This torrent contains comics published by Marvel with a cover date of November 1997 (all of which were released in September 1997).
Started in November
*New Mutants: Truth or Death
*Venom - Finale
*Star Trek - Telepathy War (one-shot)
Finished in November
*The Heroes Reborn titles (The Avengers, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Iron Man) (issue 13 for all)
*Marvel: Heroes & Legends (2)
*Psylocke & Archangel Crimson Dawn (4)
Harvey Award Nominations
For work including:
*Avengers 13 - Comicraft - Best Lettering
*Cable 48 - James Robinson - Best Writer
*Cable 48 - Joe Ladronn - Best New Talent
*Daredevil 369 - Joe Kelly - Best New Talent
*Deadpool 10 - Joe Kelly - Best New Talent
*Incredible Hulk 458 Mark - Farmer Best Inker
*Ka-Zar 07 - Mark Waid's Best Writer
*Ka-Zar 07 - Todd Klein Best Letterer (winner)
*Ka-Zar 07 - Joe Rosas Best Colorist
*Thunderbolts 08 - Kurt Busiek Best Writer (winner)
November Marvel titles missing from the collection
*X-Men vs. the Brood (TPB) (reprint)
*Origin of Marvel Comics (reprint)
From the Panini Reprint line (UK)
*The Astonishing Spider-Man 27
*Essential X-Men 27
*Wolverine Unleashed 15
*Marvel Heroes Reborn 3
Market Share Data
This month Marvel had 6 of the top ten titles (16 of 25). In the market share wars, DC took over first place on the money side this month (30.31% vs 29.62% for Marvel) while Marvel retained first place in units sold with 34.78% of the market (DC had 29.85%).
From the Soapbox
Stan explained one of the benefits of winning a No-prize: "The bearer of a No-prize has the right to buy and unlimited amount of Marvel comics each and every month -- and none may say nay." He also mentioned plans for a live Ghost Rider movie around 10 years before Nicolas Cage got on the bike.
In the news for November 1997
Newhouse News Service reports:
Marvel Comics is on the verge of signing a deal to put its comics into all Wal-Mart outlets.
Wal-Mart recently banned all comics from its stores because of one (not a Marvel book) that depicted a severed head. A spokesman for Marvel said that to get into the Wal-Mart stores, Marvel has agreed to self-censor its books.
Nobody is sure just what this self-censorship will mean or how far it will go.
We know nudity is out, but what about suggestive sexual situations? There have been some exceptional Marvel stories (Typhoid Mary in "Daredevil" comes to mind) where the sexuality of the character was key to the story. For that matter, what about Daredevil's girlfriend and her sordid past as a junkie and porn star? Would that story line have been written under the Wal-Mart regime?
Excessive violence is out, and that isn't necessarily bad. But what constitutes "excessive violence?" Where will Marvel brass draw the line?
Let's talk about Satan, hell, devils and demons. No, not in our stores, Wal-Mart says. There will be no references to the netherworld in the new Marvel. The proposed "Satana, Daughter of the Devil" series was canceled, even before the first issue came out. What about "Ghost Rider," a demon from hell? Don't expect him to be around much longer.
Lastly, any sexuality referred to had better be hetero. Marvel Vice President Shirrel Rhoads said homosexuality is gone from Marvel.
"At least we won't be exploring it in any stories," Rhoads said. "I suppose a character can be homosexual (like Alpha Flight's Northstar), but it won't be addressed."
From the MCC Mailbag
Although time constraints prevent responding individually to comments and PMs, thank you for all the supportive words and messages, they are very much appreciated. Here are answers to the questions received since the last posting.
By far, the most popular new question was "Why don't you put out the torrents faster?"
Two reasons: Accuracy is more important than speed. As new reference resources are discovered their data is incorporated into the monthly candidate lists and previous releases are reviewed for errors. One of the primary goals is to minimize the mistakes and not just push releases out the door when they are 'almost ready'.
Secondly, with any project of this scope it takes time to build the infrastructure needed to support it. That overhead is reflected in the current lag between releases. They should speed up as the process (collection and QA) becomes more defined.
* If you have any interesting Marvel related information for a particular month in time, please PM the details. It may be included in a future torrent release notes issue.
* If you locate a better quality scan of any issue, or when you find one of the errors, please send a PM with a pointer so it can be fixed in a future release.
* If you have (or know where to find) any of the Marvel online cybercomics (originally an AOL exclusive) from the late 90s, please make them available to the community (either through this project or as an independent posting).
A sincere thank you is owed to the legion of writers, artists, scanners, & uploaders who made this possible. And to you, the downloader: