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Series Minded: The Saga of Crystar, The Crystal Warrior

nb. Title changes to just "Crystar, The Crystal Warrior" with issue8

Publisher: Marvel
Years: 1983 - 1985
# of Issues: 11
Writer(s): Jo Duffy (credited as Mary Jo Duffy in issue 1)
Artist(s): Brett Blevins (1-2), Ron Frenz and Danny Bulandi (3), Ricardo Villamonte (4-11) with Dave Simons (4-6, 8-9)

Background: In 1982 the action figure market was still just ramping up.  Star Wars had revolutionized toys for boys with its copious amount of figures, accessories, vehicles and playsets, with G.I. Joe's relaunched poised to put even Star Wars' output to shame.  He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was also on the radar, merging fantasy with science fiction, capitalizing upon the success of Conan The Barbarian, and in comics it was evident there was a hunger for more than just superheroes, which dominated the shelves so resoundingly in the '70's.  It's perhaps too grandiose a statement to say that these factors all culminated in Crystar, The Crystal Warrior, aftera…