Trying a new blog.
Curious as to thoughts
In the Age of Silver there was the Man and the King:
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created a little comics called X-Men in 1963. Nestled alongside Fantastic Four, Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and the Mighty Thor, this comic despite it’s interesting ideas and characters was something of an also ran, noteable mostly for it’s civil rights metaphor backstory. Despite it’s sterling pedigree and subsequent talent on the book such as Alex Toth, Roy Thomas, Jim Steranko and Neal Adams, the comic died a merciful death after 66 issues, soon becoming a reprint title for it’s previous issues.
All-New and All-Different:
In 1975, new blood arrived on the scene with Marvel Comics writer Len Wein taking an interest in the property, with an eye to expanding it’s cast to give more of an international feel to it. New characters were introduced, others brought back and the artwork of Dave Cockrum breathed…
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This is a piece I felt I had to write. I’ve been open about my disdain for Marvel’s seemingly endless stream of major event crossovers. I love their comics, their characters, and their creative talent…but I avoid these cash-grab events like a plague, often dropping heavy tie-in titles from my pull list. Yet a few weeks back I wrote of my struggle with “Secret Empire.” While I don’t like these events, I have great respect for/trust in Nick Spencer as an author so I wanted to give this one a shot. Today, four issues in (counting the Free Comic Book Day offering), I have to say the series is worth every penny! While Secret Empire is obviously Marvel’s big summer event it’s also a story with a point, purpose, and message and that makes all the difference in the world.
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