Cover by Brian Stelfreeze
Ads Howard Mackie, John Rozum, Bob Washington
Features Gary Barmum, Tom Daning, Jack Morelli, Fabian Nicieza, Michael Rockwitz, Tony Stark, Rob Tokar, Ben Urich, Janet Van Dyne
Swimsuit Shoot Max Fleisher
Ads Paul Ryan & Tom Palmer, George Perez, Mike Zeck, Tom Morgan, Walt Simonson, Ron Frenz & Joe Sinnot, John Buscema & Tom Palmer
Features Donald Hudson, Joe Jusko, June Brigman & Al Milgrom, Jon Bogdanove & Stan Drake
Swimsuit Shoot Jim Lee, Steve Leialoha, Joe Jusko, Kevin Nowland, Rob Liefeld, Michael Golden, Jackson Guice, George Perez, Whilce Portacio & Scott Williams, Marc Silvestri & Terry Austin, Ron Frenz & Joe Sinnot, Steve Geiger, John Romita Jr., Rick Leonardi & Al Williamson, Walt Simonson, Paul Ryan & Joe Rubenstein, Bret Blevins, Mike Mignola
Cover Dated 1991
This is Marvel’s first Swimsuit Issue, so they try to match a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special. The four that follow (and I own them all as Kitty Pryde is in each one) are simply characters in swimsuits.
We’re reviewing this issue today, as we lost Paul Ryan this day, a year ago.
Special thanks to Le Messor, from the Comics Should Be Good post memorializing Paul Ryan’s death –
Without his help, I wouldn’t have known which pages Paul Ryan contributed nor who drew the Dazzler feature.
This issue has ads and features, which is pretty fun.
Paul Ryan gets the very first ad, starring Wolverine for Macho, Speed Stick Deodorant.
The photo shoot took place in the Savage Land.
Northstar gets an interview
Wonder Man gets an ad for underware
Super Olympics is a feature
Beast gets an ad for shampoo, Ultra-X
She-Hulk gets a workout feature
Silver Surfer gets a feature
John Bogdanove and Stan Drake’s art is featured in the Rockin’ in the Stone Age.
The Boys and Girls of Summer is the straight photo shoot pages
Reed Richards gets an ad for Kronex Watches
Quicksilver gets an ad for Spike shoes
Marc Silvestri gets to draw the X-Ladies and Lockheed! Major points for Lockheed and Kitty Pryde sharing the same swimsuit pattern. Other ladies present are – Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, Rachel, Psylocke and Dazzler.
Hercules gets an ad for Atomi-Flex.
Paul Ryan gets the final two page splash piece with the Avengers v West Coast Avengers playing a classic game of Tug O War. The Avengers are – Thor, Hercules, Se-Hulk and Captain America. West Coast Avengers are – Hawkeye, Mockingbird, US Agent, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch and Iron Man. Seris is the dame floating in the middle. Quasar, Tigra and Wasp are watching from the sidelines.
Ben Grimm gets a feature
Matt Murdock gets the final feature, written by Ben Urich
Namor gets the inside back cover for his company, Oracle
Thor gets the back cover ad for Flic Disposables
For $3.95, pretty impressive that there are no real ads.