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Subj: Re: DC was really good in the 90s!
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 at 07:43:16 pm EST (Viewed 290 times)
Reply Subj: DC was really good in the 90s!
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 at 05:34:25 pm EST (Viewed 328 times)

    It's a meme that comics sucked in the 90s, but I don't think it's totally accurate.

Me either.

    The meme is really a shorthand that Image comics, and it all it represented, sucked. Secondly, it reflects that Marvel was pretty terrible in the 90s after a stellar 1980s. Avengers and FF were moribund, Spider-Man was bogged down in the Clone Saga and X-Men, while still uber popular, was a franchise that was about to be milked to death.

There were some bright spots in Marvel if we take the decade as a whole. Mark Waid's Captain America, for example, both before and after Heroes Reborn. Also Force Works, Darkhawk, New Warriors, Dan Jurgens's Thor, Thunderstrike - there was a lot of good stuff.

    The only immediate greatness that I can think of for Marvel in the 90s was MARVELS and the successful 1998 relaunch of Avengers (both by Kurt Busiek).

I didn't like Busiek's Avengers - although I liked George Perez's art.

    As for DC, it certainly wasn't perfect. It had gimmick covers and was dominated by the mega-event and "death of" syndrome. DC went over the cliff in the 90s with the Electro Superman arc, IMO.

A lot of people think that era of Superman was especially good, oddly enough.


    BUT. . .to my recollection there was still a baseline quality and vitality to DC comics in the 90s and it's not ANYWHERE as bad as Image and Marvel were at the time.

What DC books from the 90s did you like?

    Whadya think?

Hawkworld was published mostly in the 90s. I was a big fan of that book.

More generally, though, I think the main difference between the Big Two was this:

Marvel in the 90s was heavily influenced by Image, whereas DC wasn't. (Image was influenced by Marvel also, of course.) People who remember 90s Marvel with distaste tend to also remember 90s Image with distaste. DC was chasing a different aesthetic.

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