Jon was very interested in discussing this week’s podcast which is all about Trading Cards and Card Based Games.
In 1990 Marvel decided to get into the card game by releasing Marvel Universe Series 1 which featured Heroes and Villains from the Marvel Universe and the art was drawn by various popular artists. I was not into card collecting at the time but I bought a few packs because I like the art and you learned a little history about each character on the back of the cards.
DC saw how well Marvel was doing so in 1992, they put out DC Cosmic Cards. Similar to Marvel; featuring heroes and villains with a brief history on each card and drawn by different artists.
Marvel up the ante in 1992 and went with a premium card line called Marvel Masterpieces and all the art work was done by Joe Jusko. They were high end cards with gold foil embossed logos and glossy stock. These cards were masterpieces. Here is a little example of Joe Jusko’s work:
Marvel continue with Masterpiece series in 1993 but used different artists and the results were mixed:
Sure. The Hulk looks cool but what’s up with Daredevil over there? That is an odd position to paint his legs. It makes Daredevil look like one leg is shorter than the other.
In 1994, Marvel corrected this error and went back to using one artist on the Masterpiece series (well, 2 artists) and hired Tim and Greg Hildebrandt to paint all the cards and they put out images like this:
I collected these cards and they are some of the best art work that I have seen to date.
In the 2nd half of the podcast, Jon talks about Magic: The Gathering!
To be honest, I don’t know what Magic is and after Jon’s explanation, I still don’t have a clue about it. Jon really likes it though and goes over how he and his friends were really into the game and hopefully, it turns you onto the game as well.
By the way, it is Jon’s birthday so wish him a happy one!
Thanks for listening.
Your Comics Pal,
Comics Misremembered Podcast 55