Tuesday, June 05, 2007

great moments in comic history (a continuing feature?)

In the first of what may be an ongoing feature. I present what I think are great, but sometimes unrecognized, moments in the history of the American Comic Book.

Up first, we get a bit of a preview of the 2007 summer movie season. From way back in 1985!

The Transformers meet Spider-man in his black symbiote costume! Yes two decades before Michael Bay or Tobey Maquire. Megatron totally gets his ass handed to him by Spider-man!

Seems some "fuddy duddy" at Marvel Comics now claims that this book "doesn't exist" (right, lets see, a fictional story is somehow less real...?) But that is the kind of crap that the nerds can argue about. Fuck that "continuity" noise, this was the ultimate comic for the average 11 year old back in the day.

This would lead to all sorts of other weird and funky Transformer crossovers later at Marvel, including G. I. Joe, Secret Wars 2, and the Marvel UK character Death's Head had a semi regular role in Transformers. Death's Head later became cult-famous for bouncing around the Universe and later running into no less than Britain's top modern Scifi television character, Doctor Who, as well as American comic characters like the Fantastic Four and She Hulk .

In a way, Transformers #3 could be seen as a lynchpin to a larger cohesive whole. A "Wold Newton" literary device in four colors. But why try to get so serious and heady about it? This was just good old fun comics!

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