When I decided on this comic for review, I realized shortly thereafter that is was from the same year, and only a month away from the previous Reviews of Old Comics article. So what makes 1984 so ripe for memorable comics to review? Yes, I know that technically, this and the previous comics were actually from late 1983, but in the zeitgeist, if the cover is dated 1984, we tend to view it as being from 1984. This was the year that brought us the first Secret Wars and DC's Super Powers, which were some of the first big crossover comics with toy lines. Alan Moore's first issues of Saga of the Swamp Thing are from this year, a definite turning point in comic books for more mature readers. This year also saw the debut of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which vitalized an independent comics market with hope that a small book could become vastly popular with fans. It also saw DC Comics launch its prestige format Baxter line, available only through comic shops, which probably marked the beginning of comic book shops becoming a destination for fans of comics, eventually supplanting the newsstand as the preferred outlet for new comic books. 1984 was a benchmark year, as it saw significant change in the comic book market and industry.
Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.
From the moment that Dynamite announced that they had acquired the Atari® license, I was thrilled about not only the reprinting of the 1980s DC series Atari Force, but the presentation of the fantastic box art for their video games. Last year's Art of Atari was a beautiful book that I regret not reviewing, due to to how lovely it was, but Dynamite, in an attempt to get all of my money, is releasing the art from the golden age of home video games in a format that allows for fans to display them properly, a poster book.
We just got a press release from Dynamite about the Art of Atari Deluxe Edition. It features downloads of classic Atari games, so fans of the art can get a sense of context with the games the artwork was created for. In the interest of time, and in an effort to get this news to you, here's the full press release from Dynamite.