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Sep 27 08 12:00 AM
Sep 27 08 5:34 PM
Storytime Comics wrote:
really tempted to check out the Atlas Submariner volume now. (If only I had the time to read it. )
Sep 28 08 11:29 AM
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Sep 28 08 11:39 AM
Back when I first read the early Spidey stories as a kid in
the Pocket Book reprints, this issue really stood out for me--I couldn't believe how Stan was able to pull off staging the actual unmasking scene just as
it appears on the cover, without it giving away Spider-Man's secret identity. That blurb on the cover that VisualFiction mentions ("Not a dream! Not
an imaginary tale!") really struck a chord with me as a kid, too. Even though I'd never actually read any of those imaginary tales from the
Distinguished Competition, I could tell what Stan was getting at and why the Marvel version surely must be "better." Coming back to this story
now--you know, it still seems like a clever bit of writing. Yeah, Spragg might be right--if I had read this in an
adult novel, I would have been all over the gaps in logic, but for a kid's story, it was a neat little combination of setup and payoff. And my sons really
got a big kick out of it, too. I thought the plot twist with Peter getting the flu also holds up great. Stan and Steve seem to be building on a device
they've already used a couple times now, giving Spider-Man a physical injury he has to fight around (first the bum arm versus the Vulture, then the
sprained ankle in last issue), but this time they bring it to a whole new level by playing up the ordinariness of the handicap. Rather than getting injured as
part of a heroic battle, he's just plain old sick. Again, Lee and Ditko keep finding interesting ways to play with the genre conventions. Like
VisualFiction and ComicsDad, I've got to say that Amazing Spider-Man is Marvel's best comic here in 1964,
issue out and issue in.
As for the art: More Ditko magic. I loved his Archie-style teen comedy in the scenes with Flash and Liz, and his wonderful action scenes with Spidey flipping
around flagpoles and down chimneys. What struck me especially this time was his excellent use of the sculpture studio--particularly that eerie, giant head. The
unusual setting really added a lot to the final battle sequence. Great stuff all the way around.
Sep 29 08 12:43 PM
Sep 29 08 1:19 PM
He cost the Fixer a lot of money.
What about, if, if, if, if . . . if a monster comes and a monster shows up and it was a bad guy for Daredevil, and he had no name, so
they called him "Monster"?
I thought you're supposed to have one girlfriend so it's easier to take dates with them...it's hard to take care of
[Interviewer: Based on the cover, what did you think would happen?]
Peter would be unmasked, but no one would ever suspect the clue that it was the real Spider-Man.
But if he shows him his mask again, then I think they'll believe.
I bet he's going to like Spider-Man!
Sep 29 08 1:56 PM
Sep 29 08 2:25 PM
For a protector of mankind ol' Doc seems to have pretty low opinion of people: "I have not the patience to be frustrated by an insolent
crowd!" Was Stan thinking of Namor when he wrote this?
Sep 29 08 4:32 PM
Sep 29 08 4:41 PM
The revelation of the origin of this "living house" kind of changes this story from dark fantasy to science-fiction, doesn't it? That's
Sep 30 08 4:26 PM
Nice to see Kirby back on Human Torch this issue.
Torch and Iceman don't bicker like Torch and Spidey do. But then again, they only share dialogue for a total of 3 panels in this 14-page story. Also,
mirroring FF 26, they engage in no teamwork anywhere in the story, unless you count Iceman creating a shield for bullets and Torch melting Iceman free of a
block of ice (both of those are defensive actions). They hardly even engage in any simultaneous action in the story, and the one time they do (middle of pg8),
Torch accidentally negates Iceman's attack. Again, just like FF 26.
The Barracuda knows the exhaustible nature of Torch's flame? If such a C-level villian knows this, I think Johnny should have done a better job of keeping
his own secrets.
This would seem to be the first time a non-hypnotized X-Man appears without the rest of the X-Men. (Angel was only in his right mind for about one page in ToS
49.) I think it's also the first time we see Bobby de-icing or icing.
Warren and Scott are still competing for Jean.
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Nov 13 09 3:36 PM
Nov 13 09 5:54 PM
Karen's attentions to Matt are pretty cute. "Fun-loving" Foggy isn't getting the kind of reaction from the new girl that he expected,
though. You can sure tell why he hired her. Maybe they should do sexual harassment defense work.
Nov 13 09 8:51 PM
The cover mentions the "Fun-loving" Foggy Nelson." Why is "fun-loving" in scare quotes? What the heck is Stan trying to say
about Foggy here? Is that a code word for "fat" or something else?
Everett's art is much darker, with a higher emphasis on heavy black inks, than in most Marvel Universe titles to this point, perhaps indicating
the direction toward darker underworld tales?
Matt Murdock is given a specific birthdate of 1942 here....so he's about 21 or so in his first appearance? And already through college and law
school? I guess Matt is darned sharp indeed.
He's drawn a good deal older looking than 21 though.
ASM 12: The theme of the superhero being laid low by a tiny virus makes one recall The War of the Worlds.
I like the confidence of the cop saying "We'll handle this," while in the background Doc Ock overturns cars and creates utter
I never expected to see the Hulk driving a train....
Nov 14 09 5:56 AM
"Fun-loving" Foggy isn't getting the kind of reaction from the new girl that he expected, though. You can sure tell why he hired her.
Dec 2 09 5:38 PM
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