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Plasm Zero Issue The River Group - 1993
Notes: The set was also issued in two factory tin sets, a "premium" and a "special" edition. The premium edition, limited to 5,555 tin sets, included 150 foil-stamped cards plus the 9 Level-1 and 4 Level-2 chase cards plus an additional #4 of 4 on heavy stock; a "comic" on cassette tape with a story synopsis and 4-card set based on the audio; a certificate for a special comic; and certificates of authenticity and welcome. The special edition, limited to 25,000 tin sets, has the certificate for a special comic and the #4 of 4 chase card, and certificate. A supplement of 33-card, foil "character cards" was issued separately as a boxed factory set. A related item is the Splatter Bowl I factory set, which is checklisted here. Three different editions of binders were also produced. Although the Level-1 holographic-foil chase cards are marked "X of 9", the usual chase set contains only the eight cards that were available in packs, excluding the one distributed in the binder. The Level-2 (embossed) chase card #4 was also randomly inserted in packs for the Dark Dominion set. And thanks much to Douglas Cambron, Rogers Cadenhead, Tom Keir, Jim Hollister, Michael Jones, Chris Brown, Chris Scott, and Defiant1 for updates! There is considerable uncertainty about the Level-3 chase cards. According to Douglas Cambron, "Originally there was only supposed to be one level three signed card (as printed on the cards wraper) and placed one in a case ... Due to time constraints they had Jim sign a level 1 card. But for some reason they did not have enough of the same type of card on hand and his signature appeared on an unknown number of the level one cards that were placed 1 in every 3 cases. This is all debatable and Mr. Shooter himself does not remember how many or of what type of cards his signature graced." Jeff indeed pulled a signed Level-1 card from a pack (number 5 of 9), but it is not certain whether all of the Level-1 cards were signed, nor in what quantities, nor whether there was also a different card used for part of the distribution. Jim reports possessing signed cards for all numbers except 1 and 4 and has been told that the signed cards were inserted in approximately 1 of every 5000 packs, which would make them more scarce than the other reports would indicate. The binders can also be confusing. Apparently the original package offered by River Group in 1993 included only the binder (stamped in gold foil as "Premier Edition", gold-foil-stamped Splatter Bowl comic, and a single holofoil. The second printing is distinguished by a silver-foil "Second Edition" marking on the cover and comic, with the image from the Plasm #0 comic within a frame on a black background, instead of filling the page like the actual comic cover. Chris Brown was the first to report that both of the two first editions included a coupon on the back that could be cut out and mailed in for the "back cover art" from the comic, to be inserted in the back of the binder. Albums with redeemed artwork are more desirable than albums with the send-away offer attached. And David Pass reports that there was a third-edition binder with a different cover soon before Defiant shut down, sold through Revco drug stores and possibly other retail outlets separate from the usual comics trade. The Plasm Zero Issue comic was bound into Previews magazine, but Chris Scott reports that it was also available as a standalone product -- with one staple in the middle of the comic. In 1997, extended packages were released by whomever 'inherited' the remaining stock from Defiant and/or River Group, and a new album package (for both 1st and 2nd printing albums) now included the original contents plus a complete basic set and all nine Level-1 holofoils. So if you are in the market for the album package, make sure you check to see which version you are receiving; the 1997 "repackages" will probably never be as collectible as the editions produced by Defiant. There might be additional combination packages available in the aftermarket; Jim Shooter said, "I could not stop them [Defiant/River Group] when they did gimmicks and limited editions", so even he was not sure which packages might have been distributed in the beginning. Chris Brown also points out that not all Level-1 chase cards that were signed by Jim Shooter are Level-3 cards, because Jim signed some of the cards after the set was r eleased. If the signature is beneath the clear UV card coating, it is a Level-3; if the signature is on top of the clearcoat, it is a signed Level-1.
Box: 36 packs of 9 cards. Common sets: approx. 2.15 per box if collation were perfect. No. First Dialogue / Character 1 THE DEATH 2 Seeker Lorca, if you keep bringing in bi 3 Paise the Org, Centurion, we'll see.... 4 OF LOVE 5 (Trouble. I knew it! I should have pre-) 6 (no text) 7 Concept and characters developed by Jim 8 Inked by Michael Witherby - Painted by J 9 Lettered by Kenny Lopez - Edited by Debo 10 You die to feed the Org of Plasm! 11 No! We won't be gore for your Org! 12 Back away, or I'll kill this one! 13 Praise and magnify... Ahh! 14 Sad about the Centurion. Nice fellow... 15 How lucky these infidels are to be mulch 16 What's this batch of plasm being used fo 17 We've gotten word from the Incorp Center 18 Lorca's doing, I heard! 19 I swear, this team can't lose, Lorca! Be 20 Betting on Splatterball is as astupid an 21 Tackle the ball! Can's score without the 22 Gotcha! 23 One flask on the Gutgash Slaughterers! I 24 What a waste! 25 (Aortalon is the Tusker runner... He's ) 26 In fact, I'm so certain that the Slaught 27 (Hoy, Slaughterslugs! I'll take that!) 28 Here's the play! It's a dive to the righ 29 Aortalon's in the end zone! He's going f 30 Yeeek! 31 Aortalon spikes the ball! He's flattened 32 Yes, I doubled the bet, and no, I can't 33 Hoy, no...! I'll be the laughingstock of 34 Next time I'll let them chop you! 35 Can you imagine if the Emp saw me hoppin 36 No, thanks. That stuff muddles you 37 Too far... He's gone too far. 38 Such a beautiful child... Hmm. 39 Compulsors! 40 Lorca. The one you're after is inside. 41 (Huh! You twitched to that sweet little) 42 (Good night, Magistrate... ... and hell) 43 Compulsor, what's going on in there? I a 44 They are coming out with the prisoner no 45 What do you mean, sir? 46 Praise the Org, indeed. How I've waited 47 Hoy! Let's celebrate! 48 ... considering your distinguished recor 49 ... High Gorelord of the Org--devastatin 50 Yes? 51 Hm... Ah! Speaking of lust! Our little m 52 Tomorrow. She graduates tomorrow. 53 Membrane open. Pass, Seeker Lorca. 54 May I ask why a command-rank officer wis 55 I'm not like that. I'd never... 56 Why shouldn't I expect similar treatment 57 ... a cell in the body of the ecosystem? 58 You could do well to consort with one of 59 I wish there were another place to go-- 60 So I choose to stay here, caring for inn 61 Did you enjoy your visit, sir? 62 He's leaving without her, sir! 63 At first sight, something about the mors 64 You seem troubled, lust mate! 65 Hieek! Kill their leaders! 66 (Now, sit down and listen to me!) 67 Well done, Lorca! Hoy, the splatter tast 68 Nice rich gore for the Org! Time to call 69 Yes. Time to mulch the biomass... 70 Conquer... strip... and ravage... ... fo 71 Praise the Org! 72 What are you doing here? I told you... 73 Current probe sequence and entire cycle 74 All possible loci have been probed. All 75 Then probe impossible loci! Test mathema 76 After all I've acquired for this Org, th 77 Hwhuh! Wait! There... There! 78 Well done, zoms! You! Go to the school c 79 Hoy! I did it! 80 Lorca! You're still holed up here? I oug 81 What is all that muddlemess on those scr 82 I've found it! a place where we can go, 83 I have a plan... Ooph! 84 I'll need a lock of your hair... so I ca 85 I'll need one of me, too. We'll extingui 86 With luck, everyone will think the clone 87 This is where we're going, Laygen. 88 What kind of place is it? 89 By then we'll have lived out our unique 90 My zome will return you to the school. T 91 And now, fellow citizens, fellow cells i 92 This is your moment, lust-mate. I knew i 93 ... the plasmoid who's kept the chattel 94 ... our esteemed Seeker Lorca! 95 Praise the Org! 96 It is an honor to participate in your el 97 Hello, everyone, Hortch the Jovial, your 98 I assume no one challenges dear Lorca's 99 Hold! I object! 100 Watch his eyes, my Emp! 101 Citizens of the Org--Watch his eyes! 102 (Watch this, Lorca!) 103 Here is Lorca's monadist lover! 104 (no text) 105 (no text) 106 (What's your point?) 107 (no text) 108 Now... His eyes will betray him, so watc 109 What is your point, Ul? 110 I watched his eyes. He didn't flinch. 111 Enough nonsense. Proceed with the ceremo 112 Why do you suppose Ul did that? 113 Lorca, old friend! No hard feelings, eh? 114 For your sake, Lorca! Besides... you too 115 Neither will I. Ha! Neither will I! 116 Nothing, Sue... 117 If you'll excuse me, I have much to do. Character Cards 118 Lorca 119 Strafelord Maxilla 120 Laygen 121 Tibiarrum 122 Sueraceen 123 Trample-Zoms 124 Lord Thoraxolic 125 Grind-Zoms 126 Hortch 127 Lifescourge 128 Sky Czar Keel 129 Pleasure-Zoms 130 Lord Leviathan 131 Ulnareah 132 Phlogia 133 Body Barges 134 Zom-Mothers 135 Aeriaks 136 Grafters 137 Sludge Slaves 138 Chattelwagons 139 Covertrons 140 Flaktrons 141 Lichtor 142 Splicers 143 Craniallus 144 Abdoratchet 145 Slaughtermaster Gnash 146 Torpedrons 147 Mongrel Rude 148 Fleshthreshers 149 Armamentor Pharynx 150 Purgist Skullurk CHASE CARDS Level-1 (Holographic Foil) Chase Cards 1 of 9 Ironhead 2 of 9 Glory 3 of 9 Lightpath 4 of 9 The Great Grimmax 5 of 9 Hooky and Clipper 6 of 9 Killer 7 of 9 Nudge 8 of 9 Shooter 9 of 9 Oob [available only with binder and premium tin set] Level-2 (Embossed Foil) Chase Cards Card 4 was found only in the factory tin set or as a random insert in packs of the Dark Dominion card series. 1 of 4 Lorca and His Enemy - Lorca and Ulnareah 2 of 4 Lorca and His Lust-Mate 3 of 4 Lorca and His Lover 4 of 4 Heroes from Earth - Principals from Plasm Also found in Dark Dominion packs HoloFoils Signed by Jim Shooter (Level-3) See note above. Cards are Level-3 inserts only if signature was applied before the clear UV coating was applied to the card. 1 of 9 Ironhead 2 of 9 Glory 3 of 9 Lightpath 4 of 9 The Great Grimmax 5 of 9 Hooky and Clipper 6 of 9 Killer 7 of 9 Nudge 8 of 9 Shooter 9 of 9 Oob [signed version was not available in packs] Uncut Sheet (wrapper mail-in offer; limited to 5000) -- (33-card panel of Character Cards, 118-150) Uncut Character Foil Sheet (direct sale by manufacturer) -- (33-card panel of Character Cards, 118-150) Uncut 60-card Sheet (direct sale by manufacturer) -- Level 1 inserts #1 through #9 (4 each) -- Level 2 inserts #1 through #3 (4 each) -- Level 2 insert #4 (12 each) Uncut Sheet --- (100-card, 10x10 panel; 2 different) --- (100-cards but only 50 twice, rotated) Premier Edition (First Printing) Card Album (15,000 made) Premier Edition (1993) (15,000 produced) -- Plasm (black binder; title superimposed on image as in comic) -- Beyond the Imaginary Limits ("The Plasm Story" sheet, 7-1/2" x 11") -- (Nine-pocket plastic pages) -- Splatterball: Skullrenders vs. Sludgemakers (limited edition comic, gold-foil stamped "Premier Edition)) 9 of 9 Oob (holofoil originally exclusive to binder, in pocket glued inside the back cover) -- Plasm ComiCollector (Special Offer, back cover insert 8" x 11-1/4") Reissue Package (1997) -- Plasm (black binder) -- (Nine-pocket plastic pages) -- (Complete 150-card basic set) -- Plasm Zero (limited edition comic, foil stamped) -- (Complete set of nine Level-1 chase cards) Second Edition Card Album (silver-foil-stamped "Second Edition") Original Package (1993) -- Plasm (binder; title on black background) -- Beyond the Imaginary Limits ("The Plasm Story"sheet, 7-1/2" x 11") -- (Nine-pocket plastic pages) -- Splatterball: Skullrenders vs. Sludgemakers (limited edition comic, silver-foil stamped "Second Edition") 9 of 9 Oob (holofoil originally exclusive to binder, in pocket glued inside the back cover) -- Plasm ComiCollector (Special Offer, back cover insert 8" x 11-1/4") Reissue Package (1997) -- Plasm (binder) -- (Nine-pocket plastic pages) -- (Complete 150-card basic set) -- Plasm Zero (limited edition comic, foil stamped) -- (Complete set of nine Level-1 chase cards) Third Edition Card Album (not foil-stamped) Defiant1 first spotted the third edition binder, which has different artwork on the binder front and back from the first two editions. Chris Scott and Jim Hollister report a sealed 3rd Edition binder from Revco, without stamp, comic, cover letter, or #9 card; but distributed with an unopened card box. Jim speculates that this binder was made from leftover Dark Dominion binders, but has new art for the album front and back. -- Plasm (binder) Premium Edition Tin (limited to 5555 sets) -- (150 regular cards) -- (9-card Level-1 set) -- (4-card Level-2 foil set) -- (4-card character set) -- (3-card promo set; limited to 5000) Special Edition Tin (limited to 25,000) -- (150 regular cards) -- (4-card character set) Warriors of Plasm Character Cards (boxed set, sold separately) 1/33 Lichtor - The Emp's Majordomo 2/33 Splicers - Molecular Manipulators 3/33 Craniallus - Supreme Breeder 4/33 Abdoratchet - Master Assembler 5/33 Flaktrons - Living Antiaircraft Weapons 6/33 Fleshthreshers - Skeleton-Stripping Zoms 7/33 Armamentor Pharynx - Head Ordnance Engineer 8/33 Purgist Skullurk - Head of the Emp's Own Secret Service 9/33 Sky Czar Keel - Sky Czar of the Atmospheric Fleet of the Org of Plasm 10/33 Covertrons - Spy-Zoms 11/33 Mongrel Rude - Radical Rebel Underground Leader 12/33 Torpedrons - Living Missiles 13/33 Slaughtermaster Gnash - Incorporation Center Overseer 14/33 Strafelord Maxilla - Honored Combat Pilot of the Atmospheric Fleet of the Org of Plasm 15/33 Chattelwagons - Prisoner Transport 16/33 Body Barges - Corpse Reapers 17/33 Zom-Mothers - Living Zom-Making Machines 18/33 Aeriaks - Living Aerial Weapons 19/33 Lifescourge - Attack Bio-Hovercraft 20/33 Sludge Slaves - Waste-Product Recyclers 21/33 Ulnareah - Grand Inquisitor of the Org of Plasm 22/33 Lord Leviathan - High Admiral of the Armada of the Org of Plasm 23/33 Pleasure-Zoms - All-purpose Entertainers 24/33 Tibiarrum - Trample Lord of the Org of Plasm 25/33 Grafters - Cosmetic Enhancers 26/33 Hortch - Emp of the Org of Plasm 27/33 Laygen - Beloved of Lorca 28/33 Lorca - Supreme Acquisitor of the Org of Plasm 29/33 Sueraceen - High Gorelord of the Org of Plasm 30/33 Phlogia - Superintendent of the Emp's School Centers and the Principle Shepherd 31/33 Grind-Zomd - Infantry; All-Purpose Soldiers 32/33 Lord Thoraxolic - Gorelord of the Org of Plasm 33/33 Trample-Zoms - Berserker Shock Troops Three By Shooter Boxed Set See this link for the set listing. PROMO CARDS The Org of Plasm Preview 1 of 4 Arhq Tsolmec 2 of 4 Zahnree Phla 3 of 4 The Council of Wizards 4 of 4 The Featherd Serpent 1/3 Skipper (foil-stamped; Defiant Universe) 2/3 Billy Ballistic (foil-stamped) 3/3 Charlemagne (foil-stamped) -- Jim Shooter's Back! (4-card panel, 6-1/2" x 9"; 1993 San Diego Comic Con) -- Special Edition Tin (4-card panel, 5" x 7") -- Jim Shooter's Back (3-card panel, 6-1/2" x 9"; two versions) -- (3-card panel, 5" x 7"; Plasm logo in green block letters; no River Group or Defiant logo, just identifying words.) San Diego Comic Con 9-card panels (7-1/2" x 10-1/2") Each packaged in envelope marked "Here's a collectible ..." -- The Incorporeration Center -- Pitiful, ignorant monadists! -- ... and the TUSKERS have ... Heroes World Signed Set (Full set inserted in cello pack.) Signed by Jim Shooter and Dave Lapham, limited to 100 sets. All ten cards together tell a story; taken from regular cards 28 through 36. 1/10 This pack was produced exclusively for Heroes World Distribution Company. 2/10 Here's the play! It's a dive to the righ 3/10 Aortalon's in the end zone! He's going f 4/10 Yeeek! 5/10 Aortalon spikes the ball! He's flattened 6/10 Yes, I doubled the bet, and no, I can't 7/10 Hoy, no...! I'll be the laughingstock of 8/10 Next time I'll let them chop you! 9/10 Can you imagine if the Emp saw me hoppin 10/10 No, thanks. That stuff muddles you Diamond Distributors Promo Set Full set inserted in cello pack; covers story of cards 19-27. 1/10 (Lorca) This pack was produced exclusively for Diamond Comics Distributors, Inc. 2/10 I swear, this team can't lose, Lorca! Be 3/10 Betting on Splatterball is as astupid an 4/10 Tackle the ball! Can's score without the 5/10 Gotcha! 6/10 One flask on the Gutgash Slaughterers! I 7/10 What a waste! 8/10 (Aortalon is the Tusker runner... He's ) 9/10 In fact, I'm so certain that the Slaught 10/10 (Hoy, Slaughterslugs! I'll take that!) Capital City Promo Set (Full set inserted in cello pack.) Produced exclusively for Capital City Distribution, Inc. All ten cards together tell a story; taken from regular cards 10 through 18. 1/10 This pack was produced exclusively for Capital City Distribution Inc. 2/10 You die to feed the Org of Plasm! 3/10 No! We won't be gore for your Org! 4/10 Back away, or I'll kill this one! 5/10 Praise and magnify... Ahh! 6/10 Sad about the Centurion. Nice fellow... 7/10 How lucky these infidels are to be mulch 8/10 What's this batch of plasm being used fo 9/10 We've gotten word from the Incorp Center 10/10 Lorca's doing, I heard! Foil Promo Set Set of 33, the same cards as the regular set's character cards, with foil treatment (similar to the Level-1 cards) and arranged in a slightly different order. -- Plasm Overstreet Giveaway Gimmick #3 (black border) -- Plasm Overstreet Giveaway Gimmick #3 (blue border) -- Plasm Overstreet Giveaway Gimmick #3 (dark green border) -- Plasm Overstreet Giveaway Gimmick #3 (light green border) -- Plasm Overstreet Giveaway Gimmick #3 (orange border) -- Plasm Overstreet Giveaway Gimmick #3 (purple border) -- Plasm Overstreet Giveaway Gimmick #3 (red border) -- Plasm Overstreet Giveaway Gimmick #3 (yellow border) Searchwords: jahoc, yr1993, mfrRiverGroup, catComics©2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011 Jeff Allender. Comments, updates, & corrections are welcomed!