Jul 30, 2012

Zoning Issues

So it's safe to say that we like toy comics around these parts. Having picked up a bunch of different titles over the years, I noticed that DC's licensed comics in the '80s had one thing over their brethren at Marvel: the inclusion of "extras". Text pieces often appeared in the back pages of these books to provide world-building material, usually character bios, sometimes more. Across the four issues of the Tonka Spiral Zone tie-in, these were done as memos to the U.N. Security Council, all four of which are included here. Whether the information in these memos jibes with the show itself, I don't know - Spiral Zone has been one of the harder shows of the '80s for me to track down.

As an aside, possibly the strangest thing about the Spiral Zone mini was that it was drawn by ex-DC Comics editorial director Carmine Infantino, the man responsible for ushering in the Silver Age Flash and "New Look" Batman. I'm not sure if it's more or less weird than Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko being on Chuck Norris and the Karate Kommandos, though...

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