Today, we take a look at five times Marvel icon Roy Thomas guest-starred in a Marvel comic book story.
In draw crazy patterns, I highlight at least five scenes/moments from the comics stories that fit a specific theme (basically, things that happen frequently in comics). Please note that these lists are not inherently exhaustive. They are a list of five examples (from time to time I’ll be nice and add a sixth). Therefore, no instance is “missing” if it is not in the list. It’s just not one of the five examples I chose.
Today is Roy Thomas’ 82nd birthday, so I thought it would be fun to highlight five times that Roy has guest-starred in a Marvel comic story.
ROY INTRODUCED THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AT THE RUTLAND HALLOWEEN PARADE
Rutland, Vermont’s annual Halloween parade began in 1959. It was organized by the late Tom Fagan (he sadly passed away in 2008). Because Fagan was into superhero comics, he managed to give the parade a superhero slant. This was long before people dressing up as superheroes were normal, so it was a big deal for the comic book community in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so a lot of comic book writers really they appreciated what was happening there. The parade was discussed in the comics as early as the letter column in 1964. detective comics #327, which, oddly enough, was the first issue of Batman’s “New Look.”
Roy Thomas then introduced the world of comics in the Rutland Halloween Parade in avengers #83 (by Thomas, John Buscema, and Tom Palmer), where the Avengers head to Rutland to deal with a threat. While there, they meet Fagan, dressed as “Nighthawk” (but actually, Batman). We also meet Roy Thomas, who is there with his then wife, Jean Thomas…
TOM FAGAN WARNS ROY THOMAS AND HIS WIFE ABOUT SOME CRAZY THINGS
marvel premiere #2 (by Thomas, Ross Andru and Sal Buscema) was part of the story that introduced the Defenders. Part of the adventure takes place in Rutland, where Roy and Jean Thomas meet Tom Fagan…
Then he tells them about the strange happenings in the area, in a sequence very well told by Andru and Buscema…
THE MARVEL GANG GOES ON A ROAD TRIP TO RUTLAND, WHERE WE MEET ROY AGAIN
In 1972, there was a very clever quasi-crossover between Marvel and DC that took place in amazing adventures #sixteen, justice league of america #103 and thor #207, which were written by Steve Englehart, Len Wein, and Gerry Conway, respectively. Englehart is driving Conway, Wein, and Wein’s then-wife Glynis (the brilliant comic book colorist now better known as Glynis Oliver) to Rutland when they stop and pick up the Beast and the Beast’s ex-girlfriend Vera at amazing adventures #16 (by Englehart, Bob Brown, and Frank McLaughlin). We then see Roy and Jean Thomas at a party, with Jean referencing her then new job writing Night Nurse for Marvel…
IRON MAN MET ROY THOMAS AT THE SAN DIEGO COMIC CON
In Iron Man #72 (by Mike Friedrich, George Tuska, and Vince Colletta), Iron Man is on the West Coast when he decides to stop by San Diego Comic Con while he has some free time. While we were there, we ran into some of the comics staff who were also at the convention, including Roy Thomas (Neal Adams, apparently, drew the Thomas cartoon).
ROY THOMAS SAVES STAN LEE FROM THE IMPOSSIBLE MAN
Finally, in Fantastic four #176 (by Thomas, George Perez, and Joe Sinnott), the Marvel Comics offices are under attack by the strange alien, Impossible Man. Roy Thomas has the chance to rescue his boss, Stan Lee, from the Impossible Man…
There’s a big part here where Thomas suggests that he and Perez just do new and original Fantastic Four stories, since apparently in the Marvel Universe, the comics are based on the “real” Fantastic Four stories, so Stan Lee finds Roy’s idea of doing fictional comic book adventures of the Fantastic Four ridiculous.
Happy birthday Roy!
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