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Take 10: We Love the '80s

Forget Madonna and Prince, Marvel.com presents the true stars of the 1980s

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By Ben Morse Every week, a secret cabal of Marvel staffers gathers to discuss the best of the best when it comes to the House of Ideas. With the release of MARVEL 1985 #3 by Mark Millar and Tommy Lee Edwards this week, everybody at Marvel can't help partying like it's…well…like it's 1985! And since the Secret Cabal knows a good thing when they see it, they proudly present the follow up to last week's sensational Take 10: We Love the '90s with Take 10: We Love the '80s! Thrill as the Cabal selects their 10 favorite characters that flourished during the decade that brought us hair metal, jean jackets and Marvel milestones from "Inferno" to Frank Miller's seminal run on DAREDEVIL and much more! For each character, you also get a special spotlight comic courtesy of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. As always, these picks reflect the personal choices of the Secret Cabal, not the official opinion of Marvel or Marvel.com, and can be considered subjective at best. Enjoy!

10. THE BLACK CAT First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194 (1979) Learn More…here Why She Makes The List: "Some love MJ, some love Gwen, but to others, Felicia Hardy is the only woman for Spider-Man. Unlike other women in Spidey's life, you never knew what Hardy, aka the Black Cat, was going to do because she would—and did—do anything! Whenever she was on the cusp of going to the dark side, she'd pull herself back and just when you thought she'd reformed, Black Cat would do something utterly devilish. She also brought out an exciting side of Peter, allowing him to be himself and not hide anything from the woman in his life, as she could share in his life as Spider-Man and as Peter." – Secret Cabal member OneManDynasty Spotlight Comic: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #195—The awesome origin of the Black Cat!

9. TASKMASTER First Appearance: AVENGERS #195 (1980) Learn More…here Why He Makes The List: "Ever wonder where those hordes and hordes of lackeys in the Marvel Universe come from? Yeah, that's Taskmaster's doing. This guy actually has the chutzpah to train entire schools full of scum and villainy the world over. Not only that, ol' Tasky has probably got one of the most inventive abilities in comics—photographic reflexes—taking moves from the best of them and using them for his own advantage. Daredevil's acrobatics, Hawkeye's precision, Captain America's fighting abilities—you just can't touch this guy!" – Secret Cabal member HeartOfOak Spotlight Comic: AVENGERS #196—Taskmaster takes on Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers!

8. THE HELLFIRE CLUB First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #129 (1980) Learn More…here Why They Make The List: "The Hellfire Club's introduction not only provided the X-Men with some of their most memorable foes—and one future ally in the White Queen—but also introduced something very new to the X-mythos: class-based discrimination. Magneto and The X-Men fought over ideology, but the Hellfire Club didn't care about any of those philosophical bouts, they just wanted to prosper. They considered themselves a better kind of mutant and felt they should have the real power. They never had any inhibitions about displaying their genetic superiority and possessed a confidence that was both inspiring and terrifying. Whereas the X-Men and Magneto fought for mutantkind, each with flaws in their methods, the Hellfire Club fought for themselves." – OneManDynasty Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN #134—The X-Men battle the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle, with the fate of Phoenix on the line!

7. ELEKTRA First Appearance: DAREDEVIL v1 #168 (1981) Learn More…here Why She Makes The List: "Half of one of Marvel's most epic romances, Elektra redefined the role of female characters when she sprang forth from the imagination of Frank Miller. Matt Murdock's gentle college lover returned to the life of Daredevil as a vicious assassin, Elektra combined beauty and danger in a package that exceeded just about any femme fatale to come before. Her doomed love for Matt and the hint of tragedy behind her brutal efficiency contributed to making her an enigmatic and incredibly popular character—so popular that she would conquer death and become a Marvel icon years after her memorable debut." – Secret Cabal member Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #2—Journey back to the formative years of Matt Murdock and Elektra's love and witness the tragedy that changed her life forever!

6. DAZZLER First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #130 (1980) Learn More…here Why She Makes The List: "Only one paragraph to describe the awesomeness, the fabulousness, the diva that is Dazzler? Okay. In UNCANNY X-MEN #130, she debuts and turns down the X-Men. Stones right there. But it worked in her favor as she concentrated on her career, generating huge album sales, and she got her own movie. But then she was revealed to the public as a mutant. It was this forced outing that updated the X-Men metaphor for this generation from the Civil Rights movement of the early '60s to the Social Rights issues people still face today. Not willing to go quietly, this songbird became a beacon in the night, illuminating the world around her, fighting the hatred thrown at people just for being different. She became a fighter, an X-Man and an inspiration to many." – Secret Cabal member RunawayJ Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN #130—The dynamic debut of the Dazzler!

5. HOBGOBLIN First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238 (1983) Learn More…here Why He Makes The List: "After Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and friends populated Spider-Man's rogues gallery with dozens of memorable faces in the years following the character's debut, the Web Slinger suffered a bit of a drought in the bad guy department for some time, but the Hobgoblin represented a change to all that when he glided onto the scene in 1983. Combining elements of the classic Green Goblin with a new air of mystery and aggressive attitude, Hobby became the pivot for many a classic Spidey story during his unrelenting quest to conquer the New York underworld. Hobgoblin became the first of a new breed of more dangerous villains who made it clear to Peter Parker that he was not a kid anymore." –Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL #6—Spider-Man's daughter duels with the horrible Hobgoblin!

4. CLOAK & DAGGER First Appearance: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN v1 #64 (1982) Learn More…here Why They Make The List: "Okay, they are just cool, darn it. These two faced overwhelming odds and they did it together, yin and yang, light and dark. They are one of the best duos in the Marvel Universe. They even fought in 'Maximum Carnage!' Sure it's a staple of today that 'everyone has their own Cloak & Dagger pitch in,' and it seems that they may be outdated, but when done right—see: RUNAWAYS—Cloak & Dagger prove they are awesome, even today." – RunawayJ Spotlight Comic: RUNAWAYS v2 #9—Cloak recruits the Runaways to save the life of Dagger!

3. SHE-HULK First Appearance: SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1 (1980) Learn More…here Why She Makes The List: "When she first appeared as the 'Savage' She-Hulk, the Hulk's cousin Jennifer Walters was a kinda cool, but ultimately pale, imitation of her rampaging relative. However, when John Byrne and other creative luminaries got hold of Shulkie later in the '80s and decided to replace her rage with an insatiable whimsy for life and adventure. One of Marvel's most outgoing and enjoyable characters of the era, She-Hulk instantly became a fan favorite and, in between stints with the Avengers, replaced the Thing for a memorable spell during Byrne's run writing and drawing the Fantastic Four. To this day, She-Hulk's boisterous sense of humor and unapologetic flirtatiousness and zest has kept her at the forefront of Marvel's pantheon." – Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: FANTASTIC FOUR #268—She-Hulk and the rest of the FF stare down the legacy of Dr. Doom!

2. THE NEW MUTANTS First Appearance: MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #4 (1982) Learn More…here Why They Make The List: "They were 'my' X-Men. As I was getting into comics, the 'Dark Phoenix Saga' had happened, the post-Phoenix team was well formed and there were 20 years of continuity tied up in them. I read them, but I always felt like I was trying to catch up. Then they 'died' and Professor X had to form a new team—the New Mutants. They were in school, like me. They didn't know if they would ever live up to those that came before them, and they were the outcasts. But they formed a tight bond, a family almost that hadn't been seen since the days of Xavier's first five students. They went on to be their own X-Men team in X-Force, and many have graduated, but nothing beats the first 50 issues when they were all together." – RunawayJ Spotlight Comic: NEW MUTANTS v1 #21—The New Mutants meet Warlock—in the midst of their slumber party!

1. KITTY PRYDE First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #129 (1980) Learn More…here Why She Makes The List: "Not the first time she has conquered Take 10, Kitty Pryde continues to prove that she is one of the most important characters in the Marvel U. In the '60s and '70s, Peter Parker was the everyman, the person you could relate to. The X-Men, on the other hand, were 'All-New, All-Different,' and really creepy, to be honest. Enter: Kitty Pryde. She gave us a relatable character, a fresh pair of eyes and a character to grow up with. Whether telling a fairy tale, fighting aliens alone on a Christmas Eve, having her heart broken by her first love or rising up to become someone truly astonishing, Kitty is the best character to come out of the 1980s not due to power or costume or gimmick, but because she is the most well-rounded. And she is deeply missed." – RunawayJ Spotlight Comic: UNCANNY X-MEN #139—Kitty Pryde's first day with the X-Men features thrills, twists and plenty of danger!

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redlitez76
redlitez76

He was from the 80's and not one mention? come on.

war_machine_
war_machine_

THE BLACK CAT First Appearance: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194 (1979) Learn More…here Why She Makes The List: "Some love MJ, some love Gwen, but to others, Felicia Hardy is the only woman for Spider-Man. Unlike other women in Spidey's life, you never knew what Hardy, aka the Black Cat, was going to do because she would—and did—do anything! Whenever she was on the cusp of going to the dark side, she'd pull herself back and just when you thought she'd reformed, Black Cat would do something utterly devilish. She also brought out an exciting side of Peter, allowing him to be himself and not hide anything from the woman in his life, as she could share in his life as Spider-Man and as Peter." – Secret Cabal member OneManDynasty Spotlight Comic: http://www.marvel.com/digitalcomics/titles/Amazing_Spider-Man.1963.195" target="blank">AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #195—The awesome origin of the Black Cat! SHE-HULK First Appearance: SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1 (1980) Learn More…here Why She Makes The List: "When she first appeared as the 'Savage' She-Hulk, the Hulk's cousin Jennifer Walters was a kinda cool, but ultimately pale, imitation of her rampaging relative. However, when John Byrne and other creative luminaries got hold of Shulkie later in the '80s and decided to replace her rage with an insatiable whimsy for life and adventure. One of Marvel's most outgoing and enjoyable characters of the era, She-Hulk instantly became a fan favorite and, in between stints with the Avengers, replaced the Thing for a memorable spell during Byrne's run writing and drawing the Fantastic Four. To this day, She-Hulk's boisterous sense of humor and unapologetic flirtatiousness and zest has kept her at the forefront of Marvel's pantheon." – Annihilator882 Spotlight Comic: http://www.marvel.com/digitalcomics/titles/Fantastic_Four.1961.268" target="blank">FANTASTIC FOUR #268—She-Hulk and the rest of the FF stare down the legacy of Dr. Doom! okay i think that both she hulk and the black cat should be in a tie for 1st i mean besides both of them being pure 100% un adluteraed awsomeness they are killer superheroines i mean thats what i think what do you guys and gals thik ??

zephyr23
zephyr23

[quote] Why She Makes The List: "Not the first time she has conquered Take 10, Kitty Pryde continues to prove that she is one of the most important characters in the Marvel U. In the '60s and '70s, Peter Parker was the everyman, the person you could relate to. The X-Men, on the other hand, were 'All-New, All-Different,' and really creepy, to be honest. Enter: Kitty Pryde. She gave us a relatable character, a fresh pair of eyes and a character to grow up with. Whether telling a fairy tale, fighting aliens alone on a Christmas Eve, having her heart broken by her first love or rising up to become someone truly astonishing, Kitty is the best character to come out of the 1980s not due to power or costume or gimmick, but because she is the most well-rounded. And she is deeply missed ."[/quote] i'm a little behind on my comic reading, but what do they mean when they say kitty is deeply missed? :shock: :evil: : is she DEAD!?! :sad: need info! :kitty: also, i read somewhere that cyke :cyclops: is actually pierce!?! so where's scott? it certainly debunks my theory that he's a skrull!

bjason316
bjason316

[quote@InTheEmbers Okay, whether or not he's passe or not at this point, is it just me or was Venom absolutely HUGE for Marvel? And whether you consider the true origin to be that of the symbiote's first appearance in 'Secret Wars' or his successful pairing in 'Amazing Spider Man', he definitely had something more than the Green Goblin knockoff Hobgoblin. In fact, he was big enough to have a (temporarily) successful knockoff of his own, Carnage.I call shenanigans. :venom:[/quote] Amen. For the purpose of this list, I'd list it as the Symbiote. It's first appearance, on Spider-Man, was just as significant--if not more so--than when it formed Venom with Eddie Brock.

shibadou
shibadou

I notice nothing past 83.

InTheEmbers
InTheEmbers

Okay, whether or not he's passe or not at this point, is it just me or was Venom absolutely HUGE for Marvel? And whether you consider the true origin to be that of the symbiote's first appearance in 'Secret Wars' or his successful pairing in 'Amazing Spider Man', he definitely had something more than the Green Goblin knockoff Hobgoblin. In fact, he was big enough to have a (temporarily) successful knockoff of his own, Carnage.I call shenanigans. :venom:

novayahavoc
novayahavoc

Dazzler. That's fabulosity in a can right there!

PaxHouse
PaxHouse

...Although I did like your listings of the Top Ten {in which included Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat :kitty: , Cloak & Dagger, Black Cat and the New Mutants}; still I wished that another group of the '80s would've been included....And that group {of course} is....... [i] POWER PACK [/i] ..!! :mrgreen:

Mekairinek
Mekairinek

What, no love for Beta Ray Bill?

cjmcaree
cjmcaree

For anyone who read the '80 Marvel UK stuff:Vote for Death's Head.....And stay healthy...Yes?

Vulcan3003
Vulcan3003

Nice to see Hobgoblin and Taskmaster getting the recognition they deserve!