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Review: Marvel Fanfare #3

Marvel Fanfare #3 cover
Cover by Dave Cockrum and Bob McLeod

Marvel Fanfare #3
Published and © by Marvel, July 1982

Title: “Into the Land of Death …”

Synopsis: The X-Men race to the Savage Land to join Angel in battling a recently unleashed Sauron.

Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Dave Cockrum
Inker: Bob McLeod

Review: After two OK chapters (see reviews of Marvel Fanfare #1 and #2), Chris Claremont’s story finally feels like a full-blown X-Men adventure. Sadly, Dave Cockrum’s art here is a major step down form the Micheal Golden’s work on previous installments. Still, this is a solid X-outing for the era.

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Title: “Swashbucklers”
Synopsis: Hawkeye interrupts Al Águila’s attempt to break into Cross Technological Enterprises – but is the avenging archer on the right side?

Writer: Charlie Boatner
Penciler: Trevor Von Eeden
Inker: Joe Rubinstein

Review: With its little-known author and pedestrian art, this back-up tale doesn’t seem worthy of either fanfare or Fanfare.

Grade (for the entire issue): B-

Second opinion: “Cockrum’s art is not just banal. It’s weird and banal.” – Comics Coast to Coast #2, 1982

Cool factor: Marvel Fanfare has promise …
Not-so-cool factor: … but it’s already faltering.

Notable: Includes a one-page “Editori-Al” strip by Al Milgrom. … The “Marvel Fanflair” letters page includes an LoC from Paul Smith.

Character quotable: “Our capacity to kill is as infinite as out capacity to love. An’ it comes a lot more easily, too.” – Wolverine, violent philosopher

Editor’s note: This review was written Aug. 31, 2021.

Marvel Fanfare #3 wraparound cover
Wraparound cover by Dave Cockrum and Bob McLeod (via Marvel Unlimited)

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