Imagine if Marvel allowed for all of their comics to be “hacked” for 1 month and dozens of jokes and parodies were loaded into all their comics and then everything would go back to normal the following month.
This special, magical moment did happen in April of 1984 when Marvel allowed the Assistant Editors to run the books.
If you are not familiar with this time in comics, the premise is that all the regular Editors needed to leave the Marvel offices and attend a Comic Con. While away, the comics would be supervised by the Assistant Editors to ensure the comics would get out on time. And as the saying goes “While the cat is away, the mice will play.”
Assistant Editors Month was just a month long April Fools joke that resulted in some great parody stories and artwork. I was a young punk in 1984 so I relive my memories of buying some of these hilarious books and wish that Marvel would do a similar stunt with today’s comics.
Here are the covers to some of the comics I reviewed:
click on the thumbnail to view the comic cover – trust me, it’s worth it.
The stars aligned in order to make Assistant Editors Month happen – In 1984, Marvel was not owned by a billion dollar corporation and not bogged down in endless crossover events. They came up with a silly idea and hit a home run with these books. Will we ever get another version of Assistant Editors month? As the magic 8-Ball might say “Chances look cloudy.”
It’s Friday night at 9:00 PM in 1984. This is before smart phones. Before the internet. Even before Super Nintendo. What is a comic fan supposed to do? Why, play TSR’s Marvel Super Heroes Role Playing Game, silly.
Jon takes the helm on this podcast and relives the stories from his youth playing the Official Marvel Super Hero RPG. He goes over how the game was designed and then dives into the details of how he and his friends spent many hours and consumed many Mountain Dews playing the game.
I have never played a Role Playing Game so Jon initiates me into it with a character creation.
“You can tell it’s 1984, Monica Rambeau is still called Captain Marvel.”
This is something a bit different from what we usually talk about but we had fun recording it so we hope you enjoy it.
I was scrolling through my Twitter feeds earlier this week and I saw this post from Jimmy Palmiotti previewing an upcoming cover to the Harley Quin series. Here is the art for the cover:
As you can see, Harley has changed the color to her hair. In fact, the comic version of Harley Quinn is starting to look more and more like the Suicide Squad movie version of Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie.
I have noticed this with each passing year that if a comic movie or show is successful, the more the comic series starts looking like that successful movie or show. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, the answer all depends on what changed in the comic.
Jon and I talk about the following successful movie franchises and the direct impact to their comic counterpart. Here is the list:
Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Guardians of Galaxy
These changes are going to be more common with each release of DC and Marvel’s upcoming movies and the changes are not necessarily a good thing.
At the end of the podcast, we touch quickly on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I share a comic story of the Marvel translation of Return of the Jedi.
Pssst! Hey, buddy! Did you know there is a war going on? Also, that this war is hush-hush therefore very secret? Well, now we let the cat of the bag and you know all about it!
That’s right – Marvel, the comic company that is terrible at keeping secrets has released their 2015 Secret War!! The main Secret War is great but there are like 763* Secret War Tie-In books. You don’t have the time or money to buy and read all those books so what are you going to do? Well, fret not, True Believer! Jim and Jon have done all the heavy lifting for you and have whittled down the tie-ins to 6 core books that are definitely worth reading.
Listen to the Comics Misremembered Week 12 podcast for all the low down on these books then run to your local comic shop (or download on your wireless device).
*My math is a little hazy so there could be less than this number.
Marvel will be relaunching their Universe once again this October and they have given everyone a sneak peek at the new titles and creative teams.
Jon and I go through the free previews guide and discuss what we know of the new writer and artist on each book and then if we plan on either buying it, testing it out for a few issues or skipping the book altogether or has we call it: Buy, Try or Deny!
I noticed that some books were missing this time around like Punisher, Black Widow, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Also, some writers are gone like Rick Remender and Jonathan Hickman, who has written the Avengers these last few years and the architect of the new Secret Wars series. These changes don’t bode well with me.
I hope our wisdom and witty banter helps you make an informed decision on if you want to spend your hard earned dollars on any of these new books.
As always, we appreciate your feedback – What do you have to say about the new books? Any ones that are a definite buy? Any ones to avoid like the plague?
This podcast runs a little long but it is worth it. Enjoy.