I used to only buy issues of Marvel Age that had either Kitty or Magik on the cover. Then UncannyXmen.net started doing these Secrets of the X-Men articles.
Cosmic Comedy with Excalibur
Which from time to time, they will make a reference to Kitty in the Notes section of an Issue Summary, then I would naturally add that issue to my wishlist. I will get around to buying that issue, notice it had nothing to do with Kitty and have to go back to UncannyXmen.net to figure out what happened.
It is rare, but it happens.
This issue has a Coming Attractions section. In it, it hypes Excalibur issue 7, wherein Kitty has to go back to school.
That turns out to not happen, as issue 7 is the Inferno tie in, and that hyped storyline becomes 32 – 34, Girls’ School from Heck.
Which that storyline would have been amazing, if drawn by Alan Davis. Ron Wagner did that storyline and I’ve enjoyed it, I just never knew we almost had another option.
Widget is on the Letters Page column and there is enough X-Men information, I figure I will keep this issue in the ol’ collection.
How great is that cover? Turn to page 26, and get barely a paragraph hyping the film. Which I sort of like the film, though even I knew as a kid, that those Punisher shirts only cost twenty dollars, so I am not sure why production couldn’t buy like five of those. Would have added to the value of the film and would have taken away the one big gripe about it, at the same time.
This issue came out March 1989, I am seven at that point.
This is the sixth anniversary of Marvel Age, pretty impressive.
There are two Sister VooDoo and VooChile comic strips in the issue, both strike me more racist than cute, but who knows.
There is a Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo Willie Lumpkin strip that I don’t get. I get the joke, I just don’t get why there was a strip for a young Willie Lumpkin, who is the Fantastic Four’s mailman, Stan Lee played him in the first FF film.
Did the research, the strip was only published in 1960, outside of Marvel, and then he makes his Marvel debut in Fantastic Four issue 11.
I know the character from that time he dated Aunt May, in Amazing Spider-Man 343.
The Marvel Graphic Novel Collection, it took me a few titles, but these are the the actual Graphic Novels such as The New Mutants’ first appearance and X-Men : God Loves, Man Kills. I also own The Death of Captain Marvel and hopefully one day, Dazzler the Movie.
Ooooof, there is a VHS and VCR section, Pryde of the X-Men for $25.95, that is a bit much!
The Marvel Trade Paperback Collection. Asgardian Wars, Dardevil : Born Again, Spider-Man : The Alien Suit, Wolverine mini, and they just call it X-Men, but history refers to it has The Dark Phoenix Saga.
The Top Ten for August (1985, I imagine)
All due to Inferno, from what the blurb implies.
Silver Surfer 1
The Punisher War Journal 2
Marvel Comics Presents 9
Marvel Comics Presents 8
The New Mutants 70
There is a look back at The Marvel Age of Comics 1978, Part III.
It covers these hallmark issues :
Black Panther 7 – 15
Captain Marvel 54 – 59
Godzilla 6 – 17
Machine Man 1 – 9
The Man from Atlantis 1 – 7
Marvel Premiere 40 – 45
Marvel Preview 13 – 16
Nova 17 – 22
Star Wars 7 – 18
There are two letters asking what an inker does, which is so much more than what a novice would think they do.
Those are the highlights, if you wanted to, you could have bought a Spider-Man jacket for $75 and had your choice of Black, Silver or Spidey Blue.