Friday, February 11, 2011

Lo, There Shall Be An Ending!

Fantastic Four King-Size Annual, Lo There Shall Be An Ending

A hard thing for me to announce to all you Titanic True Believers, but this is the end of the blog known as Giant-Size Marvel!  After 300+ posts over the past three years, I have just run out of steam.  Lately, every time I think of something to write about, I discover that other nostalgia bloggers have covered the same material, and doing a great job of it, too!  (See my blogroll at the lower right.)  One of my favorite all-time blogs is the classic Dial B for Blog.  I admired Robby for both his taste in comics and his great design work, which I can’t hold a candle to.  Like Robby, I think some blogs should not run forever; I have said enough about Marvel Comics and it is time to move onward and upward.  You can still catch me on my other blog, Giant-Size Geek, where I discuss Marvel/DC Comics, Science Fiction, books, TV, and all kinds of geeky stuff.

I tried, in the beginning, to cover everything Marvel—modern comics, videogames and movies—and found that to be too difficult.  Writing about all the new stuff wasn’t much fun.  While there have been some bright spots in modern superhero comics, during the past few years I seem to be losing my interest and connection to them.  I keep coming back to the comics of my formative years, the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.  I think in writing this blog, I love those comics more than ever.  And I love them in their original form, on cheap newsprint with staples or glue, even more than slick trade paper or digital format. 

Over the past week, I’ve featured some of my favorite comics covering the Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange, Marvel Monsters, the Thing, Giant-Size Marvel comics and FOOM.  There are some other articles that cover some topics which were special for me…

Amazing Spider-Man 121 Savage Tales - Red Nails intro Marvel Premiere 1 cover by Gil Kane
And a few off-beat articles that I enjoyed writing…

Judge Margarito Garza and his creation, Relampago, by Richard Dominguez Artie Simek 1975 tribute James Sime, owner of Isotope Comics (Dec 2009)
I have truly appreciated all the comments and emails that I have received.  You guys are all Keepers of the Flame, Merrily Marching in the Marvel Society of my mind, and I shall always be your Friend Of Old Marvel.  When we meet in the Great Bullpen of the sky, we shall exclaim:

Excelsior - last panel to Stan Lee Meets Silver Surfer by Mark Buckingham, 2007

Excelsior!  As Mark Buckingham illustrated in the Stan Lee Meets Silver Surfer special, the characters inspired by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and a legion of other talented creators are truly unforgettable.  And now, one last image from the Bullpen Bulletins page to sum it all up…

Marvel masthead

Make Mine Marvel! 

Nuff Said.


  1. Well that's put a damper on my week. This blog will be missed.

  2. I'd echo the 'Cat. It's never good when a fellow Silver/Bronze Age blogger calls it a day. Here's to all the fun we've shared over the past 40 years -- funny how much of a community exists among folks who have never met.

    Promise to hang out and contribute comments at the Bronze Age Babies, huh?

    Best to you, and thanks!


  3. Maaaan, and here I just started reading this! Oh well.

  4. Thanks, guys! Doug, I will still be reading Bronze Age Babies and other blogs. I do still have Giant-Size Geek and will be updating stuff on there.

  5. I've been a fan for the last year or so and will miss this blog. Thanks for the entertainment (and recommending Avengers Forever!)

  6. I just recently started reading your Blog. I guess I still have a lot of older posts to read. Thanks for the blog...Cheers

  7. Aww - Wot a revoltin' development!

    Your blog is actually the only comic blog I subscribe to, that's a pity. I agree with your sentiments about modern comics - it's not the nostalgia factor, modern comics are just not fun. They just killed the Torch for no apparent reason than to get $$ and people talking (mission accomplished) and for $3.99 you don't get a fraction of the artistry of Gil Kane on a bad day....IMHO

    Well I'll be going thru yer old posts I suppose since I just found yer blog in the last few months. I do sympathize with blog fatigue tho, I've just started blogging in the last 6 months and it is a real commitment!
    You'll be missed...

  8. Errrr...well.....umm......sniffle.....sob........JUST THANX

  9. When I saw the title of this post in my RSS feed, I knew it could only mean one thing. Ah well, I'll be working my way back through your archives and look forward to seeing you elsewhere in future!

  10. Rats.... I just found this blog a month ago and have been enjoying it immensely. Thanks for all of your work.

  11. Thank you to everyone for the kind words! It is nice to know I am not alone in my love for this stuff. I'll be on Giant-Size Geek blog, so I won't be gone entirely.

  12. Boo! When the gang on Yancy St. hear about this there'll be trouble.

    I'll see you over on Giant-Size Geek, then :)

  13. Sorry to hear that. Always enjoyed your blog.

  14. Just found your site a couple months back and now.... Well, the archives are awaiting further exploration! SO much good stuff here. Good luck with your next project!

  15. I'm sorry to hear that the curtain is closing on Giant Size Marvel's..... This has been a destination stop for me ever since I first found it a little less than a year ago. With 300+ posts to browse through, I know there's still a lot of fun material to discover here. Thanks for making the effort to create such a fantastic shrine to so much of what I consider to be some of the funnest stories and greatest artwork produced by Marvel Comics during it's most influential time for me. All the best, and I'll still be checking into GSGeek regularly..

  16. Bummer, but I appreciate your candor regarding your decision.

    I, too, have been feeling a disconnection with modern comics -- and find myself looking back on those of the Bronze Age. While current comics are more sophisticated, I feel most of the comics produced by Marvel and DC just aren't developing new ideas or stories that interset me.

    Thanks for the wonderful resource you created!

  17. Thanks for all the time you put into Giant-Size. It always delivered fond memories and great new finds.

  18. This was always such a good blog. I'll check out the others that you've suggested as well.

    I hope you keep it online, so that we can always access the resource that you've assembled here.

    Thanks for all of your hard work and passion.

    Buddy Scalera

  19. And lo! There shall be new beginnings too!!!! Bobby is back with his Dial B for Blog

  20. thanks for the nice posting
    non voice projects

  21. WOW - you have a really nice and bold Marvel site - when you got the time - please, check mine out - it may be to your liking too -

  22. I honestly have a NOOK Color.. but I really prefer to spend time buying comics and collect them than reading it on Nook =). There's a Marvel Comics (The First Published by Marvel Group) that I saw online for a really cheap price ~ The Collector's MarketPlace and Club. Is this for real???