For a brief period in the ’80s, comics based on toy lines were all the rage — Micronauts, Crystar, Transformers, and of course GI Joe — and top-notch artists often worked on them, making them much better than you would expect. Again, GI Joe. Michael Golden first become known for his far-better-than-it-had-to-be run on MICRONAUTS, but he also provided covers for a less-well remembered series called CRYSTAR that was about some kind of crystal brothers who had to fight over a crystal world, and…you get the idea. Anyway, while poking around we found this painted cover by Golden of Crystar.
They just don’t make em like they used to.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.