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

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