December 1984: Web of Spider-Man 1 – Or, it turns out Peter is a tighty-whity y-fronts kinda guy

My Marvel Life 1980

Synopsis: Web of Spider-Man 1, Til Death Do Us Part was written by Louise Simonson with art by Greg LaRoque and Jim Moony and opens with Peter Parker fishing in his wardrobe for his Spider-Man costume. which is next to a shapeless and shadowy creature that looks like his previous black costume. On the roof of Peter’s apartment building, models Bambi and Randi are trying to sunbath in autumn. The black shape changes into an exact duplicate of the more familiar red and blue Spider-Man costume, so Peter grabs it by mistake and puts it on. Internally he goes over a brief history of the alien costume, based on his concern that it has escaped the custody of Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, knowing that there have been rumours of a black shape temporarily possessing random people. Peter decides to go and see Reed…

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November 1984: Uncanny X-Men 190 – Or, two issues, but a better event than anything Marvel have done recently

My Marvel Life 1980

Synopsis: Starting my 9th year of My Marvel Life, we have Uncanny X-Men 190, written by Chris Claremont, with art by John Romita Jnr and Dan Green and opens with a view of New York, but a New York like never seen before. It seems like a sword and sorcery era New York. We get this exposition from a briefing of the NSA by Val Cooper. We get some anti-mutant sentiment and a defence of the Mutants’ existence by General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross. The basics are that a wizard called Kulan Gath has changed the whole city into a city from his Hyborean era (think Conan the Barbarian) and everyone and everything in the city has reverted to match those surroundings and have no idea that it’s been done. Anyone inside the city is affected as soon as they are there, but it’s gone whenever they leave. The only unaffected…

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What I’ve Enjoyed Wednesday

A Munky on Merseyside

I went to a comic mart on Sunday, picked up some Power Pack issues, some of the Slott/Allred Silver Surfer and some toys for the boy, also picked up a couple of little gems.

Askani’Son 1-4

This was a sequel to the 1994 Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix, written and drawn by Scott Lobdell and Gene Ha and fills in some of the blanks in the early life of Nathan Christopher Charles Summers Dayspring Askani’Son (yeah, he shortened it down to Cable) and charts his progress as he begins his rebellion. The writing is competent, we get introductions to characters and story points that became important to Cable’s backstory. He we get the Clan Chosen, Aliyah JenSkott, Stryfe, Zero, the Professor and the New Canaanites. The true selling point here is the art. Gene Ha just gloriously depicts a future 2000 years hence with a vivid and detailed art style…

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October 1984: Dreadstar 15 – Or, this is a bad guy from the Bond Villain school of dealing with heroes

My Marvel Life 1980

Synopsis: Dreadstar 15 was written and drawn by Jim Starlin and opens with an unseen entity becoming aware once more and moving from the void of nothingness to awareness of what is going on as it sees the fallen body of Vanth Dreadstar, the leader of the rebellion against the Instrumentality, which rules the Empirical galaxy. It seems this rebellion has suffered a massive defeat by the Instrumentality’s leader the Lord Papal.

The team (Willow, Doctor Delphi, Oedi, Syzygy Darklock and Skeevo Phlatus) wonder what to do with a rapidly dying Vanth. Who’s life was extented and protected by a ‘magic’ sword which was sharred by the Lord Papal. On the homeworld of the Instrumentality, the Lord Papal is just assuming that Dreadstar is already dead and arranges to send two of his enhanced soldiers (Infra Red and Ultra Violet) along with a general and a cardinal to retrieve the…

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Feelings on a Friday 29 – Resolve

A Munky on Merseyside

Hey there internet people.

It’s been a struggle the last few weeks, not done as great as I would like in a number of areas, but I’m not going to complain today. That’s not what today is about.

After a bit of dry spell, I have done a number of posts this week on one of Munky on Merseyside’s sister blogs My Marvel Life. I’ve been enjoying the writing process again and knocking a few posts out has been a positive. Positive is where I want to stay.

So here are some positives and some resolutions.

Positive 1: I have allowed my trainer (Ali Fraser of Lewis Bailey Fitness) to use pictures of me to show my progress on social media. While this is no big thing for most people, it is a deal for me, I hate people seeing me, mainly because I so often hate what it…

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