This category is for the main Marvel universe. It will have all the comics I reviewed in the main continuity listed here. Not included are anything thats outside of the main Marvel Universe such as the “Ultimate”, or “What-If’s” The main marvel universe in world is referred to as Earth-616. Other marvel continuity’s will have there own Parent to keep them separate.
For today’s comic book review, I read Amazing Spider Man #8 from January 1964, a book crammed packed with Spider-man excitement, in fact two stories featuring our hero. This is a review of the first story. Titled. “The Terrible Threat Of The Living Brain” But worry not, a review of the second story where Spider-Man faces The Human Torch, will shortly follow.
In this tale, we have everything we could hope for issues, promised to us from page one, that’s right in this issue, one of the three things we are promised it so “See Pete Parker Fight Flash Thompson”! But how can he accomplish this without ruining his identity as Spider-Man? (more…)
The second tale that I reviewed today from Strange Tales #116 is Dr. Strange’s tale, titled “Return To The Nightmare World” and in this mystic story we have a feature length thriller that is reminiscent of the first appearance of Dr. Strange back in Strange Tales #110.
In this tale, we have nightmare trapping people in their sleep into the nightmare dimension so that they never wake up. Thus it is left to Dr. Strange, to do what only he can, stop nightmare and rescue the sleeping victims so that they can awaken. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read Strange Tales #116, for this first post, I am reviewing “The Human Torch In The Clutches Of The Puppet Master!” in this Strange tale, we have the human torch falling under the effects of a surprisingly alive Puppet Master, and forced to hit on Alicia, so that the Puppet Master can get the two to fight against each other. With no surprise the Puppet Masters plan seems to be working, what can possibly go wrong? (more…)
This story, much like the one by the wasp reviewed yesterday is framing a tale around the words of the Watcher. This tale, the tale of the Sneepers, Earths greatest and unmet rivals from afar, is a great one to start these tales with.
to summarize the story, the Sneepers are an advanced race of conquers and slavers, whom have a strong empire in the galaxy. When they first spot earth from afar they see a primitive civilization not worth their time. But with the passage of years man advances, more and more so until the sneepers fear if left unchecked man will become a threat to their empire. Having no ships that can reach earth though they begin trying to develop a weapon that can deal with human kind from afar. Only to stop their efforts when Man develops atomic power and seems to use it as weapons threatening each other. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I set out to read and review the Iron Man story from Tales Of Suspense #49. Hoping for an action pack story, filled with everything one could want, and even from the cover I knew that Iron Man would be up against another hero, X-men’s Angel. Leaving me to wonder the why’s and hows. but by the time I got finished, i was left with just one burning question. What where they thinking?
But before I get into that let me give a short summary of the story, The Angel gets to close to an atomic test at one of Tony Stark’s weapons plants, and despite Iron Man’s best efforts to ward him off takes a strong blast of radiation. The Radiation changes The Angels mind, making him evil, and now Iron Man has to stop him. (more…)
In addition to the Giant-Man and The Wasp super hero feature, starting in this issue, The wonderful Wasp would get her own tale, or at least the job of telling one. I could tell you what this is all about in my own words, but I would just assume quote the comic.
When she’s not on a case with Giant-Man, Janet Van Dyne devotes a great deal of time visiting veterans’ hospitals’ and orphans’ homes, entertaining the shut-ins with imaginative tales of fantasy as only she can tell them!
And this is a lead in for the story she presents “Somewhere Waits A Wobbow!” in some ways this is a great combination of the types of stories that filled Tales To Astonish before and alongside our hero’s up to now, just giving the narrator a voice and face from the super-hero side of things, combining the two aspects of the book in an interesting way. and giving us a great Story in A Story. (more…)
Yesterday I read Tales To Astonish #50, and seen how The Human Top humiliated Giant-Man, Today I read the second part, to see if Giant-Man and The Wasp could stop the human Top.
In this issue, we have a continued effort to catch the top, as he engages in a plan to steal US secrets to sell them to communist spies. during these efforts our hero’s fail to stop the spinning menace, but can they stop him before the plans fall into the wrong hands? (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read Tales To Astonish #50, containing the “Giant-man and the wonderful Wasp Battling The Human Top!” But also being the first part of a two-part story (our second two-part story reviewed this week!)
This one, gives us a good focus and background for the menace of the issue, whom is nothing more than a criminal and bully named David Cannon and known as The Human Top.
The story is told to us, almost like a background for David, starting when he was young and leading us to the current time, and then showing us how Giant-man almost does not see this common criminal as worth his time. Giant-Man however is quickly proven wrong, in his failed attempt to apprehend the talented criminal. (more…)
for those who are reading along with me, you will recall that yesterday we read and I reviewed Journey Into Mystery #99, well today we move right to Part II of that story, and read Journey Into Mystery #100.As we left off Mr. Hyde was beginning a crime spree masquerading as Thor to try to discredit the hero, and hopefully today we find out the effects of these efforts.
But in addition to that, we have the petition to make Jane Foster an immortal, and to thus allow Thor to take her as his love, showing that this story has a lot of promise, but does it pack the required punch? (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read Journey Into Mystery #99, featuring the first of a two-part story starring The Mighty Thor. this, the first part of the story is titled “The Mysterious Mister Hyde!”. With the title one might suspect, it is a tale that is a play on Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde, and in fact they would be right.
You see our stories antagonist is a Man with scientific knowledge, whom was inspired by the very story he draws the name Hyde form to create an elixir that would instill the same effect on him that Dr. Jekyll faced. With the power of Mr. Hyde he aims for revenge on Dr. Don Blake, and also to stop Thor from being able to foal him. (more…)
For today’s comic book review, I read Amazing Spider-Man #7 and the tale contained within called The Return Of The Vulture. This classic By Stan Lee and Steve Ditko serves as a squeal to Amazing Spider-Man #2.
But can the Vulture who was so easily defeated by spider-man issues ago, make a compelling return? or is he a bird-brained menace doomed to repeat his past mistakes?
To summarize the story, it begins with the vulture escaping from state prison, he does this by developing a new flying device, and flying over the walls. once free he wastes no time returning to his life of crime. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read Tales Of Suspense #48 where The New Iron Man Battles… The Mysterious Mr. Doll, in a “Book-length Marvel Masterwork!”. But is this issue, that reveals an all new Iron Man a classic or just an old relic? and what of the less than ominous sounding Mr. Doll? is he a menace that invokes fear, or just a sad excuse for a real nemesis?
to summarize the story, Mr. Doll has been somehow making the richest men in the city sign over fortunes and companies to him, going from one wealthy industrialist to another. Our story picks up, on the last one before he goes after Tony Stark, interestingly enough, as Tony is on route to see him. Leading to the first encounter between Mr. Doll and Iron Man, one that our hero almost does not survive, struggling with both the mysterious menace and his own internal failing heart. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read Fantastic Four #21, where we have The Fantastic Four team up with Nick Furry to defeat The Hate-Monger! But an issue such as this, has a greater meaning, as well as deeper thoughts then just the action packed events leading to the defeat of a nemesis that nearly broke up the Fantastic Four for good!
You see, the Hate-Monger’s weapon is hate, and I feel this comic was Stan & Jack’s soap box to speak out against such hatred, by giving hate a face, and a familiar one at that. (more…)
That’s right, after having several Dr. Strange stories under our belt, today we get to the origin of our Strange hero. but before i dive into that, if your here looking for the Human Torch story of this issue, please click here for my review of that one.
Dr. Strange is not so unlike our other marvel hero’s , and in fact may have a lot in common with the now cancelled Dr. Droom stories. He was a normal man, a surgeon, with very normal motives. Then like most Marvel comic hero’s a tragic event put him though is paces and lead him down the path that changed his life forever.
Today’s comic book reviews focus on Strange Tales #115, You can find the review of Dr. Strange’s story here, but this review focuses on the Human Torch as he faces Spider-Man’s foe Sandman, alone.
This comic starts, with the human torch being summoned back to Fantastic Four’s Headquarters by Mr. Fantastic, to be sent on a mission. he is informed of Sandman’s escape from prison, and sent off to find Spider-Man! The torch does not take a liking to this, and ends up finding an excuse to seek out the Sandman himself, but can our teenage hotshot handle the criminal by himself?
For today’s comic book review I am braking from my trend of working up though the classics to cover one that was released recently, even if it is a retelling of stories I already read and reviewed. Today I read the Graphic Novel Fantastic Four: Season one
but with sitting down to read and review the first such retelling for Marvels ongoing Season one releases, I have decided I was going to approach it a bit differently then I do the classics that where completely new and original when they where released. If you want to read more about Marvel Season One, here is a link to information from Marvel itself. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #4, with the story titled “Lord Ha-Ha’s Last Laugh!”. but this tale of our favor Sgt. Nick Fury and his seven Howling Commandos had everything we have come to hope for from these tales, and a hole lot more.
The basic background of the story is our seven hero’s get sent to Berlin to get Lord Ha Ha, an Englishman who its beveled has been captured and forced to spread propaganda for the Nazi’s. But in addition to the action packed tale of the rescue of the Lord, it’s also a tale with much, much more. This story offers us both the beginnings of new love, as well as the death of one of the Commandos! All in part showing us the horrors of war. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read X-men #2 where we have Cyclops, The Beast, Angel, Ice Man, and Marvel Girl Face off against the Vanisher. But can our teenage hero’s stop a mutant who’s power allows him to disappear instantly? (more…)
For today’s comic book review, I checked out Avengers #2, where they do battle against The Space Phantom! But who is this space phantom, and how can he alone threaten the avengers?
The space phantom has the power to become anyone he chooses, and in doing so, vanquish them to limbo, taking their place and powers among men. Where he is from, we do not know, but his goal is to test himself against the avengers and pave the way for the conquest of Earth by his people.
Can the avengers defeat the space phantom? or can he defeat them by playing on their own fears and mistrust? (more…)
Today I sit down to read and review Tales Of Suspsnse #47, where we have the tale of “Iron Man Battles The Melter!“. In this story, we have Iron Man facing a menace that seems to be able to defeat Iron Man, with the ease of just quickly melting away his armor.
But does the Melter make a compelling super Villain? Is Iron Men doomed to go down the drain? or can our hero save the day, even against a foe who can turn his iron armor into nothing but liquid and scrap? (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read the story in Tales To Astonish #49 titled “The Birth of Giant-Man” and this story offers perhaps the greatest development and change for our ongoing Ant-man and the wasp stories so far, giving Dr. Hank Pym the choice to be ant-man or to double his size to 12 feet and become Giant-man.
But the story offers us more than just the new development by the brilliant scientist; Although I am happy to say that the development is given significant page space instead of just being seen in action. You see, while Dr. Pym is working on this, a new menace known as the Eraser has shown up on the scene, and is on some kind of mission of erasing key scientist. What seems like it might be some kind of communist plot, expect for the fact that the Eraser is clearly not human. But what can his goal be? (more…)
For todays comic book review, I read the Amazing Spider-Man #6 from November of 1963. and this story is one of the cases where I will say that the cover does not do the story justice. The story title is “Face-To-Face With… The Lizard!”
To summarize the story: News reports have spread as far north as New York of a lizard like monster in the Everglades, and Spider-Man has been called out by the papers, mostly The Daily Bugle. Though some creativity spider-man accepts the challenge and gets J. Jonah Jameson to send him to Florida as Peter Parker to take pictures. But is there more to the Lizard then meets the eye? (more…)
For today’s comic book review we have Journey Into Mystery #98, and the story titled “Challenged By The Human Cobra!” Featuring The Mighty Thor! Then As you may recall, we left last time hanging with Jane Foster leaving the employment of Dr. Don Blake for another doctor. This story picks up, almost no time later, continuing that fateful tale only with a new menace for Thor to Face.
It is in this story that we get introduced to The Cobra, a snake-like foe whom got his powers after a scheme of murder and being bitten by a Radioactive snake of the same name.
But the story is just as much about Thor Facing off against the Cobra as it is about him dealing with Jane Fosters departure, and as comic book fake would have it, before the final page, she would have a role to play in this epic tale, an end up being the Cobra’s Captive. (more…)
That is right, you read the cover right, likely after looking at the stunning image of Captain America standing there, and his shield deflecting fireballs from the human Torch. The cover indeed does say, im the big White and Yellow letters just what you think it did. “From out of the Golden Age of Comics into the Marvel Age, Captain America Returns To Challenge The Human Torch!”
It is the kind of cover, that would make anyone who had an inkling of an idea of the old great hero want to thumb though the comic magazine and see just what happens. So As such, todays comic review is for The story titled “Captain America*”
I do not feel that this story needs any further summery then what the cover and what I already said offers, that in this issue we get to see two legendary characters, together at last*.
*To understand the asteric, read the issue (more…)
After being gone for a couple month, Dr. Strange returns, and not without editorial explanation on its first page. and I quote:
In Strange Tales #110 and #111 we introduced the mystifying Dr. Strange! Then, we waited to receive your letters, to see if you would want him continued! Well, your enthusiastic mail left us only one choice, and so… We proudly present the third in our newest series…
Now to summarize the story, Dr. Strange is contacted by Sir Clive Bentley, seeking an imitate need for help, despite how odd it is, he is unable to refuse the call, and shows up, little does he know he is walking right into a trap set by Baron Mordo! (more…)
For a story that has it all, from Yancy Street and a member of its gang to The Watcher Uato you need to look no farther than Fantastic Four #20. The story “The Mysterious Molecule Man!” is one that has begun to raise the bar of what we expect in epic future of the Fantastic Four!
to summarize the story, the Watcher warns the Fantastic Four of a new threat, the Molecule Man, just moments before they are to do battle with him, Letting them in on his origin, but is it enough for them to defeat a foe that could likely destroy universes. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read “Prisoners Of the Pharoah!” the story contained within Fantastic Four #19. It is a breath taken tale of heroics in their raw form, going to great lengths to help a friend.
The story is centered around trying to help Alicia Masters see again, Reed believing that he has found a hint to a cure for blindness on ancient Egyptian hieroglyph’s. needing more information than modern research can supply the Fantastic Four go back to Doom’s castle and use his time machine to go back in time to find the cure for blindness. (more…)
Today’s Comic book review is of the story “The Coming Of The Plantman!” that was published in Strange Tales #113. This story featuring the human torch is in some ways a milestone for the character and the series. Because it is with this issue, and story that he gain’s his first supporting character other than the Fantastic Four. In this issue we are introduced to Doris Evans, his current girlfriend, and flame of the human torch.
To summarize the story, a mad gardener invents a device that increases the IQ of plants but also make them his slave, using the device he both frames his former employer whom happens to be Doris’s father, and then heads down a path to conquer the city, then the universe! (more…)
For today’s Comic book review I read Amazing Spider-Man #5 and the story “Marked For Destruction By Dr. Doom!” it is a grand story for the marvel universes development, like so many in the year of 1963. This one, while having the Fantastic Four play a minor role, while one of there main advisories Dr. Doom faces off against spider-man! This is the first time in the comics I have reviewed that a villain has appeared in another ‘comic’. In other words, the first time that we show that not only can hero’s be guest stars, but Villain can go against different hero’s then just the same old ones over and over.
The summary of the story is, after Dr. Dooms last defeat at the hands of the Fantastic Four (See Fantastic Four # 17) He decides much like he did when teaming up with Namor the sub-mariner that he alone can’t defeat the Fantastic Four.
Having watched a special on Spider-Man bay J. Jonah Jameson he decides to recruit him, but when that fails he chooses instead to capture him, and use him as bait for the Fantastic Four! (more…)
For today’s Comic Book Review I read Journey Into Mystery #97 and reviewed the Thor Story Titled “The Mighty Thor Battles The Lava Man”, but in addition to this epic tale, this issue debuted “Tales of Asgard” a short-lived story about Thor’s Home land, I will be reviewing them at a later date collectively.
this story however had it all, it had the action that keeps us coming back week after week, as well as character development and story that seems to have lasting changes. Then to top the great story off the Artwork was top notch, among the best work I recall seeing Jack Kirby do. (more…)
For today’s Comic Book Review I read and reviewed the Ant-Man and the wasp story from “Tales To Astonish #48” and what I found was an astonishing tale titled “Ant-Man And The Wasp Defy The Porcupine!”
the basic outline of the story is one of an evil scientist, a weapons developer for the military develops what he see’s as the ultimate weapon, but decides to use it for his own good instead of turning it over to the army. Thus he takes on the name of Porcupine and starts his life of crime as a bank robber. (more…)
For today’s comic book review, i read the Iron Man story from Tales Of Suspense #46. this is the 8th time iron man graced the pages of that comic book, but the first time his foe is another like himself, a human with a technologically enhanced suit.
The story starts off behind the iron curtain, as Professor Vanko better known as The Crimson Dynamo Demonstrates his latest developments to Nikita Khrushchev. After this demonstration he is sent off to sabotage Tony Stark’s plants and to destroy Iron Man. Can Tony Stark or Iron Man get to the bottom of this before The Crimson Dynamo ruins him and his business? or is bankruptcy in the future for the brilliant weapons developer. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I read Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos #3, and the story titled “Midnight On Massacre Mountain!“. As Comic Book Stories go, I feel comfortable before even diving into the details of my review to say that this issue is a classic.
for a short synopsis of the story, we have Sgt Fury, and his howling commandos sent on a mission to Italy, where they meet up with a member of the O.S.S, Major Richards. This Major fills them in on their mission, to help an US squad that is trapped on the far side of Massacre Mountain Escape. But can the Howling commandos get the message to them in time? the story may not go just as you would expect. (more…)
For today’s comic book review I sit down to read the second issue of Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos, the story contained within this issue is titled “7 Doomed Men!”
a short summary of the story, after returning to base in need of much rest from a mission, the commandos are sent out again, this time to put a stop to the German equivalent to the Manhattan Project. While not knowing the details of the project, or what it’s about they know that they must dump the german’s supply of heavy water.
However before the howling commando’s reach their destination, they find themselves captured by the Nazi’s and become seven doomed men! (more…)
For Today’s Comic book review, i Read and review Avengers #1 from 1963. This classic Tale features The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and The Incredible Hulk, and though the action’s of this 22 page story, they come together to form the Avengers!
Our Story begins out with Loki, plotting his revenge against Thor, and then searching the earth via his magical powers for a way to get even with the God of thunder. It is in this search that he comes to the hulk, and decides to set him up to draw Thor out.
As fate would have it, his action’s get the attention of much more than just Thor, but also Iron-Man, Ant-Man, and the Wasp. All of whom respond to the Teen Brigade call for help for The Hulk. But can the 4 hero’s help the hulk or will they be forced to capture him, and Can Thor deal with the menace of Loki?
Be you a classic avengers fan or even just a comic book fan; or perhaps your here because of the upcoming Movie Blockbuster. Avengers #1 is a must read, read on to see why: (more…)
For today’s comic book review i read the ant-man and wasp story from Tales To Astonish #47, titled “Music To Scream By“. in this classic tale we see our heroes as well as the ant’s face the great threat of sound.
To offer a summary, the story starts out with a prelude where our hero’s both solve a common crime, as well as get introduced to Trango before he gains his hypnotic talents. Then though the passage of time, he return’s with new understandings of the powers of music, having the goal of a city-wide crime spree.
For Today’s Comic Book Review i Read the Thor Story from Journey Into Mystery #96. This story is titled “The Mighty Thor! Defying The Magic Of… Mad Merlin!” and as we sit down to read and review it, we have to ask ourselves if it is truly a magical story, or if it is one that will just fizzle out.
to summarize the events of the comic, we have the crypt of Merlin being discovered, and his sarcophagus was transferred to New York to be opened at a museum. After being opened though, Merlin awakens and leaves having high hopes to become a modern seat of power. In his first attempt to impress the modern world, he learns to achieve his goal, he must first stop Thor. (more…)
For Today’s comic book review i read the Iron Man story from Tales Of Suspense #45, it was titled “The Icy Fingers Of Jack Frost!” and much more important than seeming like a good comic book to pick to review for this december week, is that this story introduces us to Pepper Pots and Happy Hogan.
a short synopsis of the action part of the story can be summed up in a few short words. After A scientist working for stark tries to steal his secrets, stark has him fires but opts not to arrest him, but the scientist is far from done with his life of crime, developing a new technology that gives him amazing freezing powers he strikes again.
For today’s comic book review I did X-Men #1 from 1963. this volume of comics would eventually be retitled to Uncanny X-men. in any case, i thought it a great idea to review X-men #1 for X-mas eve.
I feel it worth saying that the X-men comic came to be the same month as the avengers, but the x-man much like the Fantastic Four and even the hulk, got trusted with their own feature comic right off the bat, unlike so many of the other early marvel hero’s I am reviewing.
Today, I sit down to read and write my review of Amazing Spider-Man #4 from 1963. In Amazing Spider-Man #4, we get introduced to the well-known spider-man foe Sandman. But is this issue as simple as Hero Vs Villain or is there more to this spider-man comic?
to give a short summary of this comic book, would be to say the following: The Sandman who seems can not be captured by the police still needs to find a place to hide and lay low. Concluding that they will never look for him in a high school he enters Midtown high.
as luck would have it, he is found in this school, by spider-man as the high-school he picked is the one Spider-Man’s alter ego Peter Parker attends.
For today’s comic book review i am proud to bring the story titled “A Skrull Walks Among Us!” from Fantastic Four #18; this is the second appearance of the alien race the Skrull in marvel, and the first appearance of Super-Skrull.
To provide a short Summery of Fantastic Four #18, we have the story begin with our hero’s relaxing, but it turns out while there at rest, far far away the skrull empire is preparing. Wanting to get rid of the Fantastic Four, after they foiled them in the second issue; their plan, to create a Super-Skrull, a solder with all the powers of the Fantastic Four, only greater. In this they succeed and send him to earth to start their conquest.
Can The Fantastic Four, defeat an opponent who can duplicate each of their power’s and use them better? Is the Skrull plan as full proof as they suspect, can there solder not be defeated?
Today, i sat down to review the human torch story from Strange Tales #112, if you are looking for the review of the Doctor Strange story for this issue, i regret to inform you that for Strange Tales #112 and #113 the doctor, and his stories where nonexistent.
But as for the human torch, can the story of the Human Torch Faces The Threat Of “the Living Bomb!” end up being a great tale, or will the ell’s first issue be a slippery slope.
Today I set out to do a comic book review on the ant-man and the wasp story from Tales To Astonish #46. From the starting point, the cover did not set me off with great hope for the issue, but I know that is a bad way to judge a book.
for a short synopsis of the story, we have ant-man and the wasp experiencing a slow period in the crime-fighting business. This leads them to take a vacation, where they decide to go to Greece; once there they find out that the locals are afraid to sail out to the islands do to a monster that’s been seen and attacking. having seen the cover it’s not a stretch to connect it to the cyclops. but can Ant-man & The wasp get to the bottom of this mythological threat? (more…)
for today’s comic book review i read Thor’s story from Journey Into Mystery #95 it is titled “The Mighty Thor Faces The Menace Of.. The Demon duplicator’s!”, in this tale, Thor faces a duplicate of himself, who has two hammer’s and is thus twice as powerful.
But the real question would be, is twice the number of Thor’s twice as good? or is two, one too many. and an interesting question indeed. (more…)
we have already had The Fantastic Four, Thor and Ant-Man travel though time. This Month its Iron Man’s turn at time travel; sending him 2000 years back into the past to ancient Egypt and the court of Cleopatra.
what can lead to an amazing and suspenseful tale like this, how about i offer us a bit of a summary. Tony Stark & Iron Man agree to help out an archeological Friend of Stark’s. At this dig they bring up an antient Mummy of the ” Mad Pharaoh” whom has a magical artifact that he uses to transport him and Tony Stark back in time to Egypt.
His plan is to use Tony Stark’s modern weapons knowledge to his advantage, to succeed at the conquest he failed at those century’s before. but lucky for us, Mr. Stark has other idea’s involving Iron Man. Can he stop The Mad Pharaoh and maintain our history? (more…)
Today’s Comic book review is of Strange Tales #111; and it contains two stories that I have reviewed; This post is for the Dr. Strange story Titled: “Face-To-Face With The Magic Of Baron Mordo!“. For the Human Torch Story, please click here.
In our second tale of Dr. Strange, we have him face to face with Baron Mordo, or at least trance image to face. Just as the first Dr. Strange tale, this is but 5 short pages, but what it offers in just a few pages is a good story and good character.
But for a short summary of today’s story, we have a brilliant scientist who feels under appreciated, and decides to turn to a life of crime. Unfortunately for him, there is just one problem, he has no idea how to do it.
Upon failing to make the appropriate network connection’s he decides his path into the criminal underworld is by defeating the human torch, so he makes himself the one nemesis that is immune to everything the torch is, Asbestos Man!
I am sure by now you have read my comic book review of Fantastic Four #16 published just yesterday, and not only read the issue, but read Fantastic Four #17 as well, then came back eager to see what I thought of the classic comic book story?
I thought it was a more than fitting part two, and completion of the story. That said unlike the last issue, I do have some issues with this one that i will discuss Below.
but lets first summarize the story; back from the Micro-world, the Fantastic Four say good-by to ant-man, and begin seeking out Doctor Doom, whom is already working on his plan to defeat the Fantastic Four. Step after step Doom seems to be just ahead of the Fantastic Four; even capturing Alicia Masters as a prisoner.
In my time so far reviewing classic marvel comics i have seem comics good and bad come from these classic creators. Some stories have even been downright horrifying, fortunately this one is not! In fact Fantastic Four #16 is perhaps the best Doctor Doom story I have reviewed so far, and it’s not even fully over yet!
Before writing even another world, or going into the why’s I feel comfortable enough to tell you to pick up this classic and read it now, even if you’re an Ant-Man fan, as this is a story where the guest star is just that, a guest star, not just an appearance. you can read this issue reprinted in Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 2. If you have no idea where you can get that, you can order it from here: Buy it here
In Strange Tales #110, a second key marvel character graced the pages with his own story. This will lead me to review not only the Human Torch Tale, but a tale by another key figure. Who is this character? Why none other than Dr. Strange, a character much more suited to fill the pages of a comic book magazine titled Strange.
I should start by saying in Strange Tales #110, the Human Torch began sharing the pages of this volume with another marvel legend, Dr. Strange, and you can read the review of his Strange Tale at this link. This is a review of “The Human Torch Vs. The Wizard And Paste-Pot Pete!“. where before I even begin reading it i ask myself, can The Wizard at last have a good story?
Our tale begins off with an editors warning and I will quote it all for you here:
Warning!! if you have ha weak heart, don’t read this story! for when the Human Torch pits his fiery weapons against that evil genius of crime, The Wizard, and his new partner, Paste-Pot Pete, in a titanic struggle, defeat means death for the Torch!! there are no holds barred, so hold your breath for here we go!!
For Today’s Comic Book Review I read the Story “Thor and Loki Attack The Human Race!” from Journey Into Mystery #94. That is correct, you read right, Thor and Loki, working together, but it is sad to say that the cover and the opening page tell us about all we need to know about this story. The True fact is if I just judged this book by its cover, it would have gotten a better review.
When reading a story, ever get that sense that you read it before? Well that is exactly what I felt like when i sat down to read “Iron Man Versus Kala, Queen Of The Netherworld!” From Takes Of Suspense #43 for my comic book review. In this case, I can’t help but feel every aspect of the plot has been taken from another story, some even from Iron Man’s Origin.
Here is a synopsis of the story: a vain and evil queen of an underground empire decided that she is going to invade the surface world. In order to accomplish this task, she kidnaps the one brilliant mind she needs to help her in the task, Tony Stark. Then sets forth to put Stark to work on building the weapons she needs to complete the task.
This comic book review of Amazing Spider-Man #3, is a comic book review not only of a great spider-man story, but the first appearance of one of spider-man’s classic nemeses Doctor Octopus.
This story starts with Spider-man Capturing some common criminals, an easy tasks for the superhero. Ironically this leads him to wish for a more challenging of a foe. This leads us to the change of scenes where we get introduced to Doctor Octopus, or perhaps I should say Doctor Otto Octavious. Whom while performing a delicate, and radioactive experiment suffers from an accident.
The accident leaves the doctor hospitalised, having suffered some brain damage and with the doctors unable to remove his mechanical arms that had earned him the nickname Doctor Octopus. It’s the brain damage however that leads us down the road of a compelling story, as it leaves doctor octopus insane and power-hungry.
Spider-mans wish seemed to come true, a foe worthy of a fight, and a foe that may just defeat him, and in fact does. (more…)
In today’s comic book review we go over, the story in Tales to Astonish #45 that features Ant-Man and The Wasp caught in “The terrible Traps of Egghead!”. For those of you who have been following along, we seen Egg Head in Tales To Astonish #38. but worry not, if you did not read that classic issue; as this one offers a wonderful and in-depth recap, summing up that story in about a page and a half.
In this issue, Egghead comes out of his complete mental breakdown with the goal of seeing revenge and eliminating Ant-man. this change is brought about by a couple of other criminals whom were defeated by ant-man hiding out in the Bowery near him.
This leads to a in-depth and complex plan that only Egghead could have devised, one that has many steps, and seems completely foolproof to capture the wasp and then annihilate ant-man.
In sitting down to do my comic book review for the Ant-Man and Wasp story in Tales To Astonish #44, I realize the importance of this issue. These simple, and short facts must be stated first before I begin even thinking about being critical of the 18 page story.
This issue is the first appearance and the origin of the Wasp, ant-man’s lovely partner, but is introduced to us first as Janet Van Dyne, the daughter of a brilliant scientist.
While I mention the wasp first, it is far from the first important element written into this issue, before we even meet the wasp, we get a good amount of depth built into the background of Dr. Henry Pym, an epic tale of love and death that will build upon the origin we already know.
For today Comic Book Review I cover the Iron Man story from Tales Of Suspense #42 titled “Trapped By The Red Barbarian”. a tale that features a wonderfully expected communist plot to steal the latest weapons plans from Tony Stark, however in this tale, the menace working for the red barbarian known as the actor learns Iron Man’s secret identity as well as gets the plans. Can Iron Man learn of this and stop them in time?
As I sit down to do my comic book review of this tale of Thor Vs. The radio-active Man, I quickly find myself wondering, if it will get a glowing review, or just be all hype. Now having read it, I do find that this tale did glow, but not as brightly as I might have hoped.
a basic synopsis of the story would be as follows. After Thor helps put an end to an invasion in India from communist china, the Chinese decide to put forth an effort to eradicate Thor. This leads to a Scientist named Chen Lu, steps forward with an idea and plan to stop Thor. Using his scientific knowledge he transforms himself into Radio-active Man. after the change he sets forth to stop Thor by going to New York.
Today I sit down to review one of the stories that appeared in Strange Tales Annual #2, this tale was the Human Torches feature for that extra long issue, and it too is longer then what he is normally given. But perhaps of just as much importance is the Human Torches guest star, Spider-Man!
This 18 page story features the two hero’s in a Team up & match up like none other. as first in a classic hero fashion they face off against each other before teaming up to track down the real criminal, a guy known as the Fox.
Today for Thanksgiving, and for my last comic book review this holiday week, I present a great classic comic book. Here we have Fantastic Four annual #1, To my research this 75 page issue came out in July of 1963, with the feature story taking place between Fantastic Four #15 & #16.
While being a 75 page epic issue, the feature story is only about 37 pages but the issue includes a lot more than just that, here is a complete list:
37 pages for the feature story
11 pages of Fantastic Four Famous Foes Pinups
6 page retelling of part of Amazing Spider-Man #1, where spider-man meets the Fantastic Four
Reprint of the Origin of the Fantastic Four from Fantastic Four #1
For for today, a day where many of my readers will be going back for seconds and even desert, lets serve up this extra big, extra special issue, as i will discuss all that it offers below.
What a long story title for the story we will review from Fantastic Four #15. Forget the idea of it being “A Book-Length Saga!” it is almost a book length title. but this leaves us to wonder, is the story that falls under it any good? and worth of such awesome words? Or does it Fail to impress? All i will tell you for now, is this one has proven to be a hard comic book for me to review.
Today I review the human torches story in Strange Tales #109, titled. “The Sorcerer and Pandora’s Box”. I think the title alone, combined with the cover can easily give you a good idea of what this comic book’s story is all about. but lets give just one more quote to build upon that.
In this world of scientific marvels, the power of black magic and sorcery is largely scorned and ridiculed! But one day The Human Torch makes the spine-chilling discovery that sorcery is far from an old wives’ tale when he encounters… the sorcerer and Pandora’s box
Strange Tales #108 The Human Torch is destaned to become the still-life victim of The Painter of A Thousand Perils!
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The Human Torches stories in Strange Tales have been on a high note since my bad review of Strange Tales #105, But can Strange Tales #108 continue the trend, or is this one going to be the next one to burn out.
It is hard for me to enter high hopes for these stories even with the last few being good, i have yet to cover from my viewpoint on the early issues. But as you will soon read, The Human Torch story here was not a let down.
Today, my comic book review is of Tales To Astonish #43, where I review the story of “The Astonishing Ant-Man Versus The Mad Master of Time!“. this story is perhaps one of the ironic twists of fate. All that lead the ant-man down an adventure to face a villain like he never has before.
But this story is a great one, because of the meaning you can read into it, as well as the fact that the ‘villain’ is indeed one of the most easy for us to identify, in particularly as we age. It also in its own way, makes a statement, about the actions of companies and society. But I will get to all this in my review.
OK, let me get this out-of-the-way before I go any further In this Iron Man story we have Doctor Strange. However this Doctor Strange is not the Doctor Strange you may think he is, that Character by the same name had not yet made his mark on the comic book page in May 1963, He would appear just two months later though in July of 1963 in Strange Tales #110. I will review that book for you in a few weeks so stay tuned. This Doctor Strange portrayed as a diabolical genius, and evil mastermind. and his much unlike the magical, mystical character that would come soon after this issue to the marvel universe.
Now on to review Iron Man’s story in Tales of Suspense #41, titled “The Stronghold of Doctor Strange!”. But lets begin by quoting the issue itself, i think that makes a good introduction:
Realizing that the struggle between good and evil is a no-holds-barred duel to the death, Iron Man risks all to stop the most evil villain in history! prepare yourself for electrifying suspense as the mighty night in shinning armor invades
This issue of Journey Into Mystery is an important one, as it marks the first issue that Thor travels to Asgard himself. He has sent his hammer the distance with Loki before, but this time he is brought there to find what was taken from him.
but does the simple fact that this is his first trip home make it a worth wild story? does the evil plot of Loki pay off, and what about the feeling of timing in this issue? All these will be discussed in my comic book review of Journey Into Mystery #92.
The Second story in Amazing Spider-Man #2 is The Uncanny Threat Of The Terrible Tinkerer! Also check out our comic book review of the 1st story titled Duel To The Death With The Vulture!
In March of 1963, Spider-man got off to a good start with his own amazing title, and then two months later, the second issue was released, and Stan Lee and Steve Ditko used two stories to build onto their Amazing Spider-Man.
but after reading the incredible vulture story, what is left for the comic greats to give us? well why don’t i use words directly from the story to get us started:
Everybody loves a bargain! But sometimes it can be dangerous to accept a bargain which is too good to be true! especially if the bargain is being offered by someone like the Tinkerer
In March of 1963, Spider-man got off to a good start with his own amazing title, and then two months later, the second issue was released, and Stan Lee and Steve Ditko used two stories to build onto their Amazing Spider-Man.
Unlike the last issue, this one featured no guest spots by another fantastic hero or group, but instead promised the comic book readers two great stories and two great new Super-Villains.
In this, the review of the first story, we watch as spider-man engages against the Vulture. (more…)
Today I have a special review for you all in honor of Veterans day, and to in my own way to honor all those whom have fought in wars past and present. My choice of comics is “Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos” issue 1. The series is a comic book that takes place in World War II.
it is also worth mentioning, that Jack Kirby, the co-creator and artist behind the comic also served in World War II. During his time in the military he achieved the rank of Private First Class, and was honorably discharged on July 20,1945.
So in reading this review, and this comic. be it now, on veterans day, or later. I want you to think, remember and honor the brave men and woman who have throughout our history went to war for their country’s. even if you disagree with the war, you can still honor the solder. (more…)
in doing a comic book review of Fantastic Four #13, one has to ask themselves a few questions. First and foremost would be its long-term significance. Given that this issue introduces to us the Watcher, The Red Ghost, and the Blue area of the moon. But in doing this, we can not lose sight of the issue, in the significant items that it presents to us for the first time.
This comic however is worth every word I plan to put into its review. In part because of its historical significance, in part because of how the reality of the time affected the story. But most of all, just because Fantastic Four #13 is a great work, and deserves both a favorable comic book review as well as time and word’s spent on it.
As you know from my comic book review Strange Tales #106 had left me on such a high note, and unusual feet for the Solo tales of The Human Torch, it left me wondering what to expect in Strange Tales #107. Then As I sat down to read this months issue and took in the cover for the first time, it began to speak volumes.
Before even reading let alone reviewing the comic book. you see the cover. and this one was amazing. the blue sea backed by the lighter blue sky. with the human torch and the sub-mariner facing off on the cover. It left no doubt on what kind of story I would find on the pages in between.
But would this story be as hot as the cover suggest, or would it be a wash? that is what was left for me to decide as I read and review strange tales #107 (more…)
Today’s comic book review is of Tales To Astonish #42, in this issue we learn of Jason Cragg. whom gains the “Voice of Truth” a power that makes people believe what ever he says. but his hypnotic power enough to make me give him a good review? More importantly how does Ant-Man deal with a threat who’s very words can make everyone turn against him.
So, internet readers out there, hear my words, Read my comic book review to find out if Tales To Astonish #41 is worth reading? or does this ant-man story not measure up? (more…)
Even from the cover, our second iron man story seems to feature our hero, now gold-colored facing off what seems to be some ancient monster of a brute. But what the real question comes down too, is does this story build upon what we were given as an origin the month before?
Also what of Tony Stark, does Iron Man live a double life? does he keep his identity secret? all kinds of question’s to be responded to that the origin story did not have a need to address. (more…)
After my Comic book Review of Journey Into Mystery #90 yesterday, I had to follow it with issue #91 today. after such a bad review, I had to know right away if the Thor story from April 1961’s was better.
To start was the artwork of Joe Sinnott more enjoyable than that of Al Hartley yesterday? Then did this issue also have a good plot and story? all important question’s after following an issue that had a good story but bad art.
But before even reading the story, the cover did a good job of getting me enthusiastic about the content and story. Just look at it, it is a bit awe-inspiring and detailed. so we where off to a good start. (more…)
With Journey Into Mystery #90 Thor is set to face the “Carbon Copy Man” whom is in actuality Lord Zano. Son of Lord Ugarth, alien leader of a race known as Xartans from the Zugano star system.
Wow that’s a mouth full for the start of today’s comic book review. does this shape changing alien race with the goal of earthly conquest live up to some of the others? or are they like the toad-men, and not worth a moment of my time? (more…)
Who? or what, is the newest, most breath-taking most sensational super hero of all…?
In todays comic book review, we learn the response to the question posed on the cover. I do love origin stories of long running classic hero’s, ones that are well-known and even had movies made after them. Iron man is one such hero. and today’s comic book review covers Tales of Suspense #39. the short story within is called Iron Man Is Born! This is iron man’s origin story! so find your copy of Tales of suspense, or buy one from Here.then cozy up to read the heart stopping story within. It is well worth it. (more…)
Today my comic book review is of The Astonishing Ant-Man!,Prisoner of the Slave World From Tales To Astonish #41. Starting this review, I do find myself at a loss for word, It had alien’s, it had scientific kidnapping, it had Time and dimensional travel. but did it have the heart and soul of a good story?
When it comes to the reading of it, I can’t help but feel I read this same story before, with Thor in Journey Into Mystery #87 only aliens instead of communist. but did this one have enough differences to stand out? was it a good read? Or does this Ant-man Tale just not measure up to my expectation’s of our hero. (more…)
This is the 5th and last review of Dr. Droom. I hope you enjoyed this week of focused comic book reviews as much as I did. In some ways it is a shame, that the by far story that seemed to have the biggest development was destined to be the end of it.
by far is still did not have much depth to the development, but in reading it, you feel that Dr. Droom had met his first Nemesis. I Believe fully that Krogg would have been the one they turn back to over and over as the stories went on.. if they did. (more…)
With this week drawing to an end, and Halloween drawing closer, it may be time that the reviews started to show a bit more signs of the day that comes. This one does fit that requirement, and not just in the comic book title”What Lurks Within?”
This comic book story starring the hero of the week Doctor Droom was printed in September 1961’s Amazing adventures issue. of the comic book reviews I did this week, this is the one that was both the “brightest” and the most “Halloween” feeling.
was it the story, was it spooky, was it eerie and anything else that made it seem like Halloween to me? Not so much, no. But then, what was it? Indeed that is the first question I will strive to respond to, before I get down to the normal point of my comic book review.
Sometimes I like to begin a comic book review with a quote, sometimes I feel that the words in the issue convey the other awe I am looking for, and describe the purpose of the review your about to read better than I can. Sometimes the words on the first page say it all, and I just put them out there. But then there are times like this where I like to build them up first. so without any more words wasted, here is a quote from the short story: From the amazing cases of Dr. Droom “The World Below!”(more…)
with this being the last week of October, as the air is getting cool, and Halloween drawing near, I felt it time for a bit of a change. so I bring forth Dr. Droom Week.
Stay Tuned my comic book review readers as we Move back in time again for this week. To start we will go to June of 1961 to begin this epic tale, of a marvel hero whom would appear for five lone stories in Amazing Adventures #1 to #4 and then again in #6. Then he would vanish into the nothingness of comic history for a long time before being brought back and renamed Dr. Druid.
for a bit more history, Amazing Adventures was renamed after issue #6 to Amazing Adult Fantasy; the name it would keep for 7 of the 15 issues of the run, the last issue, that I already reviewed it would drop the word adult and debut Spider-Man.
But for now, we are back at issue #1, and it is still called Amazing Adventures, the last short story in the book is titled I am The Fantastic Dr. Droom. In 5 pages we have the origin of perhaps the strangest marvel character until Dr. Strange. (more…)
As I sat down to read Incredible Hulk #6, the last comic book of the original Incredible Hulk run, I wondered what kind of story I would be in for. Would it be a story suitable for the end of a series, and perhaps a character? would I feel a scene of conclusion? Did they even know at the time of writing and publishing that this would be the last issue?
I can’t say or speculate at what they did or didn’t know. But as an ending, I was quite satisfied. So read on and see how my comic book review of Incredible Hulk #6 went. and pick up the last of the original Incredible hulk’s in reprint and read it for yourselves in Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1 (Marvel Masterworks). The collected volume includes all six issues of the original incredible hulk run.
As I am sure you already know, I been less than thrilled with some aspects of the human torch stories in the strange tales comic books up to this issue. Mostly in relation to the other members of the Fantastic Four, how they treat the Torch, and on the Torches issue of secret identity.
This issue however, does do a bit of a Retcon and helps to address the issue of identity. Read on and I will tell you what I think. (more…)
With the Touching, developing and non-crime fighting First story of Amazing Spider-Man #1 down, it leaves one more to go before a complete comic book review of the issue would be done.
Spider-Man Vs. The Chameleon is a great story, and brings with it some great guest-stars Namely The Fantastic Four!. That’s right, it’s just the First issue of Amazing Spider-Man and it’s already bring us amazing guests. (more…)
As Comic book’s go, Amazing Spider-Man #1. is just one of those classic’s that you should read, and not need a comic book review to tell you to. It is two great stories in one comic book. As I have been doing, I will review them separately but publish them close to the same time.
The First story in the first issue of Amazing Spider-Man comic book, is named after our hero, Spider-Man. While Amazing Fantasy #15, Was what introduced us to spider-man, and would be where I would recommend any spider-fan start reading. our hero was unseen in comic print from then until now. after a nine month span of time, a good recap to bring everyone up to date is in order. The first story does that and much more! (more…)
While some may say the shared universe for marvel comic book’s began long before this, in the golden age; or even say that the silver age shared universe began with Namor. but I believe this is when it began March 1963, With the Fantastic Four Vs. The Hulk.
Fantastic Four #12 is just one of the series crossovers that occurred this month. In this issue, we have our 4 fantastic heroes asked by the government to take out the hulk by General “Thunderbolt” Ross.
As much as Fantastic Four #11 was important for the Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four #12 is for the marvel universe. before this there was only slight mentioning of other hero’s. now they meet face to face and fist to fist.
So who win’s , The Fantastic Four, or the Hulk? Read the story and you will see the real winner is us the readers. (more…)
Much like the last couple issues of Incredible Hulk, This issue of Fantastic Four, featured 2 stories. The Second one, Titled The Impossible ManI will Review now. For A Visit With The Fantastic Four. Check out my last review.
Assuming you have read my review of A Visit with The Fantastic Four, you know this tale followed by far one of my favorite tales I have reviewed so far. Taking up the 2nd half of a great issue, Could I truly expect it to match, and live up to what I just read? Likely not. But I will say it did do a good job of standing on its own as a great wacky tale. (more…)
Much like the last couple issues of Incredible Hulk, This issue of Fantastic Four, featured 2 stories. The first one, Titled A Visit With The Fantastic Four I will Review first. For The Impossible Man. Check out the 2nd review.
The issue starts, right away the top of page one with the most important bit of information, and information I believe to have been fully true, not just hype. it said, clear as day:
special Bonus to our Readers! Presenting: The type of story most requested by your letters and post cards…
A visit with the Fantastic Four
I feel this is true, Because even I have been craving a story that gets us into the heads, history, and lives of our hero’s. This story proved to be for the whole team what I would have hoped Strange Tales was for Johnny Storm.
Before I delve into the review, let me say one thing. This story alone, makes the issue worth reading. (more…)
On September 28Th you got my review of Strange Tales #102: Prisoner of the Wizard. It was the worst review I have given to date! As promised then, Today, we have the wizards return, is the 2nd story featuring our evil genius any better?
I will save you time of even reading my review, by saying No, it’s not now. but for those whom really wish to know why this Strange Tale was not a burning sensation, I welcome you to read my review just the same! I will try to give my review a little more quality then was given to this tale. (more…)
Even as I sat down and began reading The Day That Ant-Man Failed I knew, full well that the title of the story was misleading. But like every other issue, I read on prepared to be Astonished by our tiny super hero.
A few of the Ant-Man stories had the feel of a mystery, where clues that we may or may not get are laid to allow us to solve the crime. This one is no different. Told mostly from a wondering perspective this time, so that we truly don’t get the picture from anyone view but just what Stan and Jack wanted us to see.
in just 6 issues we have seen Thor as he stopped Alien Invasion’s, Communist Plots, and fellow God’s. in this issue we add one to the bunch, Common Criminal’s. This is a story of a Mob boss named Thug Thatcher, whom tried to muscle into the steel industry and sold sub-standard steel.
This issue is filled with a recap of the important details of Thor, and would have made a great starting point for someone new to it back in the day, but it also fits in well. This comic has everything that I hope for, read on to see why. (more…)
In this issue of Strange Tales we have Paste Pot Pete making his sticky debut. Combined with the human torch still trying to keep his identity a secret as the Pete robs a bank and then tries to steal a new government missile. is this story a stuck to your seat success? or just a sticky mess? Stick around and read my review to find out. (more…)
In Fantastic Four #10 we have everything, a great villain Dr. Doom, We have Jack Kirby and Stan Lee making guest appearances as themselves. if nothing else, Seeing Jack & Stan in print makes this a must read. But does a guest appearance of the writers and creators of our stars make it good? or is it good no matter what? (more…)
The Hordes of General Fang! is the Second of two hulk stories in Incredible Hulk #5, Beauty and the Beast has its own review Here.
If you already read my review of Beauty and the Beast then you know that so far Incredible Hulk #5 did not inspire me greatly. Fortunately the 2nd tale featuring our favorite green hero was better than the first.
It both tied in event’s from last issue, as well as had some character development, be it not a lot. The art did strike me as being a bit better this time around as well. So all in all, The Hordes of General Fang! was a better read. (more…)
Beauty and the Beast is the First of two hulk stories in Incredible Hulk #5, The Hordes of General Fang! has its own review Here.
At first reading the story, I thought that they wanted to do the same kind of thing they did last month, tell us a tale of character development, and then give us the action in the 2nd one, a format that I thought worked good last month. That may even be exactly what they tried to do, and thought they did. But personally I think it fell flat. (more…)
Loki’s back, and with a thirst for revenge against Thor, but this time Loki is more prepared for his duel with his brother. Before even reading further, I would encourage any comic fan to check out this classic story. in The Mighty Thor, Vol.1 (Marvel Masterworks). You have this great story and more. it includes Journey Into Mystery #83 where Thor was introduced, right up though Journey Into Mystery #100. Ok, now that I have given my shameless link to try to make a dime off something your going to buy anyway. (more…)
Unlike the last story, this one is told more so from Dr. Pym’s perspective as he investigates the strange activities as Ant-Man. Also quite contrary to Issues #38’s thought-provoking deeper meaning. this one features a large bug named the Scarlet beetle, whom not only has those qualities, but though communication’s organised insect kind with them.
Sometimes when I sit down to write the comic book review’s I find myself with a loss for words; this is one of those times. that is not to say that Tales to Astonish is lacking anything to talk about, just a good point to start.
This story like the ones before it, I feel is another of feeling out and finding Ant-Man’s niche. His 2nd and 3rd story’s featured communist plots, and the 4th was more based on common crime.
This, the 5th story, is based on the idea that he has been a crime fighter, and crime is now deciding to fight back. The real question is, can they succeed. (more…)
after last month’s story, this month’s Thor is a bit more down to earth. It still focuses on showing that the Norse god of thunder is patriotic to the US government and standing against the ‘reds‘ in the cold war. As such this issue, builds upon both Journey into Mystery #86 & #84 without referring ether of them.
In Fantastic Four #9 the Fantastic Four are broke and bankrupt, unable to pay their bill’s they find themselves selling off their assets and braking up as a team. Is this story the end of the Fantastic Four, or just another chapter in the beginning? I am sure 40 years of history tell us that.
It is though the unlikely ‘help’ of their strangest nemesis, that this story proceeds. While this story is not as world saving as some of our past adventures, it is at last a new twist on the Fantastic Four. This issue has action, and it has development. it helps us build up an understanding of our hero’s in a more human light then past issues have. (more…)
Strange tales #103 where the human Torch is the prisoner of the 5th dimension, was a well written, and fairly well drawn story. This time, the little care needed to explain why he is investigating this alone is taken.
just 1 panel, greatly helped this story fit in with a level of acceptability with the other Fantastic Four stories. everything from there falls into place. (more…)
Including Fantastic Four #8 we are up to 4 out of 8 issues that the Fantastic Four are described as being Prisoner’s. if anything I am seeing this as a theme for what the early Fantastic Four stories where about, them being captured, in part or as a whole and finding their way free.
This issue of Fantastic Four, is one of the best I reviewed so far. It had development and depth that the story has needed. Also it introduces a classic Super Villain, the Puppet Master, as well as Alicia Masters. (more…)
A week ago I brought you a review of one of the stories in Strange Tales #101. This week, The Human Torch continues being the star of the featured story. This time we have him in “Prisoner of the Wizard”
The story is an enjoyable read, however I do feel it overlooks an all important fact about our hero, on the part of our antagonist. That is, he is apart of a team, whom he can call on for help. I do feel this is also overlooked at least in part by the writers in the issue, as I will explain as I review. (more…)
Gladiator from Outer Space is the Second of two hulk stories in Incredible Hulk #4, The The Monster and The Machine has its own review Here.
Incredible Hulk #4 is the halfway point of the original six issue run. With this issue it seems like Jack & Stan decided to try something a bit different, instead of telling one full issue story filled with everything we expect and hope for, they gave us two, both staring our favorite green machine. The Hulk.
Where the first story I feel focused on development, the second focused on incredible action and the ongoing conflict. It is a great complement to the first issue. where that one focuses on building our characters up, this one uses what’s been built.
The dual story format is not all that different from last issue, where the one story read and felt like two. This time there is just a clearer break between the two. I found Gladiator from Outer Space a good read, and it was not what I expected.
The Monster and The Machine is the first of two hulk stories in Incredible Hulk #4, The Gladiator from Outer Space has its own review Here.
Incredible Hulk #4 is the halfway point of the original six issue run. With this issue it seems like Jack & Stan decided to try something a bit different, instead of telling one full issue story filled with everything we expect and hope for, they gave us two, both staring our favorite green machine. The Hulk.
The First story picks up where Incredible Hulk #3 left off. with Rick Jones being able to control the Hulk like a large living robot. The two story’s also complement each other quite well, The first giving us some great character development, the 2nd some much desired action and heroism. (more…)
He didn’t fly away he just faded from sight… as though moving into another segment of time! and since there was no time-travel in the past, he must have come from the future!!
If one quote from this issue, struck me it was this one. It says so much about the story, the writing of the time, and the logic behind it just makes me laugh. To me, this is what Journey into mystery #86 represents.
Having read the Ant-Man feature in Tales To Astonish #37, I feel this story and the one from last issue would have been better served in reverse. it feels like it covers a bit of what felt like was missing between the two.
While I would not call this a classic story, it was a good read. It also serves as a great crime fighting Tale. True to the title of the book, I feel the ending has an Astonishing twist. I would suggest reading this Ant-Man story as a classic crime fighting story.
Last issue, Dr. Pym donned the Ant-Man costume and identity for the first time. between then and now it seems our hero has been busy. This issue does a great job of showing how Ant-Man is a general hero, helping out whenever he is needed. It also explains quite well how he knows when he is needed.
While I do feel there are gaps between Tales To Astonish #35 and this issue, I have an overall satisfaction with this story and it fitting into continuity. This story has a bit of hero development, how Ant-man does thing’s , gets around and such, but no development of Dr. Henry Pym. For now, I do feel that is acceptable. (more…)
It is October of 1962 when this issue was released. in the middle of that month, when someone, somewhere may have been reading this for the first time. The US entered the Nuclear weapon’s stand-off that we know as the Cuban Missile Crisis. On a lighter note, The New York Yankee’s would have been playing the San Francisco Giants for that years World Series, the 7 games took place over a long 12 nights. The Yankees won it in the 7th game, bringing home there 20th in 40 years.
What does any of this have to do with this comic? Both of these events would have been in the future at the time of writing, inking and publishing. So while some may say it has nothing to do with them, I feel its good to put history and the minds of people of the time in perspective sometimes when doing a comic Review. Given the tough times the kid’s, teens, and even adults needed an escape, Hero’s even unreal ones that they can turn too.
With much more relevance, The Fantastic Four became a monthly magazine this month, and here one of its members Gains his own regular feature in Strange Tales, also quite ironically. in a month when the real world is worried about a threat from communist that are so close, this issue lets our hero foil a plot of communist that are even closer. (more…)
Just three issues after the Hammer of Thor finds its way into the hands of Dr. Don Blake we get our first taste of another god. In this issue, we are introduced to Loki, but much more is at play and is hinted at then is understood at this time.
In this issue, we have the first battle of god’s, and what a better backdrop for that then New York City! What better a setting could there be. so this issue has it all, from Times Square to Asgard. but is exotic location’s and the first written bout of gods enough to make this issue great?
In this issue, the Fantastic Four find themselves prisoner’s… again! Yes, really, First to the US government, then to Dr. Doom, and now to an alien leader on his distant planet. 3 times in 7 issues, that’s a lot to be captured!
You may think from my first paragraph that I did not like the story, In fact quite the opposite is true. The story in this issue, featuring Kurrgo; and his planet X I feel is a good one, even if the planet name lacks originality.
my greatest hope after reading issue #7 though would be how the ending affects the future, something I wont know until future issues. but for my concerns read on.
At long last, I return to the Fantastic Four with Fantastic Four #6. While it may see like it was a long wait, it was nowhere near as long as the 2 months that people in 1962 would have waited for this September issue.
Two issues ago, they reintroduced the Sub-Mariner. Last issue they introduced Dr.Doom. Now, in just one volume both threat’s are back, and working together to put a stop to the Fantastic Four.
Amazing Fantasy 15 is the last issue of Amazing Adult Fantasy, that was dropped from the name with just that issue. unfortunately for Amazing Adult Fantasy #15, that with or without the adult, it was to be the last issue of that comic magazine.
But fortunately for us, and history, that allowed them to take a chance on one of comics most popular characters. One that was a teenager and not a sidekick, and One of not just my favorite comic hero’s of all time; but one of the worlds favorite comic hero’s of all time.
You see, Amazing Fantasy #15 presented us Spider-Man for the first time. It gave birth to a legend. It brought us a hero unlike others at the time. It was a chance taken, but one that would change the face of comic book hero’s to come. (more…)
Following up on yesterday; I read Tales to Astonish #35. As I am sure you knew or have guessed, it’s the next issue to feature Dr. Henry Pym. This time however, he takes up the role of super hero for the first time becoming Ant-Man.
This story is a great follow-up to the first, serving as a wonderful sequel, and a good explanation on how a scientist with a bad experience becomes a hero. This time, with a plan of keeping him around for a while, given the regular feature spot in Tales To Astonish with this issue. (more…)
Today I am focusing on reviewing the story the Man in the Ant Hill, From Tales To Astonish number 27. Why would I pick out this story instead of one of the others in this volume? Well, that would not be apparent until 8 issues later when Dr. Pym, the star of our story returns.
At this point though, I won’t spoil who Dr. Henry Pym is, or will become. In this book he is just a scientist, no ambitions of being a super hero even hinted yet. In fact I believe this tale was published as a one shot, it reads and stands on its own as a great short story. I suspected no one was more astonished than the authors on Dr. Pym’s return and ultimate popularity. So if you’re a fan of what’s Dr. Pym is to become, or just of interesting classic Science Fiction, this is a good read. (more…)
Thor’s story in Journey Into Mystery # 84 served as the perfect complement to his origin one issue before. In fact, it greatly surpassed it. don’t get me wrong, the origin was good; but this was better. It had action, It had suspense, it had irony. Most important of all, it had the character development we need to turn Thor from just some guy into the kind of hero we can relate to.
He is unlike the Fantastic Four, whom are for all purposes public, or Bruce Banner whom hates his Hulk half. Dr. Blake seems to embrace Thor, as well as hold a desire to keep his identity secret. This issue explores that idea, as well as the more human emotions of love with how he feel’s for Jane Foster. (more…)
A big title for a short story, the ‘Journey Into Mystery’ comics would feature a few stories in each, but all I have the luxury of reviewing is ‘Thor the Mighty! and “The Stone Men from Saturn”‘. This 13 page short is the first appearance of The Mighty Thor, and serves at the origin story for how Dr. Don Blake by chance, luck of fate becomes him.
In fact, from issue #83 on, the title ‘Journey Into Mystery’ Would feature Thor, and grow into being a comic about our favorite Norse god. But these 13 pages is where it all begin’s for him. In them we see a wonderful showcase of Dr. Blake learning what powers he possesses as Thor as well as saving the earth from an invasion of Stone Men whom come from Saturn of all places. (more…)
I subtitled this Banished to outer space, but that is really just the first story in this issue, Incredible Hulk #3 featured 2 great story’s divided by a retelling of the origin for anyone whom may have missed it back in issue #1. This time the origin is more from Rick’s perspective. Even if you know the hulks long view on some level, you might just find the events of this issue surprising. Seriously, if you’re a big Hulk fan, stop reading, and go read this issue now! you can read it in: Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk, Vol. 1
Issue #3 I feel is a vast improvement over the last issue, although that is not saying too much. but both stories where compelling read’s , even though the 2nd was at its heart a hypnosis story. The twist the issue plays with the overused concept I thought made it worth it.