FW Presents: Mountain Comics Ep. 5 – Micronauts #35


Shag makes a return visit to Rob’s Mountain Comics series to talk about “The Origin of the Microverse” by Bill Mantlo, Val Mayerik, and Danny Bulandi from MICRONAUTS #35!

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13 responses to “FW Presents: Mountain Comics Ep. 5 – Micronauts #35

  1. I’m into Shag’s Micronauts info dump, as I never got into the title so it’s a huge blind spot. It just never clicked with me. Even the issues beautifully drawn by Kane and Ditko, they were impenetrable; similarly to Rob, I couldn’t make heads nor tails. But yeah, people swear by those first 22 Golden issues. Apparently it even surpassed X-Men in sales, confusing Claremont & Byrne… “it’s only a toy book!”

    Digging these episodes, btw, Rob.

  2. My first issue of Micronauts was a coverless copy of #3, which I’ve since lost because it was a “mountain comic”, i.e. something I got while on “vacation” (shared custody). It was not a book I ever saw on the stands in my home town. The height of my Micronauts reading at the time was the Micronauts/X-Men mini-series.

    I’ve since picked up a lot of Micronaut comics. As with Rom, a toy tie-in that has no business being as good as it is. May the Comics Gods bless Mantlo.

  3. I never had Micronaut toys but a buddy did and I loved the aesthetic. There were a ton of Earth references from names like Aegypta (complete with pharaoh like toys) and Spartak (like Sparta, a warrior nation). But the armor and weapons and ships just clicked.

    I liked Acroyear (I pronounce like Rob), Bug, and Marionette but had little use for the rest. I only occasionally picked up this title. But this issue was one of them and I loved it. Like you, I dropped into this storyline at this issue and had to put the pieces together. And let’s face it, this one had it all .. action, pathos, origins, a multiverse threat, and Captain Universe!

    But the thing that really struck me as a kid was the dialogue. No line sounds like something anyone would say naturally. It really sounds like a Shakespearean play, especially Force Commander’s lines. Ask me and I’ll do a dramatic reading.

    I liked the book enough that when IDW announced a new book was coming out I was stoked. But comics these days better grab me quickly. I read the first issue and it didn’t grab me. I was out.

  4. Even though I’m a huge Mego guy, Micronauts is also a blindspot for me. I never had any as a child, and I sitll don’t own a single one. What I know I learned from The Mego Museum (www.megomuseum.com). I also never picked up the comic. It looked too…”old” for me. Too mature. Maybe it was the Golden art? The high concept sci-fi? Either way, it didn’t hook me at that young age.

    It has always sounded interesting, and this episode has made me fell like I really missed out. Even more fascinating is the backstory Shag related. If i remember right, Microman was a shrunk down version of a figure Takara had made based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe. Then of course Mego rebranded them as Micronauts. When Mego went belly-up in 1983, another company took the same molds and re-released them as “The Interchangeables”. And of course, Takara’s Microman line was ONE of their lines Hasbro cherry-picked to create Rob’s favorite, the Transformers! Many people speculate that if Mego had stayed in business, eventually THEY may have released Transformers on the western world, not Hasbro. And now somehow, Micronauts is owned by Hasbro. My head hurts.

    Oh, and according to old Mego commercials our pal Brian Heiler has on http://www.plaidstallions.com, Rob’s pronunciation of “Acroyear” is correct. I had always said it Shag’s way.


    1. Thanks, Chris. Glad I’m not the only one to recognize the rightful place of the Transformers in this discussion.

      Speaking of which, Bill Mantlo did the plots for both of the first two issues of Marvel’s Transformers comic (other writers did the scripts, themselves), the first pieces of Transformers fiction ever released! Truly, Mantlo’s influence reached far and wide.

  5. I had several of the toys as a kid, but I seem to remember them coming out after Star Wars figures in Australia. Never read a Micronauts comic, pretty sure I never will, but definitely happy to hear about them from you two.

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