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Subj: Re: Better than the original?
Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 at 07:40:59 pm EST (Viewed 137 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Better than the original?
Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2021 at 06:13:47 am EST (Viewed 145 times)

    Well, wouldn't you know it, but when I return to the board after the holidays it turns out there's a really interesting thread...

    I would say re. the general subject that one has to be wary of declaring characters "better than their originals" just because they're newer. And there's a real danger of that happening because there simply are more stories featuring the "originals" than of the new "flavours of the year", and there are so (relatively) few stories featuring the latter that you haven't yet grown tired of them. (Exceptions to this rule occur when the original character is cancelled after a short while - most Golden Age characters were lucky if they continued to be published for as much as a decade - or gets killed off soon, e. g. the X-Men's Thunderbird I). When for every story featuring Amadeus Cho, Miles Morales or Laura Kinney you have fifty, a hundred or more stories featuring Bruce Banner, Peter Parker or Logan, there's simply no way for the older versions to keep dodging Sturgeon's Law.

I feel like the reverse is more common. It is for me, certainly. I usually like the established character more than the newcomer.

    I never found Mar-Vell all that interesting a character (I think Silver and Bronze Age Mar-Vell derived a lot of his entertainment value from his connection with Rick Jones). For his high concept - character pulled out of a hat to enable Marvel to steal and keep the "Captain Marvel" trademark - I think Monica Rambeau is superior.

I like Rambeau a lot better as well, but I was exposed to her first, through the Avengers. I still haven't read a whole lot of Mar-vell.

    Never really warmed to Bill.

I'm a fan of Bill's, but probably for the same reason people like Stingray. He looks cool.

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