Unknown Victoria

Victoria: The Unknown City is a guidebook to an eccentric town on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. This is the author's blog. Look here for Victoria lore, updates and additions to the book, and hate mail.


Friday, April 07, 2006

Graphic Depictions

Appropriately for a town that’s served as a backdrop to X-Men movies (the third opens May 26), Victoria’s had a number of cameos in comic books. In 1986, Marvel Comics used a convention at the Empress hotel to launch its New Universe series, and later set several of the episodes here – including one in which supervillains kill everyone in a comics store in Market Square. (The issues aren’t collectors’ items: Gareth Gaudin of Legends Comics on Johnson Street says New Universe is considered “the Ishtar of comics,” a financial and artistic flop.) Another locally-set comic appeared in 1989, when the Archie girls Betty and Veronica spent an entire issue here and in Vancouver on a fashion shoot, and dodging a design-stealing rival photographer; in one scene they elude him by jumping on a Tally-Ho wagon. As you can imagine, the story’s pretty dumb – “I had no idea the climate was so mild!” exclaims Betty – but it probably thrilled Tourism Victoria at the time.

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