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  1. All good points and, yes, the Atlantic article is...

    All good points and, yes, the Atlantic article is a good read and it's important to read a perspective from outside of the industry as well. It's hard to imagine someone not thinking Marvel needs...
  2. If this isn't worthy of an Omnibus, I don't know...

    If this isn't worthy of an Omnibus, I don't know does. Having said that, not all of these stories are even up on Marvel Unlimited (digital app) yet so not sure what's going on with that; there is a...
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    Very sad news; I actually wasn't really familiar...

    Very sad news; I actually wasn't really familiar with his 1970's work nor that he created Deathlok but I absolutely loved loved loved his work on the Peter David Spectacular Spider-Man stories. As...
  4. Eh, I like the character a lot but I don't see...

    Eh, I like the character a lot but I don't see how he could possibly achieve classic status at this point as he has been around for the better part of a decade already. Even if he were to "kill"...
  5. Yes, but I think the Hulk '70's TV show worked...

    Yes, but I think the Hulk '70's TV show worked just fine without supervillains. (Arguably, I think his comic can and has worked well without any supervillains, especially over the past 10-15 years)....
  6. Well I haven't watched it since it originally...

    Well I haven't watched it since it originally aired; I was a young teen at the time and was super-excited to see my favorite comic book hero on TV and it was.....crushingly disappointing. It...
  7. Well, they only introduced new villains every...

    Well, they only introduced new villains every month (or so) back when the title started 55 years ago; it was a blank slate back then and so all possibilities were open. But, even in the 1970's and...
  8. Will we ever get a new villain that achieves classic status again?

    My guess is a simple no but you never know; I think we can all agree that Hobgoblin and Venom were the last two villains to be introduced that have achieved classic/legendary status. Maybe Carnage...
  9. Nah, I really dislike----with very few...

    Nah, I really dislike----with very few exceptions----reformed villains. Sandman to me is a classic Spidey villain and, to me, one of his strengths is that he does sorta, kinda have a conscience deep...
  10. I thought it was an ok period; hovers around...

    I thought it was an ok period; hovers around average in my book. Larsen was a good choice to follow McFarlane stylistically----and I do agree that McFarlane's take on Venom was slowly becoming more...
  11. You are correct on both counts. I realize this...

    You are correct on both counts. I realize this isn't a newsflash for anyone but the sad reality is that the anonymity of the internet has cause people's behavior to degenerate badly; it has also...
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    Probably.....but I also think we should not...

    Probably.....but I also think we should not dismiss Gerry Conway's return in the late 1980's/early 1990's as scribe for SSM and WEB. While those are not the "main" title, he wrote a lot of stories...
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    [QUOTE=Prof. Warren;2807161]I don't believe...

    [QUOTE=Prof. Warren;2807161]I don't believe either of those gents had extended runs on ASM after their main run. Conway had his Spectacular run later on but I don't think he ever had a proper run on...
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    And Gerry Conway.

    And Gerry Conway.
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    And that is a very fair argument

    And that is a very fair argument
  16. I'm getting to the point where that conclusion...

    I'm getting to the point where that conclusion makes sense for me also. The type and amount of humor that some current writers are inserting into the SPidey titles lately is way, way off for me. I...
  17. Why would it be a bad idea if you aren't enjoying...

    Why would it be a bad idea if you aren't enjoying ASM?
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    Then I guess I had it half right; prior to...

    Then I guess I had it half right; prior to Shooter's regime, they would reprint older stories and he replaced that practice with the "inventory issue" idea----keeping drawerfuls of somewhat generic...
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    Really? Hmmmm.....I suppose it's possible I have...

    Really? Hmmmm.....I suppose it's possible I have it backwards. But I seem to recall far more inventory issues in the late '70's/early '80's before Shooter took over. Again, I could be totally...
  20. Tough to fairly compare these as Superior has the...

    Tough to fairly compare these as Superior has the advantage of being first with the concept and running with it longer than IIM presumably will. And, yeah, even though a flaw of Superior was the...
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    No, you're confusing the Return of the Burgler...

    No, you're confusing the Return of the Burgler storyline (culminating in the great ASM #200----the premise there is that the reason the Burgler broke into the Parker home all those years ago was that...
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    Indeed. I also remember reading how Shooter ran...

    Indeed. I also remember reading how Shooter ran a tight ship when it came to avoiding the previously common "inventory issues" fill-in solution. He made sure there were fresh stories ready to go...
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    Yeah, it's ironic, isn't it? Shooter has the...

    Yeah, it's ironic, isn't it? Shooter has the reputation for being a very unlikable guy and dictatorial editor and yet......the entire Marvel line of comics seemed to thrive best under his reign. He...
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    Solid point that the '80's were the last time the...

    Solid point that the '80's were the last time the focus was squarely on the comics; sure, there were the (bad) cartoons in the '60's and TV show of the '70's but neither informed/influenced the...
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    Or, put another way, "My momma always said BNS...

    Or, put another way, "My momma always said BNS Spidey is like a box of chocolates.....you never know what you're gonna get."
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