FRONT COVER: Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch by P. Craig Russell.
BACK COVER: Dr. Strange by Charles Vess.
EDITORI-AL: Nothing of note. (Going forward, I won’t even mention this feature unless it is in some way noteworthy.)
FIRST STORY: Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch vs. Xandu (occasional Spider-Man & Dr. Strange villain) by Mike Barr, Sandy Plunkett and P. Craig Russell. Spider-Man is out of his element and Scarlet Witch is over-matched due to being body-swapped with Xandu’s dead girlfriend. Great visuals.
MARVEL FANFLAIR: Fans weigh in on the content: fan favorite creators, new talent, inventory stories, super-hero, non-super-hero, etc. Milgrom solicited other opinions, which inspired me to write a letter, which will be printed in issue#11.
SECOND STORY: A kind of “Twilight Zone-y” story by Roger Stern and Charles Vess about a novice magician who challenges Dr. Strange for the title of Sorcerer Supreme. Very Ditko-esque.
SHOOTER’S PAGE: After inviting submissions in a previous installment shooter was deluged with requests for what an actual plot submission looks like, so he prints the plot for Team America #9. (I wonder how many extra copies of this dog were sold by this ploy…?)
Jeff of Earth-J said:
Shooter... segues into an upcoming Thor limited series by him and Bill Seinkieweicz which he describes as “far, far from the beaten track,” and goes on to say, “I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like the series you’re going to see from Bill and me sometime next year.”
I think that must be the project that wound up as the I, Who the Gods Would Destroy graphic novel (plot Shooter, script Jim Owsley, art Paul Ryan and Vince Colletta). Supermegamonkey says "It seems to have been a story that was in the works since 1983, when it was advertised in Thor #336."
"I think that must be the project that wound up as the I, Who the Gods Would Destroy graphic novel..."
That could be. I had no memory of this comic until I looked at the cover. I have never read/see it. I had stopped buying Marvel graphic novels by the time it was released. Thanks for clearing up a 36 year old mystery!
FRONT COVER: Dr. Strange by Carmine Infantino and Terry Austin. (P. Craig Russell’s cover, deemed too different from Infantino’s interior art, will appear as a pin-up in #11.)
BACK COVER: Mowgli and Shere Khan by P. Craig Russell
EDITORI-AL: the cover price has increased from $1.25 to $1.50.
FIRST STORY: Dr. Strange by Peter Gillis, Carmine Infantino and P. Craig Russell (with angles so sharp they can almost cut you). There is a lot of Dr. Strange in these early Fanfares.
SECOND STORY: “Wolf Boy,” the first of Gil Kane’s adaptations of stories from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books. If there are two things I know Kane like to draw, they are opera and animals.
PORTFOLIO: This is the first of a controversial feature Milgrom would continue to run in Marvel Fanfare throughout its run. Some people loved them; others considered them a waste of pages. This one is by Bill Sienkiewicz and features Dazzler, Dr. Strange, Julk, Shanna and Thor.
SHOOTER’S PAGE: His New Year’s column, an overview of his first five years as EiC. I always saw Shooter as a “work-for-hire” guy, but he has always presented himself as a champion f creators’ rights, as he does here.
FRONT COVER: Man-Thing by Brozowski and Morrow
BACK COVER: Black Widow (promoting next issue) by Milgrom
EDITORI-AL: Milgrom is tired from editing Peter Parker, Avengers, US1 and Marvel Fanfare as well as pursuing art and writing assignments.
FIRST STORY: Man-Thing by J.M. DeMatteis and cover artists. A rock and roll band barter their souls for success.
SECOND STORY: The second in Gil Kane’s “Jungle Book” adaptations.
PORTFOLIO: Butch Guice featuring Wolverine, Kitty Pride, Powerman (and Iron fist), Gorgon (the Inhuman) and Howard the Duck (and Beverly).
SHOOTER’S PAGE: this is the most memorable of all Shooter’s columns to me. He wrote of “Perfect Personality-illuminating Panels” or “definitive shots” using a Lee/Kirby panel from Avengers #4 as an example. If you’ve read Avengers #4, you’ll probably remember the panel in question. In it, the Sub-Mariner hoists Captain America over his head while Cap thinks, “He’s stronger than me—but I’ll find a way to out-maneuver him!”
“That’s Captain America,” concludes Shooter. “He’s in the grip of the submariner, one of the mightiest beings to ever walk the face of Earth—he’s split seconds away from being splattered—and he’s calmly observing that his foe is ‘stronger’ than he is, but he’s certain he’ll “find a way to out-maneuver him.” That’s certainly one way to look at it. Me, up until that point, I had always considered that panel to be an example of bad writing. [Incidentally, that scene has been revisited in this month’s issue of Invaders, much to my satisfaction.] But that doesn’t make it a bad idea, though. Shooter went on to give several other examples, and I have kept “Perfect Personality-illuminating Panels” in my mind ever since.
That cover looks like Black Widow just took out Wildfire from the LSH.
That's going to be the "DM variant" cover for the BW omnibus (March 25). I don't know the artist for the main cover, but I generally buy the classic/vintage variant, anyway. Previews often doesn't show both covers. :(
FRONT COVER: Black Widow by George Perez. I noticed something about this cover I never noticed before: it is signed Perez/Layton ’78.
BACK COVER: Jungle Book by Sandy Plunkett and P. Craig Russell.
EDITORI-AL: About writing US1 and editing Fanfare.
FIRST STORY: Part two of the Black Widow story by Macchio and Perez. A footnote places the story before she changed her costume and her hair as seen in recent issues of Daredevil while simultaneously identifying it as an inventory story (if the signature/date of the cover didn’t give it away). It will be interesting to see when the Black Widow Omnibus places this story: when it was commissioned or when it was published. Another footnote explains that credited inker “J.J. Sinnable” is actually Joe Sinnott and Jack Abel.
The Widow’s foes this issue are a rather generic grpoup of baddies: N’Kama (a Zulu warrior), Deadshot Darrance (a big game hunter), Iron Maiden (and armored Russian agent), Laralie (a rodeo queen), Black Lotus (an Asian Mercenary) and Kono (a Sumo wrestler).
SECOND STORY: The fourth and final of Gil Kane’s Jungle Book adaptations.
PORTFOLIO: “Unusu-Al Pin-Ups”: Cloak and Dagger by Terry Austin (an inker), Hulk by Jim Shooter (inker by Austin), Man-Thing by Bob Wiacek (also an inker) and P. Craig Russell’s unused cover to issue #8 (deemed too different from Infantino’s story within).
SHOOTER’S PAGE: “M Day is Coming!” (Don’t ask.)
MARVEL FANFLAIR: I responded to Milgrom’s poll in issue #6, but I never intended my letter to see print. Thinking of the first four issues (with the X-Men, Spider-Man and Ka-Zar in the Savage Land by Golden, Cockrum and Smith), I simply stated that I preferred Fanfare to have one continued story and one standalone story each month, to which Milgrom replied, “Okay, Jeff, does this Black Widow series fill the bill? We thought so.”
Actually, I did approve of the Black Widow story, inventory or not, but I wasn’t too pleased with the Jungle Book adaptations. I thought that material would have been best presented as a standalone one-shot rather than part of what was otherwise a superhero anthology. First Comics later revived Classics Illustrated and adapted Kipling’s Jungle Books, but I prefer Gil Kane’s art to Jeffrey Busch’s.
Holy cow! I'm going through my boxes of comics getting ready for a small toy show this Sunday, and I actually have a copy of this comic. What a coincidence!
Jeff of Earth-J said:
BACK COVER: Roger Stern (dressed as Captain America) and Ann Nocenti by Al Milgrom
EDITORI-AL: It’s “Assistant Editors’ Month.”
FIRST STORY: Part three of the Black Widow story, featuring Jimmy Woo. The last page introduces her antagonist for next issue: Snap Dragon.
SECOND STORY: “Marvel Annfare” featuring assistant editor Ann Nocenti. “Assistant Editors’ Month” was so stupid. The month’s worth of Marvel comics that came out in August, while the editors were at the San Diego ComiCon, were supposedly editied by the respective titles’ assistant editors, without the editors’ knowledge… as if the contents were not prepared months in advance. You could Marvel’s best series at the time (John Byrne’s Fantastic Four and Walt Simonson’s Thor) as the ones affected by this silliness the least.
PORTFOLIO: Rick Leonardi: Iron Man, Silver Surfer, Storm, Thor and the Angel.
SHOOTER’S ROBBIE’S PAGE : Because Shooter is in San Diego, he turned this month’s installment over to Robbie Carosella in the stat room.