This meeting of the club revolves around five fairly easy to find trades that will give you a good idea of what the early days of Vertigo were like, while also suggesting whether you might enjoy some of their more seminal works like Sandman, Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and more!
This DC house ad for their huge 1988 event Invasion (which I read and reviewed here, if you’re interested) is the kind of thing that might sound cool in a meeting, but is not the kind of ad that would draw my attention. I like the idea of mocking up a Daily Planet newspaper article about what’s going on with all these aliens, but who reads newspapers? Even in 1988 you’d probably be hard-pressed to find a comic book reader who wanted to read three columns of text on a page in the middle of a comic like this (COPS #7 in this case). I mean, what’s more interesting in the middle of the mixture of words and pictures than a butt ton of words and one of the least interesting pictures around?
What a difference a year makes. Last week I posted the lead-in ad for the original Secret Wars from 1984. It was a pretty epic grouping of heroes changing into presumed danger. For the penultimate issue of Secret Wars II, though, you get some shrunk-down images, basic text and one of the ugliest yellow backgrounds of all time. It’s especially interesting because that cover to Secret Wars II #8 is actually pretty rad and would have made a solid ad. Ah well. Scanned from the 1985 Punisher miniseries issue #2.