138FEB
 

Vs. Common Crime


Amazing Spider-Man #17
The Return Of The Green Goblin!

October 16, 2014 | Drew | (No Comments)

TIn amazing Spider-Man #17 we have the tale titled “The Return Of the Green Goblin!”. This  feature offers a lot of pieces, that all add to the larger tapestry of the issue as well as the ongoing adventures of Spider-Man.  From the blunder early in the issue, where spider-man interfere with the filming of a Movie,( a theme that in some ways brings us back to the green goblins last appearance, and also reminds us of other stories) Serves as a starting ground for discrediting Spider-Man.

Though all this  Peter Parkers greatest school yard enemy Flash Thompson proves -quite ironically-  to be Spider-Mans most loyal fan, and thus pushes for the start of a Fan club.  In creating this, Flash with the help of Liz, whom has her own motives sets up a further meeting of the club at a well of club, and prom ices in the newspaper spider-mans arrival.   Just the kind of opportunity Green Goblin has been looking for.

So, the club draws out Spider-Man hoping to fix his reputation,  Green Goblin hoping to defeat Spider-Man,  Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) with his date Doris Evans show up to see the hero, J Jonah Jameson hoping to find something to use against Spider-Man, And  if that’s not enough, there is a whole club full of full of fans as well.

But that is not even half of the adventure and thrill in the issue…

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Amazing Spider-Man
Tags: , , , , , ,

Amazing Spider-Man #15
Kraven The Hunter

November 8, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Amazing Spider-Man #15, offered us a lot, the cover alone shows us that  it is the first appearance of Kraven The Hunter, as well as the return of the Chameleon. But this issue offers us a lot more then just what can be derived from the cover.  On the pages in between; we have drama in peter porkers love life, a spider-man faced with dealing with his abilities failing, but possibly most notably the first hint of ‘Mary Jane’ although not named at this point.  But I won’t spend to many more words in introduction, please feel free to read on to see my review of this classic comic book. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Amazing Spider-Man
Tags: , , ,

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1961)
Tags: , ,

Tales To Astonish #57
A Voice In The Dark

October 24, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This tale, is not like the other wasp extras, instead of Janet Van Dyne telling a tale to some sick or orphaned kids, she is instead on her way from one of these tales to a date with Hank Pym.  But as the wasp soon finds out, the tasks of being a super-hero often show up anytime, even when you’re in a hurry.  But can she find a way to stop the thief on her own? will she be late for her date?  we find out in “A Voice In The Dark” the second story in Tales To Astonish #57. But now onto my fairly short review for a short bonus feature. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , The Wonderful Wasp Tells A Tale
Tags:

Tales To Astonish #57
On The Trail of The Amazing Spider-Man

| Drew | (No Comments)

It seems in my last several classic comic book reviews, we have seen a lot of Hero Vs. Hero action.  from Spider-Man and the Hulk  to X-Men Vs Fantastic Four, and now Giant-Man and the Wasp face off against Spider-Man.  Every time, we see this kind of action, their are challenges  and concerns that must be addressed, even more so as a reviewer. Is it original? are both sides true to there characters? or do we just have some group of hero’s fighting another for the sake of sales and marketing?  The last few, I feel have been good, this one, I feel starts off weak; but I will get to that in my review below, first a short summary.

In this issue, Egghead tricks the ants into relaying a false message to giant-man.  one that states that Spider-Man is out to attack Giant-man! can our hero’s clear up this conflict before it’s too late? (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , Ant-man / Giant-Man
Tags: , ,

Strange Tales #122
3 Against The Torch

October 18, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

As I sit down to review  the Human Torch feature from strange tales #122, titled “3 Against The Torch” I think back to the last volume where we seen those three. (despite the fact that it is printed as Fantastic Four #22, it was really Fantastic Four #23. )  This tale, right from the start does a tribute to, and a good job of summarizing the prior adventure.  But then we are off and running with the plan of Dr. Dooms Henchmen in stopping the Fantastic Four, Starting with the Human Torch. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , Human Torch
Tags: ,

Daredevil #2
The Evil Menace Of Electro!

June 4, 2012 | Drew | (2 Comments)

The Thing, and the Fantastic Four appearing in the second issue of Daredevil? not an all surprising fact, as they also sent Spider-Man off to a good start in his first issue.  but is their appearance in this issue more of the same as it was then, or is it creative?

Also talking about spider-man, in this issue we see Daredevil face off against Electro, who’s first and only appearance so far was Amazing Spider-Man #9. an issue I personally liked  a lot, but can his success in that issue carry over to this title?

without many further words let’s get to my comic book review of “The Evil Menace of Electro!” from Daredevil #2, written by Stan Lee and with art by Joe Orlando. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Daredevil
Tags:

Strange Tales #120
The Torch meets The Iceman!

May 16, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This review is for the human torch feature in Strange Tales #120, where we have him side by side with the Iceman for the first time. But two questions come to mind right away:  what brings the two hero’s together? and can they get along any better than The torch and spider-man?

In fact, the human torch has ever been much of one for sharing the spot light with anyone, even his own team,  in particularly in Strange Tales.  leading me further to wonder how this comic book story would play out. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , Human Torch
Tags: ,

Spider-Man:Season One

May 9, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

Just as I reviewed Fantastic Four: Season One, and X-Men: Season One, I now review Spider-Man: Season One. This one featuring without a doubt one of marvel’s most famous hero’s Spider-Man, as much a classic and great back in the 60’s as he is now.  But just like the other Marvel books in the Season One event, we have his earliest tales being told again with a modern perspective.  all while trying to maintain a connection to the original continuity, to serve as a starting point for new fan’s and yet to offer something for long running fans as well.  The question’s I must ask myself in writing this review is how well it lived up to those goals, as well as how well it entertained me.

Then we have to consider that this is far from the first retelling of his early days, Just to name the ones that pop into mind right away for spider-man would be, Ultimate Spider-Man, that started in 2000,  then in 2002 we had The first of 3 films featuring spider-man Staring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker.  then this year we have a new movie set to debut and start from the beginning once again.  and i barely scratched the surface of spider-man origin retelling’s so in this case, one must keep in mind what makes this one special and different? But I will get to that, later at the end of my review. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Marvel Season One
Tags: , , , ,

Amazing Spider-Man #11
Turning Point

April 17, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

for this comic book review, I read Amazing Spider-Man #11, and the tale within titled “Turning Point”  and featuring the return of Dr. Octopus!  but nothing I told you so far is more exciting then  what the large block of text on the cover says.  The big point of the issue, is Spider-Man or perhaps his alter ego Peter Parker deciding to share his secret identity with someone, but who? you will have to read this classic issue to see.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Amazing Spider-Man
Tags: ,

Strange Tales #119
Doctor Strange Dares To Go... Beyond The Purple Veil!

April 11, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

This comic book review is of The Doctor Strange tale from Strange Tales #119,  In this tale he goes beyond the Purple veil, and risks his own life to save the lives of two human’s whom only got in danger by daring to rob him.   But can Doctor Strange defeat what he finds, and is it worth his time to save two petty criminals? (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , doctor strange
Tags: ,

Fantastic Four #24
The Infant Terrible!

April 10, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

From the moment I picked up Fantastic Four #24 to read it for my comic book review, I did not know what to expect. From just seeing the words “the Infant Terrible” right below the title, with the arrow that inform’s me that I never read a tale or seen a creature like this.   and then below, the picture of the strange creature, and the Fantastic Four, small by comparison engaged in futile combat while the whole universe seems to be in the creatures hands.

But is this tale as classic as the cover says? or would the word Terrible be better to describe it?  I knew this was one I would have to read before I even had a hint in my mind of what to expect. (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1961)
Tags: ,

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales of Suspense , Iron Man
Tags: , , ,

Amazing Spider-Man #10
The Enforcers!

March 30, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

For today’s comic book review I read Amazing Spider-Man #10 and the story titled “The Enforcers“. In this story, we have a new menace named The Big Man, and his team of skillful enforcers taking over the cities organised crime. Then if that’s not bad enough we have the backdrop of Aunt May post surgery and needing blood from peter to make a recovery.Then it gets even better, as we see that  Betty Brant is in some way tangled with the enforcers, and J.J. is Spider-Man’s number one suspect.  (more…)

Categories: Marvel , Amazing Spider-Man
Tags: , ,

Amazing Spider-Man #8
The Terrible Threat Of The Living Brain

March 6, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Amazing Spider-Man
Tags: , ,

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , Ant-man / Giant-Man
Tags: , , ,

Tales To Astonish #50
The Human Top!

February 29, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , Ant-man / Giant-Man
Tags: , ,

Amazing Spider-Man #6
Face-To-Face With... The Lizard!

February 7, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Amazing Spider-Man
Tags: ,

Strange Tales #114
Captain America*

February 3, 2012 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , Human Torch
Tags: , , ,

Tales Of Suspense #45
The Icy Fingers Of Jack Frost!

December 27, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales of Suspense , Iron Man
Tags: ,

Strange Tales #111
Fighting To The Death With The Asbestos Man!

December 15, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
strange tales #111

This is a comic book review of the Human Torches story in Strange Tales #111, titled “Fighting To The Death With The Asbestos Man!“, but today I also reviewed the Dr. Strange story, and you can find that review by clicking here.

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!

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , Human Torch
Tags: ,

Strange Tales Annual #2
Human Torch On The Trail Of The Amazing Spider-Man!

November 30, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
strange tales annual #2

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , Human Torch
Tags: , ,

Fantastic Four #15
The Fantastic Four Battle the Mad Thinker and His Awesome Android

November 23, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
Fantastic Four #15

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (1961)
Tags: , ,

Strange Tales #108
The Human Torch is destaned to become the still-life victim of The Painter of A Thousand Perils!

November 18, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)
strange tales #108

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , Human Torch
Tags: ,

Journey Into Mystery #92
The Day Loki Stole Thor's Magic Hammer

November 15, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Journey Into Mystery , Thor
Tags: ,

Tales To Astonish #40
The Day That Ant-Man Failed!

October 14, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , Ant-man / Giant-Man
Tags:

Journey Into Mystery #89
The Thunder God and The Thug

October 13, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Journey Into Mystery , Thor
Tags:

Strange Tales #104
the Human Torch Meets Paste-Pot Pete!

October 12, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Strange Tales , Human Torch
Tags: ,

Tales to Astonish #38
Betrayed by the Ants!!

October 5, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , Ant-man / Giant-Man
Tags:

Tales To Astonish #37
Trapped by the Protecter!

September 23, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Tales To Astonish , Ant-man / Giant-Man
Tags:

Amazing Fantasy #15
Spider-Man

September 15, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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…)

Categories: Marvel , Amazing Fantasy
Tags: ,

Incredible Hulk #3
Banished To Outer Space

September 8, 2011 | Drew | (No Comments)

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.

(more…)

Categories: Marvel , Incredible Hulk
Tags: , ,
>