The 25th Anniversary Edition 1990 Version: Comic Books

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 1990, the first year of the decade of the 90s. 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 1990. We now turn to the year in comics in 1990. There were several storylines and characters that made their debut that year.

On the Marvel front, the big crossover event was a sequel to one of the most seminal events in Marvel history. The original event was “Days of Future Past”. The sequel was “Days of Future Present”. “Days of Future Present” would feature crossovers from X-Men, Fantastic Four, New Mutants and X-Factor. Another huge Marvel comic that released that year was in August 1990. That month Spider-Man #1 written by Todd MacFarlane was published. That issue would go onto 2.65 million copies, at the time the best selling comic book.

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On the DC front, it was quieter than the previous year. There was no big crossover event and no big series that debuted that year. It did see a one shot Batman comic in February called Batman: Digital Justice. This story was set in the late 21st century and it would be Jim Gordon’s grandson James who would take up the mantle of Batman & would essentially be fighting a computer virus made by the Joker.

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There were two prominent characters that made their debut in 1990, one in comic books and the other in comic strips. The one in comic books was Remy LeBeau aka Gambit. He made his debut (briefly) in Uncanny X-Men Annual #14 before outright debuting in Uncanny X-Men #266 in August. Gambit would go onto become one of the most popular characters of the X-Men, due in large part to the cartoon series that would feature him as one of the team members. The one in comic strips was Peggy Jean. She made her debut in the Peanuts comic strip in newspapers on July 23rd. She would make appearances in the strip throughout the decade as well as some animated specials. She would be Charlie Brown’s girlfriend and was that way until her last appearance a few months before the end of the comic strip.

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There are many other comics and characters that were featured in 1990. 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 1991. Until then, break out the comic books and enjoy some classic reading.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1990 Version: TV Shows

It’s time 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 1990, the first year of the decade of the 90s. 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 and movies in 1990. We now turn to the TV shows of 1990. There were some pretty big TV shows that debuted in 1990. As I mentioned last year, this was still the era of Saturday morning cartoons as well as weekday afternoon cartoons. Along with that, there were some pretty significant prime time TV shows that debuted that are still adored to this day.

A special event that came in 1990 was the cartoon special Cartoon All Stars To The Rescue. It was a cartoon that featured numerous Saturday morning cartoon characters & was essentially a public service announcement against drugs. It aired on April 21st simultaneously on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, BET, USA and Nickelodeon.

Speaking of cartoons, there were some pretty big ones that debuted in 1990. Before getting into specific shows, two blocks of shows debuted in 1990. On September 8th, FOX Kids debuted on FOX. A few days later on September 10th, Disney Afternoon, a block of Disney cartoons debuted in syndication. Onto the shows, Talespin, a kind of remaking of the Jungle Book characters debuted on May 5th on the Disney Channel (it would go on to be a part of Disney Afternoon). When FOX Kids debuted, two big cartoons in that block were Bobby’s World and Tom & Jerry Kids. Two other big cartoons that debuted were Tiny Toons Adventures and Captain Planet and the Planeteers. Tiny Toon Adventures (September 14th) debuted in syndication and features some new characters in the Warner Bros animation world as well as some classic characters. Captain Planet and the Planeteers (September 15th) debuted on TBS and was a ecological slant as they fought against those that would pollute the Earth.

One of the most influential dramas on television debuted on September 13th. That show was Law & Order. This procedural crime drama looked at both the cops and the lawyers as a crime and case developed. It would go on to be one of the longest running series in the history of television and would have multiple spinoffs (including one that is still running in Law & Order: SVU). Another extremely popular TV show that debuted in 1990 was Beverly Hills, 90210. Making its debut on October 4 on FOX, it would be one of the first hits for the network & be one of the defining shows for teens and young adults of that decade.

One show that lasted only one season but was ahead of its time was The Flash. This superhero show based on the DC character The Flash, debuted on CBS on September 20th. It would last only one season but elements (and some of the actors from that show) have made their way into the new version of The Flash that is airing on the CW now.

One of the most popular sitcoms that made it’s debut that year was The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  The show which starred Will Smith made it’s debut on September 10th.  It’s theme song was one of the most popular and recognizable of the decade and the show would later propel Smith onto success on the big screen.

Some other popular TV shows that debuted in 1990 included Twin Peaks (April 9th), In Living Color (April 14th), Wings (April 19th), Northern Exposure (July 12th) and Evening Shade (September 21st).

Which of these TV shows listed was your favorite? Is there a TV show not listed that premiered in 1990 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in comics in 1990. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic TV shows.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1990 Version: Movies

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 1990, the first year of the decade of the 90s. 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 and video games in 1990. We now turn to the movies of 1990. This was another huge year at the box office. The top 10 films of 1990 grossed more money than the top 10 films of 1989 as more and more films grossed more and more money. Are there more popular films in 1990 than the previous year? Let’s check it out.

Of the top 10 movies of 1990, what was the highest grossing film that year? Again it depends on where you’re talking about. If you’re talking domestically, it is Home Alone, the classic Christmas holiday classic starring Macaulay Culkin. It released on November 16th with a budget of just $18 million and would go on to gross over $285 million in the U.S. & over $476 million worldwide. Now internationally? That would be Ghost. The romantic film starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore was released on July 13th. With a budget of just $22 million the film would go on to gross over $217 million in the U.S. & over $505 million worldwide.

What are some popular sequels that were released in 1989? These would include Back to the Future Part IIII (May 25th), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (June 15th), Robocop 2 (June 22nd), Die Hard 2 (July 4th) and The Godfather Part III (December 25th).

There were lots of family friendly films that released in 1990. Disney’s big entry was The Rescuers Down Under. Released in theaters on November 16th, The Rescuers Down Under was a sequel to the original film that was released back in 1977. It is one of the few sequels that is considered part of the Disney animated features canon. Another huge family film (or kid movie if you want to call it that) is the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action movie. Banking on the popularity of the comic book and cartoon TV series, the movie released on March 30th and would go on to be the 5th highest grossing film domestically (over $135 million) and 9th internationally (over $202 million). It also has the distinction of 2nd highest grossing independent film of all time. Other family friendly films that released in 1990 include Jetsons: The Movie (July 6th) and Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp (August 3rd).

Big dramas that made their debut in 1990 include Presumed Innocent (June 27th), Goodfellas (September 19th), Memphis Belle (October 12th), and Dances with Wolves (November 21st). Action films include The Hunt for Red October (March 2nd), Total Recall (June 1st), Days of Thunder (June 27th), and Darkman (August 24th). Comedies include Pretty Woman (March 23rd), Cadillac Man (May 16th) and Kindergarten Cop (December 21st). There is also the cult classic Edward Scissorhands (December 14th).

Which of the films listed was your favorite? Obviously there were so many more films that came out in 1990. Is there a film not listed that came from 1990 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in TV shows in 1990. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic movies.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1990 Version: Video Games

Welcome back to the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we are highlighting 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 1990.

Last time we looked at music. This time we will look at video games that came out in 1990. On the hardware front, there was more news in Japan then there was in North America, which is usually a given. So there were no new consoles released in North America in 1990. Those would come the following year (and which will be highlighted in this series next year).

However, there were some huge games that came out in 1990. The biggest of these was probably Super Mario Bros. 3. Released on February 12th in North America, it is probably the most liked and most popular of the Super Mario series. Clips of the game were shown in the film The Wizard that was released the year prior. It featured Mario once again going through the Mushroom Kingdom trying to save the princess but this time having to beat Bowser’s kids along the way. It would go on to sell 17,280,000 copies, which is one of the best selling stand alone video games of all time.

On July 12th, the first ever Final Fantasy game was released on the NES in North America. It was one of the first big RPG (Role Playing Games) on the NES. It would become the first in what has become one of the most popular video game series of all time. Another popular franchise to release a game that year was Mega Man. On September 28th, Capcom released Mega Man 3. This game was the first one to feature Mega Man’s sidekick Rush as well as the character of Proto Man.

The other big debut in 1990 was the Game Genie. The Game Genie, which was made by Codemasters and distributed by Galoob in the United States, was an adapter that would be added to games to help players cheat in games such as unlimited lives, power ups and etc. It was first used on the NES, there would go to be versions on Sega Genesis and SNES.

1990 was a pretty big year when it comes to video games, especially software. Thoughts about the Super Mario Bros 3 or Final Fantasy? What about Mega Man 3? Is there a game that came out in 1990 that isn’t listed here that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at movies from 1990. Until then, fire up your old system (or virtual console) and enjoy some retro gaming.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1990 Version: Music

Welcome back the 25th Anniversary Edition. This is the second year in a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music. This year we are celebrating the year of 1990, the first year of the decade of the 90s. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we will highlight some of those in this series.

To kick things off like we did last year, we will look at music that debuted in 1990. There was some great music that was released during that year. Can you guess what song lasted the longest at #1 in the Top 100 that year? It was actually a tie. There were 3 songs that lasted 4 weeks at #1. There was Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love”, and Stevie B.’s “Because I Love You (The Postman Song). Some other #1 songs that year included Madonna’s “Vogue”, Wilson Phillips “Hold On” and Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”.

What artist had the most #1 singles in 1990? There was a tie again. There were actually only 3 artists that had multiple #1 singles. Those were Carey (the other being “Love Takes Time”) Wilson Phillips (the other being “Release Me”) and Janet Jackson (“Escapade” and “Black Cat”, both of those songs off an album that was released in 1989).

What are some other big songs that came out of 1990? Some big ones include “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC, “Blaze of Glory” by Bon Jovi, “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks, “Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over)” by Technotronic, “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory, “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes, “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxanne and “U Can’t Tough This” by M.C. Hammer.

What artists debuted in 1990? One major band that debuted was Pearl Jam. The grunge band played their first official show in Seattle in 1990. It would not be until the following year that their debut album would be released (so have to wait for next year to talk more about that). Another artist is Mariah Carey. I talked earlier about her having multiple hit singles in 1990 and her self-titled debut album was released in June of 1990. It sold 9 million copies in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame had some huge inductions in 1990. The artists inducted that year included The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Bobby Darin, Simon and Garfunkel and The Who.

1990 was a pretty big year when it comes to music. Is there a song or album not listed that came from 1990 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at video games from 1990. Until then, put in an old cassette tape (or CD) and rock out to some tunes.