In the dog bites man department, Newsarama published a press release from Marvel Comics today. In the man bites dog department, they actually labeled it as such. Titled "Choose the Contents of Marvel’s Massive 75th Anniversary Omnibus," the press release asks readers to email their picks for the best Marvel stories of all time, with the essentially unverifiable claim that this will affect which stories make it into the massive hardcover collection celebrating the company's 75th anniversary.
But taking the claim at face value, this is a dangerous game Marvel is playing. Sure, fans will probably send in lots of votes for classic Marvel tales that deserve to be in there. But what if tons of Liefeld fans campaign for the inclusion of Cap Boobs? What if some fun-loving assholes with a well-known comic book blog encourage readers to request that Avengers story where Carol Danvers is raped an impregnated by her own time-travelling child? What if everyone spontaneously decided to vote for Trouble, the abortion of a Mark Millar romance comic starring Aunt May and Mary Parker involved in some kind of teenage pregnancy drama and featuring jailbait pictures of twelve year old models in bikinis on the covers?
Yeah, that would be terrible. So don't do that, readers. Understand? Whatever you do, do not open up dozens of fake email accounts and send Marvel emails requesting Trouble be included in the 75th anniversary omnibus. That would ruin Marvel's celebration, and it wouldn't be cool or funny, alright?
Here's the press release:
Choose the Contents of Marvel’s Massive 75th Anniversary Omnibus!
Celebrate a milestone achievement in Marvel Myth-Making this November with an exciting collection as chosen by YOU! Today, Marvel is proud to announce the massive Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus – a 1200 page tome featuring the very best stories of the past 75 years as chosen by our loyal readers and rabid fans!
We want to hear from you, true believer! Tell us what you think are the best stories in Marvel Comics’ 75 years of history, and they’ll have the chance to be printed in this oversized, commemorative omnibus! From 1939’s Marvel Comics #1 to 2014’s All-New Marvel NOW!, we want the best of the best. The most iconic stories, the biggest moments and fan-favorites – we want it all!
The choice is yours – which stories will you pick? Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Marvel Comics history this November when the epic 75th Anniversary Omnibus hits comic shops and book stores everywhere!
For more on Marvel’s 75th Anniversary, please visit Marvel.com/75. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #Marvel75 and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!
Share your top five best or worst Marvel stories in the comments please!