Marvel Super Special

    (Marvel, 1977-1986)
™ and ©1983 Canada Trust Company

Marvel Super Special began as a large-format book featuring appearances of the rock group Kiss in a comic book. In a fantastic publicity stunt, the group even arranged to mix drops of their own blood into the ink used in the print run, thus playing up their “Satan-rock” image. Other special issues included a feature on the Beatles and a proof-quality limited run of the Weirdworld storyline, with each copy signed by the artists.

Most issues, however, were rather straightforward movie adaptations. The features ranged from Battlestar Galactica to Annie, although science-fiction/fantasy films of one sort or another dominated the series.

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   NotesWriterArtist

#1

  9/1/1977
  $1.50
  $320.00
3 copies available from $80.00
Wraparound coverVersus Doctor Doom; Group mixed drops of their blood into the printer’s ink in publicity stunt; Magazine sized; 40 pgs; Includes photos & featuresSteve Gerber, Alan Weiss, Michael GrossAlan Weiss, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, Sal Buscema

#2

  3/1/1978
  $1.50
  $17.00
5 copies available from $1.99
 Conan; Magazine sized; Includes movie & creator photos; 68 pgsRoy Thomas, David Anthony Kraft, James DelsonJohn Buscema, Alfredo P. Alcala, Rick Hoberg, Greg Hildebrandt, Tim Hildebrandt, Michael Doret

#3

  2/1/1978
  $1.50
  $14.50
6 copies available from $10.00
 Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Magazine sizedArchie GoodwinWalt Simonson, Klaus Janson

#4

  8/1/1978
  $1.50
  $210.00
3 copies available from $75.00
 The BeatlesDavid Anthony KraftGeorge Pérez

#5

  12/1/1978
  $1.50
  $34.00
2 copies available from $80.00
 Kiss: Magazine sized; PosterRalph Macchio, Alan Weiss, Rick Marschall, Toby GoldsteinJohn Romita Jr., George Bush (poster)

#6

  12/1/1978
  $1.50
  $12.00
No copies available
 Jaws 2; Magazine sizedRick Marschall, Steve SwiresGene Colan

#7

  12/1/1978
  $0.00
  $30.00
No copies available
Withdrawn from US distribution (French edition, French Canadian & Dutch editions existSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; Beatles movie adaptationDavid Anthony Kraft, Dwight Jon ZimmermanGeorge Pérez

#8

  10/1/1978
  $1.50
  $12.50
1 copy available for $4.25
 Battlestar Galactica; Tabloid; Tabloid format; Interview with John Dykstra, special photographic effects supervisorRoger McKenzie, Glen A. Larson, Steve Swires, John Dykstra, Tom RogersErnie Colón, Rick Bryant, Joe Rubinstein, Howard Bender, Dave Cockrum

#8 Variation A

  10/1/1978
  $1.50
  $13.50
No copies available
 Battlestar Galactica; Magazine format; Interview with John Dykstra, special photographic effects supervisorRoger McKenzie, Glen A. Larson, Steve Swires, John Dykstra, Tom RogersErnie Colón, Rick Bryant, Joe Rubinstein, Howard Bender, Dave Cockrum, Bruce Patterson

#8 Variation B

  10/1/1978
  $1.50
  $34.00
3 copies available from $9.99
"Special Collector's Edition!" & "MP" yellow box logoBattlestar Galactica; Tabloid; Tabloid format; Interview with John Dykstra, special photographic effects supervisor; This issue distributed by Modern PromotionsRoger McKenzie, Glen A. Larson, Steve Swires, John Dykstra, Tom RogersErnie Colón, Rick Bryant, Joe Rubinstein, Howard Bender, Dave Cockrum

#9

  2/1/1979
  $1.50
  $20.00
7 copies available from $7.00
 ConanRobert E. Howard, L. Sprague De Camp, Don Thompson, Maggie Thompson, Roy ThomasJohn Buscema, Tony DeZuniga, Howard Chaykin

#10

  6/1/1979
  $1.50
  $26.00
7 copies available from $11.00
  Doug Moench, Marc Dacy, Maurice HornGene Colan, Tom Palmer, Ernie Colón, Janet Elizabeth Aulisio

#11

  7/1/1979
  $1.50
  $8.50
9 copies available from $1.50
 Magazine sized; 57 pgs; 3 page color foldout, poster; Spring/June 1979Doug Moench, Rick MarschallJohn Buscema, Peter Ledger

#12

  8/1/1979
  $1.50
  $11.50
11 copies available from $3.75
 Magazine sized; 51 pgs; Summer/August 1979Doug Moench, Rick MarschallJohn Buscema, Peter Ledger

#13

  10/1/1979
  $1.50
  $9.00
15 copies available from $0.83
 WeirdworldDoug MoenchJohn Buscema, Peter Ledger

#14

  10/1/1979
  $1.50
  $4.50
2 copies available from $1.99
 Meteor; Bill Cruse interview; Fall/October 1979Ralph Macchio, Tom RogersGene Colan

#15

  3/1/1980
  $1.50
  $12.50
3 copies available from $3.00
 Star Trek: The Motion PictureMarv WolfmanDave Cockrum

#15 Variation A

  2/1/2020
  $5.99
  $5.99
No copies available
 Facsmilie Edtion; Star Trek: The Motion PictureMarv WolfmanDave Cockrum

#16

  8/1/1980
  $2.00
  $145.00
2 copies available from $47.99
 Empire Strikes BackArchie GoodwinAl Williamson, Carlos Garzon

#17

  11/1/1980
  $2.00
  $7.00
No copies available
Photo coverXanaduJ.M. DeMatteis, Scott Edelman, Danny Fingeroth, Martin A. Jackson, Roberta McKenzieRich Buckler, Jimmy Janes

#18

  9/1/1981
  $2.50
  $8.00
No copies available
 Raiders of the Lost ArkWalt SimonsonJohn Buscema

#19

  10/1/1981
  $2.50
  $5.75
4 copies available from $4.00
 For Your Eyes OnlyLarry HamaHoward Chaykin, Vince Colletta

#20

  10/1/1981
  $2.50
  $8.00
4 copies available from $6.50
 DragonslayerDenny O’NeilMarie Severin

#21

  8/1/1982
  $2.50
  $9.00
3 copies available from $1.75
 Conan movie; John Milius interview; Arnold Schwarzenegger interview; Ron Cobb interview; James Earl Jones interviewMichael Fleisher, David Anthony KraftJohn Buscema

#22

  9/1/1982
  $2.50
  $45.00
15 copies available from $9.00
 Movie adaptation; Blade RunnerArchie GoodwinAl Williamson, Carlos Garzon

#23

  9/1/1982
  $2.50
  $11.50
3 copies available from $11.50
 Annie Win Mortimer

#24

  3/1/1983
  $2.50
  $10.00
1 copy available for $15.00
 Dark CrystalDavid Anthony KraftDavid Crespi

#25

  8/1/1983
  $2.50
  $8.00
2 copies available from $4.00
 Comic sizeBill Mantlo, Bob Budiansky, Clive Smith 

#26

  9/1/1983
  $2.50
  $17.00
4 copies available from $5.50
 OctopussySteve MoorePaul Neary

#27

  9/1/1983
  $2.50
  $19.00
3 copies available from $6.00
 Return of the JediArchie GoodwinAl Williamson, Carlos Garzon, Tom Palmer, Ron Frenz

#28

  10/1/1983
  $2.50
  $2.00
1 copy available for $3.99
 KrullDavid Michelinie, Bret Blevins 

#29

  7/1/1984
  $2.00
  $11.50
4 copies available from $3.00
 Tarzan of the ApesEdgar Rice Burroughs, Sharman DiVono, Mark EvanierDan Spiegle

#30

  8/1/1984
  $2.50
  $10.00
4 copies available from $3.25
 Indiana Jones and the Temple of DoomDavid MichelinieButch Guice

#31

  9/1/1984
  $2.50
  $13.50
3 copies available from $12.50
 The Last Starfighter Brett Blevins

#32

  10/1/1984
  $2.50
  $12.50
4 copies available from $8.50
 The Muppets Take ManhattanStan KayDean Yeagle

#33

  11/1/1984
  $2.50
  $300.00
1 copy available for $150.00
 Buckaroo Banzai Mark Texeira, Armando Gil

#34

  11/1/1984
  $2.50
  $18.00
8 copies available from $6.50
 SheenaCary BurkettGray Morrow

#35

  12/1/1984
  $2.50
  $18.00
3 copies available from $9.00
 Conan the DestroyerMichael Fleisher, Roy Thomas, Gerry ConwayJohn Buscema

#36

  4/1/1985
  $2.50
  $23.00
No copies available
 DuneRalph MacchioBill Sienkiewicz

#37

  4/1/1985
  $2.00
  $9.50
5 copies available from $4.75
 2010  

#38

  11/1/1985
  $2.00
  $13.50
3 copies available from $7.00
 Red SonjaLouise SimonsonMary Wilshire

#39

  3/1/1985
  $2.50
  $9.00
2 copies available from $8.00
 Santa Claus: the Movie  

#40

  10/1/1986
  $2.50
  $370.00
2 copies available from $144.99
 Labyrinth  

#41

  11/1/1986
  $2.50
  $12.00
4 copies available from $11.00
 Howard the Duck movie adaptationDanny FingerothKyle Baker