Thursday, May 15, 2014

January 1965

(Continued from December 1964)

STRANGE TALES 128  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"QUICKSILVER AND THE SCARLET WITCH" 
The brother-sister mutant duo cross paths with THE HUMAN TORCH AND THE EVER-LOVIN' THING! This has the pair of Euro-baddies contemplating leaving The Brotherhood of Mutants, but events go awry and they change their minds (at least for now). DICK AYERS supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and the fabulous FRANK GIACOIA makes his 60's Marvel debut as INKER!!
     (2-17-2014)


FANTASTIC FOUR 34  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"A HOUSE DIVIDED"
A money-and-power-crazed BILLIONAIRE becomes too impatient with acquiring all the wealth of the world, and hatches a scheme to drive his competitors out of business, by winning a BET-- which involves a challege issued by them, to "DESTROY the Fantastic Four". Even in the 1960's, JACK KIRBY, supplying story & art, could SEE the TOTAL INSANITY that drives the filthy stinking RICH, and the utter CHAOS & DESTRUCTION and absolute lack of morality or concern for human life that some of these SICK individuals have. Ye "editor" does dialogue, while the fantastic CHIC STONE does inks. WOW!
     (2-17-2014)

My friend Patrick Ford pointed out the likely model for "Gregory Gideon" to be none other than millionaire-recluse Howard Hughes!


TALES TO ASTONISH 63  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"THE GANGSTERS AND THE GIANT!" 
Jack Kirby introduces the latest in his endless line of baddies, "The Wrecker" (no relation to the one who later turned up in THOR). CARL BURGOS supplies story & art on his 2nd of 3 episodes, ye "editor" does dialogue, and the astonishing CHIC STONE does inks.

"A TITAN RIDES THE TRAIN!"
A more confusing than usual HULK episode involving The Leader, Bruce Banner, Glenn Talbot, and a bunch of "Humanoids". STEVE DITKO supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and George Roussos does inks.
    (2-17-2014)


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 20  /  cover by STEVE DITKO
Review  (coming soon)


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 112  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"THE MIGHTY THOR BATTLES THE INCREDIBLE HULK!"
from the GCD: "Indexer Notes" The majority of this story is a flashback to the events of Avengers #3 (both previously shown and new scenes elaborated on)."

If memory serves (as Sir Guy Grand like to say), this starts out with Thor running across some kids arguing over who's stronger. So to illustrate, he tells a story, relating a part of a recent battle nobody (including readers) knew about. In modern days, this would be refered to as a "DVD extra".

JACK KIRBY supplies the story & art; ye "editor" does dialogue, and the incredible CHIC STONE does inks. I first read this in MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #9.

"THE COMING OF LOKI!"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: The Asgardians battle the Giants."
"Indexer Notes: Part 1 of Loki's origin. First biographical Loki story. Chronologically first appearance of Loki."

That about says it all. JACK KIRBY supplies story & art for this latest installment of the "Tales Of Asgard" series, while ye "editor" does dialogue, and Vince Colletta does inks. I first read this on in the 1976 TPB, "BRING ON THE BAD GUYS".
    (2-17-2014)


TALES OF SUSPENSE 61  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"THE DEATH OF TONY STARK!" 
Maybe not, but Happy & Pepper sure think it happened. And Tony's PISSED, when he figures out WHO tried to KILL him by blasting his home to atoms via an orbitting KILLER satellite. DON HECK supplies the story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue & the invincible Dick Ayers does inks. Part 1 of 2!

"THE STRENGTH OF THE SUMO"
CAPTAIN AMERICA fights in the Far East, which just happens to be where IRON MAN wound up as well this month. JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and the legendary CHIC STONE does inks. WOW!
     (2-17-2014)


THE AVENGERS 12  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"THIS HOSTAGE EARTH!" 
Behind a hellacious Jack Kirby cover, DON HECK supplies story & art, while ye "editor" does dialogue, and Dick Ayers does inks. The Mole Man makes his 4th stab at world conquest in this one, and is joined-- for no apparent reason-- by The Red Ghost. That's 2 F.F. villains, and no F.F. in sight!
    (2-17-2014)


X-MEN 9  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
Review  (coming soon)


SGT. FURY & HIS HOWLING HELLCATS #14
"THE BLITTKRIEG SQUAD OF BARON STRUCKER!" 
Uncle Adolph himself personally orders Wolfgang to destroy the Howlers. Who is he to argue with der Fuhrer? DICK AYERS returns to supplying story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and George "inky" Roussos does whatever it is he does.
     (2-17-2014)


(Continued in February 1965)

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

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