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Postby BurningDoom » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:03 pm

http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/06/15/non-jaded-comics-fan-the-90s/

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Non-Jaded Comics Fan: The 90s
June 15th, 2009
Author Lucas Siegel

Ahhh, the 90s. A time of screaming mouths, big hair left over from the 80s, more feral mutants than you could shake a stick at, and of course, big guns and bigger shoulder pads.

Skottie Young brought up the 90s over the weekend on his Twitter account, focusing on how people look down at the era and disparage everything about it. I couldn’t help but not only agree, but also look back on the era of comics I grew up with.

I love Cable, I love X-Cutioner’s Song, which was going on when I got into comics, I flipped out when the X-books were “canceled” bringing about the Age of Apocalypse. There were Spider-men, who seemed to double more than Multiple Man. An AIDS analogue struck mutants across the globe. Batman was broken, Superman died, and of course, Hal Jordan went insane with evil power.

Man, I loved 90s comics, especially early 90s. That’s when I first really got into the books that have now become a major part of my life. For me, it started with a crossover issue featuring both Spider-man and the X-Men, which my mom bought at a grocery store, knowing I loved the brand new X-Men: The Animated Series. I was amazed by the range of stories that could be told in these little magazines. Plus, it was easier to enjoy over and over again.

I didn’t become a real “collector.” I kept my comics, but I wasn’t obsessed with bags and boards or any of that. I wanted them easy to access and easy to read. My ultimate favorite storyline was definitely Age of Apocalypse. I was already a fan of the idea of alternate worlds in all forms of media, and here was one with my favorite characters of the time. The re-inventions of these characters were so cool, from new costumes to new alliances, and even some that were almost completely different, like Nate Grey, Cable’s double from this reality. I read the story in its entirety about 6 times as a kid. I’ve since gone back and re-read it at least 4 or 5 more. A lot of it was over-the-top, and even downright silly, but even now (I last read the story last year) it still strikes me as one of the most fun experiences I’ve had reading comics.

Are these the best-written or best-drawn stories ever? No, and some of them are downright goofy. But there’s no need to look back on them with anything less than fond remembrance. It was a time of decadence in ways different than the decadence of today, but not necessarily in worse or better ways. There’s no need to say “90s superhero comics suck,” even if they weren’t exploring the same range of emotion or realism as some books today do. But hey, I’m just a non-jaded comics fan.


I couldn't agree more. Things were happening in the 90s that got you excited about comics. I also did a lot of my growing up in the 90s, so I was easier to influence. But so much memorable stuff from the 90s:

-Green Lantern Emerald Twilight & Zero Hour
-Death & Return of Superman
-Batman: Knightfall and Knightsend
-Spider-Man: Todd McFarlane
-Spider-Man: Clone Saga
-X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
-X-Men: Fatal Attractions
-X-Men & Marvel: Onslaught
-Marvel: Heroes Reborn (Nobody liked it then, but me, but everyone sure ate-up Ultimates, which was basically the same thing but in the next decade)
-DC: Armageddon 2001
-Flash: Terminal Velocity
-Morrison's JLA
-Kingdom Come
-Marvels
-Image Comics
-Dark Horse Comics

I could keep going and going. But all those stories had a huge impact on me as a comic fan.

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Postby necronaut » Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:56 pm

i love the 90's issues (most of my collection is from the eighties and the 90's) yay rob liefeld and todd mcfarlane! Hey i just posted some issues of superman and issue zero of Youngblood in my trades! Yeah i have to admit the 90's were so cool.. and the fold out covers god those were amazing! Why can't covers be like that now :(
also just to say this the clone saga was freaking awesome :D
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Postby Chancellor » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:08 pm

the simple and easy answer to why people liked ultimates and not heroes reborn is because rob liefeld was involved with it. he's also a big component of why a lot of people look down upon 90s comics.
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Postby necronaut » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:32 pm

but rob was soo cool he created deadpool and cable... i mean yeah his stuff is a little exaggerated but i mean those huge shoulder pads were awesome!
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Postby Wesr » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:53 pm

You ever meet the guy? I hear he's okay now but he was a jerk at the cons I saw him at during the 90s. I spend most of the 90s collecting Marvel stuff, 200-300.00 a month (I'm an only child so my folks found a way to afford it). so to me the current way the marvel universe is makes no sense.
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Postby Chancellor » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:56 pm

heh, i'm an only child too... can't say that i wasn't a tinsy bit spoiled when i was like 6, but by 9 i was paying for anything i bought through chores and my paper rout. and that's pretty much how it is now... plus some graduation money 8)
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Postby Wesr » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:07 pm

Before i got into comics i did get an allowance for chores but then it just went to comics and got out of control lol.
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Postby necronaut » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:22 pm

well one thing i miss about the 90's was comic shops and arcades, i haven't seen one in a while.... :cry:
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Postby Wesr » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:49 pm

Our comic shops are still going. The owner of one died but one of his customers bought it and is running it. I hope he cleaned it out some. haven't been in since 2002, just not the same wihtout Benny behind the counter. We haven't had an arcade since like 1995. last one i saw is in downtown pittsburgh.
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Postby BurningDoom » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:51 pm

crimsondynamo90 wrote:well one thing i miss about the 90's was comic shops and arcades, i haven't seen one in a while.... :cry:


Yeah, arcades are sorely missed. I also remember that 7-11 carried a limited selection of comics and comic cards and used to have 1 or 2 arcades at a time in it. Now it is a thing of the past. I still have a local comic shop though, and I don't live in a big city.

It's because back then Arcade graphics kicked the crap out of home console graphics and gameplay, it was worth your money to play. Now, why would waste a quarter or 50 cents when you've got XBox 360 or Nintendo Wii at home already fully paid for, with just as good graphics and gameplay?

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Postby necronaut » Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:20 am

yeah... i still live in the glory days though of the nes and super nes... i just keep adding to my collection... last arcade i saw i had to go to an amusement park and they had some old games i mean ones that predate asteroids.... somebody was actually going to open a comic shop/ mini arcade where i lived but it got shut down before it started and another hair dresser was opened instead :cry:
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Postby Wesr » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:32 pm

I've thought about opening an 80s themed club or cafe wiht a classic shop that sells all sorts of things. I know Pittsburgh had a 70s one that was popular that was all 70s. I've been loading up on roms from the 80s and 90s systems.
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Postby necronaut » Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:45 pm

smart man, i'm moving to greenville pennsylvania soon and i've heard that there is a comic shop/ trading card shop there
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Postby Wesr » Wed Jun 17, 2009 1:21 pm

I pm'd you about that comic shop lol. Welcoem to the neighborhood.
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