Mark's Remarks Archive


The Letters Page Era

June, 1986 - Avengers#268; West Coast Avengers#9; Iron Man#207: First column

July, 1986 - Avengers#269; West Coast Avengers#10; Iron Man#208: No-Prizes

August, 1986 - Avengers#270; West Coast Avengers#11; Iron Man#209: Annoying letters; Letters page welcome

September, 1986 - Avengers#271; West Coast Avengers#12; Iron Man#210: Trends in comics; Smokers at Marvel; History of Mark's reading habits

October, 1986 - Avengers#272; West Coast Avengers#13; Iron Man#211: What makes one comic more popular than another; Advice to collectors; Submitting characters to Marvel

November, 1986 - Avengers#273; West Coast Avengers#14; Iron Man#212: What makes heroes work; What the Marvel Bullpen is

December, 1986 - Avengers#274; West Coast Avengers#15; Iron Man#213: No-Prize policies; No-Prize abolition response

January, 1987 - Avengers#275; West Coast Avengers#16; Iron Man#214: Mistakes artists make; On the use of transitional captions

February, 1987 - Avengers#276; West Coast Avengers#17; Iron Man#215: Editing awards; Farwell to Howard Mackie; on character resurrections

March, 1987 - Avengers#277; West Coast Avengers#18; Iron Man#216: Introducing Gregory Wright; Letter from reader

April, 1987 - Avengers#278; West Coast Avengers#19; Iron Man#217: What editors do; Good characters and bad characters

May, 1987 - Avengers#279; West Coast Avengers#20; Iron Man#218: Statement of Ownership; What makes a good super-hero team

June, 1987 - Avengers#280; West Coast Avengers#21; Iron Man#219: Editors and their input in comics; Assigning writers and artists

July, 1987 - Avengers#281; West Coast Avengers#22; Iron Man#220: How NOT to break into comics; Submissions tips; Workloads

August, 1987 - Avengers#282; West Coast Avengers#23; Iron Man#221: Comics' life expectancy; on the passing of Gardner F. Fox

September, 1987 - Avengers#283; West Coast Avengers#24; Iron Man#222: Hype; Advice to aspiring comic writers and artists

October, 1987 - Avengers#284; West Coast Avengers#25; Iron Man#223: Congratulations to Denny O'Neil; Important message; Wonder Man's costume

November, 1987 - Avengers#285; West Coast Avengers#26; Iron Man#224: Mass mediums

December, 1988 - Avengers#286; West Coast Avengers#27; Solo Avengers#1: "The Glamor Profession"; Changing WCA's title; Solo Avengers debut

January, 1988 - Avengers#287; West Coast Avengers#28; Iron Man#226; Solo Avengers#2: Convention tips; "Fan ideas"; Answering letters; How have comics improved your life?

February, 1988 - Avengers#288; West Coast Avengers#29; Iron Man#227: On the departure of Roger Stern; Marvel vs. DC

March, 1988 - Avengers#289; West Coast Avengers#30; Solo Avengers#4: How to become an editor; Plot formats for submissions; How inventory stories work

April, 1988 - Avengers#290; West Coast Avengers#31; Iron Man#229; Solo Avengers#5: The "typical" letter; How to become a Marvel writer; Super-hero name maker; No change to West Coast Avengers' name

May, 1988 - Avengers#291; West Coast Avengers#32; Iron Man#230; Solo Avengers#6: Welcoming Walt Simonson; Marvel vs. DC continued; Why he writes Mark's Remarks; The Comics Code

June, 1988 - Avengers#292; West Coast Avengers#33; Iron Man#231; Solo Avengers#7: Where ideas for stories come from; Farewell to Mark Bright; What an Executive Editor does; What happens to artwork

July, 1988 - Avengers#293; West Coast Avengers#34; Iron Man#232; Solo Avengers#8: Origin stories; On death in comics

August, 1988 - Avengers#294; West Coast Avengers#35; Solo Avengers#9: Comics as modern mythology; Captain America's origin; Death in comics, continued

September, 1988 - Avengers#295; Solo Avengers#10: Answering letters; Retcons

October, 1988 - Avengers#296; Solo Avengers#11: Comic book mysteries; Letters

November, 1988 - Avengers#297; Solo Avengers#12: Women and comics; How comics relate to movies

December, 1988 - Avengers#298; Solo Avengers#13: Women and comics, continued; derogatory nicknames for comic fans

January, 1989 - Avengers#299; Solo Avengers#14: Women and comics, continued; answering letter


The Marvel Age Editorial Era

February, 1989 - Avengers#300; Marvel Age#71: Farewell to Avengers; Gruenwald's autobiography

March, 1989 - Marvel Age#72

April, 1989 - Marvel Age#73: The "Ages" of comics

May, 1989 - Marvel Age#74: What defines a hero?

June, 1989 - Marvel Age#75: Outstanding Marvel mysteries circa 1989

July, 1989 - Marvel Age#76: The demise of the New Universe, part 1

August, 1989 - Marvel Age#77: The demise of the New Universe, part 2

September, 1989 - Marvel Age#78: Using obscure villains

October, 1989 - Marvel Age#79: The history of "big events"

November, 1989 - Marvel Age#80-81: The 10 greatest cosmic stories

December, 1989 - Marvel Age#82-83: Answering letters; Writing comics

January, 1990 - Marvel Age#84: Flag-burning and Captain America

February, 1990 - Marvel Age#85: Trends in foreign markets

March, 1990 - Marvel Age#86: Conventions in foreign countries

April, 1990 - Marvel Age#87: Cliches

May, 1990 - Marvel Age#88: Captain America, the movie

June, 1990 - Marvel Age#89: Becoming a hack

July, 1990 - Marvel Age#90: Writing Quasar#11

August, 1990 - Marvel Age#91: The future of the comics industry, part 1

September, 1990 - Marvel Age#92: Why comics will soon endure hardship (quite prophetic)

October, 1990 - Marvel Age#93: Answering letters

November, 1990 - Marvel Age#94: The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe

December, 1990 - Marvel Age#95: Why Captain America is comics' greatest heroic fantasy

January, 1991 - Marvel Age#96: Self-referential comics

February, 1991 - Marvel Age#97: Difficulties dealing with foreign consumers

March, 1991 - Marvel Age#98: Comic jargon

April, 1991 - Marvel Age#99: Conventions

May, 1991 - Marvel Age#100: 100 thoughts

June, 1991 - Marvel Age#101: Captain America and the Gulf War

July, 1991 - Marvel Age#102: New Talent Department

August, 1991 - Marvel Age#103: Suspension of disbelief

October, 1991 - Marvel Age#105: New talent department

November, 1991 - Marvel Age#106: Convention report

December, 1991 - Marvel Age#107: New Talent Department

January, 1991 - Marvel Age#108: Writing the Marvel Universe and doing it justice

February, 1992 - Marvel Age#109: New Talent Department

March, 1992 - Marvel Age#110: The role of Executive Editor

April, 1992 - Marvel Age#111: New Talent Department, and controversy

May, 1992 - Marvel Age#112: Rules of the Marvel Universe

July, 1992 - Marvel Age#114: Spider-Man, and interview with Tom DeFalco

August, 1992 - Marvel Age#115: Monsters

September, 1992 - Marvel Age#116: Fashions in comic writing

October, 1992 - Marvel Age#117: Marvel's time travel rules

November, 1992 - Marvel Age#118: New Talent Department

December, 1992 - Marvel Age#119: History of the Bullpen Bulletins

January, 1993 - Marvel Age#120: Trends in comics from the past to the present

February, 1993 - Marvel Age#121: How to survive in the comics industry

March, 1993 - Marvel Age#122: Thoughts on the Avengers

April, 1993 - Marvel Age#123: Gods in the Marvel Universe

May, 1993 - Marvel Age#124: Crossovers

June, 1993 - Marvel Age#125: On Fabian Nicieza

July, 1993 - Marvel Age#126: The US Agent and Scourge

August, 1993 - Marvel Age#127: Obsessing on continuity

NEW! October, 1993 - Marvel Age#129: Killing Marvel characters

November, 1993 - Marvel Age#130: Why some comics are cancelled

December, 1993 - Marvel Age#131: Defending the return of the New Universe

February, 1994 - Marvel Age#133: The problem with marriage in comics

April, 1994 - Marvel Age#135: What's "cool", what "sucks"?

June, 1994 - Captain America#428: Farewell to Jack Kirby

July, 1994 - Marvel Age#138: The Omniverse concept

August, 1994 - Marvel Age#139: Answering letters

September, 1994 - Marvel Age#140: 68 parting thoughts


The Bullpen Bulletins Page Era

June, 1995 - Bullpen Bulletins: Changes at Marvel

July, 1995 - Bullpen Bulletins: Trimming the line; Changes in heroes; reactions to Oklahoma City

August, 1995 - Bullpen Bulletins: Controversy

September, 1995 - Bullpen Bulletins: The Unplugged titles; The Crossing; New designs; Avengers changes

October, 1995 - Bullpen Bulletins: Answering letters

November, 1995 - Bullpen Bulletins

December, 1995 - Star Masters #1: history of Star Masters

December, 1995 - Bullpen Bulletins: October events; New Cosmic titles; Marvelution

January, 1996 - Bullpen Bulletins: Salute to Stan Lee

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