Day and Night

Panel from Marvel Team-Up #59 © 1977 and characters TM/® Marvel
Comics. Script: Chris Claremont. Pencils: John Byrne. Inks, Colors:
Dave Hunt. Letters: Bruce Patterson. Editing: Archie Goodwin.

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  1. Happy Spring, ya nerd! <— pot calling the kettle black, iron, and steaming hot

  2. Comic books sound SO MUCH COMPLICATED. I really don't know how I never got involved with them.

    Probably because I was busy in the back yard playing with mud.


  3. I played with mud. And I did a fair amount of running around outside in the fresh air. But I also played with action figures and watched a lot of cartoons and read a lot of comic books.

    What you say about comic books is true, although I suspect that you getting that from this post is actually a failing of mine. All the stuff about possibly getting the second issue that continues a two-part story before getting the first part, I think, I made sound more convoluted than it was, as it's just the same idea as seeing television episodes in a continued storyline out or order or reading the second novel in a series first. Getting Marvel Team-Up #60 off the racks but finding #59, which led into it, later — this is not much different than, say, reading The Black Caudron before The Book of Three. Where comic books are indeed SO MUCH COMPLICATED is that, at least where superhero-based "universes" from the Big Two publishers are concerned, characters have appeared in countless stories in countless issues, sometimes over decades, in various series making up a vast interrelated web (no Spider-Man pun intended), often with revisionist history playing a role. You want a taste of how that can be crazy, then I have just the post for you; it's a little long, but the gist of it is contained a few paragraphs in when I quote something I wrote earlier in a typewriter-style font.