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MarkTJohnson

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radian

Subj: Re: How did Marvel pull you in? (inspired by a post below, from Rev)
Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 02:58:31 pm EDT (Viewed 213 times)
Reply Subj: How did Marvel pull you in? (inspired by a post below, from Rev)
Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 02:26:10 pm EDT (Viewed 35 times)

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Rev's comment below that Avengers # 300 was his first issue got me thinking: How did Marvel snag us, and get us to buy more of its interconnected universe?

For me, it started with Iron Man # 225. Perfect starting point, the first chapter of Armor Wars. From there, I moved on to WCA, since he was a member of the team. I got there just in time for # 37, which split the team up as Hawkeye & Mockingbird fought over the right to let a villain die.
About a year later, for my 13th birthday, I got a gift certificate to the local paperback store ... and went nuts. I bought Daredevil # 262 (part of Inferno), Cap # 349 (the penultimate chapter of John Walker as Cap!), and ... oops, Rev, it may have been Avengers # 299, as part of Inferno.
But I guess what really got me was Uncanny X-Men # 241. At 13, there was nothing to draw me in better than Maddie Pryor, spread eagle in her mini Goblin Queen outfit. I read that issue over and over, and picked up every issue since.
So what's your story? How did the Marvel marketing team get you to branch out and buy not just your first comic, but begin to sample their other titles?

Volume 1 #137
The Avengers are looking for new members. Cameos by Scarlet Witch and Vision on beach, never mentioning their names I had no idea who this red guy was and why he was so sunburned, Ben Grimm in a Thing suit (I knew about the FF from the original 60's cartoon so the Thing as a guy in a suit was very intriguing), Beast showing up as Edgar G Robinson, Moondragon the bald woman (why was she bald?). Cliffhanger ending with Jan unmoving after being hit by a floating mine.

Mark "Back then you actually had to read quite a bit to get through a book too." Johnson


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