Posts tagged #marvel comics

Spider-Man and his Amazing Marriage

I miss Spider-Man’s marriage.  Yes, that’s right, Spider-Man was married.  To who? And where did she go?  If you saw the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movies, you already know the who, Mary Jane Watson.  And the how was a long time coming.  Peter and Mary Jane Watson were introduced by their aunts. Although she is mentioned in previous issues, Mary Jane never actually appears (and meets Peter) until Amazing Spider-Man #42 (November 1966). 

They dated off and on over the years, Peter would date Gwen Stacey until her death by the Green Goblin (Norman Osborn).  Mary Jane would date Norman’s son Harry...

Thunderbolts (Justice Like Lightning)

The year was 1997.  The Avengers and the Fantastic Four were missing presumed dead (they were in the midst of Heroes Reborn).  The citizens of the Marvel Universe were scared.  Who would protect them the next time Galactus or someone decided to attack?  Spider-Man? Daredevil?  Those untrustworthy mutants in the X-Men?  Then a new team appeared.  Their first mission was to battle a rampaging, now Bruce Banner-less Hulk in Incredible Hulk #449 (January 1997). 

In the beginning Marvel created the Bullpen and the Style.

In 1974 I had turned six years old.  Like most six year olds, I was into Bozo, Saturday Morning Cartoons, and playing with whatever toys I could get my hands on.  I was also a big fan of the old Batman TV series, a love that was passed down from my Dad.  No one in my family or peer group was into comics or superheroes aside from my Dad’s interest in ’66 Batman.  The only comic books I was exposed to at this age were a hard bound Batman collection that was on my Dad’s shelf and a well worn Sad Sack comic that I had probably gotten at 7-11 on a whim. 

Quasar (Growing up with the protector of the universe)

October 1989. I remember it well.  I was a shy, quiet, small boy of 11.  Although the character of Quasar had been around for awhile already, appearing in the pages of such comics as Captain America, Defenders, Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-in-One, Quasar #1 was the first encounter I had with the hero.  It was almost an accident that I discovered this series.  I had seen an ad in a few other marvel books about how Wendell Vaughn by chance had become protector of the universe.  I also went to one of the local newsstands (I had not discovered the direct market shops yet) and since there were no new issues of the few Marvel books I read at the time (Spider-man, Hulk, Fantastic Four), I paid the $1 for the first issue of Quasar...