Friday, June 10, 2016

Wanted TPB: The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior

Writer: Mary Jo Duffy - 'Jo Duffy'
Bret Blevins, Ronald 'Ron' Frenz, and Ricardo Villamonte
Marvel Comics (1983)
The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #1-11 and Marvel Age #1 (first appearance)

Clipped from Wikipedia: The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior was a 1983 11-issue fantasy-based Marvel comic book with an associated toy line from Remco, consisting of seven figures, some vehicles and accessories.

The toys were first sold in late 1982; the Marvel Comics series was first published in the spring of 1983. Since the toys were released first, many assumed the comic had been a licensed adaptation of the toyline, but Crystar and all of the characters in the toy line and comic book were created and owned by Marvel Comics, which had created the concept with the express intent of selling the license to a toy company. The comic book series was set parallel to the Marvel Universe and featured guest appearances by Doctor Strange, Nightcrawler and Alpha Flight.

Despite the Crystar franchise's obscurity, the title character had a profile featured in the Marvel Comics 1980s Handbook, as well as the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover series. The character also appeared in the variant cover of Marvel Zombies 4 #1, which featured a number of 1980s Marvel Comics characters in a parody of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.

Fun Fact: Crystar and related characters were also the subjects of a parody in the episode "Ban on Fun" of Robot Chicken, wherein it was suggested that Crystar and his people were made out of crystal meth.

Fun Fact: The cover of issue #8 of The Saga of Crystar, drawn by Michael Golden, features a skull logo that was later used by the bands Samhain and Danzig.

Clipped from Comic Book Urban Legend: In 1983, Glenn Danzig began work on a side project from his band, The Misfits, called Samhain. As it turned out, though, The Misfits were about ready to break up, so Samhain went from being a side project to being Danzig’s main project. In the late 80s, Samhain basically changed their name to Danzig (there were other changes, but for the most part, it was more of a name change than one band ending and a new band beginning). Both Samhain and Danzig had, for their logo, the following skull…

Action Figures 

In 1982 Remco produced the Crystar action figure line based on the concept for the comic book series. Crystar and the forces of order were designed to appear to be made of crystal, and Moltar and the forces of Chaos, lava. Seven figures, six mini playsets, two dragons and one castle were produced.


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1 comment:

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

I line and still have the bad guy on card. I love anything translucent or with a bubble helmet. Thanks for all the good research you do on all your posts.