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Monday, August 06, 2012 

What If #30, Oct 1991: early leftism from Ron Marz

Here's some scans I took from What If #30 from October 1991, an early writing effort of Ron Marz's:
It features 2 stories in one telling the alternate reality of what might've happened if Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Girl's daughter had lived (several years afterwards, that really did end up happening). The first one, by Jim Valentino, was about what if Sue Storm gave birth to an Alien-style monster that would end up destroying them. The second one, by Marz, tells what if their daughter were born with healing powers. It starts out well enough but then degenerates into a silly political diatribe with Mary Richards, the name of the alternate reality daughter here, taking up the cause of environmentalists, and implying that the oceans as we know them are being polluted by the wealthy. And what was Marz's point of making the president here sound like he's making strange bedfellows with the Kingpin?

I'm amazed he put in the following though, after an imposter disguised as Capt. America (Henry Peter Gyrich) tried to stab her to death and she undergoes self-repairs:
Does Marz know that Abe Lincoln was a Republican?

Overall, this was not the best alternate reality anthology tale I've ever read, but if there's anything it can do, it's to serve as an early example of how in the 1990s, leftism was slowly beginning to get out of hand in mainstream products.

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