Reviews: Marvel 1985

Published on August 4th, 2009

In 1985 I was only seven years old. I was living in a small town called Cherbourg in France reading comics such as Asterix,TinTin.Lucky Luke and more Then one day I walked into the  store that my mom and dad used to own and saw an Iron Man toy. I was in love with this toy and yet I had no idea who the character was. All I saw was that classic title “Secret Wars” on the toy and I fell in love with the Marvel Universe. Sure I went back and read Secret Wars a few years ago and it’s not that great looking back at it. But it is a comic that will always have a place in my heart.


Then I found out one of my favorite people in comics, Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Superman Red Son,2000 A.D.), was working on a project called 1985. I was asking myself what the hell is this all about? Then I heard more about it and thought when this book comes out in trade I will read it. I was just hoping that it would live up to the hype I had built up for it.

I’m sure you’re asking yourself what all this has to do with a boy named Toby Goodman? Well guess what- he is reading Secret Wars in this trade. In the opening issue there’s a lot of great inside jokes about comics from that time period.

One day as Toby is walking home with his dad, he thinks he sees the Red Skull in the window of a house (the old Wyncham’s house). After few more run ins with some classic Marvel Villains (The Vulture and Mole Man to name a couple), young Toby hears Dr. Doom talking about taking over the world. Yet Toby’s father has a friend by the name of Clyde Wyncham who lives in an assisted living home. See how this is all linking up?

Toby’s Father (Jerry Goodman) tells him to never go around the old Wyncham house since  “People won’t want to hear it …Believe me” if he were to tell others what he saw in there.

As Toby is not sure what is going on in his life, his mother tells him that they are moving to England. His stepfather just got a job there and like any kid his age he doesn’t want to go- he wants to stay in America with his biological father, Jerry. Millar does a great job of making Toby and Jerry feel like a family- like what a real relationship with a son and father who love each other feels like.

The twist is that Marvel villains have infiltrated our world, and as Toby meets up with his dad in all the mayhem, the military begins to evacuate civilians. However, Toby goes back to the old Wyncham house where he finds a portal and lands in the middle of ……………….

I am not going to tell you the rest- you have to read this book to find out! If you’re someone who was a kid of the 1980’s and loves comics then this is the book for you.

By far this trade is one of my new favorite stories in the Marvel Universe of all time. Maybe it’s because I was that kid in the 1980’s loving Marvel. Definitely read this book if you enjoy comics; Mark Millar and Tommy Lee Edwards made me see a new world of comics that I have not felt since I was that kid in the store looking at the Iron Man toy. Also make sure to download the podcast where I talk a lot more about my love of this GREAT story.

Simon Daoudi

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