In 1985 when Back to the Future came out, everyone wanted to be Michael J. Fox. He had an orange vest, an easygoing personality, a beautiful girlfriend (not his Mom) and a wicked sweet ride. Even now, who doesn’t want a stainless-steel
We aren’t heading back into the
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The first real variant covers were found in comics used as marketing materials…continued in this more in-depth article on variant covers.
History of Variant Covers
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When you think about the 1990’s and comics there are a few characters or stories that optimize the era.
While Thanos was created earlier than the 90’s it was in that time frame where Thanos became the gauntlet slinger. He was appearing in his own books, mini-series about his quests and tormenting Silver Surfer
Infinity Gauntlet #1 (July 1991) – This six-issue mini-series is a better story than Thanos Quest because of the twists and turns. Thanos Quest was first but was a little basic, Thanos finds someone and then takes their gem.
From The Avengers movie in 2012 until Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 there was a massive build-up to the one and only Thanos. Here we are stuck between the finger snap of Infinity War and the resolution in Avengers: Endgame. In the comic book world, no one is more focal than Thanos.
In floppy comic
Venom got his start in Amazing Spider-man #300 (May 1988) but you already knew that. After that first Venom story, it took exactly one year for him to appear in Amazing Spider-man again. Then the early ’90s belonged to Eddie Brock and his little alien buddy, basically, Venom was everywhere. Marvel was creating a new Venom story or mini-series issue each month. These are only the one-shots or mini-series from his origin in 1988 until 1994
January 1990 – Spider-man vs. Venom
December 1992 – Spider-man Special Edition: Trial of Venom #1
February 1993 – Venom: Lethal Protector (6 issue mini-series)
March 1993 – Spider-man: Venom Returns
August 1993 – Venom: Funeral Pyre #1 (3 issue mini-series)
November 1993 – Venom: The Madness #1 (3 issue mini-series)
February 1994 – Venom: The Enemy Within #1 (3 issue mini-series)
April 1994 – Incredible Hulk vs Venom #1
May 1994 – Venom: The Mace #1 (3 issue mini-series)
August 1994 – Venom: Nights of Vengeance #1 (4 issue mini-series)
December 1994 – Venom: Separation Anxiety #1 (4 issue mini-series)
Fast forward to 2018 and 2019 and we have a Venomverse, Venomized cover, a king of symbiotes and a very popular Venom movie. Seems like Venom is everywhere…again.
I could create similar arguments for Deadpool, Batman and Harley Quinn. The only person not making a ’90’s resurgence is my main man, Lobo, but there’s still time.
Events like the 90’s
One of the biggest moments of the
The same thing happened in movie format with Batman v Superman showing his death in 2016 and his resurrection in 2017’s Justice League.
Image Comics like the ’90s
To clarify, I’m not suggesting that Image Comics is exactly like the 1990s. What I am suggesting is that the creativity of Image Comics is back. When they started out in 1992 they were young creatives looking to express themselves and keep the rights to their characters. They produced a lot of new titles, even if they were too much of everything.
Now, Image comics is a group of creatives who are producing all kinds of comics for every taste. The creative factory is back. Some recent examples from 2018
This article could have been much longer and more in-depth but you get the point. Beyond looking back and comparing the two eras, what happens next? For our Back to the Future analogy are comics going into the future or back to the past? If you’ve seen the third Back to the Future film with the train, you know that’s a mistake.
by Ron Cloer