With Marvel Studios releasing a little bit of footage for the upcoming What If? series on Disney+, I wanted to draw attention to the original series that started it all. Well, there were "imaginary stories" from DC Comics in the Silver Age, but this was the first time that Marvel crafted a series around the concept of alternate earths. We highlighted a cover gallery some time back, but this time I thought we'd go a little more in depth on why these stories matter. Essentially, these are mini-reviews of old comics. I'll acknowledge that, but feel like most of these individual issues may not get a proper review.
It's been a while since we explored the Multiverse. It's been so long, I had to look up and see if there was a format to this column that's not really a column. Of course, there's not a format, so let's just get started.
Fans my age tend to have a fondness for the hunt and discovery of of back issues in a time before every moderately-sized city had a comic shop. In the part of North Carolina that I grew up in, the big mother-load of back issues were usually flea markets. I would find some gems at the flea market, whether it was the one off the Interstate that coated the family car in dust, or the one just outside of town that had only a few booths. In that last one, the comic seller had a really good selection of back issue Marvel comics. I seem to recall one in particular he had was Avengers #157, which sported a Jack Kirby cover. Of course, at the time. I had no clue who Jack Kirby was. Nevertheless, the cover had all of the Avengers taken out by one foe, and all I could see of him was his boots.
Once upon a time, I put forth the crazy idea of having comic book characters age in real time. I decided that it was time to re-visit that concept with a group of characters that are a cornerstone of the Marvel Universe, The Avengers. With the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we have a sense of this, although we see actors leaving not because they're too old, but because their contracts are expiring. Marvel is also exploring this concept with Spider-Man: Life Story. The rules, as I have done before, is that characters join in the year that the issue they joined was published. I'm also making an adjustment that any deaths in the pages of the Avengers will be permanent.
I always want to use this feature to highlight some really great comics that I remember from my childhood. We are fortunate to live in an age where so many great comics are available to read for a small fee. Of course, I paid for the annual subscription to Marvel Unlimited, which is no small fee, but came with some bonuses every year. DC Unlimited is also a really good value, but I'm off on a tangent. I recall getting this issue when I was eleven years old, and I was instantly assaulted by the art of Alan Weiss. Don't take that as something bad. Alan Weiss was something so different from what I used to. I had to be exposed to Michael Golden's fantastic art on Micronauts, so there was nothing that I could equate to this very naturalistic style. This is probably where I fell in love with a more naturalistic type of art. Of course, since then, I have come to appreciate a variety of styles, especially those that make use of the wise and proliferous use of black ink.
Packaging photos have surfaced showing the next Avengers Marvel Legends figures. This assortment includes two figures from Avengers: Endgame, 1 from Avengers: Infinity War and 4 from Marvel Comics. The figures include a new Thanos Build-A-Figure from Avengers: Endgame. Here is the breakdown: Avengers: Endgame – Captain America Avengers: Endgame – Ronin Avengers: Infinity War
By now you all should have seen Avengers: Infinity War and what an epic movie we got and DST is ready to unleash new Minimates. Coming to a toy store near you, look for Avengers: Infinity War series 2 Minimates. Also do not forget to check local Walgreens stores as they will be getting exclusive 2 packs! Read on for more.
I was going to continue on the the mid-80s frenzy that I was in, visiting the dawn of the West Coast Avengers, but in looking at the series, I wanted to hit where the series had its greatest impact. The mini-series was not that point, and in the series itself, the high points seemed to coincide with John Byrne's run on the title. Those also tended to run with multi-issue stories, with a couple notable exceptions, and one of those is the introduction of some of the silliest heroes of the 1980s, the Great Lakes Avengers. They keep coming back and at one point in their evolution boasted among their members, Squirrel Girl. This is before everyone's favorite nut-eating, butt-kicking hero was invented, and features some heroes that if not silly, definitely were interesting, to say the least. So with the intro now long enough to wrap past the Reviews of Old Comics logo, let's get started.
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So with Captain America: Civil War in theaters, I wanted to tie an Avengers review into it. Combine that with the guilt of running four consecutive DC Reviews, and it's time to review an issue of something by Marvel. Fans of the Indy titles should stick around for next time, because I haven't tackled one of those in months. If you have a suggestion, just contact me and I'll see what I can work in.
I hope you guys are ready for new Figuarts as Black Widow is on tap. A new magazine scan from Figure King Magazine gives us a solid look at the upcoming Black Widow figure. The figure looks to include interchangeable hands, a pistol, batons and more. It’s scheduled for release in September. The scan lists the price at 6,264 Yen ($55 USD- give or take). Look for more images soon from Tamashii Nations