Thursday, June 10, 2021


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

Price: $0.35 US 
Pages: 36 (32 interior plus four covers)
On sale: November 6, 1984
Cover date: February, 1985
Copyright © 1984 Marvel Comics Group, a division of Cadence Industries Corporation. 

• Jim Shooter: Editor in Chief
• Jim Salicrup: Editor and Design Director
• Kurt Busiek: Assistant Editor
• Dwight Jon Zimmerman: Coming Attractions
• Dan Crespi: Art/Production Coordinator
• Ron Zalme: Assistant Art/Production Coordinator
• Joe Albelo, Harry Candelario, Rob Carosella, Morrie Kuramoto, John Morelli, and Barry
   Shapiro: Production
• Brenda Mings: Typesetter
• Paul Becton, Ken Feduniewicz, and George Roussos: Colorists
• Lynn Cohen and Chantee Foster: Friendly Assistance 
• Bill Sienkiewicz: Cover 
• Carol Kalish: Direct Sales Manager
• Peter David: Assistant Direct Sales Manager
• Steve Saffel: Assistant Promotions Manager for Direct Sales
• Irving Forbush: Resident Spaceknight

Front cover 
• Character: A Dire Wraith from Rom 

 Inside front cover
• Photo of Rom
 
Page 1
• Marvel Agenda (contents) 
• Masthead 
• Indicia 

Editorial: "Cutting Through the Hype," by Jim Salicrup 

Pages 2 – 5
Marvel Comics Coming Attractions

Titles on sale November 27
The Thing #21
Daredevil #216
New Mutants #25
Red Sonja #7
Dazzler #36
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #11
Conan the King #27
G.I. Joe Yearbook #1
Crash Ryan #4
Starstruck #1

Titles on sale December 4
The Amazing Spider-Man #262
Captain America #303
Indiana Jones #27
Power Pack #8
Micronauts #6
Alpha Flight #20
Transformers #4
Conan the Destroyer #2
Groo (sic) #1
Savage Sword of Conan #108
Swashbucklers (sic) #1
Marvel Super Special #36: Dune

Titles on sale December 11
Marvel Age Magazine #24
Incredible Hulk #305
The Avengers #253
Conan #168
Marvel Tales #173
X-Men #191
Rom #64
Power Man and Iron Fist #115
G.I. Joe #33
Marvel Fanfare #19
Void Indigo #2

Titles on sale December 18
Fantastic Four #276
Iron Man #192
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #100
The Defenders #141
Star Wars #93
Thor #353
Kitty and Wolverine (sic) #5
Doctor Who #6
Coyote #10
Epic Illustrated #28

Pages 6 - 8
More Coming Attractions 

Shipping in December
The Thing #22
Daredevil #217
New Mutants #26
The Web of Spider-Man #1
Red Sonja #8
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12
Iceman #3
Beauty and the Beast #3
Spider-Man #263
Captain America #304
Indiana Jones #28
Power Pack #9
Micronauts #7
Alpha Flight #21
Dr. Strange #70
Groo #2
Dune #1
Savage Sword of Conan #110
Dreadstar #17
Alien Legion #6
Sisterhood of Steel #2
Incredible Hulk #306
Avengers #254
Conan #169
Marvel Tales #174
X-Men #192
Rom #65
Power Man and Iron Fist #116
G.I. Joe #34
Kull the Conqueror #9
The New Defenders #142
Star Wars #94
Thor #354
Kitty and Wolverine (sic) #6
2010 #1
Spider-Man Index #1
Doctor Who #7
Time Spirits #3
Fantastic Four #277
Iron Man #193
Marvel Age #25
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #101
Wally the Wizard #1
Top Dog #1
Heathcliff #1
Planet Terry #1
Fraggle Rock #1
Strawberry Shortcake #1
Void Indigo #2

Shipping in January 
The Thing #23
Daredevil #218
New Mutants #27
Web of Spider-Man #2
Red Sonja #9
Dazzler #37
Cloak and Dagger #1
Conan the King #28
Spider-Man #264
Captain America #305
Indiana Jones #29
Power Pack #10
Micronauts #8
Alpha Flight #22
Wally the Wizard #2
Dune #2
Groo (sic) #3
Savage Sword of Conan #111
Marvel Age #26
Incredible Hulk #307
Avengers #255
Conan #170
Marvel Tales #175
X-Men #193
Rom #66
Power Man and Iron Fist #117
G.I. Joe #35
Royal Roy #1
Muppet Babies #1
Getalong Gang #1
Fantastic Four #278
Iron Man #194
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #102
The New Defenders #143
Star Wars #95
Thor #355
Ewoks #1
Peter Porker (sic) #1
Rocket Raccoon #1
2010 #2
Spider-Man Index #2
Doctor Who #8
Coyote #11
Dreadstar #18
Epic Illustrated #29
Solomon Kane #1
Marvel Fanfare #20
Void Indigo #3 
Swashbucklers (sic) #2
Starstruck #2

Page 9 
Newswatch 
Item: Prices on Marvel titles will increase in January by $0.05. 
Item: Frank Miller is returning to Marvel for the one-shot Elektra: Act of Love, as well as writing Daredevil #219 and 220. 
Item: Star Comics titles will debut in December

Page 10
The Top Ten by Jim Salicrup
Titles from April and May 1984
1 - Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #6
2 - X-Men #186
3 - Alpha Flight #15
4 - The Amazing Spider-Man #257
5 - The New Mutants #20
6 - The Fantastic Four #271
7 - G.I. Joe #28
8 - The Mighty Thor #348
9 - The Avengers #248
10 - Power Pack #1

Pages 11 - 15 
Article: "Rom: The New Direction," by Dwight Jon Zimmerman 

Pages 16 - 17
Hembeck's Page in Marvel Age

Pages 18 - 21
Article: "The Marvel Age Interview: Mike Carlin," by Nancy Leigh Brown

Pages 22 - 24
Article: "The Marvel Age -- 1966 (Part VI)," by Warren Reece

Pages 25 - 28
The New Talent Department, by Kurt Busiek

Page 29
Bullpen Bulletin

Pages 30 - 32
Letters page: "I <3 Marvel Age," suggested by Gary O'Neil 


Inside back cover
Ad for Swords of the Swashbucklers

Back cover 
Ad for Starstruck #1 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

 


The Marvel team celebrates the life of Sol Brodsky in Marvel Age #22. Brodsky was, of course, an artist, occasional writer, production manager, special projects maven, and much more. The quotes in this issue's extensive article from folks like Stan Lee, Mike Esposito, Jim Galton and others, he was a beloved member of extended Marvel family, and even when he went off to co-found Skywald Publications, he received encouragement from Stan, and was welcomed back when Skywald folded. 

Most of this issue is dedicated to Sol Brodsky. Besides the usual departments, like Coming Attractions and Newswatch, the only article is about the Iceman miniseries. Even "Hembeck's Page in Marvel Age" took a break this month so as not to interrupt the tribute to the man who designed the original Fantastic Four logo, among many other accomplishments. Below are a portrait of Sol by Marie Severin and a Millie the Model page he drew. 



In fact, this issue may be unique in Marvel Age history. Only issue #138, which followed the death of Jack Kirby, comes close to the depth that this issue provides. 

Marvel Age #22

Price: $0.35 US 
Pages: 36 (32 interior plus four covers)
On sale: October 9, 1984
Cover date: January, 1985
Copyright © 1984 Marvel Comics Group, a division of Cadence Industries Corporation. 

• Jim Shooter: Editor in Chief
• Jim Salicrup: Editor and Design Director
• Sandy Hausler: Assistant Editor
• Norman Gosney: Designer
• Dwight Jon Zimmerman: Coming Attractions
• Dan Crespi: Art/Production Coordinator
• Ron Zalme: Assistant Art/Production Coordinator
• Harry Candelario, Rob Carosella, Phil Felix, Morrie Kuramoto, Ken Lopez, John Morelli, 
  and Barry Shapiro: Production
• Brenda Mings: Typesetter
• Paul Becton, Ken Feduniewicz, and George Roussos: Colorists
• Craig Anderson and Lynn Cohen: Friendly Assistance 
• John Romita: Cover 
• Carol Kalish: Direct Sales Manager
• Peter David: Assistant Direct Sales Manager
• Steve Saffel: Assistant Promotions Manager for Direct Sales
• Irving Forbush: Official Marvel Mascot

Front cover 
• Character: Sol Brodsky

 Inside front cover
• Ad for G.I. Joe Yearbook
 
Page 1
• Marvel Agenda (contents) 
• Masthead 
• Indicia 

Editorial by Jim Salicrup (untitled)

Pages 2 – 5
Marvel Comics Coming Attractions

Titles on sale October 23
The Thing #20
Daredevil #215
New Mutants #24
Red Sonja #6
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #10
Iceman #2
Beauty and the Beast #2
Buckaroo Banzai #2
Crash Ryan #3

Titles on sale October 30
Spider-Man #261
Captain America #302
Power Pack #7
Indiana Jones #26
Micronauts #5
Alpha Flight #19
Dr. Strange #69
Crystar #11
Savage Sword of Conan #108
Alien Legion #5
Sisterhood of Steel #1

Titles on sale November 6
Incredible Hulk #304
Avengers #252
Conan #167
Marvel Tales #172
X-Men #190
Rom #63
Power Man and Iron Fist #114
G.I. Joe #34
Kull the Conqueror #8
Sheena of the Jungle (sic) #2
Marvel Age Magazine #23
Marvel Graphic Novel #14 -- Swashbucklers (sic) 

Titles on sale November 13
Fantastic Four #275
Iron Man #191
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #99
Defenders #140
Thor #352
Starriors #4
Kitty and Wolverine (sic) #4
Marvel Team-Up #150
Star Wars #92
Doctor Who #5
Dreadstar #16
Time Spirits #2

Pages 6 - 7
More Coming Attractions

Shipping in November
The Thing #21
Daredevil #216
New Mutants #25
Red Sonja #7
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #11
Conan the King #27
G.I. Joe Yearbook #1
Crash Ryan #4
Starstruck #1
Amazing Spider-Man #262
Captain America #303
Indiana Jones #27
Power Pack #8
Micronauts #6
Alpha Flight #20
Transformers #4
Conan the Destroyer #2
Groo (sic) #1
Savage Sword of Conan #109
Swashbucklers (sic) #1
Marvel Super Special #36 -- Dune
Marvel Age Magazine #24
Incredible Hulk #305
Avengers #253
Conan #168
Marvel Tales #173
X-Men #191
Rom #64
Power Man and Iron Fist #115
G.I. Joe #33
Marvel Fanfare #19
Void Indigo #2
Fantastic Four #276
Iron Man #192
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #100
The New Defenders #141
Star Wars #93
Thor #353
Kitty and Wolverine (sic) #5
Doctor Who #5
Coyote #10
Epic Illustrated #28

Titles shipping in December
The Thing #22
Daredevil #217
New Mutants #26
Web of Spider-Man #1
Red Sonja #8
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #12
Iceman #3
Beauty and the Beast #3
Amazing Spider-Man #263
Captain America #304
Indiana Jones #28
Power Pack #9
Micronauts #7
Alpha Flight #21
Dr. Strange #70
Groo (sic) #2
Dune #1
Savage Sword of Conan #110
Dreadstar #17
Alien Legion #6
Sisterhood of Steel #2
Incredible Hulk #306
Avengers #254
Conan #169
Marvel Tales #174
X-Men #192
Rom #65
Power Man and Iron Fist #116
G.I. Joe #34
Kull the Conqueror #9
Marvel Age Magazine #25
Fantastic Four #277
Iron Man #193
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #101
The New Defenders #142
Star Wars #92
Thor #352
Kitty and Wolverine (sic) #6
Spider-Man Index #1
Doctor Who #6
Time Spirits #3

Page 8
Newswatch
Item: Transformers will get an ongoing series.
Item: Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, will get his own series.
Item: X-Men #193 will be a double-sized issue celebrating 100 issues since the debut of the new team. Issue #195 will be a crossover with Power Pack. And the X-Men will appear in Marvel Team-Up #150.
Item: The Gladiators, from the pages of the Beauty and the Beast miniseries, will appear in New Mutants #28 and 29, which guest-star the Dazzler and will be drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Item: Marvel is publishing the first in a series of indices in December, starring Spider-Man and featuring a cover by John Byrne.
Item: Jim Owsley will take over as writer of Conan the Barbarian with issue #172. 
Item: Gordy, agent of S.M.I.L.E. (Special Military Intelligence Law Enforcement division) will return in Power Man and Iron Fist #114. Also, issues #114 and 115 will have covers by John Byrne. 

Pages 9 - 11
Article: "The Iceman Cometh," by Sandy Hausler

Page 12
Stan Lee's message about the death of Sol Brodsky

Pages 13 - 25
Article: "Sol Brodsky Remembered," by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

Pages 26 - 28
Article: "The Marvel Age -- 1966 (Part V)," by Warren Reece

Page 29
Bullpen Bulletins 

Pages 30 - 32
Letters column: "Mail from Marvelites," suggested by Todd Wages


Inside back cover
Ad for the Star Comics line

Back cover
Ad for Groo the Wanderer

Thursday, June 3, 2021

 

Void Indigo, one of the most controversial comics of its day, is the cover feature on Marvel Age #21. Writer and series creator Steve Gerber explains the title in the feature article -- that it refers to the ambience of the series rather than a specific character, since none of the cast's survival was necessarily guaranteed from one issue to the next. Of course, the series would only run two issues before being pulled from Marvel's publishing schedule due to outcry from critics over its violent contents. While the comic was published through the Epic Comics line, this was before the advent of the mature readers label, which probably would have helped. 

Void Indigo wasn't the only new Epic Comics title covered in this issue. There was also Sisterhood of Steel, by writer Christy Marx with artist Mike Vosburg, as well as Moonshadow, written by J.M. DeMatteis and illustrated by Jon J Muth (here spelled John Jay Muth). While the Sisterhood of Steel art looks fun and engaging, the Moonshadow art is presented in black and white, and really doesn't capture the beauty of the final publication. DeMatteis interviews himself for the article, and he almost comes off as a hostile witness, sometimes refusing to explain his oblique answers. 

Other odd moments in this issue include the use of a great piece of style-guide Hulk art in the Coming Attractions section, and a full page for a current Thor cover by Walter Simonson. 


Marvel Age #21

Price: $0.35 US 
Pages: 36 (32 interior plus four covers)
On sale: September 11, 1984
Cover date: December, 1984
Copyright © 1984 Marvel Comics Group, a division of Cadence Industries Corporation. 

• Jim Shooter: Editor in Chief
• Jim Salicrup: Editor and Design Director
• Norman Gosney: Designer
• Dwight Jon Zimmerman: Coming Attractions
• Dan Crespi: Art/Production Coordinator
• Ron Zalme: Assistant Art/Production Coordinator
• Harry Candelario, Rob Carosella, Phil Felix, Morrie Kuramoto, Ken Lopez, John Morelli, 
  and Barry Shapiro: Production
• Brenda Mings: Typesetter
• Paul Becton, Ken Feduniewicz, and George Roussos: Colorists
• Craig Anderson and Lynn Cohen: Friendly Assistance 
• Val Mayerik: Cover 
• Carol Kalish: Direct Sales Manager
• Peter David: Assistant Direct Sales Manager
• Steve Saffel: Assistant Promotions Manager for Direct Sales
• Irving Forbush: Lost in the Void

Front cover 
• Character: Ath'Agaar 

 Inside front cover
• Ad for Marvel Graphic Novel #13: Starstruck
 
Page 1
• Marvel Agenda (contents) 
• Masthead 
• Indicia 

Editorial: "A Big Hand for the Big Guy," by Jim Salicrup

Pages 2 – 5
Marvel Comics Coming Attractions

Titles on sale September 25
The Thing #19
Daredevil #214
New Mutants #23
Dazzler #35
Muppets Take Manhattan (sic) #3
Red Sonja #5
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #9
Machine Man #4
Conan the King #26
Crash Ryan #2

Titles on sale October 2
Spider-Man #260
Captain America #301
Indiana Jones #25
Power Pack #6
Micronauts #4
Alpha Flight #18 
Transformers #3
Conan the Destroyer #1
New Mutants Annual #1
Savage Sword of Conan #107

Titles on sale October 9
Incredible Hulk #303
Avengers #251
Conan #166
X-Men #189
Rom #62
Power Man and Iron Fist #113
Marvel Tales #171
G.I. Joe #31
Dreadstar #15
Void Indigo #1
Marvel Age Magazine #22

Titles on sale October 16
Fantastic Four #274
Iron Man #190
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #98
Defenders #139 
Marvel Team-Up #149
Star Wars #91
Thor #351
Starriors #3
Kitty and Wolverine (sic) #3
Coyote #9
Epic Illustrated #27

Page 6
More Coming Attractions

Titles shipping in October
The Thing #20
Daredevil #215
New Mutants #24
Red Sonja #24
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #10
Crash Ryan #3
Spider-Man #261
Captain America #302
Questprobe (no issue number listed)
Indiana Jones #26
Power Pack #7
Micronauts #5
Alpha Flight #19
Dr. Strange #69
Crystar #11
Savage Sword of Conan #108
• Alien Legion #5
Incredible Hulk #304
Avengers #252
Conan #167
Marvel Tales #172
X-Men #190
Rom #63
Power Man and Iron Fist #114
G.I. Joe #32
Kull the Conqueror #8
Sheena of the Jungle (sic) #2
Marvel Age #23
Swashbucklers (Marvel Graphic Novel) (sic) #14
Fantastic Four #275
Iron Man #191
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #99
Defenders #140
Thor #352
Starriors #4
Kitty and Wolverine (sic) #4
Marvel Team-Up #150
Star Wars #92
Doctor Who #5
Dreadstar #16
Time Spirits #2

Page 7
Thor #351 cover art by Walter Simonson

Page 8
Newswatch
• Item: Details on release schedule and creative teams on the Star Comics line
• Item: Groo the Wanderer will be a new title from the Epic Comics line
• Item: Marvel will adapt the upcoming movies Dune and 2010
• Item: Marvel will publish the G.I. Joe Yearbook, a "who's who" style title
• Item: Editorial offices are being shuffled -- Jim Owsley has been promoted to editor, and has hired Keith Williams as his assistant. Larry Hama's new assistant editor is Pat Redding. Dan Daley will be Denny O'Neil's new assistant, replacing Linda Grant, who leaves staff to pursue her writing career. 

Page 9 
Star Comics subscription ad


Pages 10 - 15
Article: "Void Indigo," by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

Pages 16 - 17
Hembeck's Page in Marvel Age

Pages 18 - 21
Article: "The Sisterhood of Steel," by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

Pages 22 - 24
Article: "J.M. DeMatteis Interviews Himself about his new Epic Comics Series Moonshadow" 

Pages 25 - 27
Article: "The Marvel Age - 1966 (Part IV)," by Warren Reece

Page 28
Ad for The Official Marvel Comics Try-Out Book

Page 29
Bullpen Bulletins 

Pages 30 - 32
Letters column: "Marvel Page" 


Inside back cover 
Ad for The Official Marvel Comics Try-Out Book (yes, again) 

Back cover
Ad for Time Spirits 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021


Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars was, of course, a comics industry sensation in 1984 -- and Marvel lost no time in hyping their success! This issue of Marvel Age puts the spotlight squarely on Secret Wars, with Marvel Editor in Chief Jim Shooter appearing on the cover for the second time in a year -- with no Stan Lee this time. 

The issue gets started on what could have been a sad note, as editor Jim Salicrup writes in his editorial that assistant editor Mark Lerer is leaving his role at Marvel Age -- but Jim celebrates Mark's part in Marvel Age's popularity, complete with the ever-popular Salicrup sketch. 


Back to Secret Wars, which has two articles in this issue: first, one that gathers some of the best letters to Secret Wars, printed here because S.W. does not have a letters column of its own. The three pages of letters include one from comics writer/artist Henry Kujawa, as well as one from letterhack Rick S. Jones, who also provides the title for this month's regular letters column. 


The second Secret Wars article takes readers behind the scenes to writer Jim Shooter's office, where he is quoted at length praising his collaborators, including not just the artists on the series but also the support team behind the series. Naturally, Jim also drops some hints at what's to come in Secret Wars, with sneak peek art. 



In the Behind the Lines column, editor Carl Potts offers tips to would-be comics artist on how to improve their skills and accept criticism from comics professionals. And Fred Hembeck shines a spotlight on two of Marvel's goofier characters -- Brother Voodoo and the Hulk's long-haired therapist, Doc Samson. 

Marvel Age #20

Price: $0.35 US 
Pages: 36 (32 interior plus four covers)
On sale: August 7, 1984
Cover date: November, 1984
Copyright © 1984 Marvel Comics Group, a division of Cadence Industries Corporation. 

• Jim Shooter: Editor in Chief
• Jim Salicrup: Editor and Design Director
• Mark Lerer: Assistant Editor and Designer
• Dwight Jon Zimmerman: Coming Attractions
• Dan Crespi: Art/Production Coordinator
• Ron Zalme: Assistant Art/Production Coordinator
• Harry Candelario, Rob Carosella, Phil Felix, Morrie Kuramoto, Ken Lopez, John Morelli, 
  and Barry Shapiro: Production
• Brenda Mings: Typesetter
• Paul Becton, Ken Feduniewicz, and George Roussos: Colorists
• Craig Anderson and Lynn Cohen: Friendly Assistance 
• Mike Zeck and John Beatty: Cover 
• Carol Kalish: Direct Sales Manager
• Peter David: Assistant Direct Sales Manager
• Steve Saffel: Assistant Promotions Manager for Direct Sales
• Irving Forbush: Secret Mailman

Front cover 
• Characters: Jim Shooter and various Marvel heroes

 Inside front cover
• Ad for Epic Illustrated #26 featuring "The Last Galactus Story" 
 
Page 1
• Marvel Agenda (contents) 
• Masthead 
• Indicia 

Editorial: "What's an Editor to Do? ," by Jim Salicrup

Pages 2 – 5
Marvel Comics Coming Attractions

Titles on sale August 28
The Thing #18
Daredevil #213
New Mutants #20
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8
West Coast Avengers #4
Machine Man #3
Iceman #1
Beauty and the Beast #1
Spider-Man Annual #18
Dreadstar #14
Crash Ryan #1

Titles on sale September 4
Amazing Spider-Man #259
Indiana Jones #24
Power Pack #5
Micronauts #3
Alpha Flight #17
Doctor Strange #68
Kull #7
Sub-Mariner #4
Captain America #300
Rom Annual #3
Savage Sword of Conan #106
Alien Legion #4
Marvel Super Special #35: Conan II (sic)

Titles on sale September 11
Incredible Hulk #302
Conan (sic) #165
Marvel Tales #170
X-Men #188
Rom #61
Power Man and Iron Fist #112
G.I. Joe #30
Avengers #250
Marvel Graphic Novel #13: Starstruck

Titles on sale September 18
Fantastic Four #273
Marvel Team-Up #148
Iron Man #189
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #97
Defenders #138
Star Wars #90
Thor #350
Starriors #2
Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #2
Conan Annual #9
What If #48
X-Men Annual #8
Dr. Who #3
Six from Sirius #4
Time Spirits #1

Page 6 - 7
More Coming Attractions

Shipping in September
The Thing #197 (sic)
Daredevil #214
New Mutants #23
Dazzler #35
Red Sonja #5
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #9
Machine Man #4
Iceman #2
Beauty and the Beast #2
Conan the King #26
Crash Ryan #2

Shipping in October
Amazing Spider-Man #260
Captain America #301
Indiana Jones #25
Power Pack #6
Micronauts #4
Planet Terry #1
Fraggle Rock #1
Heathcliff #1
Transformers #3
New Mutants Annual #1
Savage Sword of Conan #107
Sisterhood of Steel #1
Incredible Hulk #303
Avengers #251
Conan #166
X-Men #189
Rom #62
Power Man and Iron Fist #113
G.I. Joe #31
Marvel Age Magazine #22
Marvel Fanfare #18
Dreadstar #15
Void Indigo #1
Fantastic Four #274
Iron Man #190
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #98
Star Wars #91
Wally the Wizard #1
Top Dog #1
Strawberry Shortcake #1
Starriors #1
Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #3
Coyote #9
Beauty and the Beast #3
Marvel Graphic Novel #14: Swashbucklers (sic)
New Mutants #24
Captain America #302
Alien Legion #5
Crash Ryan #3

Page 8 
Newswatch
Item: Announcing the new series, The Web of Spider-Man
Item: Fallout from the Dazzler graphic novel will spill over into the Beauty and the Beast miniseries
Item: The "Dire Wraith War" will end in Rom #65; Black Knight will join the Avengers; Bob Hall will pencil Avengers #251-253; Mike Carlin will take over writing Captain America with issue #301; the "Casket of Ancient Winters" story in Thor will affect other Marvel titles; David Mazzucchelli will continue pencilling Daredevil and will take over inking as well; Questprobe #2 will feature a Spider-Man story written and drawn by Al Milgrom. 

Special note on the passing of longtime Marvel staff Sol Brodsky. 

Page 9 
Behind the Lines: "A Few Quick Random Thoughts to Would-Be Comic Artists," by Carl Potts

Pages 10 - 12
Article: "Letters to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars" 

Pages 13 - 15
Article: "Postscript: A Visit with Jim Shooter" 

Pages 16 - 17 
Hembeck's Page in Marvel Age

Pages 18 - 20
Article: "A Special Hero -- Black Panther," by Peter B. Gillis

Pages 21 - 23
Article: "G.I. Joe Update," by Dwight Jon Zimmerman

Pages 25 - 28
Article: "The Marvel Age -- 1966 (Part III)," by Warren Reece

Page 29
Bullpen Bulletins

Pages 30 - 32
Letters page: "I Was a Teenage Letter Column!," suggested by Rick S. Jones

Inside back cover
Ad for The Official Marvel Comics Try-Out Book

Back cover
Ad for Time Spirits 

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