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    Augie looks at the first year of the classic 'Excalibur' series and finds much to admire from Chris Claremont and Tom Orzechowski. Time for writing and lettering lessons, kids!


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    Great article! Excalibur is quite possibly my favorite Marvel series ever.
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    Good article, great points about the word balloons and lettering. Groo also had a good letterer - Stan Sakai
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    You know, you made me dig up and read the original Excalibur special tonight.
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    Great article! I really enjoyed Excalibur when it first came out and I'm sure it would stand the test of time if I dug up my issues today.

    One of the things it offers that modern comics don't is actual bang for the buck. Today, i can spend (at least !) 3 dollars on a comic that takes five minutes to read. Back in the 80s, we actually got story and content for the money. I also enjoyed the series for its spotlight on Rachel Summers - a fully powered Phoenix who was not going crazy with power and behaving like an idiot. (Once again underlining how stupid AvX was!)

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    Excalibur was my absolute favorite comic, bar none. That first year was pure magic. Bob Wiecek took over art duties after Alan & Paul, and boy was it a huge letdown. The style he went with was so radically different and out there, I stopped buying. :-( Picked up the Amanda Conner issue and when Alan returned a few years later I started to get it regularly.

    Story density in Excalibur was high-- more than other books out at the time, and yet it was 'lighthearted'. Looking at those old issues now and the decompressed crap put out today -- man, we sure got our money's worth.

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    I've always found Claremont's writing a tedious slog, but I did always feel drawn to Excalibur - That said when there was a fill in artist it became obvious to me that Alan Davis was the only thing I really liked and I never went back to the book.

    On Groo - I've got the Slings and Arrows Comic Guide which provides a write-up and list of recommended issues for most American comcis ever and I always liked that for Groo it (the first edition of the book at least) the recommended issues are "pick a doze, any dozen". That sounds about right for Groo.

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    I recently got a bunch of Excalibur issue for nothing, maybe 1-35? I'll have to give them a flip sometime soon.
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    Great article.

    Early Excalibur was indeed delightful wicked-fun! This was one of those few (and rare) books where writing, art, colours and lettering worked so perfectly well together. And Claremont's writing was at his lyrical best. I often feel quite sympathetic and sad towards those "youngsters" now who say they cannot "get into" an eighties (and earlier) comic...because of the writing back then.
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    Glad you're all having a fun trip down memory lane with "Excalibur" with me. It IS an incredibly fun book, and far too often overlooked, I think. I'll have more to say about it, possibly this week. I still have the second year of the series to talk about, and then we'll just skip ahead to Alan Davis' return to the title. Thanks to Modern Masters: Alan Davis, I have some historical context to put it all into, as well. This is a fun job sometimes. =)

    It might get pre-empted for another week by The Art of Todd McFarlane, though. We'll see how fast I can read through that tonight. =)

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