Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Fifty years ago this month - February 1963.

Hooray! they've found Richard III in a Leicester car park!

Why this is big news, I have no idea. After all, I've been seen in Leicester Railway Station and no one's ever made any kind of fuss about that.

A group of people who would no doubt give Richard III a good smacking before teaming up with him to defeat a mutual foe are Marvel's mighty roster of heroes. But just what were they up to this month in 1963?

Journey into Mystery #89, Thor swings his hammer

Just to prove it's not just modern comics that have pin-up style covers that tell us nothing about the mag's contents, here we see Thor doing nothing-much-in-particular in a manner redolent of 1930s propaganda posters.

I genuinely have no idea what happens in this issue.
Fantastic Four #11, Impossible Man

You either love him or loathe him. It's the Impossible Man.

Personally I always had a soft spot for him, even though I'm not sure exactly what purpose he served when he returned to the strip in the 1970s.

But it does make you wonder who'd win a fight between him and the Infant Terrible from issue #24.
Tales to Astonish #40, Ant Man

Tales to Astonish #40 sees Ant-Man seemingly failing to fix his car engine.

Thus does our hero demonstrate just why his strip never quite caught on.
Strange Tales #105, the Human Torch vs the Wizard and his force field

Last month it was Paste Pot Pete. This month it's the Wizard. One by one, the Torch works his way through future members of the Frightful Four.


Kid said...

I've got that Thor issue, so I can tell you what happened. The story is called "The Thunder-god & the Thug!" and ol' goldilocks fights a gangster called Thug Thatcher. No, it wasn't Maggie.

Steve W. said...

Was Thug Thatcher a milk snatcher? I'll be very disappointed if he wasn't.

Kid said...

Then, I sympathize with you in your disappointment, Stevie-o.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Pity he didn't do away with Thatcher before she waged war on the working classes.

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