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As the name would imply, this is the second series of trading cards
based on the Marvel Comics superheroes. This is a very well-done
set. The artwork on these cards, as a whole, is better than the
art we'll see on the next series of Marvel cards. I also like the
colorful template of the cards. They're much more interesting to
look at than the first series or third series. Truth be told,
this is probably the best series of cards ever made for the Marvel
Cards: I won't
display every card from a series because I don't think every card in a
series is necessarily attractive or otherwise special. What
you'll see here are some of the cards of characters I like best.
I hope you enjoy these cards, too!
#7: Mr. Fantastic
This is a well-drawn card of the superhero, but a bit odd. The
backpack and gun are not part of his standard attire. I think
this illustration was used just to show that he is a gadget-maker.
#14: The Punisher
I love this character, but he's certainly not one of the most
celebrated of Marvel's superheroes. He is the only dwarf
superhero I'm aware of. I'm surprised he hasn't caught on more
with the "little people" community. He's smart, funny, and
powerful without being a goof. He's just a great superhero
#35: U.S. Agent
This is one of the first "bad boy" superheroes in comics and one of the
few that I don't believe is cliche. U.S. Agent is what you'd get
if Captain America turned real, real mean. The red, white, and
black mock-up of the Captain America costume is a great concept.
This is a patriotic superhero that doesn't show his enemies mercy.
I've never been a great fan of the X-Men superheroes, but this is a
well-designed card and he has a cool costume. Banshee is Irish,
by the way.
Like I've said, I'm not a great fan of the X-Men, but certain
characters, like Jubilee, stand out as interesting. She's a
funny, light-hearted Asian-American teen with a neat ability to create
blinding light. This is also probably the sexiest she's ever been
drawn on a trading card.
Perhaps this card should have been
called "Substitute Thor". The short-lived, bearded version of
Thor with the metal mask was really Eric Masterson, a replacement for
the "real" Thor who was "indisposed" at the time. When the "real"
Thor came back, Eric Masterson became the superhero Thunderstrike.
This is Cyclops in the costume he wore while with the superhero team
X-Factor. He rejoined the X-Men team not long after this card was
released. I thought this was a cool costume for the character,
but his 1990s X-Men outfit was an even better design.
#54: Captain America
It's not hard to make a good card of Captain America, because he has
one of the neatest costumes in all of superhero comics. Plus,
almost every pose he makes looks regal and all-American. He seems
to have more stances than any other superhero!
If Punisher was to have an arch-nemesis, Jigsaw would be it. He's
probably the only villain Punisher has never been able to "kill
dead". What's amusing about this is that Jigsaw is really an
idiot. He's no top criminal mastermind. He just always
seems to slip through the cracks. Punisher, himself, thinks of
the man as "stupid". He's a popular villain in Punisher comics,
but he's never really been used all that much. He just keeps
popping up from time to time.
#75: Doctor Octopus
This is an amusing picture of the clever supervillain, but I wish they
would have given us a full body shot so we can see his tentacles and
get a better idea of what he's about.
#90: Red Skull
Captain America's top enemy. This isn't the best card of Red
Skull I've ever seen, but it's still a good representation of the
#99: Captain America Vs. Baron Zemo
Baron Zemo is easily Captain America's second worst enemy. Red
Skull is the top baddie. Still, it was Baron Zemo who, in the
comics, is responsible for Captain America being frozen in ice for
years. It was also Baron Zemo that killed Cap's teenage sidekick,
Bucky. Like the Red Skull, Baron Zemo is another crazy German
villain with Nazi ties.
#104: Daredevil vs. Bullseye
#105: Spider-Man vs. Doctor Octopus
THIS is a cool Doctor Octopus scene. He's always been my top
favorite Spider-Man villain. One reason is that he's kind of
funny and goofy to look at. The other is that he is the ONLY
villain that really seems to get one up on Spider-Man. He's truly
a brilliant character. Most of the Spidey bad guys lose
eventually. Doc Ock, although his major plans get foiled, always
seems to win some kind of victory.
#128: Thor's Hammer
#129: Daredevil's Billy Club
This is probably one of the most ingenious superhero weapon ideas of
all time. His cane turns into a billy club which can also be used
as a whip.
#131: Spider-Man's Web Shooters
In one way, I like Spidey's web-shooters because he made them and it
shows off his scientific brilliance. The live-action movies did
it better, however, when they explained that webs just naturally come
from his wrists as a result of being super-powered.
#138: Wolverine's Claws
#141: Green Goblin
Great card design for the popular Spider-Man villain.
Rage was a great character that just didn't take off like he should
have. A 13-year-old boy is trapped in the body of an
indestructible black bruiser powerhouse! Despite his rough
appearance, Rage was actually a gentle soul and mannerly while not