Wizard Rewind March 2000
Welcome back to this month’s edition of Wizard Rewind. Each month, I want to take a look back at a random issue of Wizard Magazine. I think it would be interesting to see what was being talked about and what was considered “Hot” all those years ago. Specifically, the Wizard Top 10 to see how those books are doing today. To better understand the market, we should have some idea of our history.
So this month we will fast forward from February 1992 and travel to March 2000. Looking back nearly 20 years this time, I was wrapping up my 1st senior year of college. I say first senior year because I had to stretch out to a 5th year at Rutgers due to switching my major from Business to Journalism. I still ended up working in business at Merrill Lynch and now these articles for CBSI are about the extent of my use for my journalism degree. So you never can tell how life will play out. Anyway that’s enough over-sharing for today, so let’s all take a trip together to back in the day…
The date, March 2000. By Mid-March Say My Name would be dominating the Billboard charts for 3 consecutive weeks leading into April…
No, no, no that comes much later. Not Heisenberg. I’m talking about Destiny’s Child. Yes, Destiny’s Child, when they were still a group.
You know, before Beyoncé Knowles became so famous we all just dropped the last name and she joined the elite club of one-named stars like Cher or Madonna. We wouldn’t need the surname, so eventually we’d get just Beyoncé.
Reality TV like Survivor and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire were battling the likes of ER and Friends for viewers at the top of the ratings. Meanwhile March also gave us the debuts of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing on the Cartoon Network, as well as Son of the Beach on FX.
Y2K was a thing of the past and Gore and Bush had won their Primaries giving us our candidates for what was to become one of the most controversial elections in our Nation’s history. And 52 stolen Oscar statuettes were recovered from a trash bin by a 61-year-old Los Angeles resident. Anyone else see the irony in finding Oscar in a garbage can?
But before we get back to the Oscars, looking at the box office Erin Brockovich was a hit, Final Destination was spawning a new horror franchise, while Mission to Mars continuing the trend of dueling studio ideas. This was following in the great tradition of Volcano vs. Dante’s Peak, Deep Impact vs. Armageddon, to bring us Mission to Mars vs. Red Planet.
But this month the real gem released in March 2000 didn’t make it to theaters. The straight to video release I’m talking about was this little treasure…
This was the 5th installment in the most storied franchise related to an imaginary holiday character, I guess. What is baffling to me is that this was released on March 28th. Why release a Leprechaun themed movie 2 weeks after St. Patrick’s Day? There was no reason we couldn’t have seen this come out on Tuesday March 14th ahead of the Friday festivities.
Unfortunately, being a straight to video release it was not eligible for any of the big awards. However, March of 2000 did provide the Academy Awards. Best dressed on the red carpet that year had to have been Matt Stone and Trey Parker tripping acid while lampooning Gwyneth Paltrow’s dress from 1999 and J-Lo’s infamous dress from the Grammy’s the month before.
As far as awards went, American Beauty dominated, almost hitting for the cycle. Only a few films, like Silence of the Lambs, managed that feat. But American Beauty won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. However, Hilary Swank spoiled the party and knocked off Annette Benning (who probably had the best performance in that movie IMO) to earn her 1st Best Actress Oscar.
Now you tell me, is this a clip from a Best Picture winner or just garbage flying around a parking lot?
Being that this was half my lifetime ago, I am looking at it through a much different lens. This isn’t deep. It’s just garbage. The scene I mean, not the movie as a whole. It could be. I couldn’t condemn a flick like that without watching it again. Haven’t seen it in over a decade, but I have no real desire to.
Ok, now that we are all back in our cargo pants, Abercrombie & Fitch gear, and our Old Navy Fleece’s listening to the new No Strings Attached NSYNC album after frosting our tips, let’s crack open this month’s Wizard.
I have the B cover of this edition of Wizard. Can’t say no to Michael Turner back in those days. This month I am being a bit more ambitious and looking at a bit more of the issue. This particular issue had a feature on Supes, a preview of Chris Claremont’s return to the X-Men, a spotlight on the brand new Crossgen Comics line, and an interview with Dan Jurgens.
Some solid content and a pretty cool art tip section in Basic Training from Jim Calafiore. Whatever happened to him? I liked his art style. It was a pretty sleek manga look without being too cartoony. Oh speaking of manga style, there was a mail-away coupon for a Warlands ½. But let’s get to the nitty gritty of a pretty diverse Top 10 list for March 2000.
Before we wrap up this month’s look back, let’s dive into some more features from this issue. Apart from the Top 10 list, Wizard also offered a lot of other features. But before we get to that, let’s take a look back at the news from March 2000.
So, it’s kinda fun to see them promoting Harley’s 1st solo title here. She had had a few appearances in the DCU proper, but here they were prepping for something more. By the context of the story it’s not even settled on being a solo title. We could’ve had more of a Gotham City Sirens type book nine years earlier.
There were a few other short stories promoting Titan A.E. and a preview of the X-Men movie. There was even a story about a possible new TV show focusing on a young Bruce Wayne as a vehicle for Dawson himself, John Moxon. They also offered an update on the possible Tom Cruise Iron Man movie. Remember when that was a thing?
Those were pretty cool, but the real gem from these old issues of Wizard were the Casting Call articles. These were just fun speculation of who they thought should play these characters “if” a movie were to be made. So for March 200, they offered their choices for a Fathom movie based on Michael Turner’s hit title.
Just for fun, let me give it the old college try and see what I can come up with to cast this movie today. If this had been adapted, I could compare their picks to what was eventually cast. But since we haven’t had a Fathom movie as of yet, I’ll have to pitch my own cast without any regard to logic, budget, or star power.
Editor’s note: It wasn’t until I was almost done with the article that I found that there was a whole other 2 page spread of casting. I’m gonna skip that this time out, and just give you what I did on my 1st pass.
Ok, that was my first pass at a Casting Call. This would not have been my first choice of movie, as I am not that well versed in Fathom. I honestly haven’t read that book in close to 20 years. But we play the hand we are dealt.
Another fun feature from the old Wizards was the Top 10 Creators lists. I used to love looking at the lists each month pulling for my favorites to be represented. Seeing the Jim Lee’s and the Garth Ennis’ on the list, somehow validated my fandom in some way. Anyway, let’s take a quick peek at what creators made the cut back in the spring of 2000. Spoilers: No Jim Lee.
That’s just rude, Wizard. You know his middle name is Francis. This was just unnecessary.
Also in this section is the Market Watch that highlights the Tower Records Tomb Raider books, as well as a fun little insert called Buried Treasure.
The final extra little feature I want to highlight is a small insert in the Price Guide that spotlights some market trends, called Ups & Downs.
Ok so another month in the books. Hopefully, this doesn’t get old and people enjoy reading these as I enjoy looking back to the past. Thanks for your time, and once again, I leave you with these familiar words of wisdom.
“If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.” ― Terry Pratchett
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