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Aug 17 09 4:44 PM
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I didn't remember Bob Powell being this good.
Aug 17 09 6:32 PM
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What makes this battle so...absorbing...is that Creel takes on all of Thor's powers. The ball and chain take on the same power as the hammer. (Would they
return to him if Creel threw them away?) Maybe the ball and chain aren't able to directly absorb the hammer's power; maybe it's that Creel
absorbed Thor's ability to have a symbiotic relationship with his weapon. Thus Creel's weapons change because Creel became like Thor, not because his
weapons become like Thor's. It's a fine point of distinction but it seems to make more sense than the alternative.
It's a little unclear to me whether Creel has conscious control over his absorbing. "I can absorb the power of anyone I'm near", "the
power to absorb the strength of anything nearby". So does he have a choice or not?
Aug 17 09 10:45 PM
Aug 18 09 12:02 AM
Oops--yup, it was Comicsdad. Edited to correct.
Aug 18 09 1:11 AM
Aug 18 09 1:14 AM
Storytime Comics wrote:
[Interviewer: Anything else you want to say about this issue? How about the art.]
He sets the scene really well--pictures of Hong Kong, the shipyards, the alleys. He did a good job. But I'm kind of surprised that the airport is right
next to where you get your boats. He seemed like he could just wander out of the airport and suddenly be at the docks.
[Interviewer: Uh, Hong Kong was a much smaller place back in 1965?…]
Good thing he didn't have to go through security, like these days.
Aug 18 09 1:38 AM
Aug 18 09 2:06 AM
[Son the Elder:] Why didn't they just say "It's in Antarctica!!"
[Interviewer: Yeah, you guessed that pretty early on--how did you know?]
The cover looked like Antarctica!
[Interviewer: Oh, yeah--that's kind of cheating. The Avengers didn't get to see
the cover to their own comic, did they? ]
The Fantastic Four does sometime.
What an exchange.
If there is anyone at this site capable of carrying Elder's jock strap, they need to come forward now and state their case.
[Son the Younger:]...he only shows himself to the Fantastic Four. You only see him in the Fantastic Four.
[Son the Elder:] "Now I will show you how to make the best soufflé in the world. First you put the
garlic in, and then you put the pepper."
[Son the Younger:] No, no, "Today's breakfast is going to be pancakes. I'll show you how to make
it. First you get the pancake mix--"
I think he's the grumpiest in the team.
I love the scene of him doubled over and pounding his giant fist on the hospital floor.
Lee, Lieber, Laiken (?), Kirby, Heck, and Stone (whew!)
And even my son knew that the sudden appearance of the Watcher was forced--almost like Lee (Kirby? Heck?) was trying to signal to the
reader: "Hey, this is really important, gripping stuff here! See, even the Watcher showed up for it!"
I don't know--maybe I just lost the story's momentum by breaking it up into two parts where I did. Did anyone else have this
Aug 18 09 4:05 AM
Storytime Comics wrote:
And VisualFiction--you know, I had never noticed the ball-and-chain draped over the front of the stage in that
panel where "Jéfe Creel" is speaking--great catch. That's a really funny bit by Kirby. As for those multiple panels of Don touching Jane's
face, I've never read any of the Simon-Kirby romance stories, but I bet you'd find a ton of similar panels there. Just like the faces of Odin/Loki,
the big eyeball shots of Mageneto/Prof. X, etc. Yet another thing the Marathon has shown me is how Kirby had built up a bag of tricks that he dips into
regularly to achieve certain dramatic effects.
Aug 18 09 5:01 AM
Adam (if you're reading this), are "Norse" and "Norwegian" descriptions of the same region? My geography and history are lacking in
Aug 18 09 6:33 AM
Aug 18 09 11:06 AM
Sue's desire for revenge came completely out of the blue
Reed thinks it's possible to take on an entire planet
Aug 18 09 12:25 PM
Okay, now for my big gripe. The Watcher says, "As for the girl men call the Wasp...many have prayed for her...and the power of prayer is still
the greatest ever known in this endless, eternal universe!"
I believe this is the worst sentence Stan Lee has written up to this point in the Marvel Silver Age (not that there have been many others) and I doubt
he'll surpass himself after this one. It's unforgiveable. Is he suddenly preaching religion to little kids?? WTF??? It would have been bad enough if
he had a human say it, but the Watcher??? Lee really painted himself into a corner with this one. How does the Watcher expect that prayer could aid
an unconscious woman? The only way to save this is to reason that even someone as widely traveled, someone as knowledgeable as the Watcher can still fall
prey to creeping theism and the irrationality of "faith".
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