Fantastic Four #13 - The Watcher is meant to be a cool cosmic concept, but even here in his debut he can't seem to grasp the concept of his own vow "I only observe, never interfere". A hypocrite from Day One!
It always seems to me that the Watcher, like the Silver Surfer, didn't care what happened to anyone until he met Earthmen, which is when he fell in love. Just like Hal Jordan is "the greatest Green Lantern", apparently because he's from Earth.
Stan Lee's dialogue really beats you over the head with how evil the Commies are, and just in case you don't get it, he has Sue expressing sympathy for the Super Apes who are "like the Communist masses, enslaved by their evil leaders!". Simply hilarious through today's lens, but I'm sure everybody ate it up back then.
I always find it mildly irritating that today's fans of comics and movies don't get just how bad the Communist governments were. It wasn't all empty-headed McCarthyism. The remaining ones have varying degrees of oppression (as do many non-Communist ones). Now that a group can openly demonstrate against government actions in China without being shot down en mass doesn't mean it was always this way. If the West hadn't stood up against the USSR there would really have been a WW III. If the threat of nuclear war hadn't been there as a deterrent we would have had another conventional world war with another 40 million dead.
Fantastic Four #15 - While the Puppet Master bores me to tears, I get a kick out of the Mad Thinker.
I always enjoyed both of these villains. This may be because I "met" them in my early teens and just took them at face value. The think that you have a point with the Thinker. His ego either makes him believe he is infallible or he just wants the listener to believe it and be despirited. I remember years later a writer had him call HIMSELF the "Mad Thinker". He always called himself just the Thinker, like Maximus didn't call himself "Maximus the Mad". The one that was overlooked for years was The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Odd, because they didn't think they were evil. Very few evil people do.
I like the Mad Thinker as well. I think it's because I love these cocky "BWA-HA-HA" type of villains, especially the ones that are really smart but never seem to learn that they aren't going to win.
Puppet Master has a certain creepiness that I like, but I do think he's been overused over the years.
And here I thought your second movie nomination was going to be "Reds" with Warren Beaty, Jack Nickolson and Diane Keaton.
And worse yet, Hitler started suffering from Parkinsons Disease... but it was hidden from the public, cameras and anyone but his closest circle. Some of the evidence is the over-use of one hand when it would be more logical to use the other (seen in a few newsreel clips), trembling in the unused hand, and most important of all...intractable thinking (once he had a thought or set a course of action, the inability to process new or contradictory information from his generals or staff, and so, unable to change course or direction. This doomed Germany under him and made loosing the war a certianity after a while.)
The prevailing opinion today is that Khrushchev didn't want war. Reportedly Khrushchev was quite prepared to nuke New York and Washington if the U.S. invaded or bombed Cuba regarding the missiles there. The fact is that there were powerful people on both sides that wanted war. What's important is that cooler heads are in charge.
I remember SEEING that image in the comics.
Not only is a fat, balding man refered to as "Commrad K", (probably in Iron Man)
but he is also seen pounding his shoe on the desk in at least one or two scenes.
(One might be when the Submariner adresses the U.N. in FF Annual #1...
the other might either be in Ant-Man or in Iron Man or maybe even in The Hulk.)
Dad was a bit older than many draftees. He got several deferments to look after his parents, but eventually, they got "desperate" enough to draft even him. He spent a year or so down in Florida, but eventually was shipped over to France. I believe he always felt very lucky-- he arrived shortly AFTER the fighting had ceased! He started out as a POW guard, then was transferred to "supply". This makes me smile when I think about it, because the army is often notorious for assigning people jobs they have no leanings toward. But in his case, before he was drafted, my Dad had worked at a supermarket-- I believe he was in line for promotion to assistant manager or something. Dad also related to the "supply" stuff going on in some episodes of M*A*S*H. He was always the naive straight-arrow, but in both the supermarket AND the army, he was often told to "look the other way" at certain irregularities. (This would be the kind I hear they DON'T allow nowadays... at least, that's what they say...) Apparently, any scenes on M*A*S*H involving black market activities were inspired by real life.