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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 

Marvel celebrates its 70th anniversary

They're celebrating the 70th year since they first began as Timely Publications. But after all the damage they've done to their properties and franchises over the past decade, I can't help but wonder, just how great will this anniversary be?

In fact, according to this press release they have here:
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Marvel Comics will commemorate the milestone event on Tuesday, August 11th with special anniversary parties taking place around the world! Over 500 comic shop retailers will be hosting parties to celebrate the comic book giant’s 70 year history from 1939 to today. These events will be offering: early on sale release of The Marvels Project #1, an all new series detailing the origins of super heroes in the Marvel Universe by the creative team behind the worldwide sensation The Death Of Captain America;
See, while they don't mention it, there's every chance that these origins could even include a forced redo of Spider-Man's. And that's one thing that, if they still intend to stick to it, makes it very difficult to look forward to their 70th year. Why, practically nothing they've done in the past several years is particularly worth celebrating. That's why what could've been a lively announcement a decade ago is hard to be excited about now.

If Marvel's current editorial staff, Quesada, Buckley, etc, are wrecking their properties artistically, then it's very difficult to celebrate this when there's a whole different story going on elsewhere than the convention centers and other locations they'll be attending.

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