“Face Front, True Believers!”

“What can you get for a dollar? How about the Marvel Universe? Marvel is proud to present TRUE BELIEVERS – special introductory comics for the low price of only $1 each. Marvel history costs only a buck!”

I was able to get my hands on some physical copies of a few of Marvel Comics’ True Believers $1 reprints, so I thought I would share them with you. Look at that brilliant Jack Kirby artwork on the Mighty Thor title:-)

Reprint of Journey into Mystery Vol 1 #114 featuring the Mighty Thor (March 1965)
Reprint of Incredible Hulk Vol 1 #234 (April 1979). Great pencil work by Sal Buscema

And next is a reprint of Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #13 from April 2000, over 21 years later. This issue has pencils by Ron Garney and inks by Sal Buscema. Which one do you prefer?

Reprint of Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #13 (April 2000)

And another reprint issue of Incredible Hulk Vol.1 #347, originally published in September 1988. Peter David was the writer, with pencils by Jeff Purves and inks by Mike Gustovich.

Reprint issue of Incredible Hulk Vol.1 #347 (September 1988)

And to finish, a reprint of Black Panther #14 from March 1977, written by Ed Hannigan with pencils by Jerry Bingham and inks by Gene Day.

Reprint of Black Panther #14 from March 1977

Which one do you like the best?

It’s hard to choose just one, but I would go for the issue of Journey into Mystery featuring Thor. I was never a fan of Jack Kirby’s art when I was younger, but now I love it. He certainly had his own unique style. I watched a documentary on Youtube about him and it was fascinating. He was so fast and prolific; a real genius artist. Some readers call his work “an acquired taste” but if you get the chance please check out some of his Fantastic Four or New Gods comics.

Okay, that’s all for today. As always, thanks for reading!

8 thoughts on ““Face Front, True Believers!”

  1. Apart from the Web of Spiderman and Silver Sable, I wasn’t much into the marvel universe during my stint of reading comics. I tended to go for Superman and collected graphic novels. Dan Jurgens drew Supes the way I thought he should be and that has stuck with me over the decades.

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    • Thank you:) I was very happy to be able to get actual physical copies, even if they are $1 reprints. They still look great! I live in a small town in Japan now and there’s nowhere to buy American comics. Or so I thought until a friend on Twitter told me to try a shop in Tokyo which offers a mail-order service. Happy days are here again! I just have to convince my wife to share in the happiness. This may take some time…

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      • I’m lucky enough to be able to borrow comics from the library here in Auckland. I do have a nice Marvel collection of classics, but what I really want to buy are some of the omnibuses – especially Hellboy! 😀

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        • Auckland? Nice! I turned slightly green reading your “borrow comics from the library” line. I’m living in Japan now so my days of English libraries are a distant memory:) Hellboy is beautiful on the printed page! I only have a hard copy of Seeds of Destruction. The rest are on digital. Mike Mignola’s art cries out for physical copies! I’d love some of those omnibuses, too.

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    • I enjoyed comparing these classic issues with Marvel’s modern comics. I would say that you got a lot more story in the same number of pages in the older comics than you do these days. I love the art in the older books, too. I wish I had some of the original issues!
      Thanks for commenting:)

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