We’re off to State U. Here be dragons! (Okay, just the one.)
It’s time for our first peek at Reed and Ben’s alma mater, State U. Not to be confused with Empire State U. Although confusion seems inevitable. Good going, Mr. Lee!
Anyways, there are Shenanigans with Diablo, a b-grade Fantastic Four villain making his second appearance, and cameos by Professor Xavier and Peter Parker. And of course, the FF have to throw down with the Dragon Man.
Let’s take a closer look at Jane Foster’s tumultuous story.
So as per the sensationalistic cover (below the jump), Journey Into Mystery #113 features Thor revealing his secret identity to long-suffering nurse Jane Foster – for realsies. Does it actually happen that way? And is that our old pal the Grey Gargoyle lurking in the corner? Let’s dive in and find out how much it sucks to date a Marvel hero in 1965. (Not as bad as it sucked later for women like Karen Page or Gwen Stacy. It still sucked, though!)Continue reading “She Got 99 Problems But A Thunder God Ain’t One”
Mr. Fear Takes Issue With DD’s “Man Without Fear” Motto
Wally Wood’s brilliant, brief run on Daredevil is well under way. In this issue, Daredevil and the whole Nelson & Murdock crew get together to fight Mr. Fear and a brace of c-list villains on loan from other Marvel titles.
The Man Without Fear vs. Mr. Fear … wow, I just realized how low-effort the elevator pitch for this issue sounds.
This is the introduction of the Maggia, which is awfully similar to TOTALLY UNLIKE the Mafia. Their leader is Count Nefaria, and he has a devious plan to undo the Avengers by using “electro images” to impersonate them.
(The Grey Gargoyle / Balder Must Die) This book is at the same time proof that early Marvel is too stupid to justify reading all of it and too awesome to skip. The Grey Gargoyle has an amazingly dumb origin and power set, and Thor / Don Blake resorts to equally stupid contrivances to overcome him.
Paul Duval is an ordinary – one might even say mild-mannered – French research chemist. When his boss distracts him one day, he spills an abnormal mixture on his hand that turns it into stone. He soon discovers that touching anything (people included) turns that thing to stone for an hour. He’s the only one who can move around when petrified; others are immobile. Being an intelligent, rational man, Paul decides there’s only one way to use this gift: crime!
Here we have the introduction of Mr. Hyde in the A-story and the B-story (When Heimdall Failed) is an archetypal Kirby fever dream – in a good way. Heimdall suspects foul play when a tiny air sprite (a Vanna) sneaks past him. He considers this a failure, but Odin praises him for giving Asgard advance warning based on his instincts.