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Subj: Marvel in the 80s
Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 01:13:57 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Where did Green Goblin attack the diplomat from Atlantis? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 at 01:57:43 pm EST

I wonder:

If the internet was as prolific in the 80s as it is today, would that era be looked upon as being as great as everyone makes it out to be?

Not to knock the era. Recently I've discovered many a great stories from that decade, or right around it, that I've throughly enjoyed. However, I do notice that there were a ton of huge character changing events that happened that seem to be on par with what's happening today. Let's check a breif example of what happened in that decade:

-Iron Man turns into an Alcoholic
-Capt. America gets replaced by a pyscho
-Daredevil gets put through the wringer
-Hulk changes color and attitudes
-the Mutant Massacre, Fall of the Mutants, and Inferno
-The Avengers Mansion is seized
-The Avengers are also betrayed by one of their own (by everyone's favorite wanna be Dr. Strange, Dr. Druid)
-Spider-man changes his costume
-The Defenders are disbanded, changed into the New Defenders, and do nothing for 20 issues
-The greatest team up ever (Power Man and Iron Fist) is broken up when IF dies!
-Capt. Marvel dies of cancer

There's probably more, but I can't think of any.

Point being that when you look at this list, it looks very similar to what Marvel is doing currently. They're taking big chances with the characters and trying to push them in new directions that are driven by stories, not marketing like in the 90s.

I mean really, think about it. I can totally see an 80s MUB board where half the fans are clammering for Shooter's head on a platter because he's forever changing the characters, Iron Man is decreed as a broken and unusable character for the future because he's an alcoholic, and fans threaten to boycott anything Marvel until Spidey is back in his red and blues or Steve is back as capt. America.

The things that are happening under Joe Q won't ruin Marvel, or its characters, at all. If anything these stories and events are giving these characters new twists that will keep them fresh for another 20 years when that EIC does all the same things that Stan, Shooter, and Quesada have done. At which point, I'm sure everyone will be aching for the good ol'days of the 00's.

-The Funk

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