Weekly Spotlight for 2/4/09

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This week we spotlight…
Mini-Marvels: Secret Invasion Digest

Bet you didn’t see this one coming, did you?

First, a little back story. Chris Giarusso’s Mini-Marvels first debuted in 1991 as as part of Marvel’s old “Bullpen Bulletins” pages. Originally called “Bullpen Bits,” they began as short, humorous comics strips starring Marvel characters in their traditional looks, but it wasn’t long before Chris G introduced a twist: he started drawing them all as kids. They even started playing the part: Spider-Man (or “Spidey,” as he was usually called) was a newspaper boy, the Xavier Institute was an orphanage, etc. While the strip stopped appearing in regular Marvel titles, the Mini- Marvels continued to live on in one-shots and now as back-ups in the Marvel Adventures comics.

Did I mention that it’s funny? Because it is. Giarusso has a great sense of humor and isn’t afraid to point out the sillier parts of the Marvel Universe or poke fun at the plot/logic flaws of recent storylines (e.g. World War Hulk). It’s also all-ages, which means it’s fun that just about everyone can enjoy.

This digest collects the Secret Invasion strips he did, which I think appeared in a couple of Marvel Adventures comics. I bought the last digest, Mini-Marvels: Rock, Paper Scissors Digest and loved it. Thing is, I’d read most of those stories before. This time, however, I’m going in blind. Which suits me fine: the joke’s almost always at its funniest the first time you hear it, right?

Honestly, if you like to laugh, give Mini-Marvels a shot. I’ll link to some strips later.

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3 Responses to “Weekly Spotlight for 2/4/09”

  1. spiffyithaca Says:

    Wow awesome choice, I had no idea this was even coming out. I have one of the oneshots and really enjoyed it. Giarusso’s a talented funny man indeed.

  2. gokitalo Says:

    That he is! Need proof, dear readers? Check out his World War Hulk comic:
    http://community.livejournal.com/scans_daily/4546994.html

  3. Weekly Recommendations for 2/11/09 « Goki’s Giving Groin Says:

    […] Doug Braithewaite. Oh, and a Mini Marvels Thor story by Chris Giarusso (you may remember him from last week). This issue looks monumental in every sense of the […]

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