Kickers, Inc. #1
Date: November 1986
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
2015 NM Price: $3
Stats: 23 color pages plus Universe News and ads.
Creators: Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema, Phil Felix and George Roussos
The New Universe
The summer of 1986 was one of those times when I was really into comics. I was 15 years old and reading everything I could get my hands on. Marvel was celebrating its 25th anniversary, and started several new comic series set in an all new universe. This universe was supposed to be less magical, less fantastic and more realistic. I never really got into the titles, but the longest one only ended up running for 3 years. I guess people didn’t really want books that were more realistic. The fun part was getting to be there at the beginning, and seeing all the new origin stories!
Jack Magniconte is the star quarterback for the New York Smashers football team, and he does pretty good despite his Tom Brady looks! (Ha! Sorry, I couldn’t help that one!) He has some great supporting team-mates, and a lovely wife to boot. So what more could he want? Well, his scientist brother thinks his new machine, “The Intensifier,” can give Jack an athletic edge. After a white flash blankets Jack in strange, dazzling light, he goes to his brother for the treatments. Well, Jack is zapped – his hair turns white and his body gets all pumped up! This is more than he bargained for and he uses his new found strength to lead his team to the Superbowl. But all the fun has gone out of his life, so he returns to his brother to get his powers removed – only to find his bro dying after a loan shark gave him the smack-down! Jack is too late to save him, but he decides to wrangle up his team-mates and wife and subject them to “The Intensifier” too. The newly energized team decides to help out people less fortunate than themselves – and not just by physically saving them, but by helping in any way they can. The issue ends as they decide on a name for their foundation: Kickers, Inc.
My 2 Cents:
- Story: – I thought this was an average story, but I’ll give it an extra star because it was an origin story, and it involved professional football players! Woohoo!
- Art: – This was average 80s fare. There were a couple of really cool big panels, but the rest of it was about what I’d expect for the time.
- Fun Factor: – The origin story and the football themes were cool to read about, but the rest of the story was right at the top of the bell curve.
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