Well, I ain’t evil, I’m just elated,Start a pot of coffee, and get caffeinated,I’m a thirsty man,But I don’t want decaf,If you mess with Frankie,It might be yer epitaph! As I listen to podcasts concerning modern comic books, I hear a great deal of angst in how writers often create interesting and clever stories but can’t “close”. The term “close” in this case refers to finishing a book with as much flair, energy and enjoyment as its beginning. When a good comic book story gets off to a roaring start, it’s disappointing if it does not come to a satisfying conclusion. In 1973, a character beloved by followers of fantasy worldwide was given his own Marvel Comics Group magazine,
HOLD ME CLOSER, SPYING DANCER Marvel Preview was among some of Marvel’s extensive line of magazine comics from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, which were somewhat akin to miniature graphic novels, not to be confused with the actual graphic novels published around the same time. In addition to this publication, there were other variety books on the market such as Epic Illustrated, Savage Tales and Marvel Movie Premier, along with magazine-style titles focused on singular characters, including Kull and the Barbarians and Rampaging Hulk. For $1.25, you got a heckuva lot of story, usually in stunning black-and-white pencils and inks, and got to meet a variety of fascinating characters without having to follow an ongoing plot.