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Quote:Kirby may be back, but even he can't save this story - this is just dull. I'm not sure exactly how much Stan was involved in these tales, but the pacing is all Bernstein, and it's incredibly off. Not as bad as last issue, but still...
Aug 3 08 10:06 AM
ToS 42 was a more interesting story than the cover gave me reason to believe. Heck didn't provide anything really memorable, but the story had
Tony's secret discovered by a "Red", who would have revealed it if the Red Barbarian hadn't shot him first in anger. Actually there is that
penultimate panel by Heck where the muzzle of the gun fires without a sound effect. Fairly dramatic illo.
I like the panel where Tony is ambushed and shot, and only his metal chest plate saves his life.
If the Actor wanted to save his knowledge of IM's secret identity for a rainy day, it kind of made no sense for him to tell his underlings to kill
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Son of Storytime, the Elder, says about TOS #42:
It was funny when he throwed his ham...I liked the throwing the ham!
So how come this weapon is never brought up again? Why doesn't the commies try to steal them a second time? How come the US government didn't
end the cold war right away by threatening with this weapon? How come Iron Man never used it in his suit?
[The final monster, fear?] I dont know it, I dont know.
[So you dont know the meaning of the word fear? Get it? Get it?] I know fear, Dad.
This is also the first time magic appears outside of the Thor comics...It adds a whole new dimension to things, and we will see it explored to a much
greater extent in the next issues of Strange Tales.
I have to wonder at some of the view screens that crop up over and over in these stories--why exactly would Dr. Blake have an X-ray device that could
see the bottom of the Hudson River?
Sue's reaction when they first see Thinker: "Good grief!" ANOTHER power-mad genius for us to contend
It is entertaining to dwell a bit more on Mad Thinker's world view. The world is a clockwork machine, and he has enough computing power to
predict everything that happens. Basically, this is Newtonian determinism taken to its logical conclusion.
Feb 7 12 7:13 AM
More Jack Davis stories, plotted (I guess) by Stan Lee plus one drawn by Kirby and Ayers. The first story "Deadly Draw of Mister Lightning" is a bit silly, in the end Kid is able to hit his opponent's bullet with his own. Hmm, shooting guns out of other people's hands might be possible, but this? Still, Mister Lighting is depicted quite well as he descends from being a circus performer to a crook. And then in the end he is revealed to be a COWARD. (Like they all are.) Shades of Travis Bickle?The second story ("Prisoner of the Apaches") is much more interesting. The "wagon boss" Ebenezer comes across as a completely unreasonable blowhard, barking orders at his wife and shooting at the Apache scout unprovoked. Kid takes the blame for that one (because there are women and children in the wagons), and the Apaches wait to see if the scout (son of the chief, see) survives. If he doesn't, well too bad for the Kid! In the end a) the scout gets better and b) Ebenezer realizes that he might need to adjust his attitude slightly. He even invites the Kid to ride with them, but of course he declines the invitation. Couple observations regarding Jack Davis's art. First, he has made a man out of the Kid! He's really beefed up now. Also, IMO the emotional range is wider now, look at the world-weary look on his face in this panel.Second, there are no backgrounds! Well, practically no backgrounds. This applies to interior shots, outdoors, everything. Perhaps Davis was just busy, and didn't want to spend too much time on details, but I must say the lack of backgrounds does distract from my enjoyment. I mean, look at this page. Most other people would have used the opportunity to set the scene with some plants, mountains, whatever, but...The third story is illustrated by Kirby and Ayers. Mark Morgan is a pioneer = When he has his farm, family etc., he has to pack up and conquer some more unclaimed land, to "civilize" it. Not very PC attitude nowadays, but the story is oddly touching, as one of the children dies, the family is threatened by "rustlers" etc. Here we have backgrounds, i.e. wild nature, in spades! Well done.
Feb 8 12 6:01 AM
The Actor... is there any reason at all why a new characer had to be invented when they already have an established communist impersonator in the Chameleon? Sure, the Actor dies at the end, but it's not like the Chameleon was a fan favorite who couldn't be given a death like this.
And this panel just cracks me up. Iron Man walks in, very business-like, through the door. About the briefcase... Tony had clearly set it to self-destruct mode, and it just imploded due a special chemical treatment. Do I get a No-Prize?
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“I’ve already managed to create a primitive form of one-celled life which lived for a few seconds!” – stop and think about what would happen this year if a scientist said something like that: protests, angry screams from the pulpit, congressional investigations, debates on its voting rights.
And she says “At last I can dress the way I’ve always wanted to.” but she’s the one who designed the costumes, couldn’t she just have redesigned them if she didn’t like them?
The Thinker is using an Electronic Hypno-Ray to camouflage his building. You know, if not for you guys complaining about such things, I wouldn’t even notice the over-abundance of hypnotism and related occurrences.
Sue is the star of the moment to prove she’s a worthwhile member of the team. She will star again in FF17 and become a super-weapon in FF22.
I am okay with Thor shooting lightning from his hands. In fact, I think it looks pretty cool.
There's one thing that you'll never understand - and that's a woman constructed from corpses or electronics.
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