Fred W. Hill
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Fred W. Hill replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"The Mindworm wasn't much of a villain, although certainly creepy enough.  The highlight of this issue, though, was showing Flash, of all people, helping Peter out, something that would have seemed preposterous 100 issues earlier.  But…"
Apr 13
Fred W. Hill replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"I agree with your assessment of this issue, Richard, very problematic and I don't recall Flash, MJ, or May ever making any reference to having been kidnapped by Harry in later issues.  Of course, for all they knew Peter had been kidnapped…"
Apr 8
Fred W. Hill replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Randy Jackson reads Captain America
"And where Gwen had an affair with Norman Osborn and Spidey made a deal with Mephisto to bring his dead aunt back to life and make as if his marriage to MJ never happened.  A bizzarro reality."
Apr 7
Fred W. Hill replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Randy Jackson reads Captain America
"Bizarrely, at some point DC had the Blackhawk gang transmogrified into superheroes, apparently to boost sales.  To my knowledge it was neither a commercial nor an artistic success.  Plastic Man, under creator Jack Cole's…"
Apr 7
Fred W. Hill replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Randy Jackson reads Captain America
"In my estimation, the most prominent Golden Age superheroes were Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, and Captain America.  Only the DC trio have remained in regular publication from their initial appearances to the present (WW…"
Apr 6
Fred W. Hill replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Randy Jackson reads Captain America
"Having attempted to join the army in December 1940 (going by the publication date of his first issue), Steve Rogers would have been at least 18 that year, or about the same age as Stan Lee, or maybe in his early 20s, like Jack Kirby would have been,…"
Apr 6
Fred W. Hill replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Randy Jackson reads Captain America
"Thor had a lot of action but it also included interaction with Odin and the soap operatic drama of their conflict over Thor's relationship with Jane and after that was resolved Sif and other Asgardians took a larger part in the regular series…"
Apr 5
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar (the mod of maple)'s discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"Of course, Marvel's return to producing superhero comics again could have flopped as it ultimately did for so many other companies that weren't DC, but Lee & Kirby had the revolutionary idea to make their heroes have genuine human…"
Apr 4
Fred W. Hill replied to Randy Jackson's discussion Randy Jackson reads Captain America
"I think the over-reliance on "action, action, action" was part of the problem, from my perspective.  There was so much action that Steve Rogers essentially became a cipher in his own series.  Lee did a better job giving him a…"
Apr 4
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar (the mod of maple)'s discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"And it probably was a bit of luck that they'd already tried bringing back the Timely Big Three in 1954 and that had fallen flat in short order so Lee & Kirby tried something a bit different which turned out to be far more successful."
Apr 4
Fred W. Hill replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"i think it would have worked much better to just to have a strong hunch, at least from sometime in the '70s or '80s, especially if she knew that Peter had been unmasked once in a fight with Dr. Octopus (she wasn't a regular part of…"
Apr 3
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar (the mod of maple)'s discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"For all of Kirby's shortcomings in being able to write dialogue that sounded like a reasonable facsimile of actual human speech, he & Ditko, who had his own shortcomings in that department, under Lee's guidance, spearheaded a…"
Apr 3
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar (the mod of maple)'s discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"I fully agree with that assessment."
Apr 3
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar (the mod of maple)'s discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"In the late '60s & early '70s, the main art fixer-uppers were Marie Severin and John Romita, as, to my understanding, they both worked in-house as staff rather than free-lance employees.  I'm not aware of Marie continuing in…"
Apr 2
Fred W. Hill replied to Richard Mantle's discussion AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. “Once More With…”
"I recall a hilarious spoof in The Comics Journal about a Marvel comic, created after one Christmas party in 1966 at which much alcohol was consumed, featuring the fabulous FLICKER-MAN and his amazing FLICKER-GUN and FLICKING abilities which lasted…"
Apr 2
Fred W. Hill replied to John Dunbar (the mod of maple)'s discussion John Dunbar re-reads Thor (Journey Into Mystery 83 and up)
"Yep.  Even if the letterer noticed an obvious error, he probably wasn't authorized to make a correction and it would have been too difficult and time-consuming to contact Lee when the letterer's job was to get the job done in a timely…"
Apr 2

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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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