Marvel Comics Super Special

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Marvel Super Special Marvel Comics Super Special was a 41-issue series of one-shot comic-magazines published by Marvel Comics from 1977 to 1986. They were cover-priced $1.50 to $2.50, while regular color comics were priced 30 cents to 60 cents, Beginning with issue #5, the series' title was shortened to Marvel Super Special. Covers featured the title or a variation, including Marvel Super Special, Marvel Super Special magazine, and Marvel Weirdworld Super Special in small type, accompanied by large logos of its respective features.

These features included film and TV series adaptations, but also original and licensed Marvel characters, and music-related biographies and fictional adventures.

The premiere issue, dated 1977, featured the rock band KISS in a 40-page fictional adventure written by Steve Gerber and penciled by Alan Weiss, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, and Sal Buscema, which saw the group battling Marvel supervillains Mephisto and Doctor Doom. KISS reappeared in an occult adventure in issue #5 (1978). That issue, the series' title in the its postal indicia was shortened to Marvel Super Special.

Marvel's licensed pulp fiction character, Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian, which was concurrently appearing in a long-running color comic book, starred in issues #2 (1977) and #9 (1978), with adaptations of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movies Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer published as issues #21 (1982) and #35 (Dec. 1984). An adaptation of the movie starring Marvel's original spin-off character, Red Sonja, appeared as issue #38 (1985). The other Marvel properties to be featured were the character Star-Lord in #10 (Winter 1979), the feature Weirdworld in #11-13 (Spring - Fall 1979), and Howard the Duck in #41 (Nov. 1986), the final issue.

Except for a biography of The Beatles in issue #4 (1978), the remainder adapted fantasy, science-fiction, and adventure films of the day, including Blade Runner, Dragonslayer, and two Star Wars, two Indiana Jones, and two James Bond movies, and such other films as Jaws 2 and the children's musical comedy The Muppets Take Manhattan. The sole TV series adaptation was of Battlestar Galactica in issue #8 (1978), which was published in two editorially identical editions, one magazine-sized, one tabloid-sized.

Each issue also included text features and other additional material. Issue #7 was never published.