Cover Dated November 1985
Look at that amazing Paul Smith cover!
Issue opens with the results of the Comic Buyer’s Guide Awards for 1984 and boy are they interesting!
Favorite Editor : Jim Shooter
Favorite Writer : Chris Claremont – Runner Ups include Alan Moore and Walter Simonson
Favorite Artist : John Byrne – Runner Ups include George Perez, Bill Sienkiewicz, John Romita Jr. and Paul Smith
Favorite Cover : New Teen Titans 1 – Runner Ups include Secret Wars 1 and New Mutants 18
Favorite Comic Book : X-Men – Runner Ups include New Teen Titans, Saga of the Swamp Thing and New Mutants.
Favorite Story : The Judas Contract by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Tales of the Teen Titans 42 – 44 and Annual 3. Runner Ups include Anatomy Lesson by Alan Moore in Swamp Thing, Lifedeath by Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith in X-Men, Secret Wars by Shooter and Mike Zeck and the Kid Who Collects Spider-Man by Roger Stern, Ron Frenz and Terry Austin in Amazing Spider-Man.
Favorite Book : Marvel Graphic Novel 12 – Dazzler the Movie.
Favorite Character : Wolverine – Runner Ups include Spider-Man, Batman Cerebus and Swamp Thing.
Favorite Supporting Character : Raul the Cat – Runner Ups include Beta Ray Bill, Abigail Arcane, Mary Jane Watson, Ambush Bug and Wolverine.
Favorite Publication About Comics : Amazing Heroes – Runner Ups were Marvel Age, Comics Collector, the Comics Journal, Comics Interview, Comics Feature and the Comic Reader.
Favorite Writer About Comics : R.J. Jones
Favorite Fan Artist : Fred Hembeck
Favorite Direct-Sales Only Title : New Teen Titans
This is why I enjoy Marvel Age, such a great time capsule in what was happening at the time. August 1985, just 1985 was the beginning of modern comics with what the industry was about to unleash.
Marvel Coming Attractions
On Sale August 27
The New Mutants 34 – The team is going to free Karma of the Shadow King.
Squadron Supreme 4
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe 1
On Sale September 3
Marvel Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men – The team fights hunger with the aid of 54 creators
The Vision and Scarlet Witch 3 – the mini that confirms Magneto is Wanda’s father.
On Sale September 16
Nightcrawler Limited Series 2
Uncanny X-Men 200 – Trial of Magneto
The X-Men and Alpha Flight Limited Series 1, that the cover is promoting.
On Sale September 17
Spectacular Spider-Man 109, the Death of Jean DeWolff is in full swing
Secret Wars II 6
Doctor Who 15, the 5th Doctor, Peter Davison makes his appearance! By far, my favorite Doctor.
The New Mutants Special 1, the sequel of X-Men / Alpha Flight.
Packing in the Power
An article promoting Power Pack, included is issue 19, the Thanksgiving issue. Issue 20 guest stars The new Mutants – Cannonball, Dani and Wolfsbane.
The Top Ten
1. Secret Wars II 3
2. X-Men 197
3. Web of Spider-Man 6
4. Fantastic Four 282
5. Cloak and Dagger 2
6. Amazing Spider-Man 268
7. Alpha Flight 26
8. New Mutants 31
9. Web of Spider-Man Annual 1
10. Squadron Supreme 1
When Teams Team Up : X-Men and Alpha Flight
Great article about the Paul Smith drawn, Chris Claremont written limited series.
200 Issues of Mutants
Another great article regarding the build up to Uncanny X-Men 200, and what will come afterwards.
Also, some great unused Art Adams designs for Kitty.
Marvel Heroes for Hope
So many famous writers and artists helped make this one shot happen. This is another great article. One of these days I will have to review it.
Kurt Busiek and the Letter Column of Doom
How great must it have been for people who follow Marvel Age, and then see Kurt Busiek’s career expand from there.
Back Cover has The Marvel Age August 1985 Calendar
August 9 is the birthday of Bob McLeod, Rick Leonardi and Alycce Gordon
August 10 is Christie Scheele’s birthday
August 13 is Jim Mooney’s birthday
August 17 is John Romita Jr.’s birthday
August 19 is Georg Roussos’ birthday
August 21 is Marie Severin’s birthday
August 23 is Terry Austin’s birthday
August 26 is Rick Parker’s birthday
August 27 is Don Perlin’s birthday
August 28 is Jack Kirby’s birthday
1985 is Marvel’s 24th birthday.
Happy Birthday to all above!