"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…"
"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…"
"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. …"
"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…"
"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. …"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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."
"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…"
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