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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 09 July 2019 at 12:36pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Obviously, we could make a long list of things we miss, so for now, let;s limit to comics. Anything at all about comic books that you miss?

A short list of some things I miss...

Curt Swan
Jim Aparo
John Romita
Kurt Schaffenberger
Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family
The Brave and the Bold
DC Comics Presents
Showcase
Essentials from Marvel
Showcase Presents from DC
12 cent comics (they were less, but I'm not that old.)
Comic spinners at department stores and some drug stores.
No significant previews of upcoming stories
Done-in-one stories
Honest and truthful super heroes
What If-?

So how about you? What was in comics that isn't there now, but that you liked?
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Posted: 09 July 2019 at 12:45pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Fun.
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James Johnson
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Posted: 09 July 2019 at 12:57pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Eric,

I'm going to keep my list short too. So much to mention:

25-50 cent comics
Marvel 2-in-1 (During the 70's)
Marvel Team Up (During the 70's)
Brave and the Bold
Marvel Comics reprints from the 70's
Purchasing comics from corners stores and newsstands
The Buscema brothers
Jim Aparo 
The Invaders
All-Star Comics from the 70's
JLA/JSA crossovers from the 70's
Jim Shooter Avengers stories
Roger Stern Avengers stories
Spider-Man stories during the 70's thru early 80's
JB's Fantastic Four
Thor comics drawn by John Buscema and Walt Simonson






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James Johnson
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Posted: 09 July 2019 at 1:02pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

JB,

You nailed it! For me, it was fun as a kid growing up during the mid-70's getting hooked on comics.

No internet. 

No crazed fanboys at direct-comics stores to ruin the joy. 

Just buying books, purchasing some penny cookies and a soda (or making kool-aid) and let my mind drift away in wonder.


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Strange as it is to say, the old shit paper. Flat colouring. Self-contained stories. Characters staying on-model. Picking up a title, reading the first couple of pages and not feeling that I had missed a tonne of prior content that was essential to my understanding of what was going on.

Possibly the first time when I started to feel that disconnect was when I hadn't read a Batman title for a few months (must have been when I went off to university, the beginning of the end for me and regular collecting of comics) and someone told me that in Batman, Bruce Wayne had broken his back and someone else in a suit of armour was now Batman. I was like, OK...


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Wallace Sellars
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Strange as it is to say, the old shit paper. Flat colouring. Self-contained stories. Characters staying on-model. Picking up a title, reading the first couple of pages and not feeling that I had missed a tonne of prior content that was essential to my understanding of what was going on.


I'm with you on the old "cheap" paper, flat coloring, self-contained stories and on-model characters.

More specifically, I miss...

  • Monthly John Byrne comics
  • The ORIGINAL X-Men
  • The TEEN Titans
  • Alan Davisí CLANDESTINE
  • Wendy Piniís ELFQUEST
  • John Romita, Sr.ís CAPTAIN AMERICA and SPIDER-MAN
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Daniel Gillotte
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May seem dumb but I miss Stan's Soapbox and the idea of the Bullpen.
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Wallace Sellars
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May seem dumb but I miss Stan's Soapbox and the idea of the Bullpen.


That's not dumb at all, Daniel.
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Peter Hicks
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I miss concise story telling. Multi issue story lines that are drawn out for dozens of issues with no signs of coming to a conclusion are causing me to quite several books. I have dropped JLA because after 20 issues, they are still working on the same plot as in issue 1. I am about to drop Tom King's Batman for similar reasons - and it only took me five minutes to read the last issue so it's not like there is much density to the story.
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Steven Myers
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That's what I miss the most. Single issues that contain a lot of story and take more than 2 minutes to read.
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Marc Baptiste
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I miss 80's comics - as decade, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

Marc
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Rich Marzullo
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The sense of adventure. The characters being more important than the creative team. JB on just about any title from the Big Two. 
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