Marvel: The Lost Generation is a twelve issue comic book
limited series published by Marvel Comics in 2000 and 2001.
The series was written by Roger Stern and drawn by John Byrne.
Numbered in reverse order, it began with issue #12 (March 2000)
and finished with issue #1 (Feb. 2001).
Marvel: The Lost Generation tells the story of superheroes
active after World War II but before the debut of the Fantastic
Four, which is considered to be the start of the "modern age"
of heroes within the Marvel universe. Although the Fantastic Four
first appeared in comics in 1961, Marvel Comics utilizes a sliding
timescale in which four earthen years pass per year on Earth-616,
therefore around 11.5 years have passed since that team's debut.
The Lost Generation explored events in the gap between the
retirement/disappearance of superheroes active during World War II
and the emergence of the modern generation of heroes.
The Lost Generation starred the First Line, a loose confederation
of superheroes, which lasted from the years shortly after World War II
up to the early 1980s. Members of the First Line included The Yankee
Clipper (time traveller), Oxbow (super-strong archer), Pixie and
Major Mercury (both Eternals), Captain Hip and Sunshine (hippie heroes
mutated by a government experiment), Kid Justice (former sidekick of
Yankee Clipper who later became Mr. Justice), and the Black Fox
(non-superpowered vigilante), as well as other, less prominent heroes
during their "decades-long" adventures. Members of the First Line
encountered a number of established Marvel characters, including
the Skrulls, Doctor Strange, Diablo, Namor, Thor, Havok, Polaris,
the Monster Hunters of Ulysses Bloodstone, and Nick Fury.
During their final mission against a Skrull invasion force, almost
the entire cast of characters is killed, and this, along with a
government conspiracy to cover up the attempted alien invasion,
was given as the reason why the First Line and its exploits had
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