Greetings, Explorers! We are taking a look at Marvels. Kurt Busiek wrote the story and Alex Ross
illustrated painted it. The series was published by Marvel comics in 1994. Marvels spans the history of the Marvel Universe from the 1930s to the 1970s. News photographer Phil Sheldon has the luck of being in the right spot at the right time for many of Marvel’s most famous stories. He witnesses the the first battle of the many battles between Namor and The Human Tourch in the 30s to the death of Gwen Stacey in the 70s and everything in between.
Johnny, Frankie, and Dennis start the episode by getting a recap of the story by way of Frankie’s incorrect, but not far off, recollection of the book. Additionally, we learn that Doctor Strange may be a high school teacher instead a physician. The gang continues by discussing the effects the Marvels have on the marriage of Phil Sheldon and Doris Jacquet.
The gang explorers the analogy of the X-men and the Civil Rights Movement of the 60s role; the unknown life of the mutant girl; and the time Sue Storm married Lou Reed, not Reed Richards. Additional topics include the trope of Women in Refrigerators; why taking Phil Sheldon wants to take a photo with a random kid; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Marvels.
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