1984 Magazine

 198M   (Warren, 1978-1980)

™ and ©1978 Warren Publishing Company

(From the Slings & Arrows Comic Guide)

This magazine-format title bills itself as “illustrated adult fantasy,” which here translates as “porn with a science-fiction theme” or “Hey! If I set this in the future or another planet, I can cram in any amount of rape, torture, bestiality, cannibalism and compliant robot women, and claim it’s daring and progressive fantasy.” This really is a foul series, reeking with hatred and resentment for women and sex—and apparently convinced that these attitudes are normal and universal. Let’s take “Little Beaver” in #26 as an example. A group of men take a pubescent girl, place a bomb inside her vagina, and send her to the enemy in the expectation that she will be raped by the commanding officer, thus triggering the bomb. And the style of the artwork (and previous “Little Beaver” stories) leave you in no doubt that this is intended to titillate, which is deeply frightening. Presumably there are men who can read this comic without feeling ashamed to be male, but one wouldn’t care to meet them. Admittedly, not all of the comic is that extreme, and many stories aren’t porn at all, though they’re all weak and poorly told. In the whole series, there’s only one story genuinely worth reading, “The Missionary” by Carlos Gimenez in #15, which makes a good point about the fixation on pain and suffering in certain aspects of Christianity. Are there other reasons for opening any of these issues? Well, if you must, there’s artwork by Alex Niño (every issue), Richard Corben (#1–8) and Frank Thorne (#7–29). And let’s not forget Peter Hsu, whose “Ariel Hart” stories (#22, 26) are easily the most explicit in the series, and whose frankness deserves some kind of recognition—it’s not every artist who would want the world to know that he’s a graduate of the Barbie Doll School of Anatomy, and has only the vaguest idea of how the female pelvic area is put together. The title is updated to 1994 with #11, but avoid. ~FC

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 Richard Corben, Nicola Cuti, Bill DuBay, Jim Stenstrum, Wally WoodAlfredo P. Alcala, Luis Bermejo, Richard Corben, Esteban Maroto, Rudy Nebres, Alex Niño, Jose Ortiz, Jim Stenstrum, Joe Vaultz, Wally Wood


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 Richard Corben, Nicola Cuti, Bill DuBay, Wally WoodAlfredo P. Alcala, Richard Corben, Jimmy Janes, Abel Laxamana, Esteban Maroto, Nebot, Rudy Nebres, Alex Niño, Jose Ortiz, Wally Wood


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 Bill DuBay, Nebot, Alabaster Redzone, Jan StrnadHerb Arnold, Alfredo P. Alcala, Richard Corben, Jimmy Janes, Abel Laxamana, Esteban Maroto, Nebot, Rudy Nebres, Alex Niño, Jose Ortiz


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 Bill DuBay, Jimmy Janes, Alabaster Redzone, Jim Stenstrum, Jan StrnadHerb Arnold, Richard Corben, José Gonzalez, Jimmy Janes, Abel Laxamana, Esteban Maroto, Rudy Nebres, Alex Niño, Jose Ortiz


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 Gerry Boudreau, Nicola Cuti, Alabaster Redzone, Jim Stenstrum, Len Wein, Stron WhiteheadHerb Arnold, Alfredo P. Alcala, Ernie Colón, Richard Corben, Abel Laxamana, Esteban Maroto, Mike Nassar, Rudy Nebres, Alex Niño, Jose Ortiz, Wally Wood


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 Bill DuBay, Al Redzone, Jeff Rovin, Jim Stenstrum, Jan StrnadRichard Corben, Abel Laxamana, Rudy Nebres, Alex Niño, Jose Ortiz


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 Budd Lewis, Rich Margopoulos, Jan Strnad, Frank Thorne, Al Redzone, Gerry BoudreauAlex Niño, Jose Ortiz, Jimmy Janes, Richard Corben, Frank Thorne, Rudy Nebres


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 Budd Lewis, Bill DuBay, Alabaster Redzone, Jan Strnad, Frank Thorne, Nicola CutiAlex Niño, José Gonzalez, Rudy Nebres, Richard Corben, Frank Thorne, Abel Laxamana


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 Gerry Boudreau, Kevin Duane, Bill DuBay, Jim StenstrumHerb Arnold, José Gonzalez, Jess M. Jodloman, Abel Laxamana, Alex Niño, Frank Springer


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Series continued in 1994 #11Nicola Cuti, Victor De La Fuente, Bill DuBay, John Ellis Sech, Jim Stenstrum, Frank ThorneVic Catan, Victor De La Fuente, Jose Gonzales, Abel Laxamana, Rudy Nebres, Alex Niño, Jose Ortiz, Frank Thorne