11 Sep, 2014
By Michael Kim – @michaelny11731
Hello Midtowners, this is Michael from the back issues department for this blog entry on comic books and sports. The Guardians of The Galaxy are the 2014 box office champions. With no upcoming films to give the Guardians competition in their record gross earning, the Guardians will be sitting pretty for the rest of the year. The GOTG were underdogs, B/C/D-listers in the Marvel library. They’re known by comic book fans, but questioned by the casual ones. They lacked the commercial appeal of The Avengers and other Marvel characters. The Guardians weren’t (at the time) a household name, they weren’t iconic. Producing a space adventure film made sense to keep the Infinity Gems and Thanos in the broad picture of the Marvel cinematic universe. However, to use relative unknowns as their vehicle seemed risky. Well, it seems the gamble by Marvel paid off.
The accomplishment of the film made me think of other success stories. 300 directed by Zack Snyder and based on the Frank Miller comic book series comes to mind: low budget, huge box office return. But I digress. This blog entry is about comic books and sports. If the Guardians of The Galaxy film were a professional sports franchise, they would be the Super Bowl XVLIII Champion Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Before Super Bowl XVLIII (48,) the last professional sports championship that the city of Seattle WA won was in 1979 by the Supersonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA.) The franchise saw some success in the 90’s with head coach George Karl, point guard Gary Payton, and power forward Shawn Kemp. The franchise came close to another championship, but lost to Michael Jordan and The Chicago Bulls. In 2006, the team (along with eventual 2013-2014 Most Valuable Player of the Year Kevin Durant) was sold and moved to Oklahoma City OK, now named the Thunder.