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I was buying something a bit more prosaic (socks) online the other day when a fond – yet incomplete -memory popped up in my recommendations.
I got coverless copies of issues 1 and 2 of Contest of Champions in two different mystery packs* sometime after their initial release, but never actually got to see how it ended, as #3 eluded me.
Not that I necessarily sought it out – it wasn’t really possible for me to seek out specific back issues in those days, and I haven’t really prioritized it in the years since, especially since the first two issues were long gone – but it was something that I felt like I missed out on.
As noted in the description above, it was significant for being the first “event” comic from Marvel, one that would be followed up a few years later with Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, though that 12-issue maxi-series would pit heroes against villains rather than heroes against heroes the way Contest of Champions did.
What stood out about Contest to me was that it served as a place where I got to see entirely new characters who were created especially for the mini-series, new-to-me characters who had been around but had never popped up in anything I’d read, and some characters I knew that didn’t have their own books or make a lot of regular appearances in anything I read.
The most notable new-to-me character was Captain Britain, though there were some others who at least looked neat, if nothing else.
I believe this mini-series also led to the first edition of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, as it was kind of a prototype catalogue of at least all of the currently active heroes in the Marvel Universe.
Anyway, now I have all three issues in one convenient – yet also inconvenient, given that the “gallery” format is too tall for most of my shelves – volume, along with some additional content that I’ve never seen.
*I’ve explained them before elsewhere, but one of these days I should write a post dedicated to mystery packs that I can link to whenever I mention them.
Born and raised in the sparsely populated Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Jon Maki developed an enduring love for comics at an early age.