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thomassp74 Says:
Journey into Mystery #108a (v1) : Oh Stan, Stan, Stan…you’ve been doing so well of late, and then you throw it all out the window with a ridiculous opening scene in this one.

Nice to see Doc Strange venturing out into the Marvel Universe more and more.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Tales to Astonish #59 (v1) : First Torch and now this—one of the better Giant Man stories I’ve read. Stan was having a pretty good month.

Robert Bruce Banner….I don’t remember which letters page had the explanation, but seeing this made me smile. Things like this, as minor as it was, helped make Stan the man in my book.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #16 (v1) : I've always liked the Ringmaster and his Circus of Crime for some reason. Really enjoyed this one.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Journey into Mystery #107a (v1) : I wish I hadn’t witnessed this “show of exuberance” this time.

What I learned:
There are sixty seconds in an hour.
Flame throwers can turn stone to lava.

“with the authority vested in me by the Avengers.” Jheesh

Wait! Let me explain my powers to you. I wouldn’t be a proper villain if I didn’t.

What is it, one hour or twenty-four? And how many seconds is that?

For someone who takes so much pride in having a blind man be a hero, Stan sure likes pointing out that Don Blake is “lame.”

“Thus do the Avengers aid each other in every way possible.” I didn’t think the Avengers knew each other’s identities. This completely contradicts his disclaimer a few frames later.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Daredevil #3 (v1) : hahaha

“While he performs the dazzling feat of actually batting the bullet away from him.” C’mon now. I’m trying really hard to be positive about this title.

Why would Karen leave her purse in an unused, probably locked office?

Ahh…the ol’ stairs into sliding board gag…

At least Karen Page is a *little* more subtle as she falls in love.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #15 (v1) : Who is this mysterious Watson girl?
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Fantastic Four #29 (v1) : If the gang is inside an airtight force field, how are they digging through rock that is on the outside of it?
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Strange Tales #123a (v1) : Well, it had to happen…a Torch story that I actually kind of liked. It had a halfway decent villain for once, and the story didn’t make me cringe.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Avengers #7 (v1) : Suspended from Avengers activities for a week? Boy, not allowing him to help us fight evil should really teach him. How lame.

REALLY hoping that the Avengers start to get better soon, as they (Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon) were the reason I started reading these old issues in the first place.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Tales of Suspense #56a (v1) : I was wondering the same thing fragsel. Why does the Unicorn keep referring to the factory as Iron Man’s life’s work and Pepper as his secretary?

The Unicorn: One of the worst and dumbest looking villains ever.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Tales to Astonish #58a (v1) : It's called not knowing what you're doing. haha

Wow, Pym is a genius. He came up with the idea of figuring out a way to change size mentally, and “minutes later” it was done.

Christian Dior must have paid Marvel for advertising.

All of a sudden Pym’s “insect powers” include running up the side of a cliff? Why did he spend so many issues riding ants to do the same thing because he couldn’t do it on his own?

(second story) it’s interesting that Pym can invent all the things he has but not a portable telephone.

So let me get this straight…..The Magician escaped prison, crafted an entire line of Wasp clothing, planned a fashion show, managed to stock an inventory of the clothing at a department store, and set up a trap for the Wasp, all in a matter of hours? Now that's a crafty villain.

The Sixties had toy robots that could tie up a person? I’ll have to check eBay. I bet they’re valuable now.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Journey into Mystery #106a (v1) : So should the general public. Once again he turns into Thor in front of people and no one notices.

What happened to Zabo’s goatee? And how did a formula change his clothes? And don’t tell me any crap about unstable molecules.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Tales to Astonish #57a (v1) : Wasp now has the power to…blow? Haha Hope she never forgets and moves her fingers on accident.

Spider-Man would wipe the floor with Giant Man.

What I learned:
Spider-sense gets smaller if the danger is the size of an insect.

Wasp: “Why do I STILL feel so hostile towards Spider-Man?? I guess it’s because wasps and spiders are such natural enemies!”
Spider-Man: “Keep the Wasp away from me…She makes me see Red!”
Giant Man: “Honey, you heard the man! He can’t help it…It’s his natural instinct!”
Gimme a break Stan. This is ridiculous, even for you.

“female hulk….” Foreshadowing!
 
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thomassp74 Says:
X-Men #6 (v1) : What I learned:
Ice Man can make Ice cream. He doesn’t even need sugar or milk or anything. Now that’s a talented mutant.
Magneto can “transform all his vast mental energy into an illusory figure of himself,” has E.S.P., and can send mental commands to people. You’re stealing from your own characters Stan.
The X-Boat is an old clipper ship…complete with plank for walking.
A giant magnet can tear apart a wooden ship.

Marvel Girl, you be a good little girl and push the Professor’s wheel chair while us men fight Namor.

The Magno-Ship? What a clever name.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Daredevil #2 (v1) : Haha Thanks. I'm pretty much just a cranky nitpicker, but I might try it sometime.
 
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zweineuf Says:
Journey into Mystery #98a (v1) : I know it's pointless to try to use logic on superpowers ... but can cobras really slither up walls and across ceilings? Either Stan was crazy ... or cobras are officially the most badass animal.
 
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TStarnes Says:
Fantastic Four #1 (v1) : When compered to other stuff published at the same time or just before it is a giant step forward. Only reason people get down on it is when comparing it with more modern issues.
 
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Atrus Says:
Fantastic Four #1 (v1) : I struggle with how to rate this. Most of the negative things I would say are simply Silver Age conventions that are pervasive.

Still, this is far from the worst intro issue I've ever read, and I think it flows much better than many, many silver age issues I've read (Green Lantern, I'm looking at you).
 
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imeco Says:
X-Men #33 (v1) : If Juggernauts helmet protects him from mental attack wouldn't it also prevent mental attacks from leaving?
 
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zweineuf Says:
X-Men #2 (v1) : From a chemistry standpoint, the only other thing he could mean is supercooled water, which is water in liquid state but at below freezing temperatures. That's actually an intriguing possibility, but I think it's more likely Stan just thought "water" sounded boring, so he called it "liquid ice" instead.
 
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TStarnes Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #25 (v1) : I have always wondered if they new there was going to be a long history between the two. Her intro was so much more hyped then any other character I can think of, what with the half showing and mentions for many issues, but then it seems like they weren't sure if it was going to be her, or gwen, or someone else.

Reading with hindsight it does make their eventual relationship play even more, but I would be shocked if they thought that far ahead when writing it.
 
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juanito Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #25 (v1) : Heheh, I wasn't aware that Mary Jane Watson was introduced so late in the Spider-Man series. Always thought she would be there right from the beginning. Nice play to put a little mystery into her first appearance.
 
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juanito Says:
Avengers #17 (v1) : I like the idea of changing the line-up of the Avengers. Funny, how each of them secretely desires leadership at the beginning. Team-morale turns a bit too goody-good towards the end. But, well... Definitely some good potential for development. The old line-up had quite a lot of the heroes admiring each other in every instance.
 
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TStarnes Says:
X-Men #2 (v1) : There are times (telepathically flying the plane, Mentally examining a robot in a later issue) when I am unsure if Stan knows what telepathy is.

And wouldn't "liquid ice" just be water?
 
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zweineuf Says:
X-Men #2 (v1) : Iceman attacks with "liquid ice" ... I wonder if he means water.

Also, Cyclops' optic blast is shown to give off heat, as it is used specifically to melt the ice Bobby put on Angel's wings. Obviously, this ability was retconned later, but it remains a common point of confusion among the general public.
 
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zweineuf Says:
X-Men #2 (v1) : Well honestly the mental projection isn't so bothersome, he could just be "convincing" the X-Men that they're seeing a movie on the wall ... why the wall is necessary in this scenario is beyond me, but Xavier, Jean, Emma, et al routinely make people see things in modern comics. I still don't get the telepathic control of the plane, however.
 
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Redsvetz Says:
Daredevil #28 (v1) : Hooo boy! And I didn't think ol' DD could get any worse...
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1) : We learn right on the first page that the Green Goblin can’t count.

I HATE the Enforcers.

“Those actors look just like the real Enforcers.” How dumb are you Pete?

“But one thing he didn’t count on is my power of chest expansion!!” Seriously Stan?

The issue introduces one of Spidey’s greatest villains, but it also happens to be one of the worst issues of the series thus far.

I did like the fact that they’re keeping GG’s identity a secret for the time being.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Tales to Astonish #56a (v1) : Hank barely gives Jan the time of day half the time and now he’s going to give her a ring? Wonder If he and Reed both went to the same jeweler. And that diamond looks more like a weapon the way it’s shaped.

That little chariot looks dumber every time I see it.

He is the best magician ever!! He made a coin come out of that guy’s ear. It MUST be real magic!

So, when they got out from under the tarp--Seriously? An entire room full of people were beaten by a tarp?—no one noticed that Jan’s dress was there? No one was wondering about the naked woman running around?

Two yachts? For a guy complaining that he was jilted because he’s not rich? Cardboard cutouts? LAME plan. What’s worse is that it worked.

What I learned this issue:
Blue paint makes things invisible against the night sky.
The rivers surrounding Manhattan are only about six feet deep. Giant Man, at twelve feet, can touch the bottom and the water only comes up to his waist.
Blimps can’t hold more than a few hundred pounds. At 360 lb. the blimp can’t hold Giant Man and the Magician.
Wasp doesn’t have normal strength when she’s small. At least not in this issue.
You can train a rabbit to be a beast of prey. Must be what Monty Python did.
The bigger you are the easier you can be hypnotized.
Cybernetics filter out the effects of hypnotism.

Lesson to be learned from this issue: “Nothing can outrun a highly-trained rabbit!”

What happened to the boat full of angry rich people who didn’t get to party?
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Avengers #6 (v1) : So much potential for a good story….
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Tales of Suspense #54a (v1) : Yeah...in the Sixties, men and women slept in separate beds. Childbirth was a TRUE miracle back in those magical times. haha

I wonder who built the secret tunnels under Stark’s lab? Nobody wonders about them?

All the cool superheroes roller skate.

I wonder what the Jersey Turnpike rates are for someone on skates?

Sure, it looks cool to ride a rocket to save energy, but wouldn’t a plane ride be a lot easier?

Marvel villains are such team players…every one of them offers to team up with the hero in order to take over the world.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Tales of Suspense #55a (v1) : What I learned: Iron Man’s helmet can smile.

Stark put Happy in charge? That whole scene made me want to slap somebody.

I liked the little Iron Man supplement at the end. I like the idea of explaining things outside of the storyline.

And the Pepper Potts bio.......Figure: The most!!
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Strange Tales #122a (v1) : In the Sixties you could buy asbestos anything. And from the looks of it, it was cheap and easy to find.

I was eager to get to the Dr. Strange stories, but they’re pretty lacking so far. I’m disappointed in Ditko’s art. It isn’t nearly as good as his work on Spider-Man.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Fantastic Four #28 (v1) : How does Cyclops know about the Mad Thinker’s plan?

Ooh la la…Ben’s gonna spank Jean.

What is Stan’s deal with lassos? Now Ice Man has one too?

Pretty decent fight. I think the X-Men would have taken them.

Beast is starting to be fleshed out into the character that we all know.
 
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Redsvetz Says:
X-Men #32 (v1) : This issue is so 60s, it hurts.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Strange Tales #121a (v1) : That's harsh, Shark. He would have fit right in with the Tinkerbell toys that my niece loves. haha

DC has the floral market cornered with Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy. Plantman? Not so much.

“I took the precaution of having my plant wet you.” So many potential jokes….hahaha (or maybe I'm just sleepy)

Torch can melt bullets before they hit him, but dew covered acorns can take him out?

Mordo actually had a pretty good plan. Too bad he got stupid at the end.
Uhh..why did Mordo call him Dr. Doom?
 
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price2606 Says:
Tales of Suspense #48 (v1) : The Puppet Master Mark II, now with added horns!
 
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TStarnes Says:
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.... : Great art...truely stupid story.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Journey into Mystery #105a (v1) : “Some surprise! Other girls get candy, flowers, jewelry! I get a flying ant!” I love Wasp.

I still say that Cobra should be nothing more than an annoying mosquito to the Mighty Thor. Thor has the strength to lift buildings but can be lassoed and pulled by a cobra cable? He can take punches from the Hulk but needles pierce his skin? I actually like Cobra, but not as a Thor villain.

Interesting that when Zabo changes to Hyde his goatee disappears.

If I had a time reversal ray I would have used it to see if the Golden Girls were ever hot. Hahaha

Don Blake’s pretty muscular for a “lame” guy.

Worst transformation without being caught ever.

Aww..Dr. Blake does love me. He was willing to leave me alone with two homicidal maniacs so that he could go call the police.

So machines can lift Mjolnir?

I’m enjoying these Tales of Asgard mini stories as they’re allowing me to get to know the less popular characters that populate Thor’s world.
 
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thomassp74 Says:
Fantastic Four #27 (v1) : Reed, you dog. haha

Lookin’ good there Sue. Kirby’s finally done you some justice. Losing that diving bell haircut helps.

I wonder if Kirby wasn’t allowed to draw a cleavage line, because she looks like she has the chest of a twelve year old boy.

“How’s about giving me sloppy seconds?” Hahaha Can’t believe Thing said that. Maybe ol’ Fred Wertham had a point. Haha

Ouch. I feel your pain, Namor. I’ve been there myself. And things didn’t go any better for me when I went flying around town in Speedos.

Man, I’ve been in Reed’s shoes too. Girls really do suck. Haha
 
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