Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Spidey & The Scarlet Witch In Salem



We've been talking a little bit about Bill Mantlo in the comments section lately, and the pros and cons of his work. Although I'll admit that Bill's fill-ins for other writers were nearly always disappointing, I maintain he did have his moments. Micronauts and Rom are the obvious ones, but I also still believe The Sword In The Star could've been one of the seminal fantasy series of the Bronze Age, if it'd been given the chance.
And there's this little run in Marvel Team-Up too, where Spidey borrows Doc Doom's time machine, and goes gallivanting around the Salem witch trials, along with a host of obligatory guest stars.
It does have it's faults. The Killraven and Deathlok issues at the end, with the webbed wonder trying to get home to 1975, are lacklustre, and Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito always, and inexplicably, made for a slightly bland art team to my eyes, but the main plot really did keep me and my buddies on the edges of our seats for months.
Even Wanda, a character I've always found extremely unlikeable, is interesting here, and with her, Spidey & Vision about to get lynched at the end, I defy anyone not to want to know what happens next.




















Saturday, 27 May 2017

Greg Irons' The Wall



Something for Donald Trump now, courtesy of the late, great Greg Irons, and which originally appeared in the second issue of one of the early undergrounds, San Francisco Comic Book.
Prescient much?




Friday, 26 May 2017

Casper Trips Out



I kid you not, Casper the squeaky clean ghost had a psychedelic experience back in the Bronze Age. Ok, It didn't scar him for ( after ) life or anything, and he claimed not to enjoy it, but still.
See, first there's this guy with a camel, then there's this genie who looks like Shaggy, and then... and then things really get weird...
The art looks like the great Ernie Colon to me, and he clearly enjoyed doing this one immensely. Ernie? Ernie? Hey. er, Ernie's up in the clouds, man, how're we gonna get the next issue out now? Just lift the drawing table up there, it'll be fine.
That cover above, by the way, isn't the one this story appears in. But, man, it should've been.
















Wednesday, 24 May 2017