Back in the 1980s, Marvel rolled out a kid-focused imprint called Star Comics.

Ha ha, deep cut, writers CM Punk and Cullen Bunn, I think, wondering what status quo change might have led to Adam Warlock being the butt of jokes.

Launched in 1984, Star Comics was a collection of toy and cartoon tie-in projects Starhawks, Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos , goofy mutations of the publisher s established superheroes Spider-Ham and blatant rip-offs of other companies successes Royal Roy was basically Richie Rich .

The character named via a bad pun was just the tip of Planet Terry s awkward execution iceberg.

Who thought it was a good idea to have an antenna-ed homage to legendary Borscht Belt comedian Henny Youngman in a kids comic?

It s a fun instance of digging into cobwebbed portions of the Marvel character stable and making a flubbed experiment useful more than 30 years later, seeing as how his appearance got me to pick up a comic I hadn t been reading.

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