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Tales to Astonish #77, Mar. 1966

tta077Tales to Astonish #77, Mar. 1966

Stan Lee, writer
Gene Colan, penciller
Vince Colletta, inker
Sam Rosen, letterer

Script by: Stan Lee!
Layouts by: Jack Kirby!
Pencilling & Inking by: Johnny Romita!
Lettering by: Sam Rosen!


Namor gets a special guest star in this issue, Hank Pym, the asshole scientist also known as Ant Man! Or… Giant Man. Whatever you call him, he’s still the single thing I hate more than anything else in the world and my bile just rises knowing that he’s still around. After his “retirement” almost a year ago, there’s been a wonderful reprieve from the inept adventures of Hank Pym, but he just had to come back, didn’t he? DIDN’T HE?!

Now that the Sub-Mariner’s got Atlantis all situated and back in his capable hands, he decides to leave immediately and go back to fighting the surface worlders over random things that he decides are offensive to him. He starts with a giant underwater drill that caused an earthquake in Atlantis which is being driven by Hank Pym. He breaks the thing and easily gets past the platoon of guards around it and threatens to beat up Pym unless he tells him what’s going on.

Meanwhile, in the distant future, the Hulk is fighting the Executioner over… well, I don’t think there’s really a reason for it except that the Hulk is just really into fighting. He saves a town from being blown up by the evil Asgardian, then disappears before the ungrateful villagers can attack the Hulk for saving them. In ordinary times, the pressure is getting to Rick Jones and he finally spills the beans about the Hulk and Bruce Banner being the same guy. After all, they’re both dead, aren’t they?

And with that the Hulk’s pointless adventure into the future comes to an equally pointless end. Still, at least one interesting thing happened: Major Talbot now knows of the Hulk’s true identity, and he used to be one of his biggest enemies as far as calling Banner a dirty commie spy goes.



Tales to Astonish #76, Feb. 1966

Tales to Astonish #76, Feb. 1966

Story: Stan Lee
Pencilling: Adam Austin
Delineation: Vince Colletta
Lettering: Sam Rosen

Script: Stan Lee
Layout: Jack Kirby
Pencilling: Scott Edward
Inking: Mickey Demeo
Lettering: Artie Simek

Namor wraps up a now seven issue long plotline here… though they’re only half-issue stories, so I guess it’s more like three and a half issues long. Still, that’s pretty long for as lame as this Sub-Mariner series has been. Especially since basically nothing at all happens in this final issue of it… which… I guess that only makes it three normal issues long.

Namor gets back home and beats the crap out of Krang for being a bad man who dun tried to steal his underwater empire. He promotes the old guy who helped him to Grand Vizier and exiles Krang because he couldn’t possibly be a threat anymore. That’s it, that’s all that happens. This would be good pacing for the non-action stuff if this was a full-magazine feature, but it ain’t so it ain’t.

The Hulk is in the 25th century because the army stupidly shot him with a time-travel gun without knowing anything about what it does. He’s attacked and eventually captured by a bunch of future soldiers in goofy Kirby-esque costumes who bring him to their king. The king asks the Hulk’s help against an evil guy who’s attacking them, but the Hulk really doesn’t give a shit and breaks out just in time to see future tanks approaching the city. He rips the top off one of the tanks to see just who this evil one is, and who would it be but the Executioner!

The last we saw the Executioner, he was running away from the Avengers along with the Enchantress, who later joined up with Power Man and did her own thing. But this is also 500 years or so in the future, and since the Executioner is one of Asgard’s immortals, it could just be him from this time period having fun raiding castles and the like and not have anything to do with time travel. I guess we’ll find out in the next Tales to Astonish!

The Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965

The Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965

Written by Stan Lee
Drawn by Jack Kirby
Inked by Vince Colletta
Lettered by Artie Simek
Catered by The Bullpen Gang!

The original story in this issue features a whopping 19 superheroes and 20 supervillains, not to mention Uatu the watcher, Patsy Walker (from the girl magazines they did, and a decade before she’d join normal Marvel continuity as Hellcat), Stan Lee and Jack Kirby themselves. I’m not going to mention all of them in my little one paragraph review, but I actually kept track in the tag section if you’re interested, and I’m so sure that you are.

It’s the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm, the most beautiful event in any comic book person’s life. Unfortunately, they are comic book people, and that means they associate with a lot of super-powered folks. Also, Richards was mean to Dr. Doom back in college, so he’s decided to invent a machine to make every villain in the area try to kill him. After a ridiculously massive brawl, the Watcher shows up and (without interfering at all) gives Mr. Fantastic a machine that’ll send all the villains back to where they were with no memory of what happened at all. Okay, whatever. The happy wedding goes on happily and everyone is happy forever. Except Lee and Kirby, who are turned away at the door because everyone thinks they’re bums.

The reprint stories are that one awesome issue where Dr. Doom and Namor team up to throw the Baxter Building into the Sun and the two half stories from issue #11 where the Fantastic Four answers fan mail and deal with the Impossible Man. There’s usually another one in these annuals, but the huge brawl took up a lot of space, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Yeah, that’s a dumb ending to this excuse to fit every character possible into one comic book, but who cares? It’s all in good fun, and Giant Man didn’t show up at all, so I couldn’t be happier with it! Plus, his worst enemy, the Human Top, is taken out by a single punch from Quicksilver, who doesn’t even have super strength or anything. LOVE IT.

The Avengers #16, May 1965

The Avengers #16, May 1965

Dazzling script by… Stan Lee
Dashing layouts by… Jack Kirby
Darlin’ artwork by… Dick Ayers
Delicate lettering by… Artie Simek

Well hey, it’s about time the Avengers got their sophomore lineup! The original Avengers are great, of course, but they’re honestly just way too damn powerful. I think that was pretty much the idea behind this change, which is mostly just taking out Thor and Iron Man. Also Giant Man, but it’s not like THAT’S a bad thing. Hell, that’s basically giving them team a boost. FUCK YOU, GIANT MAN!

We start by ending the battle from the end of the last issue, where the Masters of Evil think they have the Avengers beat because they’re in the middle of a city, and the good guys are pledged to not hurt any innocents. To everybody’s surprise, Thor just spins his hammer around and transports them all (save the Enchantress and Executioner, who see what’s coming and run away) to another dimension, where apparently attacking hurts yourself. There, the Melter and Black Knight beat themselves up and are easily tied up and shipped back off to jail.

Thor leaves to go do his Trial of the Gods thing in his own comic, Cap’s still in Africa burying Zemo, and the remainder of the team sit down and decide they deserve to take a vacation. Lucky for them, Hawkeye just happens by and applies for membership, and they realize they can just convince some other guys to take their places and they can take a break! When Cap returns, there’s been a changing of the guard. Iron Man, Giant Man and the Wasp are all taking a hiatus, replaced by Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch. Thor, well, who knows how long he’s going to be doing whatever crazy god stuff he’s up to, so that’s pretty much the lineup for now.

Did I mention that I’m just super happy that Giant Man is taking a break from the Avengers? The less I have to read of that asshole, the happier I am. Really, this decision to change the team up makes sense from a publishing standpoint, because the members who are leaving are all well-established in their own books, and they’re constantly having to explain why they are or aren’t with the Avengers at any given time. It’s just annoying. Cap’s fine, since his standalone comic is currently taking place back in WWII, so there’s no overlap there. Also, I think it was mostly in reaction to fan mail saying that the three new guys aren’t really bad guys, and they should join up with one of the good guy teams. Of course, from a historical perspective, the three newbies are now thought of as original or classic members of the Avengers, so it can’t be that bad of a decision.

Journey Into Mystery #116, May 1965

Journey Into Mystery #116, May 1965

Written by Imperial Stan Lee
Illustrated by Impregnable Jack Kirby
Inked by Implacable Vince Colletta
Lettered by Impossible Artie Simek

Story: Stan Lee
Pencilling: Jack Kirby
Inking: Vince Colletta
Lettering: Artie Simek

I don’t normally feel the need to mention this, but some of the art in these old comics are goddamn amazing. I think some of Jack Kirby’s best work is featured in these Thor comics, and that’s saying a lot. I just really love the Asgardian style that comes through, where it’s like somewhere between primitive viking furs and really crazy, big heavy metal robotic stuff. Also, I don’t know if it’s just the difference between Vince Colletta and Chic Stone inking, but the art in this issue is especially fantastic.

Last issue, Thor and Loki told different stories to Odin about why there was a girl in their room, so he’s decided that they must face the “Trial of the Gods” to determine who’s lying. He sends them both to Skornheim without any weapons to face a bunch of trials, and the first to get back is telling the truth. Of course, Loki is cheating by both sneaking in a bag of magical Norn Stones, and also by showing Thor that he’s sent the Enchantress and Executioner to mess with his girlfriend back on Earth so he’ll be less focused. Loki cheats his way through all the trials, and even though Thor basically has nothing to help him, he just barely gets to the end after his brother. Will Odin seriously believe Loki isn’t lying because of a footrace? FIND OUT NEXT TIME! SAME THOR TIME, SAME THOR CHANNEL!

In Tales of Asgard, Thor and Loki are visiting some crazy place for diplomatic purposes, and Loki convinces the evil ruler of the land to give Thor a test he has to pass before he can talk, or else he loses honor. The test is twofold: first he has to catch a really huge fish (which is obviously very easy for the thunder god) and then he has to break a cup within two minutes. It’s a magic hard-to-break cup, but Thor finally gets the job done by just throwing it at the head of the king guy, because apparently it was his hat which enchanted it to begin with.

Just look at this guy here, Yagg. Look at his crazy little gas nozzle hands which, when pressed together, shoot crazy god-killing lasers out of them. This dude is fucking awesome. I almost guarantee you that this guy never ever shows up again anywhere else in the entire history of Marvel comics, and it’s purely because he’s too damn cool to ever come back for a repeat performance. Damn.