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1596: Marvel Feature #7 (v1)

" Paranoia Is the Para-Man! "
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Marvel Feature #7 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Mike Friedrich
Pencilers: Craig Russell
Inkers: Dan Adkins, Mark Kersey
Letterers: Charlotte Jetter
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: January 1973
Release Date: October 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 193                 Times Rated: 130
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
After their narrow escape from Whirlwind, Hank and Jan find themselves caught up in a plot that strangely mirrors events from Hank's past.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Ant-Man last appeared in Marvel Feature #6 (v1). Ant-Man next appears in Marvel Feature #8 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Marvel Feature #6 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Marvel Feature #8 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Boswell in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Para-Man in the mainstream continuity.
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Issue Review
   September 30, 2014
Awful. Nonsense from start to finish. It’s improbable that the Pyms would wander into such an adventure next door. And both new characters are stupid. 2/10
   October 14, 2012
At face value this issue seems like nothing special. Russell’s art is better, perhaps, than the last couple issues of Marvel Feature and Friedrich’s writing at first appears to be on par with those stories. But there is more going on here than that. This story is a clear and poignant allegory of the creation of Ultron by Hank Pym himself. It could be suggested that this is just another story about a mad scientist that creates an “evil” robot but there are too many parallels to the first Ultron story in Avengers 54-55, 57-58 to be ignored. Firstly, there is the matter of intention. Neither Pym nor Boswell set out to create a destructive menace, but rather sought to create an advanced A.I. that could be of service to humanity. In the end, both overstepped their ability to control such intelligence and were surpassed by it. This process is similarly depicted in both Marvel Feature 7 and Avengers 58 through the visual of the robots’ evolution from an abstract model ...
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  green_flame_616 Says:    
  2012-02-16 17:27:16  
  I gave this issue five stars which will likely seem nutty to some so I wrote a full review to explain where I was coming from.  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-06-16 08:32:49  
  @GF's review: Solidly written. You raise some interesting points about the parallels between Para-Man and Ultron and the further explanation of Pym's twisted psyche. However, there's no way this issue deserves 5 stars, especially with its "recycled" plot. I think you were just taken aback (as was I) at the readability of this run of Ant-Man versus the absolute s**t of the original run from the 60s.  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2013-04-07 15:10:07  
  Hank is afraid that the buzzing from wasp will wake Boswell, but braking a couple jars, no problem. ?  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-07-29 20:18:23  
  The only word I can think of to describe this issue is bizarre.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-11-27 15:43:47  
  A strange and inauspicious debut (I think it's his Marvel debut) of P. Craig Russell. I can see none of the genius of his later work in this, except perhaps a hint of the visual storytelling style he will become a master of between now and Elric.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-13 12:08:51  
  Another Ant-Man run. Just hold your nose and barrel on through.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-03-08 19:11:19  
  Almost ashamed to admit this was decent.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-05-10 16:34:43  
  It was so bad it was good, but there was so much WTF, where to start?
As Poj-Poj said, worrying about the sound of the Wasp's wings after smashing glass with his nail is silly, but in addition to that, if he could just break the jar like that, why did he do the whole tossing himself to the ground in order to free himself instead of using his nail?
Para-Man was getting drunk on oil?
In this story it would appear that Hank and Jan turn Para-Man evil. He is lonely and frustrated because he has nobody of his equal that he could share his life with, as his creator is the only person he actually knows, and he acts like a moron. When Para-Man realizes that they are actually humans, not bugs, he reaches out to them and they respond by attacking him and blowing up his home...and body.
And why would those chemicals cause Wasp to become more...waspy? And why would it have taken so long.

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2016-06-21 14:47:21  
  Para-Man is certainly up there with one of the most ridiculous characters, but I rather liked his dynamic with Boswell.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-12-24 13:47:06  
  2 stars for the Peerless Pugilistic Power of the Para-Man!!!

Cover Me - Para-Man looks a little different on the cover!

Credit Due - @skalchemist: Yes, I do believe this is P. Craig Russell's first work for Marvel. Also, Dan Adkins helped on the finishes!

Honey I Shrunk The Storyline - Yea! Six pages of Hank & Jan exploring the backyard...

I Robot - @green flame 616: kudos to your in depth review of the Creator/Ultron allegory!!!

Don't Lose Your Head - Funny scene of Para-Man without a body!!!

'Nuff Said - "--He got me with the first squirt!"-Astonished Ant-Man

  Russ Says:    
  2017-05-15 18:46:07  
  I think Boswell's a genius! He managed to create a robot that had more personality than he does! Not that it didn't take a lot of effort....

Speaking of efforts, this one actually wasn't too bad. Para-Man and Boswell are largely forgettable but as @MattzLadd implied, they did have a somewhat entertaining rapport. As for @green_flame_616's review, I do see the parallels between the Para-Man/Boswell creation and the Ultron/Hank Pym creation. Whereas, Pym/Ultron has become more horrific and dystopic in nature, Boswell/Para-Man is more personal and distorted, almost like a parody of Ultron, viewed through a funhouse mirror. It's hard to say if the allegory was deliberate, but it made for a better-than-usual story you'd expect to see in this series.

3 stars. Hey, I don't blame Jan here. If I had a big wasp stinger sticking out of my rear I'd be pretty pissed too!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-05-30 00:47:36  
  What the hell chemicals was Hank playing with if that's what they've done to Jan? I wonder if Hank is regretting breaking his helmet by now, some ants could have come in handy in this one. Although didn't Wasp have antennae that let her communicate with them as well?  

  drfaustus13 Says:    
  2017-05-30 18:45:33  
  I actually think this run is a lot better now that The Wasp is in it again.

I also loved "I am more than man... call me Para-MAN". The hell does that even mean? Parallel would be equal to, not more than.

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Date User Name Update
   February 7, 2018 TStarnes
   June 21, 2016 MattzLadd Added Boswell to the issue.
   January 30, 2016 Raistlin903 Changed comic details.
   December 4, 2014 Drax Added Para-Man to the issue.
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