If you follow me on Twitter (@JesseMeehl) or have taken a gander to the left here on Haunted by Humans, you may have noticed quite a few Marvel Comics volumes appearing in my “recently read” widget. Well, there’s a method to this madness. I’ll let you in on it.
I have begun a quest to read EVERY series from Marvel Comics (starting back in their Timely and Atlas days). Yes, that’s a lot of comics, and yes, I’m starting at the beginning. I’ve been a huge Marvel fan since I was a kid, have basked in their renaissance of late, and can never get enough of any kind of super hero. So instead of just reading the big storylines and crossovers (like I did with DC), I’m reading it all, even through the bumps.
My Five Rules:
1) My first mission is the 616 Universe, which Marvelites will recognize as the Marvel Universe where all the main stuff happens. I may delve into some parallel universe stuff, but I’ll take it as I go. This applies to non-fiction and adaptations of other works etc.
2) I reserve the right to opt out of series that are either to hard to obtain (this is rare), or if they aren’t up to snuff. This latter cause is even rarer than the first. Generally it will only happen if a series becomes too monotonous for me. The key is I need to at least read one story arc from every volume.
3) In the Timely Era, I made sure to read material from every available series, but as that is pre-Marvel, I’m not requiring myself to read all the series. Same with the Atlas Era.
4) As much of the reading as possible will be in reading collected volumes. If an issue or series is missing from volumes, I may be forced to skip it or obtain a hard or digital copy.
5) I’m not reading early romance comics (nuff said), or series that just collect previously published stories.
Currently I’m making my way through the 60’s, paging through the early tales of Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men, and more. The villainous Dr. Doom, Mandarin, Magneto, Juggernaut, Green Goblin, and Baron Zemo, among others, have stepped from the shadows to terrorize the world, and thank goodness we know, over 60 years later, that the good guys win in the end.
Every month I’ll keep you updated as to my progress. Follow me on Twitter if you want “up to the book” updates.
As this is the first official mention of the Marvel Project, I’ll catch you all up!
Series Currently Reading
– Strange Tales, Vol. 1 (1951)
– Journey Into Mystery, Vol. 1 (1952)
– Tales of Suspense, Vol. 1 (1959)
– Tales to Astonish, Vol. 1 (1959)
– Fantastic Four, Vol. 1 (1961)
– The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (1963)
– The Avengers, Vol. 1 (1963)
– The X-Men, Vol. 1 (1963)
– Daredevil, Vol. 1 (1964)
– Menace (1953)
– The Black Knight (1955)
– The Yellow Claw (1956)
– Amazing Adventures/Amazing Fantasy (1961)
– The Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1 (1962)
– Sgt. Fury, Vol. 1 (1963)