Some time ago, I bestowed upon myself the honorary and fictitious title “D.M.,” for Doctor of Mathesonology, since I think I can say without boasting that at this point, not too many people know more about his career—at least on screen—than I do. But now, I may have to quit my day job, or take a leave of absence, to earn my second D.M. in another field about which I am almost equally as passionate, i.e., a Doctor of Marvelocity. If you folks are wondering where I would complete this course of study, the answer, of course, is the (sorta) new site Marvel University, brought to you by Peter Enfantino and fellow Matheson scholar John Scoleri, the wizards who took the study of genre TV to new heights with their blogs about Thriller and The Outer Limits.
I say “sorta” because the site has been around since April, but under the Not Enough Hours in a Day Rule, I have only just become aware of it…with the current post just happening to coincide with the month of my birth; in the immortal words of Mike Hammer, “Kismet, baby.” The site’s premise is no less bold and ambitious than that of its illustrious predecessors: to go through the history of the first decade of the Marvel Era (that’s the 1960s for all of you dropouts), one month at a time. As any of you who have read my “Marvel Snapshots” know, this is exactly the kind of systematic analysis I would be doing on a regular basis if economic necessity didn’t force me to contend with the aforementioned day job, although my personal favorite Marvel era is the 1970s.
Yes, needless to say, I have signed up to receive these posts by e-mail, but in the meantime, I’ve got quite a lot of catching up to do, and the timing is rather unfortunate, since I’m immersed in a big project involving a certain Mr. Bond, James Bond. This is as good an opportunity as any for me to explain that I have embarked upon an article for Cinema Retro that will trace the history of 007’s nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, on both page and screen. Never one to do things half way, I have decided to fulfill a longstanding urge to compare all of Ian Fleming’s Bond books with their cinematic incarnations; whatever doesn’t apply directly to the Blofeld piece will still provide me with excellent background material and, as you may have noticed, fodder for several BOF posts.
So it may be a while before I get completely up to speed with Marvel University, but I’m excited at the prospect of doing so, and of course this summer’s trifecta of Thor, X-Men: First Class, and the as-yet-unseen but widely praised Captain America has only further whetted my appetite for all things Marvelicious. I have reprints of many of the ’60s issues (and I should add that while a purist may cringe, one thing I loved about the ’70s was the plethora of reprint mags, e.g., Marvel Tales, that made many of those early issues available—and affordable), but there are big gaps in my knowledge as well, so reading M.U. should be a delightful blend of the new and the familiar. In any case, with Peter and John at the helm, it’s sure to be delightful no matter how you slice it.