Alpha Flight #7 [Direct]
(February 1984)

Marvel, 1983 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.60 USD; 0.75 CAD; 0.25 GBP
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1983-10-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Marvel Comics Group
Brand
Marvel [standalone or inside vertical box]
Editing
Denny O'Neil (editor); Linda Grant (assistant editor); Jim Shooter (editor-in-chief)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Amazing Heroes #34, with newsstand on-sale date of 1983-11-15.
This issue has variants:

[Aurora is back-- --but Northstar isn't sure he's happy about it..!!] (Table of Contents)

Alpha Flight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Byrne (signed as John Byrne)
Inks
John Byrne (signed as John Byrne)
Colors
?
Letters
Michael Higgins ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Aurora; Northstar
Reprints

The Importance of Being Deadly (Table of Contents: 1)

Alpha Flight / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne
Pencils
John Byrne
Inks
John Byrne
Colors
Andy Yanchus
Letters
Michael Higgins

First Line of Dialogue or Text
My thanks to you, Doctor Bosson.
Genre
superhero
Characters
Alpha Flight [Aurora; Northstar]; Dr. Bosson; Raymonde Belmonde (death); Danielle Belmonde; Deadly Ernest [Ernest St. Ives] (introduction); Alec Thorne; Delphine Courtney (introduction); Meg
Synopsis
Northstar takes Aurora to a psychologist to see what can be done about her having two separate personas. He then takes her to see a good friend of his, Raymonde Belmonde. There they find out that the restaurant is being blackmailed by local crime lord Deadly Ernest. When Ernest's thugs barge in, Ernest kills Belmonde with a touch and kidnaps Aurora. Northstar does not dare reveal his powers before Belmonde's daughter Danielle, but swears revenge. Meanwhile, Delphine Courtney invites Alec Thorne to join her and her employer in a new project.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The title is a play on The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde, 1895). The adjective is used as a pun as it is interchanged with the name ‘Ernest,’ given to the antagonist in this issue.

John Byrne had to misread the spelling of ‘Raymond’ phonetically. Unlike French, the English pronunciation uttering the ‘d,’ [/de/] and Byrne indeed anxious to respect the use of French for his Quebecker characters, he added an ‘e’ at the end of Raymond, feminizing by mistake the first name.

Let A Child Be Born (Table of Contents: 2)

Alpha Flight / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne
Pencils
John Byrne
Inks
John Byrne
Colors
Andy Yanchus
Letters
Michael Higgins

Genre
superhero
Characters
Professor David Camperton; Doctor Efford; Richard Lawrence Easton; Ruth; Nelvanna; Hodiak; Lars; Carmichael; Snowbird (unnamed, origin); Shaman [Michael Twoyoungmen]
Synopsis
At an archeological dig in the Arctic Circle, an ancient headband is discovered. At night, it beckons to its finder and puts him in contact with two gods, who ask him to give up his "seed of humanity". Accepting, the man finds himself returned to earth fifteen years later. A year later, Shaman feels himself summoned to the site, where the goddess Nelvanna reveals herself to him, pregnant. Shaman performs the role of midwife to the goddess and a young infant is entrusted to his care.
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Indexer Notes

Although it is clearly a separate story, with separate story title and cast, this story continues the page numbering of the main Alpha Flight story.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Alpha Waves / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from readers Suzanne Crawbuck, Mary Reeves, Jay Tuttle, Jay West and Anthony Famularo, with replies from Denny O'Neil.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [Aurora is back-- --but Northstar isn't sure he's happy about it..!!]
    Alpha Flight
  2. 1. The Importance of Being Deadly
    Alpha Flight
  3. 2. Let A Child Be Born
    Alpha Flight
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Alpha Waves
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Steve Coates
  • Peter Croome
  • Katy Hayhurst
  • Kelly Langston-Smith
  • François Manardo
  • Darrel McCann
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Jim Van Dore