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 Posted:   Nov 28, 2017 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Sienkiewicz is an amazing talent. Admittedly, I was initially turned off by his style, but I later came to appreciate his great talent. This is the work where I started to really appreciate his work:



Great story too.

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2017 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I first fell in love with Sienkiewicz way back in '79 with his Moonknight backup in the color Hulk Magazine.



(um, obviously not his art here, but I still associate it with him.)

Then everything posted so far, plus the great Shadow art (DC, I know). And his storybook about Santa Claus in the 90's....

Diversions OTGK has a great post about his early Moonknight work: http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2010/01/making-splash-bill-sienkiewiczs-early.html

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2017 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)





He’s the ONLIEST artist



who approximated and came the closest



to equaling Mr. Miller’s incomparable original version



of this groundbreaking



Anti-Heroine.





 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2017 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



If one wanted to ignite a raging dispute that would rival Vesuvius in its molten intensity, try choosing which Marvel Death of the mid-80s was the most significant. Many no doubt would unhesitantly choose “The Phoenix Saga”, possibly the crowning achievement of the incredible Claremont-Byrne era.

[Mind you, while that might be close, we’d definitively disagree (especially since the conclusion was super-imposed by Emperor-Dictator Shooter and wasn’t what the creators originally intended. ]



We’d say the supreme seminal choice would be the truly tragic (in the inevitable original Greek sense, as they invented the genre for civilizations immemorial after)



masterpiece Frank Miller so brilliantly and unforgettably brought forth



through his consummate creation



called ‘Elektra’.








 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Mind you, while that might be close, we’d definitively disagree (especially since the conclusion was super-imposed by Emperor-Dictator Shooter and wasn’t what the creators originally intended. ]

In this instance, Shooter was correct. I would have despised the cop out version originally intended by Claremont-Byrne.

Plus, we would have been denied The Watcher's eloquent, moving, and spot-on summation in issue #137.

Imposing limits can lead to even greater works of expression, at least in this case.

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2017 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

For me, this was the death that had the most impact on me from a Marvel comic in the '80s:



Although Elektra's death and Jean Grey's death were both incredibly powerful, they had both been killed off before I started reading comics. Thanks to spoilers from later comics I knew both Jean and Elektra had died well before I was able to read the respective story that killed them off. So as great as those stories were, they simply didn't have the same power they would have had had I gone into the story cold. Kraven's Last Hunt I read as the issues came out, so Kraven's death was a big shock to me. And to Marvel's credit, they kept him dead for quite a while.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2017 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

smile

Steve Gerber, Jack Kirby, Mark Evanier and Frank Miller circa 1986















cool cool

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2017 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

I started out with my favorite in the 70s (Tomb of Dracula), and read Howard the Duck, Avengers, Daredevil, X-Men, Mighty Thor, Warlock...loved it.

Marvel is easily my favorite comic book publisher, my only complaint is that Mar-Vell never really came back all the way. He and Captain America were my favorite superheroes.

It's funny...the soundtrack (and to a slightly lesser degree the movie) to Man of Steel got me back into comics a few years back, and I went crazy with the movies, books, etc. But I became really disinterested after what for me was the height: the Civil War theme (best Marvel movie imo).

Something after just a bit after my falling in love with that movie: I snapped out of it and saw it for the phase it was.

Still love the scores: Winter Soldier (more fun than artistic), Man of Steel, the Dark Knight Trilogy(especially Rises). The Thor: Dark World score was a blast too imo. Nah, none of it is Goldsmith or Herrmann, but some really good listening imo.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2018 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

With all the Mary Sue fur flying amid the release of The Last Jedi, it got me thinking about the first Mary Sue that I can recall:

the Monica Rambeau Captain Marvel.

I loved the character and was at the peak of my Marvel Comics reading days when she was introduced. I liked her in the Avengers, too.

However, after reading the Stern-Buscema-Palmer UNDER SIEGE recently, it finally hit me as to what a Mary Sue Rambeau's Captain Marvel is. She's writer Roger Stern's creation who was back doored and introduced into a Spidey annual. Spidey implores her to join the Avengers. She does and everyone LOVES her! She has tremendous powers without the slightest bit of having earned them through trials and tribulations until she finally ends up as Avengers chairperson (which was always such a big deal back in the '80s) and therefore, leader of the team. She never even earned the right to be called "Captain Marvel." She just suddenly, copyright extendedly, took the name!

 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2018 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The upcoming BLACK PANTHER film is getting near-unanimous praise from critics, isn't it?

Should we be excited in a "this-film-lives-up-to-all-the-hype" kind of way? The last Black Panther trailer I saw turned into a car commercial!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2018 - 1:43 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

The upcoming BLACK PANTHER film is getting near-unanimous praise from critics, isn't it?

Can't wait for it to be accused of not being diverse enough.
Oh wait that's not going to happen as this is an almost all black cast and probably the white cast will be predominately the bad men (yes men as women cannot be evil).

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2018 - 12:28 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

The upcoming BLACK PANTHER film is getting near-unanimous praise from critics, isn't it?

Should we be excited in a "this-film-lives-up-to-all-the-hype" kind of way? The last Black Panther trailer I saw turned into a car commercial!


The film is certainly getting some great reviews. Does it live up to the hype? Hopefully it does. I really liked how Black Panther was handled in CA: Civil War, and his appearances in the Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War trailers look great. Anyway, I will be seeing the film this Friday.

In the meantime, I have been reading this in anticipation for the upcoming film:

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2018 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Calling back to the Master of Kung Fu posts somewhere earlier in this thread. After coming out with those huge omnibus editions, I'm delighted to say that Marvel is releasing paperback Epic Collections of the run. I found out because this first one is available on kindle for .99!

Master of Kung Fu Epic Collection: Weapon of the Soul (Epic Collection: Master of Kung Fu) Paperback – March 27, 2018
Collects Special Marvel Edition (1971) #15-16; Master of Kung Fu (1974) 17-28; Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu (1974) 1-4; Giant-Size Spider-Man (1974) 2 and material from Iron Man Annual (1970) #4.



https://www.amazon.com/Master-Kung-Fu-Epic-Collection/dp/1302901354/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521477613&sr=8-1&keywords=Master+of+Kung+Fu+Epic+Collection%3A+Weapon+of+the+Soul

 
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2018 - 7:25 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I of course have the majority of the MoKF run, but it is still tempting to pick up that Epic Collection! One of my most beloved comic series of all time (just behind Byrne-Claremont X-Men).

Hopefully Marvel will get around to publishing an Epic of the first Michelinie-Layton-JRJR run. I know it's on an omnibus, but I dislike such huge books.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2018 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Received some Marvel books recently. The Defenders Epic Collections ("The Six-Fingered Hand"; "Ashes, Ashes") and Avengers Marvel Masterworks Vol. 18. The latter reprints #178-188, when John Byrne and George Perez were doing the art chores.

J.M. DeMatteis' Defenders writing runs hot and cold with me, but lately it's been hot. I appreciate the personal side stories over the epic-scale battles.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2018 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   WagnerAlmighty   (Member)

Avengers Marvel Masterworks Vol. 18. The latter reprints #178-188, when John Byrne and George Perez were doing the art chores.

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I so love vols. 15-19 they are the Avengers I grew up with.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2018 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

J.M. DeMatteis' Defenders writing runs hot and cold with me, but lately it's been hot. I appreciate the personal side stories over the epic-scale battles.

I agree about Dematteis' writing. Although I haven't read his Cap run yet, his Spider-Man work is my favorite of his Marvel work. (For the Distinguished Competition, my favorite of his work was when he was scripting Keith Griffen's plots during the bwahahaha era of Justice League.)

Kraven's Last Hunt is one of my all-time favorite Spider-Man stories, and Dematteis also did some great work on Spectacular Spider-Man. I recently revisited some of his writing when reading this compilation, which includes a three part Vulture story he wrote:



I think that is the only part of his Spectacular run that has been reprinted. Hopefully Marvel will someday reprint his entire run as part of their Epic Collection series.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2018 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

DeMatteis' Cap is my favorite of his work, though the Paul Neary artwork towards the end of the run is quite a dropoff from Mike Zeck's work earlier on in the run.

Neary's artwork, when inked by better hands, like in his subsequent Detective Comics stuff, is considerably better.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2018 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Avengers Marvel Masterworks Vol. 18. The latter reprints #178-188, when John Byrne and George Perez were doing the art chores.
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I so love vols. 15-19 they are the Avengers I grew up with.


My first Avengers issue was #190 (September 1979). What a fun story to start with!

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2018 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Avengers Marvel Masterworks Vol. 18. The latter reprints #178-188, when John Byrne and George Perez were doing the art chores.
.


I so love vols. 15-19 they are the Avengers I grew up with.


My first Avengers issue was #190 (September 1979). What a fun story to start with!


Vol. 19 is due April 2019. It never ceases to amaze me whenever the comics I grew up with get the hardcover treatment:

http://www.collectededitions.com/marvel/mm/avengers/avg_mm19.html

 
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