The plot of Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions had the Grandmaster challenging Death to a game, using Marvel superheroes as pawns, with the life of the Collector hanging in the balance. The mini-series was originally designed to pick up on interest in the 1980 Olympics, but the U.S. boycotted the Olympics that year (protesting Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan), and the comic was postponed and substantially rewritten, eliminating the Olympics angle. A bit of the original DNA remained, though, in the form of nation-based superheroes, some of whom made their debuts in this series: Blitzkrieg (Germany), Collective Man (China), Defensor (Argentina), Peregrine (France), Shamrock (Ireland), and Talisman (Australia). Although the story is complete in three issues, the later Avengers Annual #16, also included in the gallery edition, added an extra twist, giving a new meaning to the entire competition.
Marvel's First Event Series, by Gruenwald, Romita, Jr., and Layton, Introduced Several New Characters
Posted by Brigid Alverson on November 24, 2021 @ 4:30 pm CT