Marvel and DC news (e.g., Colan quits Marvel, Roy Thomas' ALL-STAR SQUADRON and ARAK, DC Comics raises price to 60 cents, etc.) and features of lasting worth, including a preview of JOHN BYRNE's Fantastic Four and a thorough history of Dial "H" For Hero. The issue is rounded out by reprints of the STAR WARS and STAR HAWKS comic strips and a promotional article on Disney's forthcoming film, CONDORMAN.
The inside back cover is an illustration of THE SHADOW by MITCH O'CONNELL.
The news section features photographs of most all the editorial staff at Marvel circa 1981.
A full-page ad for The Forbidden Planet science-fiction and comic shop in NYC boasts beautiful art by BRIAN BOLLAND.
Synopsis: JOHN BYRNE's plans for THE FANTASTIC FOUR, creative control of which he took over with #232. Byrne details his plans for each character, including the supporting cast. Sidebar articles describe (1) the upcoming special 20th Anniversary issue #236 ("Terror in a Tiny Town.") and (2) summarize Byrne's work and accomplishments at Marvel.
Synopsis: RICHARD MORRISSEY provides readers a thorough history of DIAL H FOR HERO, complemented by numerous panels from the original stories, as well as spot illos by DAN REED and KEVIN NOWLAN.
GENE REED (central mailer for APA I) shares the fruits of his "painstaking work in compiling the following list of every character created by Robby Reed's amazing superhero machine, the Incredible H-dial."
Synopsis: An UNSIGNED five-page article promoting the superhero-comedy film starring a post-Knack and pre-Phantom Michael Crawford, Oliver Reed, Barbara Carrera and James Hampton (Dobbs on F-Troop). The piece includes a full page of photos of the cast. Of especial interest to comic fans will be two character sketches by MIKE SEKOWSKY (that were actually used in the film as the art of Crawford's cartoonist character) and the Sunday comic strip for 12/14/80 boasting art by RUSS HEATH (Heath illustrated the weekly Condorman comic strip adaptation which ran for a planned 12 weeks).