Marvel comics of 1986. Squadron Supreme!
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On this episode we cover the following issues (all available via Marvel Unlimited):
|Squadron Supreme||#1 to #12|
My Marvelous Year – Marvel Year Twenty-Six: 1987 Pt. 1
|Avengers||#273 to #277|
|Incredible Hulk||#331 to #333, #336 to #337|
|Hulk/Thing – The Big Change||OGN|
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Matt Ellis says
Enjoyed the discussion, but I’m left with an instinctive impulse to defend Mark Gruenwald. It is a shame that this book will forever be compared with the works of Moore and Gibbons and Miller and Mazzucchelli and Miller and Sienkiewicz. Written out like that does it seem fair to compare these to the work of Gruenwald and… Bob Hall?
Keeping in mind that Gruenwald was at the time writing Captain America, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, editing a half dozen other books and also dealing with the well-known office politics of the likes of Roger Stern and Jim Shooter…
Where Moore and Miller were attempting to write what they would have liked to be regarded as literature in graphic form, perhaps Gruenwald did what he could to give life to a pet project as a monthly comic with what was available to him?
I would submit that his accomplishment far exceeded expectations given the context of the time and resources available.
It’s easy now to see the failure to address racial and gender issues as a flaw, and indeed there were other creators who had addressed such things (at least racial issues), but was the practice prevalent? Not at all… Twelve issues is not a lot of space to address all possible social issues present at the time. Furthermore, although I don’t think the comics were published under the Comics Code at the time, they still had to appeal to the predominant paying audience at the time nonetheless.
No, it’s not better than Watchmen, or Born Again, or Dark Knight Returns. But it deserves credit for being better than almost everything that had been published by either of the big two up to that time.