Avengers, Commandos, Count Nefaria, Daredevil, Don Blake, Foggy Nelson, Giant-Man, Hank Pym, Jack Kirby, Jane Foster, Journey into Mystery, Karen Page, Loki, Matt Murdock, Mr. Fear, Nick Fury, Odin, Rick Jones, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, Teen Brigade, Thor, Wally Wood, Wasp
I’ve been wanting to do a new Marvel post for a while now, but there were some problems with my login after renewal that took a while to figure out. Everything finally got solved this week, so time for some reading!
While trapped in the early stages of the Marvel canon, I’ve decided it’s not really worth going story by story. I’ve read all of February 1965 and there were only a couple of books worth mentioning.
Avengers #13 didn’t have the greatest of stories, Count Nefaria moved his castle to the States, set up a trap for the Avengers that got them named traitors, and captured Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade. Of course, everything gets sorted out but the final panels reveal that the Wasp was hit during a brief fire fight. The story ends on the cliffhanger – what will happen to the Wasp? This was probably much more worrisome in 1965, I’m hardly concerned about Jan in this story. I do have hope that it will bring out a good story next month, and maybe get Hank to make a declaration. We’ll see!
Daredevil #6‘s story was pretty standard. Brief origin story for a new villain (Mr. Fear) and his attempts to take over the underworld foiled by Daredevil. What makes this story worth mentioning is the new artist. The first 5 issues were penciled by the great Jack Kirby, but with #6 Wally Wood (the colorist for the previous issues) takes over illustration duties. I have to be honest and say that while I understand why people love Kirby so much, his ability to create these characters and their unique looks, the worlds they live in (Asgard!) and his patented action sequences are iconic for a reason. However, I’ve never found Kirby’s faces particularly great. When you’ve got people out of costume, having a conversation, well – it obviously wasn’t what he concentrated on. Wally Wood on the other hand, while able to handle the costumes and action just fine, I found truly shined in the “quiet” moments. Those panels with Karen, Foggy and Matt were simply gorgeous and suddenly the love triangle had much more impact. I’m excited to see more of his work!
Journey into Mystery #113 sees Don Blake make the decision to reveal his true identity to Jane Foster. Odin immediately removes the power of Thor and (surprise!) Loki takes advantage. There’s important interpersonal stuff that comes up here. Odin shows that he’s not as oblivious to Loki as he’s seemed in the past. Thor realizes that he cannot forsake his birthright, not even for the woman he loves. And, while Jane doesn’t believe Don at all, the seed is planted.
Finally, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #15 tells an obvious, but touching story of a man who gives up everything; including the respect of his teen son, to act as a double agent for the underground. While Sgt. Fury is by no means my favorite book, I do respect that the men creating it did serve in the war and the stories that highlight the sacrifices that were made do have great meaning.
Those were the ones worth talking about for February 1965. Tell me what you think of this format in comparison with the previous. I think I prefer this way, so if I don’t hear otherwise, I’ll be keeping this up.