Fred W. Hill
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Fred W. Hill replied to Chris Freiberg's discussion The World's Strangest Heroes... The Doom Patrol!
"I've read about the similarities between the Golden Age Comet and Cyclops too, Luke, but then the eye-beams was also just one of Superman's various powers, although he had absolute control over his eye-beams.  I have a hunch both…"
Wednesday
Fred W. Hill replied to Chris Freiberg's discussion The World's Strangest Heroes... The Doom Patrol!
"Even before DP, however, Goodman had given Lee orders to come up with variations of the FF & Spider-Man, which became X-Men and Daredevil, which were supposed to have come out in the same month and would have if Wild Bill Everett hadn't…"
Tuesday
Fred W. Hill replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"My feelings are a bit mixed too, Philip.  Bucky's WWII death, itself a retcon in 1964, was one of those little touches of realism that Stan & Jack, et. al., added to their fantasy-filled stories that made them more meaningful. …"
Tuesday
Fred W. Hill replied to Alan M.'s discussion So, What Are You Reading These Days? (besides comics)
"Read Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now and took part in a discussion of the book last Saturday."
Sep 5
Fred W. Hill replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Publisher Victor Fox was born in England, but his parents were Russian (Wikipaedia didn't specify whether they were Jewish or if Fox was his father's original surname). Still, Jewish or not, his Russian ancestry may have been enough to…"
Aug 20
Fred W. Hill replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"I'm pretty sure Stan Lee has gone on record specifying Howard Hughes as the model for Tony Stark, and in his younger days Hughes was not only very rich, but also an inventor, movie producer, aviator, and ladies man, among other things. …"
Aug 20
Fred W. Hill replied to PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod's discussion Anything, Everything, or Nothing At All
"Howard Hughes as a young man, that is, from at least a decade prior to the introduction of Anthony Stark in 1963, by which time Hughes was well into his phase as a neurotic, paranoid, deranged recluse.  Definitely not a good model for a…"
Aug 19
Fred W. Hill replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Even when I was third grade, that sort of name struck me as overly childish and wouldn't have gotten me to buy that comic.  Seems to me an example of the way DC often "talked down" to their potential audience whereas Lee became…"
Aug 13
Fred W. Hill replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"In the days of my youth I got an issue of Crazy (when it was still comic-sized) featuring reprints from NBE's origins of the Fantastical Four and Stuporman, both of which amused me no end.  Anyhow, in the later, Stuporman loses his cool…"
Aug 13
Fred W. Hill replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Looks like Pancake Face had a simply smashing origin!"
Aug 7
Fred W. Hill replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"A cover featuring two fairly prominent early Marvel villains, Zemo & the villainous Black Knight, who died and actually stayed dead over 50 years later, although eventually their closest surviving kin would keep the names alive.  Then…"
Aug 7
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar's discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"Yeah, the basic concept of the Silver Surfer made it difficult to make any sort of supporting cast for his series."
Aug 7
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar's discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"I liked a bit of the mixing as long as the other Asgardians were still involved and I certainly didn't mind that Donald Blake's appearances were very few and far between in the '70s.  As a character, he was too much of a cipher…"
Aug 6
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar's discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"Nice to see this thread active again, John!  I got this issue in somewhat less than mint but still intact and readable condition about 25 years ago.  Not really a classic but still enjoyable and it may have some significance as the first…"
Aug 4
Fred W. Hill replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"I"ve thought so too.  Maybe Kirby had planned to do it that way, assuming he had the cover ideas months in advance before they were due but wound up sending them in the wrong order or some such snafu."
Jul 25
Fred W. Hill replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"The change in costume, with the face-covering mask, was apparently a desperate attempt to boost Dr. Strange's sales by making him look a bit more like a standard super-hero. Didn't work, lasting only a few more issues before being…"
Jul 14

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What are your five favorite comic characters?
Spider-Man, Howard the Duck, Sandman, the Thing, Swamp Thing.

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