Marvel Comics New Universe Ad – 1986
Set your Wayback Machines and Flux Capacitors for July 22, 1986, 4:22 a.m., EST – The White Event!
This awesome advertisement ran in numerous Marvel Comics in 1986. It was all leading up to The New Universe!
- D.P. 7 (Displaced Paranormals 7) (created by Mark Gruenwald) (32 issues, one annual) – D.P. 7 focuses on a group of seven paranormals on the run from a sinister medical facility created to deal with the blooming paranormal population.
- Justice (created by Archie Goodwin) (32 issues) – The titular hero Justice is a delusional former-DEA agent named John Tensen who believes himself to be an alien police officer, meting out justice to evildoers everywhere.
- Kickers, Inc. (created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz) (12 issues) – Kickers, Inc, are heroes-for-hire, all former pro-football players, led by Jack Magniconte, who gains super-human strength, speed, and invulnerability after the White Event…all at the cost of his brother’s life.
- Mark Hazzard: Merc (created by Archie Goodwin) (12 issues, one annual) – Mark Hazzard is a Vietnam veteran turned soldier of fortune whose mercenary lifestyle has cost him the love of his family.
- Nightmask (created by Archie Goodwin) (12 issues) – Keith Remsen is a counselor who uses his ability to enter people’s dreams to help them recover from trauma and mental illness. When you die in a dream, do you truly die for real?
- Psi-Force (created by Archie Goodwin) (32 issues, one annual) – Psi-Force is a group of paranormals on the run from a government which seeks to control them. Together they can meld their abilities into a powerful psionic being called The Psi-Hawk.
- Spitfire and the Troubleshooters (created by Eliot R. Brown and John Morelli) (13 issues; renamed Spitfire from issue #8; renamed Codename: Spitfire from issue #10) – Jenny Swensen steals her father’s Man Amplified X-periment (M.A.X.) armor (a construction suit built for use in a variety of capacities) when she believes the man responsible for her father’s death intends to use it as a weapon of war.
- Star Brand (created by Jim Shooter) (19 issues, one annual; renamed The Star Brand from issue #11) – Ken Connell is given a special brand/tattoo called the Star Brand. It gives the wearer unlimited power, and is highly sought after as the most powerful weapon in the known universe. It has the ability to corrupt even the strongest of beings. Will Connell defend it? Will he prove to be the ideal super-hero?
Geez, these bring back memories. I loved some of these titles. By the way, you should check out Warren Ellis’ newuniversal. It’s a really interesting re-imagining of the New Universe.