost a year. Another fantastic first in March 1980 was King Conan #1 as the House of Ideas released its third title featuring the Savage Cimmerian. Frank Miller returned to the pages of Daredevil with #163 after a one-issue hiatus, continuing his definitive run on the title that would lead to the Elektra Saga later in the year. The third installment of what would become known as the Dark Phoenix Saga continued in the pages of the Uncanny X-Men with issue #131. Marvel's titles dated March 1980 would have been on news stands in December 1979 based on the three-month advance dating convention, a fact that's supported by the "Now Playing In A Theater Near You" ads for the first Star Trek movie that opened December 9, 1979.

AMAZING ADVENTURES #4 MARVEL SUPER ACTION #17
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #202 MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL #15
AVENGERS #193 MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #87
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #13 MARVEL TALES #113
CAPTAIN AMERICA #243 MARVEL TEAM-UP #91
CONAN #108 MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #61
CRAZY MAGAZINE #60 MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS #86
DAREDEVIL #163 MASTER OF KUNG FU #86
DEFENDERS #81 MICRONAUTS #15
EPIC ILLUSTRATED #1 PETER PARKER #40
FANTASTIC FOUR #216 ROM SPACEKNIGHT #4
FANTASY MASTERPIECES #4 SAVAGE SHE-HULK #2
FUN & GAMES #7 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #50
GHOST RIDER #42 SHOGUN WARRIORS #14
HOWARD THE DUCK MAGAZINE #4 SPIDER-WOMAN #24
INCREDIBLE HULK #245 SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #45
IRON MAN #132 STAR WARS #33
KING CONAN #1 TALES TO ASTONISH #4
MAN-THING #3 THOR #293
MARVEL PREVIEW #21 X-MEN #131
MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #5

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Marvel Calendar (March 1980)

The Marvel Comics Calendar 1980: The Occult World of Doctor Strange has a gorgeous piece of art for March by Pat Broderick and Bob Layton entitled "The Domain of Dread Dormammu" that features Doctor Strange fighting Dormammu while Clea sits in chains as the fiery fiend's prisoner. The Ancient One warned Doctor Strange in Strange Tales #126 (November 1964) “Remember this, my son – He is like no foe you have ever fought before! His power is beyond description – his world is fraught with strange dangers – it is truly said – in all the universe, there is none so to compare to the Dread Dormammu!”  Click on either of the images below to see them in high-definition!


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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Red Skull Pepsi Argentina Bottle Cap (1980)

Keeping with the theme of Marvel's international licensing initiatives, I came across this vintage Pepsi bottle cap from Argentina on eBay while looking for Marvel ephemera from 1980. El Mascara Roja was probably a fearsome sight for Argentines who popped open their Pepsi bottles in 1980 - unless of course they were Nazi officers who escaped to Buenos Aires after World War II. I'm not sure how many Marvel bottle caps were in this series, but Pepsi did a set of bottle caps with 36 DC characters in 1978, so there was likely a comparable set done with Marvel characters in 1980.


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Saturday, March 3, 2012

AGE Marvel Super Heroes Stickers (1980)

Marvel was starting to hit its stride in 1980 with licensing initiatives for its super hero properties both in the U.S. and worldwide.  Bayonne, France-based Agence Generale D'Editions produced a fantastic set of autocollants (stickers) in 1980 that were sold in France as well as the French-speaking province of Quebec, Canada. Check out the images below and click here to see a list of all 180 stickers on Google Docs.




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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Marvel Comics Super Heroes Rub-A-Tattoo (1980)

Memphis, Tennessee-based Donruss Co. produced trading cards and temporary tattoos from the 1960s to the 1980s that were based on Marvel Comics characters. There's an incredible selection of unopened rub-a-tattoo packs and original boxes available on eBay, bringing back fond memories of 1980 when this series of Marvel Comics Super Heroes Rub-A-Tattoos was released. Each pack includes multiple tattoos and a stick of Super Bubble gum that is definitely solid as a rock 30+ years later!



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