Wizard #37, September 1994

I scored this for a buck at the Albany Comic-Con.

I’m sure most of you know what Wizard magazine consisted of, but for those of you that don’t know…let me give you a brief explanation.

This was the self-proclaimed “Guide to Comics”(the last issue was for March 2011, and is now a web-only publication).  It’s first issue debuted in July of 1991, and quickly became almost like a bible for comic books.  The early issues were jam-packed with anything you wanted to know about any comic.  And those were my favorite issues.  Basically every hot artist at the time did covers for Wizard.  Like Todd McFarlane, Sam Kieth and Rob Liefeld(I’m not a fan of his work).  A lot of the older issues came with premiums as well(trading cards, comics, special offers).  These earlier issues were also about 3-4 times thicker than the later issues.  In any event, it was fit to be called the “Guide to Comics”.

Now, I’m not going to review every freakin’ page of this magazine.  But I will show five of my favorite pages from the magazine(this could lead to future installments, as I have a few other early issues in my collection).

(1.

Envelope art is awesome!  I’ve sent my fair share of mail with drawins on the envelope, but nothing of this quality.  These envelopes took time and talent!  This was a feature I looked forward to every month during the magazines early days.

 

(2.

Mortal Kombat II was such a bad-ass game when it came to the arcade(or deli or pizza place).  This was the advertisement for it’s home console/portable release.  The Super Nintendo version would be my choice…for sentimental reasons.

This issue was not short on video game ads.

 

(3.

Homemade Heroes was another regular feature that I looked forward to.  It’s really cool to see custom action figures from almost 20 years ago.   I’m no fan of Mystery Science Theater, but it’s cool to see custom figures from the show.

 

(4.

I like Spawn, and was a huge fan back in the day.  But this was not the main reason that I selected this as one of my favorite pages from this magazine.  The word “almost”, is why I chose it.  Back in the early years of Image Comics, they were known to have delays and erratic schedules for a lot of their titles.  In my opinion, this is suitable for framing.

 

(5.

The top 100 list.  This would give you some insight to which were the hottest books at the time.  For every issue  you may have read at the time, there were a lot others that you may have had no prior interest in, but got them because of this list.  When trades for books on this list went down, we always used the price guide in the back of the mag to see what would be a fai trade.  The price guide was reduced to a mere few pages in later issues.

 

It sucks that you can no longer find Wizard on the racks, but it’s a great trip to look at these older issues.  Does anyone have any memories from this great magazine?

And since I made it a point to mention the premiums, and showed the magazine in the bag stating what the promos are, here’s what was within the polybagged offering.

I couldn’t make out the name, and didn’t feel like searching online for it.  So I guessed that it is called Brute Babe Infinity(but I could be wrong).   The issue number is the infinity symbol, so that’s different, but the comic itself doesn’t do anything for me.

Now these promos are worth talking about.  Here we have a four card spread(I don’t want to call it an uncut sheet, as there’s an ad for the series onthe back, instead of the usual card backs), and a chromium-foil Gen 13 card.  I have a few other foil promo cards from other issues, but I must say that I was disappointed when these stopped coming with the magazine.  Sure, they had some promo cards(non-foil or gimmicky), in future issues, but they just weren’t the same.

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10 Responses to “Wizard #37, September 1994”

  1. Nice post, as it looks like we were on the same page today. I posted a Wizard retrospective myself! http://www.williambrucewest.com/2011/11/22/off-to-see-the-wizard/ You were right about that comic being Brute Babe. In the early years of the magazine, Bart Sears wrote a column on drawing anatomy, called “Brutes & Babes”. In later years, they treated it like a swimsuit pictorial, as each month would feature a Brute of the Month and a Babe of the Month.

  2. very cool! neat to see the custom figures that long ago 😀

  3. It’s been a long time for me seeing a Wizard magazine and i would pick these up often in years gone by.

  4. BigDaddyDarth Says:

    I had the first 30 issues of Wizard, and I wish I still had the first 15 issues as they were my favorites.
    But I got tired of them over hyping books, getting the sales numbers up for said books….and then seeing in the price guide after a few months the same book drop in value like a rock because of over production (example: Anything by Defiant, Image, Acclaim or Valiant).
    While I didn’t collect for monetary gain….calling themselves the ‘Guide to Comics’ seemed a bit funny after awhile when they were helping to drive the collector market, by focusing on the money that could be made by purchasing a certain book or title…and reselling it.

    I still say they helped fule the 90s crash.

    I will say that I enjoyed the early issues of Wizard in it’s infancy. The non-approved character cross over covers (see Wizard issue #10 for Cable and Shaft). The articles, the ‘Who would you like to see in such and such role in a movie’, hell even the letters page was great. It just seems like Wizard lost its way…got to big…and let investors take control of a decent product.

    Anyway…enough of my ramble. Great post man. ^_^

  5. I miss Wizard…

  6. Oooh I want the dolls there. Specifically the Rogue doll.

  7. Love the “homemade heroes!”

  8. Bernie haas Says:

    I have a sept. 1994 issue number 37 of the wizard with the wizard holding a gun in the air and with bullets strapped around his neck.Could you tell me why it’s different then yours?

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