Hey There Everyone!
Thanks for stopping in here at The Unspoken Decade. I decided to make this blog because I could not find a single blog specifically about the decade in which I fell in love with the medium at all. I found plenty of ever so clever Top 10’s denigrating the decade, but none just about the 90’s.
I was always aware of superheroes, but I didn’t become a major fan until the early 90’s when I started collecting the Marvel Universe trading cards of that time. I found myself wanting to find out more and more about the various superheroes, their abilities, their weaknesses, and their foes. Eventually, thanks to a way too kind local morning DJ in the town in which I grew up, I found out about a comic book store tucked behind Price Chopper. I entered one day, and my love affair with the medium completely enveloped me. There have since been times where my interest has waxed and waned, sometimes due to circumstances beyond my control (such as when the 90’s speculator bust happened and my LCS shut down. THANKS MARVEL!), but I always kept and still keep peripherally informed of the goings-ons of my beloved superheroes.
I had a hard time making pals in middle school. I was poor, abused, and way too smart for my own good. I often went to great pains to ostracize myself, then I denigrated others to feel good about myself, and I finished that trio off by then accusing others of misunderstanding me. I’d learn better later, but for then I was lonely, and the heroes of the 90’s were my friends. Superheroes taught me a moral code, and they made me feel like I was a part of something bigger than myself. I am unsure how I would have turned out without the guidance I sought and received from these characters.
Good or bad, and I feel like there was a ton of great stuff in the 90’s, the 90’s has gotten a reputation as a cesspool of vapidity. I just can’t agree, and even in the moments when they are not terrific, I feel as though they were still quite fun, which is a quality I find sorely lacking in today’s superheroes.
So, we are gonna look at the decade. Good, Bad, or EXTREME, it is all going to get a once over. We will look at the great stuff like Astro City, Marvels, Kingdom Come, Alan Moore’s Supreme, 1963, Sandman, JLA, JSA, and more! We will also look at some less than stellar moments, but one thing is for sure; we are going to have lots of fun. No longer will this decade go unspoken!