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Knowledge Waits: A Year’s Worth of Marvel Cool-O-Meters

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Knowledge Waits: A Year’s Worth of Marvel Cool-O-Meters

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

While I was getting a page from 1992’s Uncanny X-Men #287 for this column earlier today, I noticed something that I hadn’t thought about in years that I figured I’d share with you folks – Marvel’s Cool-O-Meters!

After Jim Shooter left Marvel, editor Mark Gruenwald was put in charge of Marvel’s Bullpen Bulletins feature. In 1991, he introduced a recurring feature that would last for a year – a “Cool-O-Meter” based on what the people working at Marvel’s offices (mostly editors, I presume) felt were “cool” at the time. The Cool-O-Meters would usually have a picture on top, but said picture was not usually related to the Cool-O-Meter, so I just picked an amusing one for the banner image for this piece (kind of hard to find a good banner image for this, since it is just a text-based shtick). Here are the twelve Cool-O-Meters, from July 1991 through June 1992!

The weirdest one has to be the “non-sexual harassment” bit from January 1992. I also like how Squirrel Girl made a comeback.

If you have any suggestions for future Knowledge Waits editions, drop me a line at!

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