It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1991. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.
We have previously looked at the year in music, video games, movies, and TV shows in 1991. We now turn to the year in comics in 1991. There were several storylines and characters that made their debut that year.
On the Marvel front, the big crossover event was the Muir Island Saga. It was a five issue crossover between The X-Men & X-Factor. The results of the saga included seeing Professor X losing the use of his legs again as well as the members of the X-Men go back to wearing individual uniforms instead of team uniforms.
On the DC front, the big crossover event was Armageddon 2001. The event ran May through October and was featured in all the big DC chararacters’ annual comics as well as a limited series specific to the event. The other big DC comic was the #1 issue of Superman: The Man of Steel which debuted in July. With this comic series, it meant that at the time that there would be a new Superman comic book every week of the month.
Another huge comic book miniseries that released in 1991 did so through Dark Horse Comics. This was a new story in the Star Wars universe. That title was Star Wars: Dark Empire. The first issue debuted in December and told the further adventures of Luke Skywalker and the gang. These stories, along with many post Return of the Jedi stories, are now apart of the Legends canon of the Star Wars Universe.
There were several characters that made their debut in 1991. I’ll highlight two here. The first is Cletus Kassady, better known as Carnage. He debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man #344 in March and would eventually become the “darker version” of Venom. The second one is someone that is pretty popular given the recent movie that came out this year and that is Wade Wilson, better known as Deadpool. Debuting in The New Mutants #98 in February, Deadpool was initially a villain but his popularity drove the writers to morph him into the anti-hero character that he is known for today.
There are many other comics and characters that were featured in 1991. Is there an issue or character not listed that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Thanks for joining us this month during our trip down memory lane. We’ll be back next year around this time to look at the 25th anniversary of things that happened during 1992. Until then, break out the comic books and enjoy some classic reading.