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1342: Sub-Mariner #45 (v1)

" And Fire Stalks the Skies "
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Sub-Mariner #45 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Marie Severin
Inkers: Jim Mooney
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: January 1972
Release Date: October 1971
Story Arc: -
Pages: 15
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 231                 Times Rated: 157
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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#44 (v1)
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#46 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
Diane Arliss and Johnny Storm have a long talk about the Sub-Mariner's past and his motives as they try to find a way to help him. Later, Namor is attacked again by Tiger Shark from a hovering ship, and the Torch intervenes.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
  Walter Newell
Walter Newell last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). Walter Newell next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
  Leonard McKenzie
Leonard McKenzie last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). Leonard McKenzie next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
  Diane Arliss
Diane Arliss last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). Diane Arliss next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
Sara last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). Sara next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
  Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). Tiger Shark next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
Llyra last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). Llyra next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
Lymondo last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). Lymondo next appears in Sub-Mariner #46 (v1).
Group Appearances
Boston Police Department
Boston Police Department last appeared in Sub-Mariner #44 (v1). Boston Police Department next appears in Adventure into Fear #27.
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Issue Review
   November 23, 2016

Exciting and enjoyable, as various plot threads converge and bring us closer to the end of the story arc. The battle with Human Torch, a repeat of the previous issue, works really well again. It's justified and it causes Johnny to ponder his impetuous nature. Good cliffhanger, too. Quality. 9/10
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  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-26 18:31:56  
  I did enjoy this number a bit  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-03 12:09:19  
  Tiger Shark and Llyra just exude pure evil in this arc.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-01-23 20:41:13  
  Tiger Shark has no remorse for placing his sister in danger? Wow...  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-02 07:57:37  
  Those opening pages felt a bit jarring.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-15 13:19:23  
  Great story, even if only because Johnny finally realized what a pain in thea**he is. I'm amazed that Namor is able to keep doing the Defenders gig when he seems to get screwed over any time another hero gets within 100 yards of him.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-02-26 18:59:59  
  2 stars for Tiger Shark and Llyra calling the shots!!!

Credit Due - Once again, the coloring is so bad, that I found it distracting from the story!!

Tall Tales - Arrr...now it be Leonardo Mackenzie!!!

Holy Toledo - Nice reference to the Batman TV Show!!!

To A Crisp - Johnny burned off his left hand!!! (p13,p3)

'Nuff Said - "I enjoy forceful men."-Lusty Llyra

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-03-02 11:20:01  
  Conway doesn't half talk a load of crap in those massive yellow boxes.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-01-26 05:46:06  
  Johnny may still be a pain in this, but any time he doesn't mention Crystal is a good moment for me.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-02-24 19:05:31  
  The arc is getting pretty good here. Llyra is attempting to become the type of arch-foe in a rarified air only characters like the Green Goblin are. Battles that turn personal at this level become quite riveting, especially in the time period this one was written.

And Johnny having an epiphany about the way he acts; that was kind of interesting. We've seen him do this before though. He tries to grow up, but one setback (such as Crystal leaving) and he reverts to type. It's fun to read at times, but does get annoying.

Oh, and the Bullpen Bulletins explained why this was a short story, too. I did have to admit, I got a kick out of reading the reprint story from the 50s. Hey, has Namor even seen shad suffer?

3 stars. Plenty of action, and a whopper of a cliffhanger. Time for an awkward family reunion.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-11-29 11:42:56  
  I'm enjoying Llyra as a villain. Tiger Shark I find boring.

How long before Johnny is back to whining about Crystal and being a jerk? Any bets?

  Oman19 Says:    
  2018-02-13 21:05:39  
  I like to see the growth of a character like torch happen outside his own book. Just adds to the overall universe.  

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Date User Name Update
   February 6, 2018 TStarnes
   November 17, 2017 fragsel Added Sara to the issue.
   March 19, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Walter Newell.
   March 2, 2016 MattzLadd Added Lymondo to the issue.
   March 2, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Walter Newell.
   March 2, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Llyra.
   December 5, 2015 fragsel Added Boston Police Department to the issue.
   August 23, 2014 Robareid Changed comic details.
   May 4, 2013 jfpj1991 Added blurb for this issue.
   April 29, 2013 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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