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Wednesday, February 8

All you zombies hide your faces

The upcoming Marvel Zombies 5 - written by Robert Kirkman. It spoofs the wedding of Spidey and Mary Jane from the 80s. You know at the time Marvel consulted with actual fashion designers on MJ's gown. It looks like the 80s to me-- Is she wearing fingerless lace gloves and jelly shoes? I wore pink fingerless lace gloves to my middle school prom!

8 Comments:

At 12:24 PM, Blogger RAB said...

Actually, the guy who designed Mary Jane's wedding gown was a prominent big-name fashion designer who died of complications related to AIDS at about the time the issue hit the stands. It was mentioned in a memorial to the designer in the Bullpen Bulletin page shortly thereafter -- a surprisingly classy touch from Marvel at the time. I don't know if it was mentioned in the Spider-Man series, but it would have been really cool to see a story where Mary Jane said something to her husband like "Peter, the guy who designed my wedding dress just died. I should organize a fashion benefit for AIDS research in his memory!" And then, like, some super villain could attack the fashion show to steal the proceeds, forcing Peter to switch to Spider-Man and stop him...I'm just saying, is all.

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Frosty Snowbro said...

Where the hell did you come up with all that, Rab?

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger redlib said...

Real-life fashion designer Willi Smith designed the gown. At the time he won because he was a hot designer and TV personality. "MJ dress is mermaid shaped...It's not your typical wedding gown, but Mary Jane isn't your typical blushing bride either. She's hip and fun, and WilliWear is known for its design" PR said at the time.
And I know this thanks to Marvel Age Magazine, no. 54, Sept 87 that Rich found for me!

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger RAB said...

Frosty, I got it from Marvel Age too.

 
At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Randy said...

I've read the first three issues of Marvel Zombies at the shop I go to. Didn't buy them, just read them. Would someone please explain to me why these comics exist other than an attempt to make money and be able to actually trademark the term Marvel Zombie? This series is probably one of the dumbest ideas I've ever seen. And I've been reading comics for 20 years. I suffered through the JLA Detroit era and the Dr. Druid leading the Avengers era. I survived Millenium and Maximum Security and lived to tell the tale. I've seen Comico, Eclipse and First come and go. I must be getting old because I do NOT for the life of me see any reason whatsoever in why this series should exist. Now, I like Kirkman's writing. I love his Marvel Team-Up series. I loved his Capes mini-series from Image a couple years back. Invincible is a great read too. I strongly suggest the first Invincible HC reprinting the first twelve issues. Marvel Zombies? WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?!

Forgive my rant there. This has just been on my mind lately and have been looking for a reason to let this out of my system. I deeply apologize if this book is someone's favorite series. I'm not trying to offend your tastes in 'comics literature.' I would, however, really appreciate someone telling me what I'm missing here.

I will say that the Suydam covers are very striking. That's one plus I see in the series.

 
At 2:35 AM, Blogger Frosty Snowbro said...

Randy, it's cool, man. Cause the truth is,you are right. Marvel was riding the hype of recent zombie comics (Walking Dead, LIfe as a Zombie, etc) and to answer your question, no it's not my favorite series but It is fun entertainment value.

Rab, my hats off to you. I read Marvel Age too but I didn't READ it. I was more of a Marvel Universe person.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Those Suydam parody covers have been damned tempting, and I'm a big Sean Phillips fan, but (like nearly everything by Marvel I buy these days, bar THE ULTIMATES, SHE-HULK, and now NEXTWAVE), I've been waiting for the trade. And, after I've read it, it's a damned sight easier to sell a trade paperback on eBay than a bunch of back issues.

 
At 7:48 PM, Blogger redlib said...

Like Frosty Snowbro, I think Marvel is just capitalizing on the zombie trend- in comics and in movies- Shaun of the Dead, 28 days later that has temporarily replaced the vampire trend.
I like the parody covers. Randy, I'm with you on M Team-up and Invincible. I guess I'm guilty of, ooh, love Kirkman so I'll buy everything he writes. Can't imagine anyone would say it's their favorite series.

 

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