| Stan Lee steps down as EIC and hands the reigns over to Roy Thomas in the September Bullpen Bulletain, but it's obvious based on Stan's output that the change was in effect prior to this. Stan reviews his accomplishments:
It was Marvel that first introduced heroes with human hang-ups; Marvel that popularized guest-star appearances until you needed a scorecard to tell you who was who; Marvel that dared create continued stories - and then forgot how to end them, so that they went on forever! It was Marvel who gave you a Bullpen Bulletins page where we can rap together like this; Marvel who liberated the geniuses who bring you these epics from their shadow of anonymity, and billboarded the name of every writer, artist, and letterer until you know 'em almost as well as we do. Only Mavel could have made satire and sentimentality, relevance and ribaldry a part of the comix mystique...
Stan's focus going forward will be other media - "new fields for Marvel to conquer in film, TV, books, and you-name-it-we'll-do-it!"
Big news, and the end of an era.
Revisions in the Comics Code allowed Marvel to expand its line into horror comics. These characters were initially stand-alone comics that didn't necessarily have anything to do with the Marvel Universe, but they were quickly incorporated.
The CCA revisions on drug depiction also allowed Marvel to focus more on street-level crime. In the past the sort of non-super crimes heroes like Spider-Man and Daredevil dealt with were robberies and muggings. Now they can bust drug dealers and the like as well. This change also allowed for the creation of characters like Luke Cage.
|Creator notes: Gerry Conway is writing a lot of books. Steve Englehart begins writing the Beast solo stories in Amazing Adventures. Barry (Windsor) Smith pops up on pencils here and there. Bill Everett returns to the Sub-Mariner.|
|New characters: Dracula, Werewolf By Night, Man-Thing, Luke Cage, Namorita, Ghost Rider, Tigra (as the Cat), Sheena the She-Devil, Shaper of Worlds|