Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Marvel Comics Has PIZZAZZ! Rare Superhero Art and Artifacts! Spider-Man! Hulk!

In 1977, Marvel Comics (eyeing popular DYNAMITE magazine) launched its own successful teen-aimed pop culture mag called PIZZAZZ! To their credit, the comics firm hired reviewers, writers, and artists from outside their superhero-drenched domain, to create a fun and lively magazine that lasted over two years! In order to get a leg up on the competition, madcap Marvel made use of what was unique to them, so PIZZAZZ was liberally sprinkled with appearances from Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America, and the rest of their cavorting colorful characters! It made for an odd mash-up that didn't really quite work, as hardcore superhero fans did not want to read a mag that also gave tons of space to John Travolta and hair-care tips! So, many now-rare comics oddities went under the radar, such as the ones you can see below! Click each to enlarge! See more PIZZAZZ surprises here!

Above, left: Dave Hunt art on this very nice "hidden pictures"
illo, and wonderful Marie Severin art (above, right)!


Above and below: Marie Severin strikes again!





Above and below: Fantastic Dave Cockrum artwork!



Above: Art by Al Milgrom, from the 1978 SPIDER-MAN CALENDAR! The remaining
insert art is by Steve Ditko, from the very first Spidey appearance, in 1962's
AMAZING FANTASY #15!




BONUS! So much weight was put behind the launch of PIZZAZZ, it actually had its own tremendous TV ad! Click here to view!

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