because it appears…

that i am contractually obligated to discuss comics at least once a month, particularly on Wednesdays, i’d like to discuss a favourite comic of mine:

Amazing Spider-Girl.

as those of you who follow comics probably know, ASG was cancelled recently and will end its run with issue 30.

with the cancellation of this book, the only Spider-title that i will be reading is Ultimate Spider-Man.

ASG was the last title that i read that really reminded me of the comics i read growing up. i cut my comic-book teeth on reprints of Lee/Kirby Spider-Man and Thor, and first-run copies of Lee/Romita Spidey and the late 1970s Fantastic Four.

all of these books had a cleaner view of the world than most modern comics; this isn’t to say they were simplistic. they weren’t. Marvel comics of the 1960s and 1970s were fresh in the way they acknowledged and discussed the problems and issues of society – but they were relentlessly positive about it. while the heroes might have to deal with discrimination, or drug use, or whatever other societal problems, they tended to be successful in that process.

not so today. most modern comics are awash in gore, negativity and corrupted heroes. heck, the current main continuity Spider-Man books are currently working through the aftermath of Peter Parker and Mary Jane making a deal with the Marvel Universe’s analogue for the Devil. not really the kind of thing that would have seen print when i was growing up.

this isn’t really a complaint, however. the average comic reader has aged in the past thirty years; with the collapse of the traditional methods of distribution during the late Bronze Age and the subsequent rise of Diamond and the direct/collector market, there shouldn’t be any surprise that readership shrank and aged.

with an older readership (that’s more in tune with the grimmer side of things), a darker skew in plotting and art is to be expected.

but that doesn’t mean that people don’t want more cheerful books – though, sadly, sales figures don’t seem to back this assertion.

ASG was (and still is for a couple more months) a throwback – the story of May “Mayday” Parker’s life in high school, trying to deal with the ramifications of her abilities (and maybe keep a boyfriend). without killing off a main character or two each month. or the various random crap thrown into most modern books to make them “darker.” it was like reading about Peter, back before he was married (and was still a struggling geek).

but now it’s gone. bummer.

quote of the day:

“Fine, but when we do get to have our nervous breakdowns, I go first.” – Peter Parker

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One Response to “because it appears…”

  1. the economy’s rough all over… « i’m not drunk enough for this. Says:

    […] those of you in the know are already aware of Marvel Comics’ cancellation of Amazing Spider-Girl. […]

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