Looking back at the 1980s, the popularity of toy-based comics series like Micronauts, G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Rom is amazing. This issue of Marvel Age focuses on Rom, with a creepy Dire Wraith cover by Bill Sienkiewicz. And an article touting the series' new direction features some terrific art by Steve Ditko and P. Craig Russell, but at this point it was only months away from its conclusion in issue #75.
Mike Carlin, editor of Rom at the time, talks about his work on Crazy Magazine, writing series like Ka-Zar, The Thing, and Captain America, and his approach to editing.
This month's Newswatch mentions a new Frank Miller project called Elektra: Act of Love, which may have morphed into another project like Electra: Assassin -- or it may have disappeared entirely.
Marvel Age itself underwent a big change with this issue and the arrival of Kurt Busiek as assistant editor. This was long before Kurt's breakthroughs on Marvels and Astro City, when he had only written some issues of Power Man and Iron Fist, backup stories in Green Lantern, and a few other odds and ends. At the time, Kurt and I were sharing an apartment in Cliffside Park, NJ, so I had a ringside seat to what was happening at Marvel Age and Marvel in general.
The New Talent Department shined a spotlight on penciller Mike Clark, someone I got to know at the time. Mike was a talented artist who went on to draw for Marvel and DC, on series like All-Star Squadron, Infinity Inc., and The Last Days of the Justice League.
Marvel Age #23