Comics : Sergio Aragones Massacres Marvel

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This story is part of a Lookback Series: Worst of the Worst

This review was first published on: 2008.


In 1996 Mad and Groo cartoonist Sergio Aragones (along with his scripter Mark Evanier took their turn at decimating the Marvel Universe (Fred Hembeck took a swipe at this nearly a decade earlier in Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe) Anyway, like Hembeck's book this one was a series of in-jokes strung together to make a full comic (sort of like many Saturday Night Live sketches have been padded out to form feature-length movies).

This comic was done in a series of chapters spotlighting several of the Marvel heroes. Spidey only appeared in two of the chapters, hence only those chapters are being reviewed here.

In Detail...

"Sergio Aragones Massacres Marvel"
Sergio Aragones Massacres Marvel (Story 1)
Jun 1996 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-Man appears
Editor:  Bobbie Chase
Writer:  Mark Evanier
Pencils:  Sergio Aragones
Inker:  George Perez, Sergio Aragones
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This is the part of the story where it is all set up. Aragones and Evanier walk into the Marvel offices, find it empty, and Aragones decides to draw all of the comics due that month to get them back on schedule.

In General...

This is a cute story that is pretty standard for an Aragones/Evanier collaboration. Full of in-jokes and sly references to both Marvel and real-world events. Nothing notable about it, but it is cute

Overall Rating...

Sorry for the low rating, but I have long since grown tired of this lame Mad Magazine/Not Brand Echh style of storytelling.


Personally, I liked Hembeck's stuff better, but that could just be me, and I'm not quite sure why Marvel would have attempted essentially the same story all over again less than 10 years after the first attempt essentially failed.