Monday, May 7, 2012

They Came From Inner Space

I was a huge fan of The Micronauts growing up. It remains one of my all-time favorite comic book series. Published by Marvel Comics, the series ran for 59 issues and two annuals from January 1979 to August 1984.

The book was based on a line of toys manufactured by Mego. Writer Bill Mantlo and artist Michael Golden expanded on the toys and created an entire mythology and unique cast of characters. It was a compelling saga, epic in scope. Golden illustrated the first twelve issues, while Mantlo (truly one of Marvel's unsung heroes) stayed with the book for its entire run.

The property is currently mired in legal ownership limbo, meaning that the chances of the original Marvel series ever being reprinted are highly unlikely. A shame, because The Micronauts deserves its honored place along Marvel's other Omnibus hardcover collections.

As does Rom Spaceknight, another Bill Mantlo creation. But that's a blog for another day.

Right now, here's some of Golden's original artwork from The Micronauts. Enjoy!