Today would have been Michael Jackson’s 53rd birthday. A musical legend whose body of work include Thriller the best selling album of all time, many hit tunes as a solo artist and as a member of the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons. Jackson was also apparently a fan of comics at one point even attempting to buy Marvel comics. Not only did he attempt to buy Marvel comics but Michael Jackson himself has appeared in comics as well. Here is a list of 5 comics that Michael has appeared in.
5. Muhammad Ali vs. Superman (DC comics 1978)
Drawn by comics’ legend, and one of my personal favorites Neal Adams, this story depicts Superman fighting Ali for a chance to fight the champion of an invading alien race. Michael Jackson appears on the cover in the crowd as a part of the Jackson 5 or Jacksons as they were probably known as at that time.
4. Longshot (Marvel comics 1985 – 1986)
Longshot was created by then Marvel editor Ann Nocenti and artist Art Adams. Longshot’s powers are wide and varied as he was genetically engineered to have certain super human powers in addition his powers have been magically augmented. He has the ability to affect probability fields in his favor or more plainly he has good luck. While not appearing directly in the comic a person who looks a lot like Michael Jackson and is mentioned in a flashback sequence.
3. Captain EO 3 D comic (Eclipse comics 1987)
The Captain EO 3-D comic was published as in a tabloid and souvenir sized format this comic was an adaptation of the film which was produced by George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. This wouldn’t be the last time Michael would make a foray into the world of 3-D comics.
2. Moonwalker 3 D comics ( Blackthorne Publishing 1989)
A comic based on the video game of the same name. This comic has the dubious distinction of being listed as one of the reasons Balckthorne publishing went bankrupt, after having a paid a hefty licensing fee for the rights to publish the comic it apparently didn’t sell well.
1. Rock -N-Roll Comics # 36 (Revolutionary comics 1989 – 1994)
Michael Jackson’s issue was number 36 and is presumably where the image to the left comes from, but more importantly this predates the Bluewater bio comics we’ve been seeing of late and in many ways paved the way for them. According to this press release Bluewater is set to reissue the line of bio comics and we can I’m not entirely sure that Michael Jackson’s issue will be in the reprint.
An international pop star the likes of which the world had not yet seen Michael Jackson was a creative force that won’t soon be equaled. Despite legal troubles later in life he seemed poised for a comeback and in some ways he did as his “This Is It” behind the scenes concert movie became a hit. So here’s to the King of Pop and I leave you with one of his many hit songs a collaboration with his equally famous sister Janet.