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Issue Details

Issue #26
Published October 1974
Frequency Bi-Monthly
Cover Price 0.25 USD
Pages 36
Editing Roy Thomas

Cover Details - "Death-Machine For Hire!"

Characters Deathlok [Luther Manning]
Genre Science Fiction
Pencils Rich Buckler (signed)
Inks Rich Buckler (signed)
Letters Gaspar Saladino
Notes Letters credit from George Olshevsky's Marvel Comics Index #7B.
Reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok (Marvel, 2009 series) #1

17 page Deathlok story "The Enemy: Us!"

Characters Deathlok [Luther Manning]; Peters; Mike Travers (Introduction); Major Simon Ryker (Villain); The War-Wolf [Mike Travers]
Synopsis Deathlok goes on a mission to rescue Mike Travers (an old army buddy) from Major Simon Ryker. He manages to extract Mike but he is recaptured by Major Ryker's men. When Deathlok goes after Mike again he encounters the War-Wolf, who Major Ryker says is Mike's mind in a cyborg body.
Genre Science Fiction
Script Rich Buckler (Concept; Plot); Doug Moench (Plot; Script)
Pencils Rich Buckler
Inks Pablo Marcos
Colors Linda Lessmann
Letters Annette Kawecki
Reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok (Marvel, 2009 series) #1

1 page Marvel-Hero Stick-Ons advertisement "Get All 18 For Only $2.50!"

Characters Captain America [Steve Rogers]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Conan; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Luke Cage; Thing; Thor; Spider-Man
Genre Superhero
Script ? (ad copy)
Letters Typeset
Notes Advertisement for 18 Marvel-hero stick-ons from Our Way Studio for $2.50 (one set) or $4.50 (two sets). Appears between pages 7 and 8 of the story sequence.

1 page Astonishing Mails; Marvel Value Stamp letters page "Astonishing Mails"

Characters It, the Living Colossus; Fin Fang Foom; General Ross
Script ?
Inks Vince Colleta; ?
Letters Typeset
Notes Letters from (and replies to) Donald Jay Moffett, Steven M. Scholz and Maura Kaufman. Includes a special bullpen message from It! the Living Colossus (about how he is going to run some letters about his last story), a partial panel from Astonishing Tales #24 with It, the Living Colossus and Fin Fang Foom and Marvel Value Stamp #66 featuring General Ross. Appears between pages 11 and 12 of the story sequence.

Half page Marvel Comics Subscriptions promo (ad from the publisher) "Be A Mighty Marvel Salesperson!"

Characters Spider-Man; Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic; Invisible Girl; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing]; Hulk [Bruce Banner]
Script ? (promo copy)
Letters Typeset
Notes Promo for Marvel Comics subscriptions where you can 12 comics for the price of 8 (if you buy $10 worth you get a poster with Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and the Hulk as a bonus). Appears between pages 11 and 12 of the story sequence.

Half page Monsters of the Movies promo (ad from the publisher) "Lightning Strikes Twice!"

Characters Monster of Frankenstein
Script ? (promo copy)
Letters Typeset
Notes Promo for Monsters of the Movies #2 with a special spotlight on The Frankenstein Monster (a small illustration of the Frankenstein Monster is used in the promo). Appears between pages 11 and 12 of the story sequence.

1 page Marvel Bullpen Bulletins; Stan Lee's Soapbox; FOOM promo (ad from the publisher) "Marvel Bullpen Bulletins: Wondrously Witty Words From A Woomful of Wombats! [October 1974]; Stan Lee's Soapbox; The Ultimate Fan Club!"

Characters Spider-Man
Script ? (promo copy); Stan Lee
Letters Typeset
Notes Stan Lee says that this is the second Golden Age of Marvel and mentions Spider-Man teaming up with the Childrens Television Workshop, Crazy magazine being a runaway best-seller in the satire field, the Origins of Marvel Comics book, their new black-and-white combination comic-strip/story magazines, the largest, most successful line of color comics the world has ever known, the new Treasury of Spider-Man and the new Marvel Comics Calendar for 1975 available wherever books, magazines and greeting cards are sold. Stan plugs the Marvel Comics Calendar for 1975 some more and mentions that a big write-up on it will be in Playboy's August issue. Items about how Roy Thomas was awarded an Alfred by the first international Comic-Strip Congress at Angouleme, France, Creem Magazine is reviewing comics (although Marvel doesn't agree with all of their reviews) and recently applauded the efforts of Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart and Al Milgrom on mags like Master of Kung Fu and Captain Marvel, the nominations for the annual awards given out by the Academy of Comic-Book Arts have been announced and Conan and Tomb of Dracula were nominated in Best-Continuing-Feature, Conan and Dr. Strange were nominated for Best Story, Jim Starlin and Klaus Janson were nominated for Outstanding New Talent, Marie Severin and Mike Ploog and Larry Hama and Bob Foster were nominated for Best-Humor-Penciler and they are once again accepting memberships in FOOM. A coupon for FOOM is also included. Appears between pages 15 and 16 of the story sequence.

1 page Spectacular Spider-Man promo (ad from the publisher) "The Greatest, Grandest Most Gigantic Comic-Book Of All Time!"

Characters Spider-Man
Genre Superhero
Script ? (promo copy)
Pencils John Romita
Inks John Romita
Letters Typeset
Notes A promo for Marvel Treasury Edition #1 starring the Spectacular Spider-Man. This coupon is for the first 1000 issues that will be individually numbered and personally signed by Stan Lee and John Romita (only $5).