Friday, April 24, 2009

THE A-TEAM #1, March 1984

"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire: THE A-TEAM."

Such was the origin of the A-team, as recounted in the intro to each episode. An almost instant cult-favorite, the show was adapted for comics within a year; unfortunately, it only lasted for three installments (the TV show lasted for ninety-eight).
Jim Salicrup wrote the first two issues, with Alan Kupperberg finishing up the series by doing the story and art for issue number three.
This, the premiere issue, has art by comic legend Marie Severin, but the next issue would have her replaced by another legend,Jim Mooney.
With an all star lineup of comic creators, and almost perfectly made for comics source material, it truly is a mystery as to why this series never took off.


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