Friday, September 18, 2015

47 YEARS AGO TODAY

If you had been a FANTASTIC FOUR reader for less than five years the never-before-reprinted story in MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS #18 would be new to you.
Part of the fun of rereading Silver Age Marvels is knowing now that Lee would provide the beginning and ending and task the artist/co-plotter with supplying  the middle. Superhero stories being formulaic that was frequently as simple as choreographing fight sequences. Having the alien interact with gangsters was probably a Kirby contribution.

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  1. The "Infant Terrible" concept had been done a number of times before, not only by Kirby in Challengers of the Unknown, but also in the Star Trek episode that featured Trelane!

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  2. The name escaped me until the moment after I pressed "publish". The Star Trek episode was "The Squire of Gothos".

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  3. "The Squire of Gothos" Star Trek was broadcast 3 years after the first appearance of "Infant Terrible." There were a number of powerful alien children stories that appeared in the Superman and Superboy comics of the 1950s which were among some of the first comic stories that I read when they were reprinted a decade later. "The Creature of 1,000 Disguises" written by the great Sci-Fi writer Edmund Hamilton and brought to life by the legendary Wayne Boring was one that I still remember from EIGHTY PAGE GIANT #6, one of the first comics my beloved grandfather ever bought me. At the time I had no idea who the uncredited creators were or that it was a reprinted story from 1957.

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    1. There is also a similar story in Challengers of the Unknown, where the Challs are prisoners or playthings of an alien child. It's a familar enough sci fi trope!

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