Monday, May 28, 2018

Madballs (Star Comics / Marvel Comics)

Star Comics / Marvel Comics
1986 - 1988

Who would have thought grotesque rubber balls would become icons of the 80's and spawn not only a (very difficult to find) toy line, but also a cartoon and comic book series? The series followed in the footsteps of Topps' Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. By this we mean went straight for the disgusting (awesome) niche.

This translated well into the realm of comic books where each character could be utilized to limitless potential - And Star Comics did just that...for ten issues.

Technically the series began as a three issue mini series. However, Star (Marvel) deemed it popular enough to continue for (at least) another seven issues. You'll notice with issue nine and ten that Marvel Comics resumed publishing. This is because in 1988 the company dissolved the Star Comics label and resumed publishing some of the more popular titles under the Marvel banner.

Fans of the series should also look to Marvel UK who published one annual.

Lion Forge Comics

As is the case with most 80's properties, an attempt was made to cash in on nostalgia when Lion Forge Comics produced an all new series in 2016. This didn't last long though and was cancelled after just four issues.

Well, that wraps up this year's Free Comic Book month salute. We'll see you next week where we return to the world of toys. What will it be? Meh....Probably something Star Wars related.

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