Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NEW OLD KIRBY IN THE SHOPS TODAY


MARVEL MASTERWORKS HUMAN TORCH TP VOL 1 $24.99
(W) Various (A) Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers (CA) Jack Kirby
Johnny Storm - the thrill-seeking, impulsive teen wonder of the Fantastic Four - the Torch goes head-to-head against Namor the Sub-Mariner, Spider-Man, Captain America, Paste-Pot Pete, the Wizard, the Sandman, the Living Bomb and more! Collecting STRANGE TALES #101-117 and ANNUAL #2. That's 145 pages of Kirby art!

4 comments:

  1. I confess. I originally bought the Essential Human Torch vol 1 in B&W. And when the color Masterworks came out in hardbound, I slowly acquired the two at discount. Then recently, I learned that the entire solo Torch effort was designed to counter DC's Superboy appeal, and the dumbed down, solo Torch stories reprinted here suddenly made more sense! If you've never seen how the Wizard, Paste Pot Pete, Sandman and others came about, or why superteams like the Frightful Four were carved from B-list villains, then this volume is for you. It's an age of innocense that is long gone in comics!

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  2. This Covers reminds of the Timely Era adversarial nature of the two stars. To impress his Fantastic Four teammates and to show them that he is no child, The Torch goes to sea and challenges The Sub-Mariner. The Sub-Mariner becomes more like his DC counterpart Aquaman here when he begins to talk to fish. Realizing this was a mistake, a footnote in a reprint of this story in Marvel Tales #9, notes that this power is has been lost by Namor.

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  3. And while the Wizard was the founder of the Frightful Four, Paste Pot Pete was the glue that held it together.

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  4. The color looks like Richard Isanove's work. I've missed it since his work on the Dark Tower.

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