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Jim Starlin’s single-page origin of god and his short origin of death originally appeared in the first issue of the 1974 series Star Reach. Star Reach Productions published its own Greatest Hits in 1979. In 1984, Eclipse reprinted six issues of highlights from the series as Star Reach Classics. We recommend it for fans of classic 70s science fiction. It’s in stock far more often than the original issues, and Eclipse printed it on high-quality paper, a really nice production. You can get most of them for just a couple dollars a piece.
Starlin gives us some of his finest 70s illustration, artistically superior to his more famous work on Captain Marvel, and on par with his best Warlock stories. If you enjoy these, you will enjoy Starlin’s Darklon the Mystic from that same era. Diversions of the Groovy Kind hosts some pages from Warren’s Eerie magazine where you can read part of Darklon in black and white. Or, you can drop a dollar on a back issue by Pacific Comics that reprints the complete Darklon story in color.
Collector’s Guide: From Star Reach Classics #1; Eclipse, 1984.
back in jr high in the late 80s someone gave me a copy of it which i still have today. apparently this issue was published in Hayward and printed in the neighboring town of Castro Valley (both are in the San Francisco Bay Area) which is where the jr high is. i don’t know if i’m remembering this part right but the guy who gave it to me may have had a stepfather or uncle that was involved in the issue’s production. anyways, the Cody Star Buck story was well illustrated but a bit convoluted from a writing stand point although i did like it’s adult themed nature. on the other hand the Birth of DEATH story with it’s biblical narrative interwoven with more modern day fantasy was great both visually and from a writing standpoint. but my Star Reach copy is in black and white and the cover art you have at the top of this posting is the back cover.
Mars Will Send No More said:
David, Thank you for dropping by and sharing your memories! It sounds like you have Star Reach #1 from 1974. That issue went through four printings, and the second through fourth printings switched the front and back cover art that appeared on the first.
I’ve never seen a physical copy of those printings, but my Starlin collection includes the 1984 reprint in Star Reach Classics #1:
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