One of the few merchandising efforts tied directly to TABB’s original release was a two issue comic book adaptation of the film produced by Marvel comics. Issue #1 bears a cover date of December of 1984, with #2 dated February of 1985.
The two issues were later collected under a single cover as Marvel Super Special #33. The Super Special version included an additional 16 page segment entitled "An Interview with the Director of BUCKAROO BANZAI, W.D. Richter" by James Burns, illustrated with numerous stills from the docudrama.
According to fellow Banzai enthusiast Scott Tate, the individual comic books have identical credits covering the core team responsible for producing the issues. Marvel Super Special #33 has the same basic information formatted slightly differently, and with some expansions to acknowledge more people involved with both the movie and the comic books. Scott also provided a transcription of the credits to all three publications. Below is a portion the credits provided by Scott, as they appear in Marvel Super Special #33 - acknowledging the folks at Marvel who worked on producing both the original two issues, as well as the combined re-issue:
Adapted by BILL MANTLO
Art by MARK TEXEIRA and ARMANDO GIL
Colored by KEN FEDUNIEWICZ
Lettered by RICK PARKER
Cover by MARK TEXEIRA
Edited by TOM DEFALCO and ELIOT BROWN
Editor in Chief JIM SHOOTER
Art/Production Supervisor DANNY CRESPI
Traffic Manager VIRGINIA ROMITA
Production Staff ROM ZALME, JOHN MORELLI, PHIL FELIX, NANCY BROWN, BRENDA MINGS, BARRY SHAPIRO, PAUL BECTON, ROB CAROSELLA, HARRY CANDELARIO, JOHN ROMITA, SR., GEORGE ROUSSOS, KEITH WILLIAMS, PHIL LORD, KENNY LOPEZ, ED NORTON,CRAIG ANDERSON, LYNN COHEN
It should be noted that Keith Williams (listed amongst the Production Staff above) was responsible for background inks on the Marvel adaptation. Twenty years and numerous credits later as a full-fledged inker in the comics industry, Keith would return to ink Moonstone Books’ recent Buckaroo Banzai comic book mini-series Return of the Screw. More details may be found under What information is there about the new Buckaroo Banzai comic book called Return of the Screw?
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