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Assistant Editor's Month 1984
Assistant Editor's Month 1984
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Event Synopsis

Assistant Editor's Month is a semi-regular event that happened at Marvel Comics wherein the Editors of Marvel Comics would give over full creative control over to their assistants, usually the end result would be something humorous. The premise for the 1984 Assistant Editor's Month was that all the regular Marvel editors were off at the San Diego Comicon giving the assistant editors free reign over all of Marvel's titles that month. All these issues were printed in January of 1984

Checklist

Assistant Editor's Month 1984 issues

Issues

Alpha Flight #6
Assistant Editor: Linda Grant
Using white panels on cover and fighting scenes.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 248
Assistant Editor: Bob DeNatale
The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man!
Avengers #239]
Assistant Editor: Mike Carlin
In Avengers #239 the team made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman and saves the show from an attack by Fabian Stankowicz who was jealous of the Avengers notoriety. The issues cover also featured a parody of old DC Comic books from the 1960's, including a check board pattern along the top and the Marvel Comics logo redesigned in a parody of the old DC Comics emblem of that era.
Captain America #289
Assistant Editor: Mike Carlin
Involved a back-up story where Captain America is captured by an amalgamation of M.O.D.O.K. And the Red Skull (Moskull) and had to be rescued by Bernie America (Really Cap's girlfriend Bernie Rosenthol.) The issues cover was also a parody of old DC Comic books from the 1960's, including a check board pattern along the top and the Marvel Comics logo redesigned in a parody of the old DC Comics emblem of that era.
Cloak and Dagger Vol 1 4
End of a mini-series , nothing special in this month.
Conan the Barbarian #154
Assistant Editor: Jim Owsley (Christopher Priest)
Featured a story where Conan's body was drastically altered in the middle of a daring quest. This issue featured a cover in parody of DC Comics old cover style. The title name 'The Man-Bats of Ur-Xanarrh!' is also in parody of DC Comics 'Batman of Zur-En-Arrh'.
Conan the King #20
Assistant Editor: Jim Owsley (Christopher Priest)
Jim stats 'I felt that is this landmark issue of CONAN THE KING. Id take the theme of Assistant Editor's month just a bit furthur.'
Daredevil #202
Assistant Editor: Mike Higgins
This issue of Daredevil featured a Marvel logo reading "Marvel Pop Art Productions" much in the fashion a number of Marvel comic books had on the covers in the early 60's before they were dropped. This issue also has Foggy Nelson as the featured character on the cover.


Dazzler #30
Assistant Editor: Bob Harras
Dazzler ends up defending the San Diego Comicon from a rampaging mutant and encounters Ralph Macchio. Macchio's face is drawn on Dazzler's body in the Marvel logo box on the cover. Also the last page is one-pager 'The Ralph Macchio Gallery'. All Hail Ralph!
Defenders #127
Assistant Editor: Ann Nocenti
Also featured a cover alteration, the assistant editor for this magazines face is crudely drawn on Angel's body in the Marvel Comics logo box.
Elektra Saga #1
Scheduled to publish in this month but actually published in Feb. Not part of Assistant Editors' Month.
Falcon Vol 1 3

Published in this month but not on A.E.M checklist.
Fantastic Four #262
Assistant Editor: Mike Higgins
Has a written note from John Bryne in the Marvel logo acknowledging that it's Assistant Editor's Month but asking the staff not to do anything too ridiculous with the cover.
The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones Vol 1 13
Assistant Editor: Eliot Brown
The Beware stamp in the UPC box on the cover. The assistant editor one-page story is at the end, called 'Massachusetts Brown:Raiders Of The Late Book'.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Vol 1 19
Assistant Editor: Linda Grant
Snake Eyes fact file, without editor's permission.
Incredible Hulk #291
Assistant Editor: Ann Nocenti
Also has an altered Marvel logo box featuring the assistant editor of this book on the Hulk's face.
Iron Man #178
Assistant Editor: MIke Carlin
Features a parody of the old DC Comics cover format. Also has a back up story of a group of kids who pretend their Avengers firing their version of "Iron Man" before they realize that he is an asset to their group when he beats up a local bully. The cover also mockingly refers this as being the "All-New Iron Man", which is not such a positive thing considering that this was during a time Tony Stark was struggling with alcohol.
Jack of Hearts Vol 1 1
On the checklist but part of a mini-series, nothing special this month.
Magik (Illyana and Storm Limited Series) Vol 1 2
On the checklist but part of a mini-series, nothing special this month.
Marvel Retread Funnies #1
Assistant Editor:
Scheduled to publish in this month but cancelled. Only a cover released before, features a parody of the old DC Comics cover format, and the line 'She's Dead' is around the MC logo .
Marvel Tales Vol 2 159
Assistant Editor: Bob DeNatale
Marvel Team-Up Vol 1 137
Assistant Editor: Bob DeNatale
Instead of featuring a Spider-Man team-up like usual, this issue of Marvel Team-Up has Aunt May and Franklin Richards teaming up to stop Galactus.
Micronauts Vol 1 56
Assistant Editor: Bob Harras
Two Assistant Editor's Month stories
Moon Knight Vol 1 35
Assistant Editor: Linda Grant
'Flying Solo, FLying Blind?'
New Mutants Vol 1 11
Assistant Editor: Elliot Brown
Also only featured a slightly altered cover. In the Marvel Comics logo which usually features head shots of the various New Mutants, has the inclusion of the assistant editor of that book with purple antlers drawn on, one of which obscures Cannonball's face.
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #86
Assistant Editor: Bob DeNatale
This issue features artwork mostly done by Fred Hembeck.
Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 1 101
Assistant Editor: Linda Grant
Rom #50
Assistant Editor: Bob Harras
Also featured an altered Marvel logo box featuring Rom in a house coat and pipe (Ala Playboy owner Hugh Hefner) and Starshine dressed in a pink apron and oven mits.
Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #5
Assistant Editor: Bob Harras
Features a parody of the assistant editor dressed as Crystar. He is wearing Crystar's helmet however is wielding a tennis racket instead of Crystar's trademark sword.
Star Wars Vol 1 79
Assistant Editor: Eliot Brown
Eliot Brown had a Darth Vader costume himself, Lando dressing up as Captain Harlock from Space Battleship Yamato.
Star Wars Return of the Jedi Vol 1 4
On the checklist but a movie adaptation issue, nothing special this month.
Thing Vol 1 7
Assistant Editor: Ann Nocenti
Also has an altered logo box. In this story Thing reads his own comic, is not impressed, and pays a visit to the Marvel Comics office.
Thor Vol 1 339
Assistant Editor: Mike Carlin
Mike Carlin and Walt Simonson dancing.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 177
Assistant Editor: Elliot Brown
Here is a one-page story for this showing Eliot Brown measuring up the Blackbird for the Marvel Handbook released that month. He is kicked out of the X-Mansion by Professor X since he has taken too long to get the correct measurements and the X-Men need to use the jet.

Reprints

Micronauts Special Edition Vol 1 2
On the checklist but only a reprint, nothing special this month.
Moon Knight Special Edition Vol 1 3
On the checklist but only a reprint, nothing special this month.
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Vol 2 2
On the checklist but only a reprint, nothing special this month.
X-Men Classics Vol 1 1 On the checklist but only a reprint, nothing special this month.

Marvel Annuals

Avengers Annual Vol 1 12
On the checklist but published in Sep, 1983. Seems not related to A.E.M. event.
Uncanny X-Men Annual Vol 1 #7
Assistant Editor: Elliot Brown
X-Men go to the Marvel offices.

Marvel Magazines

Marvel Age Vol 1 10
A dwarf with a C-3PO mask on the cover, waving a sling.
Marvel Fanfare Vol 1 12
Assistant Editor: Ann Nocenti
'Editori-Al' is changed to 'Editori-Gal', then Ann faced a writer crisis, Roger Stern cannot find any editors to discuss story plot of next month. So Ann made him wear Captain America's suit to inspire his idea, which prove to be a diaster. There is also a 'Robbie's Page' instead of 'Shooter's Page' in the end, written by Robbie Carosella.
Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 96
On the checklist but nothing special.

Epic Comics

Coyote Vol 1 4
Published in this month but not on A.E.M checklist.
Dreadstar Vol 1 7
On the checklist but published on Sep, 1983. Seems not related to A.E.M. event.
Epic Illustrated Vol 1 21
On the checklist but nothing special.


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