Today’s throwback is already one of my favorites for the dynamic artwork. Still only a few year’s old, the magazine’s contributors were already showing considerable talent. When #7 went to press, Saviuk was a year away from graduating high school but he was already producing amazing work.
It’s no wonder he was working for DC Comics just a few years later. Saviuk moved to Marvel Comics in 1986 , where he had the longest run of a single artist on a seven-year run of Web of Spider-Man (issues #35–116).
Saviuk is not the only talent shining from the digest size pages: founder Gordon Linzner is back with “The Revenge of Nolfur,” Nestor Jeremko tells the tale of a man caught in the middle of the first black out—and his own nightmare. Kenneth Scher contributed “Cross and Double-Cross.”
All of the work in this early issue is intelligent and well executed… especially when you consider this stapled sheaf of pages is the work of such a young team. They weren’t making the big bucks off this publication. I doubt, given the 25¢ cover price, they were making many bucks at all.
We are working hard to try to make all the previous issues available in this form because every issue is a treasure from our spec-fiction past… and because I need my dining room table back.
More photos from my back issue #TBT series will be posted in Space and Time magazine’s Facebook album page soon.