5) MARVEL: THE LOST GENERATION


The shared-universe conceit of the Big Two comic book universes had one important flaw that wasn’t obvious in 1959 and/or 1963:  Both universes had a modern heroic era inextricably tied to World War II.  Since World War II doesn’t slide in time, that meant that Captain America, the Justice Society and others would always have started their super-duping in the 1940s.  making the ever-widening chasm between than and now a problem by the 70s.  In the year 2000, comics scribe Roger Stern filled in some of those gaps with a lovely (and underrated) series called “Marvel: The Lost Generation”, showing us the heroes and adventures of those years between Captain America’s freezing and the birth of the Fantastic Four and making the Marvel Universe that much more interesting and vast…

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