This was the second issue of FOOM, Marvel’s fan magazine for its in-house fan club of the same name. Established in the early 1970s, the initial four issues of FOOM were produced by Jim Steranko and so contained a variety of graphics from him seldom seen elsewhere. By the fifth issue, production of FOOM was brought back in house and done by the Marvel staff. These issues paint a good picture of what Marvel was like during this time period, an era of transition.
These Comicsavers were a product produced by Steranko and advertised in FOOM among other places–Jim had agreed to produce FOOM in exchange for two pages of advertising where he could hawk his own stuff.
The question of what age group FOOM should be aimed at wasn’t yet worked out, and so in addition to information about upcoming comics and the histories of the characters and creators, each issue also included games and puzzles such as this crossword, which tended to skew a bit younger in terms of audience engagement.
Among those whose submissions to the Create A Villain competition whose works were shown were Trevor Von Eeden and Steve Rude, both of whom would go on to enter the field as artists.
Similar is true here of Bill Morrison and Mariano Nicieza–Mariano became an editor whereas Morrison became an artist. In recent years, some folks have tried to make something out of the fact that the entry above by Andy Olsen is named The Wolverine, but I seriously don’t think that Roy Thomas, Len Wein, John Romita and Herb Trimpe needed any help in coming up with a super-character based on an existing animal. So it’s simply a coincidence.
The preview article here reveals that the strip that originally became MASTER OF KUNG FU was initially going to be a straightforward continuation of the FU MANCHU books, under that name. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.
Jim Starlin’s uncorrected cover for CAPTAIN MARVEL #31 is previewed here. On the final cover, Mar-Vell’s head was redrawn by John Romita.
Stan’s plans for ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS had to be scaled down considerably from what is described here due to page count limitations. And the animated Marvel Christmas Special that’s discussed never materialized, and neither did the record based on its music.
Each of these early issues of FOOM included a simple board game as well, and this one was no exception.