Review: Marvel Fanfare #4

Marvel Fanfare #4 cover
Cover by Paul Smith

Marvel Fanfare #4
Published and © by Marvel, September 1982

Title: “Lost Souls”
Synopsis: Angel, Ka-Zar and Zabu launch a desperate attempt to rescue the X-Men from the clutches of Sauron. 

Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Paul Smith
Inker: Terry Austin

Review: This conclusion to Marvel Fanfare’s Savage Land saga is a good one. Chris Claremont delivers some strong character work while soon-to-be-X-artist Paul Smith avails himself nicely on his mutant debut. Surprisingly, it’s Terry Austin’s work that’s the weak link here, as his detailed line occasionally overpowers Smith’s simpler style.


Title: “Mindgame”
Synopsis: With his consciousness restored, Luther “Deathlok” Manning escapes from a military facility – or does he?

Writer: David Anthony Kraft
Penciler: Micheal Golden
Inker: Bob Downs

Review: This fine character study, featuring strong art from Michael Golden, is marred by subpar lettering. 


Title: “Ordeal!”
Synopsis: A nightmare of personifications sees Tony Stark teaming with his own compassion to battle his pride.

Writer (plot): David Winn
Writer (plot and script): David Michelinie
Penciler: Micheal Golden
Inker: Dan Green

Review: The plot is a bit of a thumbsucker but offers a fine excuse for more excellent art from Michael Golden.

Marvel Fanfare #4 interior panel featuring Zabu
Zabu and Wolverine share a moment while the X-Men debrief with Ka-Zar and Shanna, as drawn by Paul Smith and Terry Austin in Marvel Fanfare #4.

Grade (for the entire issue): A-

Cool factor: Paul Smith draws a fantastic Zabu.

Character quotable: “We X-Men die somewhat harder than most. And we yield, not at all.” – Storm, triumphant

Notable: Includes a one-page “Editori-Al” strip by Al Milgrom.

Editor’s note: This review was written Sept.6, 2021.

Marvel Fanfare #4 wraparound cover
Wraparound cover by Paul Smith (via Marvel Unlimited)

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