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.

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The 25th Anniversary Edition: 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 1989, the last year of the decade of the 80s.  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 1989.  For the final article in this series, we now turn to the year in comics in 1989.  Compared to other years, 1989 wasn’t the biggest year in comics.  However, there were some important characters and issues that came out that year.

Several comic book issues that were first published in 1989 that were influential centered around Batman.  The first of these was a story published under the DC Secret Origins comic.  This was a series that featured the origins of their superheroes.  Sometimes they published trade paperback versions of the comic that featured original stories.  One such story was “The Man Who Falls”.  This was a retelling of the origin story of Bruce Wayne as Batman.  It was significant as it would later be the inspiration for the film Batman Begins.  Another huge Batman story that debuted in 1989 was the one shot comic Gotham by Gaslight.  This comic would eventually be the first in a series of comics known as Elseworlds.  This series focused on DC characters in different eras or timeframes.  This comic had the Dark Knight in the late 1800s and the main villain is Jack the Ripper.

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On the Marvel front, there were several crossover events.  They included Inferno, which had initially begun its run in October of previous year.  It mainly dealt with the X-Men and featured Madelyne Prior, who was best known as Scott Summers’ (aka Cyclops) first wife.  Another crossover event was “Acts of Vengeance”.  This crossover event centered more around the Avengers and the Fantastic Four but featured many other Marvel characters including the X-Men and Spider-Man.

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There were several comic book characters that made their debut in 1989.  Two characters are prominent in the comic world.  One of these characters is Tim Drake.  First appearing in Batman #436 in April, Drake would become the third Robin character (after Dick Grayson and Jason Todd).  The other is Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee.  She is a mutant who debuted in Uncanny X-Men #244 in May.  She gained prominence because she was one of the featured characters on the 1990s X-Men animated TV show.

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There are many other comics and characters that were featured in 1989.  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 1990.  Until then, break out the comic books and enjoy some classic reading.

The 25th Anniversary Edition: 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 1989, the last year of the decade of the 80s.  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 1989.  We now turn to the movies of 1989.  This was a huge year at the box office.  Lots of blockbuster films came out in 1989.  They range from popular sequels to original films that burst onto the scene.  When people talk about the era of blockbuster films, this is one of those years that stand out.  It is also the first year that all of the top ten films domestically grossed more than $100 million dollars. (Just think about how many films today gross that much in a weekend!)

Speaking of top 10 movies of 1989, what was the highest grossing film that year?  It depends on where you’re talking about in the world.  If you’re talking domestically, it is Batman.  Yes, the Tim Burton directed film is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  It released on June 23rd with a budget of $48 million and would go on to gross over $251 in the U.S. & over $411 million worldwide.  This was the first film to gross $100 million in the first ten days. Now, if you’re talking internationally?  That would be Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  The third film in the Indiana Jones saga was released on May 24th, 1989.  Featuring Harrison Ford back as Indiana Jones and also starring Sean Connery as Dr. Jones’ dad, the film would go on to gross over $197 million in the U.S. & over $474 million worldwide.

What are some other popular sequels that were released in 1989?  These would include Ghostbusters II (June 16th), Lethal Weapon II (July 7th), License to Kill (16th James Bond film) (July 14th), Back to the Future Part II (November 22nd), and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (December 1st). Aside from License to Kill, the rest of the sequels listed here were in the top 15th grossing films of that year in the U.S. (though License to Kill was 12th internationally).

There were lots of popular original films that released in 1989. Besides Batman, what other popular films celebrate their 25th anniversary? One huge film was Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Released in theaters on November 14th, The Little Mermaid was a huge success and was the catalyst for the Disney Animation Renaissance that boomed in the early to mid 1990s. Other family friendly films that released in 1989 include Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (June 23rd), Turner and Hooch (July 28th), and Look Who’s Talking (October 13th).

Big dramas that made their debut in 1989 included Field of Dreams (April 21st), Dead Poets Society (June 2nd), Steel Magnolias (November 15th), Driving Miss Daisy (December 15th), and Born on the Fourth of July (December 20th). Comedies that opened in 1989 included Major League (April 7th), When Harry Met Sally (July 14th), and Uncle Buck (August 16th). There were also several cult classics that came out in 1989. They include the Keanu Reeves’ “excellent” film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (February 17th),the Weird Al’s film UHF (July 21st), and the Fred Savage video game inspired film The Wizard (December 15th).

Which of the films listed was your favorite? Obviously there were so many more films that came out in 1989. Is there a film not listed that came from 1989 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in TV shows in 1989. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic movies.