I'm terrible at these hosted thread things. I get bored, or have a busy week, or fall behind for whatever reason, and leave them behind. It probably doesn't help that they tend to be ridiculously ambitious. Well, this is my most ambitious one yet. The Marvel universe. Comic by comic. From the beginning. We'll see how it goes. I'm starting with what seems to be the start of the modern Marvel universe. Going to take it month by month. Starting tomorrow with Issue #1 of The Fantastic Four from November 1961. I'll work my way forward, adding Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man and the Thor stories of Journey into Mystery as I get to them in 1962. Doctor Strange in Strange Tales, The Avengers and the X-Men in 1963. Daredevil and Captain America's Tales of Suspense in 1964. I want to see how the universe I know and love today came to be. I have for the most part not read these early stories. And obviously I will not be able to read everything. I have a good number of complete runs, plenty of Essentials and Omnibus editions, etc etc, but I don't think I have, for instance, Tales of Suspense #52, the first appearance of the Black Widow. I don't have any of the early Fury stuff. So if any of you have old comics and want to chip in to the conversation when we get to the month in question, I certainly welcome that. I'm only going to be reading books in the "616" universe. I don't care, for the sake of this little undertaking, about what-ifs, MC2, the Ultimate universe, (though that won't be an issue for the foreseeable future), or any comics that aren't part of the "Marvel Universe". If you think I'm overlooking a book that is part of the MU, please let me know! Haven't decided yet whether I'm going to do the horror books: Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing, etc. Also, I'm going by cover date. I know a lot of Marvel comics are post-dated, and recently at least are several months off their actual release date, which is annoying, so I'm just going by cover date all the way. I'm sure I'll get the occasional comic slightly out of sequence because of this, but there's nothing for it. Anyway. I begin tomorrow. Come along for the ride. Or at least wish me luck. And Make Mine Marvel. Excelsior!