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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 10:24:17 pm EDT (Viewed 220 times)
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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?

For me the earliest issues I remember are West Coast Avengers Fantastic Four. The Wackos issue was part of the Lost in Space/Time saga... I was completely hooked. I loved Hawkeye and started tracking down as many back issues as I could.

The FF issue was shortly after #300 (302?). It featured the team facing off against Quicksilver after he kidnapped Alicia. I remember being really confused but really enjoying it.

Soon I was getting WCA, FF, Uncanny X-Men and more. I kept trying to find East Coast Avengers but never could. It took me a long time to realize that the East Coast Avengers was simply "Avengers". I tended towards the team books because I really liked the character interaction.

What really made me notice the interaction/shared universe was some of the back issues, such as the WCA limited series... realizing the connections between the different teams.

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