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The Best NYC Comics in Marvel History!


NARRATOR: Get ready
for New York Comic Con with the three most
epic New York stories to hit the Marvel Universe. Toot toot. I’m the Daily Bugle. It’s Lorraine. And I’m the Bronx’s hero
for hire, I’m Langston. I’m a delicious
dirty water dog, Ryan. This is Earth’s
mightiest show. And we are geared up
for New York Comic Con. That’s right,
now listen if you cannot be here in
person, first of all, we’re going to miss you.
But, hey. Don’t fret. We’re going to be
bringing it all to you on Marvel Live all weekend
long on Marvel.com. Yeah. And to get you ready
to gird your minds, today we’re bringing
you the most epic New York stories in Marvel history. And also, our personal opinions. Yes. The internet needs more
of our personal opinions. So we chose our top
three NYC Marvel comics for our NYC reading lists. One of which we will
dive in to today. What did you all pick? So my top three included
“Secret Invasion,” the Marvel’s “Epilogue,” but I’m going
to go with my top pick from the “Fantastic Four.” Oh. My top three included
Frank Miller’s “Daredevil,” a classic, the death of
ultimate comic Spider-man– one of my favorites– but my
top pick is one of the most epic NYC fights ever. N spoilers. OK. You know my top three, they
include the “Black Panther: The Man Without
Fear,” really fun book, “Spidey vs. Juggernaut.” But my top pick today, it’s
all about that damage control. Should we get into it?
– Ooh, yeah. Let’s do it. OK. Like I said my pick is
going to be– here we go– “Damage Control” issue
number one from 1989 by Dwayne McDuffie, with
art by Ernie Colon, Bob Wiacek, and John Wellington. If you don’t know,
Damage Control is the organization
that cleans up after superhero
battles from debris to lost artifacts to resources. They are so consensually New
York because they remind me of all of the civil servants,
like the police officers, and EMTs, and
firemen, construction workers that you see all
the time in New York City. You know transit
workers– all that stuff. So they’re keeping
NYC running smoothly– as smoothly as it can
when there’s superhero fights every other– roughly, I guess– 15 minutes. So I love it. It always makes you
think of New York. They’re the real
heroes of New York. And I think it’s crazy that it
took what 25, 30 years for us to start rebuilding
the city after putting a bunch of superheroes in it?
– Yeah. Yeah. I also love just
being a New Yorker and thinking about this from
a logistics perspective. Like the bureaucracy that
goes into having a group that has to clean up
giant, like, beings that have passed out in
the middle of midtown. And like the nonsense that
that is, it’s so funny. And that book is hilarious. It’s really, really great. Double points because
Damage Control’s headquarters in the Flat Iron Building. And shout out to Thor just
booking it from the scene. RYAN PENAGOS: Oh, look. I got to go. LANGSTON BELTON: Verily. That’s my time. My goat is here. My goat is three minutes away. All right, Lorraine. What do you got? My pick is “The
Amazing Spider-man” number 270 by Tom DeFalco,
Ron Frenz, and Bob McCleod. There is no better way to
see Manhattan than just fighting with someone terrible. This is my favorite
Spider-man fight of all time because he takes on Fire Lord
and it takes you on this epic tour of New York City, from
the bottom of Manhattan all the way up to Grand Central
Station, up to the Bronx and an elevated train. They ruin everything and
it ends with the Avengers. Plus you get to see the Daily
Bugle and Avengers’ mansion. It’s like a perfect
overview of New York from the Marvel Universe. One of my favorite images
of the black suit Spider-man beating all the bricks off of– LORRAINE CINK: I know. It’s such a spoiler. This is the end of the issue. All right. I got to go and tell you
all about “Fantastic Four” number 15. This one is by Stan
Lee, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers, and Art Simek. This is really important
because Fantastic Four is Marvel’s first family. New York is where we started. Think about this– so the
bullpen at Marvel back in the ’60s was Stan
Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and the crew. And so Jack Kirby grew
up on Delancey Street, the Thing grew up
on Yancy Street. Ahh.
See what they did there. It’s all connected. That’s right. So in this issue, we
get the first appearance of the Yancy Street Gang– a group of hooligans,
some rough– Rapscallions. Rapscallions. Scallywags. All of those things. – Nogoodniks.
– Yes. That’s my favorite. They are 100% nogoodniks. And they have been like
messing with the Thing since he was a kid. And that’s really important
because Ben Grimm wouldn’t be who he was without the
Yancy Street Gang pushing him and what his history
was with him. But then he wouldn’t become the
Thing if he wasn’t who he was. He wouldn’t become part
of the Fantastic Four. Fantastic Four wouldn’t be
part of the Marvel universe. Like everything comes down to
the Yancy Street Gang, y’all. Yeah. You know it’s really funny
because if you think about it, Sue Storm kind of
manipulates the thing where she’s like, “Oh, what? Are you too chicken
to go to space?” He’s like, “Nobody
calls me yellow. We’re going to space.” But, like, a lot of that
came from fighting bullies. RYAN PENAGOS: Yeah. Anyway, we will post all
nine of our top picks in a full New York City themed
reading list on Marvel.com and in the description so
you can read them yourself. Yes. And they are available to read
right now on Marvel Unlimited– the subscription service
that gives you access to over 25,000
comics, and they’re adding new ones all the time. Right now it’s filled
to bursting with comics. It’s awesome. Thick with comics. Oh, boy. All right. We’ll see you guys at Marvel
Live from New York Comic Con October 3 through the
6th on Marvel.com. And hey. Why don’t you guys tell
us your favorite thing about Marvel’s New York City and
hashtag Earth’s mightiest show? – We’ll see you next time.
– I’m Ryan. – I’m Lorraine
– And I’m Langston. And this is Marvel. Your universe.

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