Comic books! Okay, technically C is for comic books, but I'm going to spend the next month blogging my way through the alphabet and talking about comic series, characters, or creators along the way.
So, where was I?
A is for...
Thirty years ago, whilst on vacation, in Florida, in a mall, in a bookstore, I found a selection of Marvel comics on a rotating wire rack near the back of the store. It was here I picked up the first comics of what would become a thirty year collection. One of those comics was Alpha Flight (volume 1) #45.
Despite the interesting cast, Alpha Flight was canceled at issue #130. A few short-lived series didn't get much attention after that, but Alpha Flight can now be found in Captain Marvel (volume 9) based on a space station...protecting Earth from alien invaders. :D
Before I finish, I just wanted to make a mention of the creative teams who worked on Alpha Flight and to suggest that you pick up a few issues (issues can be found for very little $$).
As for the creative types, John Byrne started the ball rolling and then swapped jobs with the Incredible Hulk's Bill Mantlo. Mantlo is not a well known name but one of his earlier creations is probably well known to you - Rocket Raccoon.
Interestingly, June Brigman was the artist when I started reading Alpha Flight, so the diversity of the team carried over to the creative side too. Other notable artists who stepped in after Byrne were Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy) and Jim Lee who rose to prominence after Alpha Flight when he got the X-Men gig. He later left Marvel, with other highly sought after artists, to form Image comics. He is now the co-publisher of DC comics.
So check out some Alpha Flight if you get the chance.
Come back tomorrow for B!