Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tales to Astonish # 70

Issue: Tales to Astonish # 70
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Gene Colan and Jack Kirby
Publication Date: August 1965

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Tales_to_Astonish_70


Commentary:

Just as we recently saw a shakeup in the dynamic of the mag Strange Tales, so too is there a change in Tales to Astonish.  The adventures of Giant Man and Wasp have been replaced with Namor the Sub-Mariner.  I guess I wasn't the only person tired of watching Hank Pym saddle up on a giant ant.

It will be interesting to see if Namor becomes a more sympathetic character in stories that focus on his viewpoint as opposed to the Fan 4's.

In Hulk, it is finally indicated that he gets stronger the angrier becomes.  I had previously mentioned that this popular association with the Hulk was not a part of his origin, but now it has come into play.  He is also struggling, as after being shot, he needs to remain the Hulk forever, or he will die!  I'm guessing forever doesn't turn out to actually be all that long...

Quick Hits:
  • Namor's story takes place directly after his recent encounter with Daredevil
  • Namor's lady friend Dorma returns after last appearing here
  • King Nepture is referenced as a real figure
  • This issue features some early Gene Colan art; Gene will go on to a lengthy run on Daredevil

Favorite Panel:

The Hulk prepares to take on his combatant.  Nice bird's eye view here.

Next: Amazing Spider-Man # 28