October 1972

"Well, try Far-Out Frank Brunner, who teamed up with (Ahem!) old timer Barry Smith on a recent Dr. Strange mini-saga, and who's slated for other things to boot! Then of course there's Roisterous Ralph Reese... the Irreverent Billy Graham... Madcap Mike Trimpe, who's been helping brother Herbie splash India ink on the latest Ant-Man extravaganza - and this doesn't even count 'Duke' Wayne Boring, one of comicdom's potent pioneers..."

From Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1, No. 78

September 1972

"Like a fella named Milhous recently said, Phase One has just about had it - and it's time for Phase Two to begin. No man, no group of men, no publishing company can rest on its laurels...
So here's the real scoop - here's where we're at, and where we're headed - and be sure to pay attention, 'cause we're not making a move without ya!"

From Captain America, Vol. 1, No. 153

August 1972

"... this Ghost Rider is a mad, mod, mystic hero who straddles both the world of motorcycles - and the supernatural!
(And that's some job of straddling!)"

From Fantastic Four, Vol. 1, No. 125

July 1972

"ITEM: January 5, 1972! Mark that date in your memory-book, faithful one - 'cause that's the night the batty Bullpen got it all together at Carnegie Hall, in the hectic heart of New york City!

As we told you last month, the whole magilla was called 'A MARVEL-OUS EVENING WITH STAN LEE' - and it was a way-out compendium of music, magic, and madcap Marvel mayhem! Smilin' Stan himself was Master of Ceremonies - presiding over the frantic goings-on while images of mighty Marvel superheroes flitted across a giant movie screen. A trio of our titanic artists got into the act, too, as Jazzy Johnny Romita, Happy Herb Trimpe, and Big John Buscema did sensational sketches of Captain America, ol' Greenskin, and Thor - which in turn were projected onto that selfsame screen. (There was a passel of our cavortin' characters in actual attendance, too, including Spidey, Daredevil, Doc Doom, and even J. Jonah Jameson himself!)

The standing-room-only crowd exploded with applause, also, at the roster of famous names who had gathered to pay homage to the madness that is Marvel: World-famous film director Alain Resnais translated a few of the Silver Surfer's soliloquies into his native French; and there were also a few pungent paragraphs about our heroes which were intoned by radio personalities Alec Bennett and Earl Doud, by actors Rene Aberjonois and Chuck McCann (you've seen the latter a zillion times as the 'Hi Guy' neighbor on the other side of the medicine cabinet in those Right Guard commercials), and neo-journalist Tom Wolfe, resplendent in red, white, and ble as he read about - you guessed it - Captain America.

As for the music mentioned about, most of it was provided by the far-famed Chico Hamilton Players - but some more Marvel Madmen got into the act, too, as Hectic Herbie and Bashful Barry Smith plunked a couple of wild electric guitars while Rascally Roy Thomas belted out a rousin' rocker or two! Then, for the grand finale, just about everybody in the blamed Bullpen crowded onto stage to sing the Merry Marvel Marching Society theme-song - while, not to be outdone, dozens of cheering fans rushed onstage as well, and the show closed amid a revel of handshaking and autograph signing all 'round. And that was that!All in all, it was a wildly successful evening - and not necessarily the last of its kind, either! And, if there were a few bleary eyes and sore throats among the Bullpenners come the morning of the 6th - well, that's show biz, people!"

From Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1, No. 110

"... January 5, 1972, a day that will live in infamy... Consider this: Roy Thomas imitating Elvis."
-Peter Sanderson