Monday, April 21, 2014

November 1964

(Continued from October 1964)

STRANGE TALES 126  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
THE HUMAN TORCH AND THE EVER-LOVIN' THING tackle the same miserable excuse for recidivists that the FF fought in FF #28 (Jul'64) only 4 months earlier-- The Puppet Master & The Mad Thinker. You know, SOME villains really can be described as "over-used", and these 2 annoyng A**H***s fit the bill. DICK AYERS does story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and Paul Reinman is still hanging around doing inks.

And, although it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Jack Kirby (so sue me), I can't let this issue be mentioned without mentioning that in the back is one of the GREATEST episodes in the entire history of the DR. STRANGE series-- "THE DOMAIN OF THE DREAD DORMAMMU!" Creator, writer & illustrator STEVE DITKO kicks the whole damn thing up several notches with this one, while his "editor" does dialogue that, for once, is utterly beyond reproach. (Yes-- I genuinely believe he did possibly the BEST work of his career on this series, by actually "playing it straight" for once.)

FANTASTIC FOUR 32  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
The FF tackle a bizarre "mystery" villain who turns out to be connected to some of their oldest enemies. JACK KIRBY does story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and the incredible CHIC STONE continues on inks. WOW!

TALES TO ASTONISH 61  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
This is a rather controversial episode in the career of GIANT-MAN & THE WASP, not for what happens in the story, but behind the scenes. It seems after 3 issues of DAREDEVIL, Joe Orlando was given a shot at doing this series. I imagine it must have been because DICK AYERS was needed elsewhere. Well, the "editor" caused Orlando to have to RE-WRITE (and therefore, RE-DRAW) so many pages, he WALKED off the book-- and OUT of the company-- NEVER to return!! I guess that's a real "UP YOURS!!!" moment, huh?

Since something had to get to the printers, Steve Ditko was roped in to finish the story, and you can tell. So, one might ask, WHO wrote this thing? I'd say, it was an amalgamation of Joe Orlando, Steve Ditko, and the "editor", though it's just as like HE only really supplied dialogue. George Roussos inks the whole shebang.

This introduced a dangerous new foe for THE HULK, in the form of Army Major Glenn Talbot! I NEVER noticed until I read this particular episode the 2nd (or 3rd) time, but in his debut, he was a DEAD RINGER for actor Lee Van Cleef!! (No wonder he was such a RAT!) STEVE DITKO supplies story & art, while ye "editor" does dialogue & George Roussos does inks.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 18  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
Review  (coming soon)

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 110  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
I don't believe this... NO sypnopsis at the GCD. Oh well. Only 4 MONTHS after THOR beat the crap out of the newly-formed team of The Cobra and Mr. Hyde, those two sick bastards have the NERVE to try AGAIN!!! This time, they lure Thor to a house loaded to the gills with death-traps. And somehow (I admit, I forget the details), Jane Foster's life is in terrible peril. She'll DIE if Thor doesn't get his hands on an antidote to some kind of poison... only, he's gotta go thru these 2 murderous animals. What a predicament!

JACK KIRBY does story & art on yet ANOTHER 2-parter, while his "editor" does dialogue and the fabulous CHIC STONE continues on inks. WOW.

from the GCD: "Synopsis: Was Odin is defeated by an army of men, or did he stage the battle to teach a lesson?"

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art on the latest installment of "Tales Of Asgard", while his "editor" does dialogue, and Vince Coletta is already up to his 5th episode on inks!

TALES OF SUSPENSE 59  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
DON HECK has IRON MAN tackle the former GIANT-MAN & WASP and AVENGERS baddie (for no apparent reason). Heck supplies story & full art (perhaps from an idea from Jack Kirby-- WHO ELSE?). Ye "editor" does dialogue, while stealing credit & pay for the story AS ALWAYS.

CAP is awarded his own solo series for the first time since the early 1950's (or late 40's, or early 40's, depending on your take on "continuity"-- heehee). JACK KIRBY completely lets loose with a non-stop action romp without letting any pesky nonsense like "angst" get in the way. While Cap house-sits Avengers mansion, some mercenaries invade, hope to rob the place, before he single-handedly POLISHES them all off. After, he advises them, "It's a lucky thing the other Avengers weren't here when you broke in-- some of them are REAL tough!" Kirby does story & art, while ye "editor" does dialogue & the stupendous CHIC STONE does inks. This one's a BLAST!!!

X-MEN 8  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
Review  (coming soon)

THE AVENGERS 10  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
Well, NO, not really... The truth is, between the story title & the HIGHLY-MISLEADING cover, this feels like one of those infamous "DC" covers where someone came up with a gimmick idea for a cover, and then tossed it into the hands of the creative team to try and make some kind of sense out of it. Since JACK KIRBY had been supplying DON HECK villains and story ideas for months on end anyway on IRON MAN, why not do it here as well?

DON HECK does story & art, introducing another new Kirby baddie, "Immortus", who would go on to become a long-running character, although in his case, it would take until the 70's before he made his first return appearance. The "editor" does dialogue, and Dick Ayers does inks. Although only his 2nd issue, Heck is already improving drastically-- though I have to say, I dearly WISH someone slicker would have been doing the inks. (Ayers, who never liked inking anyone but himself, would have preferred someone else did it as well.)

"When A Howler Turns Traitor!"
Behind a GLORIOUS Jack Kirby-Chic Stone cover, DICK AYERS supplies story & art, while ye "editor" does dialogue & George "inky" Roussos does what he does (oh, take a guess).

(Continued in December 1964)

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

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