25 years ago! I remember it like it was yesterday!
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim and George Perez.
I can recall being 15 years old or so and walking into my LCS and seeing the George Perez Infinity Gauntlet #1 cover right on the table. It blew me away! I was a little disjointed as, for some reason, the copies weren't totally mint, but were frayed a bit in the corners. I picked which one I felt was in the best shape and quickly nabbed it up! I also picked up all the crossover issues I could find as I was enthralled with Thanos, the power of the Infinity Gems, and Thanos having killed half the universe. One of the Infinity Gauntlet tie-in issues showed the death of the heroes (ended up being a Silver Surfer or Adam Warlock dream, I think; go figure), and I remember telling all my friends: Spider-Man's dead! Wolverine's dead! Etc. Quasar?! No!! Amazing stuff!
Now we see that Infinity Gauntlet has been a major inspiration for the Marvel Studios movies as Thanos and the Infinity Stones have been introduced and will headline Avengers: Infinity War in 2018. Starlin also previously revealed the Marvel editors were a little bit wary about Infinity Gauntlet as well! Ha! Guess things don't change at the House of so-called Ideas!
That said, Marvel is holding an Infinity Gauntlet 25th Anniversary panel at next month's New York Comic-Con featuring Jim Starlin. Here are the details:
MARVEL: Infinity Gauntlet 25th Anniversary
October 07, 2016, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
25 years ago, Marvel introduced the world to the Infinity Gauntlet and shined a spotlight on the nastiest Marvel villain ever, THANOS! Infinity Gauntlet #1 brought a new level of “epic” to the Marvel Universe with an object of unimaginable power, an unprecedented cosmic catastrophe, and the simple yet undeniable message that absolute power corrupts absolutely. NOW, don’t miss the first thorough examination of Thanos and the gauntlet’s history in an intimate panel with the man who created it all, Jim Starlin! This is the panel no fan of the Mad Titan should miss!
Jim Starlin: Speaker