The X-Men Beat a Graceful Retreat From Marvel Unlimited

We’ll struggle on without them for four years

So the X-Men, perennial underdogs of the Marvel lineup, breathed their last – temporarily – in March of 1970. Though the title continued for another 26 issues, those books were filled with reprints. Things turned around at #94, when a fella named Chris Claremont was allowed to start telling new X-Men stories. Let’s take a peek at where Mr. Thomas and the rest of the Bullpen left the mutants before sticking them on ice.

Jean Grey's psychic mojo at work

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Marvel Rumbles Into March Doldrums

(March of 1970; I’m not implying anything about current events)

Well, this is a pretty rough month to chew through on Marvel Unlimited. There just aren’t a lot of exciting things happening, and title after title falls into the “20 pages of pointless combat” mold. This is an excellent month to consider skipping in its entirety, but let’s see if we can’t pick out a few bright spots worth considering.

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Iron Man Confronts Death and Loss

(and also lots of Commies)

The Crimson Dynamo tells it like it is
Crimson Dynamo just tells it like it is.

I don’t know exactly how, but I developed the impression that Tony Stark’s story was mainly happy-go-lucky heroics up until the “Demon in a Bottle” arc. Though I shouldn’t have been, I was surprised to find that everybody’s favorite billionaire playboy weapons designer was actually grappling with Peter Parker levels of angst well before the Bullpen decided to make him an alcoholic. Iron Man #22 is a perfect example. It forces Tony Stark to watch his primary love interest die as a direct result of her relationship with Tony and Iron Man. He’ll feel considerable guilt over this death, and in point of fact he deserves to. Continue reading “Iron Man Confronts Death and Loss”

February Means Death!

While a significant fraction of the Marvel line-up is killing time with generic baddie-beating, Iron Man ups the ante by stone-cold killing folks. (The comic, that is. Iron Man himself isn’t killing people. But people are dying!) February of 1970 is a pretty quiet time for Marvel, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that there’s nothing worth reading there!

We’ll get started with the full roster of comics after the jump.

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Reed Richards Cures Bruce Banner

Will Banner get permanent control? (No. The answer is no.)

Hulk ready for operationIt’s time for Reed Richards to start putting that big brain to use for constructive purposes. That always works out well! Thanks to 1970 Marvel editorial policy, you won’t be lost if you decide to pick this book up without reading Incredible Hulk #122. That issue isn’t too bad on its own – it features the Hulk beating up a train. The Incredible Hulk closes out 1969 being subdued by the Fantastic Four and strapped into some classic Richards gizmos. That’s where our story opens…

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It’s a New Year – 1970, to Be Exact

Surveying January 1970 on Marvel Unlimited.

So, if I continue showcasing one comic per week (or less) I will actually fall further and further behind the present day, making this blog a literally endless production. While that doesn’t sound too bad, I want to move faster.

For one thing, while the last few comics I’ve talked about here are from 1965, my semi-chronological reading has taken me all the way up to 1970. So! Let’s just skip ahead to there.

My new plan is to proceed month by month and highlight one issue to talk about. Since January 1970 is up on the block, here are our choices – everything from that month that’s available on MU right now: Continue reading “It’s a New Year – 1970, to Be Exact”

Monday Means New Comics on Marvel Unlimited!

Let’s get Furious.

As usual, we have a healthy chunk of six-month-delayed modern titles. Civil War II is really ramping up.

Notable titles: Vote Loki is kicking off, hurray! Also there’s a new infinite comic in the “Year of Marvels” series, and those are always enjoyable.

In the older titles, we get some much-need infill for early issues of Spider-Woman from 1978.

The other big release is a pile of Nick Fury comics from the late eighties and early nineties. That’s good, but make sure you scroll all the way to the end of the “new this week” list to see the real prize – a sweet issue of Steranko’s Nick Fury title from way back in 1968.

School Daze With The Fantastic Four

We’re off to State U. Here be dragons! (Okay, just the one.)

The good part of the coverIt’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.

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Yesterday Was New Comics Day on Marvel Unlimited!

We gettin’ serious about Civil War II now.

In the six-month delayed modern titles, we’re finally getting into Civil War II. Yee-haw and/or sigh!

We get a tiny and random clutch of 2099 titles from the early 90s. Meh.

We get a much better clutch of Ghost Rider from the same era.

Perhaps most interestingly, we get a handful of killer plus-size comics from the mid-70s. A Defenders annual! Giant-Size Super Villain Team-Up! And a third issue of Giant-Size Avengers! Whee!

She Got 99 Problems But A Thunder God Ain’t One

Let’s take a closer look at Jane Foster’s tumultuous story.

Gwen don't know WTF
Don’t worry, GP, most of the comic-reading public forgot about Jane for a good 30 years.

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”