Secret Wars #1-12 (May 1984-April 1985)

In this post, we're looking at the entire 12-issue Secret Wars series, the first major line-wide crossover event in comics, which expanded significantly on the model of 1982's Contest of Champions and cast the mold for the subsequent annual crossover event comics at both Marvel and DC. (You can read more on the origin and... Continue Reading →

Captain America #292 (April 1984)

This issue follows up on the final panels of issue #290, when a strange bird surprised Captain America and Nomad; here, we learn the secret behind the bird as we are introduced to a new character who, for a short time, was poised to assume a prominent role in the Marvel Universe. Whether he does... Continue Reading →

Captain America #291 (March 1984)

This fill-in issue follows up on two previous stories, way back in Tales of Suspense #83 and Captain America #169, all wrapped up in a cover by John Byrne, which seems like an homage to Jack Kirby's cover to Tales of Suspense #76, albeit with the Tumbler—or a Tumbler—in place of his conceptual cousin, Batroc... Continue Reading →

Captain America #290 (February 1984)

This issue sets up the storyline which will take us through issue #300 (after a quick fill-in next issue), and deals mainly with the private lives of Steve Rogers and his friends. It introduces one character (Seen on the striking cover by John Byrne) who will become a very important figure in coming years, as... Continue Reading →

Captain America #284 (August 1983)

This issue is the first of two "day in the life" issues, with Captain America dealing with more down-to-earth problems in both his professional and personal lives. But this shouldn't be taken to suggest that these are easy days for him—this is an incredibly heavy issue of Captain America, with plenty of emotional turmoil for... Continue Reading →

Iron Man #172 (July 1983)

This issue comes soon after two pivotal events in the life of Tony Stark: falling off the wagon in issue #167, then giving up the Iron Man armor and identity to his pilot Jim Rhodes at the end of issue #169. Both lead into a protracted story, lasting through issue #200 and inspiring much of... Continue Reading →

Captain America #282 (June 1983)

This issue continues Captain America's battle with Viper and Constrictor alongside Jack Monroe, the Bucky from the 1950s, who reappeared in the last issue after having presumably been killed by his former partner in issue #236. Not only is Jack alive, but in this issue he once again adopts someone else's identity, as seen on... Continue Reading →

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