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Tales to astonish #60
The Beast of Berlin

October 8, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

The tale for Giant-Man and the wasp (although just barely) for Tales To Astonish#60 is a communist fighting adventure titled  “The Beast Of Berlin”.  In this tale,  Giant-man goes off alone (after telling her for the first time about how his wife died) to Communist controlled Berlin to rescue a friend captured by the communist as well as deal with the threat of a powerful weapon that he leaned about from the same friend. (more…)

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Fantastic Four #29
It Started On Yancy Street!

October 31, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

I feel that Fantastic Four #29, had one of the greatest, and most iconic covers of its day, if not even in the top covers of all time.  Showing our four heroes seeming nervous as they walk along Yancy Street, with the watcher in the background with the universe speaking all around him.  the colors being left to the foreground and the background, with the mid-ground  Yancy Street itself, being sort of grey, with black lines to show what detail and shadows need to be seen. Speaking of shadows,  our four heroes shadows stretching forward to the reader, and off the page just adds to the flow of the cover.  In fact, I doubt only I feel this cover is great; it was selected for the cover of Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 . But I am not hear to judge a comic book on the cover alone, even a cover as great at this one.

In this issue, we have the Fantastic Four on patrol on Yancy Street; but it turns out that the Red Ghost is behind much of the disruption they currently face, and quickly works to capture our hero’s and bring them to the Moon to finish them off. How can our heroes save themselves from there doomed fate? and what role with the watcher play in all this before it is done?  these are all important questions.

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Tales Of Suspense #56 Featuring The Power Of Iron Man
The Uncanny Unicorn

October 25, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)

In this issue, we get to see a side of iron Man’s alter ego Tony stark, that I do not recall seeing yet.  We have seen him as the Rich playboy inventor; but we have as of yet seen him depressed.  This issue starts off with him in a fit of self pity, over having to wear the chest-peace to keep his heart beating, about having to live his life with the two identities caused by the accident.  This leads to an angry  and depressed tony stark, to decide to hang up his suit, retire as Iron man, and lead as much of a normal life as possible, even in the face of the avengers having a need for their golden hero. Fate has a funny way of working on comics though, as the new menace, the Unicorn is seeking out to attack the stark factory, even while Iron Man/ Tony Stark is not around to defend it. (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #54
No Place To Hide

July 2, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is for the Giant-man & Wasp story featured in Tales To Astonish #54, titled “No Place To Hide”. This tale features our hero’s after they are asked by the US Government to investigate a governmental change in the small nation of Santo Rico, and its new leader “El Toro!”

But is “no Place To Hide” worth the read?  does El Toro prove to be a worthy threat? and what is meant by the title, “No Place to Hide!”. these are all good questions as you begin to read my review, or flip though the story yourself.

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Tales Of Suspense #53 Featuring The Power Of Iron Man
The Black Widow Strikes Again!

May 18, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Tales Of Suspense #53 is the second appearance of the Black Widow, and coming just one issue after her first, making this story a true follow-up to the events of Tales Of Suspense #52.  This issue, however focuses in more on her character as the central antagonist, then the last one did, but does that alone make it worth reading? Check out my review to find out what I think of “The Black Widow Strikes Again!” from Tales Of Suspense #53.  (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #52
The Crimson Dynamo Strikes Again!

May 2, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Can the cover be right, can the hero gone good, the crimson Dynamo turn against  Iron Man, and what of this new menace, the black widow?  all these questions are addressed in  Tales Of Suspense #52, the comic book that I read for this comic book review. But before I even start writing all the reasons you should read this issue, I would strongly suggest that you read  Tales Of suspense #46 before starting this incredible follow-up, even if this issue does do a good job recapping those events early on. (more…)

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Strange Tales #119
The Torch Goes Wild!

April 11, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is for the Human Torch Story from Strange Tales #119, Titled “The Torch Goes Wild!”.  But is this tale, featuring the unheard of Rabble Rouser good, or just Strange?

To summarize the tale, we have the Rabble Rouser, whom gets the city to turn against the torch, and if that’s not enough, it seems like everything in Johnny Storms personal life has been going wrong, making him not himself.   But what is really at work, and at play behind the scenes here? you will have to read it to find out. (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #51
The Sinister Scarecrow

April 2, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)

for today’s comic book review I read The Iron Man story published in Tales Of Suspense #51, titled “The Sinister Scarecrow“. In this issue, we have the origin of a new, and strange menace known as the Scarecrow, whose life of crime leads him right into the path of Iron Man as he robs tony stark’s house. But can iron man defeat an opponent whom may just be the strangest he has ever encountered? (more…)

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Tales Of Suspense #50
The Hands Of The Mandarin

March 29, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

for today’s comic book review I read the tale titled “The Hands Of The Mandarin” from Tales Of Suspense #50. In this classic comic book we have Iron Man face to face with the Mandarin for the first time.  but does the story live up to the legacy that would follow from it? (more…)

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Tales To Astonish #52
The Black Knight Strikes!

March 21, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For today’s comic book review I read Tales To Astonish #52, starting Giant-Man and The Wonderful Wasp!  Just from the cover of the classic comic book I seen great promise, and not just from the words, but also from the clean appearance. but is the tale titled “The Black Knight Strikes!” meant to be a good one? or is it something that should have been forgotten by history?

 

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Tales To Astonish #51

March 1, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

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Tales Of Suspense #46
Iron Man Faces The Crimson Dynamo!

January 24, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

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Tales Of Suspense #42
Iron Man Trapped By The Red Barbarian

December 2, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
tales of suspense #42

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?

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Journey Into Mystery #93
The Mighty Thor Verses.. The Mysterious Radio-Active Man!

December 1, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
journey into mystery #93

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.

 

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Fantastic Four #13
The Fantastic Four Versus the Red Ghost and His Indescribable Super-Apes

November 10, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
Fantastic Four #13

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.

 

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Tales of Suspense #39
Iron Man Is Born!

November 2, 2011 | Drew | (2 Comments)

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.
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Amazing Spider-Man #1
Vs. The Chameleon!

October 20, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

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Fantastic Four #12
The Incredible Hulk

October 19, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

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Incredible Hulk #5
The Hordes of General Fang

October 8, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.
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Journey Into Mystery #87
Prisoner of the Reds!

October 4, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.

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Incredible Hulk #4
Gladiator from Outer Space

September 27, 2011 | Drew | (1 Comment)

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.

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Tales to Astonish #36
The Challege of Comrade X!

September 22, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.
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Strange Tales #101
The Human Torch

September 21, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

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Tales To Astonish #35
Return of the Ant-Man

September 14, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.
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Journey Into Mystery #84
Vs. The Executioner

September 10, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.
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Incredible Hulk #1
The Hulk

September 6, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

The First issue of The Incredible Hulk was quite a compelling read, it was a fine example of storytelling, art, and creativity. At its root, The Incredible Hulk story is a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  story.  only this time its Dr. Banner and The Hulk, One half, a brilliant man, the other half a Monster whom is driven by instinct.

It may interest some of you to know that The Hulk in his first issue does not appear to be changed by emotion, but by the change in day and night.  I will let you know when we see this change.  But for the beginning by day we have Dr. Bruce Banner and by night we The Hulk.
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