Codename: Strikeforce #1

Codename: Strikeforce #1

In Other Publishers, Reviews, Spectrum by T. Andrew Wahl1 Comment

“Have fun, that’s what it’s all about.”Writer Fred Schiller, on the goal of Codename: Strikeforce
(From the “Spectrum Spotlight” introductory essay in this issue)


Title: “Strikeforce!”
Synopsis: A new generation of the Strikeforce team suffers a tragic blow during its showdown with Countessa Del Marco.

Writer: Fred Schiller
Penciler: Tom Morgan
Inker: Morgan

Direct distribution opened the door for two types of comics to make it to market: Quirky, creator-driven books and not-quite-ready-for-prime-time knockoffs of the Big Two. The output of indie publisher Spectrum tended to fall into the latter category. Writer Fred Schiller struggles most with this debut; there’s a big info dump to establish the series’ premise, which means too much tell and not enough show. Artist Tom Morgan’s work is stronger – there’s a heavy Byrne influence and a touch of Sal Buscema – but his storytelling isn’t always clear. Still, Codename: Strikeforce showed promise and deserved a second issue.

Grade: C

Cool factor: Would have been right at home as a middle-of-the-pack Marvel from the era.
Not-so-cool factor: Weren’t there already enough middle-of-the-pack Marvels from the era? (Also, what was up with that atrocious coloring?)

Notable: Both Fred Schiller and Tom Morgan would go on to work for Marvel.

Character Quotable
“We’re lookin’ for a rematch and we’re mad as hell!!Pig-Iron (not to be confused with the member of Captain Carrot’s Zoo Crew)
Codename: Strikeforce #1

Published and © by Spectrum, June 1984
Cover by Tom Morgan

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Collected Editions

Codename: Strikeforce #1 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.


  1. Wow ! I forgot all about this. I probably still have this in a comics box somewhere.

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