Technically, we are still in a post-Onslaught world.

§ October 15th, 2011 § Filed under advertising, retailing § 6 Comments

Promotional flyer for retailers to copy and distribute, circa late 1996/early 1997:

Had Thunderbolts originated within the last five years, it probably would have been the original Avengers, since, you know, apparently we need as many Avengers titles as possible.

The “original X-Men” idea is pretty much “X-Factor, Part II,” which I’m sure was the intended gag. And having the big reveal be “it’s a dude from the New Warriors, plus a bunch of new guys!” would have been a tad disappointing, I think. But Team Americanow we’re talking! Not enough motorcycle-riding superhero teams in comics nowadays, for my tastes. (I was going to say something about using a fairly insular gag about an obscure comic in a flyer intended to attract new readers, but…well, “insular” is pretty much implied whenever you talk about most modern superhero funnybooks, isn’t it?)

By the way:

I bet it does.

6 Responses to “Technically, we are still in a post-Onslaught world.”

  • Kurt Onstad says:

    Team America? Fuck yeah!

    The New New Warriors was basically the post Civil-War concept for New Warriors, as long as you accept Bandit as a “Veteran Warrior.”

    Maybe hindsight is 20/20, but I think given those choices, it’s pretty easy to guess which one it is, especially once the (disguised) roster was shown.

  • Michael says:

    Hey, Mike, thanks for a longer post on a Saturday after your busy week! Sluggos and other panels are fine, but I enjoyed the longer read.

  • DACH says:

    Say, Mike, the second photo on this webpage shows some intrepid seekers of wisdom confronting Swamp Thing. It makes me wonder: has there ever been a muck-encrusted mockery of man’s best friend?

  • CW says:

    The pubic loves everyone and everyone loves the pubic. ;)

  • Dave-El says:

    @DACH: Once there was an all ages title called “Swamp Thing and Mikey Marsh, Bayou Boy” written by Bob Rozakis and drawn by Ramona Fradon featuring the adventures of the Amazing Man-Monster and his plucky side kick who fought such evil thugs as Moss Man, The Sinister Stillwater and Snakewoman. Briefly, they had an animal helper, Swamp Dog, but for only 1 issue as there were concerns his presence would jeopardize Swamp Thing’s secret identity as Alec Holland, an independently wealthy science journalist.

    (Meanwhile Mike is screaming, “No! There was no such thing!” Then he breaks down, a single tear forming: “Oh but it would have been glorious.” Then, once more, his voice choked to a whisper, “Glorious.”)

  • I never knew about Team America- thanks for sharing that! this is why I read this blog.