When Marvel originated they offered a more grounded
alternative to DC. Instead of outlandish stories about Batman running around
his made-up city in suspenders because he’s been turned into a toddler or
Superman finding a new form of kryptonite that gives him a third eye (both
actual stories), Marvel offered stories set in real places with heroes who
battled real-world problems and their own shortcomings along with supervillains.
However, we’re still talking about a world where side-effects
of radiation poisoning include a six-pack and a proclivity to wear spandex so
absurdity is never far off, and Marvel have certainly had their fair share of
completely bonkers stories over the decades. There have been casual chats with
deities, weird mutations and horribly uncomfortable time-travel crimes.
And that’s just the superhero stuff.
Coming up with new stories is hard so sometimes
it’s easier to just fire up a random word generator and pick whatever comes up. Or at least, that’s the
only thing that explains how these Marvel comics came to be.
A lot of them are bad, some of them have their own peculiar charm, but the important thing is that all of them are absolutely insane.
I was just a mild-mannered NCTJ accredited journalist until one day I found out the truth... that I could share my nerdy ramblings with people on the internet! It's just like mumbling to myself on the train, but without all the strange looks.