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1994 Gimmick - featuring Images of Tomorrow

~ This gimmick wasn’t about cover treatment or limited numbers, but a new tricking on numbering. These four titles went ahead and published issue 25 of their respective runs in May 1994.  I believe in every case, more than a year early.  The stunt indicated that when they got to through to 25, the story would completely make sense. 

Long story short, it mostly did not work.  Only Supreme and Stormwatch actually made it to issue 25.  Brigade was cancelled at 22, and their story was not even close. Bloodstrike was relaunched after 22 as Bloodstrike Assassin #1, but might have been alright story-wise to 25.  Supreme 24 basically cops that they didn’t get the story to jive.  But, Stormwatch really got all the players in place and had a seamless transition from 24 to 25.  They even reprinted issue 25 after 24.  For that one title it was pretty cool. 

I don’t know if anyone else has ever tried this, but I would imagine given that only one of the four here succeeded, likely not. 

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1994 Gimmick - featuring Spider Man: Mutant Agenda Media Crossover

~ This gimmick is one that only a big publisher could have accomplished.  Marvel had been publishing a daily newspaper strip of Spider-Man since 1977 which really did not share continuity with the monthly books.  But this event was supposed to share the same story between both dailies and three monthly issues of Spider-Man: Mutant Agenda

I remember my local paper starting the daily strip to get in on this event and making a big deal about it on our comics page.  My local comic book shop thought it was stupid and mostly blew this off.  Even so far as to not even stock out the above issue unless requested for subscription service.  Mutant Agenda did not hit the wall until issue #1.  The reason for the zero issue’s exclusion likely had to do with the fact that most of the pages of this issue were blank, so that you could paste the daily strips into it. 

Of course, the story was pretty tame and the dailies took forever to catch up to the monthly book’s story.  The local paper canceled the Spider-Man strip shortly after. 

Marvel published a collected edition of this (monthly and daily) in 2012. 

(Source: marvel.com)


Weird - featuring Marville’s Epic issue

~ While Marville is known for being involved in the bizarre U-Decide event of 2002, it’s awful cheesecake covers, and just being terrible in general; issue 7 is weird.  Marville was a 6 issue limited series but with seven issues; that was actually the premise of my first Weird post.  But past that, this issue does not have a story in it. 

The entire issue is devoted to submission guidelines to Marvel’s then upcoming imprint Marvel Epic.  There is an early look at the Trouble #1 published later that year and detailed articles on what kind of stories they were looking for and how to submit to them.  The only indication on the outside is the word Epic on the cover art. 

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1994 Gimmick - featuring DIY Cover

~ This is a pretty clever idea, that I don’t remember anyone else trying.  The cover to the actual cover was just a wraparound cityscape of Metropolis with the Daily Planet featured on the right side of the cover.  Then there were vinyl clings that could be affixed to the cover so that you could create whatever battle you wanted between Lobo and Superman.  Not sure how well this went over as: if you opened the poly-bag and actually made your own cover, you “ruined” it’s value.  90’s comic problems. 

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anymore foil covers? I miss those type of comic covers from redempire

Foil covers never really went away.  They have seen a fair amount of use even in the past few years.  Age of Ultron sported chromium foil just last year. 

Most of my posts on 90’s comics have been focusing on issues that are just reaching the 20 year old mark.  But, I will keep a special eye out for foils. 


1994 Number 1 - featuring Gen 13

~ While this is the first issue of Gen 13, it was not the first appearance of the characters.  About six months prior they had appeared in the black issue of Deathmate, the crossover debacle between Valiant and Image. 

I have always been pretty sure that this first issue likely would have coincided closer to if not before their Deathmate premier if Wildstorm had not needed to come up with a new title as they had originally chosen Gen X, which was terribly similar to Marvel’s planned title, Generation X, that came out later in 1994. 

(Source: imagecomics.com)