I just reread THE MICRONAUTS while on a long trip to the land of black metal

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They run the range from bog-standard space opera with Michael Golden doing art to Marvel punch-up comics to psychedelic cerebral explorations to utterly grim examinations of the cost of "good" wars slathered with unexpected formal beauty. This series is better than I remembered it to be. More later.

Matt M., Monday, 18 June 2012 04:01 (ten years ago) link

Fuck, I've got to read these.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 18 June 2012 04:53 (ten years ago) link

Won a No-Prize from a Micronauts issue. Signed by Bill Mantlo. Do remember that they went "utterly grim" which turned me off at the time. Look forward to thread updates here, to find out what I've missed.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 18 June 2012 14:15 (ten years ago) link

wow, nostalgia. had the toys, bought this when it first came out.


also file under ugh

Hasbro has recently acquired the right to the Micronauts toy line and J.J. Abrams is currently in negotiations to develop a movie version of the franchise.[31]

diamanda ram dass (Edward III), Monday, 18 June 2012 14:38 (ten years ago) link

the only good news on the movie front is that there has been nothing at all about it since 2009.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 18 June 2012 14:47 (ten years ago) link

I'll be throwing random pages up on my tumblr and talking about them. The last five or so issues are relevatory, particularly for the stuff that I simply missed at the time (having been what, fourteen or fifteen). And yeah, count me as one of the folks turned off by the heaviness of the wrap-up of the last storyline, or at least the stuff that led to it. But it does pay off.

Oh, and then Peter B. Gillis went ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY MENTAL on THE NEW VOYAGES. I don't like that as much but if you keep the context of mid-80s Marvel in mind, it's a brain melter.

Matt M., Monday, 18 June 2012 15:40 (ten years ago) link

I remember buying NEW VOYAGES as it came out. It was my introduction to the art and person of Kelley Jones, whom I dutifully followed down many a shit rabbit hole in the years following.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 18 June 2012 15:45 (ten years ago) link

Here's the first one. Might just be easier to follow the actual tumblr. I only post cool stuff anyways.


Matt M., Monday, 18 June 2012 16:02 (ten years ago) link

When Jones was on, and when he had good inking, he was a breath of fresh air in those days (since Wrightson had more or less disappeared by then) and there weren't many good monster artists working in mainstream comics at the time.

Matt M., Monday, 18 June 2012 16:03 (ten years ago) link

Mantlo really did throw a lot of cool stuff into both ROM and the Micronauts and even though those characters are kind of sadly gone from the Marvel U. there is quite a few little things from the series that did stick.

One thing I think that is kind of lost on these series as a kid of the era is that it was kind of rare to get a new comic series that started with a #1. It just didn't happen that often.

earlnash, Tuesday, 19 June 2012 03:13 (ten years ago) link

As posted on the other thread, Micronauts was a big big fave of mine when I was in grade school and junior high; several years ago I bought the complete run (including New Voyages) off eBay for cheap and I still love this misbegotten shit to death. It and the Simonson Thors are the only extended runs I've held onto from those days.

When it was still possible to find .rars of old Marvels online (which is to say 5 months ago) I was always looking for scans of these but never saw it (did score ROM that way though). Maybe after I finish this endless cleanup of my own old pages I can do it myself for fun and for y'all...

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 16:19 (ten years ago) link

Hit me at maxwellm AT pobox DOT com, mang.

Matt M., Tuesday, 19 June 2012 17:02 (ten years ago) link

Just did so, mang!

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 19 June 2012 21:03 (ten years ago) link

WDYLL with modular lord of evil. We must be about the same age, Shakey. The wondrous era of toys that actually shot fucking tiny swallowable missiles across the room.

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Thursday, 21 June 2012 00:59 (ten years ago) link

I forget who the other li'l micronaut on my right is there... but yeah, tiny missiles! that you could choke on! or put your eye out with!

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:46 (ten years ago) link

I never had a Baron Karza, but had almost everything else. /jealous

Matt M., Friday, 22 June 2012 21:43 (ten years ago) link

One mad Xmas I got both Terraphant AND Hornetroid. It was all downhill after that.

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Friday, 22 June 2012 22:43 (ten years ago) link

I had Repto and Acroyer and the Time Traveler. I desperately wanted Baron Karza but by the time I could have asked for an expensive figure like that I had moved onto Star Wars with my friends.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 22 June 2012 22:47 (ten years ago) link

When I'm weak, I sometimes look up Micronauts toys on Ebay.

Matt M., Friday, 22 June 2012 23:07 (ten years ago) link

I have to admit I would really dig having a Repto and a Membros. That little wave of monster dudes was pretty sweet.

Lewis Apparition (Jon Lewis), Saturday, 23 June 2012 02:23 (ten years ago) link

Had the first wave of those. Thinking about acquiring another set, since I have no idea where any of my Micronauts toys went after I left for college.

Matt M., Saturday, 23 June 2012 03:49 (ten years ago) link

I just finished the first volume of MICRONAUTS and it's all over the place. Whenever they come to Earth it sucks balls, but when they're in the Microverse it ranges from solid to WTFAWESOME. The last year or so - once Butch Guice comes on board - are almost all killer.

Reading them I realized how haphazard my collecting was back in the days of limited allowance and spinner racks. The first issue I owned was #12, which I surely bought just because it was all about Acroyear whose toy I loved. But I didn't buy another until #53. Then I had all but a few till it ended.

And this? This might be the worst drawing of Arcade I've ever seen. His head changes shapes and sizes and features in every panel of his cameo.


EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:22 (ten years ago) link

looks like gil kane inked by... danny bulandi? armando gil? pablo marcos? someone like that. kane = one of the greats but obv totally oblivious/uninterested in x-men villains, and the inking is horrible.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:06 (ten years ago) link

Good call Ward! Kane & Bulandi. I'd love to see some unlinked Kane micronauts, because god does Bulandi fuck him over again and again.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:15 (ten years ago) link

iirc there are some micronauts issues that kane inked himself, that are a bit better, tho' not everyone i know is a fan of kane's (marker) pen line, and he wasn't in the best of health or esp invested in the stories at the time. but yeah, bulandi is the kind of inker that saps away the remaining gd bits of kane, eg the dynamism & vitality of his drawing

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:19 (ten years ago) link

There is only one or two stories worth of Gil Kane-inked MICRONAUTS which look immeasurably better than anything of his that Bulandi inked. But Bulandi looked good (mostly) on Butch Guice. Go figure.

I had a chance to buy some MICRONAUTS pages from Mr. Bulandi at a Wonder-Con a couple years ago and regret that I didn't.

The last part of the first volume is definitely WTFAWESOME territory. There's a lot more WTF going on in the Peter Gillis-scripted NEW VOYAGES.

Matt M., Tuesday, 26 June 2012 23:04 (ten years ago) link

I'm taking a break before diving into NEW VOYAGES. Rereading Marvel's original SECRET WARS for the first time on 20-odd years. My Zeck fandom still in fine form.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 23:42 (ten years ago) link

tho' not everyone i know is a fan of kane's (marker) pen line,

Kane is always the best inker for Kane IMO

the hat's filthy lesson (sic), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 01:49 (ten years ago) link

I remember these, though I only ever read one or two issues. Did the toys come before the comics or was the whole thing conceived as a cynical attempt to sell toys?

The New Dirty Vicar, Saturday, 30 June 2012 20:44 (ten years ago) link

The toys came before the comics and Marvel got the license to make the comic like they did with Star Wars, Rom and later GI Joe and the Transformers.

earlnash, Sunday, 1 July 2012 01:19 (ten years ago) link

Additionally the toys were from Japan, originally, branded as Micromen, if memory serves.

Ampzilla was a character who was much cooler as a toy than as a member of the evil Death Squad....

Matt M., Sunday, 1 July 2012 03:28 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

So basically this series is never going to be republished, is it?

you are clinically deaf and should sell you iPod (stevie), Saturday, 22 February 2014 21:32 (nine years ago) link

nine years pass...

This series (and ROM) is going to be republished.

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Friday, 26 May 2023 13:12 (two weeks ago) link

TY. More interested in a collection of Kirby's 2001, personally, talking of titles not owned by Marvel that have never been reprinted (although I see online that other publishers produced Micronauts comics after Marvel, and that Marvel have now regained the licence).

A little while ago I bought the first instalment of this UK SF series, which predates the Marvel Comic by a couple of years


Ward Fowler, Friday, 26 May 2023 13:25 (two weeks ago) link

Remember reading The Micronauts (possibly the second series) when I first got into Marvel comics aged 10 or so, and thinking it impossibly awesome while also understand not a frame of it.

serving aunt (stevie), Friday, 26 May 2023 14:02 (two weeks ago) link

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