Armada Comics Book Inserts

Index | 1995



Armada Comics poster


Acclaim Comics Poster


Acclaim Comics advertisement in Inquest issue #0 (April 1995)

The comic book The Shadow Mage is a four part mini-series published in 1995 by Armada Comics, an imprint of Acclaim Comics. The first two issues include special printings of Magic cards. These cards are identical to 4th Edition cards but have a copyright date of 1994 rather than 1995, like regular 4th Edition cards.

Armada Comics produced an entirety of 35 comics, 42 if including the special compilation issues (TPB) and Variant Covers of Fallen Empires 1/2 and 2/2, starting with the Ice Age and The Shadow Mage series in July 1995. The Magic comics series proved to be too unpopular, however, and was discontinued in October 1996 with the Urza-Mishra War Volume 2 comic. The production of the Alliances comic was cancelled as well as Prelude to War and Planeswalker War that were mentioned in the last Urza-Mishra War Armada Comic.

In 9 Armada Comics publications special cardboard counters sheets were added.
In 10 Armada Comics, some Preview cards were included.
In two issues (4 if including the Newsstand issues) a Fallen Empires booster.
There is also an oversized Alternate Art Serra Angel card illustrated by Rebecca Guay, which was an addition of the Serra Angel Comic published by Armada Comics.

Convocations A Magic the Gathering Gallery was a Special Issue that contains 23 different illustrations either done by Magic: The Gathering artists, or by comic book artists:

Chrysoula Artemis-Gomez
Dennis Calero
Tobin Dorn
Mike Dringenberg
Chris Hebel
Carlos Phoenix Jimenez (Carjim)
Michael William Kaluta (sometimes credited as Mike Kaluta or Michael Wm. Kaluta)
Gerard Lee
Leo Leibelman
Claire Lister
Anson Maddocks
Alex Maleev
Brad Marshall
Jeff Menges
Mark Pennington
Douglas Shuler
Ron Spencer
Tim Spinosi
Stu Suchit
Juda Tverski
Pete Venters
Charles Dana Vess
Bryon Wackwitz

Newsstand versions exist with different variations from one comic to another:
* It says "Newsstand Sales" instead of "Direct Sales"
* Some of them, can have a variant cover (Fallen Empires 1 of 2 and 2 of 2)
* "Direct Sales" not mentioned in the UPC bar code area.
* The secondary barcode is thinner than the "Direct Sales" version.
* The UPC bar code numbers are different.
* Newsstand UPC sticker over the direct sales UPC area.

The Magic: The Gathering comics were also translated and distributed in four European languages and countries, some were polybagged with preview card(s), cardboard counters sheets or Fallen Empires booster:
In Dutch by Juniorpress: 5 issues
In French by Semic: 6 issues
In Italian by Edizioni Play Press: 12 Issues
In Spanish by Planeta DeAgostini Comics: 35 Issues

From March till June 1998, Dark Horse Comics published the Gerrard's Quest comic series following the Weatherlight Saga in 4 volumes and 1 TPB (April 1999). There was no inserts in them.

Volume 1: Initiation
Volume 2: Legacy
Volume 3: Crucible
Volume 4: Destiny
TPB

Complete list of the 42 Armada/Acclaims Comics (including the 2 variant covers of Fallen Empires and TPB)

-1 Magic The Gathering The Shadow Mage NO.1. A Newsstand variant exist (UPC sticker over Direct Sales UPC barcode)
Title: "The Aster Fall"
Cover by: Val Mayerik
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Fireball (Fourth Edition) with 1994 Date.
Cover Date: JULY 1995

-2 Magic The Gathering The Shadow Mage NO.2. A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstands and different UPC than Direct Sales)
Title: "Desolate Angel"
Cover by: Val Mayerik
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Blue Elemental Blast (Fourth Edition) with 1994 Date. Sealed inserted in the comic
Cover Date: AUGUST 1995

-3 Magic The Gathering The Shadow Mage NO.3. A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstand Sales and different UPC than Direct Sales)
Title: "War Child"
Cover by: Val Mayerik
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter sheet Version 1 or Version 2.
Cover Date: SEPTEMBER 1995

-4 Magic The Gathering The Shadow Mage NO.4. A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstand Sales and different UPC than Direct Sales)
Title: "First Duel"
Cover by: Val Mayerik
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter sheet Version 3.
Cover Date: OCTOBER 1995

-5 Magic The Gathering The Shadow Mage Volume 1 of 2. TPB
Title: "The Aster Fall & Desolate Angel"
Cover by: Val Mayerik
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter sheet Version 1 or 2.
Cover Date: DECEMBER 1995

-6 Magic The Gathering The Shadow Mage Volume 2 of 2. TPB
Title: "War Child & First Duel"
Cover by: Val Mayerik
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter sheet Version 1 or 2.
Cover Date: JANUARY 1996

-7 Ice Age NO.1 On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Title: "The Twilight Kingdom"
Cover by: Charles Vess
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Bone Shaman Ice Age.
Cover Date: JULY 1995

-8 Ice Age NO.2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Title: "The Frozen Dead"
Cover by: Charles Vess
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Chub Toad Ice Age. Sealed inserted in the comic
Cover Date: AUGUST 1995

-9 Ice Age NO.3 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstand Sales and different UPC than Direct Sales).
Title: "The Shard"
Cover by: Charles Vess
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter Sheet Version 1 or 4.
Cover Date: SEPTEMBER 1995

-10 Ice Age NO.4 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstand Sales and different UPC than Direct Sales).
Title: "Forever Silent the World"
Cover by; Charles Vess
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter sheet Version 5.
Cover Date: OCTOBER 1995

-11 Ice Age Volume 1 of 2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. TPB
Title: "The Twilight Kingdom & The Frozen Dead"
Cover by: Charles Vess
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter sheet Version 1 or 2.
Cover Date: JANUARY 1996*

-12 Ice Age Volume 2 of 2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. TPB
Title: "The Shard & Forever Silent The World"
Cover by: Charles Vess
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter sheet Version 1 or 2.
Cover Date: FEBRUARY 1996*

-13 Fallen Empires NO.1 On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Title: "Rumors of War"
Cover by: Anson Maddocks
Includes a Free Booster Pack with Comic: Fallen Empires.
Cover Date: SEPTEMBER 1995

-13 Bis Fallen Empires 1 of 2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. Variant Cover by: Alex Maleev ?. Barcode is on the right horizontally mentioning Newsstand Sales.
Title: "Rumors of War"
Variant Cover by: Alex Maleev ?
Includes a Free Booster Pack with Comic: Fallen Empires.
Cover Date: SEPTEMBER 1995

-14 Fallen Empires NO.2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Title: "Nations Asunder"
Cover by: Anson Maddocks
Includes Free Magic The Gathering Creatures Tokens: Counter sheet Version 1 or Version 2
Cover Date: OCTOBER 1995

-14 Bis Fallen Empire 2 of 2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. Variant Cover by: Alexander Maleev. Barcode is on the right horizontally mentioning Newsstand Sales.
Title: "Nations Asunder"
Includes a Free Booster Pack with Comic: Fallen Empires.
Cover Date: OCTOBER 1995

-15 Fallen Empires On The World Of Magic The Gathering. TPB
Title: "Rumors of War & Nations Asunder"
Cover by: Alex Maleev
Includes a Free Booster Pack with Comic: Fallen Empires.
Cover Date: FEBRUARY 1996

-16 Antiquities War 1 of 4 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. A Newsstand variant exist
Cover by: George Pratt
Cover Date: NOVEMBER 1995

-17 Antiquities War 2 of 4 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstand and different UPC than Direct Sales)
Cover by: George Pratt.
Cover Date: DECEMBER 1995.

-18 Antiquities War 3 of 4 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstand and different UPC than Direct Sales)
Cover by: George Pratt
Cover Date: JANUARY 1996

-19 Antiquities 4 of 4 On The World Of Magic The Gathering. A Newsstand variant exist. Barcode is on the left vertically mentioning Newsstand Sales.
Cover by: George Pratt
Cover Date: FEBRUARY 1996

-20 Magic The Gathering Wayfarer 1 of 5.
Title: "A Need for Monsters"
Cover by: Michael Kaluta
Cover Date: NOVEMBER 1995

-21 Magic The Gathering Wayfarer 2 of 5.
Title: "Forces of Nature"
Cover by: Michael Kaluta
Cover Date: DECEMBER 1995

-22 Magic The Gathering Wayfarer 3 of 5.
Title: "Patterns in Chaos"
Cover by: Michael Kaluta
Cover Date: JANUARY 1996

-23 Magic The Gathering Wayfarer 4 of 5.
Title: "Lovers & Comrades"
Cover by: Michael Kaluta
Cover Date: FEBRUARY 1996

-24 Magic The Gathering. Wayfarer 5 of 5.
Title: "Dark Eminence"
Cover by: Michael Kaluta
Cover Date: MARCH 1996

-25 Magic The Gathering Nightmare. SPECIAL ISSUE
Title: "Vanishing Lands"
Cover by: Melissa Benson
Cover Date: NOVEMBER 1995

-26 Magic the Gathering Arabian Nights 1 of 2.
Title: "A Time to Gather"
Cover by: Michael Dringenberg
Cover Date: DECEMBER 1995

-27 Magic The Gathering Arabian Nights 2 of 2.
Title: "And Then There Was One"
Cover by: Michael Dringenberg
Cover Date: JANUARY 1996

-28 Convocations A Magic the Gathering Gallery. SPECIAL ISSUE
Shows 23 different illustrations. Either done by Magic: The Gathering artists, or by comic book artists.
Cover by: Anson Maddocks
Cover Date: JANUARY 1996

-29 Homelands On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Front Cover by: Greg and Tim Hildebrandt
Illustation on the back by: Rebecca Guay
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card. 3 Different Cards are available: Apocalypse Chime, Baron Sengir or Feroz Ban.
Cover Date: FEBRUARY 1996

-30 Legend of Jedit Ojanen 1 of 2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Cover by: Tony Harris
Title: Jedit's Tale Part 1
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Johan (Chronicles).
Cover Date: MARCH 1996

-31 Legend of Jedit Ojanen 2 of 2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Title: Jedit's Tale Part 2
Cover by: Tony Harris
Cover Date: APRIL 1996

-32 Magic The Gathering. Shandalar 1 of 2.
Title: "Exiles In The Promised Land"
Cover by: Zina Saunders
Cover Date: MARCH 1996

-33 Magic The Gathering. Shandalar 2 of 2.
Title: "The Threshold"
Cover by: Zina Saunders
Cover Date: APRIL 1996

-34 Elder Dragons 1 of 2 A Magic The Gathering LEGEND.
Title: "The Tickery Man"
Cover by: Ed Beard Jr.
Cover Date: APRIL 1996

-35 Elder Dragons 2 of 2 A Magic the Gathering LEGEND.
Title: "The Tickery Man Part II"
Cover by Ed Beard Jr.
Cover Date: MAY 1996

-36 Fallen Angel A Magic The Gathering LEGEND.
Cover by: Clyde Caldwell
Illustation on the back by: Richard Kane Ferguson
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Fallen Angel (Chronicles).
MAY 1996

-37 Dakkon Blackblade A Magic The Gathering LEGEND.
Cover by: Rags Morales
Illustation on the back by: Rags Morales
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Dakkon Blackblade (Chronicles).
Cover Date: JUNE 1996.

-38 Serra Angel On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Title: "A Fable of Dominaria"
Cover by: Rebecca Guay
Illustation on the back by: Rebecca Guay
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Oversized 6X9 Serra Angel Art By Rebecca Guay.
Cover Date: AUGUST 1996

-39 Urza-Mishra War Volume 1 On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Title: Brothers in Arms
Cover by: Bill Sienkiewicz
Illustation on the back by: Tom Mandrake or Bill Sienkiewicz ?
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Phyrexian War Beast Version 2
OR
Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Soldevi Steam Beast Version 1 (Alliances).
It is not known at the moment if other combination of the different cards versions were available

Cover Date: SEPTEMBER 1996

-40 Urza -Mishra War Volume 2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering.
Title: "Blood and Sand"
Cover by: Bill Sienkiewicz
Illustation on the back by: Tom Mandrake or Bill Sienkiewicz ?
Includes two Free Magic: The Gathering Cards: Phyrexian War Beast Version 1 and Soldevi Steam Beast Version 2 (Alliances).
OR
Includes two Free Magic: The Gathering Cards: Phyrexian War Beast Version 2 and Soldevi Steam Beast Version 2 (Alliances).
It is not known at the moment if other combination of the different cards versions were available

Cover Date: OCTOBER 1996


Magic: The Gathering The Shadow Mage NO.1 Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Card: Fireball Fourth Edition with 1994 Date
Magic: The Gathering The Shadow Mage NO.2 Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Card: Blue Elemental Blast Fourth Edition with 1994 Date. Sealed and inserted inside the comic


Ice Age On The World of Magic: The Gathering NO.1 Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering card Bone Shaman Ice Age
Ice Age On The World of Magic: The Gathering NO.2 Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering card Chub Toad Ice Age. Sealed and inserted inside the comic


Fallen Empires On The World of Magic: The Gathering NO.1 Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Fallen Empires booster.
Fallen Empires On The World of Magic: The Gathering 1 of 2 Comic Book by Armada. Variant Cover Newsstand version. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Fallen Empires booster.


Fallen Empires On The World of Magic: The Gathering NO.2 Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Fallen Empires booster.
Fallen Empires On The World of Magic: The Gathering 2 of 2 Comic Book by Armada. Variant Cover Newsstand version. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Fallen Empires booster.


Fallen Empires On The World of Magic: The Gathering. TPB Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Fallen Empires booster.


Homelands On The World of Magic: The Gathering Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering card from Homelands (Either Apocalypse Chime, Baron Sengir or Feroz Ban.)


Legend of Jedit Ojanen On The World of Magic: The Gathering 1 of 2 Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Johan card from Chronicles


Fallen Angel. A Magic The Gathering LEGEND Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Fallen Angel card from Chronicles.


Dakkon Blackblade. A Magic The Gathering LEGEND Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering Dakkon Blackblade card from Chronicles


Serra Angel On The World Of Magic The Gathering Comic Book by Armada. Includes a Free Magic: The Gathering Card: Oversized 6X9 Serra Angel Art By Rebecca Guay.
AUGUST 1996


Urza-Mishra War Volume 1 On The World Of Magic The Gathering Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering card: Phyrexian War Beast Version 2 from Alliances


Urza-Mishra War Volume 1 On The World Of Magic The Gathering Comic Book by Armada. Includes a free Magic: The Gathering card: Soldevi Steam Beast Version 1 from Alliances


Urza-Mishra War Volume 2 On The World Of Magic The Gathering Comic Book by Armada.
Includes 2 free Magic: The Gathering cards: Phyrexian War Beast Version 1 and Soldevi Steam Beast Version 2 from Alliances
Includes 2 free Magic: The Gathering cards: Phyrexian War Beast Version 2 and Soldevi Steam Beast Version 2 from Alliances


Armada Comics display box Side A


Armada Comics display box side B

The comics were also printed in different languages by different publishers, the number of issues differs from one country to another, some of them included Magic: The Gathering card, Counter Sheet:

Dutch: 5 Issues by Juniorpress (1996/1997)


1 - De Schaduwmagier - reprints Shadow Mage #1-4 1996
2 - Ice Age - reprints Ice Age #1-4 1996
3 - Wayfarer - reprints Wayfarer #1-5 1996


4 - Fallen Empires - reprints Fallen Empires #1-2 and Homelands #1 1996
5 - Dakkon Blackblade - reprints Dakkon Blackblade and Arabian Nights #1-2 1997. Polybagged with MTG card Clay Statue 5Th Edition.

French: 6 Issues by Editions Semic (1996/1997)


1 - Le mage de l'ombre - reprints Shadow Mage #1-4 March 1996
2 - Ere glaciaire - reprints Ice Age #1-4 June 1996
3 - Voyage - reprints Wayfarer #1-5 September 1996. Polybagged with Counter Sheet Version 2


4 - Empires Dechus et Terres Natales - reprints Fallen Empires #1-2 and Homelands #1 December 1996
5 - Dakkon Lamenoire et Les Mille et Une Nuits - reprints Dakkon Blackblade and Arabian Nights #1-2 February 1997
6 - La Guerre des Antiquités -reprints Antiquities War #1-4 April 1997. Polybagged with MTG card

Italian: 12 Issues by Edizioni Play Press (1996/1997)


(1) Era Glaciale June 1996 With MTG Italian Alliance cards
(2) Era Glaciale July 1996 With MTG Italian Alliance cards


(3) Le Origini August 1996 With MTG Italian Alliance cards: Wild Aesthir


(4) L'ombra del mago September 1996
(5) L'ombra del mago November 1996


(6) Notti Arabe December 1996


(7) Il Viandante December 1996
(8) Il Viandante January 1997
(9) Il Viandante 1997 March 1997


(10) Imperi Caduti April 1997


(11) Guerra delle Antichità May 1997
(12) Guerra delle Antichità June 1997

Spanish: 35 Issues by Planeta DeAgostini World Comics


(1) Mago sombrio No 1 of 4. May 1996
(2) Mago sombrio No 2 of 4. June 1996
(3) Mago sombrio No 3 of 4. July 1996
(4) Mago sombrio No 4 of 4. August 1996


(5) Era Glacial No 1 of 4. May 1996
(6) Era Glacial No 2 of 4. June 1996
(7) Era Glacial No 3 of 4. July 1996
(8) Era Glacial No 4 of 4. August 1996


(9) Fallen Empires No 1 of 2. September 1996
(10) Fallen Empires No 2 of 2. October 1996


(11) La Guera de las Antigüedades No 1 of 4. September 1996
(12) La Guera de las Antigüedades No 2 of 4. October 1996
(13) La Guera de las Antigüedades No 3 of 4. November 1996
(14) La Guera de las Antigüedades No 4 of 4. December 1996


(15) El Vagabundo No 1 of 5. January 1997
(16) El Vagabundo No 2 of 5. February 1997
(17) El Vagabundo No 3 of 5. March 1997


(18) El Vagabundo No 4 of 5. April 1997
(19) El Vagabundo No 5 of 5. May 1997


(20) Pesadillas. November 1996


(21) Arabian Nights No 1 of 2. January 1997
(22) Arabian Nights No 2 of 2. February 1997


(23) Galeria Convocations. 1996
(24) Tierras Natales. May 1996


(25) La Leyenda de Jedit Ojanen No 1 of 2. March 1997
(26) La Leyenda de Jedit Ojanen No 2 of 2. April 1997


(27) Shandalar No 1 of 2. May 1997
(28) Shandalar No 2 of 2. June 1997


(29) La Leyenda de Elder Dragons No 1 of 2. June 1997
(30) La Leyenda de Elder Dragons No 2 of 2. July 1997


(31) La Leyenda del Angel Caido. 1996
(32) La Leyenda de Dakkon Acero Negro. 1996


(33) La Fábula de Ángel de Serra. July 1997


(34) Urza-Mishra War Volume 1. 1997
(35) Urza-Mishra War Volume 2. 1997

DARK HORSE COMICS


-1 Magic The Gathering : Gerrard's Quest 1 of 4.A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstand Sales and different UPC than Direct Sales)
Title: "Initiation"
Cover by: Mark Harrison
Cover price: $ 2.95
Published in: March 1998


-2 Magic The Gathering : Gerrard's Quest 2 of 4. A Newsstand variant exist (Not mentioning Newsstand Sales and different UPC than Direct Sales)
Title: "Legacy"
Cover by: Mark Harrison
Cover price: $ 2.95
Published in: April 1998


-3 Magic The Gathering : Gerrard's Quest 3 of 4.
Title: "Crucible"
Cover by: Mark Harrison
Cover price: $ 2.95
Published in: May 1998


-4 Magic The Gathering : Gerrard's Quest 4 of 4.
Title: "Destiny"
Cover by: Mark Harrison
Cover price: $ 2.95
Published in: June 1998


-5 Magic The Gathering: Gerrard's Quest. TPB.
Title: Compilation of the 4 volumes
Cover by: Mark Harrison
Cover price: $ 12.95
Published in: April 1999

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1995 - Armada Comics Book Inserts
SETNUMCARDNAMEARTISTSOURCEDATEINFO
001 FireballMark TedinThe Shadow Mage #1 Comic addition.1995-07YES 
002 Blue Elemental BlastRichard ThomasThe Shadow Mage #2 Comic addition.1995-08YES