Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Marvel History 143: Tales of Suspense # 53

Issue: Tales of Suspense # 53
Writer: Stan Lee & N. Korok
Artist: Don Heck
Publication Date: May 1964

Black Widow is back in action, and steals an anti-gravity ray invented by Stark.  Stark cannot replicate another version of the ray, but manages to short circuit the existing copy before Black Widow can escape with it.  So, Black Widow's still on the loose, and still working for the commies. 

Favorite Panel: 

Well, I don't know if this is my favorite panel, but I wanted to point out that sometimes having three artists create every one of your monthly comic books is less than ideal.  You wouldn't know it to look at it, but this scene takes place in Tony Stark's office.  Sure, the characters look fine, but there's hardly an attempt to create a background.  I don't mean to be too critical, as I'm sure these artists were under great pressure to produce and meet the deadline.  It will be interesting to see how the art styles continue to develop.  We're still in an era where the words matter much more than the art.

Favorite Quote: "What manner of men are these Americans, who risk their lives for their enemies??" - Black Widow.  Is this the first sign of her considering a shift in allegiances?

Next: Tales to Astonish # 55