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TODD TAMANEND CLARK Poet/Composer/Multi-Instrumentalist/Cultural Historian The Monongahela River, Turtle Island
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Storytime, I love the comments from you, your wife and your elder son (I especially like your wife's sobering but very intelligent and insightful input).
But where are the comments from Son of Storytime the Younger on ASM #11? Did he have a cold?
Because why his comments remind me of my first reactions reading these stories as a kid.
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Another fine Lee/Kirby issue this month. The introduction of Magneto's
brotherhood really builds nicely from the Blob's appearance last issue. Comicsdad is right--the series is finding it's footing in its depiction of the
conflict between the good mutants, the evil mutants, and normal humans. Plus, all the characters in the Brotherhood are just plain great. They all seem fully
realized, right from the first page. My favorite by far is the Toad. I love how he snitches out the others at every opportunity. And Lee's dialogue for him
is wonderful ("Master, I have much to tell you! They quarreled among themselves! They tried to fight each other! But I stopped them myself! Because the
Toad is loyal to you!") Jack's character designs are delightful, too.
As for the art, well, Reinman is far from my favorite Kirby inker, but he came as quite a relief after all the Roussos we've had to wade through this
month. He does an especially fine job with Wanda's pouty lips. (Va-va-voom.) I have to admit that the last pages looks a little rushed, though--like he was
scrambling to send it in right before deadline. Check out the scratchy shading at the bottom of Xavier's chin. Judging by my son's reaction, though,
the sloppy inks didn't take away anything from the dramatic impact of the story's conclusion, with Prof. X gravely wounded. Granted my son was
overtired, but I swear that plot twist had him in tears with worry.
Oh, and since my sons got to talk about all their favorite panels, I want to sneak one in, too. Apparently, by the
time this panel appeared on page 21, Jack was concerned that his patented extreme close-ups were losing some of their dramatic effect. He'd already shown a
tight shot of the Prof.'s startled face on page 10, and an even tighter, eyes-only panel on page 7. Jack's solution? Zoom all the way in on one eye:
By next issue we'll be down to a panel consisting of nothing but a right iris.
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Still, VF, Marvel Comics sort of "grew up" in the '60s along with its readership, so perhaps it's appropriate that Sons of Storytime the
Elder and Younger read these comics in "real time" as well.
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One last question - I don't have my Vol.1 handy to refer back to now - is there any indication that the general population of the 20th Century knows that
Thor is the "god of thunder"?
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