And Then I Read: MARVEL COMICS #1000

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I was sent one of these because I lettered a single page in it (Miracleman). Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the company, it contains 80 one-page stories and a few other short things. Each story is labeled with a year and event from 1939 to 2019. Some of these pages work together to tell a complex story about a powerful mask that threads through Marvel history and is connected to a number of characters. I found that only mildly interesting. About two-thirds of the pages are one-off character moments, some humorous, some serious, and creators there include a large number of well-known Marvel writers and artists from the past to the present. I thought those were more fun to read. In a way, this book hearkens back to the beginnings of comics which often reprinted Sunday newspaper comic strips, each self-contained on a page, or in the early days of original comics material, imitated that idea too. I like longer stories generally, but this was a pretty good read, and it was fun to revisit some of the Marvel moments of the past that I recall from my own comics reading. I also thought it was kind of cool that I worked on this as well as DETECTIVE COMICS #1000, out recently, which has a more legitimate claim to the issue number.

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