Farewell and thank you George Perez.

A Munky on Merseyside

Just to warn you all, this is a bit of a ramble, but it is what was in my head.

On Saturday I learned of the passing of the legend that is George Perez. He died aged 67 after a long battle with illness at home, surrounded by loved ones. He had been ill for some time and he was aware that these were his last days.

A week after losing Neal Adams, this was a loss not just the devastating one to his family and friends, but to the larger comics community, both professional and fans alike and it’s hard not to feel saddened by this tragic event. So I wanted to write something about this man, whom I never met, but had an impact upon my life nonetheless.

George Perez’s career spans over 40 years, covers hundreds of characters for both DC and Marvel amongst other work and…

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Spectacular Spider-Man 224: Wow, over-thinking the revenge plans a bit there.

Credits: Written by Tom DeFalco, pencils by Sal Buscema, inks by Bill Seinkeiwcz and edited by Eric Fein. Cast: Peter ‘Spider-Man’ Parker, Ben ‘Scarlet’ Spider, 3Pete, Kaine, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Dr Judas Traveller & Scrier Plot: 3Pete’s body mutates as he mentally devolves in the presence of Peter, Ben and Kaine. The four battle, 3Pete … Continue reading Spectacular Spider-Man 224: Wow, over-thinking the revenge plans a bit there.

My Life and Comics: The Secret Origin

I didn’t know where to put this, so am putting it here too

A Munky on Merseyside

I worked out recently that I have been a comic fan/collector for 2/3 of my life. More than any job, school or family relationship outside of my parents, it has been a constant. Whether this is a good, or in fact a bad thing, well that really isn’t the point. It is what it is.

When I was younger I lived in Yorkshire, I was born in Merseyside, but my earliest coherent memories were of Yorkshire. It was there when I started reading comics with Original X-Men 1, which I talked about here. There were other things I read of course, but they left an impression. This was bolstered by the glut of action/adventure cartoon shows that were on when I was younger, a veritable golden age of kids cartoons. Some of these featured characters I was familiar with. In fact my first exposure to Namor, Thor, the All…

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October 1986 – Uncanny X-Men 213 Or, despite all the horror and violence, everyone looks fabulous.

  Synopsis: Psylocke was written by Chris Claremont with art by Alan Davis and Paul Neary and opens with Betsy 'Psylocke' Braddock using the X-Men's Cerebro system to check the grounds of the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, current home of the X-Men and the Morlocks who survived the recent Mutant Massacre. She checks in … Continue reading October 1986 – Uncanny X-Men 213 Or, despite all the horror and violence, everyone looks fabulous.

My Marvel Life Presents A-Z of Comics part 19 – S

S is for Spider-Man 2099 Spider-Man 2099 was the first character in the 2099 line of comics produced by Marvel in the early-mid 90's. The idea was to show a futuristic version of current characters in a post-government corporate run future. We had different versions of the X-Men, Doom, Hulk, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Punisher and … Continue reading My Marvel Life Presents A-Z of Comics part 19 – S