Back in the 1980s, in a time before the internet and when comic book solicitations catalogs only ran maybe the name of the comic book and its creative team in most instances, the biannual AMAZING HEROES PREVIEW SPECIAL became like a bible of fans who were hungry to know more about what was coming up in the pages of their favorite comics. This tradition began in 1984 with issue #39 of AMAZING HEROES, but within a year it would be spun off into its own separate publication. These were fat issues, in which the editorial staff of AH spoke to the editors and writers of pretty much every comic book slated to come out over the following six months. And what’s still interesting about these books today is the plans that fell through or changed, the comics that were planned but never materialized. So here, we’re going to survey the first of the AMAZING HEROES Preview Specials from 1984 and see what was on the horizon.
The opening pages give a breakdown as to the contributors to the issue. Each individual entry was signed off with the initials of the person who gathered the information.
I don’t believe ARMAGEDDON WARRIOR ever saw print.
The AVENGERS ANNUAL Roger Stern talks about here featuring Juggernaut never came to pass.
This BLACK PANTHER limited series wouldn’t be completed and published for several years.
We’ll look at more from the AMAZING HEROES PREVIEW SPECIAL in the weeks to come.