The GeeksverseFlashback Review: Malibu Sun #19 (Nov 1992)

Flashback Review: Malibu Sun #19 (Nov 1992)
Published on Thursday, December 2, 2010 by

I bought a grab bag of comics. To be completely honest, Malibu Sun #19 is not a comic. It only has four slick color pages of comic. The rest is newsprint b/w description of products from Malibu comics in a two sided cover. One cover show Pitt. The other show ExMutants.

The look at Pitt sans chains is interesting. I know the character from the Image and Top Cow comics where he is laden with chains and a flannel vest. Still the young nose-less alien looks tough.
Pitt Cover!

ExMutants screams 1990s in their Thunderstrike reminiscent art. As a grab bag I had no control over the contents of the bag. I probably would have skipped the ExMutants info in a dollar bin, but as a neat Pitt promotional artifact this piece was worth the grab bag price.

Malibu Sun describes licensing opportunities. The Pitt article discusses how it is going to now be available from Image. As a Pitt fan I found the article interesting. The interview with Keown talks about why Keown returned to the independent market and Image in an interview with Hank Kannalz.

Keown discusses his time at Marvel where he worked on the Hulk, and the success of the book under his run.

Notably is what he had to say about his stint on Marvel. A stint that is fondly remembered in comic fandom, yet also seemingly made Keown a rebeliever in independent comics. Keown has embraced the power of creator-owned comics since this interview. His character, Pitt, had a memorable run before ending. The character did not see print again for nearly decade until the Pitt/Darkness mini series started production in 2004 (drawn again by Keown).

Keown’s Marvel memories are interesting. His interview from 1992 sounds similar to the musings of other creators who have turned their energy to the creator owned comics of Image like Robert Kirkman.

I dunno![laughter] Actually, I think I returned because that is where I started. I experienced that creative freedom of making your own choices and that kind of stuff. Starting by working on your own for an independent company is actually a good way to get started in the industry because you get to draw and apply your talent and get paid at the same time. It’s sort of like getting paid for going to school–you get paid to learn! And the freedom–it’s a good feeling when you’re making your own choices.

In Keown’s own words:

Then you reach a certain point–it’s when you put a lot of work into your book that it starts to sell because of the artwork and not necessarily the character–that you feel you should be recognized for the amount of work you do…

…if you do the mat, yeah. As far as sales, the book was doing between 60,00 and 100,000 a month when Jeff Purves was doing it. I did it for two and half years and the book is up to about 300,000 a month. Why is that? I’m not patting myself on the back or bragging, but I think I might have had something to do with that.
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I like Peter[David]. I don’t have a problem with Peter. He just takes all this too seriously and personally but when I was working with him, he was a good guy.

After the three page Keown interview is a black and white pin-up with a teenage Timmy in a tree behind Pitt.

After wards is a solicitation run down from Image:
Cyberforce 4 (0f 4)
Operation: Urban Storm #1 (one shot)
Pitt #1
Savage Dragon vs Savage Megaton Man #1
Shadowhawk #4 (of 4)
Spawn #7
Splitting Image #1
Supreme #3
Wetworks #2 (of 3)

Splitting Image is discussed with an interview with Don Simpson.

Page 12 starts the Adventure Comics Solicitations:
Adventure Comics
Dracula: The Suicide Club #4 (of 4)
Space Patrol #1 (of 3)
Pendulum #1 (with a brief word from John Drury.

Apparently Robotech Genesis: The Legend of Zor is now in full color, the first full Robotech series in over three years (according to the Eternity ads).

Reading the dated advert from the other direction starts with Ex-Mutants.
side b
This is advertising the full color return of Ex-Mutants, a popular series with a new first issue that debuts with the Sega Genesis Video Game. Included here is a image of the ExMutants playing video games together.

Ultimately the ExMutants section ends with an interview with Chris Ulm and a few sample pages which looked as dated as the comic publication in my hands.

Overall this is not something that I would have sought out, but it is a fun read as a time capsule of Malibu and Image in 1992.

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