Wednesday, September 24, 2014

May 1965

(Continued from April 1965)

STRANGE TALES 132  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Mike Esposito and STEVE DITKO
"THE SINISTER SPACE TRAP"
This one doesn't even have a "known" villain for THE HUMAN TORCH AND THE EVER-LOVIN' THING.  BOB POWELL supplies story & art, Larry Ivie fills in on dialogue, and Mike Esposito does inks. EHH!
     (2-22-2014)


FANTASTIC FOUR 38  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"DEFEATED BY THE FRIGHTFUL FOUR"
The EVIL F.F. return for another bout of revenge (it's not about the last one, they got together as a group for revenge in the first place). And this one ends on a CLIFFHANGER! But it's not a 2-parter like the Hulk / Avengers story. No, this is actually the beginning of a 6-PART sequence that can be broken down into 3 "acts"-- the first being this issue, the 2nd being the next 2 issues, and the 3rd being the 3 after that. Unusual story structure, but there it is.

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and the fabulous CHIC STONE does his FINAL issue on inks (for now, anyway). WOW. Just-- WOW!!
     (2-22-2014)


TALES TO ASTONISH 67  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"THE MYSTERY OF THE HIDDEN MAN AND HIS RAYS OF DOOM"
Some clown actually tries to steal GIANT-MAN's powers this month (what it this, another copycat crime?). JACK KIRBY apparently supplies story (and layouts?), Bob Powell does pencils, ye "editor" does dialogue & the astonishing CHIC STONE does inks.

"WHERE STRIDES THE BEHEMOTH"

STEVE DITKO does story & art for the final time on this run, while ye "editor" does dialogue and Frank Giacoia does inks. All this behind one of the greatest classic KIRBY-STONE covers of this or any other comic!
     (2-22-2014)


AMAZING SPDER-MAN 24  /  cover by STEVE DITKO
Review   (coming soon)


TALES OF SUSPENSE 65  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"WHEN TITANS CLASH!"
It's "imposter" time again. This time, someone steals IRON MAN's armor and impersonates him, and Tony Stark has to get his spare, heavy-duty YELLOW armor out of mothballs to beat the guy. Under a Kirby-Stone cover, DON HECK supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and MIKE ESPOSITO (using the fake name "Mickey Demeo") makes his debut on the series as inker, giving possibly the cleanest, most RAZOR-SHARP mechanical-looking ink job I've ever seen from him. I swear, it doesn't look like a human being did this, it's so PRECISE. While he's at it, Pepper never looked prettier, while Happy Hogan has been "recast" for the 2nd time during Heck's run. (It's the "handsome" Happy now.)

"THE RED SKULL STRIKES!"
Another story retold from CAPTAIN AMERICA #1. If you thought Commie baddies were bad, wait'll you see the Nazi to beat all other Nazis! JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and CHIC STONE returns on inks. WOW!!! (Hard to believe I only paid $2.95 for this back in the late 70's.)
     (2-22-2014)


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 116  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Vince Colletta
"THE TRIAL OF THE GODS!"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: Odin sends Thor and Loki to Skornheim to endure a trial which will show which one of his sons is lying to him; Against Odin's decree, Loki uses magic to escape the traps of the enchanted land while Thor has to rely on brawn and sheer will."

Great "father" this guy is. ONE son is truthful and loyal all the time, the other is a conniving, lying bastard, ALL the time-- and he CAN'T TELL which one is which?

"Indexer Notes: This story takes place at the same time as Daredevil #7 and Fantastic Four #38. First appearance of the land of Skornheim."

Hmm...

JACK KIRBY doth spin wonders beyond measure, supplying story and art; ye conniving, lying B****** does dialogue whilst claiming far more; and Vince "the maker of the books" Colletta doth do inks.

Part 3 and counting!

"THE CHALLENGE!"
from the GCD: "Synopsis: On a diplomatic mission, Loki convinces King Hymir to put Thor to a deadly test where failure means slavery to the evil king."

Nice guy to have for an adoptive brother.

JACK KIRBY supplyeth story & art; ye "editor" (SO CALLED!!) filleth in yon word balloons, and Vincent Colletta doth maketh use of the crow-quill pen to lavish the pages with ink that beith most black indeed.
     (2-21-2014)


SGT. FURY & HIS HOWLING SOLDIERS 18  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"KILLED IN ACTION!"
One of the most tragic stories in the book's entire run". DICK AYERS supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, howlin' CHIC STONE does inks, while JACK KIRBY returns for pages 1 & 20 (which suggests this story was HIS idea as well).
     (2-22-2014)


X-MEN 11  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Chic Stone
"THE TRIUMPH OF MAGNETO!" It turns out to be a misleading title, as we see the debut of yet another long-running baddie, "The Stranger". It does mark the climax of the entire "early" period of the book, as (at least for now) Magneto is no longer an ongoing menace, and The Brotherhood breaks up, with Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch announcing they never wanted a life of crime in the first place. JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and the uncanny CHIC STONE does inks. The end of an era!!!
     (2-22-2014)


THE AVENGERS 16  /  cover by Jack Kirby & Sol Brodsky
"THE OLD ORDER CHANGETH!"
Our heroes TAKE DOWN the Masters Of Evil, and while Cap heads home from South America (following the death of Baron Zemo), his team-mates decide they wanna take a BREAK! By the time Cap returns, he learns he's been left-- IN CHARGE-- of an entirely new line-up, consisting of 3 EX-baddies! Okay, so Hawkeye, Quicksilver & The Scarlet Witch never wanted to be on the wrong side of the law-- NOW they've got the chance to prove it. What a wild story!!!

JACK KIRBY supplies story & layouts, DICK AYERS does pencils & inks, and ye "editor" does dialogue. An immortal classic, not to be missed!!!
     (2-22-2014)


(Continued in June 1965)

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

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