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Fantastic Four #5 0

This is the first appearance of Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four. The plot is goofy (although that's to be expected), as Doom sends the three of the Four back in time to capture Blackbeard's jewels, which were supposedly enchanted by Merlin (or something).   Again Susan Storm plays the damsel in distress. Are there any feminist comics blogs out there? I'd be interested in reading feminist interpretations of these early silver age issues. The degree of sexism in these Silver Age comics is laughable...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Fantastic Four #4 0

 This is the return of the Sub-Mariner from the Golden Age of Timely Comics. He returns after being discovered by the Human Torch in the Bowery. There is also another atomic bomb explosion in this issue, showing more repetitive plotting.   Another motif in the early Fantastic Four comics is Susan Storm as the damsel in distress. She usually contributes very little to the fight scenes (well, I mean, all she can do is turn invisible, so I guess what do you expect?) and frequently ends up needing t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Incredible Hulk #1 0

The first issue of Hulk is pretty interesting. It seems pretty clear that Marvel had no idea what to do with the character early on, as the Hulk's appearance and how Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk changes pretty frequently in these early issues. Hulk is gray here, for example. Marvel isn't the only company that seems to have a hard time figuring out what to do with the Hulk, as neither of the last two movies seemed to know what direction to take the character in.   The level of atomic age...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Incredible Hulk #2 0

This issue is positively goofy, even by Silver Age Marvel standards. Hulk battles Toad Men from outer space. It's a B-movie, through and through. The Toad Men are nearly exactly the same as the Skrulls from Fantastic Four #2, seen just a few issues ago, so we already have some lame plot recycling coming from Marvel. It was probably the case that launching both Fantastic Four and Incredible Hulk as new comics with new characters within a few months of each other wasn't that great of an idea, as t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Fantastic Four #3 0

This is the weakest of the first three Fantastic Four issues. The villain doesn't even get on the cover. Instead they focus on the new costumes, the Baxter building and their vehicles. These days all of this creations would only serve as secondary to the toy market, so I guess times have changed. Also, it's yet to be explained how Reed Richards could have a fully functional rocket hidden in his building, or be able to afford and construct all of these vehicles and devices. It's surreal. This is ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Fantastic Four #2 0

 The first appearance of the Skrulls. The story is as childish as the first issue, and I'm getting the sense that all of the Stan Lee-written issues are going be that way.   These early issues of Fantastic Four recall previous horror and sci-fi writers such as HG Lovecraft (more so in the first issue) and EC Comics's Weird Science from the '50s. The Skrulls are like something out of an EC Comics horror story, particularly the ending where they are forced to become cows with no recollection of wh...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fantastic Four #1 0

Besides the Fantastic Four, many more world famous characters would be created by the team of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, among others, during the early 1960s, generating a new audience for a new era of comics. Nearly all of these characters have endured and are now entering the peak of their popularity in the 21st century with a series of high-budget, popular Hollywood movies.   These early Marvel issues, though, are a far cry from those movies (many of which aren't that good, either)...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Action Comics #2 0

I should start this review by stating that I don't have copies of any of the non-Superman stories, nor would I want to read them as I doubt they are worth reading.   Nevertheless, this Superman comic is also terrible, with a plot even more preposterous than the first from Action Comics #1. The villain, an arms magnate, attempts to escape Superman by enlisting in the army (huh?), but Clark Kent enlists in the army with him, follows him to a foreign country and saves him from the horrors of war wh...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Action Comics #1 0

I was never a huge fan of Superman. I did own a Superman doll as a child that I lost in the waters at the beach (my mom told me he went to Superland). Reading Action Comics now feels less like escaping into fantasy and more like I'm gleaning some sort of sociological understanding of one of the most enduring icons of American popular culture.   I read this issue trying to understand both what made initially Superman popular and why his popularity has endured. I understand the appeal to kids in 1...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.