Marvel Fanfare #53-55 (1990-1991): Black Knight, Iron Man, New Mutants, Power Pack, Wolverine

Through these three issues is a Black Knight story that takes place back in the days of castles and such, showing his role during The Crusades.  If you like Black Knight, or King Arthur-type stories, this is for you.  I don’t, so it’s not for me.

By way of backup tales, issue #52 has a generic but nice-looking Dr. Strange story, and then a bunch of Paul Ryan pin-ups.

Issue #53 has Iron Man.  Editori-Al tries to make it look like it was planned, not just inventory stories.

Iron Man is fending off an alien invasion, but it’s got a kind of cool twist.  It’s told from the point of view of the aliens, with them speaking English and Iron Man speaking gibberish.

Finally, #54 has Editori-Al looking like Batman and a Wolverine story solely created by Richard Howell that continues into #55 behind the main story of Power Pack.  The Power Pack story is clearly one that Terry Austin wrote for the main series but it got stuck in a drawer.

 

If it wasn’t good for a bad comic like Power Pack, it shouldn’t have been published here, either, to be honest.

Creators and Grades:
Black Knight: Steven Grant and Scott Hampton/Ernie Chan.  Grade: C-
Dr. Strange: Dean Allen Schreck and Gene Colan.  Grade: C
Iron Man: Dan Mishkin and David Ross.  Grade: B-
Wolverine: Richard Howell.  Grade: C+
Power Pack and a Couple New Mutants: Terry Austin and Colleen Doran. Grade: D
Iron Man, MARVEL FANFARE, BLACK KNIGHT, ENCHANTRESS, DR STRANGE, CROSSING OVER, POWER PACK, WOLVERINE, MAGIK, WARLOCK

For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.
And see my Ratings of Runs on comics here.

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