So, I don’t know if any of you caught ABC’s “MARVEL: 75 Years, From Pulp To Pop” that aired last week, but aside from a few extra glimpses into some movies and TV shows, it was a magnificent bit of historical story telling.
And by that I mean almost entirely fictional.
Now, granted, I know this was a piece put together by ABC, Marvel’s Disney Step-Sister and it’s purpose was to hype up the upcoming movie slate, but my starts and garters! If you were to believe half the glossed-over events in this thing you’d think just about every major moment in comics history was created, produced and spearheaded by the House of Ideas. That is of course, if the special bothered to mention it between sneak peeks and trailers.
I get that this was only an hour-long special and to it’s credit it did feature a lot of great comic book writers and artists, but it felt more like an election ad than a TV special about a company that has rightly earned it’s place as a Pop Culture phenomenon.
In closing, if you are looking to learn more about Marvel beyond movies and TV shows I can’t reccomend Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story enough. It’s a fantastic look at the industry and how we got the Marvel Comics we know and love today.
Today’s bout of revisionist-history comes from the one and only Mervyn McKoy:
Mervyn McKoy is an illustrator and co-founder at Paperlab Studios. He has provided both 2D and 3D work for corporate and small business interests for the past nine years after graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale’s Media Arts and Animation Bachelors program. McKoy is known for his pop culture parody artwork, and has been praised and Lampooned across various sites and podcasts, including Destructoid, IGN and Gamespy (now the Comedy Button). His work has even been included in Conan O’Brien’s Flaming C Art Gallery on the San Diego Comic Con episode. When he is not working on commissions and client work, McKoy can be found wiling away on his creator-owned projects Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew and The C-Listers. His work can be found at www.paperlabstudios.com.
On a personal note, today is a pretty special day as we pause and take remembrance of those who’ve lost their lives in our world’s conflicts. As someone who has a long family history with the military, dating back to World War I and continuing to this day, the sacrifice and efforts of servicemen and women mean more than I can express. Even if it’s just a moment, please take some time today and reflect on those who came before and those who carry on this tradition today.