Marvel Age - Cover

Marvel at this issue of Marvel Age featuring Questprobe!

Marvel Age was a sort of comic book that was published from 1983 until 1994. It actually was kind of an extension of the Marvel Bullpen Bulletins. Which of course offered news about upcoming books and events that all of us Marvel Zombies needed to know. Marvel Age went a step further by offering previews of new titles. In addition I was always impressed with the great interviews with some of the superstars of the time.

Furthermore how can you balk at a publication that featured none other than Crystar? I realize I may in fact be in the minority for my love of Remco’s crystal warrior. But that first issue of Marvel Age totally has a cover by the legendary Walt Simonson as well!
Marvel Age

I have in the past shared my memories and thoughts on the line of Questprobe games. The graphic and text based adventures by Scott Adams. While certainly they might appear to be rather dated in contrast to the Marvel games being made today. I think it’s equally important to remember that in 1984 – when Questprobe featuring the Hulk was released. These were a big deal and offered a new way to experience the adventures of our favorite Marvel Comics characters.

For one thing, you should keep in mind that one of the best Marvel Comic games at this point was 1982’s Spider-Man for the Atari 2600!

[Via] Retro Game Commercials

I certainly hope it doesn’t sound like I’m knocking the Atari 2600 Spider-Man game. As it is in fact one of my favorite games for the system. However when your text based actions help to trigger the transformation of Bruce Banner to the Hulk! That is a magical moment indeed!
Marvel Age - The Hulk

Which brings us to this particular issue of Marvel Age. Knowing my love of the Questprobe series of games. The esteemed Gary Burton picked up this issue at a flea market a little while back. Within the pages there are excellent interviews with the likes of then Editor In Chief Jim Shooter as well as Scott Adams of course. To say nothing of what looked like a bright future for the Questprobe series.
Marvel Age - Chief Examiner

How could they fail? They had twelve games in the works with the most popular Marvel Comics characters at the time. The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, and even the duo of The Thing and The Human Torch! In short these were the only three games to be produced which was a terrible shame. The concept was intriguing and moreover they almost had the X-Men game finished when the plug was pulled.
Marvel Age - Spider-Man
Marvel Age - Human Torch and Thing

At the very least we still have those three Questprobe titles and they are readily available to play. Likewise there were 140 issues of Marvel Age to enjoy and they still are an excellent snapshot of the time they were produced.



Now that you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy issue 18 of Marvel Age. Why not check out my earlier posts on the Questprobe games?

For all of you fans of the Incredible Hulk – Here is my article from back in 2011!

Don’t you worry true believers! I also covered Questprobe featuring Spider-Man!

Major Disaster

IWA Star Studded Wrestling: Major Disaster

Major Disaster
Super stoked! I picked up this IWA Star Studded Wrestler, Major Disaster in a trade with a stranger on Facebook. I had a different guy that I got at the Santa Rosa Toy Con but he wasn’t one of my favorite dudes. It was The Russian Wolf.

So when I mentioned during a posting on a wrestling figure group that I had the Wolf a fella messaged me and asked if I’d be willing to trade for a Major Disaster that he had doubles of. I was totally interested.

So, anyhow are you familiar with these dudes? BITD, and even still today I was crazy into wrestling and I’d pick up just about anything wrestling related that I could afford. Do you remember how at the Toys R Us they had an aisle of like lower quality or lower priced action figures? Like Eagle Force and whatever Remco had out at the time plus No Name Fare type stuff..? These guys were found there. As I recall they were also fairly cheap. Which was a concern for me, a kid on a budget.. Here is a pic of the back of the card where you can see The Major’s bio and such.
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I liked how each grappler had a backstory. That raised them over other random wrestling figures of the time. It made them seem more important. More real.

I believe that I actually had every dude. I recall getting a multi-pack that had 4 dudes and that I picked up the other ones individually. There was also a ring but it was like 20 bucks and way out of my price range.

Major Disaster here was one of my faves. He crossed over into my GI Joe Universe and acted as a mercenary for The Joe Team.
Major Disaster

I imagined that he was like a super tough master of unarmed combat. He also engaged in some classic fights with Cobra’s boxing instructor Big Boa in my yard.

I actually built a small ring out of a piece of wood, some long nails and giant rubber-bands. They’d break all the time.

I ran a small circuit with The Major, Big Boa, Sgt. Slaughter and some other figures that I thought were tough, Remco Mr. Miyagi too if I remember right.

Here is a nice pic of the rest of the dudes. Overall The Iron Barbarian was my fave. This was back in The Mad Max days where Punk Rock dudes where super scary so he really grabbed my attention. He also crossed over into my personal GI Joe Universe. He of course joined Cobra and was a Drednok of sorts before I had Zartan and his crew.
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I actually had The Iron Barbarian way after I’d gotten rid of a lot of my childhood actions figures, most of them were real haggard. I wish I still had them but also wish that I’d taken better care of them so that it would have been worth keeping. Anyway, I held onto The Barbarian forever. His punk rock stylings earned him a place in my house amongst my early 20’s knick-knacks.

I actually don’t remember when he disappeared. It was one of those things where one day you notice that something that should be there isn’t there but you also realize that it’s pointless looking for it because it’d probably been gone for quite awhile. My guess is that a guest or a friend of a guest swiped him. At the time there were a lot of weird fools rolling through my pad. That’s like everyone’s 20’s I’d imagine.

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Remco Fat Wheels

A friend of mine was really into remote control cars. He would get them and would let us watch him play with them. Never allowing us the honor of using them. He loved his Remco Fat Wheels and we would them take down the block and set up obstacle courses for him to steer it through on a vacant lot. On one particular occasion it lost traction while going along what we called the “hillside course” and tumbled and fell into a storm drain runoff pond that was below the hill. Those tires might have been inflated, but not enough to keep it from sinking to the bottom. To my friends credit, he did not hesitate, but instead jumped right into rescue his beloved Fat Wheels. Sadly, it never ran again. (Not that we ever got to play with it :P)