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Subj: Re: Comics today versus twenty years ago
Posted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 07:57:09 pm EST (Viewed 733 times)
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I have been reading comics for over thirty years, I have followed the exploits of many characters from marvel, dc and other comic makers. I have seen alot change over the years some things for the better but many imo for the worse. And im wondering if thats because people that are too detached from making good comics are making all of the decisions.

Case in point...I remember in the 80s when every interlude actually led you into a new story today however a point can be made in a story and noone ever deals with it, the thought is just dropped like it never happened.

People come back from the dead and sometimes there's no explanation for their return, that never used to happen no matter how lame the explanantion there always was one," i was shot into a rocket and before it hit the sun I managed to hit the eject button and some bird people carried me back to earth"

And im sorry but i dont remember comics being late three months at a time in some cases the way they are now. I could point to more examples but you get the point, what im wondering is is this because Marvel is more "corporate" than it was in the 1980s and many decisions are made in a board meeting versus a writers head or am i just off base?

From what I understand/remember, Jim Shooter was a VERY tough Editor-In-Chief at Marvel throughout the 1980's. He pretty much eliminated "The Dreaded Deadline Doom" that went through Marvel's books for a good part of the 1970's. Spider-Man would be swinging through New York hunting Dr. Octopus thinking to himself, "Boy! I remember the FIRST time I met Dr. Octopus!" The story would then go on to reprint their first meeting.

I remember this sort of thing happening quite a few times back in the 1970's.

Shooter got a bad rep (especially after he left Marvel), but we didn't have to put up with reprints anymore. \:\)

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