Doug: Our readers are fantastic! You really embraced this topic -- one we weren't quite sure would stand up. Any time we venture into uncharted waters, there is always a bit of apprehension as to how we'll be received. Well, we have your answer and so we return a hearty "Thanks!" to you. With the group hug out of the way, let's move forward to the next round.
Doug: As we all watched over the past few days, we had one race that came right down to the end, with Superman: The Movie barely nudging aside the Treasury-style big books that Marvel and DC published. I thought one of the comments that asked what the legacy of Superman: The Movie was -- making Christopher Reeve a star? was a good one. But then, what was the legacy of the Treasuries? While they were great fun, 99% of the time they were just another format for reprints. Many of you commented that it's difficult to separate the significance of the event to history from the significance of the event to our history. Also a valid point. The Indie comics Elfquest and Cerebus the Aardvark got their fair share of love, but in the end the mainstream stuff won out. For me personally, I was never a fan of the independent comics. However, that was due mainly to not having a comic shop close by where I could see the books and/or get recommendations from store owners and other consumers -- I know many of those books were meritorious.
Doug: As I mentioned in a comment, the second round contains 16 "games". It will be best if we separate that into two groups of 8; hence, we'll spend the lion's share of this week in Round Two. That will be good, however, because it will keep our comments and questions a bit more focused, rather than having us trying to generate conversation on 16 (or even 32) different issues. So today we'll begin to accept comments on the top half of the bracket, and those match-ups have already been installed as polls on the sidebar to your left. The revised/updated bracket is pictured below, and is again in sections -- you'll have to make multiple clicks to see it all. We will get to the bottom half of it mid-week.
Doug: So thanks again -- really -- for your participation. You make this fun for us, and we enjoy this forum each and every day.
Our collaborators, Martinex1 and Redartz, have opened a new blog called Back in the Bronze Age... If you have liked the sorts of topics seen here on Bronze Age Babies, then you are going to feel right at home at Back in the Bronze Age... Give them a visit!
Karen and Doug
Bronze Age Babies, Unite!
On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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Dig Karen's Work Here? Then You Should Check Her Out in Back Issue!
BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
Karen's talking the Mighty Thor in the Bronze Age!
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