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Subj: Re: DC was really good in the 90s!
Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 at 05:02:38 am EST (Viewed 230 times)
Reply Subj: DC was really good in the 90s!
Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 at 05:34:25 pm EST (Viewed 329 times)
Quote:It's a meme that comics sucked in the 90s, but I don't think it's totally accurate.
Quote: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.
Quote: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 really was underwhelmed by MARVELs (the POV character clearly was Busiek's mouthpiece and especially with regards to the death of Gwen Stacy) talked like a disgruntled old fan who thinks comics have gone to heck ever since he's no longer a teenager. And I disliked Busiek's Avengers storylines so much that I stopped buying the title despite Perez' art (not that I wa impressed by the somewhat fanservice-y "gypsy" costume he gave Wanda).
But there were some things Marvel produced about which I grew enthusiastic, for instance the Age of Apocalypse, early Generation X, the true Spider-Girl, and Peter David's X-Factor.
Quote: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.
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.
I actually enjoyed a lot of the Superman stuff in the 1990s, in fact I think this was the only time when I bought the Superman books regularly. I also loved Kon-El, the new Superboy, and PAD's take on Supergirl. At the time I also liked the Flash a lot (Wally West is my Flash) and its spin-off, Impulse. So it won't come as any surprise to you that PAD's Young Justice is one of my all-time favourite series. And I still shed a tear for Hawk & Dove when I angrily recall Armageddon 2001. Then there was Batman: The Animated Series, my all-time animated adaptation of a superhero series. Which introduced Harley Quinn, one of the greatest breakout characters of the decade, who then appeared in the comics too, especially in the wonderful graphic novel Mad Love. I think all in all the 1990s was the time when I read DC comics the most (normally I'm more of a Marvel Zombie).
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