The Buyer’s Guide #81
May 1, 1975
84 pages, 4 sections ? Cover unsigned
Includes Beautiful Balloons #31 by Don and Maggie Thompson
?Big news! Marvel and DC, in the same spirit of cooperation pioneered by Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox with The Towering Inferno, are planning a joint production in which Superman will battle Spider-Man,? the Thompsons reported. Two such stories came out in the 1970s and are available in reprint volumes today.
But how could they know that the really big news lurked in a review a few paragraphs below? ?Giant-Size X-Men is, in Don?s opinion, a very, very good book, judging from the first issue. Dave Cockrum does excellent work. (We have heard that some of the new X-Men ? there are now 13 X-Men! ? are characters Dave dreamed up for the Legion of Super-Heroes and which DC rejected; DC?s loss is Marvel?s gain if this is true.) And Len Wein?s script is first rate.? Just think ? it could have been the other super-team Marvel launched this month, mentioned immediately afterward ? anybody remember TheChampions?
?s Murray Bishoff interviewed Stan Lee in this issue. Other news included the upcoming Doc Savage movie starring Ron Ely.
Commentary by John Jackson Miller.
Special thanks to Russ Maheras for additional commentary and cover scans!
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