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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 09:06:39 pm EDT (Viewed 198 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?


There was a candy/soda shop around the corner from my house. My mother used to go there for the handmade pastries and ice cream. They also had a spinner rack of comics. My mom would let me get a comic whenever we went there to occupy me while she browsed the edible goodies.

The first time I can remember going there I got a Captain America annual that had Cap's I-IV teaming up in a weird time travel story. The idea that the champion of America was a mantle that several guys filled over the years hooked me.

After that, I'd spend my whole allowance getting comics and penny candy...Cap was always my favorite, then Iron Man, Hulk and Thor...when I saw the Avengers and realized it had most of my favorites in it....that's what totally hooked me.



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