4/4/05 - While I'm still busy writing Part 2 of the very popular, based on all the e-mails I've received, Military Insert Mania, I thought I'd throw in some content to soak-up bandwidth until I'm finished (probably by this weekend).  So for your amusement,  I will on occasion posts scans of Marvel screw-ups over the years.  Luckily for me Marvel packaged a fair amount of them in The Official Marvel No-Prize Book released in 1982.  Though by no means does it cover them all...

For those unaware, a "No-Prize" was a clever stunt by Marvel to cover for art or story mistakes that made it past editorial and was picked up by the readers.  A reader finding a mistake wasn't good enough to earn a coveted No Prize.  The reader would have to explain why the mistake was actually done on purpose and how it related to the story.  The best excuses were featured in the letter pages of the offending comic and, if deemed worthy enough by Stan Lee, the reader would win a No-Prize.   But what was a No-Prize?  Evidently it was an envelope with nice Marvel art on the outside but nothing inside.  An empty envelope...a No-Prize...  An absolutely brilliant move on Stan Lee's part in getting the reader involved with all aspects of Marvel comics and another reason why kids related so closely with what Marvel was doing in the 60/70s.

So without further ado, the first No-Prize (mistake) taken from Incredible Hulk #219.  Captain Barracuda must have X-Ray vision, the way he can see through the eye patch.  Art by Sal Buscema...