Super Star Heroes #11 (January, 1980): Meteor and American International Pictures

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All I know about Super Star Heroes magazine right now is that there are at least 11 issues, and this one is pretty cool. According to my recently established formula, I’ve posted the front cover, inside front cover, table of contents, inside back cover, back cover, and a couple of full articles. (Click pages to enlarge.)

I have a strange fondness for Meteor (1979), a Cold War relic that tried to capitalize on the post-Star Wars sci-fi craze within the disaster picture formula. I find Connery and Wood charming, the script has some moments, and I love the eerie, bombastic music that plays every time the meteor is shown hurtling towards Earth. The special effects sequences by Glen Robinson (Logan’s Run) are abysmal, especially the destruction of Manhattan, but I do like the space nuke miniatures.

American International Pictures (AIP), my favorite studio of all time, produced and distributed the film, and studio head Sam Arkoff was determined to make “the most expensive, most sensational disaster picture of all time.” The budget was $17 million, $10 million more than the 1974 blockbuster Earthquake. Compare that to 1998’s un-dynamic duo, Deep Impact ($75 million) and Armageddon ($140 million).

The AIP article gives a short history of the studio, which at the time was an improbable recipient of a retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

3 Responses to “<em>Super Star Heroes</em> #11 (January, 1980): <em>Meteor</em> and American International Pictures”

  1. 1 Anon March 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Based on the content, I’m also going to say there are at most 11 issues. This is horrible, but indie find a few things intersting. All those movies you could buy for a reel projector for $49.95 each. Still on the verge of the VCR revolution there. I’m curious on the giant turd that had to have been Meteor. To start, the title is singular, yet NYC is destroyed, Siberia is destroyed, Hong Kong is buried by a tidal wave, and an avalanche wipes out a Swiss resort? Did the writer not look at a globe when writing this? If it explodes over Siberia, how does it cause a tidal wave? If it hits the ocean, how does it destroy Siberia? How on earth does an avalanche in the Alps come into play? And NYC getting destroyed also precludes the other 3 disasters. Anyhow, someone needs to watch this and let me know how this happens. I watched “The Boy Who Likes To Get High” (or whatever that was called) starting Scott Baio (it was awful), so someone else take this bullet.

  2. 2 2W2N March 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Who’s “indie” and what is going on with your spelling, sir?

    Star Wars is $49.95, but three episodes of Star Trek will cost you $160! What’s up with that?

    I watch Meteor at least once a year. It’s great. Separate meteors destroy Hong Kong, Manhattan, etc. The giant meteor is destroyed by the combined nuclear power of the U.S. and the Soviets.

  3. 3 Anon March 21, 2013 at 4:00 am

    “indie” was an autocorrect error for “I did” and as for my spelling, you know I’m illiterate. And now everyone else does too.

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