Marvel Age cover and article about The Saga of Crystar, a property Marvel developed in-house with the intent of selling to toy companies (a similar situation to the later Brute Force miniseries). Unfortunately, the group that took Marvel’s bait was Remco, nobody’s favorite toymaker, and the franchise was dead after one wave of product (I think) and 11 comic issues. Though, check out that black and white art - how impressive is it that this medieval fantasy world developed the perm?
Cover art by Walt Simonson(!), character models by John Romita, Jr., interior artwork by Bret Blevins. The article about the creation of the Marvel handbooks was previously posted here.