Jack: Did anyone else get a sense that Kirby may have helped out in a few spots this issue? The interior of the ship and the last panel make me wonder. I like the Black Widow, but that hairdo has to go. I will patiently await her makeover in a few years involving long hair and skintight black leather. For now, it’s a good thing she has big letter “B”s on her earrings and a big letter W” on her broach just in case she forgets who she is.
|Heck? Or Kirby?|
|We could understand Alicia Masters dressing like this but not M.J.|
Jack: Teleportation beam? Medi-ray chamber? Is this Atlantis or the Starship Enterprise? This story features some of the best Bill Everett art I’ve seen since he came back to Marvel on a regular basis, and it’s nice to have a happy ending without a cliffhanger for a change.
Tom: I’m going to go on record and state that this is the best drawn issue of the Hulk so far. Hopefully the high quality continues as we have come a long way. It’s nice to see Boomerang wasting space in yet another issue. This loser even goes so far as to show up during the Hulk and Hulk-Killer fight to gloat, even though all he has done so far is change his costume slightly and maybe modify some of his weapons.
Jack: I agree with you, Tom. Buscema’s art is really nice! This was an enjoyable Hulk story and, paired with the good Subby tale, a fun issue of Tales to Astonish—and that’s not something we’ve been able to say very often.
PE: Factor Three is either a new brand of make-up or, worse, yet another of those secret organizations that have been popping up all over Marvel in the last few months. I'm crossing my fingers. The Ogre is another in a line of sixth-tier X-villains with nothing more than a powerful suit. The Banshee, on the other hand, will join The Mimic in competing with The Avengers for most ex-con members. He'll be around in the 70s when the title gets the re-boot of the century but I assume he'll look a little less like a gibbon. I smell a future plotline in Jean Grey's college boyfriend, Ted. This isn't the first time he's ominously mentioned his successful brother Ralph. Usually these references end up meaning something. Is Ralph Factor Three? The next X-member? A red herring that goes nowhere? We'll find out together.
JS: I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought Banshee looked like a monkey.
JB: Why is it super villains, just before they’re victorious, decide to let their victims live? So they can survive until next issue, I guess. I love the panel of “the Thing in the park” as the couple walks by. Hey, maybe I could get a few superhero statues for my garden! Ben gets another good moment, as he jumps out of his britches when Reed interrupts his ghost stories. The negative apparitions of Dr. Doom are an excellent visual shock. Only Reed would tinker with his toys while Sue gets (un?) dressed! And I like the way that Wyatt fits so nicely into the team; he has a natural instinct that the others sometimes don’t.
JB: I’m one of Jane’s few big fans, but this isn’t a Sif vs. Jane thing. Sif is gorgeous and powerful, and probably a much better match for Thor. And believe me, I like her. Some of the adventures to come are ones Jane might not have survived, but Thor’s love of Jane gave him a vulnerability that was unique, and I’ve never quite let that chip on my shoulder go, at Stan and Jack for not giving the Jane character the chance to fulfill her potential. Considering how she didn’t blink an eye at the New-Men, just the sight of Asgard shouldn’t have set her off so much. And if Odin’s councilman ran in fear from the Unknown, what chance did Jane have?
|A more contemporary view of our favorite nurse. Art by Emanuela Lupacchino|
|The new, improved Sif|
|From the January 1977 RBCC|
Professor Jack--fighting the
good fight for 35 years