Comic Books

Atari Force

A year after the Atari Force mini comic series ran, DC decided to do an official full-size comic spin-off of the original story and characters.  This was the '2nd generation' Atari Force of sorts, with the main character from the original series, Martin Champion.

 

Atari Force 1

The 1st of what was a series of 5 pack-in comics. Published by DC Comics.  Pack-in with Defender.

Created and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with visual concepts and art by Ross Andru, Dick Giordano, and Mike Decarlo.

An interview with Thomas in Alter Ego #100 mentions a paragraph on Atari Force, which didn't really reveal anything new (other than that the idea started when DC's Jenette Khan had Conway and Thomas fly to Silicon Valley to meet with Atari engineers, and the fact that Conway did basically all the work on the series, despite the fact that Thomas was credited as co-creator).

Atari Force 2

The 2nd of what was a series of 5 pack-in comics.  Published by DC Comics.  Pack-in with Berzerk.

Created and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with visual concepts and art by Ross Andru, Dick Giordano, and Mike Decarlo.

Atari Force 3

The 3rd of what was a series of 5 pack-in comics.  Published by DC Comics.  Pack-in with Star Raiders.

Created and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with visual concepts by Ross Andru and art by Gil Kane, Dick Giordano, and Mike Decarlo.

Atari Force 4

The 4th of what was a series of 5 pack-in comics.  Published by DC Comics.  Pack-in with Phoenix.

Created and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with visual concepts and art by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano.

Atari Force 5

The 5th of what was a series of 5 pack-in comics.  Published by DC Comics.  Pack-in with Galaxian.

Created and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with visual concepts by Ross Andru and art by Gil Kane and Dick Giordano.

Centipede

Pack-in with Math Gran Prix... or was it Centipede? ;)  Published by DC Comics.

Story by Howard Post and Andrew Gutelle, and art by Howard Post and Robert Smith.

Masters of the Universe: King Of Castle Grayskull

The 2nd mini comic in the series.  Pack-in with Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man.  It was also packaged with Man-At-Arms, Mer-Man, and Skeletor's action figures.  Published by Mattel, Inc., 1981.

Story by Donald F. Glut, and art by Alfredo P. Alcala.

Star Raiders

The first of two Atari graphic novels that DC Comics released.  Sold separately.

By Elliot S! Maggin and Jose Luis Garcia Lopez.

 

SwordQuest 1

The 1st of what was to be a series of 4 pack-in comics. Published by DC Comics.  Pack-in with SwordQuest EarthWorld.

Created and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with visual concepts and art by George Perez and Dick Giordano.

SwordQuest 2

The 2nd of what was to be a series of 4 pack-in comics. Published by DC Comics.  Pack-in with SwordQuest FireWorld.

Created and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with visual concepts and art by George Perez and Dick Giordano.

SwordQuest 3

The 3rd of what was to be a series of 4 pack-in comics. Published by DC Comics.  Pack-in with SwordQuest WaterWorld.

Created and written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas, with visual concepts and art by George Perez and Dick Giordano.

SwordQuest 4

The 4th and final comic book in this series was never published, as the AirWorld game it was to be the pack-in for was cancelled.  To date, the only piece of artwork to surface is this early cover art by George Pérez (left) and this painting (right), which was to be used for the packaging.  Whatever comic artwork still exists is currently “lost” within DC Comics’ vaults.  It was long rumored to have been at least written and story-boarded – possibly even completed, or very close to it - but according to Pérez, “No, there was no AirWorld story ever written or drawn. The whole SwordQuest project was terminated by Atari before we could even start on the art.  Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, the original writers of the comics, may have worked out some sort of plot synopsis dealing in the generalities of that final chapter for Atari approval, but it never got to plot form.“
 

Warlords

The second of two Atari graphic novels that DC Comics released.  Sold separately.

By Steve Skeatez and David Wenzel.

 

Yars' Revenge: The Qotile Ultimatum!

An in-house comic book included with Yars' Revenge, drawn by former Marvel artist Frank Ciricco, and actually written by Yars' programmer Howard Scott Warshaw!


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