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So, what did  folks think of this?

By me, it was a game of two  halves, the halves being:

  1. Pages paying tribute to various Marvel characters, situations or concepts over the years.
  2. A sort of "secret history" setting up  a new character with ties to Marvel's history, the Masked Raider, to be unveiled next year.

What did I think of these two halves?

Well, let's get the bad part out of the way, first:  I found the Masked Raider story-line extremely uninteresting. I don't care who the Masked Raider really is, and his design is uninspiring visually, as well. Now, perhaps I'm wrong, and the Masked Raider will be the next Wolverine, but right now, I'm predicting "'Event' character that will be forgotten in five years".  Maybe there could have been a story that tied the entire history  of the Marvel Universe together that worked, but this wasn't it.

Now, for the not-so-bad part: The tribute pages.  I liked a lot of these. In particular:

  1. The Miss America page
  2. The Patsy Walker page
  3. The Tessie the Typist page
  4. The Alex Ross Hulk page
  5. The Ben Grimm explains himself page
  6. The Peter calls  Otto page
  7. The Black Bolt as Little Nemo page
  8. The Farmer Galactus page
  9. The King Conan page
  10. The MJ and Gwen Stacy page
  11. The Frank Castle explains himself page
  12. The Darth Vader page
  13. The She-Hulk page
  14. The Baby Ben page
  15. The  Thor Page
  16. The Howard the Duck/Fruit Pies page
  17. The Daredevil page
  18. The Asamiya X-Men page
  19. The X-23 page
  20. The Young Avengers page
  21. The Everything-Is-About-Doctor-Doom-Owing-You-Money page
  22. The Hulk Family page
  23. The MJ Through The Years page

The other "tribute" pages were  OK, I guess.  I did feel as though some character/concepts were over-represented (Two pages about how Doctor Doom is really powerful but has no friends?) and others were under-represented (No mention of the Defenders at all?).

What  I would have done:  Eliminate the "story-line", and use those pages to pay tribute to a wider-range of characters and concepts'

Overall:  An interesting concept,  mostly badly-executed.

Score:  Four out of ten

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Sadly, it's not the same mask or style of mask! But how neat would it have been if it was!



Luke Blanchard said:

Captain Comics said:

I'm fuzzy on how the mask makes its way to the Old West, but it does, to be worn by the Masked Raider. As everyone has noted, he pre-exists, and did wear an all-black mask that covered his whole face from his first story in Marvel Comics #1.

I was just looking at some covers, and it turns out for a period - Black Rider #20-#24 - Black Rider version 1 wore a full-face mask too. This cover image is from Marvel Database:

I find he wore a face mask at the start, too, but as you say not the same. This is his first appearance:

He looks like a Zorro wannabe!

Luke Blanchard said:

I find he wore a face mask at the start, too, but as you say not the same. This is his first appearance:

You're right! Here's the poster for Zorro Rides Again (1937), one of several Zorro serials:

So he was a Zorro imitation before he became a Durango Kid imitation!

I find this Keen Marlowe business very disturbing. He's scheduled to get a paragraph or two in my book, and now I don't know whether he exists or not! Any further information the Legion can provide will be helpful.

Good grief, Skipper, I'm not sure I can prove that I exist.

Captain Comics said:

I find this Keen Marlowe business very disturbing. He's scheduled to get a paragraph or two in my book, and now I don't know whether he exists or not! Any further information the Legion can provide will be helpful.

Did you ever wear a red-and-gray outfit while fighting the Nazis behind enemy lines? Then no, you do not exist. Sorry.

I once sat in your home office and watched your dog bark at squirrels.

Captain Comics said:

Did you ever wear a red-and-gray outfit while fighting the Nazis behind enemy lines? Then no, you do not exist. Sorry.

That only proves that the dog exists. And the squirrels are still iffy.

The Baron said:

I once sat in your home office and watched your dog bark at squirrels.

Captain Comics said:

Did you ever wear a red-and-gray outfit while fighting the Nazis behind enemy lines? Then no, you do not exist. Sorry.

Well, Keen Marlowe definitely existed in the Golden Age so those stories are still valid. Whether he was "real" in the Invaders' continuity is a matter of conjecture. He may have been a separate entity or an alias of Brian Falsworth which would have been infinitely more interesting than becoming Union Jack, Junior!

But he was Keen Marlowe in the "Six Forgotten Warriors" story arc from Spider-Man: the Animated Series which co-starred our pal the Thunderer so he existed on that parallel Earth!

Captain Comics said:

I find this Keen Marlowe business very disturbing. He's scheduled to get a paragraph or two in my book, and now I don't know whether he exists or not! Any further information the Legion can provide will be helpful.

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