When you get it right, you get it right.
Above is the cover to the upcoming Marvel: 1985 mini by Mark Millar and Tommy Lee Edwards.
If cover artist Jim Cheung's intent was to put you in the place of the kid in the foreground, job well done then.
Geez, I remember the year 1985 well. I'm a sophomore in junior high and absolutely hating it. I was going through a growth spurt and was literally having growing pains. My once high voice was on the way to becoming the rich, silken smooth thing it is today. Before that happened though, I and everyone else had to contend with a voice that alternated between rabid chipmunk and garbage disposal.
Through it all there was one thing that I could count on...
Marvel Comics had a freshness at that time and at this point, the comics they were producing were aimed right at my over-large head.
Whether it was Marvel's first mega-crossover Secret Wars, Roger Stern's truly Amazing Spider-Man run, John Byrne's Fantastic Four or The Uncanny X-Men (Believe it or not kids, there was only ONE "X" book once upon a time), for me, Marvel Comics was it and for nearly 15 years after, I almost exclusively made mine Marvel.
And Marvel: 1985 seems to want to cash in on that.
I don't know if you can do that, cash in on a time and place, a feeling. This, to me, was my Golden Age of comics discovery. Of caring so much about who was under The Hobgoblin's mask that I risked suspension to smuggle the comic into school.
It was where I developed a huge love for the character She-Hulk.
It was where I learned to appreciate a writer/artist operating at the height of his abilities with Walt Simonson on Thor.
This was where I really started to appreciate art and storytelling. Where I learned that Marvel Comics truly shared a complete universe and felt utter incredulity at Daredevil's exclusion in the Secret War.
Most importantly, it was where I learned to collect comics in sequence thanks to Larry Hama's gateway comic for a whole generation, G.I. Joe.
At this time, Marvel truly seemed like a "House of Ideas."
It was my favorite time, comics-wise and I don't know if it can be recreated.
That said, I will be picking up, at least, the first issue of Marvel: 1985, simply for the above cover alone.
As much as I love that era, I believe it's one best left behind. I honestly believe today's publishers increasingly gear everything towards those of us who stuck around. In today's comics market, the focus is way too much on what came before and nothing fresh seems to be emerging.
I don't know if it can be 1985 again.
So, my question is two-fold (Feel free to answer one or both) :
1. "WHAT WAS YOUR GATEWAY INTO COMICS?" and...
2. "DO YOU THINK SOMETHING LIKE MARVEL:1985 HELPS OR HINDERS COMICS?"