Saturday, April 7, 2018

Recently Read: Golden Age Marvel Comics, Vol. 2

This book is oddly titled: it actually reprints Marvel Mystery Comics Nos. 5-8. At any rate, the origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel Universe in general start in this important book, wherein The Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch meet and battle it out! Never before had two Marvel characters interacted in a shared universe.

As with the previous volume, Bill Everett's work on Sub-Mariner is the best in the book - it packs a punch, with the mariner acting more like Osama bin Laden than a Marvel hero. Also great is Steve Dahlman's art for the underrated Electro: the Marvel of the Age series. Ferret: Mystery Detective has a ferretless story near the end; his series would soon be supplanted by Terry Vance, boy detective. The rest of the features are primitive, but fascinating as time capsules, and The Angel was about to get a lot weirder in the next volume.

Also features an introduction by Roy Thomas and contemporary ad reproductions.
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