Welcome to ‘My Marvelous Year,’ the only comic book reading club that will take you through the entire history of Marvel Comics!
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Update 11.18 — The My Marvelous Year reading club makes a triumphant return (complete with an all-new podcast!) in 2019.
What Is My Marvelous Year?
Well, in short it’s the 2016 Comic Book Herald reading club. You, me, and a whole bunch of other Marvel fanatics are going to read 10 comic book stories from each year of Marvel history, tackling one year a week. We will be using Marvel Unlimited, for the easiest most affordable means of reading all these comics!
So for the first week of January 2016, we will read 10 Marvel Comics published in 1962 (starting with the final two months of 1961 since that’s when the Marvel U really begins). For the second week of January 2016, we will read 10 Marvel Comics published in 1963. The third week, we’ll cover 1964. And so on… until we hit 2014 in the final week of December 2016!
You can find the guide for each year of Marvel Comics by clicking each decade’s hub above.
Hero Of The Year and Villain Of The Year Voting
In addition to reading through the Marvel Universe, we will be voting on a hero and villain of the year. Essentially, this is the hero/team you think had the best comics throughout the featured year. Who was Marvel’s MVP of 1962? What comic was the best, and who had the most outstanding moments? Apply the same thinking to villains, but celebrate the immensity of their evil!
Some further explanation for our selections:
1) Everyone gets to vote, but you only to get vote for 1 hero and 1 villain each week. I will select the top candidates, but you can write in your own pick in ‘other.’ In this way, I fully expect Stilt-Man to win any year he is eligible.
2) Any hero or villain is eligible for a year’s voting if they appear in a Marvel comic that year. For example, Doctor Strange and Captain America are not featured in any 1962 comics, and are not eligible for voting that year. You can take into consideration comics that are not a part of our selected 10 stories, but do not need to.
3) Winners should be based on the strength of their comics and storylines in an individual year. Which comic did you enjoy reading the most?
3a) You can vote for individual heroes, or as part of a team. For example, The Fantastic Four are 1962’s front-runner, but The Thing is also an eligible candidate. Likewise, The Avengers as a group will be eligible once they form.
4) As we progress, eligible characters will be heavily influenced by the strength of the creators working on their books. We aren’t voting on “best writer and artist,” but when we hit 2012 (for example), Matt Fraction and David Aja are going to be the primary reason Hawkeye is a front-runner.
5) Ultimately, I am the final vote on our winners, largely because absolute power corrupts absolutely. This may lead to some enormous controversy and a shocking number of titles for Howard the Duck, but don’t worry, your votes are the leading factor!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below, or tweet me @ComicBookHerald.