Thursday, April 17, 2014

July 1964

(Continued from June 1964)

FANTASTIC FOUR 28  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"WE HAVE TO FIGHT THE X-MEN"
The latest promotional cross-over story (following the first 6 issues of their own book). JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, bringing back The Mad Thinker & The Puppet Master, a pair of ugly baddies who just never learn, and who have appeared far too many times over the years to suit me. The "editor" does dialogue, while, making his F.F. debut (replacing the departing "George Bell") is CHIC STONE.
     (2-11-2014)


TALES TO ASTONISH 57  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"ON THE TRAIL OF THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN"
Another promotional cross-over! DICK AYERS supplies story & art, while the "editor" does dialogue, and Paul Reinman supplies inks.

Meanwhile, THE WASP, who had been "narrating" mystery tales for 4 issues, finally gets her own 1st SOLO story, "A VOICE IN THE DARK", story, full art & dialogue all by Larry Lieber (though his brother STOLE pay & credit for the story part-- nice family). I gotta admit-- looking back, I find myself wishing Stan Goldberg or Al Hartley had done her stories.
     (2-11-2014)


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 14  /  cover by STEVE DITKO
Review  (coming soon)


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 106  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"THE THUNDER GOD STRIKES BACK!"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Thor evades the villains and transforms back into Dr. Blake, then pretends to betray Thor in order to get his cane back. He becomes Thor and defeats the Cobra easily, though Hyde escapes by becoming Calvin Zabo and slipping away. Hyde attacks Thor later, but is defeated. When Blake returns to the office he discovers that Jane hates him because of his seeming betrayal of Thor."

The 3rd THOR 2-parter kicks into high gear, as JACK KIRBY once more supplied story & art. Ye "Editor" does dialogue, while Chic Stone does inks (and as usual, Stan Goldberg colors every book they're putting out).

The story description above shows why it's never a good idea to be involved in a love triangle, especially where there's only 2 people in it.

"BALDER THE BRAVE"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Odin orders Balder executed for leaving a battle to rescue a fallen bird, but Balder is so beloved that the animals and plants keep any harm from coming to him, and Odin makes him invincible."

As usual, the "All-Father" continues to be an erratic sonofaB****. JACK KIRBY supplies story & art for this latest installment of "Tales Of Asgard", while ye "editor" does dialogue. Making his DEBUT on the series as new inker is none other than VINCE COLLETTA!! Only ONE month earlier, he'd convinced his boss to give him a shot at doing super-heroes, and readers got to see him TOTALLY butcher DAREDEVIL #2 (both Jack Kirby's cover and Joe Orlando's interiors). With one notable exception, Colletta would ink EVERY remaining "Asgard" episode right to the end of the back-up series.
    (2-11-2014)



STRANGE TALES 122  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone (and STEVE DITKO)
"3 AGAINST THE TORCH"
A sequel to FF #23 ("The Master Plan Of Dr. Doom") in which Doom's 3 super-powered henchmen return and join forces to gang up on Johnny Storm. This is kinda like "The Frightful Four", in REVERSE. DICK AYERS supplies story & art, the "editor" does dialogue while George Roussos does the inks (somehow proving himself a LOT better of a match for Ayers' pencils than he ever was for Kirby's).
     (2-11-2014)


TALES OF SUSPENSE 55  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"NO ONE ESCAPES THE MANDARIN"
The conclusion of the 1st IRON MAN 2-parter. DON HECK supplies story & art, while the "editor" does dialogue (while stealing pay & credit for the story part, as usual).
     (2-11-2014)


X-MEN 6  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
Review  (coming soon)

THE AVENGERS 6  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"THE MASTERS OF EVIL!"
JACK KIRBY out-does himself on this one, supplying story & art, and introducing the group to their opposite number-- a group of super-villains, each of whom is a former enemy of one of the good guys. You've got The Black Knight (GIANT-MAN), The Radioactive Man (THOR), The Melter (IRON MAN), and leading the group, Baron Zemo (CAPTAIN AMERICA-- but his only actual appearance to date was in THIS month's SGT. FURY!). The "editor" does dialogue, and, for the first time since issue #1, this series see decent inks, courtesy of CHIC STONE!
     (2-11-2014)


SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS  8
"The Death Ray Of Dr. Zemo!"
No doubt working to Jack Kirby's specs, DICK AYERS, who'd inked the first 3 issues, returns to do story & art!! They introduce readers to the man who would soon be revealed as the evil Nazi scientist responsible for the DEATH of Bucky Barnes! The "editor" does dialogue, while George Roussos continues on inks.
     (2-11-2014)


(Continued in August 1964)

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

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