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16
JUN
2015

Rainy Day Rummaging!!!

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Since the last couple of days (and the foreseeable ones…) have been VERY rainy (who is up for gathering some gopher wood and building an ark??)  I had nothing better to do than rummage around the back going through boxes of comics I’d never explored.  In one of them i found several issues of a Marvel one-shot comic from January of 1983 called “THE OFFICIAL MARVEL NO-PRIZE BOOK”  subtitled “Mighty Marvel’s Most Massive Mistakes!”

 

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For the uninitiated, a “No-Prize” was something awarded to a reader who wrote into Marvel pointing out some sort of inconsistency in one of the Marvel titles.  The prize was actually a specially printed envelope which was sent to the reader… the envelope was, of course, empty as there was NO Prize!!!

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After more than 20 years of publishing (I am of course only referring to the years post Fantastic Four #1 when the “Marvel-Age” of comics began) Marvel decided to produce a comic book featuring some of their biggest blunders…Thus was born “THE OFFICIAL MARVEL NO-PRIZE BOOK”!!!

Some of the blunders are not that earth shattering but one of my favorites was spotlighted…Spider-Man accidentally called Superman!!!

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Given the opportunity I highly recommend giving this issue a read. There is a lot of history in the book and basically it is just a fun title.  That should be proved by the introduction on the inside front cover.

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One should also pay close attention to the small print in the lower right corner.  This is usually just copyright information and legal babble but they took a little extra time to have some fun in that section.

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Really, take the time to read it (I mean since I took the time to enlarge it and include it here its the least you can do)…it is pretty darn funny and definitely creative!!!

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