1984 #2 (August 1978), the first issue I ever read. The cover perfectly sums up the magazine's level of wit and "adult" sophistication.
But if one were willing to sift through the considerable dross found in 1984's pages, one might chance upon the occasional gem. For my money, the best thing to ever grace the magazine was a four-installment series called REX HAVOC AND THE ASSKICKERS OF THE FANTASTIC, written by Jim Stenstrum and drawn by Abel Laxamana, and it was basically a very funny precursor to the likes of the Ghostbusters, only with more balls-out absurdity and silliness (and cussing, since this was an "adult" magazine, let us not forget). Fun on a bun, especially for all of us "monster kids," the Rex Havoc stories gained a very minor cult reputation and three of the four stories were compiled in WARREN PRESENTS #14 (November 1981) as REX HAVOC: RAIDERS OF THE FANTASTIC, a pointless, feeble and totally unrelated attempt to cash in on the then-new RAIDERS OF THE THE LOST ARK.
Anyway, the individual issues of 1984 and the ludicrous RAIDERS special can be a tad pricey on the collector's market, I've dug out the complete run of the series from the depths of the Vault and will be running them over the next few days, strictly for the enjoyment of those who have not previously had the pleasure of reading them. Oh, and by way of a disclaimer, all of this material is the property of Warren Publications or whoever may hold the rights at the moment. And with that, here's our first installment, from 1984 #4 (October 1978). Double-click on the images to embiggen; once you do that there should also be a magnifying tool to facilitate it even further.
1984 #4 (October 1978). While other series and stories from this magazine occasionally were showcased on the cover, REX HAVOC never was. The publishers just didn't know what they had.