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Subj: Re: The 80's & 90's were the best time for Marvel Comics
Posted: Sat May 30, 2015 at 03:55:45 pm EDT (Viewed 67 times)
Reply Subj: The 80's & 90's were the best time for Marvel Comics
Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 at 02:54:34 pm EDT (Viewed 90 times)

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That was when Marvel was at its zenith. We had the original Transformers comics, Marvel 2099, New Universe, Heroes Reborn/Return, Age of Apocalypse, Days of Future Past, Secret Wars (the original), Secret Wars II, (mostly) great artists (who later quit and formed Image), and more. I also like the Avengers' traditional comic costumes more than their's carried over from the movies, but I understand it needs to be done to draw in new readers. Also, Spider-Man still had a long-standing secret ID and marriage with MJ status-quo, which was ruined by Civil Wars later on.


It was the beginning of the end.

Derivative characters (Spider-Woman, She-Hulk), too many X-titles, overly and unnecessarily complex storylines and continuities, the start of the companywide crossover cash cow, the slow erosion of great writers and artists from the company in favour of lesser authors and truly terrible artists (who later quit and formed Image)...

It was the age when Marvel Comics vanished from the newsstands. The age when the reader and collector was pushed aside in favour of the investor. The age of near-bankruptcy for Marvel, and actual insolvency for more comic shops than you could count.

It was the age of the gimmick cover. The age of 'Toy-Biz'.

It was the time when the original material graphic novel gave way to the reprint graphic novel, which in turn has led to the decompressed storytelling we have today.

It was the time of creator-ego, when any clown who could type or pick up a crayon thought they could do marvel comics better than Stan, Jack, Steve and Don (2099, Heroes Reborn, New Universe). Guess what..? They couldn't.

Marvel got sick in the 1980's and died in the 1990's. All we have left today is it's zombie.