Friday, December 14, 2007

Pittsburgh Obliterated......

....... in a comic book that is.

I was going to post this on December 22nd when it supposedly happened, but it is just too depressing a post for the days before XMAS. So lest we forget, it was 20 years ago this month that Pittsburgh was completely obliterated (in a comic book). That was the entire plot for an one-issue Marvel Comic Book that came out in 1987 titled creatively "The Pitt".

Just a comic book? Maybe, but it says something that Pittsburgh was the chosen as the foil for such a story in the mid 1980's. I'm not so sure it was a completely random choice.


Blogger Matthew said...

I don't think it was anything against Pittsburgh in particular. I remember this comic well as I bought it when it came out (and still have it!).

A man named Jim Shooter was editor in chief of Marvel comics until 1987 or so. Shooter was from Pittsburgh. When Shooter left after several disagreements, those that remained took some cheap shots at Shooter including destroying his hometown (Pittsburgh) in a standalone premier issue of the New Universe series. It was pretty much a random choice.

The issue itself doesn't have much specific on the city itself. One small frame shows the Point. One frame shows a street scene with a "Pittsburgh Savings and Loan" visible, but has a bunch of other made up signs. They have a map in the back that shows the area destroyed, an circular area from Alquippa to Vangergrift to Greensburg to Charleroi to Canonsburg, about 1590 square miles.

For fun, the event happened on December 22, 1987, twenty years ago today!

Saturday, December 22, 2007 4:30:00 PM  

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