Epic Illustrated was a bi-monthly large format anthology series published by Marvel Comics for 34 issues between 1980-1986. It allowed regular Marvel Comics writers and artists to try out material that was deemed unsuitable for titles still subject to the Comics Code and also stories using Marvel Universe characters that were risque or non-canon. Unlike the earlier Heavy Metal the majority of the material was newly commissioned. The title was edited by Archie Goodwin. Each issue usually featured a main story, a number of regular serials and short one offs by new artists.