Author: Drew R.

  • Tales To Astonish #63:A Titan Rides The Train!

    Tales To Astonish #63:A Titan Rides The Train!

    Cover Date: Jan 1965 | Review: 4.5 Stars

    This tale starts off and reveals to us the mysterious leader and his origin, similar to that of the Hulk but different in effect. Both were exposed to Gamma rays, both should have perished, and both had an aspect of themselves enhanced beyond human capabilities. The Leaders below-average human brain was made brighter compared to…

  • Tales To Astonish #63:The Gangsters and the Giant!

    Tales To Astonish #63:The Gangsters and the Giant!

    Cover Date: Jan 1965 | Review: 1.5 Stars

    The tale starts out this month much like so many comics, in a training routine with Giant-Man pushing and honing his phyiscal capabilities. This is done while the wasp times him and flirts with him. This is ended by the arrival of a police officer who summons our hero’s (or at least Giant-Man, with the…

  • Journey Into Mystery #112:The Coming of Loki!

    Journey Into Mystery #112:The Coming of Loki!

    Cover Date: Jan 1965 | Review: 3.25 Stars

    Although only briefly seen in this tale, we get the origin of Loki in this issue. The story takes place upon a great battle between Odin and Laufey. The battle rages on between the two until the Giants’ army decides to join the fray with the destruction of its leaders’ weapon. Story But the centerpiece…

  • Journey Into Mystery #112:The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!

    Journey Into Mystery #112:The Mighty Thor Battles the Incredible Hulk!

    Cover Date: Jan 1965 | Review: 3.5 Stars

    What happens should Thor and the Hulk fight, one might think given the status of the Hulk in his stories currently that we would be left waiting for such a battle, after all the avengers have ended their pursuit of the Hulk that such a conflict would be unlikely. This story however tells such a…

  • X-Men #9:Enter, The Advengers!

    X-Men #9:Enter, The Advengers!

    Cover Date: Jan 1965 | Review: 3.75 Stars

    The professor’s absence has been building to what debuted this month, the battle between Professor X and Lucifer, but that is not all, for the Avengers seem to be on the hunt for the great evil arriving in Europe around the same time as our teenage heroes. One might think that this would lead to…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #20:The Coming of the Scorpion! Or: Spidey Battles Scorpey!

    Amazing Spider-Man #20:The Coming of the Scorpion! Or: Spidey Battles Scorpey!

    Cover Date: Jan 1965 | Review: 3 Stars

    This issue starts where the last left off, with Spider-Man realizing a mysterious figure is following him, and he turns things around and follows him back, although with limited success. This game of tag, however, does not last long, as we (the reader) quickly learn who the mysterious figure and his boss is. But if…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #19:Spidey Strikes Back!

    Amazing Spider-Man #19:Spidey Strikes Back!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 5 Stars

    This issue picks up with Spider-Man reappearing on the scene after his Aunt May’s recovery, covering both how that affects J. Jonah Jameson and his recent “happy mood” and the endeavors of Sandman and the enforcers who recently joined forces. To add some drama and stakes to the issue, early on, Sandman and the Enforcers…

  • Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #13:Fighting Side-By-Side with Captain America And Bucky!

    Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #13:Fighting Side-By-Side with Captain America And Bucky!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 4.75 Stars

    Between the sergeant fury stories during World War II and Captain America being brought out of the ice in the modern age. This is a crossover I have been waiting to see. In this issue, the howling commandos join forces with Captain America and Bucky. At the story’s onset, we have Sergeant Fury on a…

  • Fantastic Four #33:Side-By-Side with Sub-Mariner!

    Fantastic Four #33:Side-By-Side with Sub-Mariner!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 4.5 Stars

    In the epic tale that unfolds this issue we find the Fantastic Four after being appealed to by the Lady Dorma fighting “side by side” with Namor the Sub-Mariner. As the reader learns, Dorma, in the name of love betrayed Namor to an invader named Attuma before seeking out our four hero’s to help there…

  • Tales To Astonish #62:Enter... The Chameleon!

    Tales To Astonish #62:Enter… The Chameleon!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 3.5 Stars

    This issue picks up where the last one left off, with the Hulk bound and captured by General Ross and the US military. As Rick Jones learns of this, he leaves the side of Captain America to travel back and try to help the Hulk. At the same time, a mysterious new figure known as…

  • Tales To Astonish #62:Giant-Man Versus THe Wonderful Wasp!

    Tales To Astonish #62:Giant-Man Versus THe Wonderful Wasp!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 1.25 Stars

    Right from the cover, we are made aware that in this issue, we will have Giant-Man fights for his life against the Wasp! then on page one, a Big Surprise is revealed to us that “this issues big bad villain learns the secret of Giant-Man’s real identity!” But what do these two bits of promotional…

  • Daredevil #5:The Mysterious Masked Matador!

    Daredevil #5:The Mysterious Masked Matador!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 2 Stars

    This issue starts with Daredevil looking for the Matador, who is “the greatest threat to Law in order in years.” While the astute reader may find the thought of our hero questionable, it works to build up the tension to the pending conflict. They first meet in the streets, where Daredevil tries to intervene and…

  • Tales of Suspense #60:The Army of Assassins Strikes!

    Tales of Suspense #60:The Army of Assassins Strikes!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 3.25 Stars

    This issue is about Zemo planning to defeat Captain America by laying a trap where he will fight an army of assassins while believing it to be a staged demonstration. In this case, it is Captain America doing a demonstration for a charity benefit and to make people aware of the importance of physical fitness…

  • Tales of Suspense #60:Suspected of Murder!

    Tales of Suspense #60:Suspected of Murder!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 2.5 Stars

    This picks up after the end of the last, with Iron Man unable to leave his armor for fear of dying. Trapped in his armor, he has to be just Iron Man and feign that Stark is gone and left him in Charge. However, Pepper and Happy are suspicious, leading to tentions growing and a…

  • Strange Tales #127:The Mystery Villain

    Strange Tales #127:The Mystery Villain

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 1.25 Stars

    What starts with a race turns into an adventure involving a race, but I am getting ahead of myself. This issue begins with the three male members of the Fantastic Four engaged in an airborne drag race of sorts, with Torch flying while Thing and Mr. Fantastic fly vehicles. However, things go astray when The…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #18:The end of Spider-Man

    Amazing Spider-Man #18:The end of Spider-Man

    Cover Date: Nov 1964 | Review: 2.5 Stars

    In this issue, Peter Parker deals with his sick Aunt May and the repercussions of leaving the fight against the Green Goblin to be by her side in the last issue. The issue starts with prior foes and other Marvel heroes sharing their views as they learn the news of what happened. Story This issue…

  • X-Men #8:Unus, the Untouchable!

    X-Men #8:Unus, the Untouchable!

    Cover Date: Nov 1964 | Review: 4 Stars

    With Professor X gone and on the start of his mission (That we will see more of next month) we have Cyclops leading the team. At the unset of the story we have the X-Men undergoing a training session. When compete the team is given leave and Beast and Iceman take off to Greenwich Village,…

  • Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #12:When a Howler turns Traitor!

    Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #12:When a Howler turns Traitor!

    Cover Date: Nov 1964 | Review: 4.25 Stars

    From the start we know we are in for a misdirect. It is more likely that no one is a traitor nor does an Howler Desert and I am glad to know as I read the story, the truth of the ‘why’ is not kept from the reader even if it is kept from the…

  • Avengers #10:The Avengers Break Up!

    Avengers #10:The Avengers Break Up!

    Cover Date: Nov 1964 | Review: 2.25 Stars

    This story starts with a bit of training mainly for Captain America against the other avengers, where we watch and see that he is getting better at holding his own for longer. Meanwhile the Masters of Evil wile meeting to discuss their prior defeat are visited by a traveler from another time named Immortus. After…

  • Fantastic Four  #32:Death Of A Hero

    Fantastic Four #32:Death Of A Hero

    Cover Date: Nov 1964 | Review: 3.75 Stars

    One might think that the subtitle is just an attention-grabbing ploy typical of comic books of the silver age. But in this case, you would be wrong. The Story does live up to the “Death Of A Hero” Title. Now as for the other mystery of the story, Guessing who the Invincible Man is, that…

  • Tales to Astonish #61:Now Walks the Android

    Tales to Astonish #61:Now Walks the Android

    Cover Date: Nov 1964 | Review: 2 Stars

    This Ant-Man and wasp tale features Egghead whom we last seen in issue 57. In this issue he escapes from Jail, and sets out to get revenge on Giant-Man for besting him. As a villion goes it is more about proving himself the superior intellect then anything else at this point for the antagonist. This…

  • Journey Into Mystery #111:The Secret of Sigurd

    Journey Into Mystery #111:The Secret of Sigurd

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 3.5 Stars

    In this tale, we see Loki again attempt to get at Thor through manipulation instead of direct assault. We see how well Loki can plan, read people and push things his way as he gets Thor and Balder to join him on a shortcut through Sigurd’s forest, knowing that he can get the God of…

  • Journey Into Mystery #111:The Power of the Thunder God!

    Journey Into Mystery #111:The Power of the Thunder God!

    Cover Date: Dec 1964 | Review: 4.5 Stars

    While the old saying “don’t judge a book by the cover” should still apply, this month, I find myself called to at least start my review by doing just that. After all, the cover Art is part of the comic, even perhaps one of the most important (selling) pieces. But due to the placement of…

  • Journey Into Mystery #110:Every Hand Against Him

    Journey Into Mystery #110:Every Hand Against Him

    Cover Date: Nov 1964 | Review: 4 Stars

    This story starts with Thor hunting for an evil he senses somewhere within the city, although he is unsure what the evil is or where it is. Failing to find it, he returns to his office and his identity as Dr. Don Blake. Meanwhile, in disguise, Loki pays the bail to free The Cobra and…