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Subj: Still not Clear on Early 90's Bubble v. Today
Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 09:35:56 pm EST (Viewed 253 times)

Hey all. Sorry this turned into a rather meandering way to get my thoughts/questions out there.

Back in the 3rd grade, I got hooked on Marvel. The Marvel Universe Series 2 Trading Cards suckered me in, and Fantastic Four 358 finally sucked me in.

I was the standard 90's comic fan (an I think I've posted a question or 2 about the 90's in the past). I snatched up as many comics as I could with my allowance, loved the special covers..and had to have every collector's edition available. The die-cut FF4 and Batman 500. The foil editions of Punisher's Suicide run. The holgrams on Fatal Attractions. The all white FF Torch cover. The 2099 Fall of the Hammer connecting covers...even the Superman World;s Collide "Color Form" cover (that was an odd one). But then, apparently something happened apparently in the industry, and I don't get what happened...

Anyway, I was thinking through the early 90's and today's Marvel...and I'm trying to figure out the differences in the climate. Part if it might be that for a kid, the Mrvelverse just seems huge in general...but...

1)Are there more comics being sold today then there were then? Did the variants end up killing sales?
2) Are more books being published today than back then?
3) Are there less characters getting attention today than back then? It seems there are...if we look at it...
A) The X-verse has managed to increase # of books
B) The Spider-verse has decreased quite a it in monthly output
C) The Hulkverse has increased in #
D) The Avengers-verse have swelled (with Thor and Iron Man almost being their own categories)
E)The New Warriors-verse is gone
F) The Midnight Sonsverse is gone
G) The cosmicverse has shrunk
H) FF4 has decreased
I) And "other" today seems to be Daredevil, H4H, Thunderbolts and Black Panther (I guess he's Avengers). As opposed to Sleepwalker, Darkhawk, Deathlok, Secret Defenders, Silver Sable, etc., is it that Marvel now puts out the same # of books, but they are pretty much all the same people in each one? Or are there actually less books?

4) Are writers making a ton more now? Or are they selling so few books that they have to charge $4 a pop?
5) Is it basically now standard that can only create a consistent long term on-going series if you connect the character to an existing "house" (Avengers, X-Men, etc)?

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