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(Washington Post)   Marvel Comics "refreshes" the origin story of Fantastic Four with tablet PCs and cell phones to be more modern. Still no explanation of how Americans are launched into space in 2012   (washingtonpost.com ) divider line
    More: Silly, Fantastic Four, Americans, origin story, Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Human Torch, Sue Storm, Jack Kirby  
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2012-02-07 04:29:29 PM  
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The Marvel Universe (and the DC Universe, too) work on a "sliding" continuity scale. They started officially doing this about 10 years ago or so.

Basically, in comic books, every hero had their "origin" story roughly ten years ago. So in 2012, Spider-Man became Spider-Man in 2002. Superman became Superman in 2002.

It's not a hard-and-fast rule that resets every year, though. It's just a guideline. They HAVE to do it this way, because no other way works. And really, who gives a shiat about continuity? Seriously. Continuity is a pointless exercise that slowly wrecks everything in comic books, and should generally be ignored, in the long-term.
2012-02-07 06:43:40 PM  
1 vote:
the Fantastic Four - after their ill-fated debut battling the Mole Man - are Internet sensations," he said. "And Johnny, annoyingly, is burning up Twitter. Again, it's little details like that, which don't alter the fundamental DNA

So basically you're taking what you deem to be a dated story and making sure it will be an antique again in a couple years by making it excessively contemporary.


//Room-size computers still indicate technological superiority; see IBM's Watson.
2012-02-07 02:23:24 PM  
1 vote:

whizbangthedirtfarmer: FirstNationalBastard: whizbangthedirtfarmer: FirstNationalBastard: whizbangthedirtfarmer: How long will it be before people understand that the average superhero comic is dead?

The problem is, it's what the majority of the industry is based on. This isn't like the late-40s, when comics had plenty of other genres to step in to take the place of Superheroes. DC and Marvel have increasingly thrown their lot in with an ever shrinking group of aging superhero fanboys, neglected to create new, younger customers, and created no new characters to rely on in the case of something bad happening, like losing the rights to Superman. When people finally realize that mainstream superhero comics are shiat, and quit buying, that's the end of at least DC and Marvel as publishers, and the comics industry in its current form.

Of course, that might not be a bad thing.

Nope. Image, IDW, Boom! and so on are the publishers who will take over the marketplace. We see comics that are longer-lived if they actually reflect the intelligence of their readers (take the superhero "OH HE'S DEAD! BUY THE ISSUE!/HE'S BACK! BUY THE ISSUE!" stuff that happens every week, it seems) starting to hold their position for longer runs. Marvel and DC have moved more toward the entertainment spectrum. Yeah, they have the comics, but they are essentially a hollow marketing tool for films and toys.


That's exactly what I meant when I said "end of the comics industry in its current form".

The end of mainstream DC and Marvel would be great for creativity. The problem would be would people start buying new comics that don't star the same old stale characters they were reading about when they were 12?

For the most part, the current fanbase will not take a chance on anything new. Of course, I guess it would be up to the survivors to finally create that new Audience DC and Marvel never cared about.

Well, DC and Marvel, over the past few years, have really tried to go after the kiddie base to keep their pro ...


The problem I see with the big two is basically one of marketing and the idiotic idea to go to 'exclusive' deals with companies. I mean, it's right there in the word 'exclusive.' You are excluding part of your audience.

How many more paper comics would they sell if they put a comic rack right next to the Thor and Captain American costumes in Walmart? How many more issues of Green Lantern and Batman would sell if they had a rack right next to the action figures? You go buy a toy for your kid, he sees the comic book and you pick it up for him. Let's go home and read about the cool adventures Cap has in this latest issue.

Traditional capes and cowls superheros are NOT dying off. They're just changing mediums, but if the big two want to keep publishing those weekly and monthly adventures, they're going to have to change their marketing strategies and drag out into the street and shoot the dumbfarks who told them 'exclusivity' was the way to go.
2012-02-07 01:07:46 PM  
1 vote:
Reboots, retellings, prequels, and #1 issues every 6-12 months are a sure sign that a company has no new stories to tell, and have to keep farking the same old chicken over and over to keep sucking money out of the same rapidly shrinking pool of buyers because what they're putting out certainly doesn't appeal to or create new readers.
2012-02-07 09:41:26 AM  
1 vote:
Duh. Private Enterprise.

/thread worthless without pics of Jessica Alba as the Invisible Woman
//turning visible
///wink wink nudge nudge
 
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