Tuesday, September 30, 2014

November 1965

(Continued from October 1965)

STRANGE TALES 138  /
cover by Jack Kirby & John Severin
"SOMETIMES THE GOOD GUYS LOSE!"
NICK FURY, AGENT OF SHIELD has been captured by Hydra, their Betatron bomb has been launched into orbit, and things may never have looked so grim for the future of humanity. JACK KIRBY does story & layouts, ye "editor" does dialogue, and JOHN SEVERIN does pencils & inks. Part 4 of 7.

"IF ETERNITY SHOULD FAIL"
DR. STRANGE finally discovers who and what "Eternity" is by entering his dimension. An absolutely eye-popping, mind-blowing episode, courtesy of STEVE DITKO, creator, writer & artist, and, his "editor" doing dialogue (and not screwing things up for once). Part 9 of 17!!
     (3-2-2014)

"SOMETIMES THE GOOD GUYS LOSE!"
Synopsis:
Aboard SHIELD's IMP (Intercontinental Ballistic Plane), Fury uses its "Televiewer Tube" to locate the Betraton Bomb launch site-- but too late! They destroy the site so it can't be used again. Agent G again tries to get her father, Imperial Hydra to "come to his senses". Instead, he sends HYDRA's "Fox Division" (diplomacy) to deliver his terms to every nation on Earth. At "Station Space-Watch", Tony Stark prepares to show Fury a weapon constructed under top security-- the "Braino-Saur"-- when HYDRA thugs invade and capture Fury! Meanwhile, tensions are high at Imperial Industries International, as various board members vie for position, hoping to stage a corporate coup. Below, Imperial Hydra inspects his new captive, Fury, while in Washington, HYDRA thugs deliver their ultimatum...

Indexer notes:
Part 4 of 7. The tank which crashes thru a wall and then launches a section of itself as a missile is remarkably similar to the one used by Mr. Freeze in the film BATMAN AND ROBIN (1997). The board room scene is reminiscent of the film EXECUTIVE SUITE (1954).

"IF ETERNITY SHOULD FAIL!"
Synopsis:
In another dimension that defies description, Dr. Strange comes face-to-face with Eternity, who learns that Strange is indeed worthy of The Ancient One's trust. He knows that if Mordo & Dormammu are not stopped, all mankind will be in jeopardy. But after all Strange has been thru, Eternity tells him he already has the power he needs. Feeling dejected, Strange returns to the cave to find his master gone. Mordo's spirits lead him to Mordo, who tells Strange "The game is lost!"

Indexer notes:
Part 9 of 17.


FANTASTIC FOUR 44  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Vince Colletta
"THE GENTLEMAN'S NAME IS GORGON!"
The weddngs' over, and a whole NEW ERA for the book, and the Marvel Universe in general starts right here! Johnny gets tired of watching Reed & Sue make with the lovey-dovey, and goes for a drive... only to find MADAME MEDUSA hiding in his back seat. That's how it all starts, as we begin a storyline that will run, more or less, for the next YEAR-AND-A-HALF of the book! JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and JOE SINNOTT, who returned to Marvel recently, and who had earlier inked FF #5 and a few pages of #6, comes aboard as new regular INKER. WOW!!!!! Although I love and enjoy a lot of the earlier issues, THIS is the point many people tend to feel the book really "got good".
     (3-2-2014)


TALES TO ASTONISH 73  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Mike Esposito and Gene Colan & Vince Colletta
"BY FORCE OF ARMS"
Part 4 of 7 as SUB-MARINER's quest for Neptune's trident continues. GENE COLAN supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and Vince Colletta does inks.

"ANOTHER WORLD, ANOTHER FOE"
JACK KIRBY supplies another HULK story & layouts, BOB POWELL does pencils, Mike Esposito does inks, and ye "editor" does dialogue. The Watcher appears, and kibitzes.
     (3-2-2014)


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 30  /
cover by STEVE DITKO
Review  (coming soon)


TALES OF SUSPENSE 71  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Wally Wood
"WHAT PRICE VICTORY?"
As Happy Hogan lies on the verge of death, IRON MAN goes out of his way to make an EXAMPLE of The Titanium Man. He doesn't just BEAT the guy, he completely HUMILIATES him!!! Behind a Kirby-Wood cover (Wood's inks almost completely smothered under Stan Goldberg's coloring), DON HECK supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and WALLY WOOD does the BEST inks this run of the series has ever seen!!! WOW!!! Anyone who wonders how I can possibly prefer Don Heck over Gene Colan has obviously never read these stories. This entire 3-parter must be one of the high points of Heck's entire career. It's just a shame 2/3rds of it had inferior inking. It's also a tragedy, in my eyes, that his time on the book was coming to an end.

"WHEN YOU LIE DOWN WITH DOGS...!"
This concludes this CAPTAIN AMERICA 3-parter set in a castle during WW2. JACK KIRBY supplies story & layouts, ye "editor" does dialogue, George Tuska does pencils & JOE SINNOTT does inks. Not too shabby.
     (3-2-2014)


JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY 122  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Wally Wood
"WHERE MORTALS FEAR TO TREAD!"
Part 9 of 11. This rambling EPIC races to a climax. Loki finally over-steps himself, and together with his new lackie, Crusher Creel The Absorbing Man, actually as the AUDACITY to try taking on ODIN himself!!!

What a A**H***!!!!!!

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and Vince Colletta does inks. The cover-- inked by WALLY WOOD-- gives us a taste of what might have been not only here, but later at DC as well, if it were not for the ubiquitousness of "Cousin Vinnie".

"THE GRIM SPECTRE OF MUTINY!"
from the GCD: "Indexer Notes: Odinsword Quest, part 5." (That's it. Sheesh.)

JACK KIRBY supplies story & art for this latest installment of "Tales Of Asgard", while ye "editor" does dialogue & Vince Colletta does inks.
     (3-2-2014)


THE AVENGERS 22  /
cover by Jack Kirby & ??
"THE ROAD BACK"
CAP has quit the group, but before the 2nd half of this 2-parter is over, you KNOW he's gonna be back. DON HECK supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and WALLY WOOD does his 3rd & final issue on inks.
     (3-2-2014)


SGT. FURY & HIS HOWLING WOMBATS 24  /
cover by DICK AYERS 
"WHEN THE HOWLERS HIT THE HOME FRONT!"
DICK AYERS supplies story & art, ye "editor" does dialogue, and Frank Giacoia does inks.
     (3-2-2014)


SGT. FURY ANNUAL #1  /
cover by ??
"COMMISSION IN KOREA!"
The story jumps forward to the Korean War, as the team is re-organized to fight COMMIES. The same 3 guys do this one, though it's only 15 pages instead of 20. What a rip-off! In the back, we get reprints of SF #4 & 5, which are so recent, it's like when the networks started running a week or reruns at Christmastime.
     (3-2-2014)


X-MEN 14  /
cover by Jack Kirby & Wally Wood
"AMONG US WALK THE SENTINELS"
Following a 2-parter, this marks the beginning of the book's 1st 3-parter.
A completely misguided fanatical scientist creates an army of robots called "Sentinels" to help "save" humanity from the "mutant menace". Sound like stuff going on around the country THESE DAYS???? I never liked these things, as the only thing worse that people you can't reason with are MACHINES you can't reason with. JACK KIRBY supplies story & layouts, Werner Roth does pencils, and after only 1 episode, Vince Colletta takes over the inks. It's remarkable that Roth's low-key art appears to be indestructible, as the result doesn't look nearly as bad as you'd expect. Oh, yeah, and the "editor" does dialogue. Ho hum.


(Continued in December 1965)

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

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