80s Comics: Ultimate 1980s Comic Book Review Guide – Volume 1

Release Date: March 10, 2023
Author: Mark Bussler
Length: 156 Pages
Full-Color with Glossy Color Cover
Softcover ISBN: 978-1592180448 MSRP: $29.95
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1592183173 MSRP: $39.95
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The ultimate review guide to collecting the best 1980s comic books from the golden age of toys, cartoons, and comics!

It’s the decade when robots transformed, Camaros flew, and everyone had a cool code name. It’s the 80s! Stop playing with your action figures already, and read a book about rad comic books based on the best and worst toys from the golden age of Saturday morning cartoons and hair metal.

This tongue-in-cheek collector’s review guide will have readers rolling on the floor laughing as they revisit a collection of 1980s comic books based on toy franchises, movies, cartoons, and more. Writer Mark Bussler (Ultra Massive Video Game Console Guide, 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair in Photographs, Magnum Skywolf) guides comic book lovers through series and individual issue reviews with his unique writing style and obsession with 1980s pop culture.

Volume one includes series and issue reviews of:

  • MASK
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • Air Raiders
  • Atari Force
  • Transformers: The Manga
  • Appleseed
  • The Warlord #1
  • Ewoks #1
  • More…

Excerpt: “You know it’s the 80s when your comic book opens with a shot of a red Camaro sitting on the deck of an aircraft carrier. After Kenner’s successful launch of the MASK franchise with toys and a cartoon show, DC Comics unleashed a four-part mini-series in December of 1985, right before Christmas.

“Mom, dad! I need that flying Camaro!” What cruel and sadistic parents could argue with such a request?

MASK’s leader, Matt Trakker, dives off the front of an aircraft carrier to recover a strategic defense satellite from the bottom of the ocean. Trakker dodges its malfunctioning laser beams in a death-defying act of bravery to hook the device and reel it back up to the surface, right in front of the enemy, V.E.N.O.M. Michael Chen’s pencil work is tight, and the storyboarding is thrilling. In just a few pages, I’m hooked.”

  • Dozens of comic book reviews
  • Hilarious writing style aimed at Gen-x misanthropes
  • Full-size 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages
  • Bold color printing
  • Lots of explosions
  • Softcover and hardcover printing options

About the Publisher:
The CGR Publishing Restoration Workshop uses a vast array of computers and digital scanners to restore, preserve, and enhance the classic works of writers and artists from the 19th century. Each new release includes display-quality covers, enlarged covers, and retro fonts. Select books include Dante’s Inferno Retro Hell-Bound Edition, Gustave Doré’s London: A Pilgrimage, and more.

About the writer:
Writer, artist, musician, and publisher Mark Bussler has written more than 100 books and designed over 300 covers for CGR Publishing. Bussler is a professional artist and commercial designer who works in digital and physical media. He created and continues to develop the Robot Kitten Factory series, Retromegatrex, How to Draw Inspired by Classic Illustrations, and other graphic novels and instructional guides. Additionally, he writes history books and photographic history collections such as 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair: The Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Photographs. Bussler previously produced and directed films such as Westinghouse, Expo: Magic of the White City, and the Classic Game Room series. He is the founder and president of CGR Publishing, and producer of the industrial synthesizer band, Turbo Volcano and the synthwave electronica band Omega Ronin.