(Continued from January 1964)
FANTASTIC FOUR 23 / cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
"THE MASTER PLAN OF DR. DOOM"
From Kirby, Lee & Roussos-- probably my first exposure to
the horrors of "George Bell" inks.
TALES TO ASTONISH 52 / cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
AYERS does story & full art, while Lee dialogues. My guess is, Jack
Kirby supplied the villain, and possibly a springboard for the story,
which Ayers ran with in grand style. The Black Knight-- apparently a
descendant of the 1950's Joe Maneely hero-- would soon become a member
of "The Masters of Evil" in THE AVENGERS.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 9 / cover by STEVE DITKO
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 101 / cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Loki convinces Odin to reduce Thor's power in punishment for loving Jane Foster, and then restores the memory of the Tomorrow Man so that he can come back in time and defeat Thor. He builds a powerful robot, and when Thor cannot defeat it he agrees to help the Tomorrow Man conquer the 23rd century."
Well, now we're up to combining the "sci-fi" stories with the "Asgardian" ones, as Loki is directly responsible for THOR having a rematch with the villain from one of the "sci-fi" stories.
At last, JACK KIRBY returns to THOR with a blast, supplying story & art for the next 6-1/2 YEARS!!! Too many fans totally dismiss everything before this, and I think that's nonsense, but, this is where things really do start to pick up.
Lee continues on dialogue, while George Roussos, who's been BUTCHERING art all over Marvel for months now, finally gets to do the same on Kirby's return to this series. Fortunately, it didn't last.
"THE INVASION OF ASGARD!"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Loki makes a hole in Asgard's defenses and lures Thor there to face an attack alone. Thor holds off the enemies of Asgard until help arrives."
"The Boyhbood Of Thor" part 2 has JACK KIRBY continuing on with the 5th installment of "Tales Of Asgard", while Lee & Roussos do the same honors they did on the lead story.
STRANGE TALES 117 /
cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky (and STEVE DITKO)
AYERS supplies story & full art, Lee does dialogue, with a snazzy Kirby cover. Kirby story? Story idea?
Hard to say. Ayers seems quite capable of flying solo here, though AS
ALWAYS, Lee keeps STEALING credit & pay for writing.
TALES OF SUSPENSE 50 / cover by Jack Kirby & George Roussos
DON HECK returns to "his" series, with a vengeance!! My belief is that
Jack Kirby wanted Iron Man to have an Asian arch-enemy from the start,
and after a year, he finally got one. I have no doubt Kirby created The
Mandarin, and came up with AT LEAST a story idea, while at this point,
Don Heck took over the actual WRTING of the stories. Lee on dialogue
does a damned good job. THIS is the point where the whole IRON MAN series really takes off. Amazing it should happen the same month THOR did the same, eh??
(Continued in March 1964)
All Text (C) Henry R. Kujawa
Artwork (C) Marvel Comics
Restorations by Henry R. Kujawa