Imagine if Marvel allowed for all of their comics to be “hacked” for 1 month and dozens of jokes and parodies were loaded into all their comics and then everything would go back to normal the following month.
This special, magical moment did happen in April of 1984 when Marvel allowed the Assistant Editors to run the books.
If you are not familiar with this time in comics, the premise is that all the regular Editors needed to leave the Marvel offices and attend a Comic Con. While away, the comics would be supervised by the Assistant Editors to ensure the comics would get out on time. And as the saying goes “While the cat is away, the mice will play.”
Assistant Editors Month was just a month long April Fools joke that resulted in some great parody stories and artwork. I was a young punk in 1984 so I relive my memories of buying some of these hilarious books and wish that Marvel would do a similar stunt with today’s comics.
Here are the covers to some of the comics I reviewed:
click on the thumbnail to view the comic cover – trust me, it’s worth it.
The stars aligned in order to make Assistant Editors Month happen – In 1984, Marvel was not owned by a billion dollar corporation and not bogged down in endless crossover events. They came up with a silly idea and hit a home run with these books. Will we ever get another version of Assistant Editors month? As the magic 8-Ball might say “Chances look cloudy.”
Join Jon and myself for a fun podcast.
Your comics pal,
Comics Misremembered Podcast 48