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Here come the good guys

Bill Coffin | September 26, 2016

I am a long-time comic book reader, especially of Marvel Comics—the folks whose creations have ultimately yielded movies such as Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers, and more. Back in the mid-1970s, Marvel published a series of anthologies that collected some of their most influential comics to date, and one of these volumes really captured my attention. It was called “Bring on the Bad Guys,” and it collected the first appearances of some of the greatest villains in the Marvel universe. At a time when it was hard for a young kid to get his hands on back issues, anthologies like this were treasure.

However, I always wondered, why wasn’t there a “Bring on the Good Guys.” How come the villains were getting all of the attention? The truth was, there always were anthologies that spotlighted heroes, but I just hadn’t seen them. The heroes were there, but to me, they had somehow become strangely invisible, which was quite frustrating.

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