no 1 Man-Gods

série: Marvel Preview
dessinateur / scénariste: Collectif
éditeur: Marvel USA
genre: ScienceFiction
classement: carton131
date: 1975
format: broché
état: TBE
valeur: 10 €
critère: **
remarques: Marvel Preview is a black-and-white comics magazine
published by Magazine Management for 14 issues
and by the affiliated Marvel Comics Group for 10 issues,
the final issue additionally carried the imprint Marvel Magazines Group,
the serie was made therefore of 24 issues (1975-1980)
and was followed by 10 further issues titled "bizarre adventures" (1981-1983),
these 10 issues not collected here
black and white, 1 $
84 pages for first 2 issues, then 76 pages and 68 pages

Marvel Preview was quite an interesting serie
giving a "preview" of different comic themes and heroes
(>> see information)

Marvel Preview, vol. 1/ No. 1, serie 2928, 1975
cover Neal Adams

1/ Man-Gods from beyond the star,
an essay about the influence of extraterrestrial beings
on the early human civilization, thus changing
the destiny of a newborn planet
by Doug Moench and Alex Nino

2/ Erich von Däniken
description of the writer dealing with the hypothesis
that the history of mankind has at some time or another
been influenced by beings of unknown origin, espc. by those
from somewhere outside our solar system,
the three main books of Däniken: chariots of the gods (1968),
gods from outer space (1969) and gold of the gods (1973)
>> p. 60/61 list of other books on this subject, among them
- the spaceships of Ezekiel (taken from the Bible) by Josef Blumrich (1974)
- forgotten worlds by Robert Charroux (1973)
- the book of the damned by Charles Fort (1941)
n.b. in the theory of these authors, astronauts from beyond the stars
have seemed as gods to our ancient ancestors

3/ good lord
by Marv Wolfman and Dave Cockrum




Information
an umbrella title that showcased a different heroic-adventure, science-fiction,
or sword-and-sorcery character in virtually every issue,
the title introduced the Marvel Comics characters Dominic Fortune in issue #2,
Star-Lord in #4 and Rocket Raccoon in #7,
the vigilante character the Punisher, introduced as an antagonist
in the comic book The Amazing Spider-Man, had his first solo story in issue #2

the magazine had scheduling difficulties,
with various "Next Issue" announcements proving unreliable,
issue #2 promised an adventure of the Marvel superhero Thor in #3,
but a Blade story appeared, with the Thor story unseen until #10,
as well, two different issues, #20 and #24, are dated "winter 1980",
issue #20 was to have included photographs from a Japanese Spider-Man television program
but instead featured Howard Chaykin's Dominic Fortune
in addition, Robert A. Heinlein's lawyers threatened legal action
over the cover of Marvel Preview #11 which featured a blurb
that described the Star-Lord content as "a novel-length science fiction spectacular
in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein," leading to the issue being pulled and reprinted

with #25 (March 1981), the title was changed to Bizarre Adventures,
which published an additional ten issues before ending publication
to offset the dark tone of most of the stories,
editor Denny O'Neil had writer Steve Skeates produce
a humor feature called Bucky Bizarre to close out each issue,
the final issue, #34, was a standard-sized color comic book,
cover-blurbed "special hate the holidays issue",
with anthological Christmas-related stories including one starring Howard the Duck
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