Cover to “House of M” #6, Esad Ribic, 2005

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Throwback Thursday: Marvel Comics’ “The Infinity Gauntlet” (1991)

My buddies and I have “Avengers” fever.  We can barely wait to see “Avengers: Infinity War,” which opens tonight, and answer some burning questions.  I myself want to know how the relatively humble Captain America can deflect a blow from Thanos’ omnipotence-granting Infinity Gauntlet (as depicted in the trailer).  Meanwhile, a pal of mine insists it’s possible that some iteration of the Venom alien symbiote will make an appearance — even though that character is owned separately by Sony Pictures.  (I’m inclined to think that this is wishful thinking.)

I was actually around for the 1991 debut of “The Infinity Gauntlet” — the six-issue 1991 crossover series upon which this movie is based.  (“The Infinity War” was actually a sequel comic crossover that Marvel released a year later.)  An upperclassman upstairs in my sophomore dorm lent it to me, and it pretty much blew my mind.  I had only recently discovered that the characters owned by the “big two” comic book companies inhabited shared universes.  (DC Comics has released its own universe-wide crossover series at about the same time — “Armageddon 2001,” a series I still love, despite other fans’ contempt for it.)  I had read a lot of comic books growing up, but they were usually war comics or horror comics; superheroes had always seemed lame to me when I was a kid.

“The Infinity Gauntlet” was thick stuff, as comics went.  The sheer number of characters involved (and an abundance of cosmic characters) made it a little hard to follow for a reader new to Marvel.  (DC’s major characters were fewer, more familiar and easier to understand.)

But it was still a load of fun.  I still think it’s messed up what Thanos did to poor goddam Wolverine, who’d skillfully gotten the drop on him at first.

 

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