Come with me now on a voyage of discovery as we return to an
earlier era; when the sky was bluer, the air was purer, and we were
all eager adventurers in the enchanted and magical kingdom of
childhood that we thought was ours forever.
Or, if you prefer a less fanciful way of putting it, let's take a
look back at THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL in the month
of December in the year 1972. JIM STARLIN is still producing the
covers of this new weekly periodical, which is yet only a couple of
months old in its seven year existence before being renamed in
1979. (MARVEL COMIC, in case you were wondering.)
The Big JOHN BUSCEMA illustration (2nd pic below) is a
preview of the free poster awarded to readers who mutilated their
comics by cutting out the tokens every week to send away for it.
Trust me, the poster was more vivid and far sharper in colour
and detail than the preview would suggest.
So, previews, pin-ups, and puzzle pages! What more could
any Merry Marvelite ask for? Stories? Don't worry, it had those
as well. What a bargain for only 5 pence. Now excuse me while
I slobber over that pic of SUSAN STORM - I'm in lurv!
Don't miss Part Four!