Marvel Fanfare Pinup Issue #45

Marvel Fanfare comic book seriesMarvel Fanfare is one of those titles that you see in every quarter box in comic book stores or on eBay with a hopeful but inevitably doomed listing. I’m not sure exactly why it fell on such hard times after its publication ceased. During Marvel Fanfare’s run between 1982-1991 it obviously sold well enough to justify 60 issues. Given that it featured no ads, it relied exclusively on its own revenue, so that leads me to believe that also earned enough money to keep it going for several years.

The comic book series was intended to be a showcase for mostly standalone stories featuring writing and art by some of the industry’s best. Format-wise, Marel Fanfare was printed on high quality paper and carried a very high price tag relative to other comics during the same period.

The 45th issue of Marvel Fanfare (released in 1989) contained no stories. It was exclusively a pin-up gallery of many Marvel characters by some of the industry’s leading talent of the day. I scanned the pinups for your viewing pleasure. My favorites are Captain America by Michael Golden, Hera by Bret Blevins, Spider-man by Klaus Janson, Storm by Barry Windsor-Smith, Submariner by Mike Mignola, Wolverine by Howard Chaykin, and Punisher by Mike Zeck.

Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Black Panther and Klaw by Steve Rude Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Captain Maerica by Michael Golden Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Captain America, Thor, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic by Jackson Guice
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Colossus by Rick Leonardi and Dan Green Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Daredevil and Typhoid Mary by John Romita Jr. Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Dracula by Bill Reinhold
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Fantastic Four by Art Adams Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Galactus and Silver Surfer by Jim Lee Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Green Goblin by Paul Smith
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Hela by Bret Blevins Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Hulk by Norm Breyfogle Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Iron Man by Bob Layton
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Iron Man by Ken Steacy Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Kazar by Brent Anderson Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Killraven by P. Craig Russell
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Lok by John Buscema and Brett Breeding Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Mgick by Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Medusa and Black Bolt by Charles Vess
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Original X-Men by Marshall Rogers Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Rawhide Kid by Alan Weiss Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Scarlet Witch by Sandy Plunkett
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Shadowcat by Michael Kaluta Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Spiderman by Klaus Janson Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Storm by Barry Windsor Smith
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Submariner by Mike Mignola Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Thor by Walt Simonson Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Wovlerine by Howard Chaykin
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Clea by Steve Leialoha Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Dr. Strange by Kevin Nowlan Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Punisher by Mike Zeck
Marvel Fanfare Pinup: New Mutants by Terry Shoemaker Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Marvel Fanfare Group cover by John Byrne Marvel Fanfare Pinup: Volstagg and family by Bogdanove and Milgram


Black Panther and Klaw By Steve Rude
Captain America By Michael Golden
Captain America Thor Invisible Woman Mr Fantastic By Jackson Guice
Clea By Steve Leialoha
Colossus By Rick Leonardi and Dan Green
Daredevil and Typhoid Mary By John Romita Jr
Dr Strange By Kevin Nowlan
Dracula By Bill Reinhold
Fantastic Four By Art Adams
Galactus Silver Surfer By Jim Lee
Green Goblin By Paul Smith
Hela By Bret Blevins
Hulk By Norm Breyfogle
Iron Man By Bob Layton
Iron Man By Ken Steacy
Kazar By Brent anderson
Killraven By P Craig Russell
Loki By John Buscema and Brett Breeding
Magik By Bill Sienkiewicz
Marvel Fanfare 45 Cover By John Byrne
Medusa and Black Bolt By Charles Vess
New Mutants By Terry Shoemaker
Original X Men By Marshall Rogers
Punisher By Mike Zeck
Rawhide Kid By Alan Weiss
Scarlet Witch By Sandy Plunkett
Shadowcat Kitty Pryde By Michael Kaluta
Spider Man By Klaus Janson
Storm By Barry Windsor Smith
Submariner By Mike Mignola
Thor By Walt Simonson
Volstagg and His Family By Bogdanove and Milgrom
Wolverine By Howard Chaykin

Iran Man

Yeah, it’s corny enough that it’s probably been done before. So what. Here’s our take.

Iran Man! The Persian Juggernaut. The Mighty Man of the Mullahs. The Terror from Tehran. The hero Rostam reincarnated. Ladies, we hear you sighing beneath your burqas. Let’s get ready to ruuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmbbbbbbbbbaaaaaalllllllaaaaahhhh!!!!!

Iron Man Parody

Scaring infidels with my piercing stare!

“Israel! I am putting you on warning. Return the Holy Land or I will continue to bother and threaten you and stuff!”

“And, you! American dogs! Lest you think you have a chance with your stupid, puny little drones and special forces and blah, blah, you should know that … لا شه کشتي , کشتي , بدنه کشتي , تنه کشتي , کشتي سنگين وکندرو , باسنگيني ورخوت حرکت کردن , بزرگ بنظر رسيدن. a evah eW. Don’t make him angry! You think your foolish American Hulk is angry? We’re already angry when we’re happy. You don’t want to make us angry, angry. Really bad things might happen in a year or so when we have a nuke or two.”

“As for you, Sunni pigs. I cannot even begin to hate you enough! I will incinerate you with the Sword of Lazer that emanates from my righteous hand!”

Next up? Amazon Basin Hawkeye (captured on film below while he prepares to shoot out Nick’s other eye).


Hey, hey! Lookit my xáapahai! I’ma getcha! Cody can keep all his fancy gear, his guns, his ATV, and his Ram 3500. He ain’t got my skills. ‘Nuf sed!

Time for one more …

All the way from Linsneria, it’s the megalithic Thorbian!

Comic Book Character Parodies

I’m from an alternaverse where a bastard with hairy palms spawned me. Yay nipple protectors!

Who is the toughest Avenger?



Avengers Character Information and Trailers

Avengers Comics

Date of Arrival: May 4, 2012

Formats: IMAX and Real 3-D

The Avengers Team Actors/Characters:

Marvel ComicsColonel Nick Fury: Samuel L. Jackson

  • Col. Fury’s first appearance was in Strange Tales #135 (1965), although his first appearance was as the WWII hero in Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1 (1963)
  • Other stuff Sam has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: Fresh (1994), Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Jackie Brown (1997),  Unbreakable (2000).

Marvel ComicsIron Man (Tony Stark): Robert Downey, Jr.

  • Iron Man’s first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (1963), although he had a very different suit back then.
  • Other stuff Robert has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already:  Weird Science (1985), Soap Dish (1991), Short Cuts (1993), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Good Night and Good Luck (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Tropic Thunder (2008).

Marvel ComicsCaptain America (Steve Rogers): Chris Evans

  • Captain America’s first appearance was in Captain America’s Comics #1 (1941), although his modern version was reintroduced formally in Avengers #4 (1964)
  • Other stuff Chris has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: Cellular (2004), Sunshine (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).

Marvel ComicsHulk (Dr. Bruce Banner): Mark Ruffalo

  • The Hulk’s first appearance was in The Incredible Hulk #1 (1962), although he looked like a grey golem originally.
  • Other stuff Mark has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: You Can Count on Me (2000), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2003), Zodiac (2007), Shutter Island (2010).

Marvel ComicsThor: Chris Hemsworth

  • Thor’s first appearance was in Journey Into Mystery #83 (1962); starting with #126, the title was simply re-named Thor
  • Other stuff Chris has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: he was in the first few minutes of Star Trek (2009) as Kirk’s dad, but other than that he hasn’t been in much (so let’s take a look at his friend The Destroyer).

Marvel ComicsBlack Widow (Natasha Romanoff): Scarlett Johansson

  • Black Widow’s first appearance was in Tales of Suspense #52 (1964), although she did not don a costume until #64 (which as a fishnet and mask ensemble), and then her more recognizable bodysuit in Amazing Spiderman #86; she was an enemy of the Marvel superheroes until her defection from the USSR.
  • Other stuff Scarlett has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), Ghost World (2001), Lost in Translation (2003), Match Point (2005), The Prestige (2006).

Hawkeye ( Clint Barton): Jeremy Renner

  • Hawkeye’s first appearance was in Tales of Suspense #57 (1964), although he was a confused villain that was originally seduced by Black Widow before he joined the Avengers.
  • Other stuff Jeremy has starred in that you should see if you haven’t already: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), 28 Weeks Later (2007), The Hurt Locker (2008), The Town (2010)

And here are the official Avengers trailers in HD: