Dracula Rises – and the Marvel Age of Horror Begins!

TOD1coverHas there ever been a less anticipated – and more ground-breaking comic – ever released by Marvel Comics?

With the opening of “The Tomb of Dracula” in 1972, the company proved there was a mainstream audience for darker, more mature comics – with stories about a supernaturally cursed mass murderer who needed to feed on the blood of the living.

And what was the purpose of the Comics Code Authority again?

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Luke Cage Vs. Dr. Doom! And the Silliest Scene in the Marvel Age!

LC9coverThe story that never had to happen!

“Hero for Hire” scribe Steve Englehart decided he wanted to steer street hero Luke Cage’s adventures, just for a moment, into the mainstream Marvel Universe.

And what better way than by pitting him against the Big Baddie of the MU – Dr. Doom!

It could be an epic showdown for the ages.

Or something we’ll laugh about for a good long time.

Probably the latter.

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The ‘All-New, All-Different’ X-Men Battle Magneto for the First Time – and Lose

Magneto Vs. the New X-Men: With an ending no one expected.
Magneto Vs. the New X-Men: With an ending no one expected.

It had to happen.

In their first year, the new X-Men had fought Sentinels and Juggernaut and even killer robot duplicates of the original team.

They were bound to face their most hated, hateful foe – Magneto.

But nobody expected it would be such a resounding rout for the Master of Magnetism.

In “X-Men” No. 104, “The Gentleman’s Name is Magneto,” cover date April 1977, the new recruits are attacked on Muir Island and just barely escape with their lives.

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Sweet Christmas! Can Luke Cage Save Us from Jingle Bombs?

Maybe there really is a war on Christmas!
Maybe there really is a war on Christmas!

Slay bells ring – are you listening?

Remakes of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” are more common than mutants this time of year. Even “Sanford and Son” and “The Jetsons” retold the tale.

But few have told the tale focusing on Scrooge’s damned business partner Jacob Marley.

Luke Cage, hero for hire, finds himself trapped in a Dickensian nightmare right on Christmas Eve – can he convince a madman not to blow up the world?

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When Titans Clash! And Crash! And Break Lots of Things!

Spider-Man vs. Luke Cage
Spider-Man vs. Luke Cage

Sometimes you just want to see your favorite heroes pound each other to sand.

One of the key things that separated the Marvel Universe from the DC Universe right through the ’70s: Marvel’s heroes punched first and asked questions later.

It was a grand tradition harkening to the Golden Age of Comics when Marvel was Timely Comics and the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner waged war over Manhattan in a series of thrilling duels.

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