Marvel Trading Card Analysis – Team Pictures


An in-depth look at the famous teams of 1960s, 70s and 80s Marvel Comics. Fantastic Four, numerous X-teams and uh… Alpha Flight!

See how Marvels biggest teams measured up in 1990 with our latest look at Marvel’s first series of Superhero Trading Cards. SPOILER: More than half the teams no longer exist!

Check out more of our in-depth analysis of Marvel’s 1990 trading cards in the playlist below, or over on Laser Time’s YouTube Channel. We’re nearing the end of this little project so let us know what you think or maybe give it a share.

3 thoughts on “Marvel Trading Card Analysis – Team Pictures

  1. I know this is all nerd nitpicking, but… enjoy!

    1) Not sure what Henry was talking about re: Vision, his body was destroyed in WCA, but he wasn’t a mole for Kang. He was rebuilt in the white body until a body-swap with a Vision from an alternate dimension, a member of the Gatherers. Sersi was an Eternal, not a character from space.

    2) Sunder was a Morlock, Guido never used his name, I think this is a typo or a change in plans. 1990 would’ve been during Claremont’s “no team” period of X-Men, which I’m sure was very helpful for trading card purposes.

    3) X-Factor didn’t work for the government until the relaunch, X-Factor was basically pitched as mutant-hunting “Ghostbusters” who were secretly protecting the mutants they were tracking. The Ship they used as an HQ was a salvaged Apocalypse base that got re-worked into an episode of the cartoon where Beast befriended it.

    4) The Black Queen was Selene, it wasn’t constantly rotating; once she debuted in New Mutants, she was permanently the Black Queen, at least until the group disbanded. She totally did stick around and was a major villain through the 90’s, particularly of X-Force.

    5) I don’t think anyone in that version of Alpha Flight was a mutant, although they’re X-Men characters. Northstar’s sister was Aurora. Byrne created the team as X-Men antagonists, I don’t think it was a dream project of his. Persuasion (the purple-pink lady) is Purple Man’s kid. Jim Lee got his start on this book a bit before this, so it actually wasn’t a bad book during this time.

    Glad to get all that out of my system.

    1. Thanks man, I was just about to make several of these very same points. It’s a cool idea for a podcast, but unfortunately (at least based on this episode) it seems to be a very poorly researched one.

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