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Author Topic: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?  (Read 395 times)

Jabroniville

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These guys were the big "Spider-Man" writers I recall reading when I got into comics in the early '90s. What did you think of their output?

I remember reading a LOT of Mackie books in the 1990s- mostly his Spider-Man. And in retrospect... none of them are very good. To me, this guy absolutely reminds me of the "Typical '90s Comic"- a lot of boring nonsense, nothing of great interest, and very simplistic stuff. Most of his books ended up pretty terrible, and he bailed on the Spidey books around the Clone Saga (which, in his defense, had a lot of editorial intervention).

I guess he also recreated Ghost Rider, one of the more "90s" books ever. I never thought that book was any good, and it definitely didn't end well.

David Michelinie is as iconic for "Bad Spider-Man Stories" to me.

I remember little of Kavanagh's work, though he was one of the writers of Maximum Carnage, which was pretty meandering and bad in parts.
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2017, 10:40:29 AM »

The only stuff I know from Micheline was the original Eddie Brock Venom stuff, and that shit was good
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2017, 02:18:46 PM »

I liked Mackie's run on Mutant X.
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 04:37:34 AM »

I liked Mackie's run on Mutant X.
Was that the Havok, alternate universe series?

That was good.
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 04:43:52 AM »

Yeah. Had some of my favorite alternate versions of characters.
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2017, 09:57:19 PM »

Mackie was always kinda meh to me

Michelinie i liked but I wouldn't consider him extraordinary

honestly don't even remember Kavanagh

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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2017, 04:36:14 AM »

Mackie was always kinda meh to me

Michelinie i liked but I wouldn't consider him extraordinary

honestly don't even remember Kavanagh
Yeah, I find a lot of the '90s Spider-Man writers to be like that. I don't think any character has had a worse decade than Spider-Man had in the 1990s.
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2017, 06:04:38 AM »

I need to step my Spidey game up big time but the DeMattheis stuff Ive read I really like.
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2017, 02:11:17 PM »

I just remember a young kid on Wizard World message boards who had the name "Spidey before Mackie/Byrne"
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2017, 06:23:32 AM »

David Michelinie: Easily the best out of the three.

Mackie: ...Pretty much horrible. His Mutant X was okay, but like most of his stories, elements pile up to the point you just don't want to deal with it anymore.

 Kavanagh: Bad on his own. If some other comic writer was busy and made up guidlines, directions on the characters, he could fill in. He did that for Alan Davis on his run with the X-Men and did good. But on his own...if I remember Maximum Carnage...he had Carnage talking like a scholar or something stupid I remember hating.
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2017, 08:41:31 AM »

Along with JM DeMatties, they were the guys who introduced me to Spider-Man.  Despite Mackie taking a lot of flak for the Clone Saga, he was a solid writer before that.
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Re: What's your take on Howard Mackie, David Michelinie & Terry Kavanagh?
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2017, 05:23:23 PM »

Michelinie was pretty good. He had a solid, if not spectacular (yuck, yuck) run on AMAZING lasting nearly 100 issues. He was involved with Maximum Carnage, but I expect that was editorially mandated to some extent.

Kavanagh was mediocre. Nothing especially offensive, but nothing particularly good either.

Mackie started off okay, but went badly downhill toward the end. The soft reboot he and Byrne attempted after the Clone Saga was received very poorly, and included some of the worst Spidey issues of all time. That was about the time I stopped consistently collecting comics, and it's no coincidence.
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