Friday, January 29, 2010

Rogue #1 (1994)

In the most current issue of Wizard magazine (Wizard #222) there is a countdown of the worst girlfriends in comics. As the title of this post suggests, Rogue is Wizard's choice for the worst girlfriend in comic books. The idea of a beautiful and lovable woman that you could never touch is too painful for any man to bare. In honor of Wizard's number one tease, Rogue #1 is the comic of the day.

Rogue #1 was the first Rogue solo story. It captures the story of Rogue's past and current relationship with men. To love a boy/man and not being able to express that love physically brings Rogue great inner pain. The issue tells of her first and last romantic interaction with a boy, when she kissed a boy named Cody and put him in a life-long coma. The issue also introduces her newest admirer, Gambit. Their relationship is one where he chases her and she keeps pushing him away, at one point literally. The issue is basically a reintroduction to the character and her problems.

By the way, apparently this pretty lame Rogue story was in demand. After all, the cover even foil-stamp-outlines, "Finally because you demanded it.." First of all, did we demand a Rogue solo comic? And second, what is with the dot, dot, dot? It is as if even Marvel is saying, "Really? This is the book you demanded? Fine. You demanded it..."I can read the tone Marvel.

I have to admit though, the best part about Rogue #1 is the cliche book design. It has the classic foil-stamped title which so many books started doing around it's time in the mid 90's. It also has the "First Issue Collector's Item!" label on the cover. This was common for first issues around this era because of the earlier comic pricing boom. First appearances of characters and first issues were shooting up in value. Marvel tried jumping on the train of "act fast to get a future gold mine" comics. Marvel marketing was at full steam during this era.

The Rogue #1 interior is also littered with ads for video games and for Marvel subscriptions. Remember those? Marvel subscription ads. They had the boxes with check marks and the cut-out markings around the page so you could send in your request, with a check or money order of course. Basically, they market the book as being a "collector's item", but then encourage you to rip it up and buy more comics. Marvel Marketing! Can you imagine someone cutting a comic up today? Blasphemy!

Oh the 90's...

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