Friday, April 22, 2011


Splash pages, you gotta' love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit the reader with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This Friday, the splash page that launched Marvel's massive free for all - Secret Wars #1, by one the ultra talented; Mike Zeck (Click to embiggen).

Ohh 80's Marvel, where have you gone? Captain Marvel (Monica), Mohawk Storm, and an X-Men you didn't have to be Donald trump to follow. Seeing all Marvel's big guns (minus Daredevil and the Invisible Woman) assembled on one double-page spread was an overload of 'awesome' for a young fragile mind like mine at the time.

I used to sit with this spread open and pick my dream Fantastic Four. Then I'd flip forward a few pages and do the same with the villains. What did the rouges grouping look like you ask? Why this right here...


  1. it's stuff like this that made Marvel the king of the comic book biz in the 80s. today things are on a more level playing field with DC but in the 80s it was Marvel hands down.
    it seemed to me that Crisis on Infinite Earths was DC's answer to Secret Wars. and although i'm going to get a lot of shit for saying this outside of the George Perez art Crisis was so over rated.
    a couple of years ago i donated my TBP of Crisis to the local library but Secret Wars is virtually as good of a read today as it was 25 years ago.

  2. Loved the Secret Wars - I recently re-read it, thanks to the Marvel Universe figure double-packs including reprints of every issue.

    (It's just too bad they stuck with such obvious figure choices - I'd have loved a Lizard, Captain Marvel and Kang the Conqueror figure!)

  3. not to mention the figures they made of characters who weren't even in the series like Daredevil and Black Falcon. but they ended up being pretty hot collectors items however given their limited numbers.
    by the way iok, you don't check your email anymore my friend?

  4. by the way this is ironic cause i just realized that this Secret Wars splash page posting was posted the same day i posted an 80s Marvel splash page sorta of thing on the ROM Spaceknight blog. although mine has more to do with Michael Golden i was sure to give a nod to the great Mike Zeck.

  5. Thanks Guys! We never got the figures this far south which was lucky... my wallet had a hard enough time getting the Super Powers range!

    I think DC did a pretty great job in the 80s though to be fair. Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, New Teen Titans, Adams ad ONeil on Batman, George Perez on Wonder Woman, they just did the reverse of DC.

    DC started soft ended with a bag, Marvel started strong and ended focused almost solely on X-Men.