Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Friday, January 27, 2006

The Under-Utilized "What Happened Last Issue" Page

You know what i appreciate that is for some really strange reason well under-utilized? the handy paragraph or two that some comics include to catch you up on what happened last issue (or in the current arc).

i mean, i don't read all THAT many titles but man it's a serious challenge to keep straight what's going on in each sometimes (especially when issues come out bi-monthly or slower, and you're reading like 20-30 comics a month - no wait; do i read that many flops? i buy about 6-7 a week so... yeah that's about right... funny, this is the first time i've thought of it in aggregate like that... but i digress ;). i often find myself having to dig out the previous floppy just to refresh my memory on what the hell is even going on.

the quick cure is just to read everything in trades... but where's the fun in that? just include a paragraph or two at the beginning of every issue running down what happened last month... hell TV shows do it all the time w/ the infamous "previously on Lost... or 24... or Invasion (all great shows BTW).


27 January, 2006 14:51, Blogger Christopher Green said...

Marvel had something in 1997-98 (it unfortunately only lasted for about a year) that was pretty cool, the inside of the front cover would fold out, and you'd get a two-page spread giving you bios of the main characters in the issue, and a recap of whats happend in previous issues that relate to the current issue you're reading.

Don't know why they stopped doing it, it's something I've missed to this day.

27 January, 2006 19:20, Blogger zilla said...

damn that sounds perfect... wonder how something like that goes away? i mean what market research turns up that readers wouldn't WANT that? weird.

Strange to me that every comic on the stands these days doesn't have a previous issue/arc summary (i mean there's just not logicaly reason NOT to have it you know?

31 January, 2006 23:31, Blogger Christopher Green said...

If you're interested in seeing what it looked like, I can scan one for you.


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I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

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