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We had this little argument in the bullpen just before this story was sent to the printer. A few of the guys told Stan that he forgot to tell the readers who
Agent X was! Stan said anyone who reads the story can figure out his identity in a breeze! And now, just to settle the matter, if any of you
don't know who Agent X was, drop us a line, willya? We're all itchin' to win an argument with know-it-all Lee!
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[Son the Elder:] They were pictures of fingers and toes!
I don't think Princess Python and Spider-Man could go out. One's a good guy, and one's a bad guy--they can't go out.
[Interviewer: Even if he liked her? They couldn't go out of coffee or anything?]
[Interviewer: You would have done
If the leader is weak, they can leave.
[Interviewer: Wow, you're in a no-nonsense frame of mind tonight.
But personally I think Spider-Man still could have, should have punched her in the face.
Did the Fantastic Four ever let up on Madame Medusa?...Did the Avengers ever let up on the Enchantress?
Did anyone else think the derisive jabs at contemporary art might be an early indication of Ditko's growing identification with
Ayn Rand's Objectivism? It's been a while since I read The Fountainhead, but as I recall Rand viewed
contemporary art as a scam whereby lazy hacks strived purely to make the most money possible (without actually being creative) by fooling the rubes whom they
held in contempt--and that's Rand's most charitable take on the subject. I seem to remember that she
alternately presented the contemporary art scene in a much more threatening light--as an organized plot by a cabal of pseudo-intellectuals bent on wearing
away at the very ability of society-at-large to exercise any sort of reasonable aesthetic judgment, paving the way for a later wearing down of our ability to
exercise any sort of reasonable moral judgment.
And if the plot was reminiscent of #17 in being a bit blah
Jul 11 09 1:33 AM
Oops--yeah, I meant #16. Edited on the original post now.
Jul 11 09 8:19 PM
"Of what use are your clumsy guns and fists against my unconquerable hair!" - Medusa
I'm starting to think it's just me. Again an FF issue didn't do much for me. It was okay, but this makes eight out of the last ten that didn't
wow me (#33 and Annual #2 are the only great ones for me since #27). There were some things to like but only because I try to find any unintentional humor I
can, in order to get my money's worth.
I'll start with the cover from the 1970 reprint.
Madame Medusa is one of SA Marvel's first supervilliannesses. (Cool word, that.) There was the Widow, but she has no powers. Neither does Python. I guess
the Witch was the first, followed immediately by the Enchantress. Am I missing anyone?
Anyway, here's Medusa's first appearance...
With her mask on, she looks almost identical to Marvel Girl. I'll bet in the B/W Essential it would be hard to tell them apart if not for the story cues.
And they look like Picassos.
Jul 12 09 2:14 AM
How did the FF know how to contact the X-Men (to come to the engagement party), if they did not know about the connection between Professor X and
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I read in Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution that Simon & Kirby invented "the Ringmaster and his
Circus of Crime" during the first ten issues of Golden Age Captain America. I'm assuming it's the same character that we saw this month
in ASM 22. I'd love to see a scan of the original Ringmaster if anyone has that Masterwork and has the time, thanks.
It's not the same character as the Ringmaster we know, though, but I believe he's later been revealed to be the current Ringmaster's father.
As for how the X-Men got invited, I agree that a publically announced invitation is logical. It shouldn't put them at too much risk - both the FF, the
Avengers and Johnny/Sue have lived at publically known addresses a long time without any mass villain invasion, so I don't see how this would be any
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