Machine Man #18: Alpha Flight! (1980)

So much Alpha Flight in the Marvel Universe these days!  And really it was just due to the influence of one man: John Byrne. Byrne wasn’t even a household name yet in 1980, but he was working on an unprecedented acclaimed run on X-Men and within a year or two would be heading up The Fantastic Four as well.  In 1983, he’d get an Alpha Flight solo book.

But for now, he was just beating the bushes to get the team’s name out there.  So they appeared in Machine Man.

As far as this book goes, it was a decent issue.  Which isn’t saying much.  It is fun to see Steve Ditko drawing Alpha Flight, at least.

Creators: Tom DeFalco and Steve Ditko
Grade: C-
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