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Guide to Marvel Comics Presents #61

11 May

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!


Marvel Comics Presents #61
Cover Date: 1990 | Cover Price: $1.25 | Cover Artist: Richard Howell


Wolverine in “On The Road” conclusion
written by Michael Higgins
art by Dave Ross

Wolverine and the Mimic unite to take down the rampaging Hulk before he destroys Seattle. But, a mysterious signal sootsh the beast and he transforms back into Bruce Banner. The three then follow the signal to discover the Mimic’s father’s lab. A holographic image of the deceased man appears but, it taxes the lab’s energies and dissipates. Mimic’s father had devised the lab so that it would help him control his powers. Unfortunately, the lab only has a certain range – and Mimic would like to not be bound. He’d also like to be in control of himself. And, at Wolverine’s suggestion, Mimic embarks upon a trip to Japan to study the art of meditation in his search for control.

Poison in “Vandals of the Heart” part 2
written by Steve Gerber
art by Cindy Martin

In this issue, we get a taste of all our major characters’ lives. Cecilia Cardinale (aka Poison) sends her boy off to school. Sally’s husband Dallas heads off to a meeting with Luggman (aka the Slug). Trinity Joe is skulking around … with his mop in hand. And, later, at his meeting with the Slug, Dallas asks for him to take Trinity Joe out of the picture.

Scarlet Witch in “Separate Lives” part 2
written by Richard Howell
art by Richard Howell

With her spirit sent back in time by the Past Master, the Scarlet Witch finds herself in the body of her ancestor, Red Lucy Keough - the Pirate Queen. It is 1587 and Red Lucy is leading a raid on a Spanish ship with a cargo full of spices, silks and pearls. When she decides to spare the life of the crew she has raided, her men turn against her. Led by Aaron, they claim she’s gone soft and is no longer fit to lead. But, Aaron is quickly defeated and Red Lucy makes it clear that they will no longer kill the men they plunder from.

Months later, Red Lucy steals away from her ship to ther Normandy Coast. There, we discover that she has two young children that are watched by a caretaker named Vivienne. As she returns to her ship, she’s ambushed by a group of men led by the very first Spanish captain whose life she spared. Tapping into the Scarlet Witch’s mutant hex powers, she’s able to defeat the men.


Dr. Strange in “the Librarian
written by Peter Gillis
art by Chris Tsuda

When visiting a library, Doctor Strange discovers that the librarian is an old flame of his, Marjorie Brink. The two take off for lunch to catch up – and Marjorie reveals that she thinks she’s immortal. She can’t gain weight or muscle, her hair hasn’t grayed and she heals quickly. This discovery has led her to many attempts at ending her life – to no avail. Doctor Strange summons up a vision of her future – wherein she is mankind’s last hope. Showing her this massively important moment in her life gives her the strength to continue living – even though she’s cursed to live forever.

The Wolverine/Hulk/Mimic story was extremely contrived and very uninteresting – although, it was an important part in the Mimic’s continuity. Scarlet Witch’s time-travel story seems to be turning into a non-important snoozer. Poison was the most interesting – it offered a lot of character development. The Doctor Strange feature took a very bizarre turn when exploring the future but, in the end, it tried hard to be an inspiring story.

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