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2: Marvel Comics #1 [B Story]

" The Six Big Men "
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Marvel Comics #1b
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Editor-in-Chief: Martin Goodman
Cover Artists: Frank R. Paul
Writers: Ray Gill
Pencilers: Paul Gustavson
Inkers: Paul Gulacy
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Editors: Martin Goodman
Cover Date: October 1939
Release Date: August 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 8
Cover Price: $.10
Times Read: 230                 Times Rated: 141
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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When increasing pressure from the crime rackets puts the city in a stranglehold, martial law seems like the only option. But perhaps there is another choice…the Angel!
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  The Angel
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by The Angel in the mainstream continuity. The Angel next appears in Marvel Mystery Comics #2b.
     
Villains
  Dutch Hansen
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Dutch Hansen in the mainstream continuity. He dies in this issue.
     
  Trigger Bolo
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Trigger Bolo in the mainstream continuity. He dies in this issue.
     
  Mike Malone
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mike Malone in the mainstream continuity. He dies in this issue.
     
  Gus Ronson
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Gus Ronson in the mainstream continuity. He dies in this issue.
     
  John Dillon
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by John Dillon in the mainstream continuity. He dies in this issue.
     
  Steve Enkel
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Steve Enkel in the mainstream continuity. He dies in this issue.
     
  Big Boss
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Big Boss in the mainstream continuity.
     
  Lil
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lil in the mainstream continuity.
     
 
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Six Big Men
This is the first appearance by Six Big Men in the mainstream continuity.
   
     
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  vanhornluke Says:    
  2014-05-24 21:06:57  
  I'm kinda surprised how brutal this story is.  
 
 

  Xythe Says:    
  2014-05-24 22:26:28  
  Good to see the the time-honoured tradition of running out of panels and having to wrap your story up with a big text dump right at the end started way back at the beginning of it all.  
 
 

  sputnix Says:    
  2014-06-02 19:41:54  
  I really enjoyed this one; sure it was short, but its a nice change to see people actual get shot and die (that could be taken the wrong way)  
 
 

  VenomousIntent Says:    
  2014-06-10 11:21:00  
  Cold blooded  
 
 

  jfw1980 Says:    
  2014-06-11 00:37:58  
  I wish there was some insight on to why the Angel fights crime. A very typical tale for the time.  
 
 

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2014-06-26 07:57:10  
  -Is the Angel gonna hafta choke a bitch?  
 
 

  rook420 Says:    
  2014-06-28 11:34:38  
  He may look like Superman with an Erroll Flynn mustache, but he operates a lot more like Moon Knight! Again, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. The Golden Age section looks like it's becoming an unexpected favorite of mine. It's a nice retreat from the silver age and all of it's "safe" content.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-05-15 20:07:48  
  4 stars for the 1st app of the Angel...an Angel of Death!!!

Bullies - Man, the Six Big Men have their hands in everything! They're even in the milk money racket!!!

Runs In The Family - Dr. Lang huh, I wonder if he is related to Stephen Lang?!

No Capes - I do question how practical Angel's costume is?!!

Precog - That's pretty quick of Lil to write about the guy falling out of the window...when it just happened...

Did I Do That - Whew, for a second there, I thought one of the Six Big Men was Steve Urkel!!!

'Nuff Said - "Nice hole Trigger has--"-Aroused Angel
 
 
 

  Volcaos Says:    
  2016-09-15 15:23:25  
  Sadistic little comic, no due process, mob justice, murderous vigilantism, and we're supposed to be on the side of the Judge Dredd-like "Angel"  
 
 

  go2shaw Says:    
  2017-03-01 09:09:24  
  "Gus Ronson! You have FAILED this city..."  
 
 

  Ice Says:    
  2017-04-08 18:26:27  
  "After literally mashing him into a pulp, Mike Malone crumbles into a heap."

Ah, the ol' pulp'n heap. Classic move.

Well, I can see why The Angel hasn't carved out as big a place in the Marvel Universe as Namor or the original Torch. I don't think they gave a single detail about who this guy is or why he's fighting crime. Was he bitten by a radioactive angel?

The story seems fairly run-of-the-mill from my (limited) experience with Golden Age books. That abrupt "oops, I'm out of panels!" ending was unfortunate, though.

And, man! These guys were chillingly uncaring with the lives of their bad guys. Won't see that in the 60's!
 
 
 

  Adamanto Says:    
  2017-05-03 13:04:23  
  The Angel is supposedly more than a little bit inspired by The Saint, a character I'm not overly familiar with, but let's be fair - it's just a guy in a costume that has the slightly creepy ability to cast the shadow of an angel. It's the storytelling that sell the strip, and what we have here is fairly effective. The story isn't told from the Angel's perspective, we don't even see him until page 3, and story presents him as a complete mystery. While we do get to learn how he ultimately solved the "mystery", the rest of the story mostly just has him appear behind his victims, kill them, then disappear. His murdering ways are so brutal even the police commissioner thinks calling him in is going too far, even though the story makes it clear how hopeless the situation is; The big men just can't be touched by the law. Yet, despite how effective he is at first, he does get overwhelmed when he has to fight multiple men at once and only escapes through pure luck - Lang needs him alive for the plan to succeed. Hell, despite Lil outright confirming there is a boss, the Angel only exposes Lang by pure luck - Dutch didn't get to the bank in time, whether by his own fault or because Lang miscalculated when to give him the note, and his money, note and key were the only leads the Angel had. It's not often a villain contacts the hero himself and the story actually presents it as a plan that would've worked. There's definitely pacing problems here - Dutch AND Lang are both dealt with in just half a page combined - but this is still a decent read with a very nice atmosphere.  
 
 

 
 
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   June 9, 2014 vanhornluke Changed comic details.
   May 28, 2014 green_flame_616 Added blurb for this issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Lil.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Big Boss.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Steve Enkel.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for John Dillon.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Gus Ronson.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Mike Malone.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Trigger Bolo.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Dutch Hansen.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added Lil to the issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added Big Boss to the issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added Steve Enkel to the issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added John Dillon to the issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added Gus Ronson to the issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added Mike Malone to the issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added Trigger Bolo to the issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added Dutch Hansen to the issue.
   May 25, 2014 fragsel Added Six Big Men to the issue.
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