Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fantastic Four #216 (March 1980)


Title: Where There Be Gods!
Cover: Rich Buckler, Al Milgrom
Plot: Marv Wolfman
Script: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Letterer: Irving Watanabe, Michael Higgins
Editor: Mark Gruenwald
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Continued directly from Fantastic Four #215, this issue opens with the evolved superbeing the Futurist, formerly known as Professor Randolph James, creating panic as he airwalks through Times Square on his way to the Baxter Building. The Futurist is observed by Blastaar who recognizes that he is immensely powerful, but naïve and unskilled in the use of his powers. As the Fantastic Four approach to speak with the Futurist, Blastaar takes advantage of the opportunity to ally himself with the being and create the illusion that the heroes were preparing to attack. The Fantastic Four succeed in defeating Blastaar, but the Futurist intervenes, telling the team that his ally was correct and that the heroes “seek to destroy those who manifest more power than yourselves.” Blastaar and the Futurist go to the Baxter Building where they render the Invisible Girl unconscious in front of her son Franklin and the Living Bomburst slips away, intent on returning to the Negative Zone through the Baxter Building portal. In a moment of anger and fear for his mother, Franklin manifests his latent power and hurls Blastaar through the portal into the Negative Zone. The Futurist realizes that he had been duped by Blastaar and makes an uneasy peace with the Fantastic Four before disappearing into the stars to pursue his new destiny as a child of the cosmos.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Epic Illustrated #1 (Spring 1980)


Title: Epic Illustrated
Editor: Stan Lee
Cover Price: $2.00
Cover Date: Spring 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: After months of hype in Bullpen Bulletins and House Ads, Epic Illustrated debuted in December 1979 with a cover date of Spring 1980. Marvel’s answer to Heavy Metal Magazine was billed as “A New Experience in Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Adventure.” The first issue featured a stunning cover by Frank Frazetta and 15 short features by a remarkable list of creators that included Stan Lee, John Buscema, Jim Starlin, Wendy Pini, Ernie Colon, Arthur Suydam, Carl Potts and many more. Freed from the restrictions of the Comics Code Authority, the artists and writers flexed their creative muscles and ventured into new territory with nudity, violence and adult situations and themes. In addition to creative freedom, Epic was a new experiment in creative control with writer and artists ostensibly owning their own work instead of signing it away to the publisher under the infamous work-for-hire regime. Neal Adams wrote in a letter published in the magazine, “If Marvel Comics will make the type of contract that will guarantee the rights of the creative people working on Epic Illustrated, it will be a milestone in comic history.”

Source: Kraalo Archives

Defenders #81 (March 1980)

Title: War In Ogeon!
Cover: Rich Buckler, Al Milgrom
Writer: Ed Hannigan
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Jack Abel
Colorist: Ben Sean
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Continuing the Tunnel World saga from last issue, Aeroika, Dr. Strange, Hulk, and Namor sneak into the city of Ogeon in order to overthrow Ytitnedion and free Aeroika’s people. On Earth, the Defenders return home after defeating Mandrill and his Fem-Force, but Nighthawk is arrested by the FBI for breaching the court order to not wear his costume. Back on Tunnel World, the heroes are spotted by Ytitnedion’s guards and find themselves in a  fight for their lives. At the end of the issue, Hulk is captured and we learn that the Unnameable plans to control the behemoth and use him as a weapon. To be continued next issue in Wizard-Death!

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Daredevil #163 Title Page Art

The acclaim for Frank Miller's art on Daredevil is largely focused on the Elektra Saga, but I have to say that his entire body of work on the title is outstanding. The gritty edge and the level of kinetic energy that he brought to even the most mundane scene was a breath of fresh air for comics and a style that the creator has refined remarkably over the years. The title page to Daredevil #163 is a great example of Miller's skill as an artist: No action or conflict, but still a palpable tension and expectation as the panels unfold.

Source: ComicArtFans Gallery of George Beliard

Daredevil #163 (March 1980)


Title: Blind Alley
Cover: Frank Miller, Joe Rubinstein
Writer: Roger Mckenzie
Penciler: Frank Miller
Inker: Klaus Janson, Joe Rubinstein
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: Jim Novak
Editors: Dennis Oneil, Mary Jo Duffy
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Matt Murdock attends a black-tie fundraiser for district attorney Blake Tower where all the talk is about recent sightings of the Hulk in New York. Matt bumps into his ex Heather Glenn with her new boyfriend and rudely excuses himself to the balcony when his heightened senses detect a disturbance outside. After sending Foggy Nelson to find him a cocktail, Matt leaves and tracks down the Hulk in a nearby alley. Still in his civilian guise, Matt pleads with the brute to calm down and the Hulk eventually transforms back to Bruce Banner. Matt brings Banner back to his apartment where he spends the night and sends him on his way the next morning after offering legal assistance which Banner rejects. Banner takes the subway to the Port Authority with plans to take a bus out of town, but the combination claustrophobia and an altercation with another passenger triggers his transformation into the Hulk. Matt senses the Hulk’s return and changes into his Daredevil costume and tries to stop the monster. Neither reason nor force are successful with the Hulk, who shrugs off his blows and hurls him to a nearby rooftop. Daredevil knows he is outmatched and considers fleeing, but faces his responsibility as a hero and returns to the fray. As Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich watches the scene, he notices Heather Glenn in the crowd and hears her call Matt’s name, realizing as the puzzle pieces fall into place that Matt Murdock is Daredevil! The man without fear goes toe-to-toe with the Hulk in a heroic but futile attempt to stop the behemoth, leaving the hero alive, but bloodied and broken in the street as the Hulk leaps away in a confused and sad rage. To be continued next issue in The Daredevil Exposé!

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Crazy Magazine House Ad

Marvel published a great house ad for Crazy Magazine in its comics dated March 1980. It was always hard to take Batroc The Leaper seriously as a villain, what with the French accent, the mustache, and the absurd over-confidence, so he was well suited for the fun plug for "The Magazine That Dared To Be Dumb!" The alliteration is astounding and well worthy of Stan Lee himself.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Crazy Magazine #60 (March 1980)


Title: Crazy Magazine
Cover Price: $0.75
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: “More of the usual weirdness from Marvel’s wild and crazy comedy crew,” according to the write-up the February 1980 checklist in Marvel's Bullpen Bulletins. The cover of this Spectacular Science Friction Issue features a parody of the first Star Trek motion picture featuring a cross-over with Pigs In Space from the Muppets.

 Source: Kraalo Archives

Conan The Barbarian #108 (March 1980)


Title: The Moon-Eaters of Darfar!
Cover: John Buscema, Bob Layton
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: John Buscema
Inker: Ernie Chan
Colorist: George Bell
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Roy Thomas
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: The March 1980 checklist entry in Marvel's Bullpen Bulletins page says of Conan #108 “Conan faces a fierce cannibal tribe. Barbarian action as you like it!”

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wikia

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Captain America #243 (March 1980)


Title: The Lazarus Conspiracy
Cover: George Perez, Joe Sinnott
Writer: Roger McKenzie
Penciler: Rich Buckler
Inker: Don Perlin
Colorist: Roger Slifer
Letterer: Clem Robins
Editor: Roger Stern
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Captain America intervenes as a heavily armed gang of goons attempt to steal the master matrix for the S.H.I.E.L.D. Life Model Decoy (LMD) program. The criminals manage to escape with the master matrix in a helicopter, but Cap trackd them back to the corporate headquarters of Cameron Electronics. Eric Cameron, the aged and decrepit CEO of the company plans to transfer his mind into a perfect new body using the master matrix so that he can live forever. His jealous and resentful son Brady has other plans and sabotages his father's transfer, turning the new Adonis into a deformed abomination. Eric Cameron is enraged, saying "Brady! You did this to me! I'll...Kill...You!!" as Captain America watches the scene in shock.  To be concluded next issue in The Way of All Flesh!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Monday, April 9, 2012

Battlestar Galactica #13 Splash Page Art

With layouts by Walt Simonson and finishes by Klaus Janson, the art is definitely one of the highlights of Marvel's Battlestar Galactica series. Issue #13 opens with a dramatic splash page showing a Cylon baseship on a collision course with the Galactica, a rude awakening for Commander Adama who had just emerged from a coma!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Battlestar Galactica #13 (March 1980)


Title: Collision Course!
Cover: Walt Simonson
Plot: Roger McKenzie, Walt Simonson
Script: Roger McKenzie
Layouts: Walt Simonson
Finishes: Klaus Janson
Colors: George Roussos
Letters: John Costanza
Editor: Al Milgrom
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: The Galactica faces imminent destruction from a Cylon baseship approaching at ramming speed, but Commander Adama deftly defeats the assaulting ship by blasting the central pylon and splitting it in two. With the crisis narrowly averted, Eurayle seizes the opportunity to return to Savengeworld with Starbuck as her reluctant consort. Reeling from the loss in combat, Cylon commander Lucifer sends two more baseships after the Galactica. Apollo pilots the freighter Misquamacus laden with explosives onto a collision course with the two baseships and bails out in an escape pod with his team just before it explodes and destroys both of the aggressors. Starbuck returns to the Galactica with a prisoner freed from the dungeons of Scavenge World who may have a clue to the circumstances that led to their dispute, but Eurayle is determined to keep Starbuck.  To be continued next issue in Trial and Error!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Avengers #193 (March 1980)

Title: Battleground: Pittsburgh!
Cover: Frank Miller, Bob McLeod
Writer: David Michelinie
Plot Assist: Pittsburgh Comix Club
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Inker: Dan Green
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterers: Joe Rosen
Editor: Jim Salicrup
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Continuing from Avengers #192, this issue starts with Iron Man and Wonder Man standing toe-to-toe with Inferno. As Inferno battles the heroes, he recalls the events that led to his murder by fellow foundry worker Tim Turpin and rebirth as a molten monster, turning from the heroes to pursue Turpin and his boss Vince Paretta. Inferno pursues Turpin, who meets his unfortunate death crushed between a barge and a bridge piling. Having received a distress call, the rest of the Avengers arrive in their Quinjet and soon engage Inferno in battle. The monster overwhelms the team and continues his dogged pursuit of revenge on the man responsible for ordering his murder. Paretta flees the steel mill in a taxi and heads to his home. Inferno bursts in and when Paretta sees the shard of Uru metal in his hand, he realizes that the monster is in fact Joe Conroy, the man he ordered Turpin to kill. Begging for his life, Paretta reveals that the steel mill was just a front for the Maggia, a confession overheard by the Avengers as they arrive on the scene. Inferno is satisfied that justice will be served and shambles off to his presumed end in the river.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

Friday, April 6, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man #202 (March 1980)

Title: One For Those Long Gone!
Cover: Keith Pollard, Josef Rubinstein
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: Keith Pollard
Inker: Jim Mooney
Colorist: Ben Sean
Letterers: John Costanza
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis:  This issue picks up directly from Amazing Spider-Man #201 which closed with Peter Parker walking into his apartment to find the Punisher laying in wait. "I've learned your secret!" says the vicious vigilante.  The Punisher thinks that Peter is in league with the criminals, but Peter tells him that he actually has a deal with Spider-Man to take his photos and split the cash. The Punisher is satisfied with this explanation and leaves, so Peter heads to work at the Daily Globe where he checks in with his editor Barney. Barney wants Peter and April to collaborate on the Jacobi story, but they part company to pursue their own leads and April poses as a drug courier to infiltrate Jacobi's organization. Peter visits the Daily Bugle where he finds that Robbie Robertson has stepped in to become the paper's publisher because J. Jonah Jameson is still acting erratically. Later, Peter suits up as Spider-Man and tracks down the Punisher, learning his dark history with one of Jacobi's suppliers who tried to kill the vigilante with a drug overdose. The duo uncover Jacobi's location after raiding one of his warehouses and burst in to capture the drug kingpin just as April is revealed to be a spy. A fight with Jacobi's henchmen ensues and the villain escapes in the chaos only to be run down by his driver who was rushing to escape the scene.  Justice is served!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Meeting Stan Lee at Mike Carbo's Final NYCBM

Mike Carbonaro kicked off the very last New York Comic Book Marketplace (NYCBM) on Friday, March 30th with an exclusive cocktail reception featuring guest of honor Stan Lee. Stan was in fine form and during a brief stint on stage during the event he had the crowd hanging on his every word.



"It's great to be with people that I've worked with before, and I'm working with now, and wasn't lucky enough to work with, perhaps. At my age, it's great to be anywhere!" Stan quipped to great applause and laughter from the large audience before wrapping up with his signature line "Excelsior!"

Stan signed autographs for the long list of attendees who bought "Golden Tickets" for the event. I had him autograph my treasured first edition copy of Fireside's Origins of Marvel Comics, which was my first exposure to Stan's writing and the early days of the pantheon of Marvel's great heroes.


Aside from the guest of honor, the reception was well attended by NYCBM creative guests, including Chris Claremont, George Perez, Henry Winkler (yes, the Fonz), Joe Sinnott Alex Saviuk and many more. It was also interesting to see Ming Chen and Michael Zapcic from AMC's Comic Book Men. What a treat it was to rub shoulders with such a great crowd!
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