As we did last month (see 'Ten Years Ago this Month -- Artists Leaving Marvel'), we took a look at the archives of Internal Correspondence, the print predecessor of ICv2, for the stories that were dominating the pop culture products industry ten years ago. Here were the headlines.
Industry observers were saying that 'It looks like they're going to do it again...' with Batman Returns, which was to premiere in the summer of 1992. Our writer observed that it seemed as if every company at Toy Fair was exhibiting at least one Batman product.
Marvel was preparing to release an X-Men series on Fox and was touting the associated licensed products.
Fish Police and Zen Intergalactic Ninja were two other animated series due for TV in 1992.
Playmates was selling its Star Trek Next Generation figures, along with Transforming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which had to be about the end of that run).
In Sparta, Illinois, an ESOP formed by the employees was getting ready to buy long-time comic printer Spartan Printing from its owners, who were looking to dump it.
In games, TSR was getting ready to release its AD&D Magic Encyclopedia, Dark Suns, and the newest Forgotten Realm campaign, Al Qadim. TSR was also getting ready to release a new Buck Rogers RPG.
FASA was readying a revision of Battletech, Chaosium was reviving Runequest, Palladium was building on its successful launch of Rifts.
White Wolf was following up on its successful release of Vampire with Werewolf, also written by Mark Rein-Hagen. Internal Correspondence said of the game, it 'was one of those games that was in the right place at the right time, and the resulting sales have put them in a position to continue with their unique, innovative style.'
Steve Jackson was about to publish Hacker, Mayfair was doing DC Heroes, and Iron Crown was releasing its Middle Earth Gazetteer.
Marvel Comics CEO Terry Stewart was to address Capital City Sales Conference a few months later.
Frank Miller and Walt Simonson were doing Robocop vs. Terminator for Dark Horse.
Valiant announced its Unity crossover.
X-Men was the #1 comic
The Chrome T800 Skeleton Model from Terminator II was the #1 movie/TV product.
The TSR Monster Mythology was the #1 game release
Akira the Movie was the #1 anime video