It all the time begins with one. That one comedian that made you wish to learn one other…after which one other. Quickly you’re hooked, and in the event you’re blessed or burdened with the precise collector gene, you’re prepared to maneuver on to the following step, which is getting toy representations of all of these colourful characters.
Typically that takes some time. Regardless of the best way it appears now, toys based mostly on Marvel characters may usually be fairly sparse. There have been droughts between Mego’s cloth-covered line and the early 80s Secret Wars line. Then an excellent greater drought earlier than the period of the 90s five-inchers started. Then after a short hiatus, Toybiz began up the Marvel Legends period. Hasbro took over and—regardless of some shakiness to start with—has constructed one thing to be pleased with.
By now we’re a whole lot and a whole lot of characters deep into the Marvel Universe, and it’s expanded in all instructions, from video video games to a complete cinematic universe. Motion figures based mostly on Marvel characters don’t seem like stopping.
However normally all of it begins with one.
I believed it will be attention-grabbing to return and discover the very first Marvel Comedian I ever learn, and see if Marvel Legends had supplied me with all the most important characters from that problem. Relying on the comedian, it is perhaps a straightforward problem, or it could possibly be tough, relying on the villain of the month.
There’s a piece on www.mikesamazingworld.com known as “newsstand” that lets you lookup the entire comics that got here out in a selected month. I knew the yr was 1981, however I wasn’t positive which month. I began with January and flipped via the Marvel listings till I noticed the primary cowl that I knew I received proper off the rack. In 1981 this may have been in a fuel station mini-mart, the type the place your each comics and the brown paper bag that the cashier shoved them into would scent just like the lingering stale cigarette smoke from a thousand prospects. I can nonetheless dredge up that scent in my reminiscence, and it’s each disgusting and nostalgic on the identical time.
In line with the web site, my first Marvel Comedian was Marvel Workforce-Up #106, which was cowl dated June of 1981 however would have been on sale—which means on the spinner rack—in March of 1981. Whether or not or not I really received it the precise month it got here out I can’t keep in mind—it relies on how lengthy a comic book would have been allowed to linger on the rack again then—however I’d say that it was fairly correct. I’ve the following problem as properly, so it’s secure to say I received this the month it was out.
Marvel Workforce-up was technically a 3rd Spider-man title along with Superb Spider-Man and Spectacular Spider-man, so in fact Spider-man was the primary character. His co-star of the month was Captain America. The villain of the difficulty was the Scorpion, and the plot revolves round Scorpion getting revenge on J. Jonah Jameson. Spider-Man and Captain America group as much as save the loud-mouthed blowhard, which is the least rewarding little bit of heroics ever.
I ended up doing fairly good with this problem. I received fortunate that there have been no extraordinarily area of interest characters. The latest retro Spider-Man takes care of this bronze-age interpretation of the character fairly properly. We received a brand-new Captain America not too long ago within the 80th anniversary line, though the upcoming 20th anniversary of Marvel Legend Captain America little question has a shade scheme that’s nearer to the cap on this problem. And the Scorpion acquired a superb replace in a latest Spider-man wave.
Along with all of that, we also have a retro-carded J. Jonah Jameson determine so Scorpion has somebody to kidnap. This implies I no less than have respectable figural illustration of each primary character on this problem. As soon as I’ve the brand new Cap in hand it is going to be even nearer.
This was a reasonably enjoyable problem, and I used to be fairly stunned by the result. What about your first problem? Do you’ve gotten all people that appeared and if not, would you just like the holdouts? Tell us within the feedback!