Created for the 30th Anniversary of the original VALIANT Universe, these few pages of information and images provide a “quick start guide” for those who might want to jump into early Valiant collecting.
A Guided Tour of Pre-Unity VALIANT, May 1991 to July 1992
|The VALIANT UNIVERSE began in the early 1990s with a revival of the 1963 Gold Key title Magnus Robot Fighter 4000AD.||Gold Key||May 1991|
|The first comic in the Valiant Universe was Magnus Robot Fighter #1, with a cover date of May 1991.|
|September 1991||Gold Key|
Another Gold Key character Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom from 1962 was reimagined in Solar, Man of the Atom #1 for September 1991.
|The first original Valiant universe character was Rai, first appearing on the flipside of Magnus #5 as a Rai #1 mini-series cover.|
Rai is the earliest original Valiant character included in the current Valiant universe.
|November 1991||Solar #3 introduced Toyo Harada and the Harbinger Foundation.|
|December 1991||Magnus #7 showed the first X-O Commando armor, worn by the first Spider-Alien shown with four fingers on each hand. X-O Commando armor is a lower class than the X-O Manowar armor.|
|January 1992||Harbinger #1 was the first original Valiant universe title, introducing five teen Harbinger renegades: Peter, Kris, Faith, Charlene (Flamingo), and Torque.|
|February 1992||X-O Manowar #1 followed as the second original Valiant title with the first appearance of Aric of Dacia and the first appearance of the X-O Manowar armor.|
|March 1992||Rai #1 was the third regular series Valiant title, following the Rai four issue mini-series published as the flipside of Magnus #5-#8.|
|May 1992||Shadowman #1 presented Jack Boniface as Shadowman, the same month as his brief appearance as a jazz musican in X-O Manowar #4.|
|Magnus #12 re-introduced Turok, first appearing in Four Color #596 from Dell Publishing in 1954.|
|Harbinger #6 included the death of Torque, one of the renegade teenagers.|
Harbinger #1 through #6 include coupons for Harbinger #0 Pink edition.
Solar #10 introduced the Eternal Warrior (Gilad) and Geomancers Buck and Geoff McHenry.
Solar #10 had a second printing six months later.
The solid black cover is embossed, and the second printing has Roman numeral II on the cover.
|July 1992||Archer & Armstrong #0 is the first issue and the first appearance of Obadiah Archer and Armstrong (Aram Anni-Padda). A gold edition of 5,000 copies was also released as the earliest dated Valiant retailer premium.|
Valiant comics with cover dates through July 1992 are Pre-Unity Valiant, indicating their publication prior to the Unity crossover storyline. A complete set of Pre-Unity Valiant comics is 54 books.
In alphabetical order:
Archer & Armstrong #0
Harbinger #1 – #7
Magnus #1 – #14
Rai #1 – #5
Shadowman #1 – #3
Solar, Man of the Atom #1 – #11
Vintage Magnus #1 – #4
X-O Manowar #1 – #6
Harbinger #1 – #6 and Magnus #1 – #8 included coupons for sendaway books (Harbinger #0 and Magnus #0), so those books often have the coupons cut out of the interior. Without the coupons, the books are considered damaged and are less valuable than intact copies.
A quick-reference printable page for 1991-1992 first appearances is available.
QUICK LINK: The Valiant 1991-2002 comics are listed on a single page here.
QUICK LINK: The Valiant 2012-present comics are listed on a single page here.