Characters Appearing: Ben Urich, Bennet Schwed, Beth Sheldon, Betty Brant, Colossus, Cyclops, Doris Sheldon, J. Jonah Jameson, Jean Grey, Jenny Sheldon, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Maggie (mutant), Marcia Hardesty, Phil Sheldon, Psylocke, Rogue, Ship (Prosh), Spider-Man, Wolverine
Marvels: Eye of the Camera #6
Issue(s): Marvels: Eye of the Camera #6
While they watch that on television, they talk about what happened to Maggie after she left the Sheldon household.
Upon hearing Bolivar Trask talking on television about hunting down mutants, she ran away so that the Sheldons wouldn't get hurt, and she wound up in New Guinea. Even there, you'll notice, she wasn't completely out of range of the Marvel universe.
She came back when she heard Phil had cancer.
On his side, Sheldon is feeling guilty that he didn't really do much for Maggie.
But she assures him that he became a role model for her during her brief stay with him.
In addition to the events in Dallas, they also see what's going on with X-Factor in New York.
And then they watch the X-Men die.
Sheldon also dies, soon after his family arrives at the hospital.
We then go to his funeral.
Phil's colleague Marcia Hardesty - seen earlier in the issue reporting on the events in Dallas - says that she'll help the Sheldon family finish Phil's second book.
And after all of Sheldon's concerns in past issues about the way the public has treated its Marvels, it's a fitting end to note that X-Factor got a parade for their efforts.
This issue is much lighter on references than past issues, and they're mostly confined to Fall of the Mutants. That works really well, both in terms of allowing more space devoted to Phil's goodbyes and death, and because the end result of Fall of the Mutants was an increased (if temporary) acceptance of mutants, which fits nicely with the themes of the series.
Quality Rating: A
Chronological Placement Considerations: This must end the same day as Fantastic Four #312, since the events there cause Marcia Hardesty to be late to Phil's funeral.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
Note that Betty Brant appears and appears sane but is still working at the Daily Bugle. That means that this must take place before the Cult of Love storyline in Web of Spider-Man.
Posted by: Michael | May 13, 2014 10:30 PM
From the horse's mouth one last time- the Sources page from the trade paperback:
-By Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Tom Brevoort
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | May 14, 2014 1:03 AM
I wonder if the figure zooming up into the sky on the last panel was the Human Torch? It makes kind of a nice book-end as Marvels #1 opens with the original Torch and Johnny is, in a way, a "legacy" hero taking the same name & having the same powers.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | May 14, 2014 1:21 AM
Somehow it seems very appropriate for Phil to pass on just before Venom's debut.
Posted by: Thanos6 | September 11, 2014 10:29 PM
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