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Jan 11 10 1:54 PM
Storytime Comics wrote:
of Storytime the Elder says about TOS #67 (IM):
[Interviewer: Who should he have summoned?]
He should have summoned good guys, and turned them into bad guys, like Thor. It'll be like a trick. "Let me help you" "Oh, thank
you." And he's like, "Bye-bye!" and then he smashes him with the hammer--PSHWWW!!
[Son the Younger:] No, no, no! I know what "Thor" could've done. So, it's like, "Let me
help you face all these guys, all these stinky guys…" "Sure!" "RARRR!" PSHWWWW!
[Son the Elder:] Like, like, "Here…" And then he's like, "Whoopsie…" and he hits him in
the back--PSHWWWW! "AH, my back!"
Storytime Comics wrote:
[Son the Elder:] Is Captain America always stinky? You never see him in his, like, real clothes.
Best post of the 2009, hand's down.
Jan 11 10 2:08 PM
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Jan 19 10 1:08 PM
Indefatigable Fjor wrote:
I wasn't planning to check this thread, but then i saw the last post was by ScottMcIntyre, and i have a small crush on his dog
Jan 27 10 1:45 PM
Jan 28 10 12:03 PM
Before I forget, I'd prefer the Marathon continue without Sarge. It didn't stop for Ant Man or the SA Human Torch, so why should it stop for a book that's not even in continuity? And besides, we'll never get back these incredible years with the young Storytimes.
Jan 28 10 12:31 PM
Jan 28 10 5:25 PM
"There's no option in life." - the Elder Son of Storytime
Jan 28 10 11:04 PM
"Falling!! About to hit the ground!!" - Spider-Man
At first I didn't understand why the Goblin didn't just fry CM with his jet exhaust. Maybe Ditko meant for the reader to wonder about that, as another minor mystery? I tend to doubt that though, unless he put a note for Lee in the margin. Lee does explain it toward the end of the story - CM has the Goblin's ID hidden away safely in a vault. So that just leaves me wondering whether Lee purposely held that tidbit back until the second GG/CM exchange or whether he only realized it belatedly as he was wrapping up his dialoguing.Anyway, Gobby sounds unexpectedly whiny. "You can't back out now! We agreed I'd help you take over the underworld!...I know who you are, too!" Goblin, rubber; Crime-Master, glue. ...Or is it the other way around? From the starting gate, CM is elevated to the ranks of wiliest ASM villians since he can dictate terms even to the one recurring ASM foe who stands apart from the Six. Plus, he only needs to use one arm to hang outside a window from a rope. If this is Foswell, he's upped his game. Judging from the quick juxtaposition of panels 3 and 5 on page 4, Ditko obviously means for us to suspect Foswell of being CM (FF's thoughts seem like they reference CM's schemes). He even set it up three months ago on pages 6-7 of "The Goblin and the Gangsters!", where FF and GG already seemed to be working together. But Tricky Ditko has fooled us too often - we've rumbled his game.A great splash is derived from this plot. I guess the presences of both FF and CM together imply that they are two different people. Perhaps ill-advised, given the careful presumed misdirection on page 4, but it sure looks good, and anyway it's only a symbolic illo, so the implications are lessened. (Or accurate, as the case may be.)And as long as I'm presenting full-page illos, how much better does the cover look when reprinted with a black background??Ya gotta love this "floating heads" panel. The third guy seems to be answering the second guy, but I thought the floating head montage indicated that they weren't physically gathered together in this scene. But they're obviously not on the telephone, so either we should infer time delays in between these remarks or this is just Ditko's novel way of depicting a meeting. Just about everyone has a deep thought, and then that one guy chimes in with, "Me, I don't like it!" (Guess he felt pressured to say something.) Notice how Lee even highlights the brevity of that comment by placing it all by itself in the corner, apart from the cluster of balloons and heads.#'s 24-25 are a tough act to follow. (Was ASM the best selling comic on the stands by this point??) This issue was decent enough though, if not nearly as memorable. The most startling development was when Pete attacked Flash and his gang of grinning hyenas. A scene twenty-seven issues in the making. Take a moment to soak up those action poses. Pete has jumped so hard that his feet are above his head, and the guy in the green suit may as well be a tenpin. Meanwhile, four-fingered Thompson rises up like @$%& Dormammu or something, and the chubby one has seemingly been literally cut in half by Pete's lunge - he has no discernible appendages.By this point, readers had grown accustomed to ASM's ironies. So if the Principal hadn't looked out his window at that very moment, they would have written in, demanding to know why.Here's one of the better Allen illos I've seen. A good face, and her shirt reminds me of Strange's alien blonde. Liz has been wanting to take Peter's arm for a long time now.I'm not sure that Pete would have been "exposed as Spider-Man" just because he displayed unexpected strength. Who would suspect that ASM is a teenager?? But it is nice to have Liz be the one to save Pete from a bigger jam. As for the other visible woman in Pete's life, he seems confused when she takes him to task. "She's still angry because she thinks I helped Jonah in his fight with Spidey!" But...you did.Flash is still spying on people (see #24). Was he lying to the hyenas when he said he was going after Liz?
Interestingly, Parker and Thompson both act out of character in this sequence, or at least they're more three-dimensional. This must be Flash's best and most surprising panel so far.I guess it's time to talk about Spidey. He takes it on the chin from both villians. First he chases CM - nice perspective in this panel.A close shave - or two if you count the rebound.Couldn't a clever villian fire off some blanks from a second gun and then nail a superhero who counts bullets?Next, Spidey is beaten fair and square by the Goblin! (But only because his spider-sense is mysteriously in abeyance - I don't like how Ditko dispensed with it.) Some nice panels.For any of you who might think the Goblin is actually a disguised human being, I'll refer you to his eyes in the second panel of page 18.Ditko would never forgive himself if he didn't provide a nice helping of irony every month. There seems to be no way ASM can function without a costume (again, why did he give his only one to Jonah, and why doesn't he at least sew another one now?), but he finds one in a costume shop. (If Doc Strange and Spidey can buy costumes, why didn't Ditko have the Hulk do it too?) Since it doesn't fit well, he has to web it up tight......which saves his secret identity when the Goblin gets the drop on him....I'll show you mine..._____________________________...if you show me yours.That all would have been much more impressive if Pete had had any reason to give away his only costume to Jonah last month.A wonderful unexpected ending, and the first continued ASM story in half a year. (I was thinking it'd be wrapped up, albeit inconclusively, at the end of the issue.)It'll be fun to see Spidey get out of this one. I expect he'll just wake up and knock some heads together. The Goblin is the only superpowered threat. Anyway, this issue featured good mystery and suspense, a suitable (no pun intended) change from the comedic story last time out.A couple firsts in this issue - Patch makes his first appearance, and that redheaded guy at the Executives' Club finally gets some dialogue! (But what else could Lee do, given how Ditko drew him?) Does this guy have some ulterior motive for wanting Foswell sacked? If FF isn't the Crime Master, then the comment might be innocuous.Maybe I just haven't noticed it before, but Ditko seems to be consciously working in some black guys. There's one at the Bugle, one at Forest Hills High, one at the Executives' Club, and one of Forest Hills' Finest.I'll close with this quote from Jonah, who might have been addressing this august body of board members:"This is an office, not an arena!...Do your shouting on a street corner!"
"He was with his belovable Jane Foster!" - Younger's Loki
Jan 29 10 12:35 AM
Hulk: Trapped in the Lair of the Leader... The story is going to absurd lengths to keep Bruce's ID secret from the Leader. Why? Why not let him figure it out and use it to his own ends--especially if Bruce didn't know the Leader knew? That would have made the Leader far more dangerous, I'd think, and heightened the espionage aspect of these stories. I think Stan missed a bet here that could have produced some good stories.
Jan 29 10 10:43 AM
Jan 29 10 5:09 PM
VisualFiction wrote:dad, it looks like we made a lot of the same comments about ASM 26. That might make it seem that I don't read your reviews, so I just want to dispell that notion. I just don't read anyone else's review of a story until after I've got mine on the record. That way I'm not influenced beforehand and I can see where we agreed/disagreed.
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Feb 1 10 3:27 PM
JIM 117: Why would Loki the truth about where he sent the Norn Stones to an overly trusting Thor? Why send them to Earth, where it's sure to attract Thor's attention to the Enchantress and the Executioner? Sometimes I'm not so clear on what's motivating Loki, though he does seem to have impulse control problems. Or perhaps he was hoping that the Enchantress and Executioner would distract Thor from finding the Norn Stones in time? If that's what he intended, it would have been nice to spell it out a little more clearly.
p. 8 Thor speaks Vietnamese?
Feb 1 10 3:32 PM
Feb 1 10 4:52 PM
VisualFiction wrote:I'm glad to see Loki's helm is green again, I think it complements his ensemble much better and it's not as jarring. I'm assuming the Masterwork coloring is faithful to the originals whenever Loki's helm changes from yellow to green and back again from one issue to the next.
Feb 1 10 6:48 PM
Too true. And it's not like the color is changing on one consistent helm of Loki's. He seems to be switching back and forth from the yellow one with the horns and the green one with the wings. I wonder why Kirby keeps changing it. Maybe Loki is trying to curry favor with Odin. "I like to vary my headgear, too, Pops. I'm more like you than boring Thor is." I suppose the horned helm looks more evil and could conceivably even be used as a weapon.
At least Thor is sticking with one style, even when he has to grab another one off the rack.
Feb 1 10 8:50 PM
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