Doug: Way back on January 2 2011 Karen and I opened up a "suggestion box" and put a link on the sidebar. Several of you have taken advantage of it to offer criticisms and a "want list" for posts you'd like to see on this blog. Admittedly, we're not always right on top of replying to your missives and questions, so we thought we'd take a pause today to see if we've met any of those expectations... and tell you why we haven't met others! So, here goes --
Doug: Edo Bosnar suggested several great ideas for series we could do, including the JSA/JLA crossovers. We actually did get to a fun one that also included the Legion of Super-Heroes. I have one of the "Crisis" tpbs, so perhaps we can do another one sometime. Edo also suggested the "Nights of Wundagore" arc from the Avengers -- let's make a deal: the next time we do an Avengers tale, we'll do this one. Great suggestion. As to Marvel Team-Ups #'s 82-85, I don't have those issues so that one will have to be on hold.
Karen: If we have the same "Crisis" tpbs, let's clear a spot on the calendar for another JLA-JSA team up. Those books still feel like summer to me! Unfortunately I don't think I have those issues of MTU either.
Doug: Trevscan suggested Incredible Hulk Annual #7. While that sounds like a fantastic Giant-Size June suggestion, I don't own it. I think Karen does, so maybe we can work something out. Our G-S June/July feature has been a favorite of ours for the past two summers, and we'd like to do it again here in a few months.
Karen: I'm pretty sure I have that Hulk. I'll have to do a little digging to be sure. Our Giant-Size reviews are always fun so count on more of those.
Doug: Rick J. offered up a request for some Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans. Karen and I have each recently purchased the new NTT graphic novel, Games. Look for a review in the future. We've also batted around "The Judas Contract" in our editorial meetings (david_b, you suggested that one specifically). So far it hasn't made the cut, but that doesn't deny its significance.
Karen: I wouldn't be opposed to looking at some of the early issues as well.
Doug: david_b also suggested Dr. Who a looonggg time ago. Check.
Doug: Sean Strange suggested an Open Forum on favorite future worlds. Check.
Doug: Erik Monroe suggested we review Marvel Premiere #31, the first appearance of Woodgod. At present, neither of us have this book. However, if it shows up in one of the coming Marvel Firsts volumes, we may get to it. No opposition here.
Karen: I actually used to have this, but it was a part of "The Missing Longbox" that disappeared between California and Arizona.
Doug: david_b wanted us to visit the X-Men in the interim period. He wrote, "I'm sure there's more, but the ones I'm aware of are Amazing Adventures #11 and 12 (3/72 and 5/72), MTU #4 (9/72), Incredible Hulk #172 (2/74), Captain America #172 – 175 (4/74 to 7/74) and Avengers #110-111 (4/73 to 5/73). Might seem interesting how the House of Ideas kept our rascally mutants in the reader's radar until sufficient interest was built back up." We've actually done some of those recently with our look at the Beast and a guest-appearance by Havok and Polaris in the Hulk. Also, see the old "Two Girls..." blog for a review of the "Secret Empire" storyline.
Doug: Sith Master Sean invited us to look at some Star Wars, Star Trek-type posts. We've gotten several of those in. Want more?
Doug: david_b is a fan of The Big Bang Theory. Apparently many others are, too! Check. Additionally, he requested a look at audio adventures from the Bronze Age. We're not sure about that one at present.
Karen: Yeah, that one is unlikely, at least for now.
Doug: Lastly, Garrett wants to see some Master of Kung fu. Garrett, I don't have any -- none at all! I was never a reader, not even casually. However, I'm not saying it's a dead idea. As long as this blog continues, we've certainly got plenty of fodder for future discussions!
Karen: I only have a handful of MOKF, so this one's on the backburner, I'm afraid.
Doug: Thanks to everyone who leaves comments daily, who's left us something in the suggestion box, and even to you lurkers. We appreciate your presence, and we really do read your thoughts and ideas. Keep 'em coming!
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