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I've done a search here on F:AT for references to Epic, but haven't seen any. Did anyone else ever used to read it? Does anyone else include it as part of the AT cannon?
There was a great issue I had with an alien VD and a cool short piece about a guy getting persistently killed and patched by this freaky soldier/nurse automaton.
That sounds like maybe Flytrap and Cholly. Yeah, they were hilarious.
There was actually a Shadowfist card based on a short feature in Epic: Johnny Badhair. He was punk dude who went all-out hand-to-hand against an oppressive coke machine.
So, I'm going to suggest that a good part of the AT culture is familiar with Heavy Metal magazine and/or the movie from that era. In retrospect, the original HM movie isn't very good, but I liked it well enough at the time, and in any case it is iconic, sufficiently so that South Park did a spoof on it (and by my reckoning, a very good spoof).
But I'd also like to throw out there that, although Epic is less familiar, it actually had the better content. I say it's part of the cannon. That is, it "belongs" in AT, even though I wouldn't expect everyone to be as familiar with it as HM.
Every issue ... well, pretty much. I missed some here and there (since filled in through the magic of eBay).
Did anyone else ever used to read it?
Coincidentally, I recently embarked on a re-reading tour; I'm enjoying my old favorites and picking up on some stuff I was too young for the first time around.
Overall, an excellent effort from Marvel ... if, perhaps, wildly inconsistent at times.
I had piles of issues of Epic and Heavy Metal back in the day. They were both pretty formative in my development as a cartoonist and gamer (I ran a GURPS campaign that was a mashup of a dozen or so Heavy Metal stories). My favorite serialized story that bridged the two magazines, first appearing in HM before being collected by Epic Comics, was Starstruck , by Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta. Thomas Pynchon meets L. Frank Baum and Frank Herbert at the far end of the galaxy. Best science fiction comic yet written, imo.