Thursday, September 25, 2014

June 1965

(Continued from May 1965)

STRANGE TALES 133  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Mike Esposito
"THE TERRIBLE TOYS"
Hey, wasn't this an episode of "VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA" ??  More "fun" (if you wanna call it that) with THE HUMAN TORCH & THE EVER-LOVIN' THING.

From the GCD: "Synopsis: Deciding to switch his M.O., The Puppet Master builds robotic "statues" he can control, and undergoes plastic surgery so no one will recognize him. The masquerade is short-lived, as he lures Johnny & Ben into a trap in a department store."

BOB POWELL supplies story & art; ye "editor" supplies dialogue; and Mike Esposito continues under an assumed name.

I suddenly find myself wondering-- and I'm SURE someone else suggested this before I did-- if the VILLAIN in this book was supposed to be SOMEONE ELSE, and the "editor" got it wrong in the dialogue stage? I mean think about this-- WHY would "Howdy Doody" change both his face AND his M.O. at the same time? It doesn't make any sense! Years later, in one of those interminable Mad Thinker-Pupper Master team-ups, the SAME guy mixed up the 2 baddies and mistook one for the other. It takes a certain special kind of incompetence to do that and then have the nerve to keep calling youself both a writer and editor.
     (2-24-2014)


FANTASTIC FOUR 39  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone (w/ Wally Wood)
"A BLIND MAN SHALL LEAD THEM!"
In a surprising move, rather than deal with last issue's baddies who got away scot free, this issue finds our heroes WITHOUT their powers-- and desperate to hide the fact from the army of enemies they've collected in the last few years. Sure enough, DR. DOOM snaps out of the trance Reed put him in in ANNUAL #2, and is hot for revenge. And meanwhile, DAREDEVIL turns up, because his book needs promoting.

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art; ye "editor" does dialogue; Frank Giacoia steps into the breach doing inks; and WALLY WOOD inks all the DAREDEVIL figures (correcting the costume change in the process), just to be totally nuts.
     (2-24-2014)


TALES TO ASTONISH 68  /
cover by Jack Kirby, Bob Powell & Vince Colletta
"PERIL FROM THE LONG-DEAD PAST!"
GIANT-MAN has problems with his size-changing, and that unmittigated A**H*** The Human Top returns again. Some guys are just TOO damn stupid to let go. Behind a sub-par split cover by Bob Powell, Jack Kirby & Vince Coletta, JACK KIRBY (apparently) does story & layouts, BOB POWELL does pencils, ye "editor" does dialogue, and Vince Colletta puts the kibosh on the whole mess.

"BACK FROM THE DEAD!"
Isn't that weird?  Both stories this issue have similar titles, and sound like parts of the same story.  THE HULK return to America, only to have Bruce Banner jailed as being a traitor to his country. Gee, these days, when you commit HIGH TREASON, they elect you to another term of office. JACK KIRBY returns to the character he created, supplying story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and Mike Esposito settles in for his first of many atrocities as inker / finisher / whatever on this series.
     (2-24-2014)


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25  /
cover by STEVE DITKO
Review  (coming soon)


TALES OF SUSPENSE 66  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia
"IF I FAIL, A WORLD IS LOST!"
IRON MAN tackles ATTUMA. Hey, didn't that guy just take on GIANT-MAN 4 months back? Behind a stupendous Jack Kirby cover, DON HECK supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue & Mike Esposito (still hiding out from the editors at DC under an assumed name) does the inks.

But the BIG news is in the back... "THE FANTASTIC ORIGIN OF THE RED SKULL!" This is, in my opinion, the GREATEST of the 3 "classic" super-villain origin stories of the mid-1960's. JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and the fantastic CHIC STONE does some of the best inks of his entire career. WOW!!!!!
     (2-24-2014)


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 117  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Vince Colletta
"INTO THE BLAZE OF BATTLE!"
No GCD sypnopsis again. Suffice to say, THOR winds up in Southeast Asia.

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art; ye "editor" does dialogue; and Vince Colletta does it to the inking.
Part 4 of 11.

"THE SWORD IN THE SCABBARD!"
from the GCD: "Indexer Notes: Odinsword Quest Prologue, first appearance of the Odinsword (aka the Oversword)."

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art; ye "editor" does dialogue; and Vince Colletta does his usual thing.
"Tales Of Asgard" continues.

This is the 2nd issue in a row where the same 3 guys do both stories, in a LONG, unbroken run of these SAME 3 GUYS doing both stories.
     (2-24-2014)


THE AVENGERS 17  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Frank Giacoia
"FOUR AGAINST THE MINOTAUR"
Taking advice from the departed IRON MAN, Cap's team tries to locate THE HULK, who it turns out is busy tackling The Leader this month over in ASTONISH. They never do find him, but instead, they wind up in a rematch with The Mole Man (who they fought only 5 months earlier). Remember when certain villains were associated ONLY with certain books? Oh well.

This marks the beginning of a LONG run with DON HECK supplying story & art (from Jack Kirby story ideas), while ye "editor" does dialogue. Once again, Dick Ayers does inks, which are okay, but frankly, Heck needs someone sharper on this series.
    (2-24-2014)


SGT. FURY & HIS HOWLING AVENGERS 19  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Carl Hubbell
"AN EYE FOR AN EYE!"
Giving Fury a furlough doesn't stop him from tackling the Nazi who killed his girlfriend. DICK AYERS does story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and Frank Giacoia does inks.
     (2-24-2014)


DAREDEVIL 8  /
cover by WALLY WOOD
"THE STILTMAN COMETH!"
The jury is out on who actually came up with a villain as NUTS as The Stilt-Man-- Jack Kirby or Wally Wood. Could be a bit of both, the same way IRON MAN was designed by Kirby and modified by Heck, then redesigned by Ditko & modified again by Heck. Suffice to say, WALLY WOOD does his 4th & final issue supplying story & full art, while ye "editor" does dialogue. Apparently, it was around this time Steve Ditko demanded credit & pay for WRITING (gasp!!!) and when Wood tried to follow suit, their "editor" balked.
     (2-24-2014)


(Continued in July 1965)

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

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