dannykat said: Hey howdy, Mr. Busiek. I have a question regarding my favorite graphic novel of all time, Marvels. Is there no sliding timeline Marvels' world? And if there isn't, at what point would things start to diverge from 616's timeline? Thanks in advance!
MARVELS happened in the regular ol’ Marvel Universe, as far as I’m concerned.
There were just, apparently, a surprising number of classic car rallies going on in the backgrounds, here and there.
Or, to be more serious — we wanted it to look like the time period that was shown in the original comics, as opposed to updating the look of it to an era that would be out-of-date after a few years anyway. But we didn’t want to provide any hard data in captions or dialogue confirming that, so people can choose to read it however they wish, depending on their tastes. Thus, we stuck to mentioning things like, say, Lauren Bacall attending the FF wedding, because she could have been there if it was the 1960s, and could have been there if it was “10 years ago.”
[Then I turned around and did the same trick slightly differently in UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN — there, we went for a more contemporary look to the settings, updating cars and hairstyles and such, but we never did a story that hinged on the existence of cellphones or laptops or the internet, so that readers who preferred to read the stories as if they were set in the 60s could, and readers who wanted to imagine them set in the relatively recent past could do that, too.]