([1994])

Marvel, 1994 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Volume
1
Price
0.25 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
Monthly except September, semi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
[none printed]
Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
ISBN
?
Barcode
?
Editing
Stan Lee
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
one-shot

Issue Notes

One of the 1994 JC Penney Marvel Vintage Pack reprints. These are second printings of Marvel comics from the 50's-70's. There are a total of 15 different comics in the set:

Amazing Adult Fantasy #13; Amazing Spider-Man Special [Annual] #5; Avengers #88; Captain America #109; Fantastic Four #66 and #67; Incredible Hulk #140; Sgt. Fury #13; Sub-Mariner #8; Thor Special [Annual] #2; Tomb of Dracula #25; X-Men #28, #62 #63; and Young Men #25.

Three issues are reprinted from reprints: Fantastic Four #66 is reprinted from Marvel's Greatest Comics #49; Sgt. Fury #13 is reprinted from Special Marvel Edition #11; and X-Men #28 is reprinted from X-Men #76.

This set of 15 comics was available through the 1994 JC Penney Christmas Catalog, for $14.99 plus shipping. The front covers of these comics look exactly like the originals, but inside, contain advertisements from 1994, except for Young Men #25, which has all the original inside ads. All of these reprints have the same back cover Stridex ad. "Second Printing" appears at the end of the indicia.

[Publication information from Roger Perez, STL COMICS web site, http://stlcomics.com/gallery/jcpenney_stridex/]

Who Dares Defy... the Destroyer? (Table of Contents)

Thor / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Thor; Destroyer; Warriors Three [Fandral; Hogun; Volstagg]; Enchantress; Executioner; Mad Merlin
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Two vignettes from the reprinted stories in this issue are featured on the cover. Art by Kirby/Stone and Joe Sinnott.

If Asgard Falls.. (Table of Contents: 1)

Thor / comic story / 30 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
Stan Goldberg
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Thor; Odin; Balder; Heimdall; Warriors Three [Hogun; Fandral; Volstagg]; Loki; Destroyer; Brok, the Crusher (introduction); Tyr, of the Blinding Blade (introduction); Galp, of the Steel Arm (introduction); Drom, the Spirit-Weaver (introduction); Absorbing Man (cameo)
Synopsis
Loki breaks up an Asgardian contest called by Odin by sending the Destroyer to wreak havoc.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

First appearances of the land of Gymirsgard and the Tournament of Champions.

Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin! (Table of Contents: 2)

Thor / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee (plot); Robert Bernstein [as R. Berns] (script)
Pencils
Joe Sinnott
Inks
Joe Sinnott
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Thor [Doctor Donald Blake]; Merlin [Maha Yogi] (introduction); Jane Foster; Loki (cameo); President John F. Kennedy (cameo); Caroline Kennedy (cameo); Pierre Salinger (cameo); King Arthur (cameo, flashback)
Synopsis
Merlin is awakened after a thousand years and immediately decides to try and take over the world. He battles Thor using familiar Washington D.C. monuments.
Reprints
Keywords
Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

According to The Mighty Thor Comics Index #5 by George Olshevsky this is not the same Merlin that is in the Black Knight comics. This Merlin is a mutant who later became the Warlock and the Maha Yogi in X-Men #30 and #47.

The Enchantress and the Executioner! (Table of Contents: 3)

Thor / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Stan Lee
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Chic Stone
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen

Genre
fantasy-supernatural; superhero
Characters
Thor [Donald Blake]; Enchantress (introduction); Executioner (introduction); Jane Foster; Loki; Odin; Tomorrow Man [Arthur Zarrko] (cameo flashback)
Synopsis
Loki and Odin conspire to end Thor's infatuation with Jane Foster by sending the Enchantress to seduce him away from his mortal love. The heavy handed Executioner fouls things up and the mission is unsuccessful.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

At this point, the stories take a turn to Asgardian themes and backdrops.

Editing
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Table of Contents
  1. 0. Who Dares Defy... the Destroyer?
    Thor
  2. 1. If Asgard Falls..
    Thor
  3. 2. Defying the Magic of... Mad Merlin!
    Thor
  4. 3. The Enchantress and the Executioner!
    Thor
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