Sunday, March 23, 2014

June 1963

(Continued from May 1963)

FANTASTIC FOUR 15  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)

TALES TO ASTONISH 44  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Don Heck
Review  (coming soon)

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 93  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
"THE MYSTERIOUS RADIO-ACTIVE MAN!"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: While on a medical mission to India, Dr. Blake becomes Thor to repel a Chinese attack. In order to fight Thor, a Chinese scientist irradiates himself to gain great power. He fights Thor in New York, and nearly defeats him, but Thor blows him back to China, creating a nuclear explosion."

After 3 issues, JACK KIRBY returns to doing pencils in addition to writing the story, and predictably, the quality jumps UP substantially. This time we have a mix of "cold war" AND "sci-fi", with a new and dangerous super-villain being created who will, sometime later, be THOR's contribution to "THE MASTERS OF EVIL". Once more, Robert Bernstein does dialogue (hard to picture him doing more with Kirby on both story AND art) while Dick Ayers remains the perrennial inker.

Jack Kirby also returned to pencil this month's ANT-MAN story in TALES TO ASTONISH #44, "The Creature From Kosmos", the one that not only fleshed out Hank Pym's background more but also introduced Janet Van Dyne-- THE WASP! On the other hand, Don Heck had his 2nd episode of pencilling IRON MAN published this month, in TALES OF SUSPENSE #42.

After my still-recent experience of re-reading ALL my 60's Marvel in chronological sequence, I find that works best, as it gives one a more complete sense of how all these various books were slowly coming together and evolving, between Kirby, Ayers, Heck & Ditko (and sometimes others) all getting involved.

(WHAT the heck is it with all these titles with the word "Mysterious!!!" in them? I'd bet that's the "editor"'s hand at work, it seems like his kind of "excess".)
    (1-29-2014)

STRANGE TALES 109  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)

TALES OF SUSPENSE 42  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Don Heck
Review  (coming soon)

(Continued in July 1963)

All Text (C) Henry R. Kujawa
Artwork (C) Marvel Comics
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa


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