Friday, December 16, 2011

Marvel History 214: Strange Tales # 128

Issue: Strange Tales # 128
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers & Steve Ditko
Publication Date: January 1965

Brief Summary:


Thing and Torch cross paths for the first time with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.  Quicksilver suggests that the two leave Magneto's service, but Witchy reveals the reason the two began to serve him in the first place, which is that Mags protected Scarlet Witch when a mob would have killed her for "practicing witchcraft."  This is similar to how Professor X saves Nightcrawler from being killed by a mob for his looks.  How many mutants chose to follow one ideology over another simply because of mutant kind's figureheads got to them before the other?

Anyways, if you've been following along for the last couple of months or so, Stan Lee is in love with pitting his sympathetic characters against each other.  So when Quicksilver and Witchy seek out the Fan 4, wouldn't you know that the X-Men have just released pictures to the world of Magneto's "Band" of Evil Mutants.

Combat ensues.  Thing ends up in an asbestos straight jacket.  'Nuff said.

In the backup story, Dr. Strange fights a rather boring baddie who calls himself the Demon.  Kind of ho-hum.  Strange needs a supporting cast.  Bring back Clea!

Favorite Panel:

The Doctor by night.

Next: Tales of Suspense # 61