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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Captain America's New Look

After Marvel "killed" Captain America five or six months ago, the speculations began as to when he would return. I mean, as the comic didn't come to an end, it was fairly easy to determine that he would be back in SOME form. Well, we now have his new look available to us. Head on over to Comicon for the official revelation and subsequent discussion. (All negative, so far.)

Do I like the new look? Not really, but I'm I creature of habit. I don't have a problem with the gun or knife, as I believe it gives a "pulp" feel to the character, and returns him to his W.W. II roots, in a way.

It really all depends on how the character will be treated. If they go the "grim and gritty" route, it could backfire as some fans may see it as the same ol' gimmick that Marvel tried back in the early-to-mid '90's. But, I ultimately believe the success will be, as always, in the power of the creative team to show the fans something they haven't seen before. It should still hold, however, to the character's role as champion of freedom, equality and similar American values that he has always stood for. You simply can't divorce Captain America from mom, baseball and apple pie, so to speak.

Just my opinion.

The Merry Marvel Marching Society

In 1964, Marvel Comics began a fan club called The Merry Marvel Marching Society. For the initial fee of one dollar, and seventy-five cents each year following, fans received some pretty cool swag, including, in part, a button, a sheet of stickers, a notepad, a newsletter and a record featuring the voices of some of Marvel's most well-known, well-loved and talented individuals. That record, however, is hard to come by, judging by the slim pickings I came up with when I searched for "Merry Marvel Marching Society" on Ebay. For that reason, I'm posting this Youtube video for those who have never heard the record, or those who haven't heard it for a few decades. I think you'll agree that there's something almost "magical", to be perfectly cheesy, about hearing the voices of folks whose work we enjoyed for so many years. Enjoy!

Hope it brought back some fond memories!