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Jul 30 09 1:36 AM
I have a developing concern that Elder will someday conquer the world. I don't mean as a music performer, I mean literally. Storytime, it's up to
you and Spouse to instill good morals and save us all.
I think it would be funny if the Beatles met Namor.
[Interviewer: What, in an octopus' garden?]
I can see how this series is wearing poor VisualFiction down.
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Jul 30 09 11:08 AM
Funny you should mention that. I actually played "Drive My Car" (the
opening track from Rubber Soul) for my kids right before we began reading the story--you know, just to put them in the mood. (And so they could look
at the album cover and see those groovy haircuts for themselves.) They seemed to like the song, and they were impressed when I rattled off the names of a
half-dozen other Beatles songs they knew. But apparently this Lee/Powell/Stone extravaganza wasn't enough to turn them into raging Mop Top aficionados. At
the end of the day, their allegiance is still to the foursome "Fantastic", not "Fab."
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Aug 3 09 12:05 AM
What if he was double-teamed? Then one could surprise him while the other one was feared.
And the Ox is fairly the same as always--he's a good villain. He's strong. He stays up a lot.
(I know, I know, VisualFiction already posted a scan of this panel--but who's really going to argue with taking a second
Aug 3 09 1:16 PM
Aug 3 09 1:20 PM
Storytime Comics wrote:
of Storytime the Elder says about DD #6:
The Eel is lame as always. And the Ox is fairly the same as always--he's a good villain. He's strong. He stays up a lot.
Aug 3 09 8:34 PM
Where a normal FF tale will speed through its 22 or so pages, Human Torch stories drag on at half the length.
We see the Beatles standing around smiling with NO crowd around them. Alicia can buy 4 tickets at the box office with - again - no line to wait
jeez, Dorrie, how cheap are you? Making the artist with no steady income pay for the freaking tickets.
Do we even know what Dorrie does for money?
I love the picture of Alicia signing a check. I know blind people can function well in society, but it's odd they picked the blind character to
whip out the checkbook and pen. "Hey, Alicia, you wanna drive home?"
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Aug 5 09 12:41 AM
I think the Grey Gargoyle is a crazy man. He wants to have immortality, and he's like [in
a surprisingly good French accent:] "Tell me the secret of immortalité. Quickly, or I will turn you to stone!"
If he gets too far with the powers, he'll probably be sucked into a whirlpool of death from the commanding of Odin.
"Oh, that makes sense why you're not marrying me! You're the Thunder God Thor! How could I be so stupid?!! Hey, guys! I found the secret to
Thor! It's Donald Blake!" And he'd be, like, "Now you are not officially my girlfriend."
Personally, if I was her I'd start sending out résumés…
I thought this was the best Journey into Mystery since #103 (and, I must say, it gave us one of VF's strongest analyses
In fact, how about a new monthly comic series, or at least a graphic novel? Marathon Men. Led by the Storytime Family: Son the Elder,
Son the Younger, Spouse of Storytime, and Storytime Comics. Also featuring Comicsdad, Adamantno1, prof0011, Scott McIntyre, Man of Tomorrow, VF, and DeBricazar
Of course, new Marathon Men are always needed. The Marvel Masterworks Marathon wants YOU!
Aug 5 09 10:56 PM
Aug 6 09 12:32 AM
And paper is silky and delightful.
Son the Elder did have one great observation: "When Mr. Birch was trying to blow up the factory so they would go on strike: If he
did blow up the factory, wouldn't he still lose his
And I, too, thought of both Son of Frankenstein and the parody in Young Frankenstein when I saw that scene of Hulk breaking bread at the table.
If Stan had gone the Brooks/Wilder route (albeit ten years in advance of them), the Hulk's new friend would've produced a hidden
stash of photos he uses for inspiration in time of despair - photos of his American heroes: the Avengers. (The Hulk looks toward heaven in frustration.) Better
yet, the Hulk's thumb starts turning back into Banner's thumb as he stares at it nonplussed, before yelling and leaping through the roof into an
adjoining territory. (It's not like Ditko has never before changed only one part of the Hulk's body back to Banner's - take IH #6.)
Speaking of territories, I've become a little confused during the course of the Hulk narrative - Astra Isle was somewhere in the Atlantic, right? The train
ridden by the Titan went cross country, and Bruce was on the East Coast in "Horde of Humanoids", since Rick was physically with him within an hour
after having visited the White House. And the Soviet sub took Banner from Astra Isle to a "captive European nation". Do we have any educated guesses
as to what country this could have been in 1964? That might also reveal whether they went in through the Mediterranean or the North Sea.
The Hulk is the jetsetter of the Marvel bunch lately, although Tony does like to take the occasional trip to visit...the MANdarin! (I can't type that name
without hearing the 1966 cartoon voice saying it.) Come to think of it, the X-Men get around better than almost anyone, except the FF on their best days. As we
know, high ranking members of the government have clandestinely condoned both the Hulk and the X-Men (the Hulkless Avengers are hardly even in need of the
governmental approval they enjoy), so I guess we as taxpayers end up footing the bill for the various X-peditions. Of course, Thor routinely makes the
round-trip across multiple galaxies, so he has more jet lag than anyone.
Aug 6 09 12:23 PM
Storytime Comics wrote:
And paper is silky and delightful.
Aug 7 09 2:15 PM
Wow, you loooove paper.
Guilty as charged.
I must admit to an almost fetish-like obsession with paper stock. It's bad enough that I was a dedicated fanboy at just the moment when comic book publishers began experimenting with upgrades over newsprint. (Anyone else during the 80s
believe Baxter Paper to be a sacred gift from the gods?) No, not content to leave it there, I then had to embark on a 19-year career in publishing, where every
year or two I'd be giving my (limited) input on some new book or magazine design and looking at reams of paper samples. Too shiny? Too creamy? Not enough
opacity? How does it take the ink? Sure, the type looks great, but see how muddy the illustrations got? Etc. etc. etc. I'm just glad the Masterworks
don't feed into my obsession with typography. Only two flavors to choose from there: Rosen or Simek.
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