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Pantsless Pete said on December 8th, 2012 at 3:39 am

When I was a little kid, the way the Dire Wraiths used to kill people was the freakiest, scariest thing ever.

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How sweet would it be if they did a reproduction of the great toy that all of this was based on. I have a touching ROM story. I wrote a letter to the letter page and it go published. Someone in a US V.A. hospital wrote me back and we were pen pals as he was dying on cancer. After he passed I got a box with the first fifty issues of ROM in it as I had told him I was looking for the back issues. I guess he wrote to many of us and bequeathed his collection to the freinds he had met. This was before email when you actually had to write a letter and wait weeks for a reply. I miss my friend and anything that is ROM related makes me think of him.

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I also love ROM, and that’s a great story.

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Hopefully, any Essential Rom will also include all the various comics not reprinted in some of the other Essentials due to Rom appearing in them.

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Rom really does deserve to be collected. The Buscema and Ditko art… magnifique.

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TheKickerOfElves said on December 8th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

#47 was my first issue of ROM as well, and that period of the comic is how I immediately think of the character. It may have also warped mah fragile lil’ mind…

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I came into a run of ROM when I was younger, as part of an old comic collection I inherited. It petered out in the mid 30s, so I never got to see a lot of the cool stuff that happened later on. Even so, it was one of my favorite sci-fi-superhero comics and being able to pick up reprints has been something I’ve wished for for a while now.

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ROM is #2 on my list of “Stuff I Really Want To Read That I Hope Will Eventually Get Reprinted,” coming in second to only Miracleman/Marvelman.

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I was so irritated when I saw a Star Trek comic that claimed to be “FEATURING ROM.” Turns out, not the same dude.

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Sean D. Martin said on December 9th, 2012 at 12:17 am

Marvel man was reprinted. There are trades (4 of them? 5?) collecting all of the issues published in Warrior and in his own title by Eclipse.

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Eye-Roller Lass said on December 9th, 2012 at 6:06 am

Kal, that’s such a sweet story!

Marvel cannot bring ROM soon enough. They’ve tried to write about Galador without him, around War of Kings and Annihilators. Turned out as sadly as you would expect.

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It does seem odd to me that they can’t work out a deal to let Marvel reprint Rom comics, inasmuch as that is the only way the Rom intellectual property will ever make anyone any money.

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Troy Wilson said on December 9th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

You might want to check out the Facebook group “Rom’s Spaceknights to Benefit Bill Mantlo”. They’re a good bunch. The more, the merrier.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/141453282624884/

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I can understand wanting the old stuff reprinted. I don’t understand people who want new ROM, though. Even if they could get the old creative team back, it wouldn’t be just like the old book. And that’s what ROM fans want: More of the old book. It’s OK for things to be over.

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Speaking of Dire Wraiths, is it possible to read the ROM series (and yes, there was some high-octane nightmare fuel in them) and then see Hickman over in Fantastic Four using them as Mild-Mannered Alien Race #17b without feeling a little unsettled?

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The story of Rom and Mantlo is one of those true tragedies of comics. You’ve got a consistently good writer who took a bargain-bin action figure and turned it into one of the most iconic heroes of 80s Marvel. Then Mantlo was struck down in his prime, and Parker Brothers took back the rights. It’s left the poor guy without the centerpiece of his legacy, and now, looking at the trades, he’s just a guy who wrote a disparate pile of tie-ins and crossovers. By all rights, there should have been crowds donating money to pay for his hospital bills, and Rom should be appearing with a dedication in the 2014 Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Mantlo also has a strong legacy on the Hulk.

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Weird…I always hated Brandy.

I thought she was a shameless cheater and I honestly don’t understand why people think this was true love.

To me, it was a case of the groupie falling in love with the superhero with the nice guy losing out because he wasn’t a superhero.

I seriously doubt BRandy would’ve looked twive at ROM if her fianceee had been a superhero himself and I’m always shocked that people don’t notice that….

Would we still look as fondly at ROM if the sexes had been reversed?

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Sean D. Martin said on December 10th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Would we still look as fondly at ROM if the sexes had been reversed?

Reversing the sexes (or races) in a situation can be an illuminating experience. It’s surprising sometimes how much we see things differently when that role reversal happens.

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The Unstoppable Gravy Express said on December 11th, 2012 at 8:36 am

I might look more fondly at ROM if he were a hot chick, yeah.

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Mark Temporis said on December 11th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Unstoppable: ROM himself was so boxy that he really COULD have been a hot chick until they showed him as generic Native American longhaired dude, which is strange as all the other Galadorians were white IIRC.

I wouldn’t put Starshine in my top ten hot chick robots either. Not exactly Metropolis material, if you know what I mean.

Loved the series. ROM was the first opportunity I had as a young comics reader to collect every issue and appearance of a character — to get in on the ground floor — and I really did!

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Eye-Roller Lass said on December 13th, 2012 at 10:28 am

I’m going to leave this riiight here…
http://www.comicvine.com/ikon/29-75314/

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http://arisverse.blogspot.com/2008/11/tvce-rom-spaceknight.html

I loved ROM. I keep hoping for a comeback. I heard rumors we may be surprised in the coming year..but that could be wishful thinking.

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Mindspyder said on January 8th, 2013 at 11:01 am

When I was oh……..12 or 13 an issue of ROM was one of the first I bought with MY OWN MONEY & NOT.BY HAVING TO BEG MY FOLKS. Alas a younger brother trashed it shortly thereafter so I do not recall the number but it was VERY VERY COOL. ROM. Shang-Chi. A creepy orphanage on the moors. For someone who grew up watching exploitation & horror movies on UHF stations that was epic. Forbidden Planet meets Enter the.Dragon meets Hammer’s Dracula. FTW.

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