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First off, I hope the Storytime Family will also be reading and reviewing ASM #24 for the next Marathon leg. That will be an awesome story for the Sons to
experience and to remark upon.
Secondly, Spouse always has pithy, sarcastic, and humorous responses which I love, but it might do more justice to the interviews if she just did a quick
10-minute read-through of the story she's going to discuss. Just my two cents. Her comments are usually better when she reads the story rather than having
it summarized for her. I don't expect her to read eleven stories every month, but if she's able to find time to read a few of the ones which would
elicit the best sarcasm, that would be so entertaining for us. (I'm selfish.)
And yes, I'm thrilled to see my favorite feature of the site make its long-awaited return.
[Storytime] What did you think of this issue?
[Son the Younger] Wow. I think Jack Kirby does know how to rhyme.
[Storytime] You mean Stan Lee? Cause of "Goblin" and "Gangster"?
[Younger] Yeah. Both start with "G".
[Storytime] What did you think of this issue?
[Elder] You'd just like blind them all and capture Lucky Lobo, then go back to your base, and try to
kill him unless he lets you take over his mob.
[Storytime] Yeah, that does seem like a good plan.
[Younger] They will, like, have a challenge, who can win, and if the Goblin wins then he will take over the
mob, and if Lucky Lobo wins, then he can't take the mob forever.
***Suddenly the doorbell rings***
[Both Sons] MOMMY!!!
[Storytime] Again you come in without having read the comic and expect us to recapitulate the plot of the
entire issue so you can join the interview! What kind of process is this?!
You can't just come in at the end and expect to know what's happening.
[Younger, suddenly remembering his pre-interview instructions
[Spouse] Is the Goblin and Lucky Lobo on the same side?
[Younger]he's like "Oh, sorry, I've burned my wienie. I've got to go."
[Spouse] It's always the wienie….
[Spouse] So he didn't take over Lucky Strike's gang?
[Storytime] He had no muscle, baby. What's he going to take it over with?
[Spouse] Wanted: Goblettes.
[Storytime] You know who'd probably answer the ad? The Ox. He'll
work for anyone.
[Elder] Now we're getting off focus.
[Storytime]So, what do you think is going to happen with Ned Leeds and Betty?
[Elder] I think he sent the letter because he's a supervillain.
He's like, "I've done many sins, for I'm a supervillain." And she immediately writes back, "I am going to
[Younger] "Hey, Betty, maybe we could go out for like a hundred million days? Like, we could, like,
make out for one more time, and then I could just go back to Europe."
[Storytime, to Son the Younger] Do you know what "making out" means?
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TOS 64: IM- What does IM mean by "commie tintype"? A commie primitive form of photography?
ASM 23: p. 6: interesting echo of panels, with a parallel of Peter's hand to his face, as the Goblin has one to his.
Why the big production over May not being home? I guess just to emphasize Peter's concern for her health?
ST 131 HT: The Bouncing Ball of Doom. p. 8 Isn't it poor dam design to put the control switches on the outside of the dam, on a narrow ledge,
over a huge fall?
"There's no option in life." - the Elder Son of Storytime
Jan 28 10 4:15 AM
"My plan was so perfect...so foolproof". Same old, same old. I'm getting tired of hearing him say this. The Thinker started out with real promise in his first few appearances. Intricate plans timed to the second. I loved that. He soon devolved into a nothing. I think Stan just doesn't have the time or inspiration to come up with more of those kind of plots. It's a shame, though. I'm hoping that in the later Silver or the Bronze Age, the Thinker will return to what made him awesome. He needs that shtick. Johnny and Ben got duped into yet another bogus invite. It wasn't that long ago that Reed himself tricked them into this sort of thing. Not to mention the times it happened to Pete, Hank, Jan...
Jan 28 10 7:50 AM
Yep, it's the Mad Thinker again, the Man with the Master Plan! Doesn't he ever learn? In the previous story with him his house was on a small island, now it's on a mountain top. He must be rich. Thinker's plan is as stupid as before. His "ball" withstands tremendous pressure, but goes boinkers when it hits ordinary concrete dam? Whatevah. And when the ball is in the random mode, it can't predict that the Thing will duck? It should have no effect, the ball is moving about randomly!!! And when Johnny drops from the sky and the Thing catches him... Wouldn't the sudden contact with something very hard kill Johnny anyway? Unless Ben knows exactly when to bend his knees, I guess.Despite all the grumbling above, I sorta liked this issue. VF noted above that there are some great moody scenes, and I agree. The splash is great. Also the rescue of Dr Vega was pretty effective. The different "dramatic" positions the Mad Thinker strikes are...amusing.
Aug 31 12 3:12 AM
1) Hulk #5 - "The Hordes of General Fang!" – attacked the Red Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet.2) Fantastic Four #21 and Sgt. Fury #6 – dealt with racism and prejudice.3) Fantastic Four #34 - the corrupting influence of wealth.
Dr. Strange: “The Defeat of Dr. Strange” in Strange Tales.Hulk: “The Original Leader Saga” in Tales to Astonish.Thor: The Absorbing Man/”Trial of the Gods”/the Norn Stones in Journey into Mystery. (tied for second, in my opinion)Iron Man: “The Death of Tony Stark” in Tales of Suspense.
Year One: August 1961-May 1962 (FF1-5, AAF7-14, Hlk1-2 & TtA27)Year Two: June 1962-May 1963 (FF6-17, AF15, SpM1-3, JiM83-94, ToS39-44, TtA35-46, ST101-111, SF1-2)Year Three: June 1963-May 1964 (FF18-29 & A1, SpM4-15, Av1-6, X1-6, DD1-2, JiM95-106, ToS45-56, TtA47-58, ST112-123 & A2, SF3-8)
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In the later part of 1964, we saw the rise of different heroes saying they had taken oaths not to cause harm to anyone. We would see this continue throughout the Stan Lee era.
There's one thing that you'll never understand - and that's a woman. - Elder
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Joseph William Marek wrote:Look at the scene at the bottom of page 6 and tell me if Don and Jane act like a couple that’s been intimate.
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