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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 N   (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:

 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


 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)


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!

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