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867: Marvel Super-Heroes #16 (v1) [A Story]

" The Phantom Eagle "
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Marvel Super-Heroes #16a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Herb Trimpe
Writers: Mike Friedrich
Pencilers: Herb Trimpe
Inkers: Herb Trimpe
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: September 1968
Release Date: June 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 304                 Times Rated: 197
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Its 1917. The Phantom Eagle scouts German troops entering American airspace and signals the Army to their presence.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Phantom Eagle
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Phantom Eagle in the mainstream continuity. Phantom Eagle next appears in Incredible Hulk #135 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Curly Anderson
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Curly Anderson in the mainstream continuity.
  Rex Griffin
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Rex Griffin in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
  Paula Jackson
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Paula Jackson in the mainstream continuity.
  Jack Norris
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jack Norris in the mainstream continuity.
  Heinrich von Ronstadt
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Heinrich von Ronstadt in the mainstream continuity.
  Verner Carlson
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Verner Carlson in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
Imperial German Army
Imperial German Army last appeared in Daring Mystery Comics #1b.
United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Captain Marvel #1 (v1). United States Armed Forces next appears in Silver Surfer #2a (v1).
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Issue Review
   October 31, 2016
Crazy OTT air action. Fun. It's 1917 and our story stars with a battle in the skies over the USA. A flashback establishes the soap opera elements of the proposed series backstory. Rapidly we learn who our hero loves, why he can't have her and why he must keep his heroics a secret. Finally, we end on a bigger conflict. It's all a bit frantic and obvious but it's entertaining. 6/10
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  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-05-13 23:05:08  
  This feels really out of place, like it should have been published in the mid fifties. It is especially jarring following the very modern feeling Steranko run on Nick Fury.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-18 14:03:29  
  An enjoyable one shot, but I don't see how it would have carried a series. I guess Marvel felt the same way.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-09-20 20:23:37  
  The air combat scenes were pretty well drawn, but the overall story-line is so horrendously contrived you just can't take it seriously.  

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-10-27 15:21:18  
  I didn't hate it, but I'm glad it's just a one-shot  

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2014-04-18 18:34:57  
  While I'm glad it's a one-shot and not the first of a hundred issues, I don't think it's out of place in the context of the original mag. Someone buying Marvel Super-Heroes is probably looking for exactly this kind of Fiftiesian story.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-07-31 21:38:22  
  So if all of those German planes are using that dirigible to land and take off, does that make it the Mother-Fokker?  

  j52y Says:    
  2014-08-11 20:01:11  
  It's like reading a failed pilot (no pun intended).  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-04 17:44:16  
  Fokker right in the punski. Seriously, this issue sucked. I'm glad it's a one shot.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-11-30 15:23:46  
  Not a big fan of war comics. This is why I stopped reading those Howling Commandos stories. At least we're getting the first world war with this one.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-01-24 08:52:45  
  Wow, this is why Herb Trimpe is one of my favorite artists. I don't think we have much aerial combat books in 616 up to this point that are based on real aircraft. This setting enables Trimpe to give us visuals we don't normally see, Triplanes, dirigibles, farms, etc. Trimpe KNOWS how to draw A COMIC BOOK! It is cartoony and yet full of class and quality. This story is fast paced and the script may have a few too many explanations of actions, but the art is so great throughout. Just fantastic. Surely MDCU hasn't scanned because of politically incorrect language and disconnect from 616. (4)  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-01-26 07:58:05  
  Kind of out dated compared to other comics of its time, but I can see that it could have been halfway decent when it originally released.  

  SmokyB Says:    
  2015-03-01 13:21:53  
  Really liked the art. Really hated the story.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-05-09 14:33:56  
  3 stars for the Phantom Eagle meeting the Fokkers!!!

Credit Due - Herb Trimpe had a love for planes, and it showed in this issue. I like to think that he's flying high now. RIP...

Blimpy - And, just how did the Germans land their planes on the blimp???

Splash - Two great splash pages, with one being the dog fight, and the other the dirigible blowing up!!

'Nuff Said - "Hey...what's that nut with the wings on his wings doin'?"-Flyboy

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-09-18 21:57:52  
  This isn't in Marvel Unlimited, but I did find the story reproduced online in two halves on two different websites, although they link to each other. Do a Google search and you should find them.

Great artwork in this, with Trimpe's love for airplanes on full display. The whole thing reminded me of those old 1940s serials, or "The Rocketeer" or "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow."

I especially liked the Phantom Eagle landing on top of the dirigible, and saving his best friend with nothing but flying skills and a rope!

  GroovyGolem @ Locust75 (original post):    
  2016-09-18 22:01:54  
  I am shocked... SHOCKED... That you didn't use "Another second and it would have been too late for me to pull out! - Randy Rex" as your 'Nuff Said! :-D  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-27 17:31:58  
  "Mooommm!! Karl's getting high again!!"

The story was a real change of pace from anything presented in the Order up to now, but I enjoyed it. I never knew that about Herb Trimpe; but his drawing this story must've been a labor of love (other than the paycheck he got for doing it).

Have to admit though; every time the word "Fokker" is used, I keep thinking they're trying to skirt the rules of the CCA instead of referring to the German planes themselves.

As a guy who's had a career in the military, I can identify with Karl's sentiments about war when the dirigible blew up. I never was a fan of war comics that seemed to glorify war; it's really a nasty business. Sadly, it's a necessary part of our world if innocent people are to survive and live the lives they're entitled to. I think this message is conveyed well without getting too preachy. But how many were paying attention, given public sentiment against the Viet-Nam war at the time?

3 stars. I'm glad the Phantom Eagle wasn't forgotten, although a series featuring this character probably wouldn't have worked long-term. Maybe we'll see the Eagle in the skies again one day. Thanks Gary and Herb.

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2017-06-25 17:54:21  
  The art was good and the panels felt like something out of a Steranko comic. Story was pretty bad though.  

  Urgat @ GroovyGolem (original post):    
  2017-10-22 10:42:57  
  I sadly have to disagree, he chose the absolutely right "Nuff' Said"...
I had to read it thrice ... XD

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-10-22 10:45:07  
  Is this somehow the earliest kind of a super hero ? (Real Identity is a mystery, has to help although in his real "form" he can not)  

  chademe Says:    
  2018-01-13 20:37:41  
  Not as bad as I thought it would be.  

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Date User Name Update
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   June 16, 2017 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   March 18, 2017 fragsel Updated the listing for Imperial German Army.
   January 20, 2017 fragsel Added Verner Carlson to the issue.
   January 20, 2017 fragsel Added Heinrich von Ronstadt to the issue.
   January 20, 2017 fragsel Added Jack Norris to the issue.
   January 20, 2017 fragsel Added Paula Jackson to the issue.
   January 20, 2017 fragsel Added Rex Griffin to the issue.
   January 20, 2017 fragsel Added Curly Anderson to the issue.
   January 20, 2017 fragsel Added Imperial German Army to the issue.
   January 20, 2017 fragsel Added United States Armed Forces to the issue.
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