Marvel Comics Presents launched in 1988 as an ad-free anthology showcasing four eight-page features, stuffed inside a wrap-around cover. This guide will tell you everything you wanted to know about the series – and more!
Cover Date: Early May 1989 | Cover Price: $1.25 | Cover Artist: John Byrne
Cyclops in “the Retribution Affair” part 2
written by Bob Harras
art by Ron Lim
The next day, Cyclops and Banshee both have the same feeling that something is wrong on Muir Island. The Irish super-hero shares his concerns about Moira’s odd behavior. Moira MacTaggert interrupts their meeting with news that Mary Campbell has fallen ill. The young girl belongs to a family that rents their home from Moira. When the three of them go to investigate, Mary’s brother Bobbie claims that the “Little People … the people in the lights” caused his sister to come down with this deadly infection. Later that night, the “light” attacks Cyclops while Moira, in a daze again, meets with Master Mold! The alpha sentinel explains that both Mary & Bobbie were exposed to the virus but, because Bobbie is human, it didn’t affect him.
Black Panther in “Panther’s Quest” part 6
written by Don McGregor
art by Gene Colan
South African Magistrate, Anton Pretorius, meets with Corporal Percy Boraine to discuss the Black Panther‘s presence in their country. He puts the country on alert that an intruder has infiltrated their nation and reinforcement troops are dispatched to the Panther’s last-known location. Meanwhile, in that same area, the Black Panther and Zanti Chikane have reached their goal: the Panther’s sonar glider.
She-Hulk in “X-Mas Tease…“
written by John Byrne
art by John Byrne
This tale begins as She-Hulk is struggling against that worst of foes: boredom! So, she phones Ben Grimm – otherwise known as the Thing from the Fantastic Four – and she explains how fun it’d be to take on Doctor Doom, Magneto and then Galactus. All in the same day! After her phone call, she reaches under her tree to open a present from Marvel Comics. It’s a box full of Sensational She-Hulk #1’s. We’ve been had – this was all just to promote her then-upcoming series (it debuted this same month).
Willie Lumpkin in “A Christmas Card”
written by Glenn Herdling
art by Richard Howell
The events of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are about to befall J. Jonah Jameson but the Ghost Of Christmas Past accidentally loses the ol’ codger’s address! So, he mistakenly descends upon the Fantastic Four’s mailman, Willie Lumpkin. As the Spirit takes Willie through moments in his life, it becomes evident that he’s one of the nicest guys out there. The Spirit has made a huge mistake … but will he realize it before he shows Willie how he dies?
In this issue, the continuing sagas build some more steam but the one and done tales fall flat.