Monday, April 21, 2008

Marvel Spotlight #5 (August 1972, Marvel)

Even though I am currently boycotting Marvel's monthly output these days (over sour feelings about the whole "One More Day" fiasco), I do still have fond memories of Marvel past.

One of my favorite little niches of the Marvel Universe as a kid was the one that the supernatural themed heroes that debuted in the 1970s dwelled in. Characters such as Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Son of Satan, Werewolf by Night, and the gang from Tomb of Dracula brought much joy to my youth....especially the Johnny Blaze incarnation of everybody's favorite flaming skulled biker, as pictured above.

I had the lucky chance at purchasing a complete run of Johnny Blaze's series, along with the first Marvel Spotlight appearances, for a steal from a collector in the mid-1990s right after the speculator crash and the character's popularity (as well as his back issue prices on the secondary collector's market) were in the toilet....

Every summer, I make it a point, out of nostalgia to re-read that entire run....just to remind me how much fun and goofy the hobby can be. And I don't give a crap what anybody thinks...I actually dug the Nick Cage flick....LOL!

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Marvel Spotlight #5 (1st Ghost Rider) cbr

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