Hi! I’m Chrissy! And the first thing you need to know about me is that I am married to Russ, the administrator of the Marvel Chronology Project website. Being married to Russ is an absolute delight, in so many ways, not the least of which is our shared interest in books, movies, TV shows—basically, “stories” in just about any form.
However, before I met Russ in 2005, I must admit that I knew precious little about comics. I think I may have been vaguely aware that there were “DC” comics and “Marvel” comics, but honestly, if I had been a contestant on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire and asked to pick out the DC character from a list of Marvel superheroes, or vice versa, I probably would have Polled the Audience, used the “50-50,” and called a friend rather than trust my own judgment. Of course, if I’d known Russ at that time, I would have jumped straight to Call a Friend.
If I even needed to. Because knowing Russ, it’s impossible not to develop an interest in Marvel Comics. His enthusiasm is contagious. I feel like I have learned so much about comics from Russ…and yet, I know there is so much more to learn! But it’s not the kind of learning like when you are in elementary school and have to memorize the state capitols. It’s the kind of learning that’s fun! I’ve always been interested in pop culture, and this is one very large and important aspect of it that has somehow escaped me. Till now. I love the fact that there’s this whole other Universe out there, just waiting to be discovered.
So this blog is going to chronicle my discovery of the Marvel Universe, along with commentary and impressions from what may be a unique viewpoint. I wish I had thought to begin doing this blog when I first started reading Marvel, but the truth is that I begin this venture having already read appoximately 200 comics, so I’m not entirely new to the genre. But still, relatively new, when one considers how many thousands of stories are out there! At the time of starting this blog, I have not read anything past the year 1964. So I’d say that still qualifies me as a “newbie.” The added advantage of having a little knowledge about the Marvel Universe is that I can make some comparisons and draw some conclusions that a true newbie wouldn’t be able to recognize. So, yeah…now when I think about it, maybe this is exactly the right time for me to begin this venture.
I don’t think it’s any secret that the world of comic books has traditionally belonged to the male of our species. Also, traditionally, comics are perused, at least at first, by the young. I am neither. I’m an oddball. I hope my readers will find it interesting to see which impressions I have that exactly match their own, and which of my ideas they may have never even considered.
Of course, the Marvel Universe has recently become more familiar to the average person through a series of successful blockbuster movies. I have to admit, I love these movies. In most cases, I think it’s amazing how dead-on the producers and directors have been in capturing the characters, and the spirit of the Marvel Universe. Perhaps there are people out there who, through exposure to these movies, are developing a deeper interest in the Marvel Universe. If you’ve stumbled upon this blog as one of those people, then I hope my ramblings can help serve as a sort of “101.”
But then again, if you are a seasoned visitor to the Marvel Universe, even an honorary citizen, I hope what I write here might bring to mind the wonder you felt upon your initial exposure to this unique area of pop culture. Or, even if all you end up saying is, “Geez! Girls sure see things differently than I do,” that’s okay too.
I think that along the way I’ll be bound to make some observations that are painfully obvious, and others that are just plain wrong. I’m okay with that. I’m not afraid to appear foolish, if that’s what it takes to get the ideas flowing. Additionally, I welcome all comments. Please come talk with me about anything I might say in this blog, and feel free to add your own impressions as well. Comments welcome, but no spoilers, please! 🙂
One more thing I must mention: I will be the author of all these entries, but Russ is my invaluable ally, serving as a sort of “executive producer,” leading me in the right direction with suggestions about which stories to read and review, lending much-needed technical support, and probably most importantly, serving as a springboard for bouncing off revelations and ideas, which in turn lead to more revelations and ideas. I simply could not do this without him.