Thursday, March 20, 2014

November 1962

(Continued from October 1962)

FANTASTIC FOUR 8  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK 4  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 86  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Zarrko of the year 2262 goes back in time and steals a cobalt bomb in 1962, but Thor chases him forward in time and defeats him."

JACK KIRBY continues on with Larry Lieber & Dick Ayers on dialogue & inks. The variety in story subject matter continues, as we once again swing into science-fiction, introducing a super-scientist and time-traveller from the future, 11 MONTHS before one turned up in FANTASTIC FOUR #19 (Oct'63).

I imagine the name "Zarrko" was inspired by "Dr. Hans Zarkov", the scientist-hero from FLASH GORDON. Although the series initially took place in the modern-day (the 1930's & 40's), I've read that at some point-- somehow-- it jumped forward into the far future, to make it more "sci-fi" in nature and even more similar to BUCK ROGERS than it had been when it started (as a deliberate "answer" to the other series).

I never noticed it before, but in the 7 initial THOR episodes that Jack Kirby wrote & illustrated, he rotated between sci-fi, Commies, and Asgardian menaces (Loki), giving the series a nice range while keeping it from being too repetitive. These stories are a lot of fun!

TALES TO ASTONISH 37  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)

STRANGE TALES 102  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
Review  (coming soon)

(Continued in December 1962)

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

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