Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Re: Is Dazzler doomed!??
Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 at 01:44:03 pm EDT (Viewed 115 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Is Dazzler doomed!??
Posted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 at 03:08:10 pm EDT (Viewed 10 times)

    Do you think there's anything about contemporary comics that would appeal to, or even be understood, by children?

Yes. My 11-year old daughter loves Runaways, the just finished Giant-Size Little Marvel mini, and the current solo run of Starfire. She initially enjoyed the all-female X-Men run until that series went to crap.

    I started reading Marvel when I was 8-years-old. Comics back then didn't have conversations between the male heroes about which female heroes they slept with.

When I was a pre-teen, I read the Dark Phoenix Saga as it was coming out, which basically had Scott and Jean having sex outdoors on a butte. Not long after that in Avengers #220 (1982), Moondragon takes mental control of Thor and basically rapes him. It wasn't like comics 30 years ago were that saintly.

    They also didn't have depictions of arms being ripped off in gory detail.

Yes, comics have gotten much more graphically violent, but certainly not all of them. There are plenty that aren't.

    And since comics are almost exclusively sold in specialty stores where nary a child is found, then I'd say that the demographic I mentioned was pretty accurate.

I see children in my comic shop about once every 4 visits, so I don't think it's that rare. In any case, a parent doesn't need to have their child present to buy comics for them as is the case with me.

    And older men? Only the die hards are clinging to their hobby. None of the men I know who collected comics in their twenties still does today. And the reason is all the same, modern comics stink.

Much of modern comics do stink, but I bet more than half of current comic readers out there are older than your 20-24 age group. Most people I see in my comic shop are over 24. A few years ago on the Battleboard, the regulars all posted their ages. The vast majority of them were older than 24. The fact that more than a million issues are sold each month already makes it a ridiculous claim that only clubbing dateless 20-24 year olds are responsible for their purchase.

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