Two-page spread portion from The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1 (December 1992), script by Peter David, pencils and inks by George Perez, colors by Tom Smith, letters by Joe Rosen
SPOILER ALERT: If you don't wanna know what eventually happens to the Hank of Earth-9200, don't click the picture to embiggen!
Deadpool! Man, I lovethat movie! The Marvel Comics character, though...well, your mileage may vary. I find Wade Wilson, like his brother Flip, funny in small doses. That's exactly what Marvel hasn't been giving us for the past couple years, with Marvel Comics publishing one Deadpool comic book while the next one is only halfway finished...therefore they can never turn off the machine! Well, not humanely, at least.
Why, there's so many Deadpool comics that even the prequel to a series gets a series:
Prelude to Deadpool Corps #1-5 (May 2010), art by Dave Johnson and Rico Rensi
(Click picture to killing-the-goose-with-the-golden-egg-size)
What I actually enjoy most about this comic book mural is the background cameos of a whole lotta big names from the rest of the Marvel Universe. Can you name 'em all? Sure, you can!
Pages 1 and 3 from The Mad World of Marveldom #1 (October 1967), featuring a personality profile of The Beast by Greg Kishel and illustrated by Dave Russell
These old fanzines are always fun to read, and The Mad World of Marveldom is an interesting and well-done look at the late sixties Marvel fandom, featuring musings and creative writing on Marvel Comics and their characters. Greg Kishel later produced Marvel Mirror, a similar fanzine including writing by Dwight Decker and Tony Isabella. Decker was one of fandom's most prestigious figures at the time, and was later an assistant editor on The Comics Journal during the early 80s. Isabella...well, if you don't know him, hang up your hat! He's the creator of Black Lightning and Black Goliath, and a long-time writer for Marvel, DC, Comico, Innovation, and other comic companies. If you're active in today's online fandom, you may know Isabella as the writer of Tony's Tips, which started in the pages of the Comics Buyer's Guide and later moved online until Tony retired the column in June of 2010.
And if you wanna see their fandom in action, well, here's a trio letters to Mighty Marvel by those three guys! First up, here's Greg Kishel waxing poetic (and getting mucho Stan praise in return!) on the departure of Jane Foster from the life of Thor, in Thor #140:
Here's a long critical letter by Dwight Decker in Captain America #106:
And one of Tony Isabella's many, many letters to Marvel before he became a writer for them, printed in Avengers #57:
Finally, take a look at that "Beast" logo on the cover of The Mad World of Marveldom. It was published five years before Hank McCoy's solo feature in Amazing Adventures, and yet anticipates the furry look of the logo to match its titular character. Now that's good divinin', guys!
While today's plethora of blogs and online commentary give us more news and discussion about our hobby than ever before, I miss the days of the fanzine. We here at a comic blog salute you, Greg Kishel and Company! Write On!