Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Marvel Super-Heroes #87 (March 1980)


Title: Descent Into The Time-Storm!
Cover: Herb Trimpe
Writer: Roy Thomas
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Sal Buscema
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Editor: Stan Lee
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Marvel Super-Heroes #87 reprints Incredible Hulk #135 (January 1971) in which the Hulk becomes entangled in one of Kang the Conquerors’ time-spanning schemes. From his citadel in the 41st century, Kang hatches a plot to go back to World War I to change the outcome of history in a way that will eliminate the Avengers in the 20th century, but a time storm prevents him from making the journey. He realizes that the only creature who can survive the time storm is the Hulk, who Kang turns into an unwitting pawn and sends to the battlefields of World War I in 1917 where the green goliath encounters the masked hero Phantom Eagle. Although the Hulk disrupts a critically important mission, he ends up accomplishing the Phantom Eagle’s objective by accident, which foils Kang’s dream for the total conquest of time!

Source: Kraalo Archives

Monday, June 18, 2012

Marvel Super Special #15 (March 1980)


Title: Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Cover: Bob Larkin
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: Dave Cockrum
Inker: Klaus Janson
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $1.50
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: The description in the checklist of Marvel’s March 1980 edition of Bullpen Bulletins raves “This is it! The event everyone’s been waiting for! Stan Lee presents Star Trek, The Motion Picture, adapted in comics form by top Marvel stars Marv Wolfman, Dave Cockrum and Klaus Janson. Don’t miss it!”  This issue would have been released in December 1979, probably to immediately precede the December 7th opening of the feature film.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Wikia

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Marvel Super Action #17 (March 1980)

Title: The Avengers Must Die!
Cover: Don Heck, Werner Roth
Writer: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Don Heck, Werner Roth
Inkers: Frank Giacoia, Vince Colletta
Letterers: Joe Rosen, Artie Simek
Editor: Stan Lee
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Marvel Super Action #17 reprints the second part of Avengers Annual #2 (September 1968) in which the Avengers are transported through time by Dr. Doom’s time machine to 1963 where they face off against the original Avengers team of that era. The time traveling Scarlett Centurion promises the 1963 Avengers that he will solve all of Earth’s ills if they agree to defeat all of the planet’s heroes and villains.  In the second part of the story, the two sets of Avengers battle and the team from 1968 manages to prevail against all odds. They return to Dr. Doom’s castle in Latveria intending to use his time machine to restore the change of history caused by the Scarlett Centurion. The villain materializes and fights the Avengers, defeating Captain America, Wasp, Black Panther and Hawkeye before Goliath shrinks out of sight and manages to activate the time machine. Goliath’s ploy succeeds and he restores history, undoing the damage done by the Scarlett Centurion, who we learn from the Watcher is actually an early incarnation of Kang the Conqueror! The cover of this reprint is taken from the splash page of part two of Avengers Annual #2.

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics, Marvel Wikia

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Heroes World Fireside Book Ad

In a time before collected editions were commonplace, Fireside (Simon & Schuster) collaborated with Marvel and Stan Lee to produce a line of paperback and hardcover editions that are among the most memorable introductions  to the key characters and story lines of the Marvel Universe. This Heroes World ad is a great snapshot of the full lineup of Fireside editions as well as some other great books, calendars and other goodness from March 1980.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Fun Factory Super Gifts & Gimmicks Ad

Fun Factory was working from the same playbook as the world famous Johnson Smith Company in 1980, advertising all kinds of gimmicks and novelties for sale by mail order. Want a 3 foot long Giant Evil Snake? How about a Mini Spy Camera? A Bald Head Wig or a Werewolf Mask? I can only wonder how many hours I spent pouring over ads like this one and fantasizing about all the cool things that I wanted to buy.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Monday, June 11, 2012

Marvel Spotlight #5 (March 1980)


Title: A Hero Is Also A Man!
Cover: Frank Miller, Bob Wiacek
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: Steve Ditko
Inker: Steve Ditko
Colorist: Roger Slifer
Letterer: Elaine Heinl
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December  1979
Synopsis: A dragon known as the Wani emerges from the sea in Kwanto, Japan in 1582 and wreaks havoc.  A samurai Tako is summoned before his feudal lord to explain why his 5,000 soldiers have been unsuccessful in defeating the monster. Faced with the option of ritual suicide for his failure and shame, Tako elects to fight the dragon alone. He says farewell to his family and faces the monster, perishing when he detonates a keg of gunpower in the dragon’s face. While Tako drove the monster back to the depths of the sea, it is unclear whether he killed the monster or not, so his family’s shame was not cleansed. His son takes on the mission to avenge his family’s honor and dedicates himself to a lifetime of training in the martial and mystical arts in order to prepare for the ultimate return of the dragon. Flash forward many generations to New York in 1979, Tako’s descendant and namesake learns that a dragon has been sighted at an offshore drilling platform. He incants a spell that summons the Wani and unleashes a magical attack, pitting a mystical creature against the dragon. In the tumult, the Wani crushes Tako’s home, trapping his family in the ruins. In desperation, Tako draws upon the strength of his ancestors dating back 500 years and manages to control the creature, direct him first to save his family and then to return to the depths from which he came.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bill Sienkiewicz Moon Knight Art

Bill Sienkiewicz's art in Marvel Preview #21 is nothing short of incredible and represents a fantastic time capsule of the creator's work from early in his career. Marvel Preview is a real treat for fans of original art because of its large size and black and white format that essentially gives the reader the the raw pencils and inks without blemish of the poor four-color printing process of that era. This fronticepiece appears before the table of contents offers a great sample of Sienkiewicz's Moon Knight circa 1980.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Marvel Preview #21 (Spring 1980)


Title: Marvel Preview
Cover: Bill Sienkiewicz, Klaus Janson, Steve Oliff, Bob Larkin
Writers: Ralph Macchio, Doug Moench, Roger Stern, Mark Gruenwald, Steven Grant
Pencilers: Bill Sienkiewicz, Steve Ditko
Inkers: Tom Palmer, Dan Green
Editor: Lynn Graeme
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $1.25
Cover Date: Spring 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: In The Mind Thieves, Moon Knight is drawn into a web of covert operations and espionage when the corpse of one of his former colleagues from the CIA is delivered to Steven Grant's mansion. The investigation takes the hero to Montreal and then to Paris as he tries to unravel the mystery of who is behind the plot to resurrect a discontinued CIA mind control experiment called Project: Cobra. In Walk A Crooked Mile! the Shroud infiltrates the organization of a mobster known as the Crooked Man who enlists the hero’s assistance in an art theft heist caper and ultimately double-crosses the shadowy vigilante.

Source: Kraalo Archives

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Man-Thing #2 (March 1980)


Title: The Gong of Doom!
Cover: Bob Wiacek
Writer: Michael Fleischer
Penciler: Jim Mooney
Inker: Bob Wiacek
Colorist: Bob Sharen
Letterer: Diana Albers
Editor: Mark Gruenwald
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: March 1980
Release Date: December 1979
Synopsis: Continuing directly from Man-Thing #2, a Himalayan avalanche cascades down on Man-Thing and the terrified Elaine, burying the two as Roger Grafton, the man responsible for the disaster, stalks away with a scheme on his mind. Elaine and Man-Thing climb out of the snow and are immediately set upon by a tribe of Abominable Snowmen who take them prisoner and bring them back to camp. We learn that the tribe is led by a human anthropologist named Hiram Swenson, who was found by the beasts after being beaten nearly to death by his Sherpa guides during an exploration years ago. They nursed him back to health and he became their leader, developing a hatred for civilization and wanting to protect his people from the outside world. Swenson condemns Elaine and Man-Thing to death, but one of the Snowmen believes that Man-Thing is an invincible mastodon from mythology that signifies the death knell of their culture. Just as Elaine and Man-Thing are about to be burned at the stake, Roger Grafton and his team burst onto the scene. They gun down the Snowmen so that they can capture Man-Thing and bring him back to civilization to be exhibited as a freak of nature. They lower a cage around Man-Thing, but he escapes and burns Roger Grafton to death with his touch. The snowmen start an avalanche, but Man Thing manages to grab Elaine and the ski pontoon of the passing plane to escape as the issue wraps up with another cliff-hanger.

 Source: Kraalo Archives
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