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Subj: Re: How did Marvel pull you in? (inspired by a post below, from Rev)
Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 03:15:54 pm EDT (Viewed 11 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?

Vol. 1 #126
My Grandmother bought us some comics to keep my brother and I quiet on a long trip and this was one of them.
It was full of soap opraey goodness (Why is the man in the flag suit so upset? Who is this amazing women in red and why is she yelling at the red faced man? Who is the mysterious asian woman?) and fantastic fights (I mean come on! panthers made of sound?? how cool is that?). The racial aspect of the story went over my head til i grew older, but I recognised it even then as something that needed "Avenging".
Of course, this lead right into the Wedding of Crystal and Pietro and a cross over with the FF and the Inhumans. Mission Accomplished Marvel!