After 76 weeks and nearly 400 videos, we’re finally done with our look back at the influential 1990 Marvel trading card set. How did Impel & Marvel wrap things up? With a bunch of sub-SNL punch lines!
We tried to spruce these up with sound effects and goofy voices, but oh lawdy forgive us for going out like this.
However, the cards feature some great artwork and it does get across (even to kids!) how Spider-Man is a borderline omniscient character within the Marvel Universe. He’s funny, he’s somewhat self aware, he’s serious, he’s sorta young, he’s everything a 10-year-old wants to be and a 30-year-old wishes he was.
That’s the whole playlist for those who’ve missed out. We looked at heroes, villains, famous battles, valuable comics of the era, team pictures, rookies (who all washed out) and then at last, this Spidey stuff.
It’s hard to overstate how much these cards spoke to me back then, and how they set planted countless seeds of interest that would blossom across the subsequent decades. I think I mentioned somewhere in there that these cards were actually taken away from me as punishment one time – meaning, I was reading them so much that they became a way to discipline me.
And yeah, this is a great look at Marvel just before the ’90s really blew up. This is before the Infinity Gauntlet, or the Clone Saga, or Age of Apocalypse, or even things like Wolverine returning to his ’70s yellow costume. It’s a great time capsule that shows X-Men in weird outfits most folks born after 1980-90 don’t even recall, and a time when the Avengers – especially Iron Man, Thor & Cap – were NOT the centers of attention.
Hopefully we’ll do series two some day!