Monday, May 21, 2018

The Updated Don Simpson Megaton Man Checklist 2018

The Simpson Scholarship of Steve Replogle
Megaton Man completist Steve Replogle recently contacted me requesting information on compiling a complete and exhaustive list of every single Megaton Man comic book appearance of the past three decades, so as to organize his own collection. Then he proceeded to compile his own concordance! Herewith are Steve's labors so far, cut and pasted from actual emails! Can you help Steve (and me) with any missing data?! Comment below so that the Complete and Exhaustive List of Megaton Man Comic Book Appearance can live forever online! -- Don Simpson.

An example of the late 90s Megaton Man Weekly Serial

Dear Don,
I was lucky enough to be have the very first Megaton Man issue recommended to me by my comic shop guy, lo those many moons ago - and I continue to be a great fan of your work. I am very excited to see your new Border Worlds and Megaton Man material come to fruition.

In anticipation, I have begun currently reorganizing my collection. Sooooo.... I am wondering if there a listing or concordance of the various Megaton Man/Fiascoverse titles, giving their proper and correct order. Is it mostly chronological? I will refer to each comic's indicia, of course, and maybe also use - if you think that is correct. Just wondering if there are other resources out there.
Thanks, and bets of luck -
Steve Replogle

Steve Replogle
Hey Don,

I have found the information I was looking for, mostly from your blog. This is what I have:

1. Megaton Man (Kitchen Sink, November 1984-June 1986), 10 issues
2. The Return of Megaton Man (Kitchen Sink, July-September 1988), 3 issues
3. Megaton Man Meets the Uncategorizable X+Thems #1 (Kitchen Sink, April 1989)
4. Yarn Man #1 (Kitchen Sink, October 1989)
5. Bizarre Heroes #1 (Kitchen Sink, May 1990)
6. Pteranoman #1 (Kitchen Sink, August 1990)
7. Savage Dragon vs. The Savage Megaton Man #1 (Image, March 1993)
8. The normalman/Megaton Man Special (Image, June 1994)
9. Don Simpson's Bizarre Heroes #0–8 (Fiasco Comics, May-December 1994) and then Bizarre Heroes #9–17 (Fiasco Comics, February 1995-July, 1996) The final two issues (#16 and #17) are alternately titled Megaton Man vs. Forbidden Frankenstein #1 and Megaton Man #0
10. Megaton Man: Hardcopy #1 & 2 (Image, 1999)
11. Megaton Man: Bombshell #1 (Image, 1999)

Further appearances:
Megaton Man Daily Reruns (some episodes reprinted or repurposed into Hardcopy and Bombshell)
Asylum (reprinted and purposed)
Megaton Man blog: The Atomic Aftermath (and more)
Red Anvil Comics' War of the Independents #1 (2013) and #4 (2014)
CBLDF Liberty Annual 2010 ("Megaton Man and the Liberty Alliance in: ''Columbia Rising!''")

And there have been other cameo appearances, too - I think I remember a cameo in 1963 #6.
Well, it will take me a while to catalog or properly list or weed through the "further appearances." In the meantime, thanks!

Hi Steve,
Yes, I think except for a few stray pin-ups and previews (Spirit #8), you have the main works. The Weekly Serials that weren't reprinted in the three Image issues (Hardcopy and Bombshell) ran in the Savage Dragon, something like the #50s through the #80s. Toward the end I skipped a few issues here and there.
I've been working on more so save some space in your collection.
Thanks for this list; I should probably post it, if you don't mind.

Hi again, Don -
Here as promised (or kind of promised) are the rest of my notes on Megaton Man's publishing history. As you'll see, there are lots of gaps and missing bits. Maybe this will help you, or maybe you already have your own much-more-complete chronology somewhere. I hope so.

I guess I am showing my own regressive Marvel genes by sifting through this information with such fan-boy enthusiasm! It takes me back to the days when I was trying to figure out what happened before (and after) Captain America guest-starred in Daredevil #43. Your Fiascoverse is really fun in this way, with all the various #1 issues, crossovers, back-up appearances, and online episodes.

Well, if you do have your own "master list," I'd love to see it! But not as much as the new Megaton Man pages you're working on - that's the real stuff.
Best wishes,

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Further Frenzied and Fanatical Footnoting for Megaton Man

The Megaton Man Weekly Serial is now only available as Don Simpson's Megaton Man Daily Reruns at It offers an Archives page that lists episodes 1 - 103 with titles, but not later episodes.

Publication dates given below are from the

1. Hardcopy #1, February 1999
Contains online episodes 1 - 55

2. Hardcopy #2, April 1999 
Pages 1 - 9: Megaton Man Weekly Serial episodes 56-71
Pages 10 - 12: three new pages of Gower Goose's radio show comic strips
Pages 13 - 22a: Megaton Man Weekly Serial episodes 72-89
Pages 22b - 28: new material

3. Bombshell #1, July 1999
Collects Asylum features new material.

4. Savage Dragon Back-ups (Erik Larsen, Image Comics)  lists the following issues of Savage Dragon as having Megaton Man back-ups: 52, 54, 55, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 73, 80, 86, 87. But wait! This incorrectly excludes at least some Megaton Man appearances. I know for sure that it's missing at least SD 56, 76, 77, 78, 79.

I've verified a few of the episode numbers for the back-ups listed below, but most are not listed at Daily Reruns archive. I haven't found any online resources either, so I just had to go by what I found after poking around at my local comic shop! Oh, the irony! Anyway, that's how I also found out the CBDB had made some mistakes.

Finally, I've added the "next issue tag lines" given at the end (or fourth episode) of almost every SD excerpt I could find, because it seems that may be related to the title of the one of the next issue's episodes.

Okay, then...

Savage Dragon (possibly #49 or #51?) (Episodes 90 - 93... or are these possibly not reprinted anywhere?)
#52, August 1998 - (presumably episodes 94, 95, 96, 97?)
#54, October 1998 - (presumably episodes 98, 99, 100, 101?)
#55, November 1998 - Episodes 102, 103 (and presumably 104, 105?)
#56, December 1998 - not noted by CBDB, but verified at my local comic shop!
#58, February 1999 
#60, April 1999
#61, May 1999 
#62, June 1999 
#63, June 1999 
#64, July 1999 
#65, August 1999 - (Next issue tag: Batter Up!)
#66, August 1999 
#67, September 1999 
#73, March 2000 
#76, June 2000 - this issue not noted by CBDB
#77, July 2000 - (Next issue tag: Bombs Away!) - this issue not noted by CBDB
#78, August 2000 - (Next issue tag: Wings of Desire) - this issue not noted by CBDB
#79, September 2000 - (Next issue tag: The Ol' Switcheroo!) - this issue not noted by CBDB
#80, October 2000 - (Next issue tag: Unmasked, Unleashed!)
#86, April 2001 - (Next issue tag : Megs Cops Out)
#87, May 2001 - ?

5. Asylum
These excerpts re-present material from Megaton Man: Bombshell #1
#7 (August 1996)  - "Megaton Man vs. Unleash"
#8 (September 1996) - "Megaton Man vs. Bombshell" 
#11 (Jan/Feb 1997) - "After Megaton Man"

6. The CBLDF Presents Liberty Annual, October 2010
Megaton Man and the Liberty Alliance in: ''Columbia Rising!''

7. One-Pagers

These were originally printed in Hero Illustrated, a magazine about comics. I'm not sure how many MM appearances there were, but three were reprinted in The Apocalypse Affiliation trade paperback.
A. The Blue Web
B. YarnBlood
C. Untitled (MM relaxing by the pool with Stella and Yarn Man)

8. Graphic Novel Collections
Megaton Man: Volume I (Princeton WI: Kitchen Sink Press, 1990). Collects Megaton Man #1-4 in black and white, with alternate covers and minor art variations.

Don Simpson’s Megaton Man, introduction by Al Franken (New York: ibooks/Simon & Schuster, 2004). Reprints Megaton Man #1-5 in color, with recolored covers and newly colored inside covers and additional material.

Bizarre Heroes: The Apocalypse Affiliation (Pittsburgh: Fiasco Comics, Inc., 1995). Reprints Don Simpson's Bizarre Heroes #1-5, with additional material.

Border Worlds (Mineola NY: Dover Publications Inc., 2017). Reprints Border Worlds #1-7 and Border Worlds: Marooned #1, with a new 30-page conclusion.
Splitting Image 80-Page Giant (featuring normalman vs. Megaton Man with Jim Valentino, Larry Marder, Bob Burden, et al) (Berkeley: Image Comics, 2017). Reprints Splitting Image #1-2 and The normalman vs. Megaton Man Special.
Megaton Man: Return to Megatropolis (completed spring 2016; coloring in production). Original material. No publication plans as of spring 2018.

Anyone with further info, please comment! I'm too busy drawing new stuff! Best, Don

This is an update of a 2016 blog post compiled by Steve Replogle!

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