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The Avengers #24, Jan. 1966

The Avengers #24, Jan. 1966

Stan Lee, writer
Don Heck, penciller
Dick Ayers, inker
Artie Simek, letterer

The second part of this story where the Avengers go to the future and hang out with Kang the Conqueror is… pretty strange. Especially since most of it is this weird deal with Kang wanting to marry this princess, and it’s all very classical fantasy… with one of the guys in a big dumb purple space mask.

The Avengers are teamed up with Princess Ravonna and her few loyal soldiers against Kang and his invincible conquering armies. Unfortunately, Kang has more power at his disposal, and he manages to win. He imprisons the heroes and forces Ravonna to marry him… BUT! Kang’s own rules require that all existing royalty be killed when he takes over a new kingdom, and his men don’t like that he’s not following that rule. They rebel against the supervillain and… well, fail. Pretty miserably.

Kang appears to have turned over a new leaf, and asks the Avengers to help him save the life of Ravonna, and in exchange, he’ll send them back to their time. They succeed and defeat Kang’s usurping army and the Avengers get sent back to the 60’s… just in time to miss one last assassin try to shoot Kang and accidentally kill Ravonna. Guess Kang isn’t going to be reformed anytime soon…

The Avengers themselves do almost nothing in this issue, and instead we get this weird medieval drama between the villain (who kinda becomes a hero) and this nondescript princess with no character who dies so it doesn’t really end up mattering. Ah well, they can’t all be winners. They aren’t the All-Winners Squad, after all.

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The Avengers #23, Dec. 1965

The Avengers #23, Dec. 1965

Stan Lee, rollickin’ writer!
Don Heck, prancin’ penciller!
John Romita, dazzlin’ delineator!
Sherigail, liltin’ letterer!

Oh boy, Kang the Conqueror. Everybody’s favorite stupidly-masked time-traveling Dr. Doom-wannabe returns to take on the new lineup of the Avengers, and his plan is less coherent than ever! I think even if I didn’t absolutely loathe everything to do with time travel, I’d still think Kang was lame as all hell. And yes, it would be at least half because his outfit is retarded.

Captain America quit the Avengers last issue because he thought he was a bad leader for letting the team get split up (despite the fact that he got them back together, whatever). He goes off to be a boxing coach for “The Champ”, leaving Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch by themselves. From the future, Kang the Conqueror decides that this is the perfect time to attack the Avengers and defeat them once and for all, so he takes his time-ship back to 1965 and lands on top of Avengers Tower, disguised as another floor of the tower.

Kang captures the three remaining Avengers and takes them into the future where he tries to use their capture as a bargaining chip in his wooing of the future princess, Ravonna. Captain America hears that the Avengers had disappeared and goes back to save them by using some convenient device he had lying around that let him see that Kang captured them. Kang brings Cap into the future as well and sics his “invincible army” against the now-complete Avengers.

I’m really not sure why Kang thinks that defeating guys in goofy outfits from 2,000 years before when he’s from will impress this princess, who specifically says that she doesn’t like his whole conquering deal. Maybe that’s just all he knows how to do, is to conquer. That still doesn’t really explain why he thinks he needs to beat people from his distant past, but whatever. Kang is an idiot.


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.


Strange Tales #134, July 1965

Strange Tales #134, July 1965

Soul-stirring script by: Stan Lee
Breath-taking art by: Bob Powell
Eye-popping inking by: Wallace Wood
Heart-rending lettering by: Artie Simek

Written by Marvel’s own living legend, Stan Lee
Illustrated by Marvel’s own unsung genius, Steve Ditko
Lettered by Marvel’s own beaming pixie, Artie Simek

I’m so conflicted about this issue. The Thing/Torch story is possibly the stupidest collection of images and words I’ve ever seen put together, but this is absolutely the best Dr. Strange I’ve seen so far. Well, I’ve got it on good authority that this is the last issue of Strange Tales to have a Thing/Torch story, and they replace it with that super-awesome Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, so the mag can really only go up from here.

Uatu the Watcher comes to the Baxter building with an urgent plea for the Fantastic Four: Kang the Conquerer has gone back in time to take control of King Arthur’s round table! Only Ben and Johnny are in at the time, but they figure they can get the job done, so the Watcher transports them back in time. Kang has dethroned Arthur and built an army (with seriously the stupidest weapons ever that don’t work at all), but he’s still pretty easily taken out by the Thing and the Human Torch, especially when they get Merlin to help! Everything about this story is stupid.

Dr. Strange returns from his interdimensional trip and finds himself back on Earth. Unfortunately, that means Baron Mordo’s ghost army can find him again, and they go right back to the old ghost chase thing. Clea, the white-haired girl that Dr. Strange saved when he fought Dormammu, knows that the only way to help him is rid Mordo of Dormammu’s assistance, so she releases the hordes of “The Mindless Ones”. Dormammu has to do damage control and keep these super-powerful magic gorilla guys from wrecking his whole dimension, so he leaves Mordo on his own. Meanwhile, Dr. Strange has decided that his best bet is to use his astral form to fly into the heart of the sun, where the intense nuclear reactions will kill both he and Mordo. Mordo doesn’t really want to do that, so the chase is off. For now…

There is some goddamn amazing art in this Dr. Strange story. Even for Dr. Strange. It’s also the first time Strange’s mentor the Ancient One mentions Eternity, which is this really neat concept Ditko came up with that represents time or space or reality or something like that. Basically this is the point where he started just drawing whatever he wanted and left Stan Lee to try and make it make sense. I had way too many panels to choose from for this issue, from both the hilariously stupid and awesomely cool sides of the equation. It’s not fair, I tells ya.


The Avengers #11, Dec. 1964

The Avengers #11, Dec. 1964

Spectacular story by: Stan Lee
Incomparable illustrations by: Don Heck
Dazzling delineation by: Chic Stone
Lachrymose lettering by: Sam Rosen

Damn, it’s been a long time since I did a review here, hasn’t it? What with having a job again and putting movie reviews first, I just haven’t had the time or energy to write any comic reviews. Which is fucking UNACCEPTABLE! From now on, if I don’t do at least five of these things a week, you can all kill me. All of you. Everyone who reads this. Which is nobody, so really, I win.

Kang the Conqueror has been looking in on the Avengers (from the future… in real time. FUCK TIME TRAVEL FOREVER), and has decided that the only way he can finally defeat the Avengers is with a robot. Of course. As an ancestor of Dr. Doom, robots are probably the solution to most of his problems. Anyway, he decides to make a single robot of Spider-Man to send back to fight the Avengers, instead of making robots of “the most powerful villains of all time”. For some reason. Kang’s an idiot, okay? Just look at that guy’s helmet.

So Spidey-bot approaches the Avengers and tells them that he knows where Iron Man is (since he’s been MIA ever since Tony Stark “died” (Tales of Suspense #59)), and they believe him, even though they clearly distrust him. He lures them to a temple in Mexico where Kang has pumped in some sort of gas that makes them all worse at fighting. It seems that the Avengers are beaten… until the REAL Spider-Man shows up and kicks the robot’s ass! Yeah! Fuck you, robots! Wait, how the fuck did Spider-Man get to Mexico?

No seriously, this is the guy who had to be sponsored to get a plane ticket to go to Florida to fight the Lizard, how in the hell did he get to Mexico from New York? According to the notes in the letter pages, it’s because they felt like they were gypping readers by not actually including the real Spidey, so they rewrote the ending to put him in there, which is nice I guess, but… also really weird and kinda stupid. Also, I want to point out that, in Kang’s little image there of the “most powerful villains of all time”, he’s included Mysterio, the Unicorn, and… some bald guy who kinda looks like the Absorbing Man, except he hasn’t been introduced yet. Remember, he’s in the 30th century, and he has the last thousand years of Marvel supervillains to choose from… and MYSTERIO is on that list. Time travel is the worst thing ever.