Alpha Flight #17 [Direct]
(December 1984)

Marvel, 1983 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.60 USD; 0.75 CAD; 0.30 GBP
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1984-08-14
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 #53, with newsstand on-sale date of 1984-09-04.
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Alpha Flight / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
John Byrne (signed as BYRNE)
Inks
John Byrne (signed as BYRNE)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The X-Men and Alpha Flight -- How They Met and What Happened Later
Genre
superhero
Characters
Weapon Alpha [James MacDonald Hudson]; X-Men [Wolverine [Logan]; Storm; Banshee; Colossus]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Cover art is an homage to the cover of X-Men (Marvel, 1963 series) #109 (February 1978).
The cover bears the signature: 'Byrne 1984 (after Cockrum 1977)', as John Byrne copied Cockrum’s cover. Note that there was a time lag between the drawing of the original Cockrum's cover as the corner box indicates '1977', and the publication of the comic, in February 1978.

Dreams Die Hard... (Table of Contents: 1)

Alpha Flight / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
John Byrne; Chris Claremont (reprint pages)
Pencils
John Byrne
Inks
John Byrne; Terry Austin (reprint pages)
Colors
Andy Yanchus
Letters
Joe Rosen

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, how do I look?
Genre
superhero
Characters
Alpha Flight [Weapon Alpha [James MacDonald Hudson, also as Vindicator and Guardian] (flashback); Aurora; Dr. Walter Langkowski [Sasquatch]; Heather McNeil Hudson (also in flashback, joins)]; Moira MacTaggert (flashback); X-Men [Wolverine [Logan]; Storm; Colossus; Banshee (all but Wolverine in flashback only)]; Gary Cody (flashback); Major Chasen (flashback); Minister (flashback); Krakoa (cameo flashback); Magneto (cameo flashback); Sentinels (cameo flashback); Phoenix (cameo flashback)
Synopsis
After reflecting with Wolvie on Mac's origins and his first encounter with the X-Men, Heather decides to lead Alpha Flight. Aurora alters her powers and changes her look.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from readers Reed Cockrell, Amy Sacks, Robert B. Clark, Kevin Frazer, Angelia Pitman and Evelyn Arroyo.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["The X-Men and Alpha Flight -- How They Met and What Happened Later"]
    Alpha Flight
  2. 1. Dreams Die Hard...
    Alpha Flight
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Alpha Waves
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