Iron Man #139, 1980 “Facades, Ruses, and Masques”

In late 1978, David Michelinie and Bob Layton began their collaboration on the title Iron Man. The stories they created together were very good, and both men deserve kudos for that accomplishment. This particular issue occurred a little while after the ending of “Demon in a Bottle” but the effects of that story were still in play. Tony/Iron Man will have to face off against one of his former lovers, but also a woman who is one of his deadliest enemies, Madame Masque!

As I said previously, Michelinie (co-plotter, scripter) and Layton (co-plotter, pencils, inks) had a solid run on this title, even during the times that aren’t as widely known. After their run, things kind of broke down a bit, and the title began to descend into relative obscurity (no offense to Denny O’Neil). The letters were provided by a familiar name, and John Costanza could always be counted on to deliver. Curiously, the colors are by writer/artist, Ed Hannigan, who’s typically not known for his coloring jobs (many more pencil/ink job and of course, writing). The editor was another Marvel mainstay of the times in Jim Salicrup!

 

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Doctor Strange #41, 1980 “Maelstrom at the Center of Time”

I definitely wanted to sneak in some Doc Strange for Halloween, and what better way, than with a Man-Thing story! In this issue, we see the Doc in an adventure with not only Man-Thing, but also Jenifer Kale, Baron Mordo, a cult, and even Death itself! From cover to cover, you’ll get everything you’ve ever wanted – the Nexus of All Realities, magic, monsters, skeletons, you name it!

The story is brought to us by Chris Claremont, pencils by Gene ‘The Dean’ Colan, inks by Dan Green, letters by Diana Albers, colors by Ed Hannigan, and edited by Jo Duffy! You also get a spectacular cover by Bob Layton and Klaus Janson, as well! Definitely check out this issue, as it can found for a decent price in most back issue bins.

 

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ROM SpaceKnight! The Bill Mantlo/Steve Ditko Run!

Unbeknownst to me until recently, the incomparable Steve Ditko had a nice run on ROM! His rendering of the shiny superhero from Galador is quite awesome, and with other artists the caliber of Bob Layton, Jackson Guice, P. Craig Russell,  and Tom Palmer inking his pencils, you were privileged to see  a great comic book! In the mid-1980’s, Marvel was in high gear, but also competing with DC, who was churning out epic stories like Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Legends. Marvel had Secret Wars, but also had some little gems like I’m about to show you now! So, without further delay, let’s get right to the visual show!

 

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