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Issue Details

Issue #27
Published December 1974
Frequency Bi-Monthly
Cover Price 0.25 USD
Pages 36
Editing Roy Thomas
Notes Indicia title becomes Astonishing Tales & Deathlok.

Cover Details - "The Fury of War-Wolf!"

Characters Deathlok [Luther Manning]; War-Wolf; Simon Ryker
Genre Science Fiction
Pencils Rich Buckler
Inks Rich Buckler
Letters Gaspar Saladino
Reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok (Marvel, 2009 series) #1

18 page Deathlok story "Dead Reckoning!"

Characters Deathlok [Luther Manning] Janice Manning (Introduction; Deathlok's wife); ? Manning (Introduction; Deathok's son); War-Wolf (Villain; Death); Major Simon Ryker (Villain); Mike Travers (Flashback); Luther Manning (Flashback); Captain Simon Ryker (Flashback); Nina
Synopsis Deathlok fights the War-Wolf, but he holds back because he believes that Mike Travers mind is in the War-Wolf's body. Only after Major Stryker tells him that Mike died on the operating table (not true) does he fight for keeps and defeat the War-Wolf. He is severely damaged during the fight and goes to see his wife, who is hysterical when she sees him for the first time. He then finds out that he has a son.
Genre Science Fiction
Script Rich Buckler (Concept; Plot; Script); Doug Moench (Plot)
Pencils Rich Buckler
Inks Pablo Marcos
Colors George Roussos
Letters Desmond Jones
Reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok (Marvel, 2009 series) #1

2 page Mindlocks; Marvel Value Stamp letters page "Mindlocks"

Characters Deathlok [Luther Manning]; Mike Travers; Man-Thing
Script Doug Moench; ?
Pencils Rich Buckler; ?
Inks Pablo Marcos; ?
Letters Typeset
Notes Letters from (and replies to) Dean Mullaney, David Burica, Beth Rubin and Gerard Geary. Also includes a short introductory note about the nearly 100% positive letters, a partial reprint of a panel from Astonishing Tales #26 (with Deathlok and Mike Travers) and Marvel Value Stamp #22 featuring Man-Thing. Appears between pages 11 and 12 of the story sequence.

1 page Marvel Bullpen Bulletins; Stan Lee's Soapbox promo (ad from the publisher) "Marvel Bullpen Bulletins: Notes and News On A Nestful Of Nebbishes! [December 1974]; Stan Lee's Soapbox"

Synopsis Stan Lee says that he has been so long-winded recently writing about the new Marvel Calendar, the Origins of Marvel Comics book, the new Hitler documentary mag, Nostalgia Illustrated and the Treasury of Spider-Man that he has promised to cut back on his comments. He mentions that he had a great time lecturing at the University of New Hampshire, it was fun receiving the Popular Culture Association's Award of Excellence in Milwaukee and next month he will talk about the new live-action Spider-Man movie. Items about how Marv Wolfman is editing Dracula Lives, Vampire Tales and Crazy, Roy Thomas is editing Savage Tales, Savage Sword of Conan and Worlds Unknown (tentative title) with Tony Isabella, aided by Chris Claremont to edit the rest of the black and white magazines, there is a welcome to a new contingent of artists coming from the Philippines and they are Tony DeZuniga working on Dracula, the Golem and Ka-zar epics in Savage Tales, Alfredo Alcala working on Zombie, Savage Sword of Conan and other things, Sonny Trinidad working on Morbius and Dracula, Steve Gan working on Brak the Barbarian and Mary DeZuniga (Tony's wife) who keeps the artwork moving across the Pacific, David Anthony Kraft is now helping Don McGregor proofread the color comics (David is also a literary agent in his spare time), Irene Vartanoff is now overseeing the reprints and letters pages, Don Heck and Gil Kane's wife Elaine were in separate car accidents, Larry Hama (who shares a studio with Dick Giordano, Neal Adams, Ralph Reese and others) burned his fingers in a freak electrical accident (with Dick, Neal, et al stepping in to help him finish his current Iron Fist story), Jim Harmon (West-Coast Editor of the Monsters of the Movies magazine) was on a recent edition of the NBC-TV show "Knowledge" and a nationally-syndicated news program, a plug for the new comic Arrgh!, a reminder that the Mighty Marvel Calendar for 1975 just went on sale and a note that there's an extra item or three on the Bullpen Bonus Page, elsewhere in this issue. Appears between pages 11 and 12 of the story sequence.
Script ? (promo copy); Stan Lee
Letters Typeset

1 page Marvel Collectors Medallion-Coins advertisement "This Is the One Everybody Wants"

Characters Spider-Man; Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Conan
Script ? (ad copy)
Letters Typeset
Notes An advertisement for Spider-Man, Hulk and Conan Medallion Coins, with a picture of the front of each coin. Appears between pages 11 and 12 of the story sequence.

Half page Bullpen Bonus Page; FOOM promo (ad from the publisher) "Bullpen Bonus Page [December 1974]; The Ultimate Fan Club!"

Synopsis Items about how Steve Gerber and Len Wein asked to trade comics (Steve will now write The Defenders and Len will write Daredevil), Len Wein and Gerry Conway traded comics (Len will write Fantastic Four and Gerry will write Marvel Team-Up so that he can manage all of the Spider-Man stories but the ones that Jeanie Thomas does), Jeanie Thomas (Roy's wife) will script Spidey Super Stories, Planet of the Apes is hit with one issue (artwork by Mike Ploog and George Tuska with writing by Doug Moench), Savage Sword of Conan is a hit with one issue (artwork by John Buscema and Barry Smith), Deadly Hands of Kung Fu is going monthly because of unprecedented demand and the other magazines are also mentioned. A coupon for FOOM is also included. Appears between pages 15 and 16 of the story sequence.
Letters Typeset

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 15 and 16 of the story sequence.