Tuesday, September 30, 2014

December 1965

(Continued from November 1965)

STRANGE TALES 139  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott and MARIE SEVERIN
"THE BRAVE DIE HARD"
...and it has nothing to do with Bruce Willis! NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD fights for his life while a prisoner of Hydra, and Tony Stark risks everything to go into orbit to defuse the bomb threatening all life on Earth. JACK KIRBY supplies story & layouts, ye "editor" does dialogue, while, replacing the departed John Severin, JOE SINNOTT steps in to do pencils AND inks! Now, I know it's probably blasphemy to say a thing like this, especially among some art "purists", but I'm afraid I'm LESS-than-impressed with this. Sinnott's specialties over the years have included science-fiction, sports and religious subjects. But here, he just doesn't seem to be cutting it. And I LOVE this series. Oh well.
Part 5 of 7.

"BEWARE! DORMAMMUM IS WATCHING!"
DR. STRANGE takes on Baron Mordo for the fate of the entire Earth. Who'd guess the planet would be in such deadly danger from TWO entirely different kinds of menaces at the same time? STEVE DITKO continues to supply story & full art, while ye "editor" does a better job than usual on the dialogue.
Part 10 of 17.
     (3-3-2014)

"THE BRAVE DIE HARD!"
Synopsis:
Despite their "Image-Inducer", HYDRA is unable to get Fury to pass on info about Stark's "Braino-Saur". Stark tells SHIELD's directors that the "Braino-Saur" is designed for one purpose-- to disarm HYDRA's Betratron Bomb while in orbit above the Earth! Agent G goes to see Fury-- then helps him escape, although he refuses to promise not to harm her father, the Supreme Hydra. Dum Dum, Gabe and a crack SHIELD squad use the captured HYDRA saucer to locate HYDRA HQ. In the Imperial Industries International board room, chairman Farrington refuses to stop the meeting, despite tremors in the building-- until they get so violent, everyone flees the room. Below, Supreme Hydra learns his daughter helped Fury escape. He sends a "Hunter" robot after Fury. Only when Dugan and his men arrive on the roof and attack does he finally send in the "Tiger" squad (assassins), knowing it will mean his own daughter's death...

Indexer notes:
Part 5 of 7. The title predates the film DIE HARD (1988) by 23 years! Name of HYDRA's leader changed from "Imperial Hydra" to "Supreme Hydra" in this episode.

"BEWARE...! DORMAMMU IS WATCHING!"
Part 10 of 17  /  Synopsis:
Dormammu reveals The Ancient One, who tells Strange he must fight on, and he can only expect token aid. Dormammu forces Clea to watch Strange's defeat. Strange and Mordo square off and battle. After a time, Dormammu grows frustrated at how Mordo has been out-fought, and prepares to strike personally...!


FANTASTIC FOUR 45  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott
"AMONG US HIDE... THE INHUMANS!"
The rambling epic kicks into high gear, as the FF narrowly escape getting crushed by a collapsing building, then try to make room for Dragon Man to stay. As for Johnny, he runs across the most beautiful girl he's ever laid eyes on, and is determined to meet her... although when he finds out about her family, all hell breaks loose! JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and JOE SINNOTT blows everybody's minds with his fabuous inks. WOW!!!
     (3-3-2014)


TALES TO ASTONISH 74  /
cover by Gene Colan & Vince Colletta
and Jack Kirby, Bob Powell & Mike Esposito
"WHEN FAILS THE QUEST!"
Now, you know that title isn't quite accurate, as we're only 5 chapters into this 7-part SUB-MARINER serial about the quest for Neptune's trident. GENE COLAN supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and Vince Colletta continues to do whatever it is a guy like him does.

"THE WISDOM OF THE WATCHER"
The HULK manages to retrieve a machine which can imbue a person with ALL the knowledge in the entire universe (sort of like that "teaching machine" in "SPOCK'S BRAIN"-- I wouldn't make up a thing like this). It leads to an abrupt, unexpected FINALE to the long, long, long saga of "The Leader". JACK KIRBY supplies story & layouts, ye "editor" does dialogue, and BOB POWELL does pencils & inks.
     (3-3-2014)


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 31  /
cover by STEVE DITKO
Review  (coming soon)


TALES OF SUSPENSE 72  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Mike Esposito
"HOORAH FOR THE CONQUERING HERO!"
While Happy's life hangs in the balance, IRON MAN has to tackle-- of all people- The Mad Thinker, who he had a run-in with in FF ANNUAL #3. Sheesh. DON HECK supplies story & art-- tragically, for the last time here-- while ye "editor" does dialogue, and Mike Esposito, still on the run from DC, has already dropped back to "average" inks at best.

"THE SLEEPER SHALL AWAKE!"
A new story begins!  After hanging out with his team-mates and reminiscing about WW2, CAPTAIN AMERICA, in the present day, finds himself tackling a menace left over from "the big one". JACK KIRBY supplies story & layouts, ye "editor" does dialogue, and GEORGE TUSKA does pencils & inks.
     (3-3-2014)


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 123  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Vince Colletta (& Wally Wood)
"WHILE A UNIVERSE TREMBLES!"
from the GCD: "Indexer Notes: First appearance of the Demon." (geez, that's it?)

This long-running storyline reaches its EPIC CLIMAX right here!!! Loki has gone TOO FAR, as he & Crusher Creel actually dare to challenge ODIN directly for the throne of Asgard. The All-Father tells his loyal son, Thor, to stand back, before he hands the 2 infidels their heads! With peace & order restored, Thor must then return to Earth to reclaim a mystic talisman that Loki has caused to fall into the hands of a local witch-doctor. It's not over yet!

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art; ye "editor" does dialogue; Vince "lots-o-lines" Colletta does inks.

"THE JAWS OF THE DRAGON!"
from the GCD: "Indexer Notes: Odinsword Quest Part 6"

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art on this latest installment of "Tales Of Asgard"; ye "editor" does dialogue, and Vince "I'll have it for you by five" Colletta does inks.
     (3-3-2014)


THE AVENGERS 23  /
cover by Jack Kirby & John Romita
"ONCE AN AVENGER..."
Well, CAP didn't exactly rejoin by the end of the previous issue, but he would by the time this one was over. KANG, THE CONQUEROR takes on the team for the 3rd time, except, this time, he yanks them to the future, where a rebellion is going on (guess he's not as popular as he thought) and he actually winds up needing their HELP! Behind a STUNNING Kirby cover, DON HECK supplies story & art, while ye "editor" does dialogue. And, with Wally Wood having LEFT the company, who should wander in but JOHN ROMITA, who does some of the best inks ever bestowed on Don's pencils yet! Part 1 of 2. (Whatever happened to "complete-in-one" stories?)
     (3-3-2014)



SGT. FURY & HIS HOWLING SAVAGES 25  /
cover by Jack Kirby & John Tartaglione
"EVERY MAN MY ENEMY"
DICK AYERS supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and John Tartaglione, one of those "lesser" inkers I just mentioned above, joins the team.
     (3-3-2014)


DAREDEVIL 11  /
cover by Bob Powell & Wally Wood
"A TIME TO UNMASK"
Not only does D.D. figure out the identity of "The Organizer", but the book's "editor" goes out of his way to MAKE FUN of the book's REAL writer and artist and act as if HE was the one who had to figure out how it all ended. Suffice to say, this proved to be the end of an unfortunately-short era, as WALLY WOOD, after supplying story, layouts & inks (with ye "editor" wedged in there on dialogue & Bob Powell likewise squeezed in between doing pencils) turned in his resignation and WALKED. Which is EXACTLY what Matt Murdock does to Foggy Nelson at the end of the book! Wood had accepted an offer to spearhead an entire new line of comics, and soon was off doing his own thing without Marvel's "editor" to get in his way anymore. I think it really says something, when you consider what a short time Wood worked for Marvel in the mid-60's, that to the end of his days, he had a BURNING HATRED for Marvel's "editor".
     (3-3-2014)


X-MEN 15  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers
"PRISONERS OF THE MASTER MOLD"
The middle of this 3-part Sentinels story. JACK KIRBY supplies story & layouts, ye "editor" does dialogue, WERNER ROTH does pencils, and Dick Ayers does inks. Ayers NEVER liked inking other people's pencils, to him, it was just a job. Yet I must say, the team of Roth-Ayers looked VERY nice, better than most where Ayers was on inks. It adds to my feeling that Werner Roth's pencils were somehow "indestructible", as several "lesser" inkers somehow manage to make his work look REALLY nice despite themselves.
     (3-3-2014)


(Continued in January 1966)

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

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