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Knowledge Waits: All of Marvel's Characters From Their 1993 Annuals

Namor the Sub-Mariner Annual #1 is a fascinating exercise. Written by Ron Marz, the story is drawn entirely by Adam Hughes' Gaijin Studios, in short three-four page installments each of some excellent artists (like Hughes, Dave Johnson, Brian Stelfreeze, Cully Hamner and more). It's an interesting exercise, although the robot assassin made to look like a Japanese woman, dubbed "Assassin" in the issue, is not exactly much more than a one-time plot deal (somehow created by Apocalypse for...reasons)...

Marz was not the regular writer on Namor at the time, so it's understandable that this wouldn't be a big priority for him. He does a lot better on the Silver Surfer Annual, a book he WAS the regular writer for at the time.

New Warrors Annual #3 stood out at the time, as it was the conclusion to a storyline in the regular New Warriors comic book and was done (mostly) by the then-regular New Warriors creative team of Fabian Nicieza, Darick Robertson and Larry Mahlstadt (mostly because other artists chipped in for the story, like Chris Marrinan). The storyline involved the dark force creeping out throughout New York City, as Nicieza used a bunch of New York City-based heroes in the story, like Spider-Man and the Thing. The cause of the Darkforce taking over New York was an abused mutant with the codename Darkling, who made the rest of the city literally feel his pain...

Nicieza used Darkling once more during his New Warriors run and even returned to him during his Thunderbolts run, so Darkling is one of the more successful characters from these annuals, all by Fabian Nicieza's force of will.

In The Punisher Annual #6, Pat Mills, Tony Skinner and Dave Hoover introduced us to a killer robot named the Eradikator...

In Punisher War Zone Annual #1 (no Punisher War Journal Annual but a Punisher War Zone Annual? Odd), Chuck Dixon and John Buscema introduce us to Phalanx. A guy working on a special bulletproof armor discovers that his business partners plan on selling the armor to drug dealers. The Punisher shows up to stop the sale, but the guy in the armor ends up turning on his cronies and working with the Punisher...

The Punisher tries to get him to give him the armor, but he refuses and goes off on his own. Dixon later brought him back for a later Punisher storyline (or maybe it was some other Punisher writer - it doesn't work out well for Phalanx, as he is killed).

In Silver Surfer Annual #6, Ron Marz, Joe Phillips and Tom Christopher gave us the breakout hit of these Annuals, Legacy, the son of Captain Marvel...

Marz used him for a few storylines in Silver Surfer and then Legacy got his own series as the new Captain Marvel (written by Fabian Nicieza). Later, Peter David wrote two critically acclaimed series starring this version of Captain Marvel. Nicieza then brought him over to the Thunderbolts, where the character was eventually killed.

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