In 1996, something happened that most superhero comics fans thought was impossible: DC Comics and Marvel mashed their characters together into an all-new fictional construct. The Amalgam era was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event, because the comics published during this brief experiment probably aren’t getting reprinted anytime soon.
Source: That Weird Time DC and Marvel Joined Forces
I remember when this all happened. I was 26, and I was still collecting with a passion non-stop since I was 9. This was an exciting event, at least it was to me. Since the very beginning I had always been a “Big Two” fan. The stables of DC and Marvel had always been a mainstay in my collection. Sure, I had several titles like Shuriken, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beast Warriors of Shaolin, and Vampirella, that I would pick up from time to time. But I digress… the Amalgam universe was special, I didn’t get into all of the pairings, but I really enjoyed the concept. There wasn’t an issue that I would miss. It was incredible, here was a set of monthly books doing what I had been doing since I was a child, fusing my favorite heroes into all new characters.
In 2006, I ceased collecting. Occasionally I have dabbled in an issue or two, but nothing to involved. With the digital age of comics being ushered in, I felt it was time to check back into the worlds of DC and Marvel. I’ve replaced much of my physical collection with digital issues, except my original X-Men (Jack Kirby through Jim Lee’s run). Recently I’ve collected Future Quest and the Superman titles, Marvel hasn’t piqued my interest. Now if they would bring back the Amalgam Universe, or even another round of JLA/Avengers, then I would be all in… again.
Over on the site’s FaceBook page, I posted a Comic Book Cover Cavalcade of Holiday themed back issues in a photo gallery. Check it out here: Four Color Holiday Celebration. I post graphic heavy content on FaceBook to save space for blog-specific items. Anyhow, head over to the gallery, and check it out. There are a few magazine covers too, due to extra christmasy content.
Happy holidays! 🕎☃🎁🎄🎉🖖🎅👹
Oh, come on, Man… Star-Lord. You know!
Once upon a time, this was Star-Lord. In 1976, Star-Lord made his first appearance in the pages of Marvel-Preview Presents magazine. Different times, different kinds of heroes, same characters. While the designs have evolved since these days, the stories, well… have pretty much been told over and over. I dig the technique on the background of this classic cover.
Keeping this short and sweet(ish).
- Not a fan of the redesign.
- The story is very retconned, but interesting.
- I’m all for weird twists, so I am going to wait for the rest of the story.
Batman and Captain America have been my two favorite solo heroes since I was a child. I’ve seen crazy stories come and go. If you don’t like this then wait for a few months, it will be totally different, just like every other change that Steve has gone though.
A few years ago I colored this piece by the incomparable John Byrne. Mr. Byrne was my gateway into the X-Men back in the late 70’s. I had comics before I began collecting the X-Men, but I didn’t know who was editing, writing, inking or drawing the issues. I took notice of his style and became a lifelong fan of his style and writing.
Prepare to be A-Mazed! Sorry… I couldn’t help myself 😉