Author Archives: Drew Bradley

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: 1990

By | Jul 20, 2020 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column is back with an overview of the comic industry circa 1990. The overall market In 1990, the direct market was made up of about 1000 individual shops. Although they were vastly outnumbered by newsstand outlets like grocery stores and gas stations, these specialty stores represented almost 85% of comics sold. While the […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “Super Soldier” #1

By | Jul 13, 2020 | Reviews

The summer journey through the Amalgam Universe continues today with a review of “Super Soldier”, the best written Amalgam yet. Plus, I’m noticing some differences between the DC-made Amalgams and the Marvel-made ones. The Mashup Captain America, by way of Superman. This was co-plotted by script writer Mark Waid and artist Dave Gibbons. Colors were […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “X-Patrol” #1

By | Jul 6, 2020 | Reviews

The summer journey through the Amalgam Universe continues today with a review of “X-Patrol”. This is the first time I examine a combination with little-to-no knowledge of the original elements. It still reads pretty well. The Mashup In theory this is the Doom Patrol and X-Force, but because the roster was assembled after most of […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “Amazon” #1

By | Jun 29, 2020 | Reviews

The next pit stop on the Summer trip through the Amalgam titles is “Amazon”, the first real dud I’ve come across. I expected some of these would be confusing, but I never anticipated one to be boring. The Mash Up As a child, Ororo Monroe was shipwrecked on Paradise Island. Raised as an Amazon, she […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “Bullets & Bracelets” #1

By | Jun 22, 2020 | Reviews

Continuing the summer trip through the Amalgam titles, we get to one of the least obvious pairings, “Bullets & Bracelets”, where the Punisher married Wonder Woman. The Mash Up The Punisher’s civilian name is Trevor Castle, a combination of Frank Castle and Steve Trevor, and that’s really the only difference from the regular Marvel version. […]

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Remembering Amalgam: “Spider-Boy” #1

By | Jun 15, 2020 | Reviews

As mentioned in my opening piece on Amalgam, I’m spending this summer looking back at the 24 one-shots released by Marvel and DC in 1996 and 1997 that featured a merged universe mixing their various properties together. The first one up for an in-depth look is “Spider-Boy”. The Mash Up Spider-Man and the teenage clone […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: 1980

By | Jun 15, 2020 | Columns

Multiversity’s history column returns with a variety of items from 1980, including a review of the direct market, the back issue market, and the effects of the growing independent comic scene. Growth of the Direct Market Following some legal decisions in 1979, the Direct Market was growing faster than ever. There were about 3000 comic […]

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Remembering Amalgam

By | Jun 8, 2020 | Reviews

For the briefest of moments in 1996, Amalgam Comics was the most popular comic book publisher in North America. In its debut week, it released twelve new number ones. All of them did well in sales, with eleven making it into Diamond’s top 20 sellers, and five of those making it into the top 10. […]

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Ghosts of Comics’ Past: 1970

By | May 18, 2020 | Columns

I’m taking a slightly different approach to today’s column. Instead of looking at various events from several different years, I’m going to focus on events from a single year: 1970. By 1970, DC and Marvel were the undisputed top publishers in the comic industry, and the gap between them and third place was wide enough […]

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