My Valiant Comics fandom began in July 1991 with Magnus, Robot Fighter
I always like finding new heroes and new stories. I had read about Magnus, Robot Fighter and Solar, Man of the Atom in Comics Values Monthly, a magazine that I found in bookstores in the early 1990s. They sounded cool, even though I hadn’t read the Gold Key originals at that time. So I was on the lookout at my next comic-book store stop.
I remember seeing this on the bottom shelf at the New World Comics that was then in Oklahoma City. I picked it up and was hooked. From then on, I was buying everything Valiant put out, at least for the next year, as I also went back to get all the back issues I could find. I missed a few here and there, but I was super-excited about this new superhero universe being crafted by Jim Shooter, former Marvel editor-in-chief.
This issue also featured the first appearance of Rai in the flip-book story (a cool concept that I like). I reviewed the entire “Invasion” storyline last year, which you can check out here. “Solar, Man of the Atom” No. 2 was also out this month, but it had already sold out, so I had to track it down as a back issue.
I continued on my “Captain America” collecting, with two issues of the regular series — #391 and #392 — and the first issue of the prestige miniseries, “The Adventures of
Captain America,” by Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire. I liked both of these guys’ work, but $4.95 for a comic sure felt like a lot to me at the time, with a regular issue of “Cap” selling for $1. I also picked up “What If” No. 29, which featured Captain America.
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