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My Marvel Life Presents -Fabulous First Issue: X-Men 1

It’s another Fabulous First Issue

My Marvel Life

Why I picked this comic:

It was the first comic I remember reading. It was the first property that I got into when I got into collecting back in 1991 and it’s the franchise that I go back to when my I go back into buying new monthly comics, when the MIGHTY Rosie put the idea for this blog forward, I knew that no matter what, the X-Men would have a place in it and why the hell not start right at the very beginning.

Shoud I have done this?

The Comic Itself:

X-Men 1: September 1963

X-Men was written by Stan Lee and pencilled by Jack Kirby with inks by Chic Stone.

In a private school in Westchester, New York Professor Charles Xavier summons the four students he has, that are training to be super heroes. In  walks Slim ‘Cyclops’ Summers, Hank ‘Beast’ McCoy and Bobby ‘Iceman’ Drake. Flying…

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My Marvel Life Presents: Fabulous First Issue – Justice League

Another fabulous first issue

My Marvel Life

Why I picked this comic:

I am not, in anyway shape or form a fan of the Nu52. If there was any silver linings it came in the form of the Justice League series, written by fan turned pro Geoff Johns and originally pencilled by 90’s wunderkind Jim Lee it was DC’s new flashy opening comic and acting as  a jumping on point, we well as for many a jumping off point. It was an issue 1 in the truest sense of the word and after a number of Marvel options, I felt that a DC issue was a good idea.

Was it a good idea though?

The Comic Itself: 

Justice League 1: August 2011

Justice League Part 1 was written by Geoff Johns and had pencils by Jim Lee who was inked by Scott Williams.

5 Years ago and the world is only now learning of the existence of…

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Everybody needs a little bit of this

After walking the dog in the rain, me and SuperSam checked out a blog that I follow.

Cassandra Hebert

This is simply a collection of cute animal pics, but in times of international strife, pandemics and uncertainty it is nice to have something that is just nice. Just check it out, if you don’t see something that makes you go Awwww then it may not be for you. I went awww as did SuperSam.

I am usually writing something geeky, but this felt that something worth sharing this morning.

Take care everyone, stay safe.

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Spin Off Off Special: Kamen Rider Kuuga – In which we learn maybe don’t open tombs with signs you can’t read.

A new pilot era post.

Pilot Era

First aired: 30th January 2000

Cast :

Joe Odagiri – Yuusuke Godai/Kuuga

Shingo Katsurayama – Kaoru Ichijou

Kazumi Murata – Sakurako Sawatari

Spin Off Specifics:

Where did is spin-off from? Kamen Rider

When did it spin-off from? There had been a series on spin-offs and continuations starting from the original, but there had been a gap before this new era began.

What is different? It’s premise remains the same, there’s a motorcyclist who transforms and battles monsters, but with an all new cast and specifics.

Was it necessary? It was a way of spinning off and continuing the older series, whilst still acting as a new thing to attract a new audience, so necessary? No, but it did make sense.

How did it compare? Very different in quality, but we it’s more of a refinement of the idea as much as anything else.

Synopsis: We start with images of a…

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My Marvel Life Presents: Fabulous First Issue – Annihilation Prologue

Time again for Fabulous First Issue

My Marvel Life

Why I picked this comic: 

It was inevitable that I would pick an event to do at some point. Secret Wars is too simplistic, Crisis works better as a whole thing and lets not get into any of the X-crossover events just yet.

This event was a bit of a surprise when I first read it. It was an attempt by a couple of writers Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning to make use of Marvel’s stable of cosmic characters who weren’t being made use of. I remember how much I enjoyed it and how it lead to a good 5 or 6 years of well told cosmic stories which lead to the resurgence of Nova, Thanos, Adam Warlock and the second iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy. I wanted to share this era’s beginning and get someone else’s take on it.

The Comic Itself: 

Annihilation Prologue: March 2006

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Spin-Off Special: Star Trek – The Next Generation: In which we learn that we have World War III and drugged soldiers to look forward to

Better late than never, it’s a Pilot Era post

Pilot Era

First aired: 26th September 1987

Cast :

Patrick Stewart – Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes – Commander Will Riker

Brent Spiner – Lieutenant Commander Data

Michael Dorn – Lieutenant Worf

Denise Crosbie – Lieutenant Tasha Yar

Levar Burton – Lieutenant Geordi LaForge

Gates McFadden – Doctor Beverley Crusher

Marina Sirtis – Counsellor Deanna Troi

Michael Bell – GropplerZorn

Will Wheaton – Wesley Crusher

John deLancie – Q

Spin Off Specifics:

Where did is spin-off from? Star Trek

When did it spin-off from? This season started 19 years after the original series ended.

What is different? It’s premise remains the same, the adventures of the Enterprise, but it’s 100 years later and as such a new crew, new technologies and new uniforms.

Was it necessary? Not as such, but recent movies had really envigorated peoples love of the franchise, inspiring this return to Trek on TV.

How did it compare? Very…

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My Marvel Life Presents: Fabulous First Issue – Sensational She Hulk 1

It’s another fabulous first issue

My Marvel Life

Sensational She-Hulk # 1 – January 1989

Why I picked this comic: After the more straight forward and serious minded Nova, I wanted to do something a little bit more silly. It was John Byrne at his height with a series that was chock full of witty dialogue and 4th wall breaking. If Nova was too earnest, this was the antidote.

The Comic Itself: Second chances: written and pencilled by John Byrne with inks by Bob Wiacek.. Jennifer Walters the Sensational She-Hulk is testing her strength and dexterity at a nearby circus. Unbeknownst to her, 2nd string villain team The Headmen have hired the 3rd string villains Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime to learn everything about She-Hulk and her invite was a ruse. Hypnotising her the Ringmaster gets a breakdown of her history. We learn of her past as a lawyer and how her involvement in a case…

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My Marvel Life Presents – Fabulous First Issue: The Man Called Nova 1

The next fabulous first issue

My Marvel Life

The Man Called Nova # 1 – September 1976

Why I picked this comic: My previous post was on the dawn of the Silver Age, but as much as the Silver Age was kicked off by DC, this blog is called My Marvel Life, so we also need to look at the birth of the Marvel Age of Comics. The legend of the comic, where Martin Goodman told the dissatisfied Stan Lee to make a team of super-heroes to match DC’s Justice League. Stan wanted to quite, but his wife convinced him to try and write the comic he’d read and if it didn’t work, then quit. Taking the monster comics of the 1950’s and adding a super-hero flavour to it, enabled this epoch making creative team to produce something a little bit special. No Fantastic Four 1, no Marvel. There was no way that I wasn’t going to include…

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