Sunday, May 8, 2011

Marvel History Post 88: Strange Tales Annual # 2

Issue: Strange Tales Annual # 2
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby (dude even draws the Annuals)
Publication Date: October 1963

Brief Summary:

http://marvel.wikia.com/Strange_Tales_Annual_Vol_1_2

Commentary:

Again, Johnny's showboating ways are on display, as he complains about Spidey getting more publicity than he does.
This issue also begs a question I've had for a while, which is what do art thieves do with their loot? So, you stole a Da Vinci, and, what do you do with that? Where do you sell it? If anyone knows an art thief I can interview, I'd be most grateful.

This issue also features classic Marvel hero vs. hero, bringing together what may well be the two most popular characters at the time the story was written. It's amazing how popular The Human Torch was in the early Marvel days, and how that faded over time. Indeed, the Fantastic Four faded over time in general, as the X-Men and Avengers grew in popularity. We're a ways away from that, though. I keep getting ahead of myself!

Quick Thoughts:
  • The villain The Fox bears a sleazy resemblance to the Penguin.
  • Most of this annual is reprints of old stories from Strange Tales; reprints are a mighty Marvel tradition!
Favorite Panel:

Harbinger?

Next:

Tales of Suspense # 46