Because we had some fun with Dazzler at the beginning of the month as part of our April Fool's celebration, and it got me wanting to do a review of an old Dazzler comic. Everyone generally assumes that Dazzler: The Movie is a bad comic, albeit the definitive comic for the character, but I find it a little less typical, and really prefer the issues of the regular series around there with Bill Sienkiewicz covers. Bill Siekiewicz did a lot of covers for Marvel comics in the 1980s, especially bad Marvel comics. He not only did covers for Dazzler, but U.S.1, and ROM. It doesn't diminish his artistic brilliance, and during this time he also did some of the best work that New Mutants would ever see. It was also these covers that showed just what a comic book cover could look like, setting the stage for cover artists like Adam Hughes and Alex Ross.
What If? #11 October 1978 Today of all days, we need to review a comic that might have had the best of intentions somewhere, but was obviously created with the intention of having fun with a story. Therefore we give you a What If? story created by Jack Kirby, proving that while fandom may hold the original Marvel Bullpen with awe, one of them can have a little fun with their roles. SYNOPSIS: The Watcher introduces us to a version of the Fantastic Four that while different, is still familiar, the original Marvel Bullpen: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Sol Brodsky and Flo Steinberg. They are fighting an ogre-like creature whose weapon takes out everyone bu Flo, the Invisible Girl. She lets him defeat himself by surrounding him with a force field while he fires his weapon. She then realizes that he's the reclusive scientist that they came to meet.
BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT COMIC BOOK #1 December 1991 Just announced last month, March will see the debut of Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, the first new Bill & Ted comic in over 20 years. Because we have a platform here for looking back at comics that old, we're going to take a look at the first time Bill & Ted made their way into comic books. SYNOPSIS: Abraham Lincoln arrives for Bill & Ted's wedding, which is a huge party. The usual historical figures are there as well: Genghis Khan, Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Sigmund Freud, and the Grim Reaper, who seems very drunk.
Typhoid #1 November 1995 I have to get in the right frame of mind for some of the plans we have for October, so I'm reviewing a darker comic, from Marvel's short-lived Edge imprint. It features Daredevil villain Typhoid Mary SYNOPSIS: Two young men, Trent and Quince have gotten hold of interrogation footage of Typhoid Mary in which she demonstrates an ability to switch between personalities at will. They are intrigued by her and start to develop a plan to create a movie about her, using her as the star. They uses Quince's mother's guilt to get all of the equipment that they'll need. Meanwhile, someone is abusing and killing prostitutes. Mary has established a quiet life when she's dragged into the mystery of the prostitute killer by her neighbor who's been told the daughter is a prostitute and has been killed. Mary calls the woman who contacted her neighbor and swears to find the killer and kill him, switching into her more violent and angry personality, she trails the police and follows the clues until she finds the killer and beats him to death. Quince finally gets all of his equipment and it's clear that his plans for Typhoid Mary are a little more sinister than just making a film about her.
What If? #35 October 1982 SYNOPSIS: Matt Murdock is mourning at Elektra's grave. A large mysterious bald man visits and asks him to imagine a world where she didn't die, because Bullseye was killed while escaping from prison. Elektra is contracted to kill Matt Murdock's friend, Foggy Nelson. When he recognizes her as Matt Murdock's girlfriend from college, she lets him go. This angers the Kingpin who contracts a different assassin to kill Elektra. Foggy Nelson runs to Matt Murdock to tell him what has occurred. Matt sends Foggy home and goes after Elektra as Daredevil.
WHAT IF #34 August 1982 It's a special day here at Reviews of Old Comics. So far, I've only had one comic that reached a perfect 10 of 10, but today that changes! SYNOPSIS: This issue of Marvel's What If? is a special science fiction anthology issue with five stories. Born of the Sun (by Jack Williamson, art by Don Heck) One by one, the planetswere disintegrating while a religious fanatic was destroying man's only chance for survival! A Day in the Life of Dr. Moon (by Harry Dawes, art by Frank Bolle) A fatal disease threatens to wipe out Lunar City unless the carrier can be found and destroyed!
Sensational She-Hulk #5 September 1989 Sitting on my computer desktop are two pages from an early issue of Sensational She-Hulk #5. I I briefly touched on them in my review for the issue where she joined the Fantastic Four. SYNOPSIS: She-Hulk is relaxing at home on a Saturday morning after a jog around Central Park. She turns on cartoons to find them changing into realistic displays on traditional cartoon violence and interactions. One click actually transports her into a prehistoric jungle where she rescues a young boy from a Tyrannosaur. The little boy relates that his situation is similar to hers and they deduce that they are in a realistic depiction of the prehistoric cartoon "The Stonesteins." She-Hulk still has her remote control so she presses the button to change the channel and the pair find themselves in a sci-fi setting. Observed by a duck-like assistant to the villainous Doctor Bong who is using a device called an "Educational Recalibration Field." Doctor Bong is determined to locate the source of the disruption and begins scanning for She-Hulk.
New Mutants #18 August 1984 New Mutants #18 was the beginning of a new artist on the Mutant books, Bill Sienkiewicz, who had made a mark on Moon Knight and a few other books. This was a real turn, as Marvel's style was far from artsy, and the comics industry was still recovering from the heavy influence of Neal Adams. Sienkiewicz had developed a style that was based on Illustration and it showed in page layouts that, looking back, set the stage for the modern age manner of irregular panel shapes, overlapping images, and borderless panels. I remember as a twelve-thirteen year-old young artist being blown away by this new style to my comics, and was instantly drawn to it. For Christmas of 1984, I actually copied a panel from this comic and used mixed media to make a Christmas present. SYNOPSIS: We open on New Mutant team leader Dani Moonstar having a terrible nightmare of the Demon Bear that killed her parents. We then see the X-Mansion under attack by the military as a young, red-haired girl uses her powers to shield herself as she makes her way to Professor X trying to reason with the troops telepathically only to be killed. It's revealed that these are the memories of a young woman from the future, the girl from the before, just older, and looking much more ragged. The New Mutants, except Dani and Illyana Rasputin training in the Danger Room, and proving successful, even with some difficulty. Illyana answers the front door to find the red-haired young woman who runs off in tears since she remembers seeing Illyana die.
Fantastic Four #265 April 1984 Sitting on my computer desktop are two pages from an early issue of Sensational She-Hulk. I won't saw which issue they're from, since I plan on making that a review very soon. In the set-up for that review, I figured I should go to the moment that I realized her potential, when she joined the Fantastic Four. SYNOPSIS: The Trapster parachutes onto the roof of the Baxter Building, in an attempt to prove himself by taking out the Fantastic Four on his own. From his point of view we see the Baxter Building layout as he descends through the levels of the Fantastic Four's headquarters, oblivious to the fact that the building's computer defenses are tracking him keeping him from sensitive areas and jamming his paste gun. As he enters the residential level, he realizes that the Fantastic Four aren't home and he's being beaten by an empty building. Spooked by Franklin's caretaker robot, he trips on one of Franklin's toys, barely making his way to the elevator to the lobby, where he's defeated by their android receptionist Roberta, who calls the police to come pick him up.
Deadpool #1 August 1993 Deadpool has taken over the web site, so I feel compelled to review at least one Deadpool comic. I have to admit, I've never really liked the character. He doesn't seem to have a direction and the humor I've seen is a little too random, and scattershot. Naturally, since I don't collect Deadpool, I had to search one out. I really wanted to review one of his earlier appearances in X-Force, but couldn't find one. Instead, I'm going for the very first comic titled Deadpool, a four-issue mini-series referred to by the story-line's name, The Circle Chase. I've never really read it, so it's new to me, and I suspect, a far cry from today's Deadpool comics. SYNOPSIS: Deadpool is in Sarajevo being stalked by a group of mercenaries, but gets the drop on them and knocks them out, insulting them the entire time. He strides off, regretting that Tolliver has died, since the mercenary business just isn't the same without him. He meets his contact, named Weasel, whom he catches up on his situation, that anyone who ever worked for Tolliver, Deadpool included has a target on their back. He grills weasel for information on Vanessa (aka Copycat) just as Weapon X enters the room to take Deadpool down.
NAMOR THE SUB MARINER #8 February 1990 Right after High School, I was big into John Byrne. It was a good time to be into John Byrne, too. He had produced Omac for the DC, West Coast Avengers, Sensational She-Hulk, Next Men and of course, Namor, the Sub-Mariner. Of course he didn't do them in that order, but those are the comics that he worked on in the late 1980s and early 1990s that just seemed to be Byrne flexing his artistic muscles. I got rid of a lot of my mainstream comics a long time ago, but just cruising bargain boxes has gotten me replacement copies of a few that I really remember fondly. This particular comics was stashed away in an office paper box, since it's not really among my prized possessions, comic-wise. I have to admit that nostalgia is the main reason that I own this, so a lot of this review will hinge on that perspective. SYNOPSIS: In 1961, German agents, including a scientist stash away a project before the Russians seal them into the city of East Berlin. While escaping the scientist is shot, and the two agents violently get him past the US checkpoint in an effort to get him help.
SPIDER-WOMAN #5 August 1979 Looking back at the few reviews I've done so far, I really haven't had one that was a bad comic. I set out to have one this time and I looked for something that would be that fodder. Enter, a 1970s Spider-Woman comic. SYNOPSIS: Spider-Woman wakes up bound and gagged in a dusty, decrepit, abonded house. Freeing herself, she recalls that she was captured by a masked vigilante calling himself the Hangman, who has a warped sense of chauvanism that leeds him the hold women captive in order to "protect" them. Almost immediately she's assailed by hallucinations and flying furniture, briefly knocking her into unconsciousness. She wakes up trapped in a giant spider web to be attacked by more hallucinations. Meanwhile, Spider-Woman's ally the magician Magnus is getting familiar with his landlady, who seems like a lonely old widow.